Last night I achieved. I achieved hard.
That’s right, Loremaster. It took several months of dedicated work and a lot of help from the internet. I had been rather enamored with the random dungeon finder, but as a DPS, I usually have a little wait. I started working on Loremaster mostly as something to do while I was waiting for my turn in the queue. Working through the lower level zones in Azeroth will really give you a sense of acomplishment, and that was when it started to look like a far less daunting task than I had originally anticipated. I also figured that if I was going to do it, I should probably get it done before Cataclysm. There’s no telling what changes are coming down the line for that. I already got Master of Arms and Did Somebody Order a Knuckle Sandwich since those will definitely be becoming Feats of Strength. So, it was headfirst into Kalimdor.
Kalimdor sucked. That’s all there is to it. For being a Horde dominated continent, it sure is hard to reach that quest count. I think Silithus was the biggest problem. There were a fair number of quests that I was holding on since they required stupid amounts of work (Kill a million guys to get their outfits. Use 5 outfits to get one crystal, use 10 crystals to get this other thing). I knew from all the research I’d done that this was going to be the hardest part, so I got it over with first. The rest really was a piece of cake.
I tried out a bunch of addons that were reported to at least help with the finding of missing quests. The one that finally did it for me was the Wowhead Profiler. This combined with their client made finding missing quests much easier. I think that what they’ve done is that in order to get more people using their client to record drops etc, they’ve added the quest tracking functionality as an incentive. Well, lemme tell you, it works fantastically. Granted, WoW itself doesn’t always record that you’ve completed a quest when you have, so that information isn’t being reported to the Wowhead client. For the most part, though, if there’s a quest on your unfinished quest list that you’ve done before, it may look familiar. I used the list of quests mostly to located quest givers that I hadn’t yet visited. Because the quests are in alphabetical order by quest title, it can be hard to locate the first quest in a chain that you still have to complete.
While I was working through all the zones, I also had the Seeker achievement tracking up. It’s strange to note the differences between which quests count for Loremaster and which count for Seeker. In the end, I wound up getting Seeker with four quests left for Loremaster. I know other people have gotten Seeker well before that. For a while, I was on track to get Loremaster first. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on there, but I’d be interested to know if anyone else is noticing the same thing.
Now, however, it’s on to some rep grinding for us. We need some rep reward mounts to fill out the stables. I also want to make sure that I hit up all the old world dungeons before the big boom.