Guide to Pacifist-craft: Getting Started

Emary, my Tauren Druid dirty hippy

In the last couple of weeks most folks talking about World of Warcraft have been focused on the new expansion, Mists of Pandaria. PANDAS! PANDAS! PANDAS! I will say, this is an awesome expansion and I’m having a lot of fun with it. However, that’s not the topic of this post. No, readers, I have to be different.

In the lull after leveling my goblin priest to 85 (FINALLY) and MoP dropping, I was bored. Really bored. A few months ago I learned of a guy on Reddit that had leveled a character up to 85 entirely by gathering professions. I even wrote about it, if you recall. I know a few folks that have done this too and it intrigued me enough that I wanted to try it. So since I was bored, I rolled a new toon to do just that. I thought I’d write up a little getting started guide in case anyone else decides to do this as well. It’s not easy, and you die… a lot. But if you’re looking for a challenge or something different, it’s worth a go.

The basic premise is that you level entirely by not doing damage. You can’t hit anything, you certainly can’t kill it, and you can’t even group with someone else killing something, because that will also give you kill/combat credit. (You can find your combat stats by opening the achievement window and going to the Statistics tab) No PVP, no killing, nothing.

Gaining XP: Your options for gaining XP then are gathering professions such as Mining and Herbalism. Skinning also gives XP, but you could only skin other people’s kills which would take awhile as you’re not always around people who are out killing things. Non combat quests are also an option, these are usually quests of the nature “Go take this there” or “Gather me 10 cords of wood” or “Deliver this to Whatever Town.” These aren’t something to rely on though, so you’ll have to pick up the two gathering professions. Exploration gives XP, but not nearly enough to level you significantly. Holiday quests are a nice bonus, for those quests that don’t require killing anything, but still give XP. Some dailies are also an option such as cooking and fishing dailies, though those can not be obtained until level 10 for the newer Cataclysm dailies.

Race: Tauren. I chose this because Taurens have Cultivation, a racial that gives a +15 to Herbalism as well as a speed bonus. This has helped me gather many a time while something was deciding I looked like lunch. Taurens also get War Stomp, a stun that does not do damage, and Endurance, which increases base health by 5%. I primarily play Horde, so this wasn’t a difficult choice for me. If you are Horde-averse you could choose Dwarf, who have Explorer, which is a bonus to Archeology, giving you extra pieces for every dig and a faster survey.

Class: Druid. This is a great choice for RPing if you happen to enjoy that. I affectionately refer to this toon as my “Dirty Hippie” and what’s more hippie than a Druid? But I actually chose Druid because once you get travel forms, you can gather while in those forms. Which means flying down, picking flowers, and flying away before some baddie can choose how well done he wants his Tauren burger. Take note: Dwarves can not be Druids.

XP Bonuses: Whatever you can get, take it. I have my toon in a guild that has Fast Track, level 2 which gives a 10% bonus to killing monsters and completing quests. Sure I’m not using it on the monsters, but now and then when I do quests, it’s helpful. I also have heirlooms on my toon. I had some cloth ones left over from leveling my mage and priest, and since I’m only using it for the XP bonus and not the item stats, I just sent them to her to use. I did not previously have a helm heirloom as my rep with my guild wasn’t high enough, but now that guild rep gains have been nerfed, I have it and I did buy her a leather helm heirloom. I don’t care if she matches! Lastly for XP bonus is of course RESTED XP. Do not discount this. It’s 200% and when you can’t kill stuff or do most quests (because they all involve killing stuff) missing out on that extra XP is very noticeable.

Tips: I would recommend obtaining a Gnomish Army Knife which you might find on your auction house or get an engineer friend to make for you. You no longer need a mining pick, however having one gives a +10 to Mining. A Gnomish Army Knife gives +10 to Mining and Herbalism. (And also Skinning, but again, not really an option). Herbalism will give you Lifebloom, a healing spell. Put it on your action bar and use it, it’s better than nothing. If you’re playing a Druid (or another class that can heal) you’ll eventually get other  healing spells as well, remember to put them on your action bar as well. Remove any combat spell that auto-adds to your bar, best not to even be able to accidentally hit it. You can smelt the ore you mine which will increase your Mining skill, but it will not give you XP. I wouldn’t bother unless you have managed to out level the area you’re currently gathering herbs in. Unsmelted ore will still sell on the auction house. Think about where you’re leveling. Most levels have multiple zone options on both factions, but not all are equal. For instance I found that my survivability was MUCH higher in Durotaur than it was in Mulgore. In Durotaur it seems to be a lot easier to avoid things that come after me. I have not tried out Tirisfal Glades or Eversong Woods yet.

Finally I would say, again, this is a very challenging way to play. You die. A lot. By level 3 I had died 21 times. No kidding. I’m now level 8 and that death rate has slowed down, though that is thanks to changing zones and Brewfest giving me “free” XP for dailies. Still while I was dying a lot I thought I was nuts for trying this and considered quitting many times. Keep playing though, it’s not a challenge for nothing.

World of Pacifist-Craft?

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My brother has oft lamented that he can not level a character in an MMO by doing a crafting profession alone. Perhaps he has an entrepreneurial spirit I don’t know about, I’m not sure. Either way, he might be interested in this story.

Recently a Tauren Druid on the Silvermoon server of World of Warcraft posted on Reddit that he leveled his toon up to 85 by only doing 11 points of damage. And that was an accident. He only accepted one quest, which auto-accepted, and otherwise only gathered herbs and mined ore.

Freckle Face on the Hearthcast podcast said she was going to try something similar, leveling by only doing quests that didn’t involve killing anything and by gathering the same materials. The only two professions that give experience points are Herbalism and Mining.

I find this idea to be quite intriguing. To me it sounds a bit like a Sims style player created challenge. If I wasn’t trying to fit in a mad dash to 85 for a baby priest before Mists of Pandaria starts, I’d roll an alt right this minute. Perhaps I shall try this after I do that just to see if I can. Unless MoP drops first in which case, all bets are off.

During an interview on Hearthcast, Nokill, the Tauren Druid, said he opted for druid because you can gather in travel form and he opted for female because they take up less screen room. A couple of things to keep in mind should you decide to try this out. So are you going to try this out? Maybe it will get more people in WoW, or spark their curiosity at least. If you do try it out, let me know!

New Sims 3 Expansion Pack: Supernatural

When I was a kid, despite not being all that girly, one thing I did like to do was play with my dollhouse. Things haven’t changed much but instead of having a plastic dollhouse with a neat-o feature that allowed a 9V battery to serve as a power source for all of my lamps that my dad called a “fire” “hazard” I have an electronic dollhouse. And no cleanup. Or fire hazard. It’s a little something I call The Sims. Some people wonder what’s so exciting about controlling little pixel people and watching them do their laundry or homework. I can’t really explain it, but it’s so awesome.

Anyway, EA announced a new expansion pack today, Supernatural. We already had vampires, they were introduced in the Late Night expansion, but they are more “intriguing” now, and they are also adding zombie, werewolves, and fairies. If it weren’t for the zombies I’d say that it sounded like the third season of True Blood. I really liked the Makin’ Magic EP from The Sims 1. Apartment Life in The Sims 2 gave us magic again but I didn’t care much for it. I’m hoping this rendition is better implemented.

The EP is set to come out in September, and if you pre-order you can get one of two types of special items, detailed on the EP page.

SimCity: Coming February 2013

Screenshot courtesy SimCity.com

The first time I played a SimCity game was on my brother’s Super Nintendo. I loved every second of it. I loved creating a city and watching it grow and keeping my Sims happy. Unfortunately I don’t like people quite as much as my Sims, annoying as even Sims can be, so a career in politics was not in the cards. Over the years I’ve played several incarnations of SimCity including SimCity 4 which looked awesome in commercials but for some reason just doesn’t capture attention like it’s predecessors did. I didn’t even try SimCity Societies.

Then a couple of months ago I was driving home and for some weird reason was thinking about SimCity again. How I wished they would create an updated one. I had heard about Cities XL, but since I didn’t know anyone who played it, I was less than eager to spend my money. The very next day after reminecising over my old favorite game, Maxis announced a new SimCity game coming out next year. And there was much rejoicing.

Now E3 is in full swing and gaming companies are priming their fans with all sorts of exciting information. Including a new SimCity trailer. Like Diablo III, you will have to be online to play. Which I gotta say, sucks, but it seems to be the way gaming companies are going. OMG am I still going to be able to do a money cheat with that? Christ. I hope so. Oooh curved roads. Squee!

In addition to the new trailer and announcement of a February 2013 release, Maxis also announced a SimCity Social game for Facebook. Let’s hope it’s not a mashup of The Sims Social and that CityVille thing.

New Games This Week: June 4, 2012

Photo Courtesy of The Sims 3

Tuesday, June 5
Bang Bang Racing
PS3, PC, Xbox 360

Deadly Association
PC, iPhone, MAC

Inversion
Xbox 360, PC, PS3

Madagascar 3: The Video Game
WII, Xbox 360, PS3, VITADS, 3DS

Rayman Origins
3DS

The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats
PC

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
PS3, Xbox 360

Thursday, June 7
Art of Balance Touch!
3DS

Cat Frenzy
DS

Friday, June 8
Strategic War in Europe
PC

Source: Gamespot

New Games This Week: May 28, 2012

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Box art for Max Payne 3, Courtesy Rockstar Games

Monday, May 28
The Binding of Isaac: The Wrath of the Lamb
PC, MAC

Zombie Burst
iPhone

Tuesday, May 29
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland
PS3

Batman: Arkham City – Harley Quinn’s Revenge
Xbox 360, PC, PS3

Pure Chess
VITA, PS3

Resistance: Burning Skies
VITA

Wednesday, May 30
Mad Riders
Xbox 360

Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
Xbox 360

Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
Xbox 360

Thursday, May 31
BraveSmart
Android, iPhone

Rock(s) Rider
iPhone

Friday, June 1
Max Payne 3
PC

Source: Gamespot.com

New Games This Week: May 20, 2012


Sunday, May 20
Mario Tennis Open
3DS

Tuesday, May 22
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
PC

Dragon’s Dogma
Xbox 360, PS3

EVE Online: Inferno
PC
Oh, this will be a big one I bet. I don’t play Eve. Can’t get a handle on flying ships and such. And you, screwing people out of money.

Men in Black: Alien Crisis
3DS

Men in Black: Alien Crisis
Xbox 360, PS3, WII
I have no clue why the 3DS and the other platforms were listed separately.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D
3DS

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Xbox 360, PS3

Training – Men in Black: Alien Crisis Trailer
Sorcery
PS3

Wednesday, May 23
Hunger Games Adventures, The
PC
Way to be late to the game on this one, eh?

Joy Ride Turbo
Xbox 360

Thursday, May 24
Defender Chronicles II
iPhone

DiRT Showdown
PC

Shoot the Zombirds
iPhone

Friday, May 25
Iron Front – Liberation 1944
PC

Source: Gamespot

Anything you’re playing this week? Are you still hip deep into Diablo?

Diablo III: First Impressions

I really had no intention of playing Diablo III. I played Diablo II and I liked it, but D3 just didn’t grab my attention and really, I wasn’t all that interested. Even months ago when Blizzard announced that anyone who signed up for a World of Warcraft Annual Pass could get D3 for free, I was very meh about it all. Of course this was around the time that I first slipped that disc in my neck so really if something wasn’t a pain killer or an ice pack I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to it. But then some of my guildies in WOW were talking about the game, about the beta, about how they all had gotten the annual pass, had gotten a mount to go with it. Wait. What. A mount? A free mount? To do something I was going to do anyway like pay for WOW for the next year? That’s it. OK. Sold. I’m in.

After that I started paying a spot more attention to the D3 hype. And I started to get interested in excited in this game. Over the past week I had been meaning to download the client and of course, kept forgetting. Finally Monday morning I remembered and set it to download while we were at work. Came home and went to install so I could be ready to go come Tuesday evening. I do have to work, after all. It’s not all games and lolcats over here, people. Hit the install button, hit next a few times. Boom. Stop. Nope. Not happening. Not enough room on my hard drive. SHIT. So I deleted a bunch o’ crap, and who knew that much could be lurking in your Downloads folder? Scary. That taken care of the game installed and I was ready to enter the battle for Sanctuary! Once the servers were up. And I wasn’t at work any more. So then I FINALLY get home from THE LONGEST DAY EVAR and boot up my game. What’s this? What? Update my graphics card. Ugh. Fine. So I did that and then. Finally. At long last. I was able to get in game. You’re expecting me to say the servers were down, right? Nope. I got lucky. Didn’t have any problems. On to the game.

Character creation is pretty simple. You choose a class and a gender and a name. That’s it. There’s no customization. It’s a bird’s eye view so this isn’t the biggest deal because it’s not like you can really see the detail anyway. A big difference in this game over MMOs and other games is that you have to click to move. Point to a place on the screen, click, and you move there. This took some getting used to because you also use your mouse buttons to attack. Figuring out how to attack from a distance and NOT running into a group of mobs takes some getting used to. Unless you play a Barbarian, then I guess it doesn’t matter. As for the birds’ eye view, it’s sort of like the Sims default view, except there’s no zooming in and moving the camera around. I’ve heard you can zoom in and out, but I haven’t figured it out yet. If you move into a room that has walls around it, the walls fall back so you can see through them. There’s no changing the camera though.

A few helpful noob things, those red globules are health, they heal you, but usually you get them when you don’t need them, or so it seems. You can’t store them, but you can buy health pots. I recommend doing this. A lot. And don’t be stingy with them. There’s also health wells in the game, use those to your advantage too. Don’t forget to use it when you’re standing right next to it and then die like I did. Oops. There are things like tree stumps, barrels, coffins, tree logs, and piles of stones that could have stuff in them. Shoot/hit them and find out. Sometimes it’s money or loot, sometimes it’s nothing or a bad guy. Worth a shot. Another thing I would recommend is getting a piece of equipment that will regenerate health. Base health regen is so slow, I honestly thought it didn’t happen. But then I saw a regen item on a merchant, figured I’d give it a try, and I could immediately see a difference.

Those are my first impressions. I haven’t even played through to the Skeleton King, which is as far as you could get in the beta, but I’m close. Unfortunately, I can not play all night, so I leave it up to you. What do you think of D3 so far? Are you playing solo or with some friends?

New Games This Week: May 14, 2012

Tuesday, May 15
Akai Katana Shin
X360

Asura’s Wrath: Lost Episode 2 – The Strongest vs. the Angriest
X360, PS3

Battleship
PS3, X360, 3DS, WII, DS
Ties in with movie due out on Friday, May 18. Which I have heard sucks. Maybe the game will be better. Let me know.

Diablo III
PC, MAC
Huge, huge release on this one. Biggest game all week, maybe all month or summer even. Look for a first impressions later this week.

Dungeon Defenders: Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards – Part 3: Aquanos
PS3

Game of Thrones
PC, X360, PS3
You might think that this one was a quickie release because of the popularity of the HBO series, in fact this game has been in development for seven years. I wish they would have picked a better week to release it though. Like maybe early in April when the show started back up? Hmm?

Hitman: Sniper Challenge
X360, PC, PS3

Max Payne 3
X360, PS3

PixelJunk 4am
PS3

Rock of Ages
PS3
The movie doesn’t come out for a month and since we haven’t seen much about the movie let alone the game it makes me wonder about both.

JAM Live Music Arcade
X360, PS3

Wednesday, May 16
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Android, PS3, PC, X360

Thursday, May 17
Men in Black 3
Android, iPhone
The movie is due out next week. Here’s one doing better tie-ins but I haven’t seen any commercials promoing this game.

Friday, May 18
Dragon’s Lair
X360

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
PC
The movie isn’t out until September. This isn’t hard, people!!

Source: GameSpot.com

Anything I missed? What are you playing this week? Anything you’re looking forward to?

Wasteland 2: Sadly No Electric Boogaloo

Last night my husband said to me, “Did you read that email I sent you?” “Yeah,” I said. He had sent me this link to a fundraising page for a project that wants to send an action figure of Jean-Luc Picard into space. OK. Yeah. Interesting. I mean I’m not knocking it, just not my area of interest.

Anyway. He then says “Did you look around the site any more?” I told him, no, I was at work. I was, you know, working. Crazy, I know. He goes on to tell me that the reason he ended up on this site in the first place was that he had searched for a video game he had played as a kid called Wasteland. Wasteland 2I told him I never heard of it. His eyes go wide and he says “What? I played it on the Commodore 64!” Here’s the difference between our upbringings. My husband was an only child and and only grandchild, and had parents that liked to buy him crap. I, on the other hand, was raised by parents who told me to mop the kitchen floor if I was bored. He continues to tell me about this game that was set in post-Apocalyptic America and was very fun to play. It came with this booklet with game information that was used to advanced the story line and if you tried to cheat and read ahead, it lead you astray and had various jokes to keep you from cheating. Oh and it was a bit of a “Sandbox” game. If you’re not familiar with that term, Skyrim is a current example. Older RPGs like Baldur’s Gate required you to follow the story line and go where it told you to go when you needed to go there. Not that it was a bad way to play, but with sandbox games like Skyrim, and it’s predecessor Oblivion, you can go anywhere you want and even completely ignore the main storyline if you want. That’s what really got me. This game came out in 1988, well before sandbox games were the norm or even a new idea. Wasteland was well ahead of it’s time.

Wasteland was originally produced by a company called Interplay Productions which was started in 1983 by Bryan Fargo. Fargo would later go on to be involved in other games like Bard’s Tale, Fallout (which was inspired by Wasteland), and the aforementioned Baldur’s Gate.

That brings us to the present day. Bryan Fargo has started a new video game company, inXile Entertainment, and is raising funds to produce Wasteland 2. That’s where this fundraising thing comes in. Kickstarter is a website where creative projects can get try to get funding. Wasteland 2′s page is a hell of a success story. Originally aiming to raise $900,000, inXile has managed to raise over $2 million. Could this be the future of gaming? Generally games that get produced now are dictated by large software houses that can afford to invest the money into producing the high quality graphics and storyline that gamers have come to expect. If fans can fund their own projects, it could revolutionize what gets produced and bring a lot more creative possibilities to the video game market. The world will have to keep an eye on how Wasteland 2 and future fan-funded projects to see how the work out.