|You could make a chair out of Pandas. Hang on, someone's got there first... ^^|
It may not come as a surprise to any of you to hear that I'm not a great fan of waiting for stuff.
I have however accepted (finally) that Blizzard's not going to rush the release of Mists. We won't get to see the Cinematic introduction until August 16th, and as it was seven weeks between the Cataclysm Cinematic and release... We could still get lucky, but part of me cannot help but thinking that Blizzard, when they have a plan, will not be dissuaded from their path. Other game releases are irrelevant, they'll release 'when they're ready'. When will that be then? 'Soon.'
I think we need summat to do while we wait :D
I was away this weekend and took the opportunity whilst away from the game to make some notes. There really are a ton of things that can be done, quite apart from the mundane or immediately obvious. There's also some RIDICULOUS IDEAS NO DON'T DO IT and we'll get to them at the end but first, let us deal with some basics:
- Get the Family geared to an acceptable standard for Mists.
Once we get to Pandaria, starting area quest rewards are ilevel 372. Currently running Hour of Twilight Heroics rewards 378, LFR slightly higher. I don't think it would be beyond the realms of practicality therefore to get everyone in 378 as standard. I am especially thinking of trinkets and weapons as high as possible, which would mean pushing everyone towards LFR if I can (yes, I'd do it for the good of the toons!) I'd also want to make sure that everyone is optimised as much as possible: Mr Robot for reforging, but possibly NOT blue gems for the lower end of the family. I can cut greens for slots in those people for whom raiding is not likely to happen, especially as gear is likely to be replaced quite quickly in the early weeks.
- Set a 'realistic' gold goal for each alt.
With the news that the Traveller's Yak will now set me back a whopping 120,000g before discounts I find myself thinking that if this is going to be a mount all my toons will benefit from, they all ought to contribute to the cost. To this end I intend to push every character to make 25,000g using their particular skills. This will a) give me some interesting articles for the blog and b) sharpen up my ability to turn over cash in a controlled fashion. I'll do my best not to use any addons (with the exception of Gatherer which frankly everyone with a gathering profession should own as standard) and I certainly won't be using any AH 'helpers' so hopefully those of you reading who struggle with gold making might be able to pick up some tips and tricks.
If I can crack this (and assuming we do have a long wait for Mists) that would be enough to buy two Yaks with change for a couple of normal Yak Mounts on top :D
- Build up an 'Item Pile' for sale in Mists.
I believe the more savvy of gold makers call this stuff 'stock', but don't mistake me for someone who knows what they are doing :P The Black Market Auction House's siren song is already calling to me, and there's (now account-wide) Panther Mounts to consider. YES I KNOW I'M GOING TO NEED TONS OF CASH FOR MISTS, so I may as well be ready to cash in when the flood gates do finally burst open. I won't be selling my raw materials in those early weeks, so I'll need something...
I have plenty of gold ideas, some more unconventional than others. I'll stick my basic plan down here this week, and I'll be doing my best to capitalise on my sleepy server in the coming weeks to make sure everyone starts their push towards my aims. Right now, with the Darkmoon Faire in town, it is time to make sure everyone who could use the +5 hikes to their profession skills get them. There's also the matter of Midsummer to consider, with alts wandering about with blossoms which could be converted to pets, and Ice Chips possible in every Ahune bag....
Oh, and if things get really desperate, I could level more alts to max fishing. I have three now, with two others within 30 points of 525...
We could REALLY do with new content VERY SOON... ^^