“We do not follow maps to buried treasure and X never, ever marks the spot.”

I am getting more and more into digging for pleasure.

Archaeology is definitely one of those ‘love it or hate it’ parts of Warcraft right now: for many the amount of time and effort it takes to progress (especially in lower levels) is simply better used in running Heroics or farming for mats. However there’s no doubting that the rewards, when they come, are considerable. Of special interest to all you L85’s are a rather awesome 2 handed sword, the extremely decent caster ring and a frankly unbelievable healer staff… and that’s just for starters. For anyone who has more than one character tied to an account, the significance of such L85 BoA’s should not be underestimated. As one Guildie observed, it’s the perfect way to use small amounts of time to maximum effect: even if you only do one or two digsites, it’s still a progression. I’ve read of many people using it to fill time between queuing for BG’s or LFD’s to boot. However you do your digging, the rewards do come, you just need to be patient.

I’ve spent a lot of today running sites across Kalimdor, using the portals in SW to Hyjal and Uldum as staging points, which coupled with my 15 minute Hearthstone (hooray for Guild perks) have made for some rapid progression. P has a Fossilised Raptor to add to her increasing pile of booty and as I approach 10 rare finds I think, in the back of my mind I’m decided: I’m going to keep going for the elusive Professor title. If you asked me why I’d be stupid enough to do this I’d be able to answer in a heartbeat: the Scepter of Azj’Aqir. I really don’t care how long it takes, or indeed if anyone else I know lands it before I do, it’s just something that, the moment I saw it, I knew I had to try for.

It’s going to be a long slog but I have infinite patience when it comes to these things. Grinding Wintersaber rep or running Dire Maul have taught me well. If you want these things it’s time and effort, and I’m prepared to give both for the cause.

May the RNG be kind on my journey.

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