March 29, 2011

Decision: made!

 A decision has been reached! After friendly input from many sources (big thanks to all of you), the next big achievement I'll be working towards is Leading the Cavalry. This little challenge will require 50 different mounts, and as a reward I'll get Reins of the Albino Drake.

Once I'd decided I got a notebook, some good pens and coffee. Half an hour and a hefty dose of Wowhead research later I had accumulated a few pages full of scribbles, with headings and extra notes in other colours. On a whim that made sense at the time, I also added up how much gold/currency was needed to buy each group of mounts. A word of warning: what seems methodical and organised when an idea is new could be a little daunting later on!

It's been a relief to decide, which might sound strange to most people. Most people don't take a whole week to be sure of which in-game achievement they want to go after next. I don't get to play as much as I'd like to (who does?) and I am always conscious of my long in-game wishlist. Titles and mounts and pets, oh my! Making a proper decision stops me logging on, checking my mail, selling a few things on the auction house and then just standing there, paralysed by choices*, not knowing what to do.

I'd love to know whether you struggle to make that decision, or if you just set your mind to something and start on it right that moment!

*not nearly as bad as being paralysed by a mind-controlling squid, admittedly, but still...

March 22, 2011

Decisions, decisions

I'm in a pickle. My favourite achievements are the big ones, the ones where I can write a list, sort by zone/faction/etc, and work my way through. But there are so many! Do I go for Leading the Cavalry? Or maybe Lil' Game Hunter? What about The Limnologist or The Oceanographer? Don't even get me started on rep grinds, and the achievements for those.

Of course, friends tell me that I have better things to do, and ask when I'm going to get Archaeology levelled for the guild achievement? I like to point to their untrained Archaeology skills and raise an eyebrow silently, but that's normally ruined by my night elf bouncing comically...

How do you decide which achievement to work towards next? Do you just flit between things, and let them complete in due course?

March 19, 2011

Straw That Broke the Camel's Back

Running heroic Halls of Origination last night, we hopped on some camels and got Straw That Broke the Camel's Back crossed off the heroic achievements list. Very easy to do, just stay out of the Earth Spikes and the Quicksand - all five of us got it when he died.
I don't dare to dream that we'll get the drake, but it's nice to pick up another achievement regardless!

March 17, 2011

Shop Smart, Shop Pet...Smart

Two days ago, I finally hit 50 companion pets and got the Shop Smart, Shop Pet...Smart achievement.
Take a look after the jump to see the full list of pets I currently have:

March 16, 2011

Aralosseien of Darnassus

As a quick starter post, about three days ago I finally got Champion of Darnassus in the Argent Tournament, triggering Exalted Champion of Darnassus and A Silver Confidant at the same time. Of course, I couldn't resist the temptation to rush off and earn one of the best-named achievements in the game, It's Just a Flesh Wound. As an added bonus, I also got the Argent Squire. Not a bad evening's work at all!

Starting Out

I finally took the plunge and spent a whole chunk of spare time sorting out this blog. That's less time spent playing WoW, but I guess it's an achievement in its own way so I can excuse that. I hope to get some more content up over the next few weeks, so if you've discovered me in the meantime, please excuse the tumbleweed...