Thought I'd start a new topic for this episode #149.
I made it all and uploaded it on Christmas Eve.
In 6 days it's got 1300 views on YouTube.
I posted a story and link on several message boards that I go to regularly, including the WoW forums.
Most of the people on the WoW forums actually didn't like it, and most of the people on other sites did like it.
I thought it was fairly good, given the amateurness of the production. You can see the lighting problems I have in my apartment, it was filmed with a couple extra lights behind the camera to get it this good.
I thought it was pretty creative, you'll notice the people who are first to criticize are the ones who aren't creative and dont have any of their own work online for people to check out, so, good job, glad to see its getting some attention on youtube
I saw your mage's stats. One of my alts is a 32 Human Mage (Arcane spec). It can all be seen in my armory page.
Some tips for you:
Your base stats need work. When the numbers are white, they are below par. They should be brought up enough to be green.
Mages SUCK at melee combat. Even worse than hunters do. It's all ranged and magical attacks for mages. I found myself a 2 hand staff that had good stats on it, and got it. I rarely use it.
Most important stat for Mages is Intellect. And after that, Spirit. Jacking the Intellect will give you more mana, which allows you to do more damage before you run out of mana.
Look into alchemy potions. When you get your level 16, you'll be able to use Elixir of Defense, which is +150 armor for 1 hour. But if you get killed before the hour is up, you need to drink another potion to renew it.
You should have some of whatever healing potions and mana potions are allowed for your level.
Armor kits. Right now you can use medium armor kits, which is +16 armor each for hands, pants, feet, and chest armor. So right there is 64 armor. Alternatively, you can get an enchanter to give you enchants for +armor, +minor run speed on boots, +intellect, etc.
By some of the gear you have, I see you've been in Westfall, which is a nice area. Next time you're in Stormwind, stop by the auction house and browse for better gear (gloves, boots, chest armor, cloak, staff / wand, etc.). That's where you'll find the best stuff. Keep your gear repaired too.
When you get high enough to get Mana Shield at the trainer, USE IT! It helps a lot. But having lots of mana / intellect is then even more important.
You have no professions. How are you making money to buy new and better stuff? The 3 big gathering professions are Mining, Skinning, and Herbalism. Mining is a sure money maker, even on Copper ore. A stack of 20 copper bars sells for around 1.5 gold on my server (Andorhal), I've seen it as low as 1 gold / stack and up to about 2.2 Gold per stack. Skinning won't make much money at lower levels (below 20-25), but it gets better when you are able to skin higher level beasts and get better leather. Herbalism also doesn't make much money for low level herbs, but once you're around 20-25, you'll be able to go to areas where better herbs are.
If you were on my server, I could give you some better gear and potions.
Have you and Linc thought about making a WoW commercial? I'm sure you could do something good.
I'll have to think about doing that commercial thing, might be able to come up with something funny.
I just started this week so I'm learning as I go along, some of the people I play with have told me to do a profession, I just haven't gotten around to it because I've been kind of exploring and checking everything out and doing some quest around the area, I've been doing a lot of quests in Westfall, did a few in Dun Morogh and I just started doing a few in Redridge Mountains w/ Linc, I just hit level 16 so I think tomorrow me, linc and and a few other friends of ours are gonna hit Dead Mines
Like I said, im just taking my time right now, learning all the stuff and exploring. I bought the battlechest so it came with some game guides, I've been reading a bit of them for some info. This is the first MMORPG I've played, I've mostly done FPS or RTS games in all the time I've been gaming, so its all new.
If you're going to Deadmines, have several people with you who are level 20+, the enemies there go into the low 20's for levels and you can get hit with 3-4 at once in some places.
If you do decide to start with Mining, one of the best places to find Copper ore is in Dun Morogh. Run loops around Dun Morogh with your ore tracker on, and you'll see a lot. The eastern half, from Kharanos to the east, has more ore than the western half does. It mostly depends on if someone else has come through the area grabbing ores right before you did or not. I've made loops around the eastern half only and got around 100 ores in 1 to 1-1/2 hours. You're high enough level to handle that area now.
My main has 375 Skinning and 375 Mining now, once I get my level 70 I'm going to drop Skinning for Engineering so I can build the Engineering Flying Mount gyrocopter. I hate to give up Skinning, but the only alternative is to take my 41 Human Paladin who is already 300 Engineering and run him to 70. Don't want to do that again for a while!
For mods, I use Titan Bar for the coordinates only, and I got one called Gatherer also. It shows you where herbs and ore nodes and other things are on the map once you've already found them once with Gatherer turned on.
Between all 5 of my characters (68 dwarf hunter 41 human paladin 32 human mage 22 human rogue 10 gnome warlock), I've been all over Azeroth and about half of Kalimdor. And I'm working my way through Outlands on my main right now. There's still a lot I haven't seen!
I ended up going with Tailoring and Enchanting, I'm just starting to be able to make stuff that I can sell at the auction and people will actually buy so that is pretty cool, I just hit Lvl 24 this afternoon, I'm hoping to get to atleast 26 by the end of the weekend, maybe higher depending on how much free time I have.
Sounds good, you're really grinding up the levels! You must not be using the rested xp thing (where your xp bar is blue instead of purple). That's double xp for any kills, but quest xp stays the same.
When I've been working with someone in the game, and they level up after a kill or quest turn in, they usually announce it by saying "Ding" in the scrolling text chat.
Well a couple days ago, I hit the BIG DING - Level 70! ;D
27 days 10 hours /played time on this character to level 70. Kind of long, but I've done a LOT of Mining and other things besides just leveling.
First thing I did was run down to Shadowmoon Valley, get my Expert Riding training, and pick up a Golden Gryphon flying mount. 900 Gold cha-ching!
Being able to fly over most enemies and obstacles is SWEET, but it only flies at a 60% speed boost. My level 60 Epic Ram is 100% speed boost. That's the only thing that's been hard to get used to. I had fun killing some hordies in Hellfire Peninsula as revenge for all the times hordes messed with me while I was minding my own business.
Best thing is that I've been making mining runs around Hellfire Peninsula the last 2 nights, and I can drop down vertically on an ore node, mine it, and vertical takeoff again with minimal enemy interaction.
I've been stocking up on ores, I just need to grab about 80 more each of Mithril and Thorium, then I can get Engineering, level it to 350, and build my Engineering Flying Mount. I have pretty much everything else I'll need to powerlevel Engineering.
One of my alts, my 22 Human Rogue, has 225 Tailoring and 219 Blacksmithing. I liked Tailoring, but you don't start making things that sell for decent money until about 250-260 skill level. 14 slot Runecloth bags. I also tried Enchanting, but after about skill level 75 I gave it up. I was seeing what it cost for materials, and what I was getting for enchants. Enchanting is expensive for materials, but Jewelcrafting is even more expensive.
There were a few times where I had accumulated a stockpile of things like linen or wool cloth, so I'd mail them to my Rogue, have him make some 6 and 8 slot bags, then I'd go to Northshire Abbey and give them away to noobs. I did the same thing on my Alchemist alt (currently level 32 Human Mage) with low level Alchemy Potions.
One of your friends messaged me a few days ago while I was level 69 and working on my 70. I guess you have a bunch of friends on that server then, I was wondering why you didn't join on Andorhal.
If you've looked at my Armory page on the WoW website, you might have seen the guild I made for myself, which currently has 4 of my 5 characters in it. I made the guild just so people would quit harassing me to join their guild. Plus, I made it with what I thought was a cool name "No Noobs up in this ma" from the purepwnage website, they had one advertising photo with a sign that read that in it.
I just looked at your Mage's stats, and it seems like you really improved them a lot.
Hey, I do use the rested XP, I always hearth back to stormwind and go to the inn before I log off, how come you don't think I used the rested XP? Anyway, my buddy who invited me to his guild (Drelle if you wanted to look it up on the armory) said that it looks like you don't do instance because you don't have any blue items on your character, whats up with that? He said your sword is the one he used when he was level 60 on his warrior. Also, another friend of mine who is really badass has like all purples on his Lvl 70, his name is Auraia, check out his equip. on armory.
Anyway, he is pretty good so he's helping me become Über at this, I want to get to lvl 70 before Wrath of the Lich King comes out. I started a couple other characters but I want to put most of my time into my Mage, but when I get bored with that for a while and want to do something up I want to level up a Dranei shaman also.
I didn't think you had much for rested xp because you've been leveling so fast that it probably wouldn't have time to build up. When I found out about the rested xp thing in my early level 20's, I'd log out in the Stormwind inn until the rested xp marker was all the way across the screen, during which time I'd play my other characters once I started making them. Then I'd level until I hit the rested xp mark again, then rest and repeat.
I've never been into instances, I never really even got into groups much. I've been a loner in the World of Warcraft for the most part. Now that I'm a 70, I'm going to start trying some instances and get better gear. I definitely need it! I inspect other level 70 people, and they mostly have blues or purples. My stuff is mostly green. But first I'm going to level Engineering and get my flying mount from that.
I thought of some more tips for you.
Since you're a 24, you're probably going to Duskwood now. In Duskwood, the town of Darkshire is at the eastern edge of the zone, with a gryphon point just south of it behind the buildings on the hill. As you get into higher levels (closer to 30), you'll be getting a lot of quests that will have you in or near Raven Hill Cemetery on the western edge of the zone. It's a LONG walk to get there! Quests will have you going back and forth from Raven Hill to Darkshire over and over. There were a few times I'd finish a quest, turn it in at Darkshire, and the person would send me right back to Raven Hill for something else! I said a few bad things in front of the computer to express my frustration about this!
For a low level Mage with no speed boosters other than Blink, it's a lot of time spent walking. I have Blink set on my #1 key, with Autorun on/off on the ` key right beside it. Wherever I go, I'm Blinking down the road as often as it'll let me.
But now for the tip. When leaving Raven Hill for Darkshire, the fastest way to get there is to go..... WEST. Go to Westfall, hop on a Gryphon, and fly into Darkshire. It was a big timesaver for me! And besides that, some of the Duskwood area quests will have you flying to Stormwind and Redridge and Westfall anyhow.
Try that out and see how it goes. Duskwood is also an area where my having the Titan Bar addon for coordinates really helped a lot to save time. Titan Bar has lots of features, but I only use the Coords on the top of my screen, and I disabled the bar at the bottom so my action bar stays against the bottom of the screen.
Yeah we started going into Darkshire yesterday, though most of the quests we did had returns right in town so it wasn't very far away.
My buddy and I were looking on the armory, he was wondering about your wrists, he said they are pretty low level for your character. He said that you can pickup better ones at the auction house for cheap. Did you get your crystalforged war axe from the AH? I noticed you recently upgraded it.
You should create a character on our server (Blackwing Lair) so that you can play with us. My buddy tim says he can probably give you some good tips.
Also, I've been ripping up the leveling, I hit 28 tonight. Me, my roommate, and two of our friends have been questing and going to instances together constantly the last 2 weeks so I've been really tearing it up with them and on my own also.