Good news, everyone! Well, good news for me anyway. Approximately 1 hour after posting about archaeology last Friday and talking about what a grind it can be, I got my second canopic jar and it contained the Vial of the Sands recipe. So maybe I don’t really dislike archaeology anymore. Between accomplishing the Sandstone Drake and getting lucky with the Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank, I’d say this mostly annoying profession has done me well.
I know some of you love flying around and digging and more power to you. I enjoy fishing even though a lot of people don’t. But for those of you who are still trying to gain some of the arch items and don’t love waiting for a dig in Uldum to spawn, I’d highly recommend just digging in Pandaria like I did and crating artifacts to turn in for Tol Vir crates. The continent you have to fly around is much smaller and while you’re going from digsite to digsite you can still gather current herbs & ore, watch for rares you haven’t killed yet, do some dailies for factions you might need rep with, etc. It’s a great way to work on arch while also staying in current content and doing current things.
Archaeology. Oh man, when they first announced it was going to be introduced into the game I was so excited. It sounded awesome. Travel the world, learn more about the lore of the land, dig up cool treasures. How could anyone not want to do that? And it was really fun for about a week. Then the new wore off. Ugh. Talk about a grind. The 12 minute flights across entire continents, the running and surveying and running and surveying and running and surveying and running and surveying and running and finally digging. Digging once, then starting the whole process over. I don’t know why I do this to myself.
Yes, they have totally improved it now. It really is better than it used to be. But it still sucks ass. It’s still cross-continent flights and total randomness and non stop running and surveying. Let’s be honest. No one is still doing Archaeology just for the fun of learning the lore. We grind it out for the mounts and the pets and random cool little toys & transformations. I used to force myself to do 3 or 4 digsites a week in the months after I started leveling it up. Eventually, though, I just couldn’t bear to. Then towards the end of Cata I decided I really needed to get the Vial of the Sands mount for Elfi, so I worked on it a little bit more. But not too much. It still just wore me out.
Cut to the past several months when every time I turn around my crackhead friend with the million alts asks me if I have a 2 person mount so I can fly her to the Shrine. Nope. Still don’t have one. But I should. I’ve got all the mats for the damn mount in my bank; they’ve been there for years. So I’ve decided to give it a go again. After spending hours flying around Kalimdor in hopes that I would spawn some digs in Uldum I wasn’t getting anywhere. I am not even exaggerating when I say I hit 30 digsites in Kalimdor and 1 of them was in Uldum.
Scratch that. Let’s try something different. I think it may actually be faster (due to shorter length of flights) to dig in Pandaria and then crate my artifacts and turn crates in for Tol’Vir crates. Which is what I’ve been doing all morning. I also traded some Spirits of Harmony for crated artifacts. I think this may be the best method for me. It seemed like I got keystone from about half the crates so I was able to solve quite a few times. Unfortunately with all my Tol’Vir solves I have only gotten 1 canopic jar so far. However, between all the Night Elf and Fossil solves from my Kalimdor digs and the Tol’Vir onesI did end up with a couple of pets, the fossilized raptor mount and some other little something. Nothing major.
Just an Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank. That ole thing.
Squee! I still am not loving arch and I still have a long way to go to get the damn dragon transformation mount, but I am very happy I lucked into this thing. It’s a beast.
The feeling of excitement from being able to attend Blizzcon may not wear off for a while, but things have returned to normal regardless. I’m back home, back to work, back to the Timeless Isle and working on using LFR to practice SoO in the hopes I might one day get a chance to go through there on flex.
The first step, however, was to actually finish the last stage of ToT which I had never completed. I really have no good excuse for that. It was combination of laziness, not having friends to queue up with, too busy standing idly in Stormwind chatting with my guildies, herbing.. you know, all the standard excuses. But I took care of the problem by queueing immediately and got that out of the way so I could head into SoO knowing I had done everything prior. I’m totally glad I decided to do it too because my Treasures of the Thunder King bag contained a Cracked Primal Egg and in 3 days I had myself a shiny new Red Primal Raptor mount. (Note: these things aren’t very red at all)
In between trying to actually earn valor on Elfi for the purpose of upgrading gear and finally being respectable and trying to get back into the habit of keeping up with my Tillers farm on all 3 of my level 90′s, I did manage to get some time in on the Timeless Isle and was super excited to have 2 pets drop for me this week. Hooray for good luck!
Still have a lot of pets and mounts on my wishlist but these are a fine start. Maybe my luck will stick with me a little longer. I’d love to get the Ruby Droplet so I don’t have to make my way up to Garnia anymore.
I, uh … I have had the… uh, pleasure(?) of having a battle pet named after me by my bff, Grace.
For those who know me only as Elfi, my real name is Kristy, people call me Kris, and Grace and I actually met in SWTOR where my character name was Kristalys. My level 90 Troll druid that I use to run around with Grace in-game is Krisstalys, so she’s never really known me as Elfi. I think I’m grateful for that because filthyelfi would somehow be worse. Lol.
Surprise achievements are the best achievements! I was fishing up some Jewel Danio in front of Mogu’shan Palace Sunday evening when I finally fished up my first Sea Turtle Mount. Yay, me! I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get that thing.
It’s not what you think. I am simply announcing that I now have an ice baby pet. After my post about the Frostscythe’s on Monday, good ole Frost Lord Ahune coughed up… well, he coughed up another Frostscythe for Elfi actually. On Monday night, that is. Yep, I went in there wearing one and came out and sold my new, extra one. But then on Tuesday night, I pulled Ice Chip out of my bag of goodies. It took me all of 3 seconds to name him and drag him to Stormwind for screenshots. Then I got to work many hours of overtime yesterday and didn’t get around to posting about it.
By now you may be wondering why I said I dragged my pet to Stormwind for screenshots. Or, more accurately, by now you may be bored. But I won’t let that stop me from explaining why so many of my screenshots are taken in Stormwind. Please do try to keep up with the process I am about to explain and feel free to look up any technical terms I may use which you may not be familiar with. You see, the reason I take so many screenshots in Stormwind is … well, it’s because … the light there is pretty good and there are plenty of white flat-topped, square-shaped things you can stand on the top of so there’s not much in the background to make my shots look poopy.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to email. I’ve taken the liberty of saving a .txt file with this valuable information and I would be more than happy to send you one for only $5.
I’ve been mounting a lot of things lately but I have one more screenshot I just had to share. It’s no secret that red is my favorite color so of course I’ve been lusting after the Ruby Panther for the longest time now. Thanks to my dear friend, Grace, I now have one of my very own. The poor dear sent it to me from a toon she doesn’t even play anymore after farming all the mats and making it specifically for me. She doesn’t even own one herself. This is on top of the Sapphire Cub and Jade Owl pets she had previously sent me. All without taking any money or mats from me. Isn’t that ridiculous???? Seriously, she’s so freaking amazing; I don’t deserve her. But you better believe I’m keeping all the shit she sends me.
Thanks, Grace. For the pets, the mount and the friendship. And thanks also to our friend More, who entertains Grace and I in vent and in game. He actually spoiled me with a Cinder Kitty several months back. You guys rock! Your generosity and the fun we have ALMOST makes up for the fact that you’re filthy hordies. ALMOST.