AoC Races – A Quick Guide to the Age of Conan Races

The first thing you’re going to need to do when you start playing Age of Conan is to determine which race your character is going to be. The Age of Conan races determine which character classes you can pick and so you’ll want to think about your character’s race carefully instead of just picking one based on looks.

Currently, Age of Conan only has three different races to choose from, so it won’t get too confusing. Each race is more or less based upon a historical ethnic group. For example, the Aquilonians are probably most like the Romans at the height of the Roman empire and they are known for their culture, prosperity and great cities.

The Cimmerians, on the other hand, are based upon the Celts with probably a dash of Nordic influence and they are essentially a barbarian race from the mountains and highlands. Conan himself is a Cimmerian. And then the Stygians are desert people and snake worshipers and they are somewhat based upon ancient Egyptians and Babylonians.

There are some other races in the game as well, but they are currently only NPCs, though they may eventually become playable in future Age of Conan expansions.

Aquilonians

  • Priest of Mitra
  • Assassin
  • Ranger
  • Barbarian
  • Guardian
  • Conqueror
  • Dark Templar

Cimmerian

  • Bear Shaman
  • Ranger
  • Barbarian
  • Guardian
  • Conqueror
  • Dark Templar

Stygian

  • Tempest ofSet
  • Assassin
  • Ranger
  • Demonologist
  • Necromancer
  • Herald of Xotli

Each of the classes fall under a particular archetype, Rogue, Priest, Soldier or Mage and its fairly obvious from the class titles which fall under which archetypes. While each race has a choice of several class optons to pick from, since they also have some natural advantages in certain classes, you may want to let that guide your selection.

The Cimmerians are particularly good at the martial arts, such as swordplay; the Stygians are naturally drawn towards the dark and magical arts (and are the only character class that can be Mages); and the Aquilonian fall somewhere in the middle of the other two races, making it an ideal race if you prefer to play characters with a balanced skill-set.

WoW Cooking Guide

In this WoW Cooking guide I’ll go into some of the basics of the secondary Warcraft profession of cooking. This is a fantastic secondary profession especially if you’re a non healer who does a lot of solo play, because you’ll be able to heal yourself.

WoW Cooking- Levels 1-150

The first step to the cooking profession is to find a trainer, which are usually located near fires or pots in large cities. If you do have trouble finding one just ask one of the guards. At the beginning you’ll be an apprentice and you’ll need to find some ingredients such as meat, fish, spices and a fire. Even though you can cook on any fire it’s a good idea to learn to make your own so you can cook anywhere. All you need for this is some wood, tinder and flint.

Expert Levels 125-225

Next you’ll want to advance your skills to the expert level. For this you’ll need an Expert Cookbook. If you’re Horde, head over to Shadowprey Village in Desolace to find this book. If on the other hand you’re Alliance then head to either Silverwind Refuge, in Ashenvale or Dirge Quikcleve in Gadgetzan.

Artisan Levels 200-300

The next level to advance to is Artisan which will require some questing. If you’re Horde, then find Zamja in Ogrimmar for training. If you’re a part of the Alliance then Daryl Riknussun in Ironforge will be your trainer.

Master 300-375

I won’t go into too much detail in this WoW cooking guide about the Master level but you’ll need a cookbook that you can find in Hellfire Peninsula.

Recipes

You can get recipes by killing monsters, from chests, questing or you can buy them.

As a secondary profession, Cooking complements Fishing really well. That’s because while fishing can make you good amounts of gold, selling cooked fish is even more profitable. Also cooked fish provides healing. Apart from fish, pretty much anything you can cook can be sold. Some recipes also give you some really good buffs during raids and other situations.

If however, you don’t do fishing you can level past 300 by questing, which I won’t go into this WoW cooking guide but basically it involves killing monsters and cooking them.

WoW Cooking Guide

My favorite online game to play is WoW (World of Warcraft) and that is why I am writing this short WoW cooking guide article. I am going to show you a brief overview of the cooking skill in the game WoW. When I say WoW I am referring to the MMORPG World of Warcraft and that is how I will be referring it through out this article.

OK the first thing you will have to do to start cooking in WoW is to visit a cooking trainer to learn the skill. Most of the major cities in the game have cooking trainers and you can get directions to them by asking a guard in the city. Once you find the trainer you will want to learn the apprentice cooking skill and all the recipes you can learn at the moment. You will also want to learn the skill to build a fire so you can cook just about any where you want. This can come in handy if you are out farming material to cook with and are not near a fire source to cook with. You will need to carry a flint and tender and some simple wood in your inventory to build a fire after you learn the skill.

OK now that you have learned all your skills you can buy some ingredients from a cooking supplies vendor and you should be ready to start cooking. You can also buy the flint and tender and the simple wood to build your own fire from the cooking supplies vendor. Just remember that when you reach certain levels you will be able to learn new recipes and you will have to visit the cooking trainer to learn these new recipes.

To gain skill points you will need to make items that you can cook and this will raise your skill points. You can see these items by opening your cooking interface and the cooking icon to do this should be in your spell book. When you open this interface you will notice some things are color coded with orange, yellow, green, or maybe even gray. As you cook items these will change as your skill level goes up. You will want to try and cook items that are colored orange to guarantee skill points that way will gain a point for each item cooked. If you cook items that are yellow or green you are not guaranteed a skill point. If you cook items that are gray you will gain no skill points because your cooking skill level is to high for these items.

There is six different level classes in WoW cooking that you will have to gain as you progress. These different levels are attained by reaching certain skill levels in cooking. You will learn these levels from a cooking trainer once you reach these skill levels. Here is a brief over view of the different levels:

  1. 1-75 Apprentice (Visit trainer)
  2. 75-150 Journeyman (Visit trainer)
  3. 150-225 Expert (Purchase the book called Expert Cookbook from a NPC vendor)
  4. 225-300 Artisan (must complete quest)
  5. 300-375 Master (Purchase the book called Master Cookbook from NPC vendor in outlands)
  6. 375-450 Grand Master (Visit trainer in Northrend)

In order to learn the expert cooking skill you will need to purchase the Expert Cookbook. You can get this book in Shadowprey Village in Desolace (Horde) or at Silverwind Refuge in Ashenvale (Alliance). There should be a NPC vendor in these two areas to purchase it from.

In order to learn the artisan cooking skill you must complete some quests. The cooking trainer named Zamja in Ogrimmar (Horde) is where you should be able to start the quests. If you are alliance a NPC named Daryl Riknussun in Ironforge should be able to help. You will need a 225 Cooking skill to start the quests and a minimum player level of 35 to learn artisan cookin.

You can learn master cooking from a book sold by cooking trainers in Hellfire Peninsula. The horde can buy their book from a NPC named Baxter in Thrallmar. The alliance can get there book from Gaston in Honor Hold.

You can learn the grand master skill from cooking trainers in Northrend. Just visit your factions cooking trainer.

Getting Published is a Numbers Game – How to Beat the Odds

I have to be honest: I hate blackjack. Poker? No thanks. Craps? Don’t even get me started. But what I do like is writing. Short stories, newspaper articles, feature film scripts…you name it, I’ve written it. But I’ve recently come to realize that my love of writing and my disdain for gambling must meet and make beautiful music together. Why? Because getting your work out to the world and, better yet, published is a crapshoot. To be a success, you’ve got to play the odds.

Being a writer means your livelihood depends on submitting manuscript after manuscript to a bevy of faceless names in far away cities. Why? So they can decide if they want to publish your words. Promoting yourself is a necessity. But what’s the hardest thing for most authors to do? Send out their work. It’s a depressing pain. I used to feel that way. I had written a television show for Fox as well as written and directed two short films. Next, I wanted to conquer the literary world. But

getting my book published or my article into the next issue of Vogue seemed a daunting task.

I wrote a carefully composed manuscript and thought that sending my precious baby out into the world a few times (okay, four) was enough. I assumed some editor somewhere was bound to see it and proclaim its genius to the whole editorial staff. What I wasn’t thinking about was that on the other side of the submission queue was a towering stack of manuscripts written by people just like me, who were just as talented as me, and the majority of whom would get rejected…just like me.

Unfortunately, the reality of writing for publication is that you will get rejected. A lot. Remember, even Joyce Carol Oates gets rejected. Mastering your craft is only a piece of the puzzle. Getting published is a numbers game. The only way to win it is to send out as much work as possible, as often as possible. Everyone starts out on ground zero: no contacts, no published clips, maybe

not even an MFA. As a writer, you need to prove yourself and build up your relationships, experience, and reputation piece by piece. Though I realize all this now, after a few years of sending out a hodge-podge of submissions, and none too consistently, I was frustrated. Then I had a writing epiphany. I realized I was approaching the rest of my life—my finances, my apartment hunt, even my relationships—with the dedication I wasn’t giving to the most important thing in my life: my writing career.

It wasn’t that I didn’t devote enough time to the actual craft of writing. On the contrary, I did it for hours on end, literally wearing through the “N” and “M” keys on my poor laptop. I had amassed volumes of material, yet success still eluded me. I thought about the time I was applying for jobs after college. I’d sent out hundreds of resumes at a time, spending hours faxing, emailing and following up. The hunt for employment actually became my job. Now, years later, it was time to treat writing with the same dedication and respect. But that’s the eternal writer’s Catch-22: I didn’t have time for another full-time job. Then lightening struck again: what if someone took away the drudgery of the submission process (the aimless Internet searching, the manuscript printing, the stamp-licking) so writers could get down to the business of writing? It would be a victory for scribes everywhere, because they could send out more work than ever. An efficient submission system is the Holy Grail hard-working authors the world over have been looking for.

Take a writer like J.K. Rowling: it’s easy to forget that Ms. Rowling sent her writing out for years, endured numerous rounds of rejection, and was even on welfare for a time. Now she’s literally richer than the Queen of England. Why?

Because she kept sending her work out.

She didn’t run out of steam after the fourth rejection or even the fortieth, she persevered. She stuck it out. J.K. Rowling stacked the odds in her favor and guess what? She hit the jackpot. Big time. And someday, so will you.

Pet Friendly Destinations – Top 10 International Picks For a Vacation With Your Pet

Thinking of traveling with your pet internationally? Here are the TOP TEN international destinations to travel with your pet, and information that will make entering these countries easy and without quarantine.

We are also including information that will help you pass through immigration with ease if you are visiting another country. Keep in mind that this information is subject to change. You can always send an email to Pet Travel inquiring about the latest requirements for travel to an international destination with your pet.

The travel industry knows that pets mean profits. The airlines also want your business as many as 95% of the world’s airlines will now transport your pet. If your dog or cat is small enough you can even take it in the cabin with you on many airlines.

The grand cities of Europe are all very pet friendly. Here are four countries and cities that deserve to be on the top ten list.

Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy are four of the most pet friendly countries we have visited. Traveling with your pet in Europe is easy as there are no longer any borders, so you can travel freely. Distances are small between the cities and even between countries. Getting around is easy as almost all European trains, buses and ferries accept pets on board.

PARIS is easily the most pet friendly city we have visited in Europe. You can dine at any of the thousands of sidewalk cafes in Paris, and you will see pets sitting by their masters or under the tables in nearly all of them. What’s more, in this the city of lights well behaved pets can dine inside the restaurant with their owners.

On a Sunday morning you will see well-dressed men and women walking with their very well-groomed pets on a leash out for a Sunday stroll and headed for the nearby park.

Visit the Montmartre district where artists have set up their easels on the sidewalk. For a few francs an artist will create an original painting of your favorite pet.

Immigration into France: To take your pet into France from the United States, Canada, or Mexico, you need just three things. Your pet must be micro chipped with an ISO 15 digit microchip, be vaccinated for rabies, and have the EU form of a veterinary health certificate for France. The immigration officer will just pass you through.

LAKE LUCERNE in Switzerland is well known for its beauty and the quality of its skiing. Rent a chalet for you and your pet near the lifts and you will have a great ski vacation. Just down the street will be a sidewalk cafe with a pet under nearly every table. If your pet does not have a thick coat, you will want to purchase it a nice warm coat to wear.

While visiting Switzerland you will want to see the famous banking capital of Zurich. But Zurich is famous for more than banks it is the home to many of the famous watch makers and chocolatier’s.

Switzerland is one of those countries where pets are just a part of everyday life. Due to its location it is just a short drive in a rental car or by train to either France or Italy.

Immigration into Switzerland: To take your pet into Switzerland from the United States, Canada, or Mexico, you need just three things. Your pet must be micro chipped with an ISO 15 digit microchip, be vaccinated for rabies and have the EU form of a veterinary health certificate for Switzerland. The immigration officer will just pass you through.

BRUSSELS is also on our list of top ten destinations. Although your pet may not be welcome in the museums, it will be welcome almost everywhere else. This is a walking city, and if you stayed for a month you would never run out of different places to visit with your pet. There are magnificent parks everywhere, take a walk through the famous antique flea markets, or stroll into Belgium’s past at Cinquantenaire Park.

Have you ever ridden a Segway? They look like an oversized skate board with a handle and an electric motor. Brussels is famous for the availability of these little devices that will scoot you around the city at a speed suitable for your pet to run alongside.

Brussels is also known for its exotic night life but you will need to hire a pet sitter as pets are not allowed in the night clubs.

Immigration into Belgium: To take your pet into Belgium from Mexico you need just three things. Your pet must be micro chipped with an ISO 15 digit microchip, be vaccinated for rabies and have the EU form of a veterinary health certificate for Belgium. The immigration officer will just pass you through.

MADRID is one of Europe’s oldest cities and worthy of a ranking in our top ten pet friendly places to visit. This is a city of plazas with fountains and statues everywhere. Spaniards love their pets, and they will love yours too if it is well behaved and friendly.

Take your pet on a walk to the Plaza Mayor the so-called “aristocratic centre” of Madrid, home to the stunning Royal Palace, a 17th century monument that combines Baroque and Classical styles. Next to the palace you can find the Plaza de Oriente (square), the Opera House and the modern Almudena Cathedral, consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II.

Another option while visiting Spain is the beautiful Costa del Sol with beautiful white sand beaches running as far as the eye can see. And yes, your pet will be welcome on most of the beaches in the area so if you have a water dog, they will have a chance to sample the warm waters of the Mediterranean.

Immigration into Spain: To take your pet into Spain from the United States, Canada, or Mexico, you need just three things. Your pet must be micro chipped with an ISO 15 digit microchip, be vaccinated for rabies and have the EU form of a veterinary health certificate for Spain. The immigration officer will just pass you through.

The hotels in Europe are much more likely to make your pet welcome as it is such a common practice to take ones pet along on holiday. Or, you can book a lovely home or apartment, which are readily available if you are staying for a week or longer.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN in Mexico is a great destination for the lover of brilliant blue waters and white sand.

My little Shih Tzu named Ruggles and I lived there for a while, and there was virtually no place he was not welcome. If you need exercise there is a small partially outdoor gym where Ruggles would lie in the shade and wait for me. Down at the beach were dozens of small patio restaurants where Ruggles and I would share lunch.

On at least one occasion, we took the deluxe inter-city bus from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun. Ruggles occupied the seat next to me. Not sure if it was legal but no one said a word about it either way.

Nearby by are the Mayan Temples of Chichen-Itza. I do not believe that pets are allowed inside the grounds.

Within two or three kilometers are several caves with underground pools of water. I saw several pets during my visit to these caves.

COSTA RICA is a popular destination for traveling pet owners. Going through customs with your pet is little more than a wave of the hand. If you are looking for exciting gambling and night life, then San Jose is the place for you. There are plenty of pet friendly hotels in the city.

Most people who visit Costa Rica head for the rural areas where tall trees, beautiful birds and magnificent waterfalls are around every corner. Of course, don’t forget the rain forest where the brilliant blue butterflies flitter about the lush vegetation. Accommodations in these areas are less elegant but you will find several who will welcome you and your pet.

Immigration:

To enter pet friendly Costa Rica you will need a certificate of good health indicating that your pet if free from disease and has been properly vaccinated. Dogs must be vaccinated for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, lestospirosis, and parovirus, and cats must be vaccinated for rabies.

Rounding out our top ten favorite pet friendly destinations, we travel to the United States. You can bring your pet into the US with only a health certificate stating that it is healthy and has been vaccinated for rabies.

KEY WEST is probably the most pet friendly city in the States. This small town can only be called “laid back” where life goes at slower place. Your pet will be welcome in virtually every hotel, bed and breakfast and motel in the city. Every restaurant has an outdoor dining area where your pet will be welcome and some restaurants even allow small well behaved pets inside.

I visited the city a few years ago and while Ruggles and I were out for a walk I stopped in front of a somewhat elegant restaurant. I was studying the menu and the maitre de came out to speak to me. I asked if Ruggles would be welcome and his response was: does he like beef or chicken?

THE BIG APPLE – NEW YORK deserves a place on our list. It seems that everyone living in this bustling city has a pet. There are so many that the pet walkers will each have six or eight at one time on leashes out for their morning stroll. Sunday in Central park is doggie heaven. Your pet will meet and greet a hundred other pets during your stroll. Then you can stop at one of the outdoor cafes for “coffee and a roll”.

This is also the city for the elegant hotel and nowhere is pets more welcome than in an elegant hotel. The higher the price of the room, the more welcome the pet. However, there is a wide range of places where your pet will be welcome. Pet Travel lists over a hundred hotels that welcome pets.

A few years ago Ruggles and I stayed at one of the nicer hotels on Central Park. Late in the afternoon I went down to the bar for a cocktail and took Ruggles along. We were sitting in the bar when the manager came in. He gave Ruggles a little pat and said “I would much rather have a well behaved pet in my hotel than a small child who is not well behaved. ” This hotel, like many others, sent a bellman up to my room each morning to take Ruggles for a walk.

Some of the hotels in New York even have room service menus for pets!

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina well deserves a place on the top ten list. More than 50% of the accommodations in Asheville accept pets attesting to its claim as one of America’s most pet friendly cities. For the traveling pet owner who loves golf this is a top choice.

During the summer Asheville features a number of outdoor concerts, street fairs, and festivals where your pet will be welcome.

SAN DIEGO is only a short distance from our border. This metropolitan city on the ocean has not one but two “doggie beaches”. There are hundreds of pet friendly accommodations in the city and in the surrounding areas. On a recent visit with my new pet also a Shih Tzu whose name is Bear; we stayed at the Sophia Hotel which could not have been more pet friendly. The young women who manned the front desk always stopped to talk with Bear and even offered to babysit him.

Each day we walked to one of the dozen or so outdoor cafes for lunch or dinner. Almost the first thing they would do was to bring Bear a bowl of water.

BEING A COURTEOUS TRAVELING PET OWNER

The range of accommodations and traveling options available to the traveling pet owner continues to expand because these businesses recognize the value of your business. However, you have a responsibility to be a courteous and caring pet owner. Don’t let your pet be a nuisance by letting it roam loose or by barking. And, rule number one, be sure to pick up after your pet.

Visiting these pet friendly cities will make for a vacation that you will never forget. Be sure and book your airline tickets early if you are traveling by air. Most of the airlines have a limit to the number of pets per flight. In addition, call or email the pet friendly hotel you are staying in to confirm their pet policies so there will be no surprises at check in. Email us at [email protected] with any questions. We wish you nothing but happy travels.