I've been spending the last week in Dalaran waiting for book spawns for the "Higher Learning" achievement that earns you the little arcane elemental noncombat pet.
I have one book left and I expect to finish up in the next day or two. In the meantime, if you are interested, go read the walk-through guide at Warcraftpets. It's what I used, and it's quite helpful.
There are a number of ladies here who have done the achievement if you have any questions about how it works. There isn't anything "hard" about this achievement, except that it requires a lot of patience.
However, there are three things you can do to greatly help in your attempt to complete this achievement, and they are two addons, and a special channel:
- Higher Learning addon (available here): Lets you track known spawn times for the books and produce output that you can announce.
- Dalaran University addon (available here): Shares the timer information among all people on the server who have the Higher Learning addon installed, so you can sync up your times even if you just logged on.
- Bookclub channnel: Join this public channel (type /join bookclub). There aren't a lot of people in it, but you can post your Higher Learning times there. If you see anyone in General or Trade channel asking about the book spawn timers, make sure to send them a tell to join this channel. Not all servers may have a bookclub channel created, or they may already be using a channel with a different name for the same purposes (for example, "higherlearning"). You might want to ask around, esp if you see people with the pet.
When a FAKE book spawns, post this information in the bookclub channel so people can update their notes. You can also update your Higher Learning mod and announce the updated mod output as well. You don't need to post this in General or Trade, since most people won't care.
When a REAL book spawns where you are squatting:
1. Read it to get credit for it.
2. Immediately announce in bookclub. keep it short and urgent: "VIOLET HOLD REAL BOOK UP NOW NOW NOW"
3. If you're feeling generous, post the same in General and Trade: "School of Magic book up at Violet Hold spot NOW for the next minute or two!!!"
You will usually get a few thank-yous.
[Higher Learning addon link fixed.]
- Tips for "Higher Learning" achievement with the School of Arcane Magic books in Dalaran