World of Warcraft: I Learned Today….

I’m such a bonehead. I never knew this until today that you could create enchantments using scrolls. But I suspected that you could otherwise enchanters would be even more valuable as a sought after class on servers. For myself, this is great news because it provides a great deal of incentive for me to level up my shaman, who is my enchanter, fast. Already, he’s at level 60 with an enchanting skill of 350.

However, there are two major stumbling blocks: 6 more large prismatic shards and 1 primal might. The primal might will probably be the most difficult thing to obtain. I figured that the large prismatic shards can be created through disenchanting goods that my paladin blacksmith makes. But primal might won’t be so easy because it requires an alchemist to transmute various primals into the primal might. Ugh.

What that means for me is leveling up my warlock in the near future so he can handle the transmutes. But I kinda want to avoid that at the moment because I’m currently working on my druid.

Currently, I’ve managed to push my Death Knight’s Jewelrycrafting skill to 525 and am now just doing dailies to acquire the tokens. My goal is to obtain the other iLevel 346 recipes as my other toons level up towards 85. From there, as I had mentioned, I managed to forge my shaman to level 60. He’s done a few introductory quests to Outlands, but I’m placing him on hold temporarily while my druid starts her run to 85. Before going into my druid, I will briefly mention that my old hunter has joined the rest of the group so I’m slowly working him to 85. He’s already at 82 and close to finishing the entire Mount Hyjal quest chain. I’m working slowly on him as I’m having him quest with my friend’s Paladin.

So really the main story at the moment boils back to my druid. Now that she’s out of what I call the “hazing zone” (i.e. Hellfire Peninsula), I’m having her concentrate on hitting 68. Already, she’s obtained GM in both herbalism and Inscription. So I’m having her just grab as many herbs along the way as possible, making glyphs to level up her Inscription skill. She’s getting close to finishing Zangermarsh, which may put her slightly below level 67. But I’m certain that if she tackles Nagrand next, I won’t have to get her to quest anywhere else (if not, I’ll probably have her do Blade Edge Mountains). I’m mostly racing her to level 85 so she can max out her Inscription and start crafting ilevel 346 relics and the Darkmoon Cards as well as making her my primary herbalism farmer. My death knight will have to wait a little while even after obtaining the recipe for the tanking ring before he will be able to craft it, since volatile life is impossible to obtain without a high level herbalist.

Later on, when my warlock maxes out his alchemy skill, I think I might ditch his herbalism for tailoring. No point in having multiple gathering classes and waste profession slots.

World of Warcraft: Hitting A Wall of Professions

Once you have an 85 level toon, it’s very easy to have stuff trickle down to your other toons. In my case, I’ve been supporting my shaman’s tailoring and enchanting skills through my paladin. I managed to accumulate a great deal of frostweave cloth that was sitting and collecting dust in his bank account and I desperately needed to move it out. So after finally leveling  my death knight to 85, I am now able to concentrate on other toons, namely my shaman and druid.

I want to give my shaman priority at the moment because he’s got a very high level tailoring skill for his level. Already, he’s making frostweave bolts and helped clean up my bank account. However, he’s still level 56 thus preventing him from doing some of the cooler tailoring patterns like making frostweave bags. This is quite frustrating but simply tells me that I need to push my shaman hard for a while so I can get him to level 65 and above quickly.

At this stage, he’s in the final leg of pre-BC questing. I will be sending him to the Blasted Lands as soon as I can. Unfortunately, at level 56 he cannot make use of the portal. In turn, I’ll have to take some time to walk him through, which can be annoying (I did this with my druid previously and she got nailed a few times near an Alliance town in Duskwood). I’m hoping that the Blasted Lands will provide enough XP on top of the 5% guild bonus and his 20% BoA bonuses to allow him to hit 60.

Once I’m done there, I’ll send him to the wonderful Hellfire Peninsula. The great thing is that he already has two flying mounts, including one flying carpet. So it’s a matter of getting through the Peninsula.

Eventually, I’d like to work on my warlock and rogue again. My friends are leveling up their toons and soon will catch up. Afterwards, I’ll take these two out again. I’ll have to spend a day or two on my rogue’s gathering professions though since I’ve neglected them for a while. One of my long term goals is to make her a pure gathering class and freeing my hunter’s skinning for something more productive like engineering.

World of Warcraft: Moving on Up!

Finally, I managed to have my death knight hit level 85 today. That’s my second 85 next to my paladin. I’ve halted questing temporarily in the Twilight Highlands and will start having him focus on mining ore. That will allow my paladin eventually to ditch his mining and switch to enchanting down the road. Along with that, my death knight’s jewelry crafting skill is nearly maxed out and will take about 5 more days to reach the limit. I’ll probably use the time in between to grab more ore so that I have enough materials as I do dailies.

In the meantime, I’ve started to work on my shaman again. He’s important as he possesses fairly high level tailoring and enchanting skills. My goal is to get him to at least level 65 as quickly as possible so I can continue to work on those two skills, particularly tailoring as it’ll provide for larger bags. Of course, I hope to continue with my druid sometime too since she’s focused on Inscription. I’m trying to make it a point not to spend much money when possible and instead be self-sufficient, thereby avoiding the auction house for things like glyphs, bags, and other equipment that I can make myself (epics are a different story altogether).

Sometime cool I discovered was Tol Borad. I had my paladin do the dailies there and even the BG. Very fun zerg fest style BG. After scoring some honor, I learned that I can convert it to justice points. This works out nicely as I can buy the higher level superior items and get item level 346 for any remaining gear. In the future then, I’ll might be able to do some raids.

In addition, I moved my hunter from my old server over finally. I’ll probably get rid of my troll hunter and draeni paladin. Then I can create my last two missing classes in the warrior and priest. Not a big fan of either class, but I simply want all classes maxed out eventually. By then I should have all professions and then some. I have no idea what to do when I max out my professions. Maybe just take some gathering classes.

Where to Go From Here?

Now that I’ve been betrayed and injured like Michael Corleone from the Godfather series, I need to figure out where my life turns from here. In some ways, it feels like freedom because I’ll never have to worry about that issue again. I can find someone new to obsess over. A friend of mine at UCI after breaking up with his girlfriend once told me it’s the same feeling as taking that final wipe of your butt after making a big shit in the toilet. I couldn’t agree more.

However, it also feels like floating in the middle of the ocean (minus any sharks or other dangerous animals). At the moment, I can’t see any islands nor signs of life. I’m not in endangerment kinda like being on a cruise ship that has an indefinite amount of supplies and I’m the only person aboard. It sucks in some ways because I have no idea which direction to steer this ship. But I do know that I can go anywhere I want at this stage without worries.

Life-wise, I’ve recently taken a decent job and I enjoy the environment thus far. It feels weird though because I can’t tell if it’ll go big or not in truth. I think the guys at work are great and that the business model has definite footing. But I’m someone who has his share of doubts, especially after going through two recessions. On the other hand, my last two companies went IPO on the same day so it could be that the 3rd time is the charm.

The other thing is that Reina getting married might be an indication of the sacrifice of something important for me to obtain an even better thing in my life. I’ve always felt that life is all about balance; it’s all about give and take. My life tends to be  more about giving than receiving (or taking) so I’m still waiting for that fateful day that I can proudly declare on my facebook/twitter profiles that I’m rich finally.

Of course, I’ve said this to myself previously and ended up empty handed. In that sense, trying to discern meaning from nothing is similar to all those Rapture hopefuls that spent their life savings on a non-existent event.

That still doesn’t answer how I should move on in terms of relationships or where to turn. Almost all the girls/women I like are in relationships (refer to the previous video post to see my response to that). Norika Fujiwara smartly got out of her relationship with that boneheaded asscrack comedian  husband. So is she the one?

I don’t know. Actually, I don’t know how to feel right now. I’m totally drained today. I want to hit the gym to burn off my angst, but I can’t even tell if I’m angry, sad or what.

Rapture on 5/21/2011 for Me: Reina Miyauchi from MAX Gets Married :(

For the average person on this earth, Rapture (aka 5/21/2011) was a rather uneventful day. People went on their business or were awaiting for a cataclysmic event to occur. There certainly was an eruption from a volcano in Iceland, but it only affected a small section of the world.

However, for one small person (i.e. me), the event did occur. I truly believe the event only occurred for my eyes to see and understand. That event was that Reina Miyauchi from MAX had gotten married. I read it at around midnight. I don’t believe that this was a coincidence and it definitely affects me deeply.

If you don’t know about my “relationship” with Reina, it’s that I’ve been obsessed with her for 15 years now. She was the one I’ve written stories about, included her as the main character in almost all my writings after college and probably spent way too much time and money making myself into a fool in defending her and obsessing over her as well as missing numerous opportunities to get into relationships because she was the ultimate person I would’ve taken with me to the grave if given a choice.

Reina, you hurt me deeply. You’ve betrayed me because you’re blind. Judgment has indeed been passed. If you’re smart, abort the child, tell that husband to fuck off if he knows what’s good for him and repent. I’m currently listening to evil, satanic music in the hopes that another earthquake occurs in Japan. If it does, then you should at least be aware that it’s your fault for being a stupid whore.

Here’s to you betrayer:

The New KeithWatanabe.net is Alive

My old blog site is still up as an archive of my 7 or so years blogging. However, I’ve decided to retire the code because of the difficulty of maintaining that code base (especially considering that wordpress seems to be a better fit). So this will be the home to the newer version and be more community friendly so people can easily post comments and contribute in the future.

My current plan for the site is that I have no plan. As always, I prefer to do things on the fly and simply share my thoughts and feelings with the world. I hope that the information provided herein will be useful and/or entertaining to others. In the meantime, strap yourselves in because my mouth is NEVER short of cutting (edge) words.