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Why do I play alts?

To experience the different races & starting zones — though my menagerie of Mages that represent my “one of each race” set of alts stalled out in the 30s a couple of years back and I doubt that I’ll ever seriously play with any of them again. I keep them around, though, just in case I want to do a MogIt mock-up of a Transmogrification kit idea using a model of a particular race.

To experience the Alliance perspective of the world, given that I mostly play Horde — though this proceeds only in fits and starts, too.

To play all the different classes — though there are some classes that I enjoy more than others, and some classes that have a class fantasy that I have trouble getting into.

To play all the different specs of the classes that I enjoy the most — I have two Tauren of each of the classes that Tauren can play because for most of those classes, I wanted to try out all three specs. So I have a “primary” character with two of the specs, and a “secondary” character with the third (or third & fourth in the case of Druid).

To ease wardrobe overflow — by having two characters of each class, I can spread out my Transmogrification ideas for those classes/armor types over more characters and potentially reduce inventory crowding somewhat. This hasn’t entirely worked out in practice, as there are some items that I like so much that every active character of the appropriate armor type has to have them.

When Legion comes, will I still “need” all my alts?

With the account-wide Wardrobe and the tease of tri-spec (I’ll believe that when it shows up in the beta), Legion seems poised to negate the last two reasons listed above for why I play alts… the reasons why my Tauren class-double alts exist. I began to ponder if I’ll want to keep them around, once their original reasons for existing have been nullified. After I’d thought about it for a bit, I realized that the account-wide Wardrobe might even increase my desire to play some of my currently lower-level alts, and that tri-spec (if it really happens) would only affect a few of my doubles.

For a few classes, I’ve kept the different specs separated cleanly enough that I think I’d still want both characters of that class.
My secondary Shaman is my Enhancement Shaman; it would feel wierd to play that spec with my primary Shaman.
My secondary Monk is my Brewmaster Monk; it would feel wierd to play that spec with my primary Monk.
My secondary Druid is my melee Druid; it would feel wierd to play the melee specs with my primary Druid who has been a dedicated caster.

I could easily go tri-spec and rotate between the three specs with my primary Mage (the Blood Elf, despite the fact that the Human is currently higher in level), or with my primary Hunter, or with my primary Warrior, or with my primary Paladin.
My secondary Mage is safe because she is my Alliance character.
My secondary Hunter is probably safe because she has the RP role of being the mother of Kamalia & her sisters.
My secondary Warrior and my secondary Paladin are potentially expendable.

Of the classes for which I’m not interested in playing all of the specs, my secondary DK is safe because I want a blue-and-white Tauren.
My secondary Priest is in jeopardy; although the notion of a Tauren Shadow Priest seems to me to be pretty antithetical to who the Tauren are philosophically, I thought that shadow orbs (or ravens) looked kind of cool and I could imagine a Tauren Shadow Priest who was a Grimtotem (the first iteration of that character) or a Yaungol deliberately walking in the Shadow to better understand and defend her people against the Sha (the second iteration of that character). With the way that the class fantasy of Shadow was described at BlizzCon, though — that idea of becoming more shadowy and growing void tendrils and eventually morphing into a void creature — I can’t see myself playing a Tauren Shadow Priest anymore.

Whether the secondary Warrior and the secondary Priest get deleted will ultimately depend on whether only Transmogrifiable quest rewards are added to the Wardrobe, or if all quest rewards are added to the Wardrobe. Specifically, I originally rolled the secondary Monk, Warrior, and Priest (the three characters with the “Yaungol” RP description on my Characters page) as Pandaren, then race-changed them to Tauren after reaching Orgrimmar, so that I could have Tauren with the Wandering Isle clothes for RP-wear.

As for Rogue, Warlock, and Demon Hunter… I could potentially get back into Rouge because the “Outlaw” rework of the Combat spec sounds intriguing and those Artifact rapiers sure look cool. I’m not sure I could get into the new description of the class fantasy for Destruction, even thinking of it as a (very) corrupted Fire Mage. I don’t really dig the Demon Hunter class fantasy, but I’ll probably roll one eventually and play her through the starting experience just for the story of it and to scratch the collector itch of wanting to have my “one of each class” set of alts be complete again.

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Highmountain! You know that I love my Tauren, right? I’m keen to learn some new Tauren lore and the new buildings and so forth look amazing.

High resolution moonkin form! (but no thanks, high resolution seal form, I’ll keep on using Glyph of the Orca)

Flexible leveling! Being able to go through the leveling zones in any order I please will make leveling multiple alts more engaging and entertaining.

Flexible level 110 activities!… though with the way things have been going this semester, I’m concerned that I’ll miss out on some of the activities with the shortest availability windows, especially if Legion doesn’t launch until mid-September — a month after my Fall Semester begins. I sure hope it comes out in late spring or early summer!

Artifact weapons! For the most part, the appearances of the Artifact weapons won’t be affecting my choices of class/spec combinations of alts to to level. Some of them are keen and others I’ll be Mogging over pretty quickly. The rapiers for the Combat Outlaw Rogue look pretty sweet, though — I’d decided to retire my Rogue, but now I’m being tempted to reactivate her. I’m intrigued that the Elemental Shaman weapon is going to be a fist weapon… if I’d known that this was coming, I’d have tried to get Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts for Kamalia back in the Throne of Thunder day.

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holding myself back

Here we are in what are definitely the waning days* of Warlords, and I still have only one level 100 character.

I can’t even complain about it being a side-effect of all the evenings I spend working instead of playing due to my job, because I could have had at least two more characters at level 100 for quite some time — if I hadn’t been deliberately holding back on questing with them.
My primary Monk is at 53% through level 99 from diligently doing Practice Makes Perfect, augmented by herbing in her Garrison and character XP missions.
My Hunter is at 69% through level 99, with most of her XP having come from pet battling, mining in her Garrison, occasionally doing the Fishing Shack daily, and character XP missions.
Neither one of them has done any questing in Draenor beyond completing Frostfire Ridge.
I have held both of them back from doing the Pinchwhistle Gearworks/Salvage Yard quest chain partly because they won’t have a third small building spot until they get to level 100 anyway, partly because I thought it would be nifty to get them to level 100 mostly from dailies, and partly because I’d had the thought, since before Warlords launched, that maybe this time around I should let my Alliance Mage be my second character to 100.

Unfortunately, my Human Mage isn’t cooperating very well. She’s always had a mind of her own, and after I got the Underpowered Death Knight her Shado-Pan hat, she decided that she needed to go get hers — my Human Mage was my last character to reach level 90 before Warlords, and by that time I was so tired of the Pandaria reps that I only barely managed to push her through getting her Farm fully expanded. When she left Draenor to return to Pandaria, my Human Mage was halfway through Talador, having done everything but the Auchindoun and Shattrath questlines. She’s only been doing the Shan’ze Dao set of Shado-Pan dailies, though, so it’s going a bit slow. After she gets her Shado-Pan hat, I may or may not be able to convince her to come back to Talador instead of going off to do the Divine Bell questline and the Kirin Tor Assault on the Isle of Thunder. For whatever reason, she hasn’t been utterly charmed by Yrel — perhaps I’ve been inadvertently spoilt too much on events that will happen later in the Alliance storyline, thus diminishing my desire to pursue it just to see what happens next? Or maybe I have screenshot fatigue from trying to screencap everything because I know I’ll probably only go through the Alliance stuff once…

The Underpowered Death Knight is now at 74% through level 96 from working with the Serpent Riders. Since I took her to Frostwall, I’ve begun to contemplate letting her be my second level 100. Wouldn’t that be funny, my character who usually lags far behind the rest, being the second to the finish line? With Hallow’s End about to start, she will gain about a level over the next fortnight from doing the holiday dailies. Getting her that last couple of levels will then be as simple as flying around Draenor looking for the purple glow of treasures…

* Regarding the moose mount: I am sad that it won’t be widely available, but getting it is so far out of my reach that all I can do is shrug and say, hey, that’s $25 I can spend on Christmas presents, or joining 2YC3, or the third book in Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart series, or something, instead of at the Blizzard Store. I’ll just be over here hoping that a less-elaborately-outfitted, less-supernaturally-glowy version of the moose mount will be available through a rep grind in Val’sharah.

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Tuesday night is (still) Raid Night

I haven’t danced to the guild raiding tune since mid-Cataclysm. In Mists, I tried to get my weekly LFRing done on Tuesday nights when the groups would be the best and freshest, but in Warlords, I haven’t even done that. And yet, my WoW routine still revolves around the weekly raid reset. These days, though, I’m “raiding” solo, smashing old raids with a rotating roster of alts farming for a grocery list of Transmogrification pieces.

Strikeouts indicate items I’ve obtained; brackets [] indicate things I want to do, eventually… after I cross a few more items off the rest of the list and maybe take a break from old raid farming for a while.

With the amount of time I have to play, getting through all of this takes me most of the week.

Karazhan is a grand old place with a wonderful ambiance… but I am so, so sick of it. I’ve been farming it with two characters for about four months now. Having decided that she needs to have Gorehowl on her back when she meets Grommash in Nagrand, my Warrior finally got it two weeks ago; the Armory tells me that it took her 16 Prince Malchezzar kills to do it. Meanwhile, my Priest has been trying to get the boots that match the T4 Priest set from Shade of Aran, and he kept dropping them for my Warrior instead and dropping the boots that match the T4 Warlock set for her.

Now that I’m running Sunwell on three characters a week — my Paladin has been running it for about two months now, but my Death Knight and Blood Elf Mage only started doing it a few weeks ago — I’ll probably be heartily sick of that place, too, pretty soon.

Update: I crossed Naxxramas off the list with both Ketura and Kaylynda tonight, but I’m still running Karazhan…

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That Big Bear Butt fellow sure knows how to have fun in WoW — and he always seems to have the most fun when he’s making his own fun. Most recently, he’s discovered a way to use the Custom Group finder to juggle multiple alts into the same raid group/lockout without needing a second person. What a terrific idea! I knew immediately just who to try it with.

Last week, I decided to take my level 94 Fury Warrior into 10N Firelands to see if she could snag the Spaulders of Manifold Eyes off of Beth’tilac for that awesome regal crimson kit that Silverblade designed for my Savage Blood mog event. I was pleasantly surprised by how easily she smashed stuff. My Disc Priest, who is also level 94, has been wanting the Mantle of Closed Doors from Baleroc pretty much forever… but I wasn’t sure she could smash Cataclysm raids with quite the same ease as my Warrior. After I read about BBB’s clever shimmy this afternoon, I decided to clear up to Baleroc with my Warrior, bring my Priest in to do Baleroc, and then go back to my Warrior for Majordomo and Rags. It worked like a charm! It did take my Priest two tries to kill Baleroc — and then, to my great delight, the Mantle of Closed Doors dropped! My streak of good luck continued; when my Warrior got to Rags, he dropped Sulfuras, the Extinguished Hand for her!

Thanks for the tip, Bear!

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Several months into Warlords, I’ve finally gotten around to updating my Characters page with new portraits showing how my characters look with the new models!

The SELFIE camera proved useful for getting good facial close-up screencaps to use for this project, as I’d hoped it would. Most of the Tauren expressions are pretty silly, but there are one or two that are cute if you catch them at just the right moment. Alas, that cute, flirty expression turned into a rather… dazed expression when I reduced the new portraits to the 100 x 100 size I use for my Characters page. I still think it’s better than the serious DMV mug shot expression, though. You can’t see the color of their eyes at the small size, either. I should remember to use the camera more often when I’m bopping around the world and when I’m doing Transmogrification photo shoots… and maybe get around to making those individual Character Profile posts/pages with all their favorite mounts and titles and jukebox tracks and suchlike, and links to artwork and stories featuring that particular character.

I’ve also taken the opportunity to update my blog banner. When I last updated it, near the end of Mists, I displayed my One-of-Each-Class set of alts, because I was so pleased with myself for having finally accomplished the goal, which I’d had since I first started playing this game, of getting a character of every class to the level cap.

I won’t be doing that again, though, because I just don’t have the time any more to play classes whose fantasy doesn’t really interest me. I probably won’t play a Demon Hunter much farther than just getting through their starting zone experience, and I’m currently thinking that I may not level the Rogue or the Warlock at all in Legion. Furthermore, making the row of icons along the bottom of the banner small enough to add another one for the Demon Hunter would have made them so small that they’d barely have been readable. Instead, I’ve displayed the alts that I actually intend to play going forward into Legion. I’ve reorganized the listing priority on the Characters page in a similar fashion.

It’s funny how my interest in particular alts comes and goes. I thought I was done with my Human Mage at the end of Mists. Then I decided that if I couldn’t have a High Elf Mage, a Human Mage would be the next-best thing, and so I renamed my Human Mage and made her look as much like my Blood Elf Mage as I could. I wasn’t quite satisfied with that, though. I kept iterating her appearance until I was happy with it, and it turns out that what I really wanted my Human Mage to be is as close to an avatar of my RL self as I could manage (oddly enough, the new model face that I ultimately chose as the one that seemed the closest to just right is one that I probably wouldn’t have chosen in the old model version). As I updated my Characters page, I considered putting my Human Mage’s race down as “High Elf”, signifying that even though the model she uses is Human, RP-wise she is really a Quel’dorei, but that just didn’t feel quite right anymore because I’ve gotten to a happy place with that character as a Human. If by some miracle the Alliance were to get playable High Elves, I’d most likely just create a new character instead of race-changing my Human Mage. I might still faction-change my Blood Elf Mage, though, and create (and perhaps even boost) that new character as a Blood Elf Mage, because I think I’d still want a Blood Elf Mage, as well as a High Elf Mage…

I did, however, put down RP-inspired race descriptions for some of my Tauren characters, indicating customization options (such as Grimtotem war paint) that I would take if they were available. I already knew which characters were of the Taunka and Yaungol sub-races; with Legion introducing a new Taurenoid sub-race, I looked through my other characters to decide which one to retcon as a Highmountain Tauren. I chose my secondary Druid, whose RP description already establishes her as having features that aren’t actually available in the current character customization options. Perhaps curly coat is a trait that was unique to the tribes that lived in the Highmountain region of Pangaea-Kalimdor, or, like the moose horns or the characteristics that distinguish Taunka and Yaungol from Shu’halo, a trait that developed among them after the Sundering split them off from the rest of the Tauren lineages.

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In Casually Odd’s sidebar, I saw a link to a post by Misdirections entitled “What will you be doing for the rest of WoD?” I’d already been beginning to think along similar lines — what things do I want to accomplish in Warlords content before we return to Azeroth and find it under siege by the Burning Legion*?


I still have a couple of things to finish up in Tanaan. I need to get Exalted with the Order of the Awakened to get the Awakener blueprint, and I need to collect 1500 Blackfang Claws to get the Savage Cub pet. I’m about two-thirds of the way to the former and about halfway to the latter. Lately, though, I’ve only been bothering to go to Tanaan when Wowhead tells me that the Tooth and Claw daily is up, so that I can work on both goals at once.

I want the Order of the Awakened blueprint for the rare Shipyard missions that reward the Heirloom rings. These missions all require a Carrier and a Destroyer. They also require five counters but, like all Shipyard missions, take two ships. The Arakkoa-crewed Destroyer functions as a Carrier as well as a Destroyer, and I’m hoping that will allow me to get to 100% mission success chance by an appropriate choice of companion ship. I will continue to play the Shipyard with Kamalia until I’ve gotten all three of the Heirloom rings.

When Kamalia has finished the Order of the Awakened rep grind, I’ll be able to take down her Trading Post and rebuild the Inn, to continue trying to recruit as many of the Tauren followers as I can. I’ll probably keep the Lumber Mill until I’m finished with the Shipyard, and then I’ll rebuild the Barn, to work on making all those Savage Blood Transmogrification kits I designed.

When the Flying in Draenor patch goes live, Kamalia will finish up Draenor Archaeology. Then she will be pretty much done with Draenor.

et alia

My alts are slowly making their way toward level 100, but with Fall Semester starting on Wednesday, I won’t be making any effort to get all of my currently active 90-something alts to level 100 before the Burning Legion arrives. The Hunter is level 99, with much of that XP coming from pet battle dailies. The Monk is level 98, with much of her XP coming from the Practice Makes Perfect daily at the Peak of Serenity. Only two alts — my darling Mages — have actually done any Draenor content outside of Frostfire Ridge/Shadowmoon Valley. The rest have been slowly but steadily gaining XP from herbing, mining, and follower missions within their Garrisons.

While I’m focusing on getting Kamalia to level 110 and through the initial offerings of max-level content in Legion, my alts will almost certainly be lingering in their Garrisons on Draenor, just as they lingered at Sunsong Ranch for the first few months of Warlords. I’ll have them build Inns and assemble RP-themed collections of followers, just as I’ve daydreamed about doing with them throughout this expansion. The Druid will complete the storyline achievement for each zone** to be sure that she’ll trigger the Garrison Campaign so that she can eventually get Choluna to be one of her followers. The Hunter will build the Stables and do the mount taming & training questlines — I’m not particularly interested in the mounts themselves, as I lost interest in the mount collecting achievements long ago and the Warlords mount offerings have not impressed me, but I want her to have the “Stable Master” title. The Warrior will go to Tanaan just long enough to fetch the lookalike of Admiral Taylor’s Greatsword. The Druid will go to Tanaan to get the technique for the Gylph of Ascendance. Unless they decide that they want to use the Frostwolf Grunt/Karabor Councilor costume toy, the rest of them will probably ignore Tanaan and the Shipyard entirely.

* Just as Anne Stickney has predicted all throughout Warlords that we would!
** With most of my alts, I’ll be picking and choosing which questlines and outposts I want in each zone based on which followers I want them to get.

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