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Assassins and Racing, just your average weekend

Not much gaming done this weekend but I did get back around to finishing Assassins Creed 4 in preparation for Unity, still have the Aveline and Adawale DLC missions to do and since I haven’t ever played them it will be something new and some of the trophies to finish off. The one problem I have with the AC games in relation to trophies and achievements is the multiplayer component, it just does nothing for me and means that getting 100% is essentially impossible which is annoying but I’m not going to do things I don’t enjoy just for some symbol….that said, someone has mentioned that the getting to level 55 one can be done playing lone wolf solo so it might just be something I do randomly if I get the urge.

The other gaming I did was just some oval racing on iRacing to try and get my safety rating up; at first I was just going to take a weekend to game the system and get out of rookies through time trialing oval and road-race but I’ve decided I want to run both classes for a full season to get some experience and see how high my safety rating can go naturally first as that will be an indicator of if I actually deserve to be out of rookies or not. I’m certainly finding that I like oval more than road racing at this stage but I think that might just be due to the shifting in road-racing still feeling different to real life, even with an H-shifter, since there is no real force-feedback on the shifter or clutch as there is in a real car.

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Cata multi-boxing leveling

So I finished off leveling the DK’s to 85 about 2 weeks ago now and have started on the shaman so thought I’d post a few things I have found about the leveling experience through the Cataclysm zones so far.

The biggest issue that a multiboxer will find coming into Cataclysm from RAF is that there is no way to avoid our most hated enemy, collection quests. Every quest hub in each zone through Cataclysm has to be completed before the breadcrumb to the next hub will open up for you, this means that every single collection quest will have to be done if you either want to level to 85 through questing or you want to come back at 85 and finish them off for gold and/or enchanting mats.

A lot of the quests through the zones will be group-friendly, eg kill quests that are shared across the group or item drops that are on the corpse for all characters in the group, but there are some really tedious collections quests too. An example of the tedious type is a quest in Mount Hyjal that requires you to collect 15 arrows off the ground, annoying enough when solo, but with needing to do it five times it becomes a chore but not as bad as a quest later on that requires 16 random drops of mobs that don’t share across the group so you are stuck with needing 80 random drops.

The only real saving grace for this is that the technology we are using makes it not as bad as it used to me. Picture-in-picture swapping on both Keyclone and ISBoxer make it easy enough to switch from character to character as one gets the quest done, while also allowing you to easily switch back to your tank if attacked, targeting a corpse and then using interact with target also makes it easy to have your team loot mobs without switch from your tank (as well as skin/herb/mine mobs if you can) while mouse broadcasting can also make it easy to pickup or activate ground-based untargetable objects without switching characters.

In terms of leveling speed I found that with 150% rested xp I was able to hit 85 from 81 with about 5% rested remaining after making sure to log out in an inn each night and got the final level while questing in Deepholm, though I had gone and done the pre-quest for Twilight Highlands and the starting quests there to open up the portal to and from Stormwind.

For cash I currently have about 2300g on each of the DK’s after buying them 280% flying and still have about half of Uldum and most of Twilight left to do. I have also run the Molten Front dailies for about 8 days so far and bought the tanking boots and neck from there and the belt from Hyjal so I would say that quest leveling through Northrend and Cataclysm should give you enough cash to properly outfit your character with 310% flying, all skills and full rep gear with enough left over to be ready for the next expansion but you will need a cashed up character if you want to buy them full epic crafted gear.

Overall I’d say the biggest thing to be aware of when quest leveling through Cataclysm is that you will need to have patience when you get the collection quests in each hub and to make sure you have your setup configured to make picking up items off mobs or the environment as easy and fast as possible so as to minimise the time needed to be spent on collections.

Where we’re at.

Since the last update I’ve been working on the DKs to get them to 85 asap and into the PvP arena team that has been planned. The team is now at 84.5 after completing Mount Hyjal, Vash’jir, the first part of Twightlight Highlands to get the portal back to Stormwind open and the first two segments of the world pillar in Deepholme along with the Crucible of Carnage.

The crucible was an interesting experience as I had to do it twice with a friend healing so they could get it done as well. Blood DKs don’t put out a mass of DPS so the fight with Godfrey took a bit longer than it should have, thankfully my healer is overgeared and was able to deal with it combined with the bloodworms (some doing 10k heals) and the deathstrike heal and bubble but I can’t wait to hit 85 so I can spec into frost for a secondary….yes I can do it now if I want but can’t be bothered to port back to Ebon Hold without a reason.

Along the leveling so far I also ran the goats through BRC with the healer friend, we one-shot everything except Corla where we wiped on her the first time due to a mistake on the evolutions, regrouped and took her down. Most of the run was fine, a little slow again due to running 4 bloods, but a few messy spots that show I have room for improvement in controlling the melee group including when I get runners.

RAF challenge completed

WoW RAF completed
WoW RAf completed

The characters on the last list were my main account and not linked to RAF, used the paladin on there to boost all the teams. The 85 paladin on D was transfered across from horde server at the end, the mage on A account was already there but only level 72 when I started to RAF.

Druids, DKs, Wars, Rogues and Shaman were leveled to 81, mages were gifted from scratch and the rest were boosted to 60 and then gifted the rest of the way. I also gifted a lock, hunter and priest from 1 to 81 as I had to transfer one of each to the D account to finalise things which led to me only having 40 giftable levels unused on B account in the end.

I started on 5 July and finished up on 12 Sept so around 60 days in total but less played obviously. Took about 15 hours to get teams from 1 – 60 and about 48 hours to get from 1 – 81 for those teams, will do a full count in the next day or two.

First team experiences

Last week was fairly productive as I managed to get the first of my new teams, 4 druids, to 81 since the RAF xp bonus works all the way through level 80 rather than stopping there as expected with a total played time of ~48 hours. The played time is a good bit of news as it means that if I focus I should be able to get one team a week done if I don’t waste time on the weekends and since I only have 5 more teams to level up, assuming I get the DK’s from 66 to 81 this week, I should be able to get everything done long before RAF runs out.

After the break I’ll go into some details that I discovered regarding boosting during the experience that will hopefully help others in a similar situation.

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The start of a new journey

Since Rifts and DC Universe didn’t hold my interest for too long I started drifting back towards WoW during my downtime for short periods of time as I try to get my thumbs back to working order and the urge to multibox crept up on me slowly, until that is Chris started back playing and talking about PvP which, combined with threads at dual-boxing.com, made the urge in me to have 4 frost DK’s for  5v5 arena team rise to unignorable levels.

 

That then friends is how this new journey began….

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Road to Blizzcon – Day 1

Wll the update post will have to wait as I start the jouney to Blizzcon with my girlfriend today and so the next 13 days of posts will mainly be trip reports of the trek…hope you enjoy.

The day didn’t start out too well as we awoke to find it raining but undeterred we got ready and headed downstairs for our taxi, only to find it not there. A quick call to the cab company and it seems the booking we made at 11pm the previous night wasn’t in the system so ask for a cab to be sent round asap as we had to get to the airport. 15 minutes goes by and still no cab and time for another call which finally leads to a cab arriving 5 minutes later…the driver then proceeds to almost lose control of the cab about 3 times on the way to the airport and I can see this being a very long day.

Once we hit the airport things went a little bit more smoothly with nothing major happening between canberra and sydney. The flight has a very weird feeling to it though, as it’s only 25 minutes in the air it feels like, just as they turn off the seatbelt sign because of hitting flying altitude, they turn it back on to get ready for landing.

Things started to get better at sydney, the rain had cleared and we got a small upgrade from economy to economy plus. Checking in and heading on through to the plan was fairly painless with the only real security point coming just as we headed into the United departure area with a full body wanding but other than that the security didn’t really seem intrusive at all which was better than I had thought it would be now.

On the plan finally and things took a small dive as the seats, which we had been told had an extra 5″ of room on them, were very tightly packed and it wasn’t possible for us to sit comfortably without being pressed against each other or another passenger in our aisle. The flight itself was long, boring and annoying…the cramped confines making it hard to eat the meals without elbowing the person next to you as you cut things and getting out to use the bathrooms was an excersize in mass movement depending on relative position to the aisle as it wasn’t possible to slide past a person in their seat.

The plane was reasonably old it seems, with ill-fitting and fauly equipment abounding but the service was quick and good and the meals were better than I was expecting…well except the scambled eggs for breakfast what which has a consistency that took me back to the taste and feel of my mothers first attempts at scambled eggs in a microwave when they first became available, hard, rubbery and grey inside but they were still tasty imho though my gf didn’t really think so….probably better to ake her opinion on this over mine though so I’d avoid the eggs on a United flight if you can.

The only other slightly interesting part of the flight was the guy in out row of three seats that had like 5 gins in about 20 minutes after takeoff and was cut-off by the staff for an hour or so, but he seemed like an alright guy and pretty much just crashed for most of the flight like we tried to. Apart from that the flight was very uneventful as the raid had cleared and I think we hit one pocket of turbulence that had us have to put our seatbelts on, but it lasted like 30 seconds….the rest of the time we were flying at about 10km up and around 950km/h.

On arriving at LAX after 13 hours (thankfully we were on schedule, though headwinds for a bot made it look doubtful for a while) I was expecting long delays to get through immigration and customs but we were though in about 30 minutes, including around 10 minutes waiting for baggage. The only difference I noticed we had to go through was having our index fingers scanned and photo taken at immigration but even that only took a few minutes and was very uninvasive. Finally, after about 17 hours of travel (and arriving 15 minutes before we had left australia, freaky timezone thing) we had exited the airport and arrived in Los Angeles, now we just had to find out shuttle.

The shuttle was easy to find, being almost right outside the exit of the airport, so that was cool and in about 30 minutes we began the trip to anaheim and our hotel. On the shuttle were a local couple heading home from some trip so I took the opportunity to quiz them on a few things such as places to go, places to eat etc and get some info on Las Vegas as well since they go their with a bowling league a few times a year. They were pretty cool to talk to and their home was in a town called Fullerton so we got to see a little bit of real world locations too, instead of just the tourist areas, and that was nice but after that it was about another 20 minutes to our hotel and so finally, after about 18 hours, we hit our hotel and had a chance to crash for a while.

After about 3 hour nap we got up and headed to Disneyland to grab our tickets for there and universal studios as well as see the fireworks which is only put on on saturday nights. Let me say, off the bat, the only really annoying thing I noticed was that to get our tickets for universal studios (and Sea World and San Diego Zoo, but we wont have time to use those) we had to go into Disneyland itself and so spend one of our 3 days of the pass on that…I can see how this could have really screwed us up if we hadn’t got in till like 10pm and had to go to universal the next day (which we do), as there would be no time at all to get any thing seen at all and it seems there is a LOT to see.

Before we went in we had a look around Downtown Disney, which is the shopping and restaurant area before you get in to Disneyland itself, and had dinner at the House of Blues which was actually really nice and reasonably priced with food + drinks for two coming in at $37. Here was the first real difference between australia and america, when we ordered a hamburger the waiter asked how we wanted it cooked (nice to have a choice if you prefer meat medium, etc) and then there was the tipping issue…I didn’t just have to tip the waiter but when I went in to the bathroom there was a guy in there to keep it safe, hand towels etc and had to tip him as well (though it was worth it as the taps and toilets here are very weird, will get to it in a bit). Overall, in the first day of being here, I think I have tipped more often and more total than I have in the rest of my life in australia and so that’s something to be mindful of.

After dinner we went back to having a look around and ended up buying a Fossil watch each as they were a good price and I needed a watch as I had left mine with a broken band back at home. After this we were both feeling the effects of the plane trip in our backs and feet but pushed on in to Disney as we needed to get the ticket for universal and see the fireworks at 9.30pm. Let me just say, entering Disney is not as you would expect it…the first thing to know is that Disneyland is actually two parks, Disneyland itself and Disney Adventures opposite it with the two entrances coming off the Downtown Disney walkway.

Once we got though the entrance into Disney land we were greeted by a lot of lighting and sparkles but noticed a lack of any characters walking around. Given however we only got as far as the end of Main Street I’m thinking they might only hang out in the three park areas and not the second shopping area (seems they get you coming in and going out for souviners but cant blame them really) but it just seemed strange not to walk straight into a Mickey Mouse walking around as you enter…the only other possibility is thye dont do them at night.

The initial area though the entrance is a shopping area called Main Street which is pretty much just stores selling Disney mrchandise and food/drinks so not much really to report there so we continued walking around and trying to find a spot to watch the fireworks display as we’d been ready to head back to the hotel for about the last hour…..we really should have just gone back when we were ready to as when the time came for the fireworks we were told they’d be delayed due to safety concerns with winds in higher elevations. This was the end for us so we headed on back out to Downtown Disney, at which time the familiar explosive sounds of fireworks started up and while we could turn around to see them a little bit, the full spectacle of them over the Enchanted Castle was missed.

Thankfully Disneyland is only around a 5-10 minute walk from our hotel so we were soon back in our room and getting ready for sleep and preparing for another big day tomorrow at Universal Studios with the bus arriving to pick us up at 8:15am so stay tuned for more tomorrow about that.

Photos will be up at some stage, so stay tuned and keep reading.