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This has been a good week.

* Kamalia dinged 120 in Vol’dun. Having gotten distracted by what turned out to be not just a node but a full-blown hub of sidequests, she still has to do the last two major storyline chapters of the zone. I plan to try to complete Vol’dun before tackling the rest of the War Campaign and all the other stuff there is to do now that she’s reached the level cap…

* The three classes whose complete Order Hall sets I most wanted — Paladin, Druid, and Monk — have all managed to reach Exalted with Suramar. Those three characters are also Exalted with Highmountain, so they’re now ready to roll out to Dazar’alor.

* My Demon Hunter, Rogue, and Warlock are also done with Legion stuff. I don’t intend to level in Zandalar with them anytime soon, though, so I’m not sure whether I want to send them to Dazar’alor anyway, leave them in New Dalaran, or take them “home” to Silvermoon.

* My Monk had reached ~175 World Quests completed since obtaining the Hidden appearance for her Brewmaster Artifact, so I took an evening to clear the map of World Quests and get the 200 World Quests tint for the Hidden appearance.

* My Demon Hunter got the last Mission Table mission that she needed to reach Exalted with the Army of the Light. Now I can go do the Lightforged Draenei recruitment scenario and find out what all the fuss about T’Paartos was about back when Patch 7.3.5 was new (Having spent my tweens and teens reading Star Trek novels, however, I can’t help but think that T’Paartos sounds like a name for a Vulcan woman, rather than a name for a Draenei man…).

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The point of making a To-Do List is to feel a sense of progression, achievement, and accomplishment by crossing things off of it when they are completed, yes?

It’s the end of the year, so now it’s time to revisit the “Bucket List” that I posted at the beginning of the year, with all the stuff that I actually managed to accomplish crossed off.

* Complete the Good Suramaritan (27 January) and Suramar Insurrection (15 March) storylines with Kaelinda

* Level Hunter (April 20), Druid (May 4), Paladin (May 12), Warrior (May 28), Priest (June 3), Death Knight (June 11), Monk (June 14), Warlock (July 1), and Rogue (July 2) to 110

* Complete 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns for Druid, Warlock, Rogue, Hunter, Monk, Warrior, Priest, Paladin, Death Knight (last Order Hall Campaign completed on 28 July)

* Do enough of Broken Shore with each character to obtain their Legionfall Champion

* Do Argus campaign with Kiralaira

* LFR Emerald Nightmare with Kerisa

* Do the Blacksmithing questchain with Keija at least until she can craft the Demonsteel set

* Level Kaylynda to 110 (May 28)

* Recruit Nightborne, do Void Elves, and Highmountain Tauren

* Kerisa needs to be Exalted with Dreamweavers. Keija needs to be Exalted with Valarjar. Karaelia wants to be Exalted with Valarjar because Valarjar tabard is pretty and has colors suitable for “I wanna be SHINY!” Mogs. Kaohana needs to be be Exalted with Valarjar to be able to obtain the Hidden appearance for the Holy Artifact. All Tauren will want to be Exalted with Highmountain (still working on this…).

* Continue Paragoning Highmountain with Kamalia and Suramar with Kaelinda until moose and flying carpet mounts have been obtained (I abandoned Paragoning for Highmountain because the moose mount for recruiting the Highmountain Tauren Allied Race is cooler looking anyway, but I am still stubbornly plugging away at Suramar with Kaelinda)

These objectives were not achieved, and I may or may not get around to doing them because I’m getting itchy to just move on to Battle for Azeroth content already

* Do enough of Broken Shore with Kaylynda to see the Anduin-retrieves-Shalamayne cinematic

* Do the Xe’ra’s Revisionist History Of Illidan questline with Kiralaira

* Do the Deaths of Chromie scenario with Karaelia to earn the bronze version of the plate dragon head shoulders

I didn’t accomplish everything on my list, but I’m pretty happy with what I did accomplish!

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Kamalia and BTH’s Hunter finished the Loremaster storyline of Nazmir and almost made it to level 114 before BTH’s one-month subscription ran out. I’ve been too busy with school to reliably be able to take time to do serious play (leveling) even on the weekends, so BTH just let his sub expire. That’s left Kam feeling a bit stranded. Hopefully I’ll be able to convince him to re-sub for another month during the break between the semesters so that Kam and his Hunter can finish the journey to 120 together.

Kaelinda finally got fed up with Paragoning for the Nightfallen without receiving the Leywoven Flying Carpet and went to Krokuun. I’d kind of like to get her all the way through the end of the Argus campaign, but that might be something I’ll have to come back to at some point in the future. After all, Patch 8.1 is coming next week and bringing Blood Elf Heritage Armor with it, and I’m going to need a level 120 Blood Elf…

This weekend, I went through all of the Twelve Classes and made sure that each of them had taken the Vindicaar to Krokuun, visited Sylvanas at the Orgrimmar Embassy, and told Isabella that “I’ve heard this tale before” so that they could skip the Battle for Lordaeron. A few of them have obtained their Heart of Azeroth — those who were already wearing outfits that I considered acceptable for the big photo-op moment of the mini-cinematic. The others have the quest in their logs and are waiting until I get them into a suitable Mog.

The Tauren are still working on Broken Isles reputation; they all want to be Exalted with Highmountain to be able to use all of the cosmetic totem items and the Paladin, Druid, Monk, and Death Knight need to be Exalted with Suramar to get their Order Hall shoulders. The Blood Elves, however, are now primed to head off to Zandalar whenever I get tired of dinking around in the Broken Isles. My Human Mage is also almost ready to head off to Kul Tiras… but she’s waiting until Patch 8.1 because the Mog I want her to be wearing when she Meets The Proudmoores requires an item that she currently doesn’t have the rep to use.

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Well, Battle for Azeroth is here.

I’ve still got a lot of stuff I want to do in the Broken Isles, though, and I’d rather do most of it now than leave it as loose ends that I may or may not ever come back to later. Besides, I’ll probably have a better time in Battle for Azeroth content if I wait until the first round of adjustments go out in Patch 8.1 anyway… 😛

Kiralaira needs to do the In the House of Light and Shadow questline — at least until I get to the “go get umpteen oojimies from dungeons” part — so that I will understand that scene with Xe’ra and Illidan on Argus better. She also needs to get to Exalted with the Argussian Reach because Void Elves.

Kaylynda needs to pursue the Legionfall Campaign at least until she gets to the “Anduin reclaims Shalamayne” questline and cinematic.

Karaelia and Kregga need to spend some time on the Broken Shore farming Nethershards so that they can acquire the Armaments of the Silver Hand and Armaments of the Ebon Blade, respectively.

Ketura, Karaelia, and Keija didn’t actually finish the Highmountain questline while they were leveling. They need to go back and do that as part of my larger goal to get all of my Tauren to Exalted with Highmountain so that they can use the War Harnesses as accessory pieces for Mogs.

Kaohana needs to get Exalted with the Valarjar so that if and when she ever reaches level 120, she can come back and solo Halls of Valor until Hyrja drops the piece for the Hidden appearance of Tu’ure.

Several characters still need to get to Exalted with Suramar for their Order Hall set shoulders.

Everyone needs to get to Revered with Armies of Legionfall for the “poor man’s flask” Repurposed Fel Focuser.

Karaelia needs to thwart all of the Deaths of Chromie so that she can get the bronze version of the dragonhead shoulders. She also needs to go recruit Maximillian of Northshire as a Champion for her Order Hall.

Kaelinda found the Lost Mail and returned it to Madam Goya — now I need to take some time to go do the rest of the Postmaster questline. And she refuses to leave the Broken Isles until Thalyssra has given her a Leywoven Flying Carpet.

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After the ever-lovely Alunaria tipped me off to this fun WoW party portrait creator, I spent an hour or so this afternoon capturing the state of my character roster on the cusp of Battle for Azeroth.

FOR THE HORDE!








FOR THE ALLIANCE!



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1 week until BfA


Kiralaira finally went to Argus. The story drew me in; I played it over three nights and it wasn’t hard to keep going until I hit the achievement that marked the end of each part. I took 2429 screenshots along the way. Though I don’t care for the fel-ravaged visuals of Krokuun and the Antoran Wastes, Mac’Aree is hauntingly beautiful. Vigilant Quoram’s tests were somehow not as difficult as I’d been expecting them to be — even the first room of the Test of Tenacity was not as frustrating as the shifting rune maze in the pre-Mage Tower part of the Karam Magespear questline. I am ridiculously amused by how even after a thousand years of living with the Lightforged, Turalyon still has a gringo accent when he says the Draenei greetings.

During this week, my Monk and Paladin will be running selected dungeons to get to 8 different dungeons completed and earn their Order Hall set pants.

My Paladin got her official Legionfall Champion while I was pushing through Order Hall Campaigns — but Paladins can also get a 10th Champion, Maximillian of Northshire. I haven’t done that questline yet, so maybe I’ll do it this week — or maybe I’ll let it wait until later.

These past few weeks of being so focused on the major goals of completing the 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns and doing the Argus Campaign have left me way behind on my prep for Fall Semester. That’s part of why I’ve decided to leave playing through the War of Thorns until the night of August 12th. Doing that, however, means that I’m having to mentally bookmark a backlog of reaction and analysis posts on blogs and Wowhead and Blizzard Watch about The War of Thorns, Warbringers: Sylvanas, Old Soldier, Elegy, and A Good War.

Oh, and the conference I went to? Amazing! I only wish it had been earlier in the summer, so that I could have had more time to figure out how to restructure my courses to implement some of the ideas that I learned about.

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After finishing up the Warrior campaign, I did Priest & Paladin in parallel, alternating between them. Despite the dire circumstances, the twins were delighted to be able to work together for their Order Hall Campaigns — and the members of their orders observed and recognized the special synergy between them. Then I pushed through the rest of Death Knight because I just wanted to be done already with Order Hall Campaigns. I got spoiled on how the DK campaign ends long ago — one reason why I was saving it for last — and it was as epic… and troubling… as advertised.

I’m feeling kind of burned out on WoW now — having a 5-day break while I attend this chemical education conference is actually rather refreshing!

My Priest also picked up the Hidden appearance for her Disc Artifact. So far, I’ve gotten the Hidden appearances for Arcane Mage, Fire Mage, Frost Mage, Brewmaster Monk, Holy Paladin, Enhancement Shaman, Beastmaster Hunter, and Guardian Druid.
Interestingly, though Kamalia hasn’t obtained the base Hidden appearances for Elemental or Resto, she has the 200 WQ tint of those appearances available for her to use.
I’ll have to come back at level 120 to farm the dungeon drops for the Hidden appearances for Balance Druid and Holy Priest.
I’d thought about getting the Feral Druid one for Kerisa, but I decided instead to get it with my Highmountain Tauren Druid.

Niskara, Niskara, Niskara… Marksmanship Hunter, Blood Death Knight, and Holy Priest all go there at the very beginning of things to get Artifacts. Warlocks go there for Chapter 2 of their campaign. Paladins and Priests have an intersecting storyline there near the end of Chapter 3 & beginning of Chapter 4 of their respective campaigns. Demon Hunters and Warriors conclude their campaigns there. From a meta perspective, I recognize that this place is a hub to answer the common complaint about art resources being created that only a small fraction of the playerbase will ever see (locations such as Kezan, the Broken Isles, Gilneas-before-the-Cataclysm, and the Wandering Isle, for example) and to reduce the load on the art team. From an in-universe lore perspective, though, why is this scrap of a world such a central location? Might that have been explained in some bit of quest text that I have long since forgotten?

I was greatly relieved to read Gnomecore’s report that the gear from the Darkshore WQs uses the new character selection screen/Boosted/Warlords Salvage Yard models — I have all of those already, so no need for me to run myself ragged trying to collect them. Between missing 5 days of play time and wanting to finally do the Argus campaign when I get back, I may end up doing all three chapters of the War of Thorns back-to-back with just one character per faction on the night of August 12th. On the Alliance side, it will be Kerithian the Night Elf Druid, of course. On the Horde side, I’m thinking it will be Kelisanna the Rogue, to observe and report on Sylvanas’ operations for Regent Lord Theron.

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