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I am still at a loss for words in general. Apologies to those who follow my RP posts, there will be one eventually – don’t give up hope!

Until then, here’s some of the things I got done today:

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That brings me to a current grand total of 4740 achievement points. I would love to break the 5000 barrier, but I’m not sure I will manage that any time soon.

Current achievements I am working on:

– the second critter-loving

– the dalaran voidwalker pet

– reading all the books in Azeroth

– finishing off the dungeons I have left in the Old World

– do the last three Daily Heroic Dungeon quests needed for the achievement

– fishing up the Lurker Below

– finishing off the Dalaran Coin Fishing achievements

– fishing in a wreckage pool to finish off the Scavanger achievement

– work on my reputation with the Oracles, Kalu’ak, Warsong Offensive, Sons of Hordir and Shattered Sun Offensive, which should help me out with quite a few achievements: the last 3 pets i need for the Skunk pet; 5 more exalted reputations to get the 20 exalted repuations achievement; the Daily Bread Winner (making money off of quests) and 500 Daily Quests completed.

I’d also love to get all the Outland dungeons and heroic dungeons taken care of, but I’ll need at least one friend for that and none of the people I play with at the moment seem interested in this stuff, so I’m not pushing it.

Right, that’s it from me this time.

Happy Easter to all!

/Maia

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Opening my Achievement window and being met by half-full bars annoys me to no end! Some say I am a bit of a perfectionist, others that I have a mild case of O.C.D. but either way one thing is true: I hate seeing this summary.

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I have a very hard time seeing half-full bars, that is usually what makes me push on to dinging and also what makes me want to stop right after I have dinged. And it is what pushes me to complete achievements (except for the ones that award titles, which I would complete anyway).

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Achievements Compared to other Games

My knowledge of MMO-games is restricted to WoW and Warhammer Online. The latter I only know a little about, having played a character up to level 13. But by having seen more then WoW I have something to compare with.

The Warhammer Online Achievement System differs somewhat from the World of Warcraft one:

In Warhammer Online Achievements are hidden, you don’t know an Achievement exists until it pops up on your screen as completed. My initial reaction was that I prefer the Warcraft approach of seeing what Achievements are available, but there is an advantage with the Warhammer Online System: it does not put you under stress to the same degree as the Warcraft one. As mentioned above, having to see the half-empty bars annoys me. Though I like knowing things in advance, I would prefer not having to see exactly how many things I haven’t done yet. Instead of Achievements being fun little things, it puts me in mind of a list of chores and I am faced with exactly how many I have not completed yet.

The other big difference is the amount of titles available through Achievements:

pin-cushion-titleWarhammer Online is littered with titles. And I really mean littered – by the time you reach your tenth level (out of forty) you already have about twenty titles to choose from, which are most probably not even the same ones as those your friends have. Of course there are titles that are extremely rare and can only be obtained by long, hard work and lots of cooperation with other people, but in Warhammer Online titles not only have the function of indicating hard work (as the Warcraft titles do, or at least used to do in TBC), they also have the function of character customization – kind of like haircuts obtainable at the barbershop in Warcaft. And by offering such a great variety of titles to even the lowliest player, the designers have ensured that titles do not have to be overly common.

Let’s face it: every other person you see in Dalaran nowadays is a Jenkins, but I think that if we had more titles to choose from, there would be more diversity.

The fact that so many run around with the Jenkins title, even if it means they have to be associated with “that other guy on the server, that is a real noob” proves to me that people really want titles (or family names).

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What it Boils Down to

Of course no system is perfect and the WoW Achievemt System never will be either, but there is certainly room for improvement.

If I were to change something, it would most probably be the way in which achievements are displayed: I would prefer to hide the achievements I have not completed yet and only look at them when I choose to. This could be done by an option in the Interface Menu, or by only showing uncompleted achievements on the Armory for example.

And of course, if I could have my way, I would implement many, many, many more titles into the game. I mean who would not want to be: Soandso the Vain, or Emperor Whatsyourname?

Myself, I could picture myself as:

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a titles obtained after having died 10 times.

Is there any title you would like to see beside your name?

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For a full list of the titles available in Warhammer Online, visit this link.

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And here’s the proof for it:

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There’s an explanation for this, I promise! Here it comes:

One of my guild mates needed the Ruby Void achievement as the very last thing to getting the meta-achievement Glory to the Hero. So, as the very kind tree that I am, I offered to help out and since we were all feeling kinda bored and crazy, we decided to get two achievements done at the same time: Ruby Void and Emerald Void.

With this in mind we mounted up on five Amber Drakes and after a bit of tacticizing, we went for it – naked of course, since we knew it was going to take a few tries and let’s face it, we’re all cheap bastards.

We downed the boss on our fifth try, my guild mate got his meta-achievement done and I got this pretty little screenshot.

*update* This comment over on wowhead was the basis for the tactic we used to get this done. It requires your team to work together – work out beforehand who will use time rift when and in what order you want to use the time stops. The last three tries, after we got the general feel for the encounter, we managed to time the time stops so that we did not have any kind of adds until after the boss came out of phase 2 the first time. This was of great help, since there are no healing dragons involved. (Thank you vlad for pointing out that I should add this part to the post!)

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Why did she choose to put the “Love” part of the title in brackets you ask?

Well, because it is 2:52 am on the 16th of February, the last day of the “Love Is in the Air” celebration and with just about three hours left to go and one achievements left to complete I am starting to feel the “Love Fool” title slips away. I think I might end up simply being a Fool for still being up at this hour.

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I’m stuck on the candy achievement, yeah you know which one I mean! I’ve been courting city guards and vendors all day long for the past week and still, I only got my first bag on candy ten minutes ago. Now I’ve used up all its charges and am still missing three types of candy. I’ve only got three chances left to try and get a bag and so I’m posed with the dilemma: do you sit up and hope or do I try to get four hours of sleep before I need to get up and get to work?

Sometimes I wonder if this game is a good way to spend my free time…

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