Beyond the wonderful new character models, other aspects of Warlords of Draenor sound pretty exciting, too. My Warlock and my Rogue immediately began pulling each others’ hair over who should get the free ticket to 90. The inventory clean-ups will be a huge relief — though they won’t help much with the characters whose banks and void storage are entirely stuffed with clothes and weapons.
Relative to Pet Battles — in which I still haven’t gotten even one pet to level 25 yet and which I will probably only do until I manage to beat 40 tamers to get the Tamer title for my Beastmaster Hunter and the Safari Hat for my bank alts to look stylish — I think that the Garrison is more likely to be a minigame I could really get into and enjoy. When the feature was first announced, before many details were given, people briefly speculated that the Garrison might be a Guild Hall. I did think it would be pretty cool for my little me-myself-and-I guild(s) to have a communal home. But what if the Garrison would only be available to level 25 guilds? Dawnstrider Tribe is only level 18, and that’s after leveling six characters to 90 and doing LFR and stuff with them. And if the Garrison were to be a guild feature, surely it would take tons of effort to acquire and upgrade, similar to the massive contributions required to gain the fish feast and cauldrons in Cataclysm. So I was pleased to hear that the Garrison will be a form of individual player housing.
The professions buildings of the Garrison will definitely be a boon to players who have One True Main and don’t really have very many alts. I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with the professions buildings, though. I’ve spent the last three expansions carefully curating my alts’ professions — Dawnstrider Tribe has all of the professions represented at a high level (my Tailor is not quite to 600 yet, but will be very soon) — and I am loath to let all that work sit and get dusty. I’ll also want to get the real profession goodies — especially any good-looking crafted clothes for Transmogrification — so I will be leveling my alts and their professions anyway. Thus, on my primary server, at least, I will probably end up using the professions buildings just to get Kam through until I can get my various alts leveled. It will still be fun, though, to play with choosing just the right Garrison layout and set of building specializations for each character.
Reading Hawtpants of the Old Republic for the past couple of years, I’ve been rather intrigued by SW:TOR’s companions system. I like how the Garrison incorporates that concept as the Followers… though I think that, from an in-character perspective, my tauren will probably be a little uncomfortable with having followers. My blood elves, however, will probably enjoy being Lady of the Manor a great deal.