Garrison – First Impressions

Over the last couple of days, I’ve spent some time setting up my Garrison. As you’d expect there’s a real Orcish feel which looks pretty bland but I’m hoping some sort of customisation (albeit minor) will come later on. Personally, I’d love to have some sort of racial or class feel but that may just be wishful thinking.

Garrison overview

So far I’ve set up the initial stage of my barracks and gained one follower but it appears further blueprints may be purchased after the relevant level is achieved. The only exception is the Alchemy Lab at level 90.

It’s important to note the garrison doesn’t just end at the barricade wall so you’ll have to travel a fair way past the gate before you unphase.

Garrison Quartermasters

At the moment you have your own personal mailbox, innkeeper, training dummies and two primary quartermasters located inside the main garrison. The fishing trainer, farmer and several other npcs may be found out back.

Libby Wrench

Yesterday I came across a friendly ogre while questing in the Burning Glacier (just west of the Garrison). He offers you three chat options to trade, visit your garrison, or fight. The second option will cost you 10c before he appears as a regular npc during subsequent visits, located to the left of your Town Hall.

I expected him to sell some sort of random blueprint but was disappointed to see an ordinary looking hat. Curious to see if there was anything unusual, I tried it on:

This is better an any congo line I’ve seen in Org and by the end, I felt like I was playing Snake.

After two days, I’ve sent my only follower on several short missions and will be getting a second one very soon.

Meanwhile, it’s been a very expensive and life-threatening task collecting all the rares and artifacts around the place, particularly this one that burrows.

bone worm death

My Frostfire Ridge collection of rares promises to be the most ambitious one yet and that’s due to the sheer number of them. All I can say is happy shooting, the killing will come later.

Toy Box – My Wish List

A couple of days ago, I logged in to try one of the features I’m most looking forward to – the Toy Box. You can easily find it under the new ‘Collections’ interface along with your pets and mounts. To add a toy, just right-click on any eligible item. It will no doubt be one of the first things I do on live so between that and filling up my second void storage tab, I should have a lot of room back.

So after copying a few of my toons over, there are several items I’d like to see included:

X-52 Rocket Helmet – even though it’s a cloth item
Orb of Sin’dorei – just click and go
Whole-Body Shrinka’
Foam Sword Rack
Leyara’s Locket
Frenzyheart Brew
Vrykul Drinking Horn
Gokk’lok’s Shell
Gnomish Army Knife – saves making one for many of my toons
Monster Slayer Kit – and any other novelty item collected during those world events.

Steins
Blue Brewfest Stein
Yellow Brewfest Stein
Green Brewfest Stein
Overflowing Purple Brewfest Stein

Fishing Rewards
Jeweled Fishing Pole
Bone Fishing Pole
Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat

Costumes
Some sort of shared virtual stash for all those world events.

Not to mention all those tabards and shirts we’ve collected through the years.

Oh and there was something quite surprising when Cool and I played through the starting zone earlier.

Cymre Jones NPC

It was pretty much out of the blue and totally unexpected but after an impromptu brainstorming session for a new WoD achievement, Jonathan LeCraft (Sr. Game Designer at Blizzard) sent me the following DM:

JLeC-DM

My eyes grew wide as I stared at the text.

OMG! OMG! OMG!

As a veteran player, my love for the game has never waned so to have a virtual representation of my beloved character after nine years is a dream come true. You only have to look at the list of Blizzard and Community References currently in-game to know a lot of people have made an impact and it appeared I had too. I couldn’t believe it, I would actually be making an appearance as an actual NPC like El of El’s Anglin’ and Beanni of WarcraftPets fame. Funnily enough, it was a subject I had written about previously but my ideas have changed somewhat since then.

During the last beta, I was lucky enough to get an early invite so I was itching to see what MoP had to offer. This included a lot of zone exploration and the genesis of my my Wild Pet series. Funnily enough, it was a while before I tried any pet battling since I never played Pokemon so this little side game was kind of lost on me. However, I was soon hooked after a couple of battles.

My first encounter became the foundation of my beginner’s guide – Getting Started in Pet Battles. You can read about my early experiences with pet battles and my hysterical first match with my moonkin against a critter – oh if only I did videos back then. Maybe Cool still remembers me almost sliding off my chair as I almost died of cuteness. At the same time, I was interested in testing the archaeology changes which eventually led to all the Novelty Items I’ve encountered and subsequent Archaeology section of the blog.

When it came to my NPC, I asked if Cymre could wear her trademark outfit but I wasn’t sure if any customisation would be possible (like some of the NPCs I’ve seen) with edited pieces. Her current look was created with the help of WMV and Photoshop so they don’t necessarily exist like this in-game.

Cymre Jones-547

The pants were cropped to look like shorts since I really liked the conventional look of the upper half but the bottom portion was just plain ugly. Unfortunately, there weren’t any boots I wanted to use so after looking through every possible option in WMV (which is no small feat), these sneakers worked out perfectly. It turns out they are a recoloured version of the mage cm set but I couldn’t help notice how well they matched the shorts. The glasses would ideally look like Gunnars but sadly they don’t look as cool in-game.

So after the first preliminary screenshot (which looked similar to what you see above), I couldn’t help but tweak her a little. I had a quick look in MogIt to see if I could come up with a decent alternative – that way I could stick with in-game items while still keeping the same look. About an hour later, I ended up getting something pretty similar.

This morning I awoke to find a lot of congratulatory tweets as my npc (just one of several) had made it into the alpha. So thanks to everyone who have shared my excitement and especially Blizzard who continue to feed my imagination in this beautiful virtual world.

P.S I look forward to posting my own strat as well as reading your own but one question remains: in a battle with myself, who will be victorious? There can be only one! :D

Archaeology Pets

The following pets are available through various branches of the archaeology profession.

Dwarf

Clockwork Gnome – requires 100x Dwarf Fragments (including up to 3x Dwarf Rune Stones)

Flavour text: Mechagnomes were created by the titans, apparently as servants and caretakers, much like the earthen. This mechagnome was likely damaged because it is no longer focused on its original tasks and seems content to follow you.

Fossil

Fossilized Hatchling – requires 85x Fossil fragments

Flavour text: When you finished assembling this tiny skeleton through some eldritch magic, the little critter sprang back to life. He’s a pretty good pet. Since he’s a skeleton, he doesn’t eat much.

Fossilized Raptor + Fossilized Hatchling

As a bonus, the Fossilized Raptor may be discovered under the same branch of archaeology using another 100x Fossil fragments to complete.

Pterrordax Hatchling – requires 120x Fossil Fragments

Flavour text: It’s an adorable green baby pterrordax! Luckily, at this size, her sonic screeches won’t turn your eardrums to bloody pulps and while she’ll TRY to eat your face, it just feels like friendly little lizard-bird-thing kisses. Awww!

Troll

Voodoo Figurine – requires 100x Troll Fragments (including up to 3x Troll Tablets)

Flavour text: Voodoo figurines such as this were built and animated to assist troll witch doctors in minor, everyday tasks such as washing loincloths or scrubbing blood off the hut floor. They were often powered by flasks of mojo, troll sweat, the flesh of tribal enemies, or by DEVOURING TINY PORTIONS OF THEIR OWNERS’ SOULS. But don’t worry. Teeny, tiny little portions. You won’t even notice they’re gone. And think how clean your floors will be!

Tol’vir

Crawling Claw – requires 150x fragments (including up to 3x Tol’vir Hieroglyphic)

Flavour text: A legend among the tol’vir tells of a wicked djinn whom the Ramkahen sought to destroy.  In an attempt to prevent his own death, the djinn tried to transfer his spirit into the body of a monkey.  He was slain right in the middle of the transference, and only a fraction of his essence had moved over – only enough to possess the monkey’s paw.

Crawling Claw

I look forward to seeing more archaeology pets in Warlords of Draenor and beyond.

 

Midsummer 2014

As the nights get cooler on this side of the world, what better time to warm yourselves against a virtual flame? Midsummer Fire Festival is just revving up and although there’s nothing new to do if you’ve completed all your achievements already, you can still pick up a Crown of the Fire Festival if you’ve previously completed A Thief’s Reward. If you’re like me, you destroy yours every year just so you can save a bag slot.

Midsummer2014

This year, Cool was kind enough to create a banner just for the occasion so check out the one on his site if you’d like to see a higher resolution.

Midsummer Cymre banner

Oh and if you haven’t picked up a Qiraji Guardling yet, they’ve already been spotted outside the gates and ruins of AQ.

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