Monday, December 14, 2009

It's Christmas in World of Warcraft

It's the Christmas season in World of Warcraft and that means Christmas quests. I took some time out from the battlegrounds on Wranngar tonight to do some of them. The more quests you complete the more gifts you get. The Christmas gifts can contain pets that are only available though the gifts, or the auction house after if people decide to sell them. I have gotten a few pets in the past, some I kept, some I gave away, but I have never sold any.

I started off with Treats for Greatfather Winter. Greatfather Winter is located outside the bank in Ironforge. For this one it helps to have cooking and the recipe for Gingerbread Cookie because Greatfather Winter likes his Gingerbread Cookies. I made up 25 total cookies and got 5 glasses of Milk from a vendor. I gave Greatfather Winter his 5 cookies and 1 glass of milk, then I sent some cookies and milk to 2 of my other characters and gave 2 sets away to lower level players. There were people selling 5 cookies and a glass of milk for 10 gold but I think that is taking advantage of the situation. I collected the Small Eggs I would need awhile ago in Westfall.

I did Metzen the Reindeer next. For this one you need to go to Searing Gorge and rescue Metzen the Reindeer. You do that by locating him (69,34) and sprinkling some dust on him. That teleports him back home. This one only takes a couple minutes and the majority of the time is spent waiting your turn as there is usually people there waiting to do it.

When I got back to Ironforge I picked up The Hero of the Day which had me going back to Searing Gorge to kill a Heavy War Golem which drops Deeprock Salt. I got lucky and got it on my first kill and was on my way back to Ironforge. I used the Deeprock Salt and 5 gold to create 5 Preserved Holly at a machine they have there. Preserved Holly is what turns your mount into a reindeer.

The next quest was a 2 part. The first one was The Reason for the Season where you have to go talk to Historian Karnik of the Explorers League and he gives you a book, that is part one and leads to The Feast of Winter Veil. For The Feast of Winter Veil you need to take the book and give it to King Magni Bronzebeard in Ironforge. That completes that set.

This next one was also a 2 part. The first part is Stolen Winter Veil Treats. For this you have to go to Southshore then head up into the Alterac Mountains to find the Smokey Pastures guy (35,72) who is disguised as a snowman. He is freezing to death up there and gives you another quest, You're a Mean One.... For this you have to go find the The Abominable Greench, kill him and get the stolen treats back. You hand this in back in Ironforge.

Then you get a couple quick quests to see Greatfather Winter which pay 9 gold and some silver each. You can make a nice piece of change from these quests and they pay off come Christmas day when you get your gifts. I recommend doing them if you have the time, and it doesn't really take much time.

Daily Cooking - Infused Mushroom Meatloaf 12/13/09

Today Katherine Lee (41,65), the Grand Master Cooking Trainer in the kitchen of A Hero's Welcome, had Infused Mushroom Meatloaf for my daily cooking. This is a nice easy one you don't have to leave Dalaran for as long as you keep some meat on hand.

First off I headed down into the sewers to pick Infused Mushrooms, I needed 4. I got them pretty quick, it seems like less people are doing the daily cooking lately. With those in hand I headed back up to the bank for a couple pieces of Chilled Meat. I made a fire and cooked that up with the mushrooms to make my meatloaf.

I took that over to Orton Bennet upstairs at Curiosities and Moore and exchanged it for 9g93s, a Dalaran Cooking Award, a Small Spice Bag with 3 Northern Spices and 5 Baby Spice in it. Nothing to write home about but about the best I can expect from this daily as I have already gotten everything else it has to offer. I am just doing it for the Northern Spices now.

Daily Fishing - The Ghostfish 12/13/09

Today I had The Ghostfish for my daily fishing. This one is getting old, it is coming up way too often.

This one had me taking the flight path out to River's Heart in Sholazar Basin, between battlegrounds, to catch the elusive Phantom Ghostfish. I went to my usual spot, above and a little northwest of the flight point, and fished until I got one, it took 15 casts today. I ate it right away as it is on a timer that starts clocking as soon as you loot it. You have 60 seconds. You need to be careful because it looks a lot like a Pygmy Suckerfish and you can overlook it if you are not paying attention.

I flew back to Dalaran and told Marcia Chase what I had found out, mystery solved. She gave me a Bag of Fishing Treasures with 10g44s32c, 4 Pygmy Oil, 4 Solid Gold Coins and 4 Deviate Fish for my trouble. More junk, although the gold coins sell to a vendor for 1 gold each.