Monday, November 23, 2009

Ctrl Alt WoW Episode 142 - Dings 80

Aprillian, Glanthur and Ashayo 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:


Got Auruk's LW up to 430.

Took Aprillian, Epril & Auruk to do the protect the Hourglass quest and the Quest in Emerald Dragonshire. Died horribly while fighting the dragon at the end. There was an unguilded Blood Elf priest named Jaszmin in the area. She actually tried to heal us/me during the Battle. When I ran back to my bodies, I thanked her and asked her if she was doing the quest and she was, so I invited her and she "healed" and we didn't die.

Can't see Auruk Korgon vanguard. Did some dragon quests

Did a bunch of Dailies on Tues went to bed with one bubble left. It was very very hard. Got up and did the puppy daily, then the 3 dailies near the dock and dinged.

Aprillian still having problems logging in

Tri boxing Grizzly Hill Daily. Did Thane on Auruk using Aprillian just as Ashayo helped Aprillian do the question on his new Proto drake.

Did the dailies in grizzley on Friday finishing before going to work. Did 11 dailies on Auruk. Scared to leave Aprillian in Dal, but then realized she didn't need to be left in an inn. Put her on the carpet in the air and logged.

Got advice on making Frostsavage set from Önnab


Onyxia pet whelpling for logging in on 5th Anniversary - 22nov 2009

10 man Raiding
Cleared 10 man ToC. Tried beasts in heroic mode ; couldn't even get first boss down before the 2nd bosses come out. More gearing up to do.
Ashayo bracer and boot upgrade in one night.
Twin Valklyrs in 3 min 1 sec - 1 sec off speed kill
VoA - mount dropped again. (2nd time only that I've seen it)

25 man Raiding
- Onyxia
- Got [Fragment of Val'anyr] from Ulduar. Randy hasn't been with us latelys, so I ended up with it.
- Didn't use SK because of so many non-regulars - Won wand with a 10. lol
- Great night in ToC. One shot beasts, jaraxxus, and faction champs, Twins 2 shot, won Merlin's Robe pattern

Rock the Horde - Pants on Head
SSC - Lady Vash - One shot, but down to about 4 out of 21. Several 80's in the group. Must've been crazy at 70

Pud has had a great time tanking this week. Heroic Nexus scored a nice tanking head peice. Did Heroic UK with the BoE guys and finally got down Ingvar. Ran ToC , but we seem to get stuck on the Paletress. Healing + fears = lose.

Scrounged some more gold and titansteel together and got [Spiked Deathdealers] made - tanking boots from Ulduar pattern requiring Runed Orbs

Argent Tournament continues - now Champion of Orgrimmar.

Pud - AQ20 - record time. Got to Twin Emps in AQ40 super easy, but then could not hold aggro on them on the swap

Started a hunter with OJ
Pilgrim's Bounty - achievements this year



Email #1 from Rahkwa

G'day from downunder!

I was just listening to Ctrl Alt WoW #140 and just thought I would drop you a few notes.

I'd be more than happy to run an instance with you, Aprillian. I am usually with my hunter friend so that would make 3 of us plus how ever many more you are multi-boxing at the time.

I too have the Venomhide Ravousaur as a combat pet and a mount on my Troll Hunter Sinfjotli(Sin-fee-ot-Lee). There is a circumstance when you will see both of them at one time. There is a battle ground pet bug that if you enter a BG when mounted and then leave the BG at the end with the pet out you will have both your mount and your pet out.

The addon "Viper Notify" is your answer when it comes to accidentally leaving your aspect of the viper on.

BTW Aprillian: Beat you to 80 :P
I was level 75 at the start of November and heard about "Black Friday" (shh don't tell anyone) so I set about trying to get, Rahkwa, my Tauren Death Knight to Level 80 so I could be involved. I dinged 80 at 2am 13th Nov 2009 (UTC+1100).

Thoroughly enjoying the show and you audio editing is getting quite good. I must say you have much better sound quality than another WoW podcast I listen too (WoW Insider).

Rahkwa (80 DK) / Xelandra (75 Priest) / Machiavelly (65 Rogue) / Sinfjotli (60 Hunter) / Albiorix (39 Warlock) of Alea Iacta Est on Earthen Ring US
+ 33 other alts on various realms US/Oceanic/Latin America (Including quite a few Alliance)

Email #2 from Makling

hey guys, makiling here

i was quite surprised that glanthur was not in your show this week, as i was looking forward to the lore part of the show. (also you mentioned at the start that you were having him lar on, but i guess something came up). i just wanted to share something about the lore. the world of warcraft website has a timeline of the history of Warcraft, and it shows how and where the old warcraft games and WoW is related. but i noticed that there was a series of manga that came after warcraft 3 and WoW, and i was fortunate enough to know a friend who happens to have the comics. i was able to read them, and i have to say that it gave me a greater depth of insight to the lore and the world of warcraft. i wont go into what the Warcraft: Sunwell trilogy had, but im hoping that glanthur will tell all of us about it in his lore segment.

my epic pug stories did not end with my last email. almost immediately after i sent my last email, my priest was able to get into a city raid group, and got her very own black war bear! we started on a saturday afternoon and went through exodar, darnassus, and stormwind without any resistance at all. but it was when we reached ironforge that we had a problem, when a member of the raid left the group and tagged the king of ironforge! he then logged out, but the boss was grey to our group, but it was too late before anyone noticed as we did not get any achievement. we were bummed out, and could not do anything and went home with our heads bowed down in disappointment. but the next day, the raid leader of the city raid started another group going. this time, i was able to invite earl, my raf buddy who is still 70. but the leader didnt mind having lowbies tag along. he got the achievements as we went along, and we all got the [For The Horde!] achievement after downing the dwarven king. it was pretty awesome and i was really happy for him.

after that, my priest got into another raid, this time a 25 man toc which was mostly a guild run pugging for healers, and we got through the whole thing without wiping! i didnt get any phat loots, but the funny thing is that instead of motivating me to go and do more raids until i get the best loot that i can, it motivated me more to level my alts. the way i see it is that although getting into leet pugs to see the end game content is a really cool thing, the overall satisfaction with the game still depends on the individual playing it. and for me, leveling alts is what im enjoying more. this kinda ties in with the question you posted on the last episode from the bladed edge, because my answer to him would be that if you want to find something to do in the game, then you should look inside yourself as to what makes YOU happy. it may sound all philisophical or something, but a good example of this is listening to podcasters talking about wow, with Ctrlaltwow as a representative. aprillian and ashayo hit the target when they said that this game has a lot to offer, its just a matter of figuring out what you want. and every week, we hear their stories on how they authentically enjoy the game, because first and foremost, they know for themselves what they want to do, and what makes them happy.

thats my 2 cents about that, keep up the good work!

for the horde!

Email #3 from Nostalgic

Greetings again CtrlAltWoW crew! I believe this is my second attempt at an email. Not used to emailing from my iPhone.

I wanted to add my two cents worth about hitting 80. Back durring BC I raced to 70 as quickly as I could on a paladin! When I hit the level cap I started gearing up for Kara but very quickly lost interest. I think being so focused on leveling caused the dreaded burn out. I ended up messing around with alts for the rest of BC. The same thing happened to me durring wotlk, but I took it alot slower this time around and about half way through leveling to 80 on the same paladin, I had a break and played mainly alts for a few months. It was durring this time I started multiboxing for the first time.

Anyway to make a long story shorter I learned that the part of the game I like is the leveling and exploring aspect. I've started totally from scratch with four fresh accounts and have decided I'm going to try and finish every zone in 'old world azeroth' with my multiboxing team and alts, before cataclysm changes everything!

So far I'm having a blast! I'm really enjoying learning to play a warlock and I had forgotten how fun a paladin was to level. The point of my wall of text is this, not everyone plays WoW for the end game! Some people get to caught up on hitting max level and miss out on so much that the game has to offer. I think Aprillian should level until she's a sliver away from 80 and then just stop there and never ding.

Keep up the good work guys!

Nostalgic of

Email #4 from Vern

Hello Aprillian ,Glanthor , Ashayo and Vrishna

I Am a big fan of the show and wanted to write in to thank you for the hours of entertainment you provide me and to share some things about my WoW experiences.

My Main is a night elf priest on the Runtotem US server named Verneesha (everybody calls me Vern for short).

I have been playing the game for over a year straight and I really like it. I love healing, I have always played a healing role in dungeons and raids, even when I was leveling in shadow I was still able to heal dungeons at my level. Now I am a officer in a casual raiding guild that was formed with friends I made in game. I wish we were further progressed in raiding but its ok, i play more for the social aspect and the fun and not to be better than others.

My priest is fairly geared out now and I am trying to concentrate on some Alts. I made a Druid and sent him a bunch of heirlooms and he is up to 25 now. I also made a paladin blood elf on Jubei'Thos named Menasor and I really like the pally.Hypnotoad invited me into PoH and i got a warm welcome from Tempeste . My plan is to be a healer and a tank. So much I want to do, So little time.


Here’s a funny Experience I would like to share.

I had just logged in on my priest and a guildy asked me if I wanted to do the daily

Heroic dungeon, I said sure, he told me it was violet hold and I got an invite. I was already in Dalaran ,I grabbed some candles and picked up the quest as I made my way over there. I got inside the instance and noticed the doors where shut, I figured they must have started without me. I talked to the lady to let me in and when I got in, to my surprise, I hear the voice of the last boss yelling out, I saw her come out and turn into the dragon. My fellow guild mate didn’t mention they where having problems and I was left wondering where the healer had gone. I quickly jumped in and finished the fight with them but if I was a little later we would have to start from the beginning. We downed her quick ,I looted the quest item to complete the daily and was done. That’s the fasted I ever completed the daily heroic. I think the healer disconnected and they fought on for a while. In the end we all got lucky.

Thanks again and keep it up


P.S. I like Outlandish too, I think those guys are very creative

Email #5 from Leralonde

Wow Aprillian,

congratulations on dinging 80!
never thought you would beat me to it :)

greetings to Glanthur and Ashayo too,

(i love the lore segment)

keep up the podcasting!



lvl 78 druid on EU server Azjol Nerub.

Shout Outs & Thank You


Hello Ctrl Atl Wow gang, hope you are all well.

Grats once again to Aprillian on hitting level 80, it feels good right?! and I know you will not say what does Aprillian do now, there are things you can do like heroics and even some raiding! :)
And many thank you's for the AWESOME intro or sound bit for momoments!! THANK YOU!! :)
I had read a tweet from Glanthur about taking a sabbatical from wow and I know it goes without saying that his friends and fans will support him 100%.
For some people this may be an extreme idea but remember everyone has a different play style and most importantly wow does affect each of our personal lives, some more than others.
To Glanthur, hope you succeed in what you are trying to accomplish and if you ever decide to come back to wow or not, we hope to still hear from you.

In the last cast I think the question "what do you do to take time away from wow, or if you quit wow what do you do"
for me it is just trying out other games, console games, and other pc games and yes even other non-game things.
It is important to take time away if you are just not feeling the game anymore, it is not fun for you or if you are bored. I have read on twitter that some people are bored but at the same people cannot believe this game is 5 years old and so many people play it. I think it comes down to Blizzard getting so many things right that mmo players wanted in a game. In the last 5 years I have read/heard so many people complaining about wow but they still play. I don't think they are just complainers, I think they want to make the game better, better for themselves!
Remember millions play this game and blizz cannot make all the people happy at the same time.

For me in wow, I have move more characters to feathermoon, yes that is my main server now. It is sad in some ways as I played on balanzzar for many years! And I had jumped on there on my main main, big daddy of all mo characters, motauren, my first wow characters, my warrior. It was nice to chat with some of the old server friends. I also moved my other hunter over, he is only 76 so I can get some fun leveling.
Motauren is not specced at all, so i was able to get him into a naxx 10 mini run, we downed about 3-4 bosses and he was able to score a nice upgrade in weapon, a polearm. As a arms/prot spec he has a ways to go to be a grand warrior and fight Arthas! or they call him the Litch King for some reason or another.

oh speaking of the king, when do you think the patch is coming out?
to me it looks like it can be coming either December 15th or they may wait to release it in January.

In non-wow things, Star Trek movie DVD came out, so watch the movie if you have not. I still say Wrath of Khan is still the best with Undiscovered Country/First Contact, in Star Trek movies.

I was supposed to try Star Trek online but their batch just would not get past 79%, I may try again this week, they have another closed beta session.
It would be great to test out Star Wars online. :)

Well it is time for some football once again on this find Sunday.
To Glanthur, let us know if we can be of any assistance in anything we can do for you and to the rest of the gang and listeners happy wowing, Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate or just simply have a great week!!


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