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I have not obtained a single Savage Blood so far this expansion. Why? Because I haven’t been able to figure out what I want to DO with it. There are so many items to craft and it’s so expensive to upgrade just one item just once that I’ve become paralyzed by indecision.

So help me out here, guys. Convince me that it’s worth my time and effort to start collecting Savage Blood by showing me what kinds of awesome Transmogrification kits can be made with Warlords crafted items. I know that rhuanious has made some sweet sets using each of the stages of the mail pants. I’d love to see what all of you other talented Moggers out there can do with Warlords crafted items.

This is not a contest, with prizes and such, just a challenge — a prompt — for a fashion show similar to These Boots were Made for Mogging.

If you’d like to play along, the guidelines are as follows:

* There must be at least one Warlords crafted item in your kit. It doesn’t have to be upgraded; the stage 1 items are perfectly acceptable.

* Because these are kits for Transmogrification, not for equipping, the three-item-equipped limit does not apply. To limit the expense of crafting and upgrading, however, there can be no more than five Warlords crafted items in your kit.

* If you want to include Warlords raid gear in your kit, LFR gear is preferred. I’m looking for inspiration for kits to wear myself, and I haven’t raided at any higher level than LFR since late Cataclysm.

* If you’ve already made a Transmogrification kit or kits using Warlords crafted items, feel free to send me the screenshots of your character wearing that kit! Already-made kits are exempt from the “LFR raid gear preferred” guideline.

* Ideas designed in MogIt (or similar programs) are both expected and welcome.

* Please include an item list with your image. In your item list, specify which upgrade stage/ilevel of the crafted item(s) you used.

* All armor types are allowed.

* Images should be .jpg or .png format.

* You can contribute as many ideas as you can imagine!

* Send your contributions to kamalia_et_alia@yahoo.com on or before May 31. I’ll post the fashion show in early June.

I thought about requiring each contribution to use a Warlords crafted weapon plus at least one other Warlords crafted item. Although I am really quite impressed by all of the stages of the Warlords crafted weapons, I decided that such a specification would be too restrictive. It would probably disqualify most already-designed kits, and I definitely want to see those! Do keep in mind, though, that your minimum one Warlords crafted item can be a weapon or a cloak!

I look forward to seeing what all of you can imagine!

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The semester having ended, I took a break from work during the first week of May to catch up on WoW. Specifically, I wanted to get my Tauren “one of each class” characters not just into their level 2 Garrisons, but also all the way through Frostfire Ridge. By the time I got to the last of those characters, I went into the system sound menu and turned the dialog slider all the way down to 0 so that I didn’t have to hear it anymore. I’d gotten so, so, so tired of Orcs. What is it that Taran Zhu says in the last of the Isle of Thunder scenarios? Ah, yes: “Every reprisal is itself an act of aggression, and every act of aggression triggers immediate reprisal.” That describes the escalation of the war between the Frostwolf clan and the Thunderlord clan pretty neatly, and after having played through Frostfire Ridge nine times*, I was utterly exhausted by Orcs and their bloodlust.

When I told BTH that I was so, so, so tired of Orcs, he responded, “Why are you still playing that game?”

BTH quit playing WoW himself several weeks ago; the raid time that had worked relatively well when we were in Atlantic Canada was not working very well now that we are in the Mountain West, and he wasn’t really enjoying Warlords raiding enough to want to look for another guild (possibly requiring a server transfer). He has always played WoW primarily to raid, so if he wasn’t going to be raiding, why play at all?

I… am not sure that I have a good answer to that question. Do I keep playing WoW just because I’ve gotten into the habit of using it to fill my idle time, and I don’t want to expend the effort to find something else, something better, to do with that time? That’s not a very satisfactory answer, even if it is an uncomfortably large fraction of it.

Being thus discomfited, I didn’t play much WoW for the next week. Instead, I read webcomics — catching up on ones I hadn’t read regularly for a few months and reading through the archives of a few ones I hadn’t read before — and reread the classic early detective novel The Moonstone (by Wilkie Collins).

Why are you still playing that game?

Syrco has been looking for a reason to log in.

BBB, in his characteristic way, answers with the things that keep him going.

The Godmother asks her audience, “if you’re tired of/angry at the game, why are you still playing it?”, in various forms, constantly. She is also continually asking herself “why am I still playing this game?” and exploring the various forms that answer takes.

When I think about the things I have enjoyed about WoW in the past, and why I’m not doing those things now, I inevitably get tangled up in either the Garrison or the Faction Divide… or both.

In the past, I’ve enjoyed exploring the stories of the World of Warcraft. Now, I’m tired of Orc-centric Horde stories… but I still prefer to play as a Tauren or a Sin’dorei. I’ve played mostly Horde for long enough that when I do play Alliance, the anti-Horde prejudices in the Alliance-side stories alienate me. I enjoyed the Legendary storyline in Mists, but when I found out what was involved with getting Garona for my Garrison, I decided that maybe I’d rather not continue following the Warlords Legendary storyline. When I think about going out with a low-level alt or perhaps back with a high-level alt to play through past-expansion storylines that I haven’t yet seen, I get tripped up by wanting to run through all my Draenor-level alts’ Garrison chores first… and then by the time I’m done with that, my limited playtime is gone.

I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of Transmogrification, but with the LFR gear being uninspiring and the normal/heroic mode gear being out-of-reach** because I don’t want to PuG with the Group Finder, I’ve been lacking in Transmogrification inspiration for this expansion. Some of the crafted gear looks really nice — though the upgraded appearances are, of course, nicer than the Stage 1 appearance. When I’m looking at making crafted gear for Transmogrification instead of just equipping, though, I start thinking about making whole sets, and then the upgrade costs — 150 of the daily CD material, plus 30 of Sorcerous whatever, plus 15 Savage Blood just to upgrade one piece once — start becoming overwhelming. Even with — especially with! — Work Orders, I feel like I’d be spending all of my playtime doing nothing but Gathering. I also can’t bring myself to go farm old raids just on speculation or to make money; my inventory space is crowded enough already that I have to have a specific item or items from a specific raid that I want, for a specific planned Transmogrification kit, that I’m farming for. Even when I do want a specific item for specific set that I’m thinking about, again, tending all my Garrisons usually takes up all my limited playtime.

Time to take a few pages from The Godmother’s playbook, I think.

Taking a bit of a break from the game and thinking through my current feelings about it (in the form of this Bearwall) has been a good start.

Next, I need to find my own motivation to do something other than just routinely tending my Garrisons. I should also find a reason to be doing the daily profession CDs that’s better than “just in case I want this stuff later”.

So — I should design some Transmogrification kits that use Warlords crafted items — but not full Warlords crafted sets — so that I have specific items that I want to craft. I should prioritize leveling my two Alchemists to 100 and getting their Garrisons to Level 3 so that they can get the Savage Blood transmute from the herb trader***. I should also prioritize Follower missions that reward Primal Spirits so that I can trade those for Savage Blood. The upcoming Patch 6.2 changes to increase the amount of materials, including Sorcerous whatevers, generated by the daily profession CDs will definitely help this plan!

I should shake off the OCD tendencies that have been shackling me to my Garrisons. When I know that what I really want to do on a given evening is farm an old raid for a Transmogrification item, or go Fishing, or do Archaeology, or do Pet Battles, or quest in Draenor with one of my high-level alts, or quest elsewhere with one of my low-level alts, I should allow myself to just leave my Garrisons untended for that evening.

And then maybe I’ll get back to playing this game because it’s fun instead of just because it’s habit.


*Eight Tauren characters plus the Blood Elf Warlock

**Yes, my Followers do bring me normal mode raid gear, but because it is randomly generated and not from the loot table of any specific boss (unless there is a correlation between the various Follower raid missions and the loot tables of specific bosses that I haven’t been paying attention to), it isn’t really a reliable way to collect pieces for Transmogrification. Plus, more often than not (in my experience) it turns out to be a non-visible item such as a ring, necklace, or trinket.

***Or, perhaps, get the Savage Blood transmute from the herb trader when he’s in the Garrison of one of my battlenet friends?

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Because Kamalia’s professions — skinning and leatherworking — are not primarily dependent upon herbs and ore, I wasn’t going to bother with raising her Garrison herb garden and mine past level 1. Her herb garden’s random generation of herbs has produced enough Gorgrond Flytrap to keep both herself and my Tailor well-stocked for their daily profession CDs — though that has been helped by my laxity in keeping my Barn supplied with trapped beasties to provide raw leather. My Alchemist, however, has run through the Frostweed that I’d stockpiled prior to bringing her out to Draenor, and the random generation of Frostweed by Kam’s herb garden does not reliably provide enough to guarantee my Alchemist her daily profession CD. Because it’s likely to be some time before I manage to get my Alchemist leveled up enough to unlock her own herb garden, I decided that I ought to go ahead and upgrade Kam’s herb garden to level 2 and recruit a follower to staff it.

When I recruited for an Herbalist this week, these are the three applicants that Akanja found:

Well, now. I know that Soulare of Andorhal can give you a toy, but I don’t really care much about collecting toys. I know that he’s a reference to some other game or pop-culture something, but I’m not familiar with the thing that is being alluded to, so I don’t need him in my Garrison for that. Being a Human Male, he does not fit into Kamalia’s highly discriminatory policy of hiring only Tauren or women through the Inn.

I chose Bim’ini instead.

Perhaps my Paladin will specifically try to recruit Soulare. If I can figure out how do to it, I’d like to have her get the Argent Crusade banners and guards for her Garrison, so he’d fit in well with her crew.

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A couple of months ago, I was excited to learn that there would be a new vendor at the Darkmoon Faire selling RP-quality Gilnean garb. I, along with others, was disappointed to find out that purchasing the new clothing is gender-restricted — female characters can only buy the “Noblewoman’s” clothing, whereas male characters can only buy the “Nobleman’s” clothing.

When I saw the Transmorphic Tincture in the list of potions my Alchemist could learn from her Garrison Profession hut, I wondered if perhaps Chester could be fooled…

female-to-male Transmorphic Tincture

male-to-female Transmorphic Tincture

Yep, Chester can be fooled, alright.

I discovered, alas, that the coloration of the Nobleperson’s clothing is gender-specific.

Nobleman’s Coat & Pantaloons

Noblewoman’s Finery & Skirt

But what if that fancy black coat is what I want a female banker to be able to wear? Argh!

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Three weeks into Warlords, I’m definitely playing this expansion at the “dirty casual” level. But then, that’s about what I expected I’d have time for.

Kamalia has her Barracks at level 3; her Inn, War Mill, Tannery, Salvage Yard, Fishing Shack, and Lumber Mill at level 2; her Mine, Herb Garden, and Storehouse still at level 1; and she hasn’t bothered to unlock the Menagerie. I plan to upgrade the Fishing Shack, Salvage Yard, Inn, and War Mill to level 3, and when I have 3200 resources stockpiled to fund those upgrades and the cost of building a fully upgraded Barn, I’ll take down the Lumber Mill and put up the Barn. I don’t feel any need to upgrade my buildings still at level 1 to level 2, and I see no benefit to upgrading my Tannery to level 3. Currently, the only building that I get even close to running at its full work order capacity is the Lumber Mill.
Having heard that I’d be able to get racial banners and guards when I got my Barracks to level 3, I’d been thinking that all the Horde banners everywhere in my Garrison would change to racial banners when I recruited racial guards. I was disappointed, then, when I requested Tauren guards and only got Thunder Bluff banners right outside the entrance to my Town Hall. Having Bluffwatchers guarding my Garrison is super cool, though.
I’ve recruited two followers at the Inn — a scavenger and a Massive Strike counter. I rolled blue Tauren for both of them! My poor scavenger has the worst luck, though — he has failed almost all of the scavenging missions I’ve sent him on. Next week, I think I’ll recruit for a Minion Swarms counter, and then after that probably a leatherworker for the Tannery.
I’m working on getting my level 100 followers up to epic. I’m holding off on gearing any of them up to the 615 level until I get most of them up to epic — I want my minions to actually be able to succeed at the higher-level missions before I start getting them!
I’ve been trying to remember to collect enough raw materials each day to do my profession daily CDs, but I haven’t bothered to craft anything because I haven’t gotten enough of the gated material yet. I clean out my mine and herb garden and do the daily Fishing quest. I’m letting the Fishing dailies slowly build up the 100 Enormous catches of each type of fish that I’ll need to upgrade my Fishing Shack to level 3. I think I’ll have to make a designated ocean fishing trip at some point, though, because I’ve not seen Sea Scorpion come up as the Fishing daily. I’ll need Sea Scorpion to level First Aid and make fish feasts (to sell on the AH), too.
Knowing that the various factions have followers for hire — pets and mounts and tabards don’t interest me much anymore, but followers are still the new hotness — and feeling kind of lost because I hadn’t found any in-game guidance on how to gain reputation, I went to Wowhead to investigate. When I discovered that reputation was back to being more or less pure grindfest in this expansion, I decided not to bother. If a future patch brings us some faction rep dailies as a catch-up mechanism for alts, then I’ll pursue faction rep. I rather miss doing faction dailies.
I’ve been trying to do a daily Heroic for the 50 garrison resources. I pick up my Inn dungeon quests, but I’m not bothering to queue for them specifically anymore — except for the day that Millhouse came to town, because I wanted him for a follower! I haven’t done the Apexis dailies at all. I’m getting a slow and steady trickle of Apexis crystals from work orders and the weekly Garrison Campaign chapters, and I’ll get to Khadgar’s 4896 when I get there.
Speaking of the weekly Garrison Campaign quests, I’m really enjoying them! They’re nice little chunks of story and sufficiently challenging to my level of gear and (more importantly) skill. I’m looking forward to when I get the one that will allow me to recruit Choluna as a follower!

Meanwhile, my Balance Druid has gotten about two-thirds of the way through Frostfire Ridge and up to level 92. She has built the Scribe’s Quarters — to match her primary crafting profession — and a Trading Post in her Garrison. The Trading Post has been kind of a bust for her, though — she hasn’t yet seen a work order for ore. She needs her herbs for her Inscription, and Kamalia never has any hides to spare from her Leatherworking.
I’m starting to get itchy to bring my other two Horde alts who aren’t still busily growing Songbells and Windshear Cactus at Sunsong Ranch — my Monk and my Death Knight — out to Draenor to establish their Garrisons, but I want to at least get my Druid all the way through Frostfire Ridge first…

And my Draenei Mage is languishing in Shadowmoon Valley and building up the biggest stash of Garrison resources of any of my characters. When she eventually gets her Garrison to level 2, I plan to build her an Alchemy Lab — her primary crafting profession — and a Tailoring Emporium — not one of her professions, but that and follower missions will probably be the main way she gets gear.

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Over my lunch break yesterday, Kamalia hearthed back to Sunsong Ranch for the last time to make a final round of her favorite Pandarian fishing holes. The Garrison hearth was invaluable for allowing me to easily travel back and forth between Pandaria and Draenor while I worked on finishing up this rep grind. With this goal completed, I can now set Kamalia’s Astral Recall to wherever she happens to be on Draenor.

I didn’t manage to finish my Pandarian Archaeology museum — but going back to Pandaria to do that will have to wait until Warlords gets into its late expansion doldrums.

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eleventh hour

At about the tenth hour — a week and a half or so ago — Kamalia decided that if she wasn’t going to be racing to 100 with Ronada, she might as well get to be Best Friends with Nat Pagle before she went to Draenor. She was still only just barely into Pal level at the time, so even with fishing the Paglefish diligently every day since then, she only just today became Good Friends with Nat.

At the eleventh hour — a few days ago — I decided that I really ought to run all my alts* through the pre-launch event quests for the trinket at the end. I played hard tonight getting them through, since I still had most of them left to do! As a result, I am pretty tired already, and I have school tomorrow, so I won’t be going to Draenor until tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile, BTH finally finished up the single-player content that ESO launched with and decided that he would, in fact, come back to WoW for Warlords, after all. He got himself a 6-month subscription and transferred Ronada over to his guild’s new server. When we play together, it will be Kamalia and his Hunter.

*Except for the Male Tauren Warrior, whose job is to stay home and bank so that his daughters can go adventuring, and Kinevra, whom I have decided is done. If I play up another Alliance character to level 100 besides Kaprikka, it will be my Dwarf Shaman.

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