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Blingtron 5K finally coughed up the last encoded message after I-don’t-know how many duplicates (I didn’t save them). Now my Engineer can move on to leveling her Legion engineering and learn how to make Blingtron 6K.

Meanwhile, the mog farming continues. I am managing to cross items and raids/dungeons to be run off my list. I am starting to get kind of tired of doing nothing but mog farming, though.

Thus, I have been thinking about taking Kamalia down to the Broken Shore and starting to work on gaining Legionfall reputation, so that I can have flying as soon as my Mage gets through Suramar, and also so that I can see what’s up with getting Magatha Grimtotem as a Shaman Order Hall champion. Despite — or perhaps because of — Magatha’s betrayal of Cairne and attack on Bloodhoof Village and Thunder Bluff, Kamalia would prefer to have Magatha and the Doomstone close to hand so that she can keep an eye on them — she was very unsettled by Kaohana’s report of events in Thousand Needles immediately following the Shattering and has remained uneasy not knowing where Magatha and the Doomstone are.

I have also been thinking about just going out and doing Troll Archaeology until I get that blasted Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds. I have a Mog idea, maybe two, that I’d like to use it for. I guess it would be more productive to do Broken Isles/Draenor/Pandaria Archaeology and turn in crated artifacts for Troll fragments instead, though, so that I could work on my Pristines collections at the same time.

And I have been thinking that I ought to go through all my alts and work on their Professions until they reach the (first) point at which they have to go run a dungeon or two. Then I will be able to get the most efficient use out of the dungeon running I will have to do for their Order Hall campaigns.

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Just in time for the Flying-in-Draenor patch to hit the PTR, I’ve completed the requisite achievement*. I attained revered status with the Order of the Awakened this evening, and I became revered with Vol’jin’s Headhunters and the Saberstalkers last night. I was pleased to observe, when I learned the Frostwolf costume toy, that I also automatically learned the Karabor costume toy — but the costume still requires Revered with the appropriate faction to use, so I’ll have to take Kaylynda to Tanaan, after all.

Knowing that Tanaan was an iteration on the Timeless Isle model, I felt a certain amount of trepidation about it. I found the Timeless Isle pretty thoroughly boring, so I only went there when I felt like I absolutely had to. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how fun I’ve found Tanaan to be; the quests that give direction, but still choice, to what content to do each day make a huge difference in my enjoyment of the zone. Using the Group Finder to join groups for Rumble in the Jungle or Throne of Kil’jaeden as a healer has also scratched the itch to do group healing again that I’d been feeling.

In other Patch 6.2 progress, my Shipyard is at 19/25 Treasure missions completed toward the stage 3 upgrade. I plan to continue playing the Shipyard until I have each of the three Heirloom rings, the cosmetic hat, and BMAH access in my Garrison. After that, I probably won’t continue actively running my fleet. I want to rebuild my Inn, eventually, to keep working on my projects of a) getting a follower with each two-ability combo** and b) collecting as many of the Tauren followers as I can.


Meanwhile, Vivianne became my Wingman on Tuesday night. Although I thought the Bodyguard concept was a pretty nifty iteration upon the Shado-Pan Companion concept, I’d ignored them for most of the expansion. Partly this was because I kept forgetting to actually assign a bodyguard to work in the Barracks; I wouldn’t think that maybe I should do that until I’d already sent all my followers — including the ones who are bodyguards — out on missions. I finally started remembering to bring a bodyguard when I started working on Securing Draenor after the Draenor Pathfinder meta-achievement was announced. Having Vivianne along has been immensely helpful in Tanaan; without her, Kamalia feels almost as weak as the Underpowered Death Knight. I think Tanaan must have been tuned with the expectation that players would have their bodyguards along.

Then I needed to decide if I wanted to continue with Vivianne, or start working with one of the other bodyguards. Although I still have things I want to do in Tanaan — the last chapter of the Garrison Campaign (the Cipher of Damnation), getting to Exalted with the Order of the Awakened for the fancy ship blueprint, collecting enough claws for the Savage Cub pet — I probably won’t be spending as much time in Tanaan anymore. I’ll want to do the main oil daily, the arakkoa daily, and the garrison resources daily, but I might not bother with making sure that I complete all the other dailies each and every day anymore (I wasn’t always doing that, anyway). So another bodyguard’s rep will go slower than Viv’s did. I decided to go with Tormmok — Ishaal is one of my scavengers and thus too valuable to spare from missions while my Shipyard is guzzling all my Garrison Resouces, I’ve heard that Aeda dies a lot because she is an aggro hog, and I think I’d rather have potent DPS than the small heals from Leorajh.

I wonder, though, what will happen to our bodyguards when we move on from Draenor? Will we get to bring any of them — particularly ones that we’ve raised to Wingman status — to our base for the next expansion, whatever that iteration of the Garrison concept turns out to be? Will they be able to come with us as adventuring companions for the next expansion? That’s kind of a cool thought, but I don’t think it would really happen. Tuning leveling content with the expectation of a Wingman bodyguard would be very alt-unfriendly. Anyhow, it’s not in Blizzard’s general expansion philosophy for WoW to make players have to complete anything more than getting raw leveling XP out of last expansion’s content before they can proceed into a new expansion’s content. They’ll want new players to be able to move straight on from dinging level 100 into the level 100-110 questing content. Still, I think it might be fun to have our Wingman bodyguards show up in our new base, like Dog did, and to maybe have one of them them be the person that appears when a quest spawns an assistant, instead of the default NPC (characters who don’t have Warlords bodyguards would still get the default assistant NPC).

* I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Blizz has been monitoring the progress of playerbase completion of the achievement to decide when to put out that patch.

** I still have four or five holes there, and while I have followers whose abilities I could reroll to fill some of them, there are one or two that I will need to recruit for.

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After a week in Tanaan Jungle, I’ve managed to reach Honored with all three factions. The Vol’jin’s Headhunters rep comes the fastest and easiest, and I’ll probably get them all the way to Exalted just by the default of always running the oil daily. I’m not sure which of the other two will end up being the slowest. I only plan to do Saberstalker rep through the Rumble in the Jungle weekly and the Tooth and Claw daily — whenever it happens to pop up. How quickly I’ll get through Order of the Awakened is a convoluted function of how quickly I deplete the treasures on the map and many rares I stumble across each day.

I’ve been playing the Shipyard very conservatively, only sending ships out if I can get the mission success chance to 100% by replacing equipment. This means, however, that I’ve been running through Garrison Resources like water. Yesterday, I took BBB’s advice and replaced my Barn with a Lumber Mill to generate more resources (though I have kept my Lumber Mill at level 2 because I don’t want the creepy Botani on my Garrison staff). I haven’t been picky about crews thus far. I do like the halved mission time from the Sin’dorei crew and the doubled XP from the Tauren crew, but I haven’t gotten a single piece of salvaged equipment from missions run with a Troll crew. I have a couple of Expert Captain missions available right now, so I suppose I should send a destroyer and a submarine out to be scuttled so that I can have a chance at getting the ones with Murloc crews. I should probably try for more Forsaken and Pandaren crews, too.

I’ve managed to collect all of the dropped ship equipment blueprints — even the Ghostly Spyglass! I jumped into LFR last night to get the Gyroscopic Internal Stabilizers; when I zoned in, the group was at Iron Reaver, so I got my blueprint and then made like a scrub and left. Oddly, I would have been more inclined to stay all the way through to the end if I’d zoned in at or before the first boss. Camping Captain Ironbead and hunting all the other rares and having to dip into LFR has been a hassle with one character — it’ll be a nuisance to do it with many characters. I probably won’t play the Shipyard extensively with anyone other than Kamalia… so why am I collecting oil with my other characters’ followers? Probably because it feels more rewarding to have my followers out collecting something that might be useful than to have them sitting idle.

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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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Kinevra has always had a mind of her own. A few months ago, I sent her to the Argent Tournament to complete my collection of Tournament mounts. While she was working on that task, her own end-of-the-OLRG-evening portal roulette sent her to Tol Barad a couple of times… and she started thinking that maybe she wanted the Spectral Steed, too. So when she finished up at the Tournament, off she went to Tol Barad.

I was still on a PvP server during most of Cataclysm, and with Tol Barad being a designated PvP zone, I just said NO to doing the dailies there. I never even set foot on Tol Barad except for a few times when my guild was raiding Baradin Hold and I was summoned to the meeting stone.

But Kinevra thought, hey, it’s an expansion later, and I’m on a PvE server, so I want to at least check it out.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that doing the dailies didn’t auto-flag me for PvP. I’d kind of expected that it would. After a few days of doing the dailies at the base camp, I decided to go to the battleground side during a time when the Alliance controlled it and check out the dailies there. I’d thought I might be auto-flagged for PvP just by going over there, or by doing the quests there, but again, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn’t.

An expansion later, on a PvE server, Tol Barad ain’t so bad.

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At long last, I have all the Argent Tournament mounts. I have as many of the pets as I am interested in acquiring. Kaprikka has the sky blue and white Silver Covenant tabard to match her sky blue and white complexion. Unless another of my Alliance characters decides that she needs the Silver Covenant tabard (Hordies can get the Sunreaver tabard from the Isle of Thunder instead), or someone decides that she needs the Crusader tabard (don’t go getting any ideas now, girls!), I am DONE with the Tournament!

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The beginning of an expansion is time for focus; time to focus on the character you want to be your “main” for the new content, whether that character is long-established or freshly-created; time to focus on getting that character leveled and well-reputed and well-geared.

The ending of an expansion is time for faffing; time to level alts, to catch up on things you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t quite manage to get done before, perhaps even to try some new things.

Tome reminded me that the Godmother has declared 2014 to be the Year of FAFF.

So far, mini-Kam has only done the one session of farming mogu in the Vale, looking for Skyshards. She got distracted by doing dailies for the Order of the Cloud Serpents, the August Celestials, the Shado-Pan (only when the August Celestials send her to Niuzao Temple), and yes, even the Tillers. I’ve deliberately been taking the Cloud Serpents and the Tillers slowly. I only do the full set of Cloud Serpent dailies when they’re on Windward Isle. I don’t feel like going into the hozen cave or the spider cave again, so on those days I just fish for sugar minnows and cook fish cakes. Likewise, I’m only doing the Tillers dailies that don’t go up onto the Skyrange or Springtail Crag — catching chickens, watering crops, pulling weeds, stomping marmots. Sometime around my sixth or seventh alt through the Tillers routine, I began to have an exceedingly uncomfortable feeling that the packs of small, weak Kunzen Rockflingers and Springtail Littlewhiskers are the children of their communities, and it’s hard to do those dailies without ending up killing at least one group of them.

The Pet Battling Monk found that the levels started to come a lot slower after she reached 40.

Thanks to the Lunar Festival and all that lovely XP from visiting Elders, she managed to make it to level 60 this week. Soon, she’ll head out to Shadowmoon Valley to test my lead team of level 25 Pandaren Air Spirit Ariel, level 24 Brilliant Kaliri Kiamore, and level 24 Pandaren Monk Navie Chan against Blood Knight Antari and attempt to open up the Outland pet trainer dailies.

Speaking of the Lunar Festival, the Underpowered Death Knight of course went out to visit all the Elders she could reach — though she skipped the ones in Alliance primary/secondary zones and the ones in Twilight Highlands. This tour naturally brought her to Northrend; while she was there, she convinced me to let her at least get started on the Argent Tournament.


She can do the jousting and the sword quests easily enough, but she had enough trouble with the mobs in a Borean Tundra archaeology digsite that I don’t want to let her even try the kill quests!

The very day that I posted about having captured Ghostcrawler, saying that the Hunter would be content with her thirty-six pets until she goes to Draenor, Mumper tweeted that the stable in the Garrison will allow pets to be displayed in groups of five. The Hunter began to think that perhaps she should tame four more pets to bring her total up to a nice round total of eight groups of five. That would still leave her plenty of room for creatures from Draenor. She knew right away which pet she wanted to seek out first. She’s spent the last couple of days in Sholazar Basin, patiently stalking Loque’nahak. After she catches him, her next destination will be the Molten Front because Cymre reminded me about Skarr and Karkin. The Hunter has not yet recruited the Druids of the Talon, so several days of Molten Front dailies will be a prerequisite to catching those handsome beasts.

The Paladin ran Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring LFR this week. She picked up enough T14 pieces to give her some fun Transmogrification ideas. She’s also been farming Heroic Hellfire Ramparts for the purple Judgment shoulders (I know, I know).

The Warrior, who hasn’t been to LFR in ages, queued up for Pinnacle of Storms this afternoon just so that she could pose with Lei Shen to show off her new Transmogrification kit.

Resounding Doom


Doomed Crown of Lei Shen, Pauldrons & Battleplate of Resounding Rings, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Girdle of Prowess, Legguards of Lost Hope, Taldaram’s Plated Fists, Impaling Treads, Uroe, Harbinger of Terror, Cryptmaker

She then went through a certain amount of agony concerning a set that I will probably never make for her, even though it would look simply fantastic with her LFR Starshatter.


Iceguard helm chestpiece & leggings, Imperial Plate shoulders & boots, Swordhook Slingbelt, Flash Freeze Gauntlets/World Keeper’s Gauntlets, Starshatter (LFR)

I ground the Violet Eye rep to purchase the Iceguard patterns so that I could make them for the Underpowered Death Knight. They are terribly expensive, requiring large amounts of both khorium and primals, so I don’t want to make them twice! Then there’s the problem that those gloves are either a Blackwing Descent boss drop or require Exalted rep with the Earthen Ring — and the Warrior hasn’t even been to Vashj’ir!
I suppose I can dream that someday some kind of Transmogrification Wardrobe feature will allow the Warrior to wear this set even though she will have the belt and the sword, the Underpowered Death Knight will have the helm, chestpiece, and leggings, and if anyone has the gloves, it will probably be the Paladin. 😛
ETA: The Warrior decided to go to Vashj’ir anyway because how can she farm for the Whitefin Axe if she can’t even get to the dungeon entrance?

The Warrior also discovered that the Thunder Bluff cloak, which she wants for another planned Transmogrification kit, requires Exalted reputation. Alas, she is only midway through Revered. I’ve already discovered that a level 90 character wearing a city tabard will get city rep in Old Hillsbrad — I wonder if that trick will work in Northrend and Cataclysm dungeons, too? (Tried it out in normal Stonecore — Yes, it does!)

I used to think I was a “casual” WoW player. Lately, however, I’ve come to believe that it would be more accurate to describe my WoW playstyle as “faffer”.

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