Archive for the ‘Professions’ Category

So, there was this screencap from Blizzcon that clearly showed a spectral moose mount.

I wondered how this mount would be obtained and hoped that the method of obtaining it wouldn’t involve PvP. I thought perhaps it might be a rep reward from one of the Broken Isles factions.

Well, the datamining from the Legion information has revealed the answer, and it is — behind the cut, to avoid inadvertently spoiling folks as whom don’t want to be spoilt: (more…)

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TRANSMOGRIFICATION WARDROBE!!! This is huge. I’ll only have to farm something once. Stuff that my Alliance characters have picked up can be worn by my Horde characters, and vice versa (not sure if faction specific quest rewards will be faction restricted, though). Hopefully, stuff that various characters have picked up that is no longer available in-game (such as Alanna’s Embrace and the Bloodmail Legguards) will be available in the Wardrobe to all characters of the appropriate armor class, too.

Thoughts on the systems panel (Blizzard Watch and Wowhead transcripts):

Once the Wowhead community has figured out which quests need to be done to unlock which specific Artifact weapon appearances, I will probably do just the ones that unlock the Artifact appearances that I like best.

I’m not surprised that there will be a “Death Gate”-like teleport to the Class Hall; I would have been more astonished if there wasn’t such an ability.

The new Professions system sounds like it could be quite engaging, if the concept that they discussed gets implemented well. It sounds like an extension of the quests to get the blueprints for the Professions huts in Warlords, which I quite enjoyed.

As for the secondary professions, I’m curious to see how the Archaeology journey and the “what strange Fishing story will I have to tell after today?” concepts will play out. It’s fun to see Nomi all grown up, but I almost didn’t recognize him in the screenshot without his fancy brocade coat. As for First Aid… Kamalia is the only one of my characters who levels First Aid anymore, and she does it just to have all the professions capped. It’ll be quite the thing if they can manage to actually make it more interesting.

Oh, wait, is that a spectral moose mount in that screenshot? TELL ME HOW TO GET IT! (I hope it doesn’t involve PvP…)

Thoughts on the Q&A panel (Blizzard Watch and Wowhead transcripts):
I’m intrigued to see how meeting Alleria and Turalyon will ‘change the way we think about WoW’ (to paraphrase the paraphrases in the transcripts.

It would be lovely to be able to play as a Taunka or a Yaungol or a Highmountain Tauren, and I’m glad they’re thinking about it, but I won’t be truly excited about it until we see it on the PTR.

Ditto for things like tri-spec and updates to move the Old World story forward from Cataclysm

So Karazhan will be relevant for Legion? Hmm, that could be interesting. I hope that the mutterings aobut Kara as a 5-man wouldn’t erase the original 10-man raid version from existence, because that would be incredibly sad.

Ha! I thought that the most likely place for Wrathion to show up in Legion would be Highmountain, given that the Lair of the Earthwarder is there.

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By the time Brewfest ended, the Darkmoon Faire was in session. Once again, Thaddeus Paleo scowled at the Underpowered Death Knight, saying, “Your Archaeology skill has stagnated. Come back when you have begun to improve your skill again and are finding more interesting fragments.” Professor Paleo had been telling her that she needed to improve her skill for… could it really have been so many months? Had he been saying that ever since the Vanguard went through the reddened Dark Portal?… OH. Although she could survey digsites anywhere in Pandaria, Pandaria no longer contained the most dangerous known regions. Those places were now on the other side of the Dark Portal, on Draenor.

Ah, and in talking with other Cloud Serpent novices, she’d learned that Jenova Longeye occasionally asked them to search for artifacts that might relate to the history of that Order. It would be good to be able to improve her surveying skill while performing that task.

The Underpowered Death Knight supposed that perhaps she should pay a visit to Frostwall Garrison just to learn where to find an Archaeology trainer on Draenor, and maybe to do a little bit of digging herself in the country roundabout — there were always new tricks to be learned when surveying a completely new location.

She followed the directions that had been enclosed in Kamalia’s letter.

Frostwall, with its rocky terrain, swirling wind and snow, and steaming, volcano-heated cave, stirred in the Underpowered Death Knight’s mind a faint nostalgic longing for her youth, traveling the mountains between the Howling Fjord and the Grizzly Hills and camping by the hot springs.

Lady Sena cracks me up. I haven’t been able to find her in the level 2 or level 3 Garrison, though… I wonder where she and Mr Pleeb go?

The Underpowered Death Knight dinged 96 during Brewfest, so she could, in theory, have opened up the Mine, Fishing Shack, and Herb Garden and, after collecting enough resources, upgraded them all to level 2. I chose to leave her Garrison at Level 1. Thus, without the big book o’ blueprints rewarded from the quest to upgrade the Town Hall to level 2, her only available large building is the Barracks, and her only available small building will be the Salvage Yard — when she reaches an appropriate level to do the quest chain that rewards that blueprint. I’m not going to do much with her Followers, so she just has the Fab Five team of the ones that are the first and easiest to recruit — Olin, Vivianne, Fen Tao, Ka’la, and Ulna.

After reporting at Frostwall, the Underpowered Death Knight travelled to Warspear on the contested island of Ashran in search of an Archaeology trainer. When she inquired about training, however, the woman just shrugged at her.

“I ain’t got nothin’ to teach ya, toots. If ya wanna learn more, ya gotta just get out there and dig. And don’t let those Reliquary goons get in the way of a good find.”

So the Underpowered Death Knight went to dig at some ogre ruins near the outskirts of Shattrath (she got quite distracted for some time exploring the great city and marvelling at its extent and beauty), and to her great surprise, her very first surveying efforts uncovered a brittle cartography journal. The document was written in a language she did not recognize, but the diagrams, illustrating techniques for such things as laying out and recording a digsite and preserving and cataloging artifacts, were clear enough to understand.

But when the Underpowered Death Knight returned to the Faire, Professor Paleo still didn’t want any more fossil fragments. It seemed that he hadn’t wanted fragments from anyone except newly-trained Archaeologists since about midsummer. Why, no-one understood.

She was glad, though, that she had gone to Frostwall. Doing so had allowed her to prove her strength against some of Draenor’s creatures, and she had been strong enough… mostly… if she was careful about choosing what to fight. Nevertheless, she thought it best to finish what she had started in Pandaria before spending much more time on Draenor.

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Although it seems a little premature to call this a “Warlords bucket list” given that a) it’s been hinted that there will, in fact, be at least a Patch 6.3* and b) the next expansion hasn’t been announced yet, these are some things that I’d like to accomplish before school starts again in two months.

+ Spend a few evenings treasure hunting to get to 100 treasures found. I already have the maps for Frostfire and Shadowmoon, so I should gather all the low-hanging fruit out of those zones before getting the maps for the other zones.

+ Continue doing Apexis dailies until I have completed Securing Draenor. If the dailies that are up are both either one that I’ve already done or one that doesn’t contribute to the achievement (there are a few of those), I should buy a Scouting Missive and go do one that I haven’t already done that does contribute to the achievement.

+ Replace my Inn with a level 3 Trading Post for faster reputation gain with the three Tanaan Jungle factions.

+ If the new “Dowser” oil doubler trait will be available for recruiting from the Inn — I seem to recall reading that it would be, but that might have been a PTR thing that later got changed — recruit a Dowser next Tuesday before replacing the Inn.

+ Build Shipyard, rule the savage seas, profit.

+ Do dailies for all three of the Tanaan Jungle factions. I’ll want to get to revered with all of them for Draenor Pathfinder, of course. I’ll want to get to all the way to exalted with the Order of the Awakened for the super ship blueprint.

+ Level alts! Attempt to give priority to Kaylynda (Human Mage) to experience Alliance story.

+ Craft items for Savage Blood Transmogrification kits. This will require staying on top of profession CDs, work orders, and trapping for the Barn. The reduced costs for the upgrade items and the reduced Primal Spirits-to-Savage Blood exchange rate will greatly help this, as will the increased yield from personal profession CDs.

+ Find out how the new Ascendance minor glyph technique is obtained, get it with my Scribe, acquire one Felblight (should be pretty easy to do, Kamalia will probably be skinning heaps of beasties in the process of doing her rep dailies), and make it for Kamalia. I must confess that I don’t use Ascendance as much as perhaps I ought to because I can’t stand looking like one of those awful Cataclysm humanoid/elemental monstrosities.

+ Go digging for the Draenor archeology items that I haven’t found yet. I don’t care whether I get them as common or as pristine solves, just as long as between the common list and the pristine list I’ve found each item at least once.

+ After completing the Draenor artifact list, spend some time digging in Eastern Kingdoms** and use my crated Restored Artifacts for Tol’vir fragments. This is a lower priority objective.

+ If getting the costume toy for one faction does not automatically grant the corresponding costume toy for the other faction, get to revered with Hand of the Prophet with Kaylynda. This is a relatively low priority objective; on the one hand, having the faction costume be a toy means I only have to get it once (per faction?), but on the other hand, having the faction costume be a toy instead of an actual cosmetic gear set means I can’t mix-and-match with it for Transmogrification.

* fingers crossed for Farahlon, and hoping it will be more like the Isle of Thunder than the Timeless Isle
** I still haven’t gotten the rare Dwarf staff, the rare Troll 2H sword, and three of the Tol’vir rares

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Silverblade, who just recently started Mog-blogging at World of MogCraft and has set out to make lore-appropriate kits for male characters of each race/class combination in the game, contributed four breathtaking kits, one for each armor type:

For years, my favorite shoulders to use with the Black Velvet Robe and its sleeveless counterpart, the Silver-Thread Robe, have been the Duskhallow Mantle. I think Silverblade has given me a new favorite combination! I often ignore bracers with tall gloves like these, but perhaps I should think about using them more often — in this kit, the bracers are a really nice touch to pick up the glowing color from the shoulders.

Hexweave Mantle Belt & Gloves (3-670), Silver-Thread Robe, Mindthrust Bracers, Ameth’Aran Sandals, Formidable Cape, Life-Staff of the Web Lair
Savage Blood required: 90

A sleek and dangerous-looking kit. Somehow, I am suddenly craving a 70% cacao chocolate bar…

Supple Shoulderguards & Waistguard (2-655), Grizzly Jerkin, Primal Combatant’s Legguards (Horde), Loramus’ Gloves, Ogre-Hunter Boots, Primal Combatant’s Quickblade (Horde)
Savage Blood required: 30

The little blue accents on the gloves, boots, and bow pull this kit together in a simply wonderful way!

Wayfaring Shoulderguards Belt & Gloves (3-670), Beast Lord Cuirass & Leggings, Atoll Treaders, Royal Cloak of the Sunstriders, Arathar, the Eye of Flame (H)
Savage Blood required: 90

A very regal plate kit. Of all the kits using these shoulders I’ve ever seen, I think this one is the most impressive — it’s making me contemplate actually farming these shoulders for myself!

Spaulders of Manifold Eyes (N), Truesteel Breastplate & Greaves (2-655), Elder Tortoiseshell Girdle Gauntlets & Sabatons, Crimson Silk Cloak, Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Greatsword
Savage Blood required: 30

PlaidElf, who writes about Plenty of Paladins (and Monks, and Hunters), contributed these two gorgeous blue and gold kits:

The deep colors and rich textures in this plate kit are simply stunning!

Templar Crown, Truesteel Pauldrons Waistguard & Boots (3-670), Nova Binder Breastplate, Time-Lost Greaves, Windblade Talons (N), Powerful Burnished Cloak (1-640), Steelforged Greataxe (3-660)/Steelforged Saber (3-660) + Barricade of Eternity
Savage Blood required: 120

Is it just me, or is this Monk totally channeling Nozdormu? /fan

Trickster’s Headdress, Supple Shoulderguards & Waistguard (3-670), Sentinel Breastplate, Leggings of the Sly, Gloves of the Golden Protector (N), Bonechewer Shredboots, Nimble Hexweave Cloak (2-655), Marrowstrike
Savage Blood required: 75

Navimie of The Daily Frostwolf contributed this awesome kit. I love the tunic & kilt combination! I’ve got one of these kilts stashed away in the bank, but I either hadn’t figured out or can’t remember what tunic I want to wear with it. Navimie has solved that little problem for me very neatly ;)

Helm of the Blind Seer (H), Passive Resistor Spaulders (H), Supple Vest & Waistguard (2-655), Primal Gladiator’s Gloves, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt
Savage Blood required: 30

Be sure to go take a look at this amazing array of Hunter kits using all the stages of the Wayfaring Leggings by rhuanious and this glowy green Hunter kit using the 1-640 Wayfaring Shoulderguards by Euphyley!

I came up with this idea of a Transmogrification challenge event based on Warlords crafted items as much to motivate myself to design some kits using those items as anything else. I challenged myself to make an outfit to go with each of the Warlords crafted weapons and to make outfits that use at least one item from each of the upgrade stages of the Warlords crafted armor. (more…)

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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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