Archive for the ‘happy dance’ Category

Approximately 18 months ago — in August 2013 — I suggested that Sunsong Ranch could use a jukebox, saying:

I suppose it’s probably too late to get a jukebox for Sunsong Ranch… but if Blizz iterates upon the personal farm/house concept in the next expansion, something like this could easily be part of the package. It could be the reward for becoming Best Friends with one of the farming NPCs. Engineers could make it with some ridonkulous amount of high level materials. It could even be an item in the in-game store. However it is obtained/implemented, I would love to be able to choose my favorite World of Warcraft music to play inside my characters’ personal space.

Either the person(s) at Blizzard whose job it is to keep tabs on the WoW blogosphere thought this was an interesting enough idea to pass along, or (more likely) someone who is less internet-agoraphobic than I am suggested a similar idea on the official forums and got a lot of “yes, yes, please do this!” support, because here we are in the next expansion, with the Garrison as the iteration of the Farm concept, and lo and behold, in Patch 6.1, the Garrison will get a jukebox.

If someone at Blizzard does read my little blog — THANK YOU! I’m so excited for Patch 6.1 to come so I can build my Garrison boombox and fill it up with tunes! XD

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While we were leveling, BTH and I took turns choosing which outpost we’d build in each zone. We ended up with the Sparring Arena, Arcane Sanctum, Tavern, and Corral. I was pleased with the Arcane Sanctum, Tavern, and Corral and plan to build those outposts with most of my alts (I will build the Arsenal, Smuggling Run, and Tankworks with at least one alt, just to see what they do), but I wasn’t really happy with the Sparring Arena — especially after I discovered that the followers I really wanted from Gorgrond came from having chosen the Lumber Yard instead. I didn’t switch my outpost choice, though, because a) I couldn’t afford it (I’ve never been good at the gold-making minigame) and b) doing so wouldn’t let me get the other followers anyway.

Thus, it is very welcome news indeed that, after the next server maintenance, the cost to switch outpost buildings will be halved and — much more importantly, to my mind — the building-specific follower questlines will also unlock.

Assuming that there will be maintenance next Tuesday instead of just rolling restarts, I will be out there in Gorgrond on Tuesday swapping out my Sparring Arena for a Lumber Yard and doing the quests to recruit Penny Clobberbottom and Kaz the Shrieker into my garrison team.

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A couple of months ago, I mentioned that I was saving my gold to buy Orbs of Mystery to build myself a Geosynchronous World Spinner. I wanted to get my gold total up to about 75K, so that I wouldn’t be left totally broke after spending 54K on the Orbs of Mystery. I was at around 52K at the time, and I do not make gold actively or even “accidentally”; this week, I was up to about 62K.

When Kregga visited the Black Market Auction House yesterday, there was a Blue Drake up. I’ve seen Blue Drakes on the BMAH before, but either I haven’t had the 20K to spare for a starting bid, or I bid and then quickly got overbid, or the bid was already up higher than I was willing to spend. This time, no-one had bid on it yet, and I did have 20k on-hand… All evening, I kept quickly switching over to Kregga to see if I’d been outbid yet. By the time I went to bed, no-one had outbid me yet. I hoped that no-one would come along and scoop me while I was asleep…

Fortunately, no-one did.

Oh frabjous day, I finally have a Blue Drake!

Now, Blizz, you’ve done all the other Dragonflights, so when are you going to give us a Green Drake Mount?

And the rocket will have to wait until I’ve gathered some spare change by leveling a bunch of alts through the Warlords content. But that’s okay. I didn’t get around to grinding the rep to be able to build the Mechano-Hog until about a year ago, in part because I couldn’t afford the really expensive components until then — and this is kind of the same thing.

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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.

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I am so excited for my Dwarf Shaman to look like this!

And if the new Tauren female model is as nice as the new Tauren male model seems to be, I will be very happy!

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After seeing that the various toys from Winter Veils past had been added to the toy vendors, I’d been hoping that the Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater would show up on one vendor or another, too. Sure enough, the Smokywood Pastures folks sell it for the princely sum of ~20 copper. While I was cycling through my alts that had been created since last Winter Veil — most notably my Monk and my Pandaren — and taking them to get their Gaudy Winter Veil Sweaters, I got a whisper from Navimie telling me to check my blog email.

A code to redeem? Ooh, what could it be? Oh, my!

I’d been meaning to visit Navi on her home server sometime anyway, so after a bit of confusion about how to find her realm, I was able to give her my delighted thanks in person.

Isn’t he adorable? Not having gotten into pet battling, I haven’t bothered to name most of my pets, but this one definitely needed a special name. And so, thinking of Jackie Chan, I named him Naviechan.

Thank you so much, Navimie dear!

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LBR this weekend being Horde-side Sunwell, I took Kaelinda. After burninating our way through Sunwell, we went and roflstomped Kael’thas in Tempest Keep, too. Kay was the only cloth-wearer in the group, so she collected a pile of sweet items that I now need to work on putting together into Transmogrification kits.

But clothes weren’t the only thing that dropped.
Kael’thas dropped the Ashes of A’lar.
Everyone needed… and Kaelinda won!

A comedy of errors then ensued.

Kaelinda couldn’t learn the mount because she hadn’t yet purchased Artisan Riding. She couldn’t immediately afford Artisan Riding, either, even if I’d pooled all the money from all my characters on her server, due to my not caring much about the gold-making sub-game. After some discussion, the lovely Repgrind suggested that her Alliance Paladin, Kerick, who is on the same home server as Kaelinda, could buy something from her via the Gadgetzan AH. So that was decided upon… but we’d forgotten that then we’d have to wait an hour for the transaction to go through.

While we were waiting, Vanicus and Kerisa went to Gruul’s Lair. There, goodies dropped for both of us — Kerisa got her T4 shoulders and Vanicus got the Hammer of the Naaru. Now, Kerisa just needs those pretty blue T11 shoulders… and then she’ll have to come up with Transmogrification kits to go with her collection of Favorite Druid Tier shoulders.

Finally, enough time had passed that Kaelinda could collect Kerick’s kind donation from the mailbox.

Thank you so very, very much, Repgrind! <3

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