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pie in the sky

This week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic comes to us from Dragonray of Azerothian Life, who wonders:

What is in game that you want, but you can’t have? Is there an animal you want to tame, a critter you want to collect, a tabard that has the perfect design for a transmog set etc etc.

What is it you want, but know you can’t get your hands on and have to stare at longingly whenever you log in?

I want a Black Wedding Dress to mope around in during Love is in the Air and Hallow’s End.

Erinys’ post about wanting to look like the humans in Old Southshore reminded me of something that I want out of Old Hillsbrad:

I would love to have this fellow’s gorgeous robe, a combination of the Black Velvet Robes and the Aurora Robe.

I want Top Hats for everyone! Yes, I know the High Society Top Hat tailoring pattern apparently does exist in the game — but it’s a low percentage drop from some creatures that are rare even for silver dragons.

More than that, I want the appearance of the Top Hat on female characters to look like the cute little hat-with-veil worn by Gilnean NPCs such as Gwen Armstead and by the Dwarf Cannary Caskshot.

When I rolled Kymberlea and first met Gwen, I hoped that Lord Walden’s Top Hat would look like HER hat on my female character, and I was sadly disappointed when it didn’t.

I wanted the Swift Zhevra mount, but I couldn’t quite justify the expense of a third account (because BTH and I already made two accounts in our household) just to get it. I tried RAFing BTH’s sister and one of his co-workers, but neither of them got interested enough in the game to pay for even two months of subscription ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Then after the news came that the Swift Zhevra would be going away, by the time I finally convinced myself that I could RAF myself and then just let the third account lapse after a three-month subscription, I’d waited too long and it was already gone.

So now I want to tame a Zhevra with my hunter, and I can’t do that, either!

And if that Goblin Mini Hotrod is the reward for the next iteration of RAF, as I suspect it might be, then this time around I will RAF myself to get it!

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This week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic, again suggested by Cymre.

If Blizzard added your main as an NPC in WoW, where would they be located and what would be their function? Give us a shot illustrating the fact.

Songweaver Kamalia would do for Tauren/Kalimdor history and lore what Lorewalker Cho will do for the history and lore of Pandaria. She would live in a hut perched up by this cave (for climate-controlled storage of fragile artifacts) high above the Red Rocks in the mountains between Mulgore and Northern Barrens.

The inside of her dwelling would look a lot like Xarantaur‘s abode.

She would be a neutral NPC, willing to tell her stories to Horde and Alliance alike. She may share her camp with a similar NPC who specializes in all other Horde lore, perhaps someone like Lorespinner Rades….

Alternatively, Modiste Kamalia could take up residence inside Magar’s Cloth Goods in Orgrimmar.

She would give daily quests that would award Sartorial Scrip tokens. In exchange for the tokens, she would sell three differently styled sets for each armor type — an uncommon-quality set usable by level 20 characters, a rare-quality set usable by level 50 characters, and an epic-quality set usable by max-level characters. Like the Replica gear from the Darkmoon Faire or the prize gear from Challenge mode dungeons in Mists, these items would have no stats but would still be usable for Transmogrification. The large design areas on each of these items would be a neutral silver-white, and for additional tokens she would also sell a variety of armor lacquers that could be used only on these items to change them to a hue of the player’s choice. One of the available armor lacquers would be “dissolving lacquer” to revert the item to the original silver-white so that its color could be changed from one lacquer hue to another.
Modiste Kamalia’s Alliance counterpart, found inside Duncan’s Textiles in Stormwind, would be Modiste Effraeti.

Or, because I’m still kind of bummed that there was no “of the Earthen Ring” title available in Cataclysm, I’d be happy just to see
Farseer Kamalia of the Earthen Ring

filling a role like that of Farseer Krogar for an Earthen Ring expedition in a future expansion.

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three items I’d hate to lose

Last week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic, a little bit late, courtesy of the lovely Cymre.

What are the top three items on your main that you just love for sentimental, fun or silly reasons and would hate to lose? Tell us a story, what makes them so special and as always illustrate with screenshots.

I’m an incorrigible packrat; yet as I look through my bags and bank and void storage, I find that most of my stuff is ultimately replaceable. The things that I’d most hate to lose, therefore, are the things that are irreplaceable — items that can no longer be obtained new in the game.

Kamalia would be heartbroken if she lost her Enamelled Disc of Mojo from the original Zul’Aman.

I just love the design and the colors of this shield. It’s my favorite one to use in Kamalia’s non-Transmogrification-friendly RP Shaman sets.

Kerisa would be most devastated to lose a set of four items that she obtained while doing the Epic Flight Form quest chain: Arthorn’s Research, the Essence-Infused Moonstone (no longer needed to summon Anzu), the Charm of Swift Flight, and the Idol of the Raven Goddess.

Ketura is an Engineer by trade, and nearly two years ago she had an accident with her Dimensional Ripper.

She took advantage of having been turned into a Dwarf for three weeks to get her hands on a Crimson Tunic to wear with her Goblin Rocket Boots.

She (and my other characters who managed to acquire that chestpiece before it was removed) would be greatly saddened to lose that element of their wardrobes.

And my most senior Mages would be upset if they lost their Mage Class Quest robes/tunics.

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Ah, Archaeology! Like Fishing, it’s a profession people tend to either love or hate… or have a love/hate relationship with. After the recent Blog Azeroth Shared Topic about Fishing, Cymre thought that Archaeology should get a moment in the Blog Azeroth Shared Topic spotlight, too:

For the title I thought we could use something along the lines of an Indiana Jones movie so:
Professor [insert name here] and the [insert your favourite Archaeology item or the one youโ€™re still trying to get]

What’s so special about [the item you used in the title]? Do you have an absolute favourite/s that you’ve gathered from the profession? Which ones, if any, are the bane of your existence? Show us pics illustrating those pieces, including an outfit if you use one.

Kaprikka did Archaeology partly to boost her leveling speed and partly because I wanted to have a Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown on my Alliance server.

I’ll continue to do Archaeology with her in Outland, but she’ll probably quit after she’s found all the Draenei relics.

Ketura leveled Archaeology just until it yielded up the Fossilized Raptor for her collection of raptor mounts.

It took a lot longer than I was expecting to find the darn thing, and Ketura gained about a dozen levels from it.

Kamalia is my primary Archaeologist. She labored long and hard to find Tyrande’s Favorite Doll because it was an excellent trinket for healers in early T11, and she used it through most of T11 and T12 after she finally assembled it.

(She’s since passed it on to Kerisa, who needs to go practice being a Tree now that I’ve finally gotten around to making her a Tree gearset! /poke-poke-poke)

Kamalia’s favorite artifact, though, is probably the Last Relic of Argus. She always used it to leave the Molten Front after finishing her dailies there, and I have a big folder full of screenshots of all the places where it took her.

I’ve also been to Narain Soothfancy’s house in Tanaris and to Moonglade, but I don’t have good screenshots from those locations. Overall, I think I’ve only gotten to about half of the places the Last Relic of Argus takes you — Cymre has a complete list.

Kamalia stopped doing Archaeology for a while after she finally found TFD. She didn’t pick it up again for another several months, when she needed something to do while she was on Standby on raid night. Then, she dug in Outland and Northrend until she’d found all of the Orc, Draenei, Vrykul, and Nerubian artifacts. In doing so, she also completed the requirements for her “Professor” title. Since she accomplished that goal, she hasn’t done any more Archaeology. She needs to start working on it again, though, because I’d really like to get her “old world” Archaeology to the point where all she has left to find are the most difficult rares before Mists comes along and gives her a whole new continent to dig on. She’s only completely finished with Outland, Northrend, and the Night Elves. She still needs to find a few Fossil and Troll rares, most of the Tol’vir rares, and just about everything Dwarven — so she’s still got a lot of digging to do!

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How can I pass up a Blog Azeroth Shared Topic about one of my favorite Professions in the whole World of Warcraft? Especially when it was suggested by the estimable Martha?

Martha asks:

Fishing is an odd sort of minigame in WoW and people I’ve talked to either love it or hate it. So what’s your take on the most grindy of sports?

If you love it: Why? Where’s your favorite spot to go drop a line and veg while waiting for a strike?

If not: Why not? What would make it more fun? Or is there a way to make fishing fun?

And lastly, for those of you with hard-won turtles and rats and lobsters ‘o doomโ€”show ’em off! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Because I’m proud of my stupid rat and darned if I’m not going to sneak my own screenshot in.)

I don’t have any experience to speak of with fishing IRL, but I enjoy fishing in-game. I find Fishing mindlessly soothing and relaxing. I usually play with the game music and sound effects on, but when I want to fish for a long time — if I’m fishing up mats to donate to the guild bank for Feasts — I turn the game music down and fire up one of my favorite playlists on my iPod.

My favorite spot to fish in Cataclysm is off the coast of Uldum, south of the Lost City of the Tol’Vir, almost to the Fatigue line (yay for Shaman Water Walking!). There I can catch the Deepsea Sagefishes I need for my independent food supply, Fathom Eels for the Fish Feasts, and, of course, Murglesnout.

Kamalia’s Mastercraft Kalu’ak Fishing Pole is one of her most prized possessions. She is a Limnologist and an Oceanographer. She has collected all the gold, silver, and copper coins that have been tossed into the Dalaran fountain over the years. Her prize catches so far are an Enormous Barbed Gill Trout (brown), a Huge Spotted Feltail (green),

a Giant Sewer Rat,

a Strand Crawler,

a Sea Pony,

a Magical Crawdad,

and a Sea Turtle.

The Sea Pony and the Magical Crawdad are her most recent prizes, acquired near the end of the last Darkmoon Faire. She has captured three of the Crocolisks in the City, but never quite got around to catching the fourth one. She’s done the Outland, Dalaran, and Orgrimmar fishing dailies, and I suppose she really ought to do the Thunder Bluff and Undercity ones, too, for completion’s sake. Doing either the Booty Bay or Kalu’ak fishing derbies to get that last achievement for the Salty title, however, has been very low on my priority list — I usually completely forget about them.

Mini-Kam has gotten to be very good friends with Kah and Sewa Mistrunner (and also Aska and Naal Mistrunner) over the past few months.

Her daily bags of shiny fishing treasures have yielded a Strand Crawler and a Weathered Fishing Hat; I’m still hoping for a Jeweled Fishing Pole. Fishing in the pond on Lower Rise of Thunder Bluff and in Stonebull Lake, her prize catches so far are a 12-pound Mud Snapper (bronze) and a 17-pound Catfish (gray).

Several of my other characters have just enough Fishing to catch Great Sea Herrings for the Darkmoon Faire.

Although I enjoy Fishing as it currently exists, I also often find myself agreeing with those who suggest improvements, such as a personal Fishing Boat or a fishing Net that will allow one to catch many fish at once. The Lure Master Tackle Box introduced in Cataclysm was a wonderful addition. When my Engineer has gotten skilled enough to craft the Tackle Box, I’m sure I’ll make one and send it to mini-Kam, but Kamalia herself has such full bags that she can’t spare the inventory spots for a bag exclusively devoted to Fishing. I’m very much looking forward to finding out what the Anglers faction in Mists will do to make Fishing more fun and interesting.

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Effraeti has provided a very appropriate subject for this week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic:

With the in-game World Event “Love is in the Air” and its correlation with IRL Valentine’s Day next week, I have been thinking about character love interests (and also because I am a hopeless romantic). ๐Ÿ™‚

Who is your main character’s love interest? Are they involved with someone, do they pine for someone?

Many bloggers lately have been discussing playing with IRL couples who raid together. How would this transfer to the characters they play? Why would their characters slay dragons together?

BTH and I have leveled our mains together and raided together. At the moment, we’re not raiding together, but I anticipate that we will level to 90 together in Mists. Because Ronada and Kamalia are both female toons, however, I have always described them as being favorite cousins — although I respect the people I know who are LGBT, it is not something my own characters will ever be. Kamalia did have a secret crush on Karthip, the male Tauren Warrior who was the main tank of the guild with whom she ran Kara, Naxx2.0, and Ulduar, but by and large I’ve tended to think of her as being single, and not too fussed about it. Interacting with the orphans during Children’s Week does make her hear the ticking of her biological clock more loudly for awhile, though.

Kerisa leveled to 80 with BTH’s Warrior, Watha, who happened to be BTH’s only male Tauren character.

I imagined them as being a betrothed couple, but I never brought up the idea with BTH because I thought he’d laugh at it. By the time we reached 80, BTH had decided that he wasn’t really excited about playing a Warrior. He stopped playing the character not long after we reached 80, while Kerisa continued on to gear up for and raid Trial and ICC. Kerisa eventually leveled up to 85, but Watha is still level 80. I still imagine them as a couple, and they are probably married by now, though I’m not sure when exactly it would have happened.

Kymberlea is married with four children, and the tension between her RP story and the adventuring, questing lifestyle means that she’ll probably be lucky to make it as far as level 40. Kenosha is married, and Keshona is her grown daughter. Kimorene, Kandrista, and Keriluna are all widows. Kimorene‘s husband died in the Plague and she now lives with her son and his family in Stormwind, Kandrista‘s was killed fighting Arthas’s forces during the Battle of Silvermoon, and Keriluna‘s was one of the Druids slumbering in the Dor’Danil Barrow Den. Kelilla has hinted to me that she had a love interest whom she believes to have perished during the initial irradiation of Gnomeregan, but I’m uncertain how close the relationship actually was. Kazuliza once had an unrequited crush on Ace, and since her sham affair with Chip, she has been a little bitter and sworn off getting involved in new relationships for awhile.

Until they tell me otherwise, I assume that all of my other characters are single and happily so.

As for NPCs, well, my favorite craxy relationship idea of Cataclysm is this Orc pairing:

“Ahh, there she is. The battle-maiden of the Dragonmaw. Let me see your face.” — Garrosh Hellscream
“I don’t know how Garrosh Hellscream does it. He must possess great strength to hold together a force as diverse as the Horde… I should like to know him more.”Warlord Zaela

Zaela’s statement could certainly be taken in a pragmatic, all-business sort of way, but I can’t resist the temptation to read it in a shippy sort of way and imagine that she has a crush on Garrosh. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Akabeko‘s done it again, providing yet another great Blog Azeroth Shared Topic idea:

How do you express your geekery? Do you own obvious paraphernalia like a Horde-symbol bumper sticker, in-joke tshirts like the dps/ups pun, or less obviously related items like a gift from a guildie? Rather than physical indicators, do you mix nerd lingo into your everyday speech or talk/post about geekdom in non-nerd spaces? How do you advertise your nerd tendencies? Does it help you to attract new nerd friends?

Back in the day when Harry Potter was my major fandom, I was not shy about expressing it. Come to think of it, I’m still not shy about my love for JK Rowling’s world.

I have one of the black T-shirts from Warner Bros that says “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” on the front and “Mischief Managed” on the back. I have another T-shirt with a custom Quidditch design that was made for a fan party I attended in 2004 that I still wear regularly. I went to midnight release parties for Books 6 and 7 in costume. I assessed new people I met in social situations by asking first, what they thought of Harry Potter in general, and second, whether they thought Hermione should end up with Harry or Ron (hint: “harmony”, in certain contexts, still makes me LOL). I had bumper stickers from a couple of my favorite HP fan sites on my car. I have a wand I bought at a Ren Faire, the Time Turner replica from Noble, a pint jar full of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans (for display only!), and the Latin translation of Book 1 (no, I haven’t actually read it).

I made Hogwarts House scarves.

The body of the scarves is a knitted K1,P1 ribbing, I charted the letters myself, and the edgings are two crochet rows of my grandmother’s afghan stitch.

As a TA, I liked to give my students a fake quiz on the first day of class so that I’d have something to give back to them at the next class, to help me learn their names. The questions on my quiz were Snape’s three questions to Harry at his first Potions class (Philosopher’s Stone, p 137-138 in the Scholastic edition), and I noted at the bottom of the page that I’d stolen the questions from Snape. I’ll probably print up some new copies of that quiz to bring to my first Chem 112 lab classes next week.

When I was doing undergraduate research, I drew Snape on my fume hood.

No, really.

I drew a more elaborate mural on the fume hood I used as a graduate student:

and with paper behind it, to improve the contrast for the photo…

Left to Right: Telemain, Max & Valerie from “The Princess Bride”, Snape, Harry & Hermione & Ron, Morwen

My undergrad advisor was amused, but my graduate advisor was not.

Speaking of fume hoods, another of my favorite T-shirts is the one I picked up from an American Chemical Society meeting that says “Experiment With A Chemist” on it. I have another T-shirt with the periodic table showing the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spin properties of each element, which I got when I went to the Experimental NMR Conference one year. I have a few other chemistry shirts from undergrad chemistry club. I never managed to get the physics club T-shirt that had on it “And God said: [Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism] And there was Light.”, but I have many times wished that I did. I always tried to wear one of my chemistry shirts on the days when I was in lab with my students.

I’ve been more subtle about my World of Warcraft geekiness. I try not to talk about WoW on my LiveJournal or my Facebook, because I know that potential employers will probably find those places — as far as I know, there are only two people in the whole world with my real first name, which makes me ridiculously easy to Google-stalk. And both BTH’s parents and my parents disapprove of how much time we spend playing the game ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Still, a few years ago, I bought BTH and myself matching Dalaran University T-shirts from J!NX as an anniversary present. I talked BTH into getting me the Windrider Cub, and then I bought the Gryphon Hatchling “for him” — but because he is FOR THE HORDE, of course he wasn’t interested in the in-game pet and I got it anyway ๐Ÿ˜› They sit on top of my art desk in the living room, and if we had people over more often, I’m sure I’d get questions about them. I like to doodle during church — many of the pictures in my Gallery were done on Sunday — and sometimes the people sitting next to me ask me about what I’m drawing. I usually answer that I’m drawing characters from a computer game that I play, but I don’t specify that the game is WoW very often.

Even though I don’t really advertise my WoW-geekery and can’t necessarily say that it’s gained me any new nerd friends “IRL”, it has given me a funny story or two.

After BTH and I got married and “graduated” from the Singles Ward, I was called to be a leader in the Young Women’s program in our new ward. One evening, I was at a mid-week activity that was combined, with both the Young Women and the Young Men. As I was roaming around watching how my girls were doing, I passed by the older brother of one of my girls, talking to his friends, and something in their conversation caught my ear. I slowed down so I could listen. They were talking about Death Knight DPS, and at one point the boy was trying to remember the name of the ability that spreads diseases around. “Pestilence,” I said. “Yeah, that’s it!”, the boy said, and the three of them continued their conversation for a few seconds — and then they all looked at me with a supremely wierded OUT! expression on their faces and fell silent until I’d moved on.
Later, that same boy started seeking BTH and I out at church to talk to us about WoW and raiding and epix and suchlike, and I was glad that we could be adults that he could talk to about the game as fellow fans.

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world of warCrafts

A Blog Azeroth Shared Topic from Essence Enchanted, who wonders,

Inspired by Kalixta’s “WoW Recipe IRL” topic and the “World of Warcrafts” column over at WoW Insider, I started wondering, how many people are into making WoW-like things in real life? Not just food, though food could count too. But how many people create pottery inspired by WoW? Or wigs, or costumes inspired by WoW? Or even knit or sew things relating to WoW? Or are you a fan artist with pen and paper or pastels or clay? How about Machinmas? Comics? Stories?

Is there WoW inspiration in your life? Do you wear it proudly? Do you make it? Are you interested in it? This could go lots of ways–share what you make, or link to creations you’re fond of!

I love reading the WarCrafts column at WoWInsider; it’s so fun to see all the amazing things people have created.

I do a lot of WoW-related drawing (see the “Gallery” tab), but I’ve made a couple of WoW-inspired 3D creations that I’m rather fond of, as well.

I made this Druidmobile back in the day of the original Druid form artwork.

More recently, I made a plush toy Whelpling.

I’d like to make more Whelplings in the future, refining and iterating the pattern as I go along, until I have a set of five representing the original dragonflights.

I think it would be fun to make a WoW-inspired cross-stitch of some kind. Liala’s fabulous Stained Class designs would be gorgeous rendered in floss. Or perhaps one of Azeroth or Outland’s beautiful landscapes, so someone who wasn’t familiar with WoW would think it was just another fantasy scene when they saw it hanging in my front room?

ETA: Martha‘s post on making Azeroth-inspired custom model horse prompted me to think that if I knew anything at all about making tack for model horses, it might be fun to make a set of Paladin Charger gear for a model horse. Of the sculptures I already have in my collection, Justin Morgan, Lady Phase, the Proud Arabian Stallion, the Shire Stallion, or Galloping Friesian might be suitable. Dang, it’s been so long since I’ve looked at my collection that I’ve forgotten what all I have. I’ll have to go through it while we’re at our other apartment this weekend….

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Raiding Rations

A Blog Azeroth Shared Topic from Amerence, who says:

[I’m] curious what you eat while playing the game in real life… I know there are times that we do munch something while playing an online game, So I like you to name Top 5 favorite food you like that suits your taste while gaming… and explain why?

Like many other people, BTH and I frequently eat pizza on raid night, but I don’t like to eat pizza on raid night more than once a week. The raid night on which I am not on-the-ball enough to have planned and prepared something else well in advance of pull time varies from week to week, though. Sometimes I am really lazy and we eat pizza on one raid night and leftovers on the other.

There isn’t any difference between our gaming and non-gaming munching preferences. I like to keep both salty and sweet snacks on hand at all times; our usual staples are chips and chocolate. We prefer corn chips to potato chips and almost always buy plain chips. Ever since we discovered Tostitos Blue Corn chips, we haven’t really bought anything else. To mix things up a bit, I buy nuts, trail mix, or crackers for our salty snacks about once a month. I usually have a bag of dark chocolate peanut M&Ms and a chocolate bar open by the computer. Alternative sweet snacks are dried fruit, yogurt, or ice-cream. The crackers are usually Vinta and the yogurt is usually strawberry. About every three or four months, I decide we should have some more healthy snacks for raid night and prepare crudites and fresh fruit.

After lots of experimenting with various grades and brands of chocolate over the past decade, I’ve found that I like my chocolate medium-dark: 50-65% cacao. My current favorites are the Lindt Excellence 50% bar and the dark chocolate Ritter Sport bars — plain, with mousse, with whole hazelnuts, with marzipan. I also like the milk chocolate Ritter Sport bars with whole hazelnuts and with butter biscuits. Every few months I go a bit darker with a 70% cacao bar.

I think I’m a bit addicted to chocolate. I find that I go through it more quickly when the raid is particularly stressful. I’ve tried once or twice to wean myself off wanting to have chocolate to hand while raiding, but then the raid has been tense and having no chocolate in the house to calm myself by munching on it has just compounded my agitation. Munching on other things — including the cheap chocolate chips I’ve tried to use as an “emergency chocolate reserve” — just isn’t quite the same. (On further reflection, it occurs to me that perhaps chocolate chips and other foods are less satisfying than a large chocolate bar because they do not afford the tactile stress relief of snapping the bar into smaller and smaller bits.)

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A Blog Azeroth Shared Topic from the lovely Akabeko of red cow rise:

Most everyone has a routine for when they play WoW, but do you have any habits that are particularly eccentric? Do you always log out in the same place, try on other’s gear when inspecting, or obsessively spam a macro or trinket at weird times? Out of game, do you have to crack your knuckles every time you take a flight path, put on your PJs in order to really get into the game, or tab out immediately upon wiping?

I like to play through zones with characters of the predominant NPC race in that zone. For example, I plan to play through the Alliance side of Kalimdor — Darkshore, Ashenvale, etc — with a Night Elf character, and I plan to play through the Horde side of post-Shattering Kalimdor with a Tauren character. I have been playing through Tirisfal, Silverpine, Hillsbrad, Arathi, W/E Plaguelands with an Undead. I want to play through the Alliance sides of the Hinterlands and Twilight Highlands with a Dwarf and of Outland with a Draenei. I want to play through Stranglethorn with a Troll. Elwynn, Westfall, Redridge, Duskwood — Human zones to be played through with a Human character. Dun Morogh, Loch Modan, Wetlands, Burning Steppes, Searing Gorge — Dwarf zones to be played through with a Dwarf character. I feel like I get the most out of the story of a zone when I play through it with a character for whom that story is part of her own racial heritage.

I may have been looking at NPCs and trying to figure out what they were wearing even before I started reading Kirina’s Closet. If I find an item that looks like something worn by an NPC that I think is particularly stylish, I’ll hang onto it. I have ridiculous collections of cool looking BoE (usually green-quality) items stashed away in the vaults of “Wardrobe Mistress” alts until I decide which character to bind it to and get said character up to the level required for her to actually wear it.
I’ll use the dressing room on almost all quest rewards, even the ones my character can’t actually use. I’ve thought about carrying around a spare tunic-style chestpiece in my bags so that I can more easily look at pants while I’ve got a robe equipped.
I also like to collect as many of the different colors of a particular style of robe or tunic as I can find. Kinevra, for example, has all of the color variations of the striped Shimmering Silk Robe style, and Kaelinda has all of the color variations of the Robes of Arcana style.

I collect shirts on all my servers — the full rainbow of plain crafted shirts and the Filigreed shirts or doublets at a minimum — and also newbie clothes, although those were more interesting when they were all cloth and the chests were shirts instead of actual chestpieces.

It’s not uncommon to have an itchy “print screen” finger, but perhaps how I use mine is a little unusual. I have a folder full of screenshots of interesting artwork from the game — a close up of the Warlock teleport circle, the cave paintings in Razorfen Kraul, the patterns on the floor of the Nexus. I have stayed in the Nexus or the Oculus for five or ten minutes after the run was over and the rest of the group had dispersed to take pictures of the patterns on the floors and walls. I also made BTH help me clear Halls of Lightning a week or two ago so that I could take pictures of the Azeroth globe in the Terrestrial Observatory and the constellation statues in the hallway between the second and third bosses.

Speaking of pictures, I’m sorry for all the broken images in my blog right now. The Photobucket server on which my primary account is located has been down “for maintenance” for the past couple of days, and it’s getting severely annoying. The Barbershop Guide pictures are on a different Photobucket account which must be on a different server, because those are all still visible, fortunately.

The quirk that’s driving me a little nuts right now is the conflict between wanting to have one free character space on every server (just in case), wanting to have all my Blood Elves together, and wanting to have all my semi-active Mages together. My Night Elf and Dwarf Mages are on Bloodhoof, and I’d have to delete my Draenei Shaman (not a great loss) to have a free character slot left after moving them to Argent Dawn. My Troll and Orc Mages are also currently on Bloodhoof, but if I moved them to Winterhoof, I’d have to delete my Goblin Shaman just to have room (again, not a great loss) and I wouldn’t have an empty character slot left. My Blood Elf Paladin continues to resist all of my periodic contemplations of deleting her, but I couldn’t bear to move her to another server because then my Blood Elves would be split up. If I did a combination server and faction transfer to make her a Dwarf Paladin on Argent Dawn, then I wouldn’t have a free character slot left on that server. WTB twelve character slots per server, por favor.

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