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Kinevra finally finished the Loremaster plotline of Tiragarde Sound. She’s left almost all of the side quests undone — the Roughriders, the Tortollans at Norwington Estate, the hunting lodge, the steam springs resort, the guard tower, the Explorer’s League camp, what else? My plan is to go through Drustvar and Stormsong Valley doing just the Loremaster questlines as well, ignoring anything that’s obviously a side quest. I’ll come back to the side quests if I haven’t reached 120 by the time I finish the Loremaster questlines.

With the War Campaign no longer being gated by 7th Legion rep, I think I’ll have Kinevra contract for the Proudmoore Admiralty first after she reaches 120 — the sooner to be able to recruit the Kul Tirans.

As much as I conceptually like playing a Mage, however, I die so much when I’m playing one of my Mages! My Balance Druids feel more robust…

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Even with a rapidly approaching deadline and ideas burning holes in my brain for things I needed to do to finish getting my classes organized, the 50% extra reputation from WQs from WQ Bonus Week was too good to pass up. I did my Mechagon quests every day last week, and by Reset Day, I was at 9970/12000. The end was in sight!

Having gotten so close, I wanted to just get BfA Pathfinder Part 2 over and done with. So I did less work than perhaps I could or should have for another day or two, and went and did it.

But will I stick around in Mechagon to grind out Galvanic Oscillators from the daily WQ to buy the upgraded Adventurer Augments or the Targeted Purification Protocols Essence? Not likely, at least not anytime soon. Now that I have flying, Kamalia is going to rest until Patch 8.2.5 brings the next chapters of the War Campaign and the Chamber of Heart storyline, and other characters will level.

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I got to Honored with Mechagon today. I got the jetpack blueprint yesterday — no more wasting half an hour camping for Rustfeather! Finding three rares to kill for today’s Mechagon WQ was much easier with the jetpack to zip about!

Mechagon wants to be fun. It is trying so hard to be fun. Sometimes I even catch myself geniuinely having fun while I’m running around there.

But it suffers from what Kaylriene calls “the Curse of the x.2 Patch”

In Coffee Cakes & Crits’ guild, they’ve “swap[ped] exalted with exhausted” when referring to maxing out reputation with a faction — especially the 8.2 factions.

In a recent edition of The Queue, Blizzard Watch columnist Liz Harper writes, “I’m tired too, though at this point I think I’d be tired if we were dealing with daily quests or with world quests. Sure, world quests have more variety and rotate more often, but they’re very much the same idea as a rotating set of daily quests. They’re a chore that you must do every day, and they feel like a chore, too…. Whether it’s daily quests or world quests, whenever I log on now I feel like I have to do dozens of quests in order to progress in the game. And then the same again tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. It’s not a game at this point: it’s a chore.”

There are days when I log in, look at what there is to be done in Mechagon, and just feel so immediately tired that I log right back off. That happened in Nazjatar, too.

It’s not all the game’s fault, though — it is now T minus two weeks to the start of Fall Semester, so although I have made rather good progress with my course prep so far this summer, I’m starting to get into I AM NOT PREPARED! anxiety mode. Getting ready for the first day & exam unit of my classes and making progress toward flying are competing for my mental bandwidth, and there are days when I really and truly just want to work.

So for now, I’m hoping that I’ll manage to reach Revered with Mechagon before Patch 8.2.5 drops.

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Because I wasn’t doing the Bounty and Requisition quests, after I completed “get 3K XP for your Kelfin/Ankoan buddies”, finishing the rest of the zone storyline/raid attunement didn’t get me to Revered with the Unshackled. It took me another two or three days to accomplish that. By the time I was done, though, I’d accumulated enough Benthic tokens from quest rewards and enough manapearls that before I left Nazjatar behind, I could send full sets of Benthic tokens to Kaelinda, Kaylynda, Kerisa, and Kerithian, and a set of Benthic tokens missing only the cloak to Karaelia.

Before I head out to Mechagon, though, I think I’ll take a detour to Tanaris to do “Whatever Happened to Grizzek Fizzwrench?” Not so much for the battle pet that is a mini-me of the BfA Pathfinder Part 2 reward mount, however, as for the lore tie-in to the Before the Storm novel and the in-game introduction to the characters of Grizzek Fizzwrench and Sapphronetta “Saffy” Flivvers.

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This week, I forsook trying to work on preparations for next semester during my kids’ midday naptime in favor of catching up with Azeroth.

I decided to see Talanji crowned first. That was a very well-done piece of story, though I do wonder how the word got out of Rastakhan’s bargain with Bwonsamdi. My inner thirteen year-old is totally shipping Talanji and Rokhan. My grown-up self scoffs at the idea of Talanji needing or wanting a consort or an heir anytime soon, and is pleased with how many women are in meaningful positions of power in Zandalar (and in Kul Tiras, from what I’ve seen of the Alliance story so far). It seems to me like Blizzard is trying to make up for the debacle following the initial announcement of Warlords of Draenor.

Intrigued by seeing the spirit of Vol’jin at the Golden Throne following Talanji’s ascension, I decided to do the Shadow Hunter questline next. I thought the revisiting of the events at the very beginning of Legion was nicely done. The visits with the Lich King and Eyir, and Bwonsamdi’s description of them as his rivals for the claiming of souls, and the hints that there are other rivals that we may not have yet met were great because they made the world of Azeroth feel more connected and coherent. Between those interactions and the unresolved ending of the storyline — we still don’t know what entity whispered to Vol’jin to make Sylvanas the next Warchief, or what entity sent his spirit back, or if those are the same entity or two different entities — I now understand better the speculations about 9.0 being the “death” expansion!

Then it was time to go help Baine save Derek Proudmoore from being brainwashed. I must admit, with my dislike of the Forsaken, it was very satisfying to beat up all those Forsaken mooks on Sylvanas’s big scary flagship! The cinematic was amazing, and I look foward to seeing it again from the Alliance side when I do that War Campaign with Kaylynda. But did we actually save Derek in time? I appreciated Boss Mida getting a cameo at Warsong Hold. I didn’t notice if I could talk to all the gathered leaders before the cutscene. I’ll have to try to remember to look for that when I do the War Campaign with Kaelinda/Kerisa. When I talked to them after the cutscene, only Gallywix and Geya’rah approved of Sylvanas’s actions.

Next, off to Nazjatar. Perhaps the most awesome aspect of Azshara’s power in using the Tidestone of Golganneth to open up Nazjatar is how it also instantly adapted all of those creatures to being air-breathing instead of water-breathing and to the sudden decompression of no longer being under the immense pressure of all that water… Chuckling at the Horde shipwreck being “The Hungry Riverbeast” — the name of the first ship constructed at the Warlords Garrison Shipyard. I’m glad to be working with Lor’themar again. I remember him being awesome in the Domination Offensive and Isle of Thunder storylines in Pandaria. Occuleth continues to be my favorite of the Nightfallen leadership trio. I like Neri Sharpfin, but I’d rather have Vulpera than Gilbins as an Allied Race to correspond to Goblins.

As soon as we get a portal back to Zandalar stabilized, look who should show up but Magni with some news about MOTHER and the Heart Chamber! How convenient! The Heart Chamber is looking much better now. Very crowded, though… I thought someone said they glimpsed Wrathion during this trip to Neltharion’s Lair? I must not have been looking around enough; I didn’t see the crafty young dragon. Anyhow, with the Heart of Azeroth upgraded, now we can return to Nazjatar.

I’m liking Nazjatar well enough so far, though I’m probably only going to keep pushing hard through it until I unlock the 8.2 War Campaign, which of course is followed up, for me, by the Tauren Heritage Armor questchain. After that, I’ll have to put WoW on the back burner again at least until I’ve finished getting OChem ready to go for Fall. At this point, I’m thinking that I’ll do the new zones & reputations in series, instead of trying to do them in parallel — stay in Nazjatar until I’ve reached Revered with The Unshackled before I go to Mechagon at all.

It feels good to be playing in the freshest current content again instead of lagging behind!

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With Patch 8.2 landing this week, it was time to stop making excuses, stop procrastinating, get my lazy tail off the ground and push through the 8.1 War Campaign. I did it during my kids’ naptime and after their bedtime on Monday. I wasn’t particularly enthused about the first two stages — the assault on Norwington Estate and the caper with Gallywix’s mech — though I appreciated the conversation between Rexxar and Zelling at the end of the Norwington assault. The breaking out of Lady Ashvane from Tol Dagor was more entertaining, mostly because of Arcanist Valtrois. Although I didn’t like Valtrois much at first, I like her more every time she gets involved in the story. She’s an interesting combination of conceit, snobbery, and practicality. The final stage, the battle in Nazmir — was amazing.



Then, of course, I got the quest to defeat Jaina Proudmoore, so I switched into Resto, queued up for the last wing of the Battle of Dazar’Alor, and off I went.

I got the chestpiece from the raid set, which was nice because that’s just about the only piece from that set that I like — by which I mean that I think I could play mix-and-match with it.


After I’d attended Rastakhan’s funeral, it was getting rather late, so doing the 8.1.5 part of the War Campaign, the recruitment of the Zandalari Trolls, and the continuation of the Vol’jin storyline would have to wait for later.

I’ll have to do the 8.1.5 War Campaign before I can go to Nazjatar, unlock the 8.2 War Campaign, and unlock the Tauren Heritage Armor questline, of course. I’ll probably also do the Zandalari Troll recruitment scenario before I go to Nazjatar — I’ve heard that it involves Talanji’s coronation, and I want to be in my current Mog for those screenshots. I’ll probably not do the Vol’jin questline until after I’ve gotten my Tauren Heritage Armor, though.

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Objectively, I know that Kamalia should finish up the Horde War Campaign. I’ll need that done to be able to do the Zandalari recruitment scenario (though I don’t plan to roll a Zandalari character) and to get my Tauren Heritage armor. Subjectively, as well as that story is being told, I’m just not enjoying what that story is about, so I keep finding other things to do.

Like grinding old reps with alts.

Or starting to level alts in Battle for Azeroth content.

I’ve played Kaylynda through the Ashvane’s treachery storyline of Tiragarde Sound; she still has the Norwington Estate and Anglepoint chapters to go to finish up the zone Loremaster, plus a bouquet of side quests. I’m contemplating, however, leaving those things aside for awhile and going to play through the main storyline of Stormsong Valley instead, so that she can pick up the transmog appearance from that zone (she already has the Drustvar transmog appearance from the crafted gear). Kaylynda just reached 113.

I’ve played Kaelinda through about two thirds of Zuldazar; she has one chapter left of the main storyline, and then I’m thinking about going to do the main storylines of the other two zones (Vol’dun first, because I already have the Nazmir transmog appearance from the crafted gear) rather than doing all the Zuldazar side quests. She’ll definitely do Xibala, though, because Blood Elves and Nightborne (Oh, the things the Blood Elves at Xibala say about the Nightborne! They are so self-absorbedly oblivious to how the rest of the races of the Horde think the same things about them!). Kaelinda is currently 112.

There are some RL factors at play, too. About three weeks ago, we adopted our second child, also as a newborn. He came several days earlier than expected, so I didn’t have quite as much time between the end of the semester and when the baby was born to get my classes prepared for next semester as I’d anticipated. Thus, in the mid-evening hours when I’ve just gotten our two-year-old put to bed and the baby is also sleeping, I have a choice: do I stay up until the baby wakes up again playing WoW, do I stay up until the baby wakes up again working on prepping my classes for next semester, or do I go to bed and try to get some sleep before the baby wakes up again? I gave myself the first two weeks after the baby was born to just sleep or play, but now that those two weeks are up, work and sleep are winning over playing.

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