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Skilling up with Pets

Posted by Stropp on October 12, 2006 Recently, I've been on a few runs through BRD, Strat, and Scholo. During these runs some decent two hand axes have dropped. The problem is that since level 20, I've almost exclusively dual wielded 1h axes and didn't have any skill to use these very nice items. Here's a tip for how I leveled this skill up by 270 points in less than ninety minutes. I started in Stranglethorn Vale with my bear. Just outside of Grom Grol there is a nest of raptors. I selected a Raptor, had my bear run up and attack it, and immediately put the pet on passive. He stops fighting and comes back to me. I start attacking the raptor with my axe. Since I'm not hitting it, I generate no aggro and my skill goes up with each swing. Every now and again I use mend pet to heal the bear. It's not impossible to get a skill up from 1 to 120 on a single raptor, unless someone comes by and wants to 'help.' Once the raptors stop giving you skill ups, its time to go to a higher level mob. I usually go to the plaguelands, but anywhere with mobs in the mid to high 50's will generate skill ups. The mobs defence rating just has to be higher than your attack rating with that weapon. I haven't played a warlock, so I don't know how this method would work using a warlocks pets, but I think it should work. If any locks out there have any info regarding this, please let me know.

Three Tips for Saving Gold in World of Warcraft

Posted by Stropp on October 8, 2006 Benjamin Franklin once said, "A penny saved is a penny earned." Nowhere is this more true than in World of Warcraft. WoW offers players many unique and varied ways to spend their hard earned gold. From paying for repairs after a hard night raiding, to buying a bank slot to store your extra gear, the expenditure really adds up. Not surprisingly, there are quite a lot of characters running around with very small bank balances. This guide will give you three tips for saving gold in WoW. 1. Don't take up a crafting profession Or at least don't take up a crafting profession until you really have to. The crafting professions are alchemy, blacksmithing, engineering, tailoring, cooking, and leatherworking. Jewelcrafting is a new profession that will appear with the Burning Crusade expansion. The crafting professions will cost you a lot of money to level all the way to 300. You will need to buy or farm raw materials, buy patterns and recipes, and buy vendor only materials in order craft the different items. You'll end up spending quite a large amount of gold to be able to make items that not many people will want to buy until you can craft the epic items. Even if you find a profitable item, it will be subject to the fluctuations of auction house prices, especially when player who are leveling their crafting skills dump their newly crafted items at the lowest possible prices. On the other hand, the gathering professions can be quite profitable. It's worth getting to 60 with two gathering skills, and then if necessary, dumping one or both and taking up a crafting profession. 2. Don't buy gear from the AH before level 60 When I earned my first 120 gold, I saw a Hammer of the Northern Wind on the AH. I thought it looked like a really great weapon so I bought it for 100 gold. I was level 50 at the time. Before Five levels had passed, I had been through several top level instances and I had won three much better weapons, and had the Hydralick Armor drop off a Furbolg. I put the hammer in the bank and used the better weapons. Does that sound like a good investment? One hundred gold for just five levels use? WoW will reward you for waiting. It doesn't mean all the bits and pieces you want will fall into your lap without you doing anything. But if you get into a good guild and manage to frequently get into instances, you will find that those really nice items will drop for you, and you won't have to spend all your gold for an item that will only last you a few levels. 3. Farm mats rather than buy them There are times that you are going to need mats. Often you can get cheaper enchants if you provide some or all of the materials that are needed. Some nice folks will even enchant for tips or free if you provide the mats. Rather than buy them on the AH, go out and gather them. This might mean running an instance several times, or using your gathering skills to collect the materials. Even if you don't have the ability to gather the items you need directly, you can farm non-related items, leather for example, and sell it on the auction house, and use that gold to buy what you need. When you get to 60 and start accumulating high end armor and weapons, your costs will go up. I had a couple of wipes over the last couple of days, and with only four pieces of the Beaststalkers gear my repair bill was over 3 gold. That's peanuts to what other members of my guild spend for repairs on their epic gear. Unless you are really good at making gold, and I have to confess that I'm not, the next best thing is to spend as little of it as possible. I hope this guide helps you to do that.

The easiest 30K XP you will ever get

Posted by Stropp on September 26, 2006 There's a Horde quest in Azshara that will give you 30,000XP in one hour. It's the easiest you will ever get. At least before level 60. When you arrive in Azshara, travel to Valormok and, if you haven't already, get the Flight Point. Valormok is at approximately 22,50 on the map. After you get the FP, talk to Jediga. She will ask you to find several tablets located about the Ruins of Eldarath. Once you have the quest, head to the road and then down into the ruins. By the way, the ruins are swarming with level 48 Naga so you will need to take care of a few. There are two types of Naga here, a warrior class and a screamer. The screamers will try and silence you, which can be dangerous for spellcasters. Look around for the tablets, they are scattered around the ruins, but are easily seen because they are brightly colored. It doesn't take long to do this quest. You will need to avoid most of the Naga if you want to do this quickly, and you'll have to kill the ones guarding the tablets, but it shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes to gather them up. You will now have the Tablets of Markri, Sael'hai, Jin'yael, and Beth'Amara. Take them back to Jediga. You should get about 5100 XP. Jediga will now ask you to deliver the tablets to various individuals. You will need to take them to Xylem at the mage tower in Azshara, Magatha in Thunder Bluff, Jes'rimon in Orgrimmar, and Andron in the Undercity. Each of these deliveries will get you 2550 XP. You'll also get a note to return to Jedriga. When you return to her and give her the notes, you will earn 3800 XP for each. Oh, and as a bonus, you'll get paid for these quests as well. All up you should come out with around 4 gold. Not bad for an hours work.

Account Security

Posted by Stropp on September 19, 2006 Never, never, never give anyone your password Did I say never? That's right. The biggest mistake you can make is to give someone, especially someone you don't know personally, your password. That's the key to the vault. If you give that away, you can be robbed blind. Do not ever respond to an email asking you for your password. Even if it looks like it has come from Blizzard, rest assured it hasn't. Bliz has repeatedly stated that they will never ask anyone for their password. This type of scam is known as phishing and traps a lot of people into giving up personal information. Very often the email or request look very official using graphics and text that resembles the real thing, sometimes even the real email address is spoofed. Always download Add-ins from a reputable source Make sure that you download any add-ins that you use from a reputable source. Read any reviews about it. Even then check the add-in to make sure that it is koche. If you know how to program, check the Lua code. Even though it is hard for a hacker to compromise you by using Lua, it's worth having a check. Computer security is an ever changing field, and while Blizzard might think they have covered all the bases in securing the client, it's possible a disreputable someone has discovered they really haven't. Another thing to check for is the presence of .exe files (on a Windows system) in your add-in. Not only could these carry a virus or worm, they could be doing something that Blizzard doesn't like. This is usually interfering with the data being sent between the WoW client and the servers. But it also against Blizz's terms of service to interface WoW with external applications. Simply put, having an addin that uses an external executable could get you banned. Regularly run Virus and Spyware checkers Run the latest versions of Virus and Spyware checkers on your computer. Apart from the fact that Virii and Spyware is really, really annoying, it is also a way for someone to compromise your computer. Spyware can be used to steal your WoW password. A keylogger can be installed on your system in such a way that you will never know of its existence. While some spyware is just annoying (evil but annoying) and just intercepts your browsing habit to serve ads, some of it is pure evil and exists to steal your entire identity. This means bank account details, personal information, and your WoW password. A regular scan can save you weeks of misery and despair. Here are a couple of links to check out. Adaware Spybot - Search and Destroy Both of these products have been around for years and have built up a decent reputation. Adaware scans your system for adware but it also sometimes catches other forms of malware. Spybot - Search and Destroy looks for spyware. I've found in the past that both of these programs used together and used regularly, will catch most of the nasties on my system. Make sure you are firewalled Make sure that you have a firewall installed. A firewall puts up a shield between your computer and the internet preventing an attacker from penetrating your computer. For the purposes of this discussion, there are two types of firewall that are available. The first is a software or personal firewall. This is an application that is installed on your computer that stops an intruder from entering your system. All the modern operating systems now include a firewall as part of the operating system. Linux and Apple OSX have a built in firewall, while Microsoft introduced a limited firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2. Third party firewall applications can also be downloaded and installed. The second type of firewall is a hardware firewall. In actuality they really are software firewalls, but they run on dedicated hardware devices such as routers and network switches. A good example of this is the Linksys router family that use a cut down Linux as the software component. These devices will, if enabled, hide your home network from the outside world providing reasonable security precautions are taken. Regardless of the type of firewall you use, it is important that you get to know how it works. This is even more important when dealing with World of Warcraft. WoW uses a number of network ports to communicate with the game servers, and to download the patches. When you turn on your firewall, you'll need to tell it the ports that WoW needs. Commonsense is the key Being aware of risk and using a little commonsense is the key to avoiding a lot of serious mistakes and it is no different when it comes to securing your World of Warcraft account. Unfortunately, there are a lot of malicous people out there in internetland, and they are after your information either to profit from it, or simply to ruin your day. Taking sensible steps is a good way to ruin their days. Remember the following:
  • Never, never, never give anyone your password
  • Regularly run Virus and Spyware checkers
  • Always download Add-ins from a reputable source
  • Make sure you are firewalled
These four steps will go a long way to securing your system.

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