SCG Warcraft Guide – Raw Beast Hide farming

sym12.7.14First off let me preface this post by saying one thing.  I am not by any means a professional world of Warcraft guide writer.  There are very likely better and faster spots to farm up Raw Beast Hides.  Right now, this is how I do it.  It is by far the easiest way to get things done without having to worry about aggroing other beasts and critters that have the potential to kick you in your pixelated groinal region.

As a Skinner / Leather Worker on my main toon in Warlords of Draenor, Raw Beast Hides are the backbone of literally everything I can make in this latest World of Warcraft expansion.  It is a ingredient we cant do without.  This is where I go to get it.

In Nagrand just to the South of the Highmaul entrance and directly north of the Ancestral Grounds (see map below) is a wet lands area populated by Wetland Riverbeast’s and Wetland Trampler’s.

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The Riverbeast’s are the prey we are after.  They re easy to kill and drop from 1 to 3 Raw Beast hides each.  As a Hunter with a current ilevel of 633 I am essentially 2 – 3 shotting these guys.  Simply make your way along the edges of the water and take them down as you come upon them.  As you make a full clear of the area they will be respawning.  I have yet to run out of Riverbeast’s to kill and skin.  The Tramplers while easily soloable are much bigger and take longer to kill.  They also have the potential to hurt you if your not paying attention.  I choose to avoid them as I can take 3 to 4 of their smaller counterparts down for roughly the same drop rates in the time it would take to take out a Trampler.  At level 100 you will basically have to step on them to make them come after you.  Just pay a minor amount of attention and don’t run into the ones patrolling off the bank.

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While we are here for the skins, they also drop Gorian Artifact Fragment’s, Raw Riverbeast meat and have a small chance to drop random Greens and who knows what else.

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Again, this is the place I choose to go to farm.  Is it the best? Probably not, but it is more than enough for my current needs.  Please feel free to comment on where you go to farm your leather and what you think about this place.

See you in game and on the Twitters.

Warcraft – 10 Years, 10 Questions.

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Its kind of hard to imagine that I have been playing World of Warcraft for almost 10 years now.  As the game nears its 10 year anniversary this upcoming November many websites and blogs that center themselves on the game are creating special projects marking the event.  One of those projects is the 10 Years, 10 Questions project being put together over at ALT:ernative.  This is my contribution to that project.

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I started playing Warcraft a few weeks after the initial launch, If I remember correctly it was supposed to be a Christmas present but I knew what it was and did not want to wait for Christmas to start  playing. I wanted to play because I felt that this was the game I was finally going to be able to dip my toe into the MMO world with.  It was too late to play Everquest and I was a huge Fan of the Warcraft Franchise.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

The First character I rolled was a Orc Warrior named Blaktung.  I played him for a couple hours then rolled a Tauren Hunter named Symentol who I got hooked on almost immediately.  Had I known about racial characteristics at the time he would have likely been a Orc.  Blaktung is still around.  I leveled him up to level 90 to take advantage of his professions.  I might take the time to learn to Tank with him in Warlords.  The Hunter is still my main after all this time and will continue to be so.  

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

There was no choice for me.  I will take the dark side nearly every time.  Regardless of there being no real good or bad faction I feel I personally relate more to the carnal and animalistic side of things.  Hence my affinity for the Horde.  I also find the Orcs and Horde lore fascinating.

 
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

Most memorable event for me has to be the first time we downed Ragnaros in the Molten Core back in Classic WoW.  There was something special about the work involved and the epic feel of the 40 man raids back in the day.  It was the crowning achievement for what was an amazing guild back then.  It was also about the same time the same guild started to slowly fall apart.  But that is another story.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

I am a social guy, I like to chat a lot in vent.  I like to play with people who have similar personalities as my own.  I have made a lot of good friends in this game.  So the best part is definitely the social aspect of it.  It is a massive ‘multi’ player game after all.  No one should be playing it as a solo.  

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

Orgrimmar will always be home for my Mains and Alts.  

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?

Ive been playing since December of 2004.  I’ve taken a total of maybe 10 months off.  That mostly was near the end of the Burning Crusade expansion cycle due to a really bad case of burn out and irritation after I decided to leave the guild I had been with for nearly the entire game up to that point. The rest I took off during the last few months of Cataclysm after I decided to not worry about raiding after I had level capped all my alts.  There was just something about that expansion I did not enjoy.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

No, not really.  Unless it something interesting.  The Black Prince Epic Cloak quests for example.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

I went through a time where I chose to lose myself in the game for about a year long period.  I was depressed and had been laid off after 14 years on the job.  I ignored a lot of the real world during that time and it was very hard on my wife.  So yes, I regret letting my obsessive nature getting the best of me during that period of my life.  

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?

That is a hard question to answer.  The game has had both positive and negative effects on my life.  But I wont go to into them in depth.  I will simply say that the game has taught me about the importance of moderation and in the long run has helped me to realize how important things like family and friends can be, even friends who are disembodied voices you only ever here in Ventrillo.  Those voices can turn out to be the best friends a person can have.  Also, $15 a month is cheap entertainment.  Dont sweat the /played time.  What else would you have been doing?  watching TV or hanging out at the Bar?  Gaming is a fantastic way to spend your time, just don’t let it control you.  Your the master, not the game.  That is the main lesson I have learned over the last 10 years. 

 

Well that’s it, I hope Alt:ernative can use it.  And I hope you enjoyed the read.  I had a good time doing it.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor – Bringeth it on!

It was a exciting day in my fan boy world. Blizzard finally released the street date for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, ‘Warlords of Draenor’.  That being 9/13/14.  If your reading this then I think you probably know plenty about it already so I am not feeling the need to go into the details of it.  I will say though that for some reason I am feeling way more excited about this expansion and have not had this much anticipation built up for a game likely since the ‘Wrath of the Lich King’ release.  There is just something about this one that feels right.  Like Blizzard has maybe gone kind of old school in their thinking and put in more of what we players want to see in the game and less of what we hate. Cough, cough, Dailies, cough.. I feel a sense of anticipation from long lost guildies who are planning to rejoin the fold.  I have a sense of ease going into this one that I have not felt since Burning Crusade launched due to the fact that the guild I am in is established and has not broken apart due to the between expansion lull.  It feels like a fresh start with familiar friends and I am digging it.

Yes, We still have 3 months to go.  That seems like a long time.  It really is not.  Use the time to shore up alts in game, achievement grind, or get that Legendary cloak finished up.  There will also be the 10th anniversary content to do as well as the pre-expansion patch leading up to the big day.  Better yet, spend some time with the significant other and prepare them for November 13th when they will once again see you enter the world of Azeroth, or Draenor in this case, and not come out until you are level 100 and reak of Hot Pockets, nerd sweat and Red Bull.  It will be glorious.  Until then I will see you online or the Twitter (@SinCityGeek).  Feel free to follow me as I am always looking to make new friends.

Posted below are the videos released today with all the new Warcrafty goodness.

The Warlords of Draenor Intro Cinematic

 

Lords of War – Part 1: The Shattered Hand.

 

Updated Warlords NEW FEATURE Trailer.

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Trailer

All good things must come to an end.  The same holds true for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. This is the first official teaser trailer for the 3rd and final movie of the trilogy. It makes me a little sad knowing this is very likely the last time we will see any thing Tolkien related on the big screen for a very long time.  Enjoy the trailer, as always it looks amazingly well done.  Look for it in theaters on December 17, 2014.

 

 

Of Funko Pops! – A Couple of Issues.

I collect Funko Pops! If your not aware of them they are these little 3 1/2″ tall vinyl figures that have tiny little bodies and big heads.  Yes, they are kind of odd but a lot of people really dig these things, me included.  They cost anywhere from $8 to $15 new and have taken the world of toy collecting by storm since they started making them.  They are released in waves of  5 – 6 at a time for a multitude of different licenses.  Some of the more popular lines include Marvel Superheroes, DC Heroes, The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Disney, and many other TV and Movie licenses.

I am starting to see a trend however that I do not like in the hobby.  It is something I have noticed along the way over the last year or so since I have gotten into these things.  That trend is a thing known as the ‘exclusive’ or ‘variant’ figure.

Funko, it seems, likes to produce ‘exclusive’ Pops! for what seems like just about everything. Online retailers have them, Brick and Mortar stores like Hot Topic and Barnes and Noble have them. Any comic book shop worth anything will carry them.  Stan Lee has about a billion of them dedicated to him and they produce them for many of the more popular nerd gatherings. San Diego Comic Con being the biggest.

In a nutshell and to save some words here is my bitch.

- Exclusives are not really exclusive if they can be bought on multiple web sites, stores and at events at the same time.  This last few days of San Diego Comic Con 2014 has shown me this.  Not only have I not seen any numbers on how many of each of these things they release, but it seems like they simply are interested in putting a SDDC sticker on the box and then charging us consumers an extra $5 dollars per figure.  It is more than annoying when I as a person take time out of my day to log in to a website at a specific time to purchase SDCC exclusives of which they are supposedly only selling a small amount of and jumping through the hoops involved only to find out that Barnes and Noble booksellers has a dozen each of the same figures with the same SDCC sticker on it sitting on its shelves for a cheaper price than said website did. This seems more than a little fishy to me.

- Secondly is a complaint about the so called variants produced for people to collect.  The bigger websites sometimes have special paint variants of figures made for people to collect.  The ‘Walking Dead’ line comes directly to my mind on this one. My problem with this line in particular is two fold.  1. taking a normal figure from the series and splattering some red paint on it and calling it “Bloody” is just lazy.  2. Doing it to literally every figure in the series in order to essentially make the completionist collectors of us out there buy the set twice is just fucking greedy. Its akin to the trend the comic industry went through when they raised prices, shortened page count and produced 8 different cover variants for each comic book.  Guess who does not collect Comic Books anymore.  The pictures below illustrate what I am talking about perfectly.

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Personally I would like to see a few small changes.  I would like to see number runs of each piece printed/stamped on the figures or maybe start sealing the boxes and print them on the box themselves. Are they making 50,000 of this one or 500?  Yes, the Out of box collectors wont like this but they still would have the choice as always to break the box open or not.  I would also like the variants and exclusives to truly be what they say they are. A bad repaint is not what I want, especially something as lame as a wet brush splatter.

I wonder if Funko is trying to fill a gap in the collector world by trying to provide enough product for literally everyone who wants to buy one of these things.  I hope not.  This will only flood the market and bring the after market value of these fun collectible toys down to nothingness.  No one wants to ‘collect’ something that is always going to be worthless and can be found on the discount shelf at your local Wal-Mart.  The chase part of collecting is a large part of why people collect.  If  its not a challenge then people will stop buying and lose interest all together.

I enjoy the hell out of this hobby but I have had to drastically reduce the number I buy recently and decided to only collect 2 specific lines of Pops! in particular.  This was done partly out of frustration to Funko’s marketing of these things.

 

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‘Star Wars’ gets the ‘Guardians’ Treatment x 2.

Aaaah.  Fan Mash up trailers. Some are horrible.  Some are good.  These are great.

If you have not seen these yet, Then you need to pay better attention to the internet.  They are are ‘Star Wars’ trailers cut up and redone in the music and style of the soon to be released ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailers. I have to admit, I like them, A lot.  If its not your thing, then that’s cool, I will just think your kind of sad for the rest of my days.  I especially like the slight little pokes they put into the trailer for the Prequels.  I would have have been much harsher on those horrible horrible films.  Enjoy.

 

 

I believe we can thank Mr. Ross Thompson over at The Unusual Suspect Blog for making these.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Trailer #2.

Personally, I am not 100% sold on this movie yet.  But, The trailer looks bad ass.  So I will share it.  Given my my ho hum attitude about this movie similar to my attude about anything involving the ‘Transformers’ I can safely guarantee this movie will make approximately eleventy billion dollars and this is simply the 1st of at least 6 movies.  Enjoy.