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Higher Learning – A Priest’s Guide To Dalaran Mind Vision Happiness

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by emptyay

So…I’ve actually started playing again on a regular basis, and I have to say…I am enjoying it.I realize that many of the things I’m enjoying are things you’re probably tired of…like running Heroics, 95% of which I’m running for the first time. I’m also enjoying dailies (still, strangely), especially stuffing poor, defenseless puppies into a sack after murdering their mother, and taking them to be eaten cared for by walruses. I know, it sounds somewhat worse when you put it that way. Or better, depending on how you view the game.

Anyway, on to the actual point of the post. Higher Learning! This achievement has you running around to 8 different locations in Dalaran, searching for books that spawn roughly once every three hours. The book that spawns may not actually be the right book, and it takes like 2 minutes to run around to every location in a circle, checking every spot for the books.

A great guide can be found at Warcraftpets.com. There are pictures showing you exactly where each book spawns and it’s just awesome. If you’re not a priest, just go there and have fun running around. Good luck.

IF, HOWEVER, YOU ARE A PRIEST…OH YES, YOU GET THE EASY JOB.

See, it just so happens that there is a certain place you can stand in Dalaran. In this cartain place, you can, thankfully, chain cast Mind Vision around Dalaran, targeting an NPC that is close to every book in the city. In this way, you can actually check every single location while moving…wait for it…get ready…not at all.

Now, while I was setting this up, I visited a few websites. At each, I found a certain peice of the puzzle. One had a list of the names of the NPC’s, one had an example of the macro, Wowpets had their great guide, so on. So, I’ve got your one-stop shop for everything you’re gonna need to know about using your Mind Vision to make this job easy.

The Setup

Okay, so to make this work…you have to stand in a certain place. Head over to Threads of Fate (if you don’t know where it is, just ask and NPC where to buy cloth armor) and take the stairs up to the second story, then head out onto the balcony. You should be in about this position:

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From here, you’ll be able to reach everyone.

Da Macro

Ok, so now that you’re in position, you need to write your macro. It should look something like this:

/targetexact *NPC’s name here*

/cast mind vision

Easy! I know, right? It’s almost like Blizzard loves priests more than everyone else.

Now, we fill in the blanks. There are eight books, but we’re only going to make 7 macros. The reason for this is that one of the books spawns on the balcony you’re standing on, so you can manage to see that one with your own eyes.

The NPC’s are, in order:

#1 Archivist Betha – This will let you check for the book on the floor of the Dalaran Visitor’s Center.

#2 Arille Azuregaze – The bartender in the Legerdemain Lounge, lets you check for the book on the first floor, on the empty bookcase near the stove in the corner.

#3 Afsaneh Asrar – The assistant inkeeper in the Legerdemain Lounge. She walks up and down the stairs, letting you check for the book on the second floor in the bedroom, again on the empty bookcase.

#4 Archmage Celindra – Lets you check for the book on the floor of the teleportation room.

#5 Archmage Timear – Lets you check for the book on the box in the corner outside of the Violet Hold.

#6 Archmage Aethas Sunreaver – Lets you check for the book on the bottom of the shelf on the first floor of the Violet Citadel.

#7 Zidormi – Lets you check for the book on the floor on the second level of the Violet Citadel.

The Plan

Ok, so set up your macros in order. The reason for this is that you can’t actually reach all of the NPC’s form where you are. However, Mind Vision kinda…chains…off of the last person you used it on. For example, you can’t actually hit Zidormi on the second floor of the Violet Citadel, but if you hit Aethas Sunreaver, you can then cast Zidormi’s macro and you’ll jump on to her. It’s pretty cool, actually.

Anyway, all you have to do is cast the macros in order. The only jump you can’t make is from #5 to #6, so cast the first five macros, check for those books, then just cancel Mind Vision. At this point, check the balcony you’re standing on to see if the book is there. If not, cast the last two macros, rinse, and repeat.

The books despawn fairly quickly, so once you see one, get to it as fast as you can. You can mount on the balcony, so as soon as you see a book, just hit your mount button and swoop down on the unsuspecting book. Keep in mind, though, that the books that spawn aren’t always the books you need for the achievement.

Also, on many servers, I guess there’s a chat channel specifically for this achievement, named /bookclub or something like that. The reason for this is that once you read the book, it stays there for a few minutes, allowing others to come read it too. It’s usually nice to announce the book in trade or general chat, or in the achievement-specific chat channel. More than likely, that announcement will bring 3-4 people running.

If anybody has any other tips, be sure to post and let me know 🙂

Happy hunting!

_Misa

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The Filler (and Macros!)

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2008 by emptyay

So…not much in the way of updates this week. Sorry!! Got back from Disney, caught up on work, moved the office into a different room, knocking down a wall tomorrow…oh yeah and I’m leaving Friday to visit the folks for Christmas. Lots on my plate atm, but still no excuse to leave my reader(s) out in the cold! Today has been my first day with zero views, so it’s definately time to update!

Let’s talk about Mind Sear. I ❤ the Sear. It makes me feel extremely good about myself. Basically, I pick a target, throw up a PW:S, pop Pain and Plague on said target, and run around gathering all the enemies I can. Once gathered, I renew SW:P on the target, re-shield, and start Searing. I Sear and Sear and Sear some more, laughing gleefully as the enemies fall around me. Last night I was taking on 10-12 wasps at a time for those ungrateful Frenzyheart. The animation is also very cool, and it makes me feel badass.

Anyway. Moving on. Badassness and such. Where was I? Macros! Yes! I love them. I’d like to share a couple that I enjoy. I don’t know much about macros, to be quite honest, so if you see something I can improve on, let me and everyone else know!

Hmmm..oh yes. Around the time WotLK came out, I was getting a very cluttered screen. I’d recently discovered the happiness that is Bartender, and that allowed me to vastly improve my space, but I needed less buttons. So I began to research and make me some macros. My first macro ever was to put all my self-buffs on a single button:

#showtooltip
/target Misamane (or “self”…but my name is purdy)
/castsequence reset=5 Inner Fire, Power Word: Fortitude, Divine Spirit, Shadow Protection
/targetlasttarget

Make sure you have Inner Fire first, because it’s only a 10 min buff and you’ll be recasting it long before you need Fort and Spirit again.

Voila! Four buttons trimmed down to one spammable one. I also made a party buff macro:

#showtooltip
/target Misamane
/castsequence  Prayer of Fortitude, Prayer of Spirit, Prayer of Shadow Protection

Basically the same thing, only for parties! What else, what else…ah! My super-easy-simple mount macro!

/castrandom [button:1] Frostwolf Howler, Great Brewfest Kodo, Purple Skeletal Warhorse, Green Skeletal Warhorse; [button:2] Swift Purple Wind Rider

Sadly, the Misa only has one flying mount 😦 For some reason, my Big Blizzar Bear refuses to work with any macro. I’m not sure why, but it just doesn’t respond. It got hotkeyed to Shift+B (for bear.)

Here’s one for my DoTs:

#showtooltip devouring plague
/castsequence reset=4 Shadow Word: Pain, Devouring Plague

It’s nice because I can cast SW:P like normal, but add DP when I feel like I need it (I actually didn’t ever use DP before I made this macro, so it’s an easy way for me remember it’s available.) Recently, though, I’ve run into a problem…how to spam SW:P. Yeah. Can’t. Argh. Fortunately, I only usually spam Pain when I’m grabbing bunches of enemies for Sear or Nova, so it’s not that big a deal. I might look into changing it around if that becomes more of a problem, but for now it’s staying the way it is.

The rest of my macros are really just for fun. I’ll throw them up real quick.

Power Infusion:

#showtooltip
/cast Power Infusion
/y %t has the power!

…and then I sing, “I’ve got the power!” to myself.

Inner Focus:

#showtooltip
/cast Inner Focus
/y I am TRYING to oncentrate!

This one has actually made a few people laugh. Like…strangers that are near me when I cast it.

The thing to remember is that macros are meant to help! If you find a way to make your life easier with them, write some! Take some from a website. I highly encourage macros. However… anyone who has a macro that makes you yell, “Get over here!” when you cast Death Grip…no. Just no.

Not much else to talk about…I’m trying to find a topic for tomorrow’s update even as I write this.

Misa is 77 and enjoying her flying…a few bars in so far and currently a slave to the Frenzyheart. OH! I’ll write about the Fenzyheat vs. the Oracles! Yay! Cya tomorrow!

_Misa