So it’s the day after Cataclysm. What did you do? What did I do?!?
Okay, so I logged onto Troutwort first, he had lagged out in Dalaran the night before so I was hesitant about it, again. Fortunately, no one was there. And I turned in a few quests I hadn’t been able to before. I then trained flying in Azeroth and actually headed up to the Argent Tourney. I was at 20000/21000 rep with the Alliance Vanguard so I queued for a dungeon so that I could get my Winds of the North and such. Meanwhile, since he’s technically the GM, I poked around at the new guild features, etc. By the time I logged on after 7pm, the guild had maxxed out rep for the day. Though there were reports of other guilds having reached level 2 though we were stuck at 42% of level 1. In effort to figure this out, we did a Heroic Azjul-Nerub for which we earned a guild achievement, but no guild experience. Confused, I looked in the help button and saw there was a topic from Blizzard about how guild achievements were accidentally awarding guild XP and that this was not intended and any additional XP would be corrected and guilds will experience a loss in XP and potentially guild level as a result. They basically didn’t want XP to come from achievements since some smaller guilds would not have the opportunities to get certain achievements as a larger guild will. This may be why we experienced a stop of our XP gains. I agree with Blizzards decision on this.
The whole rest of the evening was spent leveling archeology. It took a long time, and I finally got the hang of it, but I really started to like it. It went faster since I could fly around, but still traveling between zones was time-consuming. I still really got into it, especially when I started to get close to completing archeological finds! Though I didn’t make anything cool yet, I know the potential to find things is pretty awesome, so I’m gonna keep trying. I am not sure how much of this I would do on other characters though since it’s quite time-consuming, it’s slower than fishing initially, but I think will be equivalent later. I am also curious to get to Outlands and start finding things there. I did gain almost 25% of level 80 just by doing Archeology, which was kinda crazy! I was surprised to be getting so much XP from it. Which is kinda a blessing and a curse, because as a priest the extra XP is nice since leveling as a healer can be difficult, but at the same time, I don’t want to miss out on quests later. I’m not too worried I guess.
Still lots that wasn’t explored, I’ll get to it eventually…I’m envisioning more archeology tonight though, hoping for more good digs! I’ll let the others race to 85.