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This grueling academic year has come to an end at last; this week was Finals Week. My grading being well in hand, I allowed myself to leave my work laptop in my office and play in Azeroth in the evenings this week.

First I went to Dazar’alor; then, a few quests later, to the last wing of Uldir. Having queued up as Elemental, I volunteered to run orbs on the G’huun fight. I probably didn’t do a very good job of it, but eventually the misbegotten abomination went down and I could complete Vol’jin’s errand. The quest chain wasn’t as long or elaborate as I’d been expecting, but the cinematic at the end was a nice reward. I still have Vol’jin’s urn in my inventory, and I’m wondering when the next part of the Vol’jin story will pop up — will I have to finish the 8.1 (and maybe 8.1.5?) parts of the War Campaign first?

Then I went to Elwynn to track Saurfang. It was fun to run all over those low-level Alliance zones. When the decision point came, I sided with Saurfang, of course. Even my Forsaken, if she were of an appropriate level, would side with Saurfang.

Next, I did some leveling in Kul Tiras with Kaylynda. Am I just rubbish at playing Frost Mage, or is Freehold awful for everyone? Such mob density — so difficult to pull just one — at my current level, I can barely handle two, and if I get three, I’m toast. I must have died over half a dozen times in there — including on every wave of the final arena event. I was glad of that hallway leading from the arena to the spirit healer, which I could use to pull the mobs one at a time — after I’d died and rezzed… I hope that Freehold will be easier with Night Elf Druid who can stealth — and Dwarf Paladin in tank spec will probably be okay — but I’m not at all looking forward to going through there with Dwarf Shaman. However, I am quite amused by the new drunk walk animation 😛 There should be an emote that makes you drunk walk for five or ten meters or so…

I’ve noticed something about BfA questing while starting through the Zandalar zones for the second time with alts and while going through the Kul Tiras zones for the first time with Kaylynda — when you get sent to the next town, you can’t just go there, grab the flight point, pick up the quests, and then bunk down in the inn to do the quests next time. Instead, when you get to the next town, there’s always some kind of problem, and you have to do a handful of quests (or more) before you can even get access to the flight master and settle down for the night in the inn. It’s better to log off in the town you just finished and follow the breadcrumb to the next town as the first action of your next play session.

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image from Wowhead

I like everything in this set except the chestpiece and leggings. So when I get it, I’ll wear it with some alternate chestpiece and leggings swapped in.

One of these months/years, I’ll manage to get my Highmountain Tauren Druid, Void Elf Mage, and Blood Elf Mage leveled and get their Heritage Armors, too.

As for other schtuff from the Patch 8.2 infodump today, the piece of mount equipment I am most excited about is the Barding. I can deal with falling damage, I don’t use my Waterstrider by default so I’ll still just use it when I actually want to do some serious waterwalking, but getting dazed and knocked off my mount when I’m just trying to get from here to there drives me nuts.

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I finished the 8.0 part of the War Campaign. Now I need to find out what’s up with Saurfang and go run Atal’dazar so I can continue finding out what’s up with Vol’jin. When I’ve completed The Fate of Saurfang and The Shadow Hunter, I’ll do the 8.1 part of the War Campaign.

Getting to Revered with Champions of Azeroth is now the only thing I have left to do for Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Part 1 — in the past week or two, I’ve gotten to Revered with all the other BfA factions. So when I saw a Champions of Azeroth contract on the AH for relatively cheap, I decided to get it. I think I’ll continue to use Champions of Azeroth contracts until I’m Exalted with Magni. Then I’ll do Zandalari contracts (if I’m not already Exalted with them just from Emissaries by then) so that I can do the Zandalari recruitment scenario and see Talanji’s coronation.

For someone whose playtime is as limited as mine has been this academic year, there is a wealth of BfA story content to do!

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Wowhead’s April Fool’s stuff is the best. It’s always stuff that would be really cool if it really were something that was going to be added to the game, and it’s never snide the way the Blizzard mock patch notes generally are.

This weekend, I completed the 8.0 War Campaign through the deep sea diving quest. Apart from the silliness of deep sea diving with only a helmet, I thought the headlight mechanic was rather fun. It was also silly that all the other drowned corpses were skeletonized, but somehow the two most interesting ones were still quite intact. Then I hit a gear wall: I’ve only just barely reached the ilevel required to queue for Normals at level 120, and I have five ilevels to go before I can queue for Siege of Boralus (praise the Earthmother that it’s available on Heroic now!). I also did the first stage of the Vol’jin questline — I think it finally popped up when I reached Revered with the Zandalari? — up until the point where I have to go run Atal’Dazar. I guess I’d better get my tail in gear and go run all the dungeons on Normal in Elemental at least once, with my loot spec set to Resto in hopes of getting a decent 1H/Shield combo for running as a Healer (I have a Sharas’dal kit in mind that I’d like to make soon-ish).

As mentioned above, I’ve managed to hit Revered with the Zandalari. I’ll get Revered with Talanji’s Expedition and with the Voldunai the next time those factions pop up as the Emissary. I’m the furthest behind with Champions of Azeroth, of course, but I am at least Honored with them. All the others are in between.

I wasn’t expecting to be too fond of being Sylvanas’s minion for the main plot of the War Campaign, and I haven’t been. The Lilian Voss side story, however, has been unexpectedly moving. It provides a needed counterbalance to the callousness of the Blightcaller, and it gives some welcome in-game depth of characterization to the Forsaken, too. It’s almost making me want to roll a new Forsaken alt just to re-play the beginnings of Lilian’s story in Tirisfal Glades (and then promptly delete said alt when I was done with it). I played through the then-new version of Tirisfal Glades shortly after Cataclysm launched, so I have dim memories of Lilian’s story, and it seems to me that if a player doesn’t know that part of the story, they’d be missing out on some of the weight of her actions in her current arc.

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This weekend, I finally managed to get Kamalia through the last side quests in Vol’dun. Despite the seemingly endless chaining of the side quests, Vol’dun ended up being my favorite Zandalar zone. I liked how the windsculpted white dunes and black rocks, with red at the base of the black rocks, are similar to Frostfire Ridge, only with sand instead of snow. I liked how it has the half-buried Troll ruins of Tanaris, only with the upgraded graphics of Uldum. I liked the cacti and other vegetation in different parts of the zone. I liked the variety of microclimates within the zone, from the salt basins to the Whistlebloom Oasis (another similarity to Frostfire Ridge) to the red and black rock formations around the landside edges to the more lush Tortaka Refuge and Temple of Kimbul area in the north to the marshes and other coastal biomes around the beach edges. I liked the Vulpera a lot (and would love to roll one if they ever become an Allied Race), and the (friendly) Sethrak more than I expected to.

I also did the Zandalar Forever scenario… and then I felt like there should have been some kind of follow-up about what that purple blast was all about. I vaguely remembered from Nazmir zone questing that the meaning of “The Final Seal” has something to do with G’huun and Uldir. It seemed like there should have been someone (Talanji, perhaps?) being very alarmed about the loss of the Final Seal and sending me to assemble 24 of my best friends to go get the situation at Uldir under control. Maybe that only pops up after finishing the 8.0 part of the War Campaign?

Finishing the War Campaign (both parts) is my next goal, followed by doing the Fate of Saurfang questline. At that point, Kamalia will probably take a rest from doing BfA content so that I can get my Mage, my Druid, and my Paladin started on Zandalar questing.

Then there’s the whole Alliance half of the story; I’d like to get at least my Human Mage and my Night Elf Druid out to Kul Tiras sometime soon-ish.

I discovered recently that because of Kamalia doing Zandalar questing, Kjerstin has the corresponding Kul Tiras quest reward appearances available in her Wardrobe. Thus, if my Horde Paladin does Zandalar questing, my Alliance Paladin will get the appearances of the Kul Tiras gear. If a Horde character wants to wear the Kul Tiras styles (or an Alliance character wants to wear the Zandalar styles), however, they’ll have to buy the greens with those appearances off the AH. Speaking of which, I have loved that, starting in Warlords, the random drop greens have just been the same appearances as the quest set gear rather than being different styles or a separate recolor of the quest set gear. This feature means that either one can ignore the random drop greens and vendor/AH/DE them, or one can use random drop greens to fill in items that one might not have from a set due to not having completed all of the quests that give that set (as might easily happen with an alt who is picking and choosing quests rather than doing everything).

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This has been a good week.

* Kamalia dinged 120 in Vol’dun. Having gotten distracted by what turned out to be not just a node but a full-blown hub of sidequests, she still has to do the last two major storyline chapters of the zone. I plan to try to complete Vol’dun before tackling the rest of the War Campaign and all the other stuff there is to do now that she’s reached the level cap…

* The three classes whose complete Order Hall sets I most wanted — Paladin, Druid, and Monk — have all managed to reach Exalted with Suramar. Those three characters are also Exalted with Highmountain, so they’re now ready to roll out to Dazar’alor.

* My Demon Hunter, Rogue, and Warlock are also done with Legion stuff. I don’t intend to level in Zandalar with them anytime soon, though, so I’m not sure whether I want to send them to Dazar’alor anyway, leave them in New Dalaran, or take them “home” to Silvermoon.

* My Monk had reached ~175 World Quests completed since obtaining the Hidden appearance for her Brewmaster Artifact, so I took an evening to clear the map of World Quests and get the 200 World Quests tint for the Hidden appearance.

* My Demon Hunter got the last Mission Table mission that she needed to reach Exalted with the Army of the Light. Now I can go do the Lightforged Draenei recruitment scenario and find out what all the fuss about T’Paartos was about back when Patch 7.3.5 was new (Having spent my tweens and teens reading Star Trek novels, however, I can’t help but think that T’Paartos sounds like a name for a Vulcan woman, rather than a name for a Draenei man…).

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The point of making a To-Do List is to feel a sense of progression, achievement, and accomplishment by crossing things off of it when they are completed, yes?

It’s the end of the year, so now it’s time to revisit the “Bucket List” that I posted at the beginning of the year, with all the stuff that I actually managed to accomplish crossed off.

* Complete the Good Suramaritan (27 January) and Suramar Insurrection (15 March) storylines with Kaelinda

* Level Hunter (April 20), Druid (May 4), Paladin (May 12), Warrior (May 28), Priest (June 3), Death Knight (June 11), Monk (June 14), Warlock (July 1), and Rogue (July 2) to 110

* Complete 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns for Druid, Warlock, Rogue, Hunter, Monk, Warrior, Priest, Paladin, Death Knight (last Order Hall Campaign completed on 28 July)

* Do enough of Broken Shore with each character to obtain their Legionfall Champion

* Do Argus campaign with Kiralaira

* LFR Emerald Nightmare with Kerisa

* Do the Blacksmithing questchain with Keija at least until she can craft the Demonsteel set

* Level Kaylynda to 110 (May 28)

* Recruit Nightborne, do Void Elves, and Highmountain Tauren

* Kerisa needs to be Exalted with Dreamweavers. Keija needs to be Exalted with Valarjar. Karaelia wants to be Exalted with Valarjar because Valarjar tabard is pretty and has colors suitable for “I wanna be SHINY!” Mogs. Kaohana needs to be be Exalted with Valarjar to be able to obtain the Hidden appearance for the Holy Artifact. All Tauren will want to be Exalted with Highmountain (still working on this…).

* Continue Paragoning Highmountain with Kamalia and Suramar with Kaelinda until moose and flying carpet mounts have been obtained (I abandoned Paragoning for Highmountain because the moose mount for recruiting the Highmountain Tauren Allied Race is cooler looking anyway, but I am still stubbornly plugging away at Suramar with Kaelinda)

These objectives were not achieved, and I may or may not get around to doing them because I’m getting itchy to just move on to Battle for Azeroth content already

* Do enough of Broken Shore with Kaylynda to see the Anduin-retrieves-Shalamayne cinematic

* Do the Xe’ra’s Revisionist History Of Illidan questline with Kiralaira

* Do the Deaths of Chromie scenario with Karaelia to earn the bronze version of the plate dragon head shoulders

I didn’t accomplish everything on my list, but I’m pretty happy with what I did accomplish!

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Well, Battle for Azeroth is here.

I’ve still got a lot of stuff I want to do in the Broken Isles, though, and I’d rather do most of it now than leave it as loose ends that I may or may not ever come back to later. Besides, I’ll probably have a better time in Battle for Azeroth content if I wait until the first round of adjustments go out in Patch 8.1 anyway… 😛

Kiralaira needs to do the In the House of Light and Shadow questline — at least until I get to the “go get umpteen oojimies from dungeons” part — so that I will understand that scene with Xe’ra and Illidan on Argus better. She also needs to get to Exalted with the Argussian Reach because Void Elves.

Kaylynda needs to pursue the Legionfall Campaign at least until she gets to the “Anduin reclaims Shalamayne” questline and cinematic.

Karaelia and Kregga need to spend some time on the Broken Shore farming Nethershards so that they can acquire the Armaments of the Silver Hand and Armaments of the Ebon Blade, respectively.

Ketura, Karaelia, and Keija didn’t actually finish the Highmountain questline while they were leveling. They need to go back and do that as part of my larger goal to get all of my Tauren to Exalted with Highmountain so that they can use the War Harnesses as accessory pieces for Mogs.

Kaohana needs to get Exalted with the Valarjar so that if and when she ever reaches level 120, she can come back and solo Halls of Valor until Hyrja drops the piece for the Hidden appearance of Tu’ure.

Several characters still need to get to Exalted with Suramar for their Order Hall set shoulders.

Everyone needs to get to Revered with Armies of Legionfall for the “poor man’s flask” Repurposed Fel Focuser.

Karaelia needs to thwart all of the Deaths of Chromie so that she can get the bronze version of the dragonhead shoulders. She also needs to go recruit Maximillian of Northshire as a Champion for her Order Hall.

Kaelinda found the Lost Mail and returned it to Madam Goya — now I need to take some time to go do the rest of the Postmaster questline. And she refuses to leave the Broken Isles until Thalyssra has given her a Leywoven Flying Carpet.

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