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As of yesterday evening, I have:

Defeated all of the Draenor trainers (thanks Lio!)

Upgraded my Menagerie to level 3

And collected all of the Draenor wolf puppies.

Although I still have many pets that are not level 25 and many pets that are not rare quality, I think I’ll take a rest from Pet Battling (except when it’s Pet Battle Bonus XP Week) and work on one of my other alts’ Warlords goals.

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I haven’t heard anything about the progress of the Blizzard Watch Patreon coloring book, but in the meantime, From Draenor With Love has been providing its Patreons with occasional coloring pages to enjoy! Thank you, Stacey!❤


Rather than just coloring the characters as they are in the comic, I decided to do a palette swap. Wrathion turned into a red dragon… perhaps even Rhea’s last egg.

My printer was not printing black correctly when I first tried to print this coloring page. It just printed outlines of all the lines. After cleaning the print heads a few times, I got a better print. I kind of liked the look of the one that was just outlines, though, and I’d been having trouble deciding whether to color in marker or in crayon anyway…

The lineart for these pictures is by Stacey Landry. I just did the colors.

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If we look like we’re one of them, they’ll let us get closer before they start trying to attack us, right?

To give credit where it’s due, Umlaut Paradots of Mog’s Addiction originally gave me the idea to make a collection of Burning Legion-themed kits, and a few of these kits are iterations of my first take on the concept.

Evil Sorceress

Mag’hari Ritualist’s Horns, Green Silken Shoulders, Beastwalker Robe, Ruthless Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy, Black Mageweave Gloves, Boots of the Divine Light, Shard of Azzinoth, Book of Origination
My collection of Burning Legion-inspired outfits would not have been complete without a kit using this robe, with its black and green color scheme. Any boots that are an appropriate shade of black will do; these are just the ones that I happened to have on hand. Kaelinda has collected all the colors of this robe… I should start working on making kits to go with each of them.

Shadowfury

Shadowmoon Cowl, Hatefury Mantle, Frostweave Robe, Voodoo-Woven Belt, Wooly Goat Punchers, Boots of Duress, Shroud of the Highborne, Terokk’s Shadowstaff, Green Trophy Tabard of the Illidari
This outfit is adapted from ideas that I originally developed nearly four years ago for my “The Very Model of a Warlock, Dark and Terrible” post. I’ve got to keep playing my Warlock just so I can get around to actually creating in-game my favorite outfits from that collection.
The Shadowmoon Cowl is my favorite hood in the game. I’d love to see that model in brown and black for leather-wearers.

Black Arrow

Fel-Proof Goggles, Wayfaring Shoulderguards (1-640), Ebonhold Armor Gauntlets & Boots, Lifecycle Waistguard (N), Bloodmail Legguards*, Green Martial Shirt, Shroud of the Final Stand, Black Bow of the Betrayer
Although I’ve seen kits with these shoulders that went all-out green, I wanted to reflect the Burning Legion aesthetic of fel green as an accent color against black.
If you don’t have the Bloodmail Legguards, then you’ll probably want the Ebonhold pants, too.
Savage Blood required: 0

Fel Desecration

Pauldrons of Violent Eruption (LFR), Warrior’s Embrace, Refreshing Abalone Girdle (LFR), Direwing Legguards, Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination, Emerald Sabatons, Night Prowler’s Cloak, Lava Spine (N), Netherwing Protector’s Shield
Although this outfit uses most of the same peripheral pieces as my previous “Radiation Therapy” kit, changing the core of chestpiece & leggings and the weapons makes a big difference in the overall look!
This kit surprised me a bit by wanting the Xena Warrior Princess top — I’ve used the blue version of this chestpiece, but I didn’t think I would ever make a kit for which I would want the black version.
Any iteration of the Horseman’s Helm would be a fantastic finishing touch — but it’s my DK who has that, not my Paladin, and the account-wide Wardrobe isn’t quite here yet sigh

Sha Stalker

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Supple Shoulderguards (1-640), Raiment of Silent Stars, Cord of Sha Savagery, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt, Gloves of the Blind Stalker, Fist of the Deity
The outward resemblance to a Demon Hunter may be a product of convergent evolution.

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Recent posts by Cymre and Alt: about the upcoming Fashionista achievement series in Legion have prompted me to go through my inventory and see where I’m at and what I still need to collect to become Kamalia the Fabulous.

I’m going to assume that because the Wardrobe will be an account-wide feature, the achievement series will also be account-wide. Thus, if I can get to a total of 25 items in each item slot from any of the armor types, I’m good. I’m also assuming that recolors of the same model count as different appearances.

I counted my wardrobe by visiting the Warpweaver with each alt in turn and seeing how many items showed up as available for Transmogrification for each slot. I started with Kaylynda, then went over to my main server and worked my way down the list from Kamalia. When I’d found enough items for a given slot with one character, I didn’t look at that slot with further characters.

Kaelinda has 32 hats: DONE
Kaylynda has 38 shoulders: DONE
Kaylynda has 48 chestpieces: DONE
Kaylynda has 29 belts: DONE
Kamalia has 29 trousers: DONE
Ketura has 27 gloves: DONE
Ketura has 26 boots: DONE

Ketura has 28 ranged weapons: DONE

I’ve been collecting shirts for a long time and have over 50 unique shirts in my primary guild bank from tailoring and various vendors: DONE

Kamalia has the Tabard of the Achiever: DONE

I thought bracers would probably be the most difficult slot, because they’re usually covered by gloves and so I only keep them if they’re very pretty or if they’re tiny enough to not show under the shorter glove styles. Indeed, most of my characters have only a few pairs of bracers. Somewhat unsurprisingly (at least to me), my clothies had the most bracers. Kaelinda and Kaylynda had 14 pairs each. Kaohana had the most, with 23 items, so I dug up a couple more pairs from my mog vault guild bank: DONE

Most of my characters have between 10 and 20 cloaks. By the time I get all of my characters’ inventories imported into the Wardrobe, I’m sure I’ll have more than enough different cloak designs. If I do need to get to 25 different cloak designs with a single character, I have several cloaks stashed away in my mog vault guild bank.

So if my assumptions hold, then yeah, I’m pretty Fabulous already.

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When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two,
I was nearly new.

When I was Three,
I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more.

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

— A A Milne

So here it is my blogiversary again, time for me to take stock of what I have accomplished in WoW and in blogging in the past year.

Since the last one, I’ve actually managed to level up some alts. Kam was my only level 100 at this time last year; now I have six level 100 characters. I’m not quite sure who’ll be the seventh, though at the moment, I’m thinking it might be the Druid. She’s almost to level 98 from the relatively passive XP available through the Garrison, so whenever I manage to get her out to Spires of Arak to play through the Arakkoa storyline, it will probably get her almost all the way to level 100. Someone else might surprise me, though, like the way that the secondary Monk suddenly charged ahead to be the sixth.

Blogging-wise, I think I did manage to keep up with posting about once a week. As the time since my last post starts to get longer than about three days, I start thinking about what I might post next — though I often don’t manage to make whatever post I’m thinking about until the weekend. I’ve been working on a handful of Transmogrification projects that are being gated by failure of items to drop from the old raids I’ve been farming and by the rate at which I can accumulate Savage Bloods from collecting Primal Spirits and the transmutation efforts of two (now three) Alchemists (I have level 3 Barns in Kam’s Garrison and in my Hunter’s Garrison, but despite the fact that trapping Elite beasties is so much easier and more fun with my Hunter than it is with Kam, I still don’t go out to Nagrand to do trapping with either of them very often).

I think next year’s goals will the be same as last year’s: do whatever in WoW I most feel like doing in the moment and whatever I accomplish will be what I accomplish, and try to post at least once a week.

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Mr Rossi has been reporting from the Legion alpha that all specs are available to a character and can be switched between for a relatively small placeholder/TBA cost; the real barrier to spec-switching is the Artifact weapon. I wouldn’t be surprised if getting the Artifact weapons for one’s other specs won’t be available until level 110, but as long as I can eventually get the Artifact weapons for all specs on the same charcter, I think I can live with that.

Along with not needing a secondary character to play the third specs of Warrior, Paladin, and Hunter anymore — and not being interested in all three specs of DK and Priest — I’ve realized that after I get my secondary Monk and Druid to Draenor and into their Garrisons, I don’t want any more Garrisons. I’m starting to get a bit burnt out on Garrison management. Having secondary characters of Warrior, Paladin, and Priest around was making me feel like I ought to be leveling them and bringing them up to Draenor, too.

So, goodbye, minor alts. I have deleted my secondary Tauren Warrior, Paladin, and Priest, all of whom were under level 40. I’ve kept around my secondary DK, Shaman, Monk, and Druid. The DK, Monk, and Shaman are already level 90+ (and the Druid is 60+), the DK was a special leveling project and has special looks, and I’ve gotten so comfortable being the third spec of Shaman, Monk, and Druid with these secondary characters that it would just feel wierd and wrong to try playing those specs with my primaries.

My secondary Warrior was named Kaobeka, a deliberate anagram of Akabeko. (Although I respect Akabeko’s reasons for quitting WoW, after two years, I still miss her.) My secondary Monk has been named Koralyra because I like the way it sounds. About the time that I began to think about deleting my secondary Warrior, I decided that when I did, I would re-name my secondary Monk to Kaobeka. In part, this is because I think a Monk is a better homage to Akabeko and her stories than a Warrior anyway. And in part, this is because I decided that I want to use the name Koralyra for my Demon Hunter. So Kaobeka the Warrior is gone, Koralyra the Monk is now Kaobeka, and Koralyra the Blood Elf Demon Hunter will return when Legion launches.

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I haven’t been subscribing to Blizzard Watch at all (and I only recently subbed up to Patreon for From Draenor With Love) but I was recently reminded that BW subscribers at a certain level will get a coloring book. I kind of want the Blizzard Watch coloring book. I’m not sure that I’m willing to pay $25/month ($300/year) — more than I’m paying for World of Warcraft itself! — for it, though. If the coloring book reward was in the $10/month tier (approximately the same as the game itself), maybe I’d feel a little better about subscribing at the coloring book level.
ETA: So, I bit. I *have* been considering subbing to BW ever since they launched, I just hadn’t gotten around to doing it. I signed up at the $25 level, and after I get my Noxychu coloring book and a few months have gone by (maybe enough to have donated $100 total), I’ll drop down to one of the lower pledge levels… if I remember.

Today I gave my organic chemistry class an exam. The exam is in two parts, an in-class part and a testing center part. Before class started, I was telling my students that even though I can’t grade the testing center part until Monday (because they have through Saturday night to take it), I might grade the in-class part tonight because my husband is out of town on business, so I wouldn’t have anything better to do except playing computer games or reading a book. They asked, “what computer games?” When I told them, World of Warcraft, a handful responded, “oh, I play/have played that game!” Then, when they hadn’t managed to complete the in-class part by the end of the class period, I decided to let them take it home over the weekend, so I don’t have any exams to grade tonight, after all.
It would probably not be a very good idea, from a professional standpoint, though, to tell them “I’m Kamalia on Bloodhoof, Horde-side; let’s run some dungeons sometime.”

I will be happier if Legion doesn’t come out in June than if it does. This past week, I found out that I’ve been accepted to both of the summer organic chemistry pedagogy workshops that I applied to attend — one in the first week of June, the other in the third week of June. For me, I think it would be best if Legion comes out right at the end of July, when I’ll have a week or so off between the end of the summer term chemistry course (which I will be teaching, and will need subs for the two weeks in June when I’ll be gone) and the beginning of fall semester in mid-August.

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