Three weeks into Warlords, I’m definitely playing this expansion at the “dirty casual” level. But then, that’s about what I expected I’d have time for.
Kamalia has her Barracks at level 3; her Inn, War Mill, Tannery, Salvage Yard, Fishing Shack, and Lumber Mill at level 2; her Mine, Herb Garden, and Storehouse still at level 1; and she hasn’t bothered to unlock the Menagerie. I plan to upgrade the Fishing Shack, Salvage Yard, Inn, and War Mill to level 3, and when I have 3200 resources stockpiled to fund those upgrades and the cost of building a fully upgraded Barn, I’ll take down the Lumber Mill and put up the Barn. I don’t feel any need to upgrade my buildings still at level 1 to level 2, and I see no benefit to upgrading my Tannery to level 3. Currently, the only building that I get even close to running at its full work order capacity is the Lumber Mill.
Having heard that I’d be able to get racial banners and guards when I got my Barracks to level 3, I’d been thinking that all the Horde banners everywhere in my Garrison would change to racial banners when I recruited racial guards. I was disappointed, then, when I requested Tauren guards and only got Thunder Bluff banners right outside the entrance to my Town Hall. Having Bluffwatchers guarding my Garrison is super cool, though.
I’ve recruited two followers at the Inn — a scavenger and a Massive Strike counter. I rolled blue Tauren for both of them! My poor scavenger has the worst luck, though — he has failed almost all of the scavenging missions I’ve sent him on. Next week, I think I’ll recruit for a Minion Swarms counter, and then after that probably a leatherworker for the Tannery.
I’m working on getting my level 100 followers up to epic. I’m holding off on gearing any of them up to the 615 level until I get most of them up to epic — I want my minions to actually be able to succeed at the higher-level missions before I start getting them!
I’ve been trying to remember to collect enough raw materials each day to do my profession daily CDs, but I haven’t bothered to craft anything because I haven’t gotten enough of the gated material yet. I clean out my mine and herb garden and do the daily Fishing quest. I’m letting the Fishing dailies slowly build up the 100 Enormous catches of each type of fish that I’ll need to upgrade my Fishing Shack to level 3. I think I’ll have to make a designated ocean fishing trip at some point, though, because I’ve not seen Sea Scorpion come up as the Fishing daily. I’ll need Sea Scorpion to level First Aid and make fish feasts (to sell on the AH), too.
Knowing that the various factions have followers for hire — pets and mounts and tabards don’t interest me much anymore, but followers are still the new hotness — and feeling kind of lost because I hadn’t found any in-game guidance on how to gain reputation, I went to Wowhead to investigate. When I discovered that reputation was back to being more or less pure grindfest in this expansion, I decided not to bother. If a future patch brings us some faction rep dailies as a catch-up mechanism for alts, then I’ll pursue faction rep. I rather miss doing faction dailies.
I’ve been trying to do a daily Heroic for the 50 garrison resources. I pick up my Inn dungeon quests, but I’m not bothering to queue for them specifically anymore — except for the day that Millhouse came to town, because I wanted him for a follower! I haven’t done the Apexis dailies at all. I’m getting a slow and steady trickle of Apexis crystals from work orders and the weekly Garrison Campaign chapters, and I’ll get to Khadgar’s 4896 when I get there.
Speaking of the weekly Garrison Campaign quests, I’m really enjoying them! They’re nice little chunks of story and sufficiently challenging to my level of gear and (more importantly) skill. I’m looking forward to when I get the one that will allow me to recruit Choluna as a follower!
Meanwhile, my Balance Druid has gotten about two-thirds of the way through Frostfire Ridge and up to level 92. She has built the Scribe’s Quarters — to match her primary crafting profession — and a Trading Post in her Garrison. The Trading Post has been kind of a bust for her, though — she hasn’t yet seen a work order for ore. She needs her herbs for her Inscription, and Kamalia never has any hides to spare from her Leatherworking.
I’m starting to get itchy to bring my other two Horde alts who aren’t still busily growing Songbells and Windshear Cactus at Sunsong Ranch — my Monk and my Death Knight — out to Draenor to establish their Garrisons, but I want to at least get my Druid all the way through Frostfire Ridge first…
And my Draenei Mage is languishing in Shadowmoon Valley and building up the biggest stash of Garrison resources of any of my characters. When she eventually gets her Garrison to level 2, I plan to build her an Alchemy Lab — her primary crafting profession — and a Tailoring Emporium — not one of her professions, but that and follower missions will probably be the main way she gets gear.