Well, it was about 01:30 Christmas morning that one of my guild members managed to coerce me into joining one of those oftentimes epic fail raids for the For the Alliance! achievement. It was almost 02:00, and I was thinking about a thousand things that I would rather be doing, such as sleep. The selling point for me?
Guildmate: Pookies! There’s a guy in here with an Australian accent!
Pookies: INVITE ME NOW.
The group had just finished wiping to Thrall (their first attempt on a leader), at which point about a quarter of the raid had left.
Now, let me be frank. I have no idea how any 40-man raid can wipe to a city leader at level 80. Back in the day, people had to jump through firey hoops into order to take out the likes of Bloodhoof (one strategy involved tagging and then passing members between the two or three full raids of players it took to kill him). Nowadays we have the numbers to plow through the bosses using brute force.
After I joined the raid, we regrouped, went back in, and Thrall was toast. And then so was Bloodhoof (after much debate as to whether Cairne is a male or a female). We headed to Undercity, and even Sylvanas didn’t prove to be much of a problem with her constant teleporting. Of course, Silvermoon City was a ghost town and we didn’t meet any resistance there, and especially not from that pansy Theron.
Just shy of 04:00, I was back in Dalaran and riding my shiny new Black War Bear.
But here is the kicker: learning Black War Bear actually put me at 50 mounts, so I finished Leading the Cavalry at the same time!
Worth staying up until 04:00? Hell yeah. The Australian accent was just icing on the cake. And it was hot.
(The rest of this post is not WoW-related.)
In other achievements, my brother and sister and I finally unlocked Rock Band 2’s Endless Setlist 2 yesterday. The Endless Setlists are setlists which include every song in their respective versions of Rock Band. Completing the setlists on any given difficulty gives you cool instrument icons depending on what instrument and difficulty (as a group) you played the setlist on: medium awards silver, hard awards gold, and expert awards platinum. These icons make your e-peen grow by three sizes: they are visible to people you play with online.
We knew we didn’t have a chance playing guitar, bass, and drums on expert for every song (especially drums…), so we decided to go for hard difficulty.
It was all smooth sailing until the last ten songs or so when we hit some speed bumps. During Vision by Abnormality, song 82 out of 84, we failed. We weren’t prepared for it at all (we had never played it before). And, even on hard, it’s a bitch. The first time we failed it, we were distraught. We had already been playing for seven hours (with a couple of breaks). Then we realized we could retry the song without starting at the beginning of the setlist. We did. And we failed again. Eventually we managed to beat the song by switching roles and getting my sister’s fiancé to take over the foot pedal on the drums. This trivialized the drum part, and I was already getting the hand of the guitar/base parts so whoever was playing the strings part I didn’t take (I ended up taking bass so I could complete more energy phrases) just had to die less than three times.
After beating Visions, it took us a couple of tries to beat the next song (also a new one). Song 84 was Judas Priest’s Painkiller, which we knew we could beat.
And that was it. After eight hours of playing Rock Band 2 (my third day straight of playing, by the way), we had our gold icons. Our first order of business after that? Well, we went online and showed off our new bling, of course. Solo singers are generally in short supply, but we found one who, to our delight, commented on our gold icons.