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Dailies: of Guilt and Grinding

June 29, 2009

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A while back (probably several weeks, perhaps two months?) I decided that I was, after all this time, going to get rep with the Netherwing and get a drake to fly on.  I am so sick and tired of how my gryphon looks.  Now, I am not saying I don’t appreciate my Swift Purple Gryphon schleping me from one end of Northrend to the other and carrying me around Outlands as my mood dictates… but perhaps he would just like a rest.  Maybe some hot grain and a nice hay-bed for a while.

At any rate, I started out with all the enthusiasm inherent to someone who hasn’t done any of a certain type of dailies before – I was so excited!  I was going to get a drake mount!  WHOO!

I think maybe I did a week’s worth, then stopped.  I started again a few weeks ago with more of a dogged mindset than anything.  I also got it in my head that I was going to get a Nether Ray as well – hardly anyone has those!  Even cooler than a drake, right?

Well.

I had done about a normal amount of quests over in Skettis – but as I wandered back over there to check out what I had to do, I realized that all my memories of questing here were mostly from my rogue, not the priest!  I had a lot of progress to make.  Tons of it, really, before a Ray would be a reality.  I’m vaguely aware that there are quests I could do over in Blade’s Edge, but if I remember right, they involve flying and twisting and turning and divebombing and the one time I tried it, I crashed and burned so horribly I vowed never to do the quest again.

I’ll tell you what – only doing the “bombing eggs” quest for rep is slow going, friends.  Even if I kill mobs when I’m bored.  I justify this mind-numbing method by saying that I still need to get the Time-Lost Scrolls and it’s therefore necessitated, but… I think the word for that method is “stupid”.

Much happier progress is being made with the Netherwing – I’m revered now (if memory serves me correctly) and am able to pick up enough quests that I gain quite a good chunk of rep each night.  That I complete them all.

’cause… I don’t do them each night.  *cough*

Way back in BC when Anea was a few months into 70, I didn’t do dailies.  What was the point?  I was so happy to be 70 and not have to quest anymore, I would laze about, helping guildies here or there, raiding, etc… but certainly not dailies.  The horror!  However, after a while I got bored of doing nothing and whined to my guild leader (an excellent idea, let me assure you.)  He promptly invited me to a party and said, “Get your ass to the Isle” and like any priest shocked at being called an ass, I did.  We completed all the dailies there, we went back to the Outlands and picked up any and all dailies in Shattrath and completed those.  Then he said, “Now look at how much gold you made,” and I thought, “Hey, nice!”  That’s definitely more than I made sitting around Shatt doing nothing!

So, I made a deal with myself – I would log on and do dailies first thing – after they were all done, then I could do whatever I pleased (at the time, it was playing an alt as a reward.)  It worked pretty well, too.  Like a good little robot, I would log on, complete my dailies then happily log onto an alt and work on them for a while.  I was happy ’cause I felt I was fleshing out Anea and pleased that I was allowed to play an alt.  I’m not sure exactly how long it worked, but a long enough time, I think.

I tried to take on the same mindset now with the Netherwing and Skettis dailies.  Log on and do those first, get them out of the way, then do whatever.  But… the mind-numbing repetition stage set in much earlier (I know, to some of you, I’m just that much of a wuss) and I wouldn’t even log on to Anea at all some days.  (If you don’t log on to the character needing dailies done, then you don’t have to do that step at all, amirite?)  Bypass the dailies and go straight to the alt!

And that’s not even where the guilt’s setting in.

The Tournament Dailies and I don’t get along.  At all.  I am Fail at mounted combat.  (Yes, that’s a capital Fail.)  I didn’t do them for the longest time.  But for some reason, I got worried that the Tournament was only here for a short time and that if I didn’t do my dailies rightnowrightnow then they’d go away before rep was completed and Anea would never have her title.  I tried to tell myself that Anea doesn’t need the title.  It’s not necessary.  But thereafter, every time I logged onto my pally without first getting on Anea to do dailies, the guilt gnawed at me a little more.

I finally broke down and informed Lus that he was going to help me with “the stupid tournament dailies”.  I finished the aspirant’s quests in style.  Those were alright – my target was stationary.  Then I got my valiant quests… those involved moving things.  I don’t do moving things.  I tried and tried and tried and tried and tried and tried and TRIED to do the stupid “defeat three of these” quest.  I just ended up getting more and more frustrated.  Frustrated that I had to do all this for some stupid letters after my priest’s name and frustrated that clearly every other person in Azeroth could do these, why couldn’t I?

I eventually just wrote off that quest.  I would do the others if I had to (and also if Lus was there to help me, since he understands how to fight while farking mounted) but otherwise I would just do the one lonely quest that didn’t involve any sort of mounted combat.  I would kiss stupid frogs and I would kill the fire guy to “free” the dryad that would freeze back up right in front of me after completing the quest.  I would do that quest for as many days as I had to because I wouldn’t have to demoralize myself in any fashion in the process of questing.

So, my “dailies” have devolved into one or two quests for the Tournament and Skettis and all of them for the Netherwing (which aren’t hard, just time consuming.)

The crux of all this is that because it’s only one or two or even a handful, they should be easy to do and not a problem, right?

Sure.  In theory.

Because  I remember the mind-numbingness of them when I log in, I think, “Meh, I don’t feel like it today, maybe tomorrow.”  Then tomorrow comes – and I say the same thing.  Eventually the guilt builds up and I’ll do them, but I hate it so much I won’t do it again for several days.  A few days ago, I looked back and thought, “You know, if I had just DONE the gosh darn dailies every day, taken a little bit out of my usual playtime and just got it done, I’d be done by now.”

I hate that it’s true.

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Dailies: of Guilt and Grinding

June 29, 2009

perched

A while back (probably several weeks, perhaps two months?) I decided that I was, after all this time, going to get rep with the Netherwing and get a drake to fly on.  I am so sick and tired of how my gryphon looks.  Now, I am not saying I don’t appreciate my Swift Purple Gryphon schleping me from one end of Northrend to the other and carrying me around Outlands as my mood dictates… but perhaps he would just like a rest.  Maybe some hot grain and a nice hay-bed for a while.

At any rate, I started out with all the enthusiasm inherent to someone who hasn’t done any of a certain type of dailies before – I was so excited!  I was going to get a drake mount!  WHOO!

I think maybe I did a week’s worth, then stopped.  I started again a few weeks ago with more of a dogged mindset than anything.  I also got it in my head that I was going to get a Nether Ray as well – hardly anyone has those!  Even cooler than a drake, right?

Well.

I had done about a normal amount of quests over in Skettis – but as I wandered back over there to check out what I had to do, I realized that all my memories of questing here were mostly from my rogue, not the priest!  I had a lot of progress to make.  Tons of it, really, before a Ray would be a reality.  I’m vaguely aware that there are quests I could do over in Blade’s Edge, but if I remember right, they involve flying and twisting and turning and divebombing and the one time I tried it, I crashed and burned so horribly I vowed never to do the quest again.

I’ll tell you what – only doing the “bombing eggs” quest for rep is slow going, friends.  Even if I kill mobs when I’m bored.  I justify this mind-numbing method by saying that I still need to get the Time-Lost Scrolls and it’s therefore necessitated, but… I think the word for that method is “stupid”.

Much happier progress is being made with the Netherwing – I’m revered now (if memory serves me correctly) and am able to pick up enough quests that I gain quite a good chunk of rep each night.  That I complete them all.

’cause… I don’t do them each night.  *cough*

Way back in BC when Anea was a few months into 70, I didn’t do dailies.  What was the point?  I was so happy to be 70 and not have to quest anymore, I would laze about, helping guildies here or there, raiding, etc… but certainly not dailies.  The horror!  However, after a while I got bored of doing nothing and whined to my guild leader (an excellent idea, let me assure you.)  He promptly invited me to a party and said, “Get your ass to the Isle” and like any priest shocked at being called an ass, I did.  We completed all the dailies there, we went back to the Outlands and picked up any and all dailies in Shattrath and completed those.  Then he said, “Now look at how much gold you made,” and I thought, “Hey, nice!”  That’s definitely more than I made sitting around Shatt doing nothing!

So, I made a deal with myself – I would log on and do dailies first thing – after they were all done, then I could do whatever I pleased (at the time, it was playing an alt as a reward.)  It worked pretty well, too.  Like a good little robot, I would log on, complete my dailies then happily log onto an alt and work on them for a while.  I was happy ’cause I felt I was fleshing out Anea and pleased that I was allowed to play an alt.  I’m not sure exactly how long it worked, but a long enough time, I think.

I tried to take on the same mindset now with the Netherwing and Skettis dailies.  Log on and do those first, get them out of the way, then do whatever.  But… the mind-numbing repetition stage set in much earlier (I know, to some of you, I’m just that much of a wuss) and I wouldn’t even log on to Anea at all some days.  (If you don’t log on to the character needing dailies done, then you don’t have to do that step at all, amirite?)  Bypass the dailies and go straight to the alt!

And that’s not even where the guilt’s setting in.

The Tournament Dailies and I don’t get along.  At all.  I am Fail at mounted combat.  (Yes, that’s a capital Fail.)  I didn’t do them for the longest time.  But for some reason, I got worried that the Tournament was only here for a short time and that if I didn’t do my dailies rightnowrightnow then they’d go away before rep was completed and Anea would never have her title.  I tried to tell myself that Anea doesn’t need the title.  It’s not necessary.  But thereafter, every time I logged onto my pally without first getting on Anea to do dailies, the guilt gnawed at me a little more.

I finally broke down and informed Lus that he was going to help me with “the stupid tournament dailies”.  I finished the aspirant’s quests in style.  Those were alright – my target was stationary.  Then I got my valiant quests… those involved moving things.  I don’t do moving things.  I tried and tried and tried and tried and tried and tried and TRIED to do the stupid “defeat three of these” quest.  I just ended up getting more and more frustrated.  Frustrated that I had to do all this for some stupid letters after my priest’s name and frustrated that clearly every other person in Azeroth could do these, why couldn’t I?

I eventually just wrote off that quest.  I would do the others if I had to (and also if Lus was there to help me, since he understands how to fight while farking mounted) but otherwise I would just do the one lonely quest that didn’t involve any sort of mounted combat.  I would kiss stupid frogs and I would kill the fire guy to “free” the dryad that would freeze back up right in front of me after completing the quest.  I would do that quest for as many days as I had to because I wouldn’t have to demoralize myself in any fashion in the process of questing.

So, my “dailies” have devolved into one or two quests for the Tournament and Skettis and all of them for the Netherwing (which aren’t hard, just time consuming.)

The crux of all this is that because it’s only one or two or even a handful, they should be easy to do and not a problem, right?

Sure.  In theory.

Because  I remember the mind-numbingness of them when I log in, I think, “Meh, I don’t feel like it today, maybe tomorrow.”  Then tomorrow comes – and I say the same thing.  Eventually the guilt builds up and I’ll do them, but I hate it so much I won’t do it again for several days.  A few days ago, I looked back and thought, “You know, if I had just DONE the gosh darn dailies every day, taken a little bit out of my usual playtime and just got it done, I’d be done by now.”

I hate that it’s true.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2009 10:59 AM

    I am so glad I’m not the only one who can’t joust. I never do those dailies – they make my hand and arm hurt. Some days my son feels sorry for me and does them, the rest I leave them. I find a friend to do the other things with (apart from the weapon collection ones). He appreciates the heals and I appreciate the fact that someone can kill things while mounted on a horsie with a lance in his hand. I toss a shield break in every so often and run over some skeletons, but that’s about my limit. He even kills the scourge for me. I can do that on my own, but as a Holy priest it just takes so long! Give me dailies I can buy things for and I’m a happy bunny. I can make money in game far easier than I can kill stuff.

  2. June 29, 2009 2:00 PM

    I am slowly poking my way through AT dailies-I did, eventually, lrn2mountedcombat, but it took awhile. Even today, though, I’ll whine at Josh to finish one of them for me-those fsking CHampions outside the gate! I can only kill them IF I don’t get adds and I aaaallllllways get adds and MOMMY IT HURTS OW OW OW NO.I want that Silver Covenent hippogriff sooooo bad but er…not bad enough to do the dailies _ever day_. I mean I have until patch hits anyway, right? >.> I can’t even GET what I want yet!That “omg want” is what got my hunter through the netherwing dailies back at 70. I did the Ogri’la and Skittis stuff only because my boyfriend wanted the rep and I tottered around pew pewing things with my hunter. I have a Netherwing fry for my troubles. :P

  3. Rose permalink
    June 29, 2009 2:42 PM

    Jousting isn’t so horrible if you have Lus do them with you. Me and Rob always do them together and while one is doing the actual jousting part, the other is targeting the opponent and damaging them. Goes by super fast. :)

  4. June 29, 2009 6:40 PM

    I had the same thought about my purple bird not too long ago. And mah horse, too. For a loooong time they were the only mounts I’ve had. That they might need a little rest isn’t something I’d thought about originally, so I got the horse a friend (the gray mount from the AT, not the fancy expensive one), and saving up for the white AT bird as well. Besides, they gotta be getting lonely all that time stuffed in my bags… or where ever they go now.I still can’t get the Nether drake or Skettis dailies done regularly, and I’ve been working on them off and on for AGES! No, that’s not being a wuss. It’s intelligent prioritizing when… um… running your guildies’ alts through ST again is… um… more important… hmmmm… not that I’ve ever put off dailies for something like that, mind you. :)Motivation-wise I’m having trouble with the Fire Festival. The throwing dailies I can do… it just makes me dizzy on the looking down and chasing the shadow one with 9 other people trying it at the same time. Blah! I haven’t finished the fires either… didn’t last year… it’s easy, just… you’d think for the dress and other goodies I’d just do it. Not enough “want?” hmmmm…AT, though, I got the hang of jousting… pretty much by being stubborn. Now I’ve got it down and wearing Crusader in front of my name, I spend a good deal of time at the AT holding jousting lessons. This is actually a good thing, cause then I group everybody and we blast through the other quests. We do kill 10/15 scourge. Then we do Commander. I just have everyone run around willy nilly killing the bats, then when they’re cleared out, I pull the mounted guys and tell the group “Stay right here and throw your stick at whatever is hitting me. k? kk.” Then we kill the frostwyrm and pals. Done!More dailies that can be done and credited in groups would be nice. But the AT can be done entirely with a group, which makes it a little less of a pain.Good luck on your drake and netherray!-Fri

  5. Noelle permalink
    June 30, 2009 12:08 AM

    I did the Oracle dailies to get the stupid egg, and then never remember to go get the new egg. Beyond that, I’ve not done many dailies. I haven’t even been to the tournament area. Hubby said “don’t go. You’ll hate it.” Translate that to read: “please don’t go. I don’t want to hear you b*tch and complain when you can’t do the quests on your priest.” Alrighty then.

  6. ambient permalink
    June 30, 2009 7:57 PM

    I know there are a lot of descriptions out there for how to do the jousting, but this is the one that finally clicked for me:http://birdfall.blogspot.com/2009/04/argent-tournament-part-2-or-valiant.htmlRemember that you can run forward immediately after hitting shield break, you don’t need to wait for your toss to reach the mob.Also, it doesn’t sound like you’re doing the escort quest in Skettis! I just finished the grind there myself. Towards the end I started doing the Blade’s Edge quests too, but the most of my rep was gathered in Skettis alone, which kept the irritation level down. Turn on your Low Level Quest Tracking while you’re flying around with your bombs, and keep an eye out for a blue exclamation point on the minimap. It will be a skyguard member in a cage on one of the platforms (generally in one of two spawn points — first tower grouping to the left or the right of the lake as you fly in). It takes 2 minutes tops to escort the guy down to the ground. Also turn in any Shadow Dust you have gathered; a stack of 6 will give you 150 rep. Any of the arakoa can drop Shadow Dust, so I usually spent a couple minutes farming up an even multiple of them. (The elixir you get in return causes shadowy arakoa to spawn, who DO NOT drop more Shadow Dust. Only drink it if you’re in the mood to grind rep by slaughtering mobs, because it will double the number of arakoa in the area.)

  7. July 2, 2009 8:43 AM

    Right with ya.Coupled with farming for Ore, I’m completely behind this post.

  8. July 3, 2009 3:03 AM

    I’m with you too… fortunately being casual I can just ignore them.. part complete them, come back to them another day.. whatever…RE the AT jousting… it gave me grief for the longest time… there were tears in my eyes every time.Finally one night, in frustration, I found myself spamming th charge button… like banging the buggery out of it… No delicate timing, just pure raw unnatural force…And it worked… sometimes it would appar that it better to not think, just act… the client new when the lag-skill was ready, and it did the thinking for me…So spam shield, spam charge… spin around and spam again. and again and again…

  9. Dolo permalink
    July 3, 2009 11:57 PM

    I was in a similar postion to you, trying to get Skettis rep on my priest, except for i HATE dailies. To me, they are a chore, and make WoW seem like a job rather than a game, the fastest way to ‘burn out’.So instead, I got the vast majority of my rep by grinding mobs. Not as bad as you may think, because it’s something you can pick up whenever you have the time, as opposed to something you feel you NEED to do every day. Also, with the Shatt portal form Dalaran, it’s quick to get to whenever you feel like hopping over there.My goal was hit exalted for the nether-ray fry pet, which would be my 75th pet and get me the Little Fawn through the acheviement :) But apart from that, there’s the mount you mentioned, and also a cool tinket that drops from Terokk, which turns you into an arokka. Killing Terokk requires you to summon four adds beforehand, using the scrolls. Killing the five of them gives a good amount of rep and helps break up the ‘big grind’ into more manageable cycles.So yeah, I didn’t find Skettis rep too bad, once you find the right motivation. And it’s acutally quite satisfying zooming around the treetops Holy-Nova’ing the evil shadow birds to death, very priestly :P

  10. July 14, 2009 11:43 AM

    […] the roses After my post about feeling guilty for not doing dailies that I wrote over two weeks ago came off the press (as it were) I got lots of comments and […]

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