Moving Right Along
This Pet Battlin’ Fool is mostly done. I’ve captured every pet that one can reasonably expect to capture (meaning not the Silithid Hatchling, Minfernal, nor Qiraji Guardling), beaten all the 5.0 pet tamers (Major Payne was aptly named, but the others were mostly 1-shotted), and got my 400 pet acheivement points\s (simultaneously with my 400 pets achievement – nice!). I still do some daily pet battling and am still leveling a handful of pets to take on the 5.1 Elemental pet bosses, but the large volume of time it was taking up is now mostly free.
So, what now? I’ve been slowly but steadily gearing up to raid (2 ilevel points away now). I refused to use LFR throughout Cata, but I think I’ll be stepping in this time, since the heroics are tuned so low. I haven’t had a wipe in a heroic yet, in fact, which in and of itself is distressing. I’m working through the dailies a bit at a time; I finally hit honored with Golden Lotus, so I’ve got the third tier of dailies there (joy…), and I’ve been working on my cloud serpent dailies (I forget who I saw recently saying they must be the last person to hit exalted, but no, you’re not).
In fact, the Cloud Serpentites have been bothering me a bit; they have a quest I can’t complete. I actually love their daily quest structure; they give 3 “normal” quests and 4 that work off your secondary professions. That rewards people for keeping up with their secondary classes. And I have. Paladi not only has all his secondary classes maxed (well he did in Cata; he hasn’t had a chance since), but he actually is at 600 archaeology already, too, despite the fact he hasn’t left Jade Forest. This factor weighed heavily on my decision of who to level, you may remember; Paladi’s got it all, baby. He’s got every pre-panda recipe in the game for all his professions. He’s the achievement master. He’s got all the kewl lewtz. Iambic was a fresh 85 who got dumped afterwards due to the 10×85 challenge. She didn’t get all his glorious 6+ years played benefits, but she was more fun.
So I thought about leveling her archaeology. Archaeology was such a drag before Mists. It was truly terrible, as I’m sure I don’t have to tell any of you. Still, that Cloud Serpent quest has been lingering there, waiting, unobtainable, a constant reminder of things undone. The pressure built.
So this past weekend, after netting my two big pet achievements and my two cool pets (Jade Tentacle and Venus), I decided I’d start leveling archaeology. It’s been “streamlined,” in that you can now level for finding parts beyond just 75. Additionally, you get 6 finds per dig site, and many more parts per find. Hallelujah, right?
Wrong. It still stinks. At first, I tried to just do it while listening to music. Then, I tried alt-tabbing while I was flying places and doing other stuff. Then I tried putting WoW in windowed mode and playing a very light puzzle game (Puzzle Quest) in the background; this has been very efficient at doing long fishing quests for the Anglers since Iambic’s fishing also stinks). Then I found myself playing PQ and forgetting to move to the next dig site.
So I said the heck with it and just played Puzzle Quest. It’s pretty bad when any activity gets beaten out by a glorified Bejeweled.
So while archaeology may be better than it was, it’s still terrible, and it’s still a primary example of Wow’s faults; that you have to do something boring to get to later good stuff. It’s a game. It should be fun all the way through, and Mists has done a really good job of livening up leveling with pet battles and some new leveling structures, but ghosts of boredoms past still remain.
Blizz, find a way to make archaeology fun or drop it.
Stubborn (who also has no fishing, first aid, or archaeology, since Paladi got it all)