Monday, June 28, 2010

Ctrl Alt WoW Episode 172 - Pole Dancing for Gold & Achievements

Aprillian, Ashayo, Virshna and Jeppy discuss another week of playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard's great MMORPG. Contest Ongoing send an email to telling us how you play WoW, either as an altaholic or dealing with it in your family life to being placed in a drawing for a month free of WoW or a $10 iTunes Gift Card or an Authenticator, they are back in the store.

What We've Been Doing:

Aprillian -
Only did a couple of randoms on Aprillian, the one on Sat
Aprillian & Vrishna
LFG Randoms

Obtained [Foreman's Head Protector].
June 26, 2010 12:05 AM
Obtained [Foreman's Head Protector]. (Equipped)
Completed step [The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth] of achievement [Well Read].
June 25, 2010 11:48 PM
Completed step [The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth] of achievement [Well Read].
Completed step [War of the Three Hammers] of achievement [Well Read].
June 25, 2010 11:44 PM
Completed step [War of the Three Hammers] of achievement [Well Read].
Earned the achievement [50 Quests Completed].
June 24, 2010 1:23 AM
Earned the achievement 50 Quests Completed for 10 points.
Obtained [Tooth of Eranikus].
June 23, 2010 3:03 PM
Obtained [Tooth of Eranikus]. (Equipped)
Earned the achievement [Sunken Temple].
June 23, 2010 3:02 PM
Earned the achievement Sunken Temple for 10 points.

Earned the achievement [Maraudon].


Running Ahune on Pud & Ashariss & Ashayo
Got the pet on Ashariss (after Molly and Temp got there's in the two runs earlier!)

Bought Heirlooms for my 62 mage to do Midsummer - so getting 6000exp per flame honoured instead of 5000, and 12000 for desecrating
Get disconnected getting the [Flamekeeper] achievement, and poledancer

Pud - VoA - Two healed with Temp/Tranith. Wiped a couple of times, but got him.

Ashayo - DwP - Nearly got the Lich King - 16%

Crazy Train - Saurfang , Festergut, Rotface (1% wipe!), 88% on dreamwalker
Crazy Train - Got Dreamwalker down. One shot Blood Princes!. Working on Blood Queen. Got her to 30% odd, but folks got mind controlled because they didn't realise they had to bite more than once.

Pud - HoR for Temps priest again - still no offhand.

Pud - Heroic Underbog, Slave Pens, Steamvault, Magisters Terrace, (then again with the quest so we can open heroic) Where the Phoenix Hatchling dropped! Won by Sharp, then Heroic mode

Pud - T10 Chest Piece - now have 4 set bonus

Anomander finished up in Grizzly hills with healing help from Jekle
Headed to Zul'Drak and did Amphitheatre of Anguish with some awesome AIE folk. Hit 76 and headed for the Basin
Then realised I'd forgotten to do the Venture Bay quests to get a relic upgrade

Pants on Head level 1 undead run from Vengeance Landing to Borean Tundra

Double Bubble

Email #1
Hey all,

I wanted you to know that I blame Aprillian. My wife plays WoW on another server and is Alliance. All this talk on Ctrl Alt Trek about gnomes must have seeped into my head. I have been brain washed I tell you!!! I rolled a Gnome Death Knight on my wife's server. And not even a Bouva named one. For those of you that do not know I name all my alts with Bouv in them. Bouvi, Dabouv, Bouvalock, Bouvatar, Bouva something.

Anyway I am just about to hit lvl 70 and wanted to blame someone for making me roll a gnome. Could always use a iTunes card to throw stuff on my iPad or new iPhone4.

Love you guys, keep up the good work.


Email #A

Greetings JAVA (Yes, even Vrishna despite what anyone may think I won't begrudge him for his indifference towards Chocobos)

It's your friendly casual gamer Nevik here.

*Gasp* Wait. Wait. Did I just utter the "C-word?" I did, I really did. /facepalm

In my absence from WoW I've picked up this nasty addiction to casual gaming, especially on my mini-iPad. We Rule, Depict, Words with Friends, Tilt to Live ... so many fun little games to play in bed while my wife uses her MacBook Pro.

Speaking of my wife, she's tickled that she'll be recipient of a Celestial Steed care of Juuno from my winning logo submission. (Thanks Juuno!) It'll be a little bit before she will be able to redeem the code as our accounts are still inactive. We won't be reactivating our accounts until we get back from Disneyland the week of July 4th as we will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary as well as our daughter's 5th birthday.

But let's bring it back to WoW. This isn't Ctrl Alt Casual Gaming, Ctrl Alt Life or Ctrl Alt Disneyland after all.

For my wife's birthday I picked her up two things for her Macbook: a sexy green Incase hardshell case and Wrath of the Lich King. So once we do come back to Azeroth, we will be creating Alliance DKs on Winterhoof to witness the Jeppy army ourselves. I might even create a gnome DK named Addillian.

I kid, I kid.

In all seriousness, I can't wait to get back in-game and catch up with friends. I really want to stab the Lich King in the face, but at this point I mainly want to get back to prepare for the Cataclysm. I need to make sure to get all of my heirlooms in order and see if my wife and I can get our 'lock/tankadin combo to 80.

Anyhoo, there is one final thing I would like to bring up. I have these cards for an in-game wind rider cub and gryphon hatchling laying around and I can't think of a reason for me to redeem them.

I'm not a pet fanatic, but I know that many of your listeners are, so I would like to give them out to two of your listeners. I'll leave it up to you to determine what kind of contest you would like to hold for these pets. But perhaps some stories of how much some of your listeners love chocobos? Okay, I kid, I kid.

For the Frontier! *cough*ville*cough*


PS. To clear up any potential confusion over Vrishna's reluctance over awarding the Celestial Steed to me/my wife it wasn't because of the whole chocobo thing. It had more to do with my reluctance to accept the award if one of my logos were chosen, but that I would give the steed to my wife if I did win.

PPS. I know I may have gone a little overboard on Vrishna with the whole "chocobo-hater" thing, but I thought it was quite entertaining. I almost sent in a rebuttal to Vrishna, but I really didn't want to give Vrishna the impression that I thought less of him. /hug.

PPS. The logo you described on the show isn't the "winning" logo on the show notes. Which one did you like more?

Email #2

Short time listener, first time mailer.

Greetings one and all (I'll show no preference)

Just wanted say how much I'm enjoying your podcast. I discovered it on my return to WoW a couple of months ago and haven't missed an episode since. I find the banter between you all highly entertaining and have to restrain myself from laugh while on the train.
Well the point of this email is to let Eljeepy know I admire his skills with RAF. I've had mine a month and I've still not got a toon to 60. I'm doing to quest route to try an null the boredom. I guess I must just be one of those people that want the fruits of the labour but can't be bothered to do the work. I'm on holiday from work next week so I'll try to give it my full attention. Well unless I have to unblock the sink again or get caught to do other jobs around the home.

Well take care all and enjoy your week in wow.

Dárklust on chromagnus EU (alts; Vallon, Kàrayan, Unhøly, Møss, Anhur)

Email #B

Lore Stuff

Hey all
I hope you have all been well! Sorry I have not been in touch for a while, but my schedule changed for the month of June, and I have been pretty busy. I have been playing on all of my toons, with a particular focus on my Human Paladin, Annamia, and my Troll Shaman, Karamie. I have been healing on both and love love love it. I think I am healer at my core,

So I have a lore question! Although I am into the lore of Warcraft I am not at all a lore nut, but there is something that kind of bothers me that I wanted to run by you all. I was doing the Water Totem quest for my Troll Shaman (a female troll) when the female Orc giving me the quest called herself a "woman". When I think "woman" I think human female....(woe to man bologna)....and tend to think that a non human race calling themselves "man" or "woman" would negate the individuality of that race. Should "woman" and "man" be for humans only?

Just wondering what you think.

All the best, Kurly

This whole thing came to me from an episode of Star Trek: Next Generation. Someone asked Worf what kind of "man" he was and he replied: "I am not a man". It was down hill ever after. all rock......but you know that

Email #C

Instead of giving you a free month or a pet code I thought i'd give you something a bit more interesting ;D how about a Landro's Gift loot card? well just the code 'cause posting involves moving away from my computer. xD

I've actually got 10 which i got cheap from someone in poland, so i figured i'd give a couple away to my favourite podcast ^^

I'll give you one for a competition or something maybe episode 200 if you want to start gathering up prizes.

And then the most important one, one for you guys to fight over! :D I'm thinking Ashayo will have the best reason for having it, since he has a main that he plays regularly! xD

Anyway keep up the amazing podcast!

Cloudwolf, Lightbringer EU.. For the Horde!! And the Alliance!

Explains what the card contains.


If they don't work just email me back and i'll /rage at the person in poland. :D

Email #D

Hello again C.A.W hosts it's the one and only Mattdiox again.

Although last week I betrayed WoW and hardly played it at all unfortunately. I did come up with something to say.

An emailer mentioned getting his girlfriend into World of Warcraft and it made me think of how I have often gotten friends into the ultimate nerd maker: Manga and it always feels brilliant when they come back to me with one of my many many many mangas and say: "That was great, can I borrow the second one?"

Now onto the actual point of this strange email. Aprillian how did you feel when you got your lovely lover into world of warcraft and he said he enjoyed it?

And do any of you other wonderful hostie toasties have any stories of getting anyone into stuff you like and what it felt like when they said they liked it?

It has a real sense of power and strength of mind when you change someone's own interests. Sorry, falling into evil genius mode.

I hope you all have a fantastic week and try go outside at least once y'know, I know the sun is scary but it's useful for growing stuff.

Lots of love and potatoes.
- Mattdiox For the British!

P.S Because you always forget. Walk Alone Gaming! Just think WAG for the order of the words.
P.S.S As always, I will send you a potato without hesitation. I'll send it to a PO box if you don't want the address at the wind's mercy.

Email #3

Hello Aprillian, Ashayo, Vrishna and Jeppy,

So I wrote a couple weeks ago about getting my Tundra Mammoth. Still not quite there yet but I am much closer. Maybe another week left of grinding for gold and I will get there. By the way I am glad the fire detector has been fixed. At first when I heard it I thought it was the Carbon Monoxide detectors in my basement. I checked it a couple times before I put two and two together and backed up the podcast 30 seconds until I heard it again.

The reason I am writing is I heard a lot of your RAF talk over that past few weeks and wanted to suggest an add-on that has helped me level. Tourguide is similar to quest helper in that it tells you where to find the items/mobs to complete your quests with a couple extra features. Each guide you open is for a range of levels either on horde or alliance. It doesn't take you through every quest in an area it just takes you through the ones that will get you to the max level of that guide the quickest. It even includes hints on where to find the quest giver or item if the answer is not obvious. Finally it suggests places to make your home and after it takes you through a range of quests it will even tell you when to hearth to turn them in. I find myself getting about 70% through each guide before I out level it because of heirloom items but it is much much quicker than if I did it without the help. I would imagine this would be of interest to Jeppy who loves questing. Maybe not so much for Vrishna as I seem to remember him not liking things that could be viewed as help/cheating.

The other thing I wanted to tell you is that I don't know if it is still me or not but I figured out why I haven't been able to download the shows through my ipod. For some reason any show you post with the show notes in it will not download directly into my device. I have to download it on my laptop and use my sync cables to get them on my ipod. One extra step but well worth it to listen to your podcasts every week. You cleared 3 hours last episode!! When is the 8 hour marathon show coming? I can't wait!

Londrik - US Dragonblight Server
PS The rabbit dying sound cracks me up.

Email #E

Acaldraa audio

Email #4

Dear Aprillian, Ashayo, Virshna and Jeppy,

Garygygax here again. Thanks very much for answering my RaF questions. You cleared it all up. Maybe you guys should be writing Blizz's FAQ! Have you seen that thing?

Anyway good to know at least one of you is in touch with your roots and knows who Gary Gygax was - sheesh. I'm sure you are all very thankful to Jeppy for the education. Better tell them what a d20 is this week =). I actually still play books n dice games (but the graphics aren't as good).

So to an update. Unfortunately not much progress to report. My wife seems to be intent on spending all her time in RL... waddupwitdat eh? She probably thinks if she came back to the fold I would spend even more time playing lol. Possibly true. At the same time I can hear the siren song of RaF powerlevelling and the allure of multiboxing, running my own group through instances sounds like cool fun. I want an 80 shammy, cause I'm loving healing on my priest at the moment, but staring down the barrel of 65 levels does not appeal lol. Oh well we'll see...

Do you have any advice about running multiple instances of WoW on a Mac and any other software that would be useful, keycloners for Mac, etc.? (You've probably answered this before, sorry.)

I also wanted to comment on that blue post about "...tolerating multiboxing for now." As if Blizzard does anything but encourage it. If they didn't want to encourage people to buy and play multiple accounts they should make the rocket BoA, instead of giving you one BoE. Clearly they are very happy to have us buy and play as many accounts as we can. The condescending attitude expressed in the comment is especially offensive considering it is aimed at some of their biggest customers, I guess they're feeling pretty comfortable at the moment. /endrant

Oh Blizz how can I stay mad at you (snookums).


One final thing. I know I'm too late for your logo contest but I made these so I thought I'd send them, maybe you can use them for something down the track or whatever. I hope you like them. (If you want larger files just let me know.) Sorry for the book length mail.

May all your hits be crits.

Garygygax 80 dwarf Hunter
Funshinebear 80 dwarf Disco (aint dead) Priest
Nagrand Oceanic

Email #5

Coffee Spills & Podcasting

Aprillian & Vrishna,

I wanted to suggest that you put off a character transfer or two, and invest instead in a couple of the Contigo brand Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mugs (with vacuum insulation.)

Delaying the pleasure of a character transfer or two, while investing in this cup may well pay off greatly in coming weeks, months or years. Imagine the heartache and embarrassment you’ll avoid by not having to stop a podcast when you knock over your coffee? With this Travel Mug, it’ll keep your hot coffee hot for hours, and prevent you from easily spilling the morning coffee at inopportune times!

Or, in lieu of olding off the character transfers, Aprillian, Vrishna could simply work a little overtime and surprise you with a wonderful gift! (Or, vice versa, though with the new iPhone4 upgrade …well, no telling.) ;-)

Keep up the fine work.


Hunter of the AIE Guild

Earthen Ring Server

PS – I didn’t mention our fine co-hosts who speak non-American English, since they don’t seem to have issue with their tea and biscuits during recording. ;-) It must just be something about the coffee. Perhaps you could switch to tea, Aprillian?

PPS – Why do we insist on using these silly PS/PPS statements in the world of cut-and-paste?

Email #6

Hey there peoples of various genders! And Aprillian?

Okay, so raiding has went from terrible.

The Cataclysm blues and the Summer blues have made raiding just about unbearable.

Our Ret Pally recently left, and our chances of getting Heroic Lich King have went from a small chance to just about no chance at all. The team hasn't really decided much, but it's apparent that people are getting tired.

However, I have found a good way to pass the time before Cataclysm; I've become an Achievement -- erm... that word's not safe for this podcast (More of a BoE word...). I've been doing Old World Reps, and mount runs, for mounts like The Baron's Mount (I'm sorry Wych, I got it on my 5th run ), the White Hawkstrider (Elusive), and the Raven Lord mount (more elusive). I've been doing these with two of my buddies, and hanging out in vent the whole time, and it's been a blast.

Hope you all had a great week!

Email # F
Hello Aprillian's Merry Band of Podcasters!

I hope the week is finding you all well. Just wanted to say, "Keep up the good work". I continue to be amused and entertained by your skill and wit on air. Please don't listen to anyone saying negative things about the show length. I love being able to spend several hours at a time with the voices of sweet Aprillian, sexy Ashayo, exciting El Jeppy and the ever charismatic Vrishna.

It's been a while since I wrote in and I don't want to take up too much of your time so here are just the highlights.

I've gone from having only one 80 to having three. Tedrah, my hunter, has been joined by Joslynn, the Mage and Pettrah, the death knight. Tedrah has now seen all the fights in ICC. Unfortunately, she hasn't managed to kill Professor Putricide, Sindragosa or the Lich King.

Joslynn is working on leveling her tailoring & enchanting. Pettrah is trying to make money mining & skinning to help fund all my lowbies.

I was excited to get Ice Chip from my third kill of Ahune. That makes 106 companion pets for Tedrah. Tedrah has also acquired a rocket to ride.

I'm currently working on getting a baby warlock, Teadra, (pronounced the same, I'm partial to that name) to at least level ten in hopes of applying to AIE in July. I'm looking for a place to socialize and level when Unbroken is doing their 25 man raiding. I've had to cut back to just ten man raiding as I was burning out from raiding too much.

Anyway, I'll let you go now and hopefully I'll be seeing some of you, if only in passing, on Earthen Ring.

Signing off -- For the Horde!
This is Tedrah from Unbroken on Sisters of Elune.

Sent from my iPad

Email #G

Hello CtrlAltWow crew,

Bidkar here. I don't have much to report this week. I have just been leveling toons like crazy so I don't miss out on any Recruit a Friend opportunities.

You did mention last week about one of my toons named Averill and it being close to Avril. The funny thing is her name was originally Aprillian, I thought it would be funny to start a gnome warlock named Aprillian. Obviously I deleted her. I thought it felt disrespectful to Aprillian and not really very funny since it is her name to use and not mine. The name Averill I used is actually from "Anne of Green Gables". It was the name of a heroine in one of Anne's stories. The story Anne wrote "Averil's Atonement" ended up being submitted without her knowledge to advertise baking powder much to her chagrin.

Also, Ashayo has mentioned several times he doesn't understand why people want to level up so fast. I gave it a ponder since I think he is right but I still want to level fast. I think, for myself, I only want to speed up through certain parts. My favorite time in game is when I hit Feralas, Hinterlands, Felwood, Un'Goro Crater and Winterspring. I love questing in those areas and am impatient to get to them. I don't really care if I get to 80 since I have no interest in raiding or dungeons of any sort so the game ends for me. I wish when they add a raid, they would also add quests for soloing. There hardly is ever any new content for the solo player. The last time I can think of was Valentine's day. I really enjoyed those quests.

Next week I will have the rundown on my recruit a friend. It ends on June 27 so I still haven't concluded all my granting levels etc. I really enjoyed RAF, but I am looking forward to fixing my toons that I have leveled. I always level all professions when leveling but I skipped a bit to save time. Thus, to me, my new toons are rather unpolished and need attention. My thanks to Mo and Jeppy for their server suggestions. I really like Winterhoof and Jub Jub.

I hope you are feeling better Jeppy.

For the Horde and For the Alliance,

Bidkar and his many alts

Email #7

Hey guys, love the show.

Was just thinking that shammie could have used your Ss, pop up and run to an area that is safe before death. Then use her ahnk to safely rez.

I recently started my 4th RAF and got my 6th toon to 80. The latest 80 is a MM hunter and survival for pvp. I have decided to make the hunter my new main because I just love the mechanics of kiting, jumpshotting, and the fact that I'm topping meters.

I have a question/delema;

I am wondering which trinket to use,
I have an agility greatness deck - +90 agility and a 300 agility proc
I also have a ilevel 245 battlematers rage - 256 attackpower and about 5k health on click for someodd seconds.

The battlemasters trinky is better for my gearscore and admittedly I have only been 80 for less than a week so my gearscore is less than I would like.
(about 5000, 2700 wow-heroes)

Thanks in advance!

Love u guys and aprillian

Sabrehawk, kilrogg alliance ( I'm in my 30's so there)

Sent from my iPhone :)

Email #H

hello ctrlaltwow crew, makiling here

first of all, i hope our prayers of healing have helped jeppy in making him feel better. i pray for the health of everyone in the podcasting community.

next, i'd like to talk about my week in wow. at the time of writing, we are already a week into midsummer festival, and it has been a really good holiday for my toons. my mage finally got her violet proto drake after completing the flame keeper meta! ive been flying around doing ogrila dailies on my sweet sweet 310% drake.

my lvl 80 druid and priest have been doing the Ahune boss fight and have gotten some sweet upgrades to their cloaks. im still hoping that the cool cool staff would drop for my priest, and i have a week of dailies left to do it.

my alliance alts have also been celebrating the fire festival by doing the torch throwing and tossing dailies. so far i've found that ironforge is the best place to do it in the alliance. and for the horde, its either thunder bluff or silvermoon. what do you guys think?

my night elf druid is stil exclusively tanking instances for leveling, and the fire festival dailies give good exp to help get her up. but i had recently discovered an even fasetr way of leveling. it just so happens that the call to arms this week was warsong gulch. after a whole afternoon of doing mana tombs and underbog, i decided to hit the bgs for some variety. after running around and getting the flag in cat form and winning the bg, i was able to get a whopping 20% worth of exp! it was unbelieveable! winning 5 bgs would effectively level you up! so i went and did a few more until she dinged, and now she's lvl 67, and i havent even started questing in nagrand! hopefully i get to northrend before the fire festival ends so i can fly around there and get the fires of northrend. have you guys tried doing bgs for leveling?

thats it from me for now,

keep those long shows coming!

for the BGs!

Shout Outs & Thank You
Hello all.
it seems like forever since I have emailed or listened in but it has only been what about 9 days or so...
hope everyone is doing well.

My strange wow week has continues since I last emailed for your last episode (which was last wed.) which includes the wow patch, wow issues and crashes, and just not enough wow time.

On Tuesday we had a new patch and of course QQing! Ruby RUBY RUBY Sanctum was not part of the patch and some wow issues with some laginess, graphics, etc.
I was not QQing about Sanctum of the Ruby but wow WOW was so buggy for me. I think Tuesday, after servers were up, many of them were having issues. Than when I did log in late on Tuesday night, I was real laggy, which is not normal for me. So I relogged and did the usual things with no difference. To make it better, wow crashed on me.
I was told to clear my cache file, so I did.
I logged in again and after a while, all the graphics went black or it would disappear, real strange! So I just gave up and did not get on wow until Thursday with the same results. Friday I did not log in at all but tried again Saturday. I was able to get my JC daily done than wow crashed again. At this point I really wanted to cry and did not know what else to think of. I logged into my other hunter and later my priest, did some things with guildies with no issues.

But wait!

Wow crashed again!!!!

I posted a tweet about it and the kind @Kitsuno (hope you dont mind me mentioning you) suggested a few things including..."did you try the Repair Program?".....Should be in your main World of Warcraft Folder, "Repair.exe" should be the target name."

Now in all these years, 5+ to be exact, I had no clue this existed. I am glad I never really needed to repair wow but did you all know this file existed?

I started the repair.exe and I just chose to scan the files or what ever it is called ( not reset them) and after I did that just a few minutes ago, so far so good.

Hope all of you have had better wow weeks and I am hoping I can get my RAF into gear like @Bidcar as he is in high gear! he has been a leveling machine! Grats dude!

And just a bit of non-wow things (I know this is not Addicted podcast :) I attempted to get the iphone 4 with failing several times but I did get my mopad,oops I mean ipad :) so I will take any suggestions you have for that.
I wanted to ask you all, have you read any of the wow books? what do you think? any good? I have always been curious.

Ok I should end this now before I go on for another page or 10

Have fun everyone and have a great 4th of July if you are in the states and have another great summer week if you are not.

For the geek knowledge!


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