Monday, November 7, 2011

Ctrl Alt WoW Episode 241 - Ooops I Did It Again!

Aprillian, Vrishna 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 WoW Pet or an Authenticator.

What We've Been Doing:


Hallow's eve ended with Tiiaa 8 bars from 85. Did some AT, some exploration, some archeology and some battlegrounds.
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When she dinged and put on her Hallow's End and Coren Direbrew rings & Trinkets, she got a bunch of achievements.

Took Darshi out to Hinterlands to level herbalism. Was so grossed out by those bears with eggs:
Did some Archeo while there and discovery.
And then I needed to find house with a bookcase.
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Tina dinged 85 today. Right before I left for work, I had done some exploring, including high level areas like Uldum and low level ones like Azuremyst Isle. While I was in mount Hzjal I turned in some quests. she dinged turning in a quest in the goblin city in Azhara. I did record a video of it. Tonight at lunch, I took her into TB for her first.

Aprillian & Vrishna


Argent Aspiration, 100 Fish, Journeyman Fisherman and 250 Fish for both Karinya and Narinya. It's so great to be back in the Storm Peaks. Waiting


On Hiatus



I won? I mean, I won!!

Hi guys, Moonah here (AKA Tallulah). Yippee!! I Had a few marathon listening sessions and got up to the episode with my submission. I won!! Yay! The fact that i was the only one in the running only very minimally impacts the joy I feel! I would love a free month of play, if its not too late. If it is, I'll just try again some other time. *giggle*. I've been playing in the clan of darkness guild now for a few weeks( time is a slippery thing for me), and am loving every minute of it. I think maybe my sense of humor may not translate to typing, so i hope noone has taken offense at anything i may have typed.... My intent is almost always to amuse or delight. anything that fall's short, well, as aprillian says, "It was funnier in my head". Thanks again.  Moonah/Tallulah


For the record, my first email had a very visible disclaimer, its not my fault you all asked for more information.  So, I'm not responsible for the stress my information caused Jeppy.  Hopefully someone else will confirm my information, as I have no way to reproduce it without starting up another RaF.  Obviously for the grant to 81 to work, both account would have to be full cataclysm accounts, that may be why Jeppy has seen his grayed out.  I guess it could also be aone time bug on my account, but I really don't think so. 
I've been lurking your podcast for years at this point, soaking up the information, but not participating in the discussion.  I really intended to send in the 1 email, and go back to lurking.  But its been fun, so I will try to send in regular emails.  With that in mind, I thought I should introduce myself. 
I'm Aegon of Dawnbringer. 
I've been playing WoW since early wrath.  I started out as a one toon player, leveling my Paladin to 80, and then started working on making gold so I could get some cool mounts.  Around this time I started listening to CaW, and was really intrigued with multiboxing.   To really make the gold I wanted, I really needed some alts.  I multiboxed a full set of 5 paladins, getting them to 65 for full wrath professions.  By the end of wrath I had 8 alchemists churning out epic gems, and on my way to make my 1st 100k gold.  If I could have stopped spending money & giving it away, I would have had a lot more. 
Going into Cataclysm I really wanted to win the game.  But since there is no real winning in WoW, I had to come up with my own definition for Winning.   So here it is:
-  Level 10 toons to level 85
-  Level every profession to 525
-  Kill deathwing before the next expansion
-  Obtain a legendary weapon while its still relevant
-  Obtain 1 million gold. 
In my future emails I let you know how I'm doing on my goals, but I've come to the conclusion by the time I win Cataclysm, it will be time to level a Panda. 

maximumforce 10th submission - FINALLY!

Hey guys at CAW Crew!

It has been quite a while unfortunately, about 3 months if my math is correct and I'm sorry for ducking out but
things got extremely busy, extremely quickly and I am still quite busy considering I am moving house right now!
Of course though, I always have time for WoW, just not enough to do the Audio Submissions, you'd be surprised the
amount of work I have had to put into it each time!! This submission I'll be attaching quite a few shots of things
that you may be interested in, things have taken quite a turn since I last spoke!

First off, my Hunter main is now an up and ready Raider in a guild that I raid with each Friday. He is currently
at ilvl 374 and the other night achieved my cataclysmically epic achieve that meant I had no item under item level
359 and about 90% of my gear is non-heroic raid quality 378! I am managing to pull 19-21k raiding but I did hit
31k in a heroic today using the same rotation so I'm not too sure what the go is there! And you may notice in the
screenshot I still have my bunny out!

In the alts side of things, I have geared up my Death Knight who can pull 25k easily now and could raid but I don't
want to overextend myself by raiding on two characters at the moment and my Shaman that I was going on about last
time is already level 85 and geared to a reasonable degree. I even managed to get the 1% rare flying mount drop in
Vortex Pinnacle a few weeks ago!! They are both on the backburner now though because I am focusing all my energy
into mastering my Hunter. I also have a level 15 heirloomed Mage that I am planning to max later on but after just
finishing my Shaman, I'm not keen to do it all over again just yet!

As I said, I am sorry I have been so busy. I work 52.5 hours a week, have been doing heaps of planning for this
move that's underway now and am also writing my own Novel that will be going to a Literary Agent for a publisher
scout this week! Little crazy.

Anyway, hope you have all been well, good to see Ctrl Alt Wow is still up and going strong!

This has been Maximumforce for the Horde, for the Hunter Raider and for my bunny who is always at my side!!

Submission 241

Hey Hey,
 This submission may end up being a chat room Exclusive. If it does I hope you all get a laugh or two out of it. :)

Level 62!

Finally got my second submission done! I did this all in one take, hope its OK? I say at one point in the submission that I've never done Outlands questing as Alliance obviously I ment to say Horde! Sorry to hear about Ashayo's hiatus, hope hes ok. I wanted to let you know that I would be honored to guest host! I'm not a hardcore raider but I'd do my best! The background music in my last submission was from a game that I used to play on the Commodore Amiga called “Gods”, as I told Jeppy in guild chat I'm a retro gaming nerd! This week I've chosen music from a game called “The Settlers”.

All the best!


Nexbardus Update

Hello all of CoD and CAW,

Well it has been a month since I last sent a submission but October just flew by with Hallow's end and Halloween. My kids were quite excited about Trick or Treating, and our neighborhood is a very good one for lots of candy. Had a lot of fun taking them around, my 6 year old daughter was a Monarch Butterfly, my 10 year old daughter was Princess Leia and my nephew was X-wing Luke Skywalker. And of course the best part is all the candy that I get to eat out of their bags.

Hallow's End was fun, I got The Hallowed title on both Nexbardus of Earthen Ring and Winterhoof. Thanks to all those guildies on both sides that helped with The Masquerade. Kind of disappointing that no Mounts dropped for any of my toons this year but cant complain much since I already have 2 of them. Nexverto on ER got one back when if the mount actually dropped you had to roll on it and another toon of mine on Winterhoof named Vespal (85 Hunter) got one last year when it seemed everyone was getting them. Seems like Blizzard scaled it back this year to make it actually rare again, haven't really heard anyone say they got one this year. 

Over on Winterhoof my Hunter Nexbardus got to level 85 a couple weeks ago. I was trying to rush from about 81 to 85 before Hallow's End arrived because I thought you would need to be level 85 to fight the Horseman. I only made it to 84 before Hallow's End but was happy to find that I could still kill the Horseman. Did get about a 1/3 of a level from 84 to 85 just by getting all of the candy buckets. Lately I started doing the Firelands, Therazane and Tol Barad dailies for gear and have since got Exalted with Hyjal and Therazane. I had neglected my Leatherworking for most of my leveling so I farmed Uldaman for Heavy Leather/Heavy Hide and then Whelplings in Badlands for Thick Leather. After that I just bought any extra's that I needed off the AH and currently I am at 490 LW. I been doing a lot of PVP lately, super easy and fun way to gear up. 

In your last podcast you were all talking about being able to transfer a guild. Well that is what happened to my other guild Midnight Sun. Admittedly I have been neglecting those toons to play my CAW and CoD toons, but I logged into one a couple days ago to the message that the guild had transferred and that I could transfer my toon if I wanted. The worst part about it is that it was a level 25 guild and now it is back to level 1. It does make the decision of whether to move those toons to CAW very easy though, so I will probably be looking for someone to do some invites soon. I have 3 85's and a couple toons in the 70's in that guild. 

On Earthen Ring I haven't done too much lately beyond Hallow's End but I can confirm that the Fox Kit does exist. I had been farming it off and on with my Shaman Nexbardus and had killed countless foxes on Tol Barad. Then randomly one day I think I was waiting to get into the Tol Barad battle and it drops when I was totally not expecting it. 

I did create a new Rogue named Redherring that was supposed to be my new bank alt. She is a Blood Elf and I have to admit that now I feel like I want to level her up instead of my female Orc Rogue Sweatness. Maybe Vrishna is on to something... 

Anyway, I also signed up for the Annual Pass. It took a couple weeks though because everytime I tried it kept saying No Eligible Accounts. Eventually though Blizzard fixed the system and I was able to sign up. I am gonna be playing WoW for another year at least, you get a cool mount, and I wanted to play Diablo 3 anyway, so no-brainer. 

I am also considering trying my hand at sending in an audio submission. Just wondering what format you want them in? Thanks all for your hard work and the great podcast, Nexbardus

Too Cute To Kill - YouTube

Vrishna, the attechment on this email is specifically directed to you.  The video is from the recent Blizzcon, but it may have escaped your notice.   It is possible that your misguided tenderness toward cute furry critters has a serious negative side effect causing pain an suffering to other sentient beings.  I'm just sayin'.  

Panaseeya, undead shadow priest - Jubai'thos  "For The Horde"
Daftbugger, dwarf paladin - Shu'halo  "For The Beer"  ("for the alliance" just sounds lame)
 and a variety of other toons to numerous to mention.

How you play WOW

My beautiful wife and I play wow together as a means to basically escape life for a little while, she is currently going through radiation treatments for breast cancer and, wow was a great way for her to escape during the chemo treatments which tended to make her very nauseated and be in pain from the neulasta shots which helped her to make new blood cells.

She is also a pretty big alt player she currently has 10 toons on Maelstrom US which 4 of them are 80 plus, she currently has a 85 pally and 3 70 plus toons on Grizzly Hills US she basically can do the quest chains blind folded LOL not really kidding.

I introduced her to your podcast just last week and she had no idea there was things like that out there for wow besides the podcast that do nothing but pvp instructions and or raid instruction she found your podcast very refreshing and is now looking forward to each new show..

Unfortunately having cancer is not cheap and i had to shut down my account back in march to allow the funds to simply pay for the fuel for the car to get her back and forth to treatments and regular appts. I am not entering my self for the prize i would like to enter my wife in the contest as her game time ends on the 14th of November but I am sure she will be glad to win anything well except the authenticator as we made sure to have one on each of our accounts.

Keep up the awsome work and I look forward to listening to your show each week as i work waving a sign for a gold buying company that says WE BUY GOLD everyday I am out there waving that sign I think I need to get a picture of that for my guild to show them i take wow seriously LOL.

Always Listening 
Ishmeal 73 Shammy 
Guild  Coven Of Light
Server Grizzly Hills Us

Is this thing on?

Wait. Wait. Hold on. Let me get this straight. I actually had time to put together an audio? What gives? Obviously I'm not being worked to the bone enough at work. Don't get too attached to the notion that I'm back ... I'm not ... I did, however, get a small reprieve today so I decided to make the best of the opportunity and grace everyone with my voice.


~ Nevik

PS. (that's the URL to my new project)
PPS. Wait, I had time to start a new project?
PPPS. If I had time to do that, why didn't I record anything for CAW?
PPPPS. Talking to myself in post-post-post-post-scripts is fun.
PPPPPS. Okay, I'm done now. Really.
PPPPPPS. For really reals. Now. I think?

I want to CAW too =D

Hello Jeppy, Aprillian, Vrishna (and Ashayo?)

I'v become a huge fan of the podcast since I stumbled onto it on a couple of weeks ago.

Fortunately  the work I do allows me to listen to podcasts while on the job so I'v listened to about 30 hours
worth of Ctrl Alt Wow over the passed fortnight and it's convinced me that I'v been play this game wrong.

I'v been playing WoW, for several years with real life friends who's interest waxes and wanes, most of the
time I'v been guilded on my own. I  want that to change - I want to be a part of the special awesome-sauce
that is CTRL ALT WOW and to help add some guild levels and humor to the Winterhoof CAW.

I'v rolled a new gnome mage, Boogasm on Winterhoof. I'd like to thank Yuskia for taking the time to
invite me into the guild - it was kind of electric to talk to a CAW person after weeks of listening to the
pod... And now here I am, in the guild =D

I'm playing from New Zealand, the deepest of down unders, and absolutely chuffed to be able to take
a small part in the celebration of WoW that CTRL ALT WOW is.

Thank you for  the community you have built.

Rigarmorty Audio For CAW 241

Hi Caw Crew!

Attached is my update for this week.



listener email

November 9, 2011
From Reefberry

Dear CAW,

      We have two guilds, one horde and one alliance. Our current guild memberships consist of:  my self, my dearest wife, brothers one, two, three and four, a retired uncle, my grandson and a new member, my father. Occasionally, friends or acquaintances of someone in this group join us on a dungeon run.

Dad is 80 years old; doesn’t see well, is on dialysis, and has mobility problems and a host of other typical geriatric issues. He was a big Wizardy fan, if anyone remembers that old floppy disk, game series. He lives near brother four and brother four’s family and he checks in on Dad regularly. Dad and brother four live about 800 miles away from the rest of us. We baby sit Dad via Skype and Warcraft. If the need occurs we call brother four.

Before I tell my next adventure, I’m going to explain a minor change in my story method. I want you to meet Durdles. Durdles will be my main sidekick and if I have need of more names maybe Muggleton, Slayed, and Huckleberry. To give credit, all fine names from classic literature. These characters may also change class, race, gender, or level from episode to episode depending on specifics needed for the narrative. Instead of saying this brother did that or that person did this, I will shield these real people by using fictitious character names. If they hear the story this may ease their embarrassment. There is also the added benefit to myself such as: not earning a cold stare, or a bonk-on-the-head, or the very CRISPY meal I found in the skillet, or the very late birthday card with the already scratched lottery ticket inside! Perhaps even decreasing the number of times my partners get disconnected while we are trying to take on Deth’tilac or Magria. These events, of course, are all coincidental and just my raging imagination, I advise myself. Let’s see if my luck changes during the weeks following the reading of this next adventure and story telling format.

Durdles and I were in Twilight Highlands. Durdles has diligently been repeating the Dragonmaw dailies. I can only hope Durdles saw a piece of gear at the quartermaster he considered as an upgrade. During this time period I had Twilight Highland’s quests already completed and would go fishing or gathering or maybe do a Dragonmaw daily, just to be on a near-by stand-by.

Durdles had an incomplete quest in the deep and long tunnel, Elementium Depths. If I recall correctly, (and this can and is often argued) one needed to move along promptly to avoid respawns. Let the reader keep in mind that “promptly” is a vague and relative term and I relate it in terms of Durdle speeds. This fact stood out in my mind because Durdles was not the kind to move along or even less, prodded along at a good clip. Besides rapid respawning Twilight Miners, their mining picks gave a good wallop; patrolling Depth Overseer ogres; and hungry, metal crunching spinners eating the very nodes we seek as soon as they see us approaching. Being a mage I didn’t want to pull these guys off Durdles and his plate, so I ice lanced until near their 50% health mark. Only ice lance some would question. To them I reply yes. Durdles has chosen the retribution path and I hadn’t thought of Righteous Fury, nor had Durdles. Also, Durdles is often seen just standing there or not facing the enemy, or heard saying “out of mana again whats wrong here.” My typical emphatic reply sounds like “just swing the blankity-blank sword”.

He must have completed the rail cart ride and got caught by surprise when it went over the edge. I wish, I where there to see that reaction, hehehehehe.  Another common line of his is “This must be one of those group quests.” It is troublesome if one dies within that the upper section of the tunnel. Unable or unwilling to collect the elementium and disrupt the runes on his own I came along. We finally make it through the mining section beyond the rails and wood ramps into the more cavernous area where twilightist are busy channeling and crystal chunks are scattered about.

So we are deep in the cavern with enough elementium to complete his quest and one or two runes disrupted. Now Durdles dies during an encounter and I survived. I’m not sure of the details except my memory seems to believe there where little white haired gnomes and Durdles spent much time claiming inability to see or target. Whereas, I seem to recall him spending most of the fight time trying to run through a wall. I asked him to run back and I’d keep the area clean of mobs while waiting for him. Several minutes go by and he has yet to return. There is no sign of him on my radar. Having just downed the patrol I believed I had a few safe minutes. I go for a bio and a snack but when I get back, still no Durdles. I had absolutely no desire of any sort to leave our position. I had no inclination to assist him back to the tunnel’s beginning and fight our way back to this location. I was really hoping he would resurrect where he last died. So, I remained patient and quietly remarked I would stay here and wait for him.

I opened the map to check on him, I didn’t see the dot. Did I not see him because he was dead? Naw, it doesn’t work that way, but its times like this when we question our own knowledge of the game.

“How’s it going Durdles,” I say.

He reply’s with “I can’t get up the hill.”

“Return to the graveyard and start over.”

“I’m right next to the graveyard.”

“Well why aren’t you running back?”

“I can’t climb the hill. I don’t have the right shoes.”

“You don’t have the right shoes?”

“I want to put on my mountain climbing shoes but it won’t work. I think I left them in the bank.”

He’s still dead so he didn’t go back to get shoes. Or did he? Usually we get a flying mount when dead in the higher level regions. Or is that just for instances? Now I’m perplexed and questioning myself again. I open the map and zoom out. I spot the dot, right next to Elementium Depths but in Loch Modan. I explain that he can’t change gear items while a ghost. This seemed to quell the mountain boot issue, at least for the moment. I remotely steer him using: the open map, his dot, guessing on the lag, and describing landmarks through Loch Modan and Wetlands and back through Twilight Highlands. 

End of Story

I know this letter is quite long but I really wanted to say thanks to Tinokk, DoctorTiger, and Shalick for the Zul’Gurub run. I was able to replace a i333 wand with a new i359 purple wand. Best of all they didn’t go along with the tank and vote to kick me before we even reached the first boss.

Thank You All

Shout Outs & Thank You

Clan of Darkness


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