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Tillers and Pandaren Cooking Reference Guide

January 3, 2013 - 4:55 am 4 Comments

With a couple of months now passed since the launch of Mists of Pandaria, I’ve done a whole lot of mindless farming – literally farming not the gamer slang version. Let’s face it, there’s a whole lot of achievements associated with farming and cooking, so, being the achievement-whore that I am, I just had to put in the effort to get all of them. It’s not a short journey, that much is certain. Is it fun? Not particularly.

To master all of the Ways of cooking and to earn the best friendship of all of the friends of the farm, it takes a whole lot of resources. Harvested ingredients, hunted ingredients, and fished ingredients galore, in total it’s a collection of well over 5,000 individual items – and this isn’t including the Now I am the Master achievement. Keeping track of all the needed resources for all these achievements is quite a task, but having a fancy spreadsheet sure does help.

Tillers and Pandaren Cooking Reference Guide

To keep track of all these resources and to find out exactly how many more I needed to complete most of the achievements, I built a comprehensive spreadsheet covering Friend on the Farm, Master of Pandaren Cooking, ! To Be a Master, and various additional quests that revolve around Pandaren cooking. This spreadsheet will track a complete listing of all the ingredients required to accomplish maxing out your farmer friendships, hitting 600 in all Ways of cooking, and becoming a Master cook by cooking each of the six 600-skill recipes. The spreadsheet should expand over time as I complete more quests.

This spreadsheet was inspiried by Thaildl over in the WoWhead comments.

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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Game Accessories Really Matter

March 6, 2012 - 9:05 pm 1 Comment

Game Accessories Really Matter

I’ve been back to playing World of Warcraft on a regular basis since my last post in February. Sadly, I really haven’t been inspired by anything in-game to make a post about. Today while the servers are down for maintenance, I finally had an idea come to mind. What is it that every gamer has to have in order to play games, aside from the computer of course? Peripherals! Since I’ve been asked so many times what kind of setup I use when playing games, I figured it would be as good a topic as any to write about. So, read through the jump to find out exactly what devices I use and how I have them configured for use with World of Warcraft.

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The Olde Standby

February 6, 2012 - 9:17 am 1 Comment

The Olde Standby

There’s something about World of Warcraft that just keeps me coming back for more. Or maybe it’s something about all the other MMOGs that just can’t keep my attention for long. Whatever the case may be, I’m back in Azeroth! It makes me wonder what it is about WoW that makes it the standby and not some other game. So, for my first post in a year at the World of Warcraft chapter of Die by the Arrow, I’m gonna touch on some things that make WoW special.

Certain games we play seem to grab hold and never shake loose. They become an emotional attachment. Most make an impact early in our gamer lives – Zelda comes to mind as the game that hooked me back when I was  years old. The Elder Scrolls series hooked me in my early teens. And then along came Everquest in my late teens, forever addicting me to the MMOG drug of choice. World of Warcraft somehow became the game to fall back on when all others didn’t make the grade, for whatever reason. Read through the cut to get a glimpse of why WoW is the only MMOG that keeps people coming back for more.

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Rose Petals and Lots of Perfume

February 13, 2011 - 10:09 pm No Comments

The Fractured Front - Deepholm

Seasonal events – oh how I love to hate them. It used to be about getting the What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been achievement for the Master Flying reward… but then I accidentally bought the flying so now it’s simply about getting the achievement points. The drake isn’t a bad reward either.

So anyway, Love is in the Air… this seasonal is pretty easy. After a few days of the dailies, you’ll pretty much be set to finish all the achievements, including the bonus achievements Tough Love, Lovely Luck Is On Your Side, and Perma-Peddle (that’s the cupid pet). Read on to find a quick and easy little guide for this colorful seasonal event and your Fool for Love achievement.

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How To: Playing WoW on Dual Monitors

February 11, 2011 - 11:53 pm 8 Comments

Dual Monitor World of Warcraft

Some people have asked how I have my game playing across both monitors, so below is my tutorial on how to set it up. It’s not for the faint of heart and requires a good knowledge of editing shortcuts and the WoW config file and monitor resolutions.

The benefits of this setup is so you can have nothing but health bars, hotbars, and aura alerts on your main screen while everything else is on the off-screen. Keeps everything super clean and clear on the monitor you look at the most while maintaining the same FPS since the off-monitor is not rendering anything. Read through the break for all the techy details on setting up a dual-monitor WoW.
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After the dust settled…

February 7, 2011 - 12:52 pm 3 Comments

Val & Thera First Kill

A few days after the guild drama, a roster cut by well over half its normal raiders, a new website, and the switch from Ventrilo to Mumble, Imminent Destruction was back on top. We carried our Halfus lockout into a new week and Valiona & Theralion went down after many hard fought attempts.

That was last week. This week we started fresh. With everyone amped up we stormed into Halfus’s lair and one-shot the dude. Five of us died in the process, but a win is a win. We got some very happy loot. After collecting ourselves we went to fight the sisters high on life. It was ugly. They showed us just how mean they are. After 14 attemps and a good handful of unlucky RNG deaths, they finally went down. Yaegar got more loots – yeah he’s definitely a loot whore. Read through the cut to get a little insight into the dungeon that is Bastion of Twilight.

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I’m a Switcher

February 3, 2011 - 12:03 pm 1 Comment

Let me begin by saying, when I started World of Warcraft in the vanilla beta, I was a Hordie. My very first character was Aalwein, a troll hunter. My trusted companion was Death Flayer (which took a several hours camp to get). That character still exists today… transported from Arthas to Khaz’Goroth and renamed Gesthal. He never got past level 54, never made any real progress in tradeskills, and the only action he has seen in the last 6 years or so has been laundering Horde cooking recipes and cosmetic pets onto the Alliance market. So when I say “I’m a switcher,” it’s a bit like saying I’m back to my roots.

Since my wife (girlfriend at the time) started playing WoW, I’ve been Alliance. Mind you, blood elves didn’t exist yet and she refused to play an “ugly” character. So along came her cute little gnome mage with pink pigtails while a new Aalwein was born, of the night elven lineage. Years later, my account is dotted with characters on many servers, but the only ones out of their teens, aside from Gesthal, are Alliance characters. That is, until just last week; Saporo is my new blood elf warrior. Hit the jump to find out why I’m a switcher.

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Taming Rare Pets… Again!

January 27, 2011 - 12:14 pm 1 Comment

So since my last post about rare pets, I’ve been checking on spawns, camping them for an hour here or there. Sitting in one spot for too long brings flash backs of my younger days… back in Everquest camping Stormfeather for the quest item that rewarded me with the epic Eyepatch of Plunder. That camp was 96 hours straight, logged in the entire time, napping off and on with my speakers up so loud it would wake a bear on Christmas – oh, and I was four or five boxing at any given time as well. My guild renamed the zone after that… from Iceclad Ocean to “Aalwein’s Frozen Buttprint.”

Needless to say, I’m too old and too damned busy now to actually sit on a spawn point for too long. I had basically relegated myself to a collection of tamed boss pets and a few random semi-rares here and there. But one day, on my regular patrol for spirit beasts, I finally came across a winner. Read through the break to find out about my “Great Taming Day.”

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