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Now that I’ve finally completed my long-held goal of getting a character of every class to the level cap, I feel more relief than triumph. Of course, there are still all these things I want to do with my 90s before Warlords launches…

Higher Priority
Run each level 90 normal Scenario at least once
Get shinies for Transmogrification from Mists LFR with each of the healing classes: Shaman, Paladin, Priest (needs 1 more item), Monk, Druid
Get Shado-Pan Helmets and make Shado-Pan Transmogrification kits for Warlock and Rogue
Farm Skyshards and capture Alani (7/10)

Lower Priority
Complete Kamalia’s Pandaren, Mogu (9 10 13/20), and Mantid (1 2/8) archaeology museums
Start Warlock on Green Fire quest chain
Play through Operation Shieldwall storyline and Kirin Tor Offensive solo scenarios with Human Mage
Start Rogue on Fangs of the Father quest chain

Iron Qon stubbornly refuses to drop Quet’zal’s Crackling Cord for the Priest. Focusing on getting the Warlock and the Rogue to 90, I continued to postpone getting either the Monk or the Druid ready for LFR. Additionally, mini-Kam has been making a fuss about wanting to get Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts

I purchased a Sealed Tome of the Lost Legion from the AH for the reasonable price of 5.5K. It might be awhile before I get around to doing the quest chain, though, considering that the Paladin has been carrying around a Battered Hilt ever since she reached level 80 and I still haven’t gotten around to doing the quest chain.

I’d hoped to be able to at least get started on the Fangs of the Father quest chain as soon as the Rogue hit 85. I was, however, under the sadly mistaken impression that pickpocketing Hagara was the third or fourth step of the chain… alas, it is the first step. Bah, humbug!

I’ve been doing Archaeology with Kamalia occasionally on Sunday afternoons and evenings and so far have been lucky enough to pick up one or more new Prisitine artifacts per session. I’ve been exchanging my crated common artifacts for Dwarf fragments and still haven’t gotten that last rare Dwarf artifact; perhaps I should be spending my crated artifacts on Tol’vir fragments instead, as I still have three rare Tol’vir artifacts to find.

I have been putting off various lower-level alts who have specific questlines or zones that they want to do, insisting that it was more important to get all of my Primaries to 90; now, perhaps, I can give them some attention, too.

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Warlords has finally gone into beta, so it’s time for another To-Do List update!

I have not flagged my account for Beta Opt-In. I want to experience the new content fresh, for the first time, when the expansion launches — though I will happily devour any non-story/plot-spoiling information that those of you who are in the beta share. Plus, there’s this whole Real Life thing with moving and starting a new job in a few weeks and not having as much time for the stuff I still want to do in Mists content anymore…

Our hotel internet connection in Paris was just fine for me to play WoW, and with my authenticator, I didn’t have any problems logging on. I got a lot of leveling done during the first week, before I started doing a lot of sight-seeing, and during the end of the second week, when BTH fell ill and I didn’t want to leave the hotel room for too long. I walked my feet off doing sight-seeing in the third week. I did some more sightseeing in fourth week, but not as much; I also spent time with other alts doing the Midsummer Fire Festival. I don’t expect to be able to log into WoW much during the next week and a half while we are driving around Switzerland and Germany.

Alts still needing to reach 90
Draenei Mage
Male Tauren Warrior boosted to 90
Pet Battling Monk
Human Mage
Warlock (currently 62 75 86)
Rogue (currently 46 65 80)

Other Objectives
Run each level 90 normal Scenario at least once
Get shinies for Transmogrification from Mists LFR with each of the healing classes: Shaman, Paladin, Priest (needs 1 more item), Monk, Druid
Get Shado-Pan Helmets and make Shado-Pan Transmogrification kits for Warlock and Rogue
Farm Skyshards and capture Alani (7/10)
Complete Kamalia’s Pandaren, Mogu (910/20), and Mantid (1/8) archaeology museums
Play through Operation Shieldwall storyline and Kirin Tor Offensive solo scenarios with Human Mage
Start Warlock on Green Fire quest chain
Start Rogue on Fangs of the Father quest chain

If I’d been at home, I would have started the Monk or the Druid on LFR once the Priest got down to needing only 1 item/boss/wing of LFR per week. Because I wasn’t, I didn’t want to bother with doing all the preparation to get ready to run LFR or spend the time to run several wings of LFR per week. Additionally, I’ve been having a bit of trouble deciding which of the leather wearers I should do LFR with first — the Monk who wants many things, or the Druid who wants only a few things?

Click through the cut for some pictures from Paris! (more…)

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In a few short hours, BTH and I will be on an airplane headed for Europe, where we will spend the next five weeks or so. We’ll be in France during the month of June on a business trip for BTH — a stint at the international HQ of his company, which happens to be in Paris. Then we’ll take a week and a half of vacation time to tour Switzerland and Germany. I may or may not be able to advance these goals very much during that time — it’ll depend on how reliable our hotel internet connection is and how much time we spend sight-seeing.

Alts still needing to reach 90
Draenei Mage
Male Tauren Warrior boosted to 90
Pet Battling Monk
Human Mage
Warlock (currently 62 75)
Rogue (currently 46 65)

For those who may be counting, I now have fourteen level 90 characters.
Getting the Warlock and the Rogue leveled is what I most want to complete before classes begin in late August. The other things I just would like to accomplish before Warlords launches. They are listed in approximate priority from most to least likely to actually happen.

Other Objectives
Run each level 90 normal Scenario at least once
Get shinies for Transmogrification from Mists LFR with each of the healing classes: Shaman, Paladin, Priest (in-progress), Monk, Druid
Get Shado-Pan Helmets and make Shado-Pan Transmogrification kits for Warlock and Rogue
Farm Skyshards and capture Alani (7/10)
Complete Kamalia’s Pandaren, Mogu (910/20), and Mantid (1/8) archaeology museums
Play through Operation Shieldwall storyline and Kirin Tor Offensive solo scenarios with Human Mage
Start Warlock on Green Fire quest chain
Start Rogue on Fangs of the Father quest chain

Although I don’t expect to ever get past the “pickpocket Hagara” stage of the Fangs of the Father chain, I’d at least like to play through the introductory stages of it.

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Kinevra has always had a mind of her own. A few months ago, I sent her to the Argent Tournament to complete my collection of Tournament mounts. While she was working on that task, her own end-of-the-OLRG-evening portal roulette sent her to Tol Barad a couple of times… and she started thinking that maybe she wanted the Spectral Steed, too. So when she finished up at the Tournament, off she went to Tol Barad.

I was still on a PvP server during most of Cataclysm, and with Tol Barad being a designated PvP zone, I just said NO to doing the dailies there. I never even set foot on Tol Barad except for a few times when my guild was raiding Baradin Hold and I was summoned to the meeting stone.

But Kinevra thought, hey, it’s an expansion later, and I’m on a PvE server, so I want to at least check it out.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that doing the dailies didn’t auto-flag me for PvP. I’d kind of expected that it would. After a few days of doing the dailies at the base camp, I decided to go to the battleground side during a time when the Alliance controlled it and check out the dailies there. I’d thought I might be auto-flagged for PvP just by going over there, or by doing the quests there, but again, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn’t.

An expansion later, on a PvE server, Tol Barad ain’t so bad.

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SPROING!

Why, yes, that is the Male Tauren Warrior, at the Shrine, riding a Dread Raven, with a Dread Hatchling.

He was level 24 this morning.

At first, I thought that I would wait until Warlords was actually in beta before making my pre-purchase. Then, I thought that perhaps I ought to wait until I finished my conventional leveling project — the Warlock and the Rogue — before allowing anyone to be boosted. The Sha of Impatience got its claws into me, though, and I just wanted the Male Tauren Warrior to be fulfilling the measure of his creation –
(a) holding all my Bind-on-Account items

and (b) looking awesome while doing it

NOW.

More specifically, the character who had been holding my BoA items needed her bag space for something else. I hadn’t made any bags larger than Netherweave for the Male Tauren Warrior because I knew he’d be getting Embersilk bags when I boosted him, so he didn’t have enough room for all that Timeless Isle junk already. I decided that I didn’t care about his professions, because part of the point of using my complimentary boost on this character was that I wouldn’t have to level him. And so up he went.

Technically, this makes twelve level 90s. I did take him out to get the Grummlepack, but he’s not going to do any of the stuff I’ve done with my other level 90s. I’m sure he’ll do some Transmogrification farming, eventually — y’know, for looking awesome — but for now, he’s “done”.

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For the past few years, I’ve been unemployed more often than not — and when I have been employed, it’s only been part-time. This hasn’t really been a problem for us because BTH has a good solid job that he enjoys that pays well enough for us to live comfortably on just his income. With intermittent employment and no children (yet), I’ve had a lot of free time, much of which I’ve spent either playing or blogging about WoW. What a fantasy life, eh? Being in limbo hasn’t really been as fun as it may sound, though. The longer it went on, the more shallow and unfulfilling such a lifestyle became for me. But no longer.

That job that I interviewed for a couple of weeks ago? I got it.

By mid-August, my spare time in which to play, think, and blog about WoW will have dwindled away to the same few hours as all the rest of you who already have full-time jobs. With that in mind, here’s an updated version of my pre-Warlords/summertime To Do list. Items that have been completed are struck out and items that I am dropping from the list are greyed out.

Alts still needing to reach 90
Draenei Mage
Warlock (currently 62 63)
Rogue (currently 46 47)
Pet Battling Monk (currently 82 87)
Human Mage (currently 87)
Male Tauren Warrior (currently 22) to 60+, will then be boosted to 90

Other Objectives
Get shinies for Transmogrification from Mists LFR with each of the healing classes: Shaman, Paladin, Priest (in-progress), Monk, Druid
Complete Kamalia’s Pandaren, Mogu (9/20), and Mantid (1/8) archaeology museums
Fish for Flying Tiger Gourami, Alpha Spinefish, Mimic Octopus with Kamalia until she becomes Best Friends with Nat Pagle (currently Pal)
Farm Skyshards and capture Alani (7/10)
Run each level 90 normal Scenario at least once
Start Warlock on Green Fire quest chain
Level enough pets of each family to be able to obtain the Tamer title and the safari hat and do the Celestial Tournament.
Level Male Tauren Warrior’s Engineering at least high enough to specialize as Gnomish and acquire necessary recipes & mats for specialization quest before using free boost to 90

I do still want to do most of these greyed-out things — I just won’t be trying to do them by the end of the summer or even particularly before Warlords launches anymore.

I have increasingly had the feeling that Warlords may end up being my last expansion of playing WoW. This exciting new job is a full-time, tenure-track academic faculty position. Even though it’s only at a two-year school and I’ll be focusing on teaching rather than on research, I anticipate that I will be working my tail off many nights and weekends in addition to my normal work week hours. In addition to the disappearance of my free time, there’s also that no-flying thing (I appreciate the reasons for disallowing it, but I will dearly miss the convenience!), the uncertainty about how alt-friendly & leveling-with-a-buddy-friendly Garrisons will be thing, and, most crushingly for me, the no-Tier-in-LFR thing. I’ve always thought that I’d like to keep playing World of Warcraft at least until Kamalia reached level 100, and when Warlords finally arrives, Kamalia will certainly level to 100 and develop her Garrison and do as much other level 100 stuff as I feel like I have time for. I don’t know that I can (or should) make any predictions about how much I’ll be able to do on Draenor with my current high-level alts. The probability that I will eventually throw gobs of money at Blizzard to boost my junior (currently level 60-ish or under) Mages and Tauren has significantly increased — I want to Mog with most of those characters more than I really want to play with them, though I will still be leveling each of them to 60+ prior to boosting because Professions. We shall have to wait and see, however, where my career takes me and how I feel about Warlords when I am actually playing the game.

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Double Agent

And Kaprikka makes 90 #11.

It was late enough already when she dinged that my usual fresh 90 routine — meeting with Wrathion, doing Path of the Last Emperor, and visiting the Timeless Isle — will have to wait for another day.

Then it will be the Warlock’s turn.

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For the past several weeks, I’ve felt like Kaprikka, Koralyra, and Kinevra have been racing each other to get to 90, and that any one of them could potentially get there first.

Though I’ve drawn them all sprinting, Kaprikka is really the only one who’s sprinting, as she started the furthest behind. The other two have really just been jogging.

Koralyra tends to move in fits and starts; unless there’s a holiday going on, when I feel like doing the Pet Battle circuit, she gets XP, and when I don’t, she doesn’t. She’s currently about three-quarters of the way from 87 to 88.

Kinevra began the expansion at 85, of course, and has been slowly and steadily plugging away at various past-expansion daily hubs. She’s gotten a trickle of XP from running Firelands with the Old Ladies, too. This week, she finally reached level 87 and made a trip to Pandaria to get her Grummlepack. Because she was fully well-rested, that expedition got her about three-quarters of the way to 88.

Kaprikka dinged 80 on April 3rd and got to 85 about a week ago, on the 19th:

She then made a quick trip to Pandaria. After getting to the point where the portal from Paw’don Glade to Stormwind was open, she rode up to Dawn’s Blossom to buy some gear to let her queue for Pandaria dungeons. She’s been diligently fishing in the Dalaran fountain while waiting out her LFD queues. Friday night this week turned out to be a fine night for fishing indeed!

Now she’ll be able to use Bipsi’s Bobbing Berg just as soon as she can buy it! Yesterday, she went back to Pandaria and dinged 87 helping Ken-Ken save Zhu’s Watch. She then went up to Kun-Lai to get her Grummlepack; unlike Kinevra, she was already out of well-rested and only got forty-some-odd percent of the way to 88. Next, she rode down to the Incursion — I was pretty creeped out by suddenly having Lorekeeper Vaeldrin using Mind Vision on my character, versus a Horde character’s encounter with Chezin Dawnchaser at the side of the road — and by the time she reached the Sentinel Basecamp, she’d also dinged 88. Now that she’s pulled into the lead, Kaprikka will most likely be the winner.

Having played through the Dawnchaser storyline first, and multiple times, Sentinel Lyalia’s opinions of the Sunwalkers pain me. Not trusting the Horde is a Sentinel’s business, but the Sunwalkers — and especially the Dawnchasers! — sure don’t seem to me like they’re “the most militant branch of the tauren armies within the horde”! Not when Kor Bloodtusk vehemently complains about their pacifism! Either Lyalia is dreadfully misinformed, or I am — is there something that Sunwalkers, specifically, do somewhere in Kalimdor that I don’t know about yet because I haven’t played through most of those zones as Alliance?

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tick, tock

Ironically, all my nattering on about how much I dislike the Timeless Isle caused me to go spend some more time there yesterday evening. Writing about it reminded me that I had not yet done either the Timeless Isle or the Path of the Last Emperor with my most recently-dinged 90, Kaelinda — who reached that magic level three months ago. Furthermore, with Kaprikka closing in on level 85 and well on her way to 90, I needed to restock on cloth Timeless armor tokens.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was in the process of applying for full-time academic jobs. Later this week, I have an interview for one of them! It’s just the first-round phone/Skype interview, and, from the number of timeslot options I was offered, it sounds like they’re considering eight, maybe ten, candidates — so no guarantees that I will actually get the job. Still, this small career progress is making the clock tick a little louder on getting my Warlock, Rogue, and Alliance (Draenei) character leveled to 90 not just before Warlords but also before my Real Life potentially becomes much busier. Time to buckle down and not let myself get distracted by things like brand new alts…

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but… my *wings*…!

Apparently, the thing which most stood out to me from the 6.0 patch notes was “Avenging Wrath will now be Retribution-only”.

Despite the fact that I already have a Retribution Paladin, and that she is still nine levels short of getting Avenging Wrath herself because I haven’t played her in ages because the Ret playstyle didn’t really click with me, here I have rolled a second Tauren Paladin to be Ret and have wings…

And because that gave me two of every Tauren class except Priest, here is a second Tauren Priest.

And despite my long-held distaste of the notion of a Tauren Shadow Priest, and the shudder I continue to experience whenever I see a Tauren Priest in shadowform, I seem to have an even greater distaste for having two characters of the same race, class, and specializations — though mini-Kam started out as a Resto/Elemental clone of Kamalia, she has since changed her DPS spec to Enhancement in part to not be a clone anymore — and thus this new Priest is, indeed, Shadow. I have rationalized it with myself in the same way that I initially rationalized creating a Tauren Death Knight: she is Grimtotem, one of the fraction of the tribe who chose to forsake Magatha and swear allegiance to Baine at the end of The Shattering. If Blizz ever introduces Grimtotem warpaint as a customization option for Tauren characters, my DK will probably not take it — but this Shadow Priest will.

And then, before I even got this post to press, the WoW Insider interview with Celestalon and Zharym went up, and they said:

…feedback to [changing Avenging Wrath to Ret-only] was “I want my wings.” The [Guardian of Ancient Kings] angel is more recent, but the wings are more iconic and have been there forever. Not an announcement, but we’re currently strongly considering merging Divine Favor into Avenging Wrath, so Holy get wings, and when Prot pulls out the Guardian of Ancient Kings they might get their wings while it’s out.

So maybe I won’t have to be a Ret Paladin to have wings, after all. I think these two new characters will be sticking around anyway.

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