Thursday, 22 September 2011

Pretzels and beer? What's not to like?

Another stein for the Wench's collection.

Yes, its that time of year again in World of Warcraft when everyone's favourite holiday event arrives.

Once again insane token hungry characters will be hurtling back and forth on rams, mowing down every luckless dwarf between Ironforge and Kharanos.

I thought I was finished with Brewfest on my little priest and it sort of made me sad.  I have many other Dwarves and even non-dwarves (aye, they do exist) that can collect things from Brewfest but after last year I figured Swanhild was done with it.  I was so disappointed last year to receive no celebratory stein for her collection that I nearly didn't even take her to have a look.  Somehow the call of the pretzels was too strong though and she found herself once more at the beer-soaked tents.  How wonderful to find that there was a new stein this year after all!  An overflowing purple brewfest stein, no less!

I do have a few tips that I have picked up over the years for the ram racing, for those that like me are unable to physically move much behind the keyboard.  It may be a time limited event, but taking a few seconds to make sure that you have the ram reins set with a keybinding will save you lots of time overall.  I usually keep an action bar slot empty with a keybinding set to it so that whenever a quest pops up that requires you to use an item on the move, its easy to quickly drag it into the required slot.  I have this slot bound to a button adjacent to my thumb joystick so it then takes relatively little effort to activate.   Another tip is that while you can shave your route down to the barest minimum to claim back extra valuable seconds, the old adage still stands: "less haste, more speed".  The apple baskets do not always register that you have passed them, and finding this out once you are several steps past them will often lead to an exhausted ram.  Allow yourself to spend an extra second if needed bumping into the basket to ensure you got the buff (you will see a flash of red light on your character if you did).  You can much shave time off much easier by knowing the shortest route between apple baskets and at the collection and drop off points.  When you pick up your barrel, you do not have to run all the way up to the dwarf, he will toss it to you from quite a distance.  I usually ride as close as the brazier in the middle of the wall and then U-turn back the way I came.  The barrel will follow you and usually catch up by the time you reach your first apple barrel.  The drop-off point is a similar situation.  As long as you have passed the flag in front of the tent, you will throw the barrel.  You do not need to run all the way inside or anything.

I shall call him Erik...

This year, we even have a new toy to spend our tokens on: Brewfest Keg Pony.  This cute little chap carries two kegs of beer!  I know he's not a real pet but he's just as cute and a good little plaything for the pet obsessed like myself.

I am of course assuming here that you have already done Brewfest to death year after year, but if this is all new to you and you wish to find some help completing quests and achievements, then take a look here.

That's it from me...I'm off to
stuff my face with cinnamon pretzelsmake some more gold!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time :-)