Archive for November, 2012

Tiller Friendship Farming Spreadsheet

November 14, 2012 - 3:01 pm No Comments

One of the big new features in Mists of Pandaria is the farming side-game. It obviously ties in with the new cooking system as the new it thing in World of Warcraft. Part of the grind is raising your friendship – a new form of reputation – with each of the Pandarian farmers at Halfhill. You’ve got dailies and random gifts to provide each farmer to strengthen your friendship, but you’ve also got the option to give each farmer his or her favorite dish. Well, keeping track of all the dishes, ingredients, and exactly how many of it all you need to cap out each friendship is no small undertaking.

Thankfully, over in the Wowhead comments, Kiingz created a nice little list of just how many ingredients is used for each daily dish. Thaildl took it one step further and created a spreadsheet that allows you to insert your current friendship level and how many ingredients you already have and automatically tallies up exactly how many more of each ingredient you’ll need to become Best Friends with everyone.

Well, being the OCD spreadsheet person that I am, I decided to refine Thaildl’s work a bit and take the spreadsheet a few more steps. My version of the spreadsheet allows you to specify not only your current friendship, but also your current tier – it eliminates the step of having to add up the tier and your current rep. I’ve added a chart of all the friendship tiers and alphabetized everything to make it easier to grab your numbers in game and enter them into the spreadsheet. I listed the name of each dish paired up with the name of the farmer. Finally, I polished up the look of the spreadsheet to make it easier to view.

Thanks to Kiingz and Thaildl on a job well done, and enjoy my refined and polished version.

Pandas, Dailies, and Pet Battles Oh My!

November 7, 2012 - 3:10 am No Comments

pandas, dailies, and pet battles

You didn’t think I’d miss the launch of the latest, greatest WoW expansion did’ya? Sure, I’ve been off playing games like The Secret World, Vanguard, and Guild Wars 2, but Warcraft is the olde standby, the warm bed we always return to when we seek comfort and familiarity. With the launch of the new expansion, Mists of Pandaria, I’ve jumped back in full steam.

The result is a very mixed feeling about the game and the future of its status in my stable of MMOGs. Pandas (bleh), dailies (bleh), and pet battles (yay) aside, the expansion offers an absolute ton of content, all mostly gated behind some sort of grind, alongside massive changes to character talents, advancement, and achievements. As with any changes as deep as an expansion brings, there are the good and the bad. Read through the cut for my favorite and least favorite new features.

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