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In past years, I’ve not bothered with trying to farm for the Horseman’s Reins. That was before the Warlock could fly, however, and now that she can, it would be a perfect flying mount for her.

So I’ve been queueing up for the Horseman battle with my gemmed and enchanted characters — my healers, my ToT-geared Warrior, and the Warlock herself, whom I gemmed and enchanted just for this. I’ve been tempted, though, to just go ahead and queue with all my 90s, regardless of their mostly un-gemmed, un-enchanted states. No-one complained (to my face) when I let Kaelinda get away with being a scrub for the two weeks it took her to get what she wanted out of Terrace of Endless Spring LFR (most other people were collecting the Heart of Fear for Wrathion on their umpteenth alt by that point, and way out-geared the place), and the Horseman battle goes so fast that I doubt people would really even notice my characters’ sub-par DPS…

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This morning’s Breakfast Topic over at WoW Insider asks:

Have you planned out your Garrison yet?… Will you just pick whatever buildings sound fun, or are you researching your options beforehand?

So far, my Garrison plan has been as follows:
1) Build the Small buildings that correspond to the character’s primary professions, build the Inn for more Followers, build the Barn to get the best crafted gear.
2) Level enough alts to have each Garrison building permanently installed in at least one character’s Garrison.
3) Fun and Profit!

The Priest, Mage, Druid, Monk, Hunter, and Paladin will need the Salvage Yard because I like the creation screen armor for those classes; other characters might build a Salvage Yard primarily for the benefit of their Followers. I’m sure I’ll make some of my Garrison choices for RP reasons — the Warrior (or possibly the Rogue), for example, will be the one to build a Gladiator’s Sanctum, and what Mage would really go without a Mage Tower in her Garrison?

I want to play a hybrid of the Professions game and the Followers game with my Garrisons, so I may build professions buildings first, until I get my character’s professions maxed out and all the special recipes learned & crafted, then tear them down to build the buildings that will buff my Followers.

For my own convenient reference later, the Godmother’s suggested Garrison build posts:
Five “default” builds
Gathering-focused
RTS/Missions & Followers

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As it happens, I am giving exams — in both of my courses — on the weekend that Warlords of Draenor releases. The exams will be in the Testing Center, however, so I won’t pick them up to begin grading them until Monday or Tuesday. Of course, I will still have quizzes & lab reports to grade and lecture notes & handouts for the next unit to prepare…

I’m glad that I pushed myself to get the Warlock and the Rogue leveled to 90 during June and the first part of July, before I moved. I’ve been so busy these past few weeks with househunting and unpacking and trying to get ready for the semester to start –

Yup, Illidan, you got that right, buddy.
— anyhow, as I was saying — that I have barely had any time for WoW.

Thus, I’ve cut my “to do list” down to just these few objectives that I think are still achievable within the next thirteen weeks, even with my severely limited playtime:

Get shinies for Transmogrification from Mists LFR with each of the healing classes: Shaman, Paladin, Priest, Druid (in progress), Monk (in progress)
Get Shado-Pan Helmets and make Shado-Pan Transmogrification kits for Warlock and Rogue (currently 6K/21K Revered)
Farm Skyshards and capture Alani (7/10)

This week, I have been drowning in faculty meetings… must… not… install… Hearthstone… on… department… iPad-mini…

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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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