The beginning of an expansion is time for focus; time to focus on the character you want to be your “main” for the new content, whether that character is long-established or freshly-created; time to focus on getting that character leveled and well-reputed and well-geared.
The ending of an expansion is time for faffing; time to level alts, to catch up on things you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t quite manage to get done before, perhaps even to try some new things.
Tome reminded me that the Godmother has declared 2014 to be the Year of FAFF.
So far, mini-Kam has only done the one session of farming mogu in the Vale, looking for Skyshards. She got distracted by doing dailies for the Order of the Cloud Serpents, the August Celestials, the Shado-Pan (only when the August Celestials send her to Niuzao Temple), and yes, even the Tillers. I’ve deliberately been taking the Cloud Serpents and the Tillers slowly. I only do the full set of Cloud Serpent dailies when they’re on Windward Isle. I don’t feel like going into the hozen cave or the spider cave again, so on those days I just fish for sugar minnows and cook fish cakes. Likewise, I’m only doing the Tillers dailies that don’t go up onto the Skyrange or Springtail Crag — catching chickens, watering crops, pulling weeds, stomping marmots. Sometime around my sixth or seventh alt through the Tillers routine, I began to have an exceedingly uncomfortable feeling that the packs of small, weak Kunzen Rockflingers and Springtail Littlewhiskers are the children of their communities, and it’s hard to do those dailies without ending up killing at least one group of them.
The Pet Battling Monk found that the levels started to come a lot slower after she reached 40.
Thanks to the Lunar Festival and all that lovely XP from visiting Elders, she managed to make it to level 60 this week. Soon, she’ll head out to Shadowmoon Valley to test my lead team of level 25 Pandaren Air Spirit Ariel, level 24 Brilliant Kaliri Kiamore, and level 24 Pandaren Monk Navie Chan against Blood Knight Antari and attempt to open up the Outland pet trainer dailies.
Speaking of the Lunar Festival, the Underpowered Death Knight of course went out to visit all the Elders she could reach — though she skipped the ones in Alliance primary/secondary zones and the ones in Twilight Highlands. This tour naturally brought her to Northrend; while she was there, she convinced me to let her at least get started on the Argent Tournament.
She can do the jousting and the sword quests easily enough, but she had enough trouble with the mobs in a Borean Tundra archaeology digsite that I don’t want to let her even try the kill quests!
The very day that I posted about having captured Ghostcrawler, saying that the Hunter would be content with her thirty-six pets until she goes to Draenor, Mumper tweeted that the stable in the Garrison will allow pets to be displayed in groups of five. The Hunter began to think that perhaps she should tame four more pets to bring her total up to a nice round total of eight groups of five. That would still leave her plenty of room for creatures from Draenor. She knew right away which pet she wanted to seek out first. She’s spent the last couple of days in Sholazar Basin, patiently stalking Loque’nahak. After she catches him, her next destination will be the Molten Front because Cymre reminded me about Skarr and Karkin. The Hunter has not yet recruited the Druids of the Talon, so several days of Molten Front dailies will be a prerequisite to catching those handsome beasts.
The Paladin ran Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring LFR this week. She picked up enough T14 pieces to give her some fun Transmogrification ideas. She’s also been farming Heroic Hellfire Ramparts for the purple Judgment shoulders (I know, I know).
The Warrior, who hasn’t been to LFR in ages, queued up for Pinnacle of Storms this afternoon just so that she could pose with Lei Shen to show off her new Transmogrification kit.
Doomed Crown of Lei Shen, Pauldrons & Battleplate of Resounding Rings, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Girdle of Prowess, Legguards of Lost Hope, Taldaram’s Plated Fists, Impaling Treads, Uroe, Harbinger of Terror, Cryptmaker
She then went through a certain amount of agony concerning a set that I will probably never make for her, even though it would look simply fantastic with her LFR Starshatter.
Iceguard helm chestpiece & leggings, Imperial Plate shoulders & boots, Swordhook Slingbelt, Flash Freeze Gauntlets/World Keeper’s Gauntlets, Starshatter (LFR)
I ground the Violet Eye rep to purchase the Iceguard patterns so that I could make them for the Underpowered Death Knight. They are terribly expensive, requiring large amounts of both khorium and primals, so I don’t want to make them twice! Then there’s the problem that those gloves are either a Blackwing Descent boss drop or require Exalted rep with the Earthen Ring — and the Warrior hasn’t even been to Vashj’ir!
I suppose I can dream that someday some kind of Transmogrification Wardrobe feature will allow the Warrior to wear this set even though she will have the belt and the sword, the Underpowered Death Knight will have the helm, chestpiece, and leggings, and if anyone has the gloves, it will probably be the Paladin. :P
ETA: The Warrior decided to go to Vashj’ir anyway because how can she farm for the Whitefin Axe if she can’t even get to the dungeon entrance?
The Warrior also discovered that the Thunder Bluff cloak, which she wants for another planned Transmogrification kit, requires Exalted reputation. Alas, she is only midway through Revered. I’ve already discovered that a level 90 character wearing a city tabard will get city rep in Old Hillsbrad — I wonder if that trick will work in Northrend and Cataclysm dungeons, too? (Tried it out in normal Stonecore — Yes, it does!)
I used to think I was a “casual” WoW player. Lately, however, I’ve come to believe that it would be more accurate to describe my WoW playstyle as “faffer”.
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