The Midsummer Fire Festival has started! (Well, I think it started yesterday but I’m a bit slow.)
Last year I pretty much ignored this event. This year, however, I decided that I wanted a Captured Flame non-combat pet, and possibly also a Brazier of Dancing Flames. So off I went to Orgimmar to do … whatever it was I supposed to do. I started with the event guide on WoW Wiki.
The Torch Tossing quest is the most annoying activity I’ve run across in WoW in ages. No instructions, no feedback, just “Quest Failed” after “Quest Failed” even when I thought I was doing it perfectly right. It was especially annoying because I could see other people doing it sccessfully but none of them would answer my gentle queries.
I eventually figured out that I was standing too close to the bonfire and too far away from the target braziers. My throws took so long to get to the targets that they never made it in time, even with me being very quick on the draw. I moved closer, and suddenly the most annoying activity in the world become exceedingly simple. You know, a little more feedback or a little more careful design could have eliminated the frustration all together …
Next I tried Torch Catching, but I never caught a single torch. Most of them I don’t even see come down. Apparently I need to turn my graphics settings up, because right now I usually don’t see the torch or its supposed shadow until it hits the ground and explodes. And since turning up my graphics in Orgrimmar is deadly to my ability to move, I think I may just skip this one.
That leaves running all to hell and gone across the world looking for bonfires. I may start that later this evening — I would like that Captured Flame pet, after all — but I’m not looking forward to it. And here I’ve run smack into one of the most unfortunate aspects of holiday events: they happen on Blizzard’s schedule, not mine. In a couple of weeks I may well be itching to douse bonfires and practice catching torches, but right now I’m (heh) burned out.
Oh, before I forget: Kerub, who recently asked us to help name her serpent, dropped me an e-mail this morning about some odd hunter pet behavior near the Midsummer Fire Festival event boss, one Lord Ahune. Kerub wote:
Yesterday I noticed odd behavior using my dragon hawk against him. He was biting him and using his normal attacks but when I pressed Fire Breath it didn’t trigger and it didn’t say ‘ immune’. I clicked him to use it and it didn’t trigger at all.
Rather odd. Has anyone else run into odd behavior with pets and Lord Ahune?
 My most sincere apologies to Kerub for assigning her the wrong gender in the original post! How very embarrassing. I’ve corrected the post now, but I do apologize.