Archive for September, 2010

GeneralRant

How’s the cheese?

“You’re through to customer relations, how can…”

“How’s the cheese?”

“I’m sorry, what?”

“You’re the factory that makes the Asda branded ‘8 Cheese & Garlic Slices’, yeah?”

“Ah, yes. That’s one of the items we produce here.”

“So, how’s the cheese?”

“Erm, er, right. Well, on that particular product, it’s a blend of Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese, locally sourc…”

“Is it bubbling?”

“…”

“Is. The. Cheese. Bubbling?”

“I’m not sure I’m quite following you here, sir.”

“In the cooking instructions, it says to heat the slices in the oven ‘until the the crust turns brown and the cheese bubbles’. Since there’s no sodding cheese on my god-damned slices, I can only surmise it’s still in the bloody factory with you tossers!”

*click*

GamingMMO

Brewfest Pets

WolpertingerThe World of Warcraft world event, Brewfest started earlier this week and if you’re there for the pets or just the achievements, you’re probably already busy collecting Brewfest Prize Tokens. Good show! You’ll need them. This post is about the two vanity pets you can pick up from this event, in very short order – the Wolpertinger and the Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm. They’re so easy to get, you’ll probably be able to take them both home with you from just one day of the Brewfest event (in you’re looking for it, NPCs around the cities will point you in the right direction but it’s outside Ironforge for the Alliance and outside Orgrimmar for those heathens, the Horde).

One point of note if you’re keen to show off these two lovely pets – they’re only visible to others if they’re in an ‘alcoholically-enhanced’ state (completely smashed, that is) or they’re in your group. Well, this is Brewfest.

The Wolpertinger, the horned, razor-toothed, be-winged hare is available through a simple quest – Catch the Wild Wolpertinger! (Horde version), where you attempt to catch five Wolpertingers with the provided net. Of course, you need to be thoroughly blitzed to see them (or a big wuss wearing googles, that is). Hand in the stunned Wolpertingers and you receive a tankard for your troubles. Invisible pet ahoy!

Pint-Sized Pink PachydermThe second pet – the Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm is a little more involved to obtain as it requires you to collect 100 Brewfest Prize Tokens and purchase it from either Belbi Quikswitch (Alliance) or Blix Fixwidget (Horde). There are a number of ways to earn tokens. The one-off quests such as using the racing ram to collect three barrels gets you a handful, as does travelling Azeroth gunning down Pink Elekks or throwing steins at a ‘robot’. Once those are polished off, the dailies should help too (more racing ram fun around the city or stopping one of the the regular Dark Iron dwarf attacks). People often overlook the ‘non-quest’ ram-racing you can do back at the ram racing master. Ask him about doing more deliveries and he’ll give you another ram. Each delivery you make nets you another 2 tokens. If you make good use of the apple barrels, you’ll never need to let off top-speed and should earn a fair bundle of tokens from the task. Apparently, this ‘non-quest’ is on an eighteen hour cool-down so grab it every time you go back for your dailies.

Of the two, I think I prefer the Wolpertinger. As cute as the baby Elekk is, I’ve already got a Peanut from the Children’s Week event some I’m good on that front. Right, now to start saving up for the Brewfest outfit, get smashed and start dancing in Dalaran.

GamingMMO

The Green Proto-Drake is mine!

I spoke last year about the other rewards you could obtain from the Mysterious Egg / Cracked Egg item purchased when you reached Revered reputation with the Oracles from Geen, the gorloc Quartermaster but like I said, I hadn’t managed to claim the Reins of the Green Proto-Drake, a rather nice (280% speed) flying mount. Well, six months ago, that all changed.

Of course, I’d been obsessively smashing open those eggs ever since I first posted back in February last year (and doing a wonderful Auction House trade in Tickbird Hatchlings, White Tickbird Hatchlings, Cobra Hatchings and Proto-Drake Whelps). Then work issues got all-up-in- my-face and I had to take a break from WoW. After a lengthy absence, I came back to my old characters, rooted around in their banks and sure enough, one of them had a Cracked Egg that had run it’s course after I quit. What did I find when I popped it open?

Green Proto-DrakeAs the vaguely un-hip kids still insist on saying… Boo-ya!

I know these things are probably decided when you open the egg but it’s funny instead to think of this beastie crammed in a tiny egg, hidden away in a darkened bank vault for months on end. Well, now he’s free and happily flapping those huge scaly wings carrying my sorry butt from A-to-B (and back to A again when I forget what I was going to B for when I reach it).

As you can see in the screenshot, my character is transformed by the new disguise on the block, the Gnomeregan Pride reward, a quest item you receive from completing the Words for Delivery quest as part of the ‘Operation Gnomeregan’ Cataclysm pre-amble. For 30 minutes, you get to look like Gnomeregan Infantry. Shame it has a 4hr cool-down though. The only other rewards from the ‘Operation Gnomeregan’ quest line (apart from cash/exp) are a nice looking cloak (the Gnomeregan Drape) and a Feat of Strength achievement called, appropriately enough, ‘Operation: Gnomeregan‘.

Obviously, that’s for the Alliance. The Horde scum get to recapture the Echo Isles, earning the Darkspear Pride (which transforms you into a Darkspear Warrior for 30mins on a 4hr cool-down), a Darkspear Shroud and the ‘Zalazane’s Fall‘ Feat of Strength.

Hopefully, Cataclysm will bring forth a whole slew of new mounts and vanity pets to collect and sure enough, if things don’t get too hectic with work, I’ll try posting about how and where to get hold of them. See you there.

General

Dusting off

WordPressIt’s been quite a while since I last posted an update to the site so I thought I’d best raise my head above the parapet. Work has been a slog recently with nary a minute to think about doing much else, much less actually get round to doing it.

Today though, I found myself with some time to spare and of course thought of you guys – my imaginary visitors, going so long without word from your beloved… um, blogger? Anyway, here I am again and one of the first things I did was update the back-end from 2.91 to 3.01 of WordPress. The big selling point for the update (apart from the usual wodgy mountain of bug fixes, general enhancements and tidy-ups) is the new default theme, Twenty Ten.

Hmmm, instead of trying to explain what has changed, I should just take the lazy route and embed…

If you’ve got hosting that can handle a WordPress set-up (and most should, to be honest), you could do a lot worse than running a site with it. So versatile and easy to customise that even a chump like me can handle it. And if the thought of modifying a theme sends shivers down your spine, there are a multitude of free themes already created by an ever expanding community with one guaranteed to suit your mood.

Don’t have hosting? Sign up for a free blog on WordPress.com, and get waffling.