Loremaster Update

28 Jun

So – some free advice:

If thou dost plan to Loremaster – DONT FACTION CHANGE.

Verily.

Okay – to recap:

  • Loremaster of Northrend (done while Horde)
  • Loremaster of Kalimdor ( was about 556 of 585 as horde before faction change – completed 700/700 as alliance)
  • Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms (666 of 700 … spooky)
  • Loremaster of Outlands ( Oi….)

So – Loremaster of Kalimdor as Alliance is a breeze.  Seriously.  When I finally made turn in #700 I still had several nice short chains available to me outside of Theramore and the loOOOOooong chain from Fallen Hero of the Horde left for padding.  After my faction change I went from being about 30 quests shy of the achievement to something like 250 quests short.  It was devastating.  But thanks to the ample number of quests in the Night Elf and Draenei starting areas I was able to make those quests up in record time.  Blizzard quest designers have a thing about creating these great conversations between two NPCs that are standing right next to one another and including quests for every part of the conversation.   I can remember cackling with delight as carbonite updated my completed quest count for the zone with the rapidity of a pinball machine as I blazed through the dialog boxes.  Seriously – not sure why they don’t seem to do this on the Horde side as well.

Now – Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms seems to be a completely different animal.  I’ve read in the official forums that some folks believe the following:

  • LM of Kalimdor requires the Horde to complete EVERY QUEST you can find – including a lot of dungeon quests.  Alliance really doesn’t.
  • LM of EK requires little effort as Horde – but requires Alliance players to do all the dungeon quests up through about Stratholme.

Others of course disagree.

For myself I’m not sure.  I’ve been going through EK with a quickness right up until 600 quests or so.  At the magic 600 number the little yellow exclamation marks have just about vanished.  I nugged my way to 666 by really stopping and looking at each of the zones I’d assumed were completed and found the following:

  • A handful of quests I’d forgotten about in the far south of Loch Modan (including the whole Key to Searing Gorge chain)
  • Tons of quests in the Badlands I’d skipped over – (including a lot of stuff that sends me to Uldaman…a mixed blessing, that)

The Uldaman based quests are a major pain in the ass.  A lot of them just don’t count. Yet in some cases – the quests that thread off of them do count…or at least some of them do. Now running Rainchaser through Uldaman takes almost no time at all – but after completing 5-6 different quests and only seeing my Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms quest totals go up by “1” was disheartening.

At 666 and sweating – I keep thinking that there’s some magic cache of quests that I’ve just forgotten about.  Everyquest seems to agree – but isn’t anywhere near as accurate as I’d like (thanks in part to some database confusion from my multiple faction changes.)  My plan for the night is to hit the remaining quests in my log and hopefully make some serious headway.  I’d *love* to be done with EK tonight – but when you’re this far along, all that’s left are dribs and drabs of quests scattered across the map or contained in items that will (eventually) drop from mobs.  Reality says that I should be fairly happy if I can kill this part of the achievement by Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Now – that leaves Loremaster of Outland for me to spend the rest of July mopping up.  I missed a great deal of Burning Crusade content thanks to an Altitis problem and repeated military deployments, so getting back to BC is going to be something of a treat for me.  I’ll get to spend a lot of quality time on my Violet Proto-Drake and enjoy a change of scenery for a while.  I’m hoping the questing will go a fair bit faster in Outlands thanks to the Hub concept that Blizzard started focusing on during BC which makes each quest zone it’s own contained achievement.  Plus – if my numbers in any particular area start to get dicey I can always run in and solo the dungeon content which for the most part *always* counts.  I am bummed out that I’m going to have to relive Terrokar Forrest again – but hey – if I’ve done it once – I’ve done it a million times…(seriously – I’ve done Terror of Terrokar a million times….)  Nothing for it but to grin and sick my bear on things.

Wish me luck.

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3 Responses to “Loremaster Update”

  1. sirfwalgman June 30, 2010 at 19:04 #

    It was a total grind at the end. I remember doing a bunch of quests in the Blackrock mountains dungeons.. some you had to run part of them go get more quests. Ug. Felt like an achievement when I finished though.

  2. Mytral of Cairne July 4, 2010 at 00:56 #

    Good luck in Outland.

    And no, dungeon instance quests do *not* count in Outland, unlike Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms.

    The hardest areas to finish will be Blade’s Edge and Nagrand. At least for Alliance. Be sure to get all of the group quests that lead to “King of the Ogres” in BE!

  3. Myrtal of Cairne July 4, 2010 at 00:57 #

    Of course, I spelled my own name wrong. Gack.

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