|Fire enough arrows and they'll eventually stick ^^|
It is only beginning to dawn on me just how much potential Loot Island has as my home for the End of the End Game... except the name isn't as appropriate as it was last week. I'm renaming the place Logistics Island, because the possibilities of who does what and where are making my head spin. Just because there's not a rigid gearing path linked to reputation, or indeed a specific order in which stuff can be unlocked, it doesn't mean you can just wander around haphazardly just *hoping* stuff will happen... except this morning it did. That stray arrow that hit the High Priest of Ordos just as he mushed the previous tag-ee into the lush, unchanging Timeless grass... ? Well, sometimes you just get lucky. Kinda nice when I don't have to chase the Achievements, they just happen by attrition... but that's not going to work for everything. I need to start asking some serious questions of my playtime, and how I conduct it.
There is a path to be followed, to a point. The 'Island Tour' followed by doing the weekly 200 Valor Quest and the follow-up 20 Elites/50 Valor would mean a potential 500 Valor a week which I ought to be earning if I spend any time there (because if you're killing stuff for coins, it may as well be stuff that gets you Valor as well.) That makes the Daily a mandatory requirement on at least P until she's as geared as it is possible to be from Flex/LFR (as I am assuming that's as high a point as I will see.) I would also be theoretically possible to kill very little yourself whilst things are busy in the first few weeks and let everyone else do the work if you're on a busy server, thus negating some of the gear worries and letting my alts in on the action. In fact, one might argue with so little rep for the Emperor being obtained on a single kill basis, that Blizzard are actively encouraging people to group for rep farming, which most certainly seems to be de rigeur on my server at present.
In fact, it could be argued with the difficulty of these mobs, even for decently geared characters, that grouping to farm ANYTHING is being quietly encouraged. Certainly having a cleanser in your group for certain things is a bonus (or the Mend Pet glyph if you're a Hunter) and you can't afford not to concentrate on any of the Ordon-related guys. On that front, I'm considering killing 20 of those guys for my Valor fix so I can combine three tasks in one (VP, Coins, Rep) and then just hanging around on the Island cleaning up after people, and if I happen to be close to a Rare when it spawns then so be it. Doing that this morning meant I ended up with 7500 coins and enough leather for my transmute with plenty to spare to send to my Bankalt to clean up that side of the market (selling for 120g a stack currently, GET IN.)
|Y'all let me come with you?|
There is also the understanding that, if you are a grossly undergeared alt, it is pretty much Christmas and New Year rolled into one evening's visit. Witness our 12 year old son, who once he saw what was available on the Isle finally sitting down over the weekend and levelling himself to 90 so he could visit. His starting level when he began with us last night? 434. When he went to bed two hours later, he was at 478, including a trinket and both rings updated. If there were ever an indicator that this place is now the go-to destination of the recently-dinged, then this is it.
|Saying it as I see it :D Seems Crithto's had the same problem ^^|
Slowly but surely, things are beginning to fall into place. I can see why people will be loathed to bring Alts to the Island when there is a rep grind that hides a mount: this is a lesson that fails to be learnt. Perhaps as many things are Account-wide, it is time to make reputation that way too and allow people access to everything on a rep path via alts once the main has unlocked the route (Order of the Cloud Serpent, I'm looking at you.) Once the rush dies down it will be increasingly difficult to do what my son did unless you have help so it probably is time to make hay while the eternal sun doesn't move for hours. Just try not to spend too much time in the Vegas Cave, okay?
Finally, a word of advice. Don't get frustrated if you keep missing rares. If you are deliberately targetting a specific rare, find out where it spawns (there's a great visual guide to spawn points here) and just hang around that area until it does, because with the majority of spawn timers during busy periods, you won't have to wait long. Of course, if you don't have time for such displays of patience, you can always log out in the same area and hope you get lucky when you log in. Just as a reminder: it may seem like we've been here forever, but the Isle's only a week old today. There is plenty of time to get everything you need, honest.
You'll just need to brush up on your logistics skills :D