Brajana’s Adventures in Wrath

November 17, 2008

So things have been pretty busy for me, IRL.  Wrath came out midnight on Thursday, but unfortunately I had two very large and difficult exams on Thursday, so I didn’t make it out to the midnight launch.  Instead of getting only 2 hours of sleep because I’m busy working on a Death Knight, I only got 2 hours of sleep because I was busy studying relational database design and token ring network topologies.

My original plan was to head out to EB Games and pick up my preordered copy at 2:30PM, after my second exam.  Unfortunately, I also have an extremely large final project due on Tuesday, and my group partner decided Thursday afternoon/evening was the time to work on it.  So we worked til 6:30, I managed to convince her we needed to take a dinner break so I could go pick up my game, and finally I was able to play 10PM that night.

I didn’t ge to play much Friday because I had ANOTHER exam on Saturday morning.  But I got a bunch of Fjord quests done anyway. Saturday, I had my exam at 10AM and then a couple local guildies and I had an afternoon of board games.

So my real Wrath time didn’t start until about 7PM on Saturday.  But I had all of Sunday to play, even if I shouldn’t have.

I’m sitting about 75% through level 73, with all of Howling Fjord and most of Borean Tundra finished off.  Here’s my take so far.

Howling Fjord is amazing.  I loved it there, and enjoyed all of the quests.  From the first quest on, I felt really engaged and interested in the story, and found the atmosphere beautiful.  I felt like I was just flying through the content, and there was no time that I felt like I really wanted to stop.

Borean Tundra… well, my first impressions weren’t great.  After figuring out how to navigate Warsong Keep, I get outside and am surrounded on all sides by these Nerubian creepy crawlers and everything was all grey and burnt red.  As someone who never enjoyed places like Burning Steppes and Searing Gorge, I was not very pleased.  But once I got out of the initial area, I was a little more satisfied.  Borean Tundra has some fun quests, like the D.E.H.T.A. quests and the seige tank quest, but I got very sick of swimming very quickly.

“Go swim out to these ruins.”

“Go swim out to this rift.”

Come on.

The Tuskarr are my favourite thing in the expansion so far.  They’re so cute!  They are walruses riding turtles!  And their quests are fun!  And they have a little non-combat penguin pet at exalted.  hehe!

I did actually start a Death Knight, which I wasn’t planning to do for a long time.  But I’d come up with a good name (wish I could do that with my Gorilla…) so I started him up and did about 20 minutes worth of quests.  I like the starting area, even though I haven’t seen much of it yet.

I have also now tamed a Rhino!  I wasn’t sure what to replace, but I figured… I never really used my wind serpent, and I can always go back and get a new one if I feel it’s necessary.  So I said goodbye to Sparkle, and hello to… Sparkle!  Yes, I named my Rhino after my wind serpent.  He’s fun, and I can’t wait to get him out on the AV bridge and make him punt gnomes all over the place.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now.  Next time I’ll talk a little bit about instancing and how that’s going.  When I leveled from 60-70 I only ran 2 instances.  Now that I have a guild to level with, I’m getting a lot more action in there.  It’s been pretty fun!


  1. According to SES:

    Mend Pet
    Brajana’s Adventures in Wrath
    38 years ago


  2. Hahaha.

    Yup, I’m way ahead of you guys… back in 1970 while you were all trying to figure out how to fit a computer into 1 room, I was hitting level 74 in Wrath of the Lich King! Muahaha!

  3. “relational database design and token ring network topologies” ??

    First off, token ring networks…. icky – thankfully not used much anymore. We have one for some IBM mainframe equipment, which like token ring, needs to die a painful death.

    Second, database design? – Please don’t become one of those crazy-ass database people, I work with way to many, and I think most have lost their sense of reality a long time ago…

  4. Don’t worry. I’m only taking databases because it’s required for my degree. While I do work sometimes on databases at work, it’s not something I really enjoy doing or would ever want to focus on!

    For the networks… my network course is entirely archaic, we are learning how networks were when they were invented. It’s a ridiculous class which has us flipping bits and converting binary strings on our assignment… in a 3rd year level course. Bah!

  5. DBAs are scary.

    Though, so is token ring.

  6. Personally, I don’t like most the IT degree stuff. IMO, its better to get hands-on and actually do things, not sit in a classroom and discuss the theories behind stuff and terminology. Rather force people to sit down and design and create the database, write the program, animate the graphics, configure and setup a network, etc. — Sorry about the venting, I hate my school. Learned more at home w/ the “community college” then at the four-year degree granting institution I’m at now.

    Converting binary huh? Have you started subnetting and supernetting yet? /sarcasm “That’s a blast.”

  7. Oh I totally agree with you. The first two years of my program were pretty good, I could see the use of what I was learning, and I was actually building programs and designing things that I could see a purpose in. But the last two years have been dreadful. Everything is too specialized, and none of it is specialized in my particular field. I figured… hm, I’m a web developer. It’s probably a good idea for me to learn how to set up a network.

    Next thing you know, I’m learning how to multiply bandwidths and what each bit of a header in every protocol is for.

    At this point, the majority of my learning is coming from work experience. If it weren’t for the fact that I’d lose my job if I dropped out, I’d totally be done with school and learning real things!

  8. Well, glad I’m not the only one that feels that way. I’m stuck in school as well, on year five of my four year degree, since my new school doesn’t like transferring credits… but work is paying for it, so I’ll live with it. Besides, I get to play WoW at work, isn’t that all that matters?

  9. /jealous

    I don’t get to play at work 😦 That’s where the blog comes in!

  10. Well, I’m not supposed to technically, but my boss is OK with it “after hours” as long as the work still gets done. I’ve found we (my coworker plays too) are more … aware … when we’re playing, since we don’t wanna screw up. Although, crazy situations occur: I’m healing, coworkers is tanking, and the phone rings…

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