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Jewelcrafting with Cojones

And, yes, I mean huevos.

My Paladin is my jewelcrafter.  And I’m kind of funny about my professions where I work to get them well developed as early as possible.  I typically can make things I can’t yet wear or use with all my professions.

Jewelcrafting Milestone = Level 65.  And it’s a big one.  It’s the level that you can start running the Dalaran JC dailies.  The ALL IMPORTANT JC dailies.  See every day you complete the daily they toss you a token.  Two, or three, or ten, tokens gets you recipes for the “good stuff.”  A token will also get you a dragon gem that you cut into some of the really, really nice, JC-only, gems.  (Cooking and the Dalaran Cooking Awards works the same way.)

So, upon dinging level 65 I did what any professional does: Start begging for a ‘port to Dalaran.  (The wife’s horde mage isn’t level 80.)  A teleport is arranged via a kindly Troll who dropped from the LFD tool to help me out.

The JC “guild” initiation is delivering to the JC daily guy some gems.  Msaker’s been mining and collecting gems and ore for over a year.  I’ve got a couple in hand.  Initiation done and I’m in.  Now the dailies begin.

So, each daily sends you out to kill a particular kind of mob for a drop.  It could be Scourge (BT, Warsong Hold area just above the “moat”), Vrykul (BT, Kaskala), Revenants (DB, lake east of Wyrmrest Temple), Dark Iron Dwarves (HF, near New Agamand), or Protodrakes (HF, Ember Clutch).  And this being Northrend, i.e. Level 68+, and you have no business being here, i.e. Level 65, it’s not trivial.  These locations are where I found the lowest level mobs of that type to drop the daily item you’re after.  If I get lucky the mob’s Level 68 (orange).  Or it’s mostly 69-71.  If you aggro a 2nd mob you’re probably dead, or you can bubble/vanish/fd/fear/blink-iceblock/HOT/pwn.  (Warriors are s.o.l..  Thunderclap and run I suppose.)

As a Protection Paladin, with 11k health (putting those dragon gems to use already), I slowly grind them down and get my drop.  Sometimes it’s one mob, sometimes it’s a handful.  Good exp for killing them (2k+ each), and then turning the daily in (13k).  (2x heirlooms.)  I haven’t missed a daily.

But why offer a quest at 65 that most couldn’t do solo at 65?  In a location you can’t get to without help.  In a land where nobody else is going to give you the time of day.  (I suppose I could start the Dalaran cooking dailies.  But I’ve got several master cooks and fishermen, so why bother with that?)  And I can’t use my (already bought) Tome of Cold Weather Flying until level 68.

I appreciate having something to do while the wife catches up with me levelwise, and the early opportunity to start collecting, and spending, tokens.

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Posted by on March 9, 2010 in Crafting


Left handed weapons

There’s been an exciting change that was patched in yesterday on the Public Test Realm.

I happened to be in the area, so I ran my Warrior over to the Blacksmith Trainer in Orgrimmar and I found a new recipe.

It is a little like the “socket” recipe, where you don’t actually create an item, but you add a gem socket to the item, to bracers and belt, and the southpaw in me is thinking “About flipping time!!!”

See, what the deal is, is Blacksmiths will now have the ability to change the “Main-Hand” item designation to “Off-Hand”, and “Off-Hand” to “Main-Hand” to allow player’s a little more freedom in personalization of their virtual avatars.

I am left-handed in real life. And believe me, life isn’t easier because of it. If you own a digital camera, and you’re left-handed yourself, you’ll know what I mean.

Anyway, no longer will I be forced to hold my Titansteel Bonecrusher in my right hand, where I would never hold it in real life, but rather I’ll be able to hold it in my left hand. So when I’m bashing in gnome skulls, I’d do it with my weapon in my left hand, the correct, and, aye, the sinister, hand, just like in real life.

Now, of course, you’re probably thinking: “Wait, wait. That’s not going to work.” You can’t convert a spell casters Main-hand to become an Off-hand and then equip another Main-hand. Blizzard won’t allow +spell power off-hands anywhere as near as powerful as main-hands. Folks would be running around with some very powerful upgrades, i.e. Main-hands in the off-hand, if that were the case.

No, that’s not how they’ve worked it.

Basically, for the material cost of four Eternal Manas, but I think they might even drop that, seems kind of high, and your blacksmithing hammer and an anvil, you basically target the player desiring the modification to their handedness and you “craft” the change on them. The “recipe” is called “Molly-Dooker.” Are they getting their developers from down under now? I guess the action is that you’d put their head on the anvil and then bonk it pretty hard. Addle the senses hard enough, and the handedness switches. Voila!

Okay. Duh. I didn’t think this through, did I? I didn’t have any Eternal Manas, and I didn’t find any in the Auction House either, so I couldn’t test it out. But I’m wondering, how the heck am I going to bonk my own head?

Anyway, if you find an unconscious Orc laying next to the anvil in the Valley of Wisdom, well, you’ve found me and that’s what happened.

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Posted by on April 1, 2009 in Crafting


Meat. I’m a steak-and-potatoes kind of Druid.

I’ve been working on my Cooking skill lately.

When I transferred Greenclaw over to the Beta server his cooking wasn’t very high.  Over 300, but not that high.  So in the beta, when this recipe for Last Weeks Mammoth drops (“Use: Eating Old Mammoth makes you sad.”), requires 350 Cooking, he can’t use it.  That got me to thinking “WTH am I doing playing the Beta when I’ve actually got real stuff to do??”

So it was back to the real servers and Greenclaw.  Now, let me just toss in this little tidbit, the catacombs of Utgarde Keep are really, really nicely done.  But that’s just pretend when there’s work to do in the real Azeroth, namely, make dinner.

My cooking last night, I was pleased to find, was actually at 360.  I’d just recently got the Moknathal Ribs recipe there at Toshley Station and so I set out after some rib meat.  Raptors are all over the place, and having flight form meant it was easy to move about, drop in on food like I was an Army Ranger, hop back out when it was harvested and the raptor skinned.  I quickly got a stack of 20 together.  Back to Toshley where I didn’t find the cooking area I needed.  No matter, down to Evergrove, where I didn’t find the cooking area I needed.  Argh.  Out comes the flint and tinder and I create a camp fire at the feet of the cooking goods vendor.  “M e a t.    F i r e.    G o o d.”

What were the odds?  That recipe was yellow to me, and I cooked up 20 some ribs, 28 actually, and that took my cooking to 368.  (That’s not the only recipe that’s making me sad, now that I think about it.)  What to do, what to do?  (And Crunchy Serpent is the same level food, so no better, harder to get meat, and helps spell power, whoopdido.)

Cruise the highways and byways looking for recipes.  The World’s End Tavern actually had three recipes for me.  All fish.  Two of the recipes are orange, guaranteeing skillups for me.  Well, hell.  It’s not even Friday.  And my fishing is about 110 so that’s a non-starter.

Fish.  Where am I going to get fish?  My Horde guy can fish, he’s actually 375 fishing.  But to go grab him, fish up a stack of the giant off-hand fishes that I need now, get to a neutral auction house and do the cross-faction transfer. … There’s got to be an easier way.

Ever the fallback position, I go visit the auction house in Darnassus.  The fish I need are on sale for 30s each.  SOLD.  I only need 7 of them.

When I approached the 300 Cooking point I was delighted to find I could reach it with Bear meat.  I did not need fishing to supply the fish I needed to get to 300 Cooking.  I’m disappointed that Blizzard didn’t add a similar  shortcut for those approaching 375 Cooking.  Happily the few fish I needed to get my Cooking maxed cost me a pittance.

In hindsight, I believe folks only need to worry about reaching 350 Cooking before heading to Northrend.  From what I’ve seen there’s a slew of cooking recipes available at 350.  Some require fish, but some require meat.  Mammoth Meat.


Tim The Toolman Grunt.

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Posted by on September 23, 2008 in Crafting


Psst. Hey, chef.

You need to get to 300 Cooking to get that job in the Stormwind City school cafeteria?  Or cook up some tasty Ravager Dogs there in the Outlands?

And you haven’t bothered with fishing because there’s no allure to it?

Well, if you’re Alliance, get yourself up to Talonbranch Glade in Felwood.  There go find Malygen.  He’s got two recipes that use Bear Flank.  You guessed it, the bears in Felwood can drop Bear Flanks about a quarter of the time.  The recipes both require 250 cooking, and one provides +Attack Power, and the other +Spell Damage.  Which is pretty darn good.

The Horde counterpart to Malygen is Bale, and you’ll find him in Bloodvenom Post there in Felwood.

The recipes turn yellow at 275 and green at 285.  I took 40 Bear Flanks and got from 270 to 293.  Not perfect, but it beats fishing.

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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Crafting


Retreads. Crafting at it’s finest?

You look marvelous.  You look like me. 


So there I am.  In the Aldor Bank in Shattrath City.

I see a Draenei sporting some really cool looking shoulders.  I always see the Paladin version of the crafting plans in the Auction House that would craft those.  Dawnsteel Pauldrons or some such.  They look very regal with a large glowing gem in them.  Then, later, I saw a Warrior actually wearing them.  Huh?  On inspection I see the Warrior is wearing Swiftsteel Shoulders.  Same exact look as the Paladin version, other than color.  Now my Warrior has been waiting a long time to even see those plans for sale in the Auction House.  Hasn’t yet.

Anyway, this Draenei with those shoulders.  I look at the rest of his gear, and he’s a Shaman.  Huh?  He’s wearing Paladin/Warrior shoulders??  But no!  There’s a craftable (I guess) Mail version of the same dang shoulders.  Just crafted by Leatherworkers and not Blacksmiths.

Hey, hey.  Now we need several Clothie versions, crafted by Tailors, for the EXACT SAME SHOULDERS ONLY THE COLOR IS DIFFERENT.

C’mon.  It’s nice looking shoulder armor.  And I’m one for the aesthetics of things.  I’m also one for the suitablitity of the look for the environment.

It’s already bad enough that all Shamans at a particular raiding level wear identical gear.  (Except Enhancement and Resto that have their Tier set, and then have Hunter and Resto gear too.)  But, otherwise, everyone is wearing identical looking gear for their class, regardless of their spec, and regardless of their faction.  And the Arena sets are identical with the Tier sets.

Truly one of the biggest thrills of the days gone by was playing a class the other faction did not have.  When you saw a Shaman with those lightning rod shoulders from the first Elements set, you knew they were Horde.  That was Horde gear.  And that cool Paladin set, with the books on their shoulders?  Alliance.

When they showed us the first images of the Expansion, with the new races, and the Blood Elf Paladin in that Paladin gear, in that Alliance gear, it was all over.  No longer did the Factions have distinct looking gear.  (It was already bad enough that all Warriors got Valor gear, Horde and Alliance.  At least the PvP armors looked very faction specific.)

And at least the classes were going to continue to look different.  Right?

WRONG.  Those shoulders are proof that soon all players will look the same if Blizzard keeps up with their Retread policy.  Just colored different, but wearing the same armor on different frames.

I want Horde to have Horde only plans.  I want Amani Troll Shoulderguards to only be worn by Horde.  Preferably only worn by Trolls.  Those were the shoulders the Shamans could get out of the Arathi Basin.

Or is it too late.  Have the lunatics taken over the asylum and have far too many decisions been made leading us to a World of Warcraft that’s becoming a very indistinct muddle of everything?  We’re all going to be oatmeal, and we’ll all taste the same.  We’ll all have crowd control (because it sucks being the one class without any), we’ll all have ranged abilities (Hammer of Wrath and Avenger’s Shield anyone?), we’ll all look the same (Dawnsteel/Swiftsteel/Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes, so when’s the cloth version coming??).

Ya know, that’s one of the joys of playing the beginning levels.  You are fully in your story and in the lore.  (But, on the other hand, why are the spacefaring Draenei stumbling out of their spaceship escape pods with stone axes and clubs? And yet the Blood Elves are still crafting Sin’Dorei gear.  The level 5 vendor weapons look really cool.  Too bad it’ll all be replaced by level 20 with stone clubs from the Barrens.)

Anyway, where was I.  Please hire some more designers.  Or please put a stop to the flow of retreads.  Looking the same because there’s only 5 different armor shapes is the same as looking the same because there’s 100 different armors that have 5 different armors shapes.

And it’s why I still like my Pauldrons of Furious Elements from the vendor in Shattrath.  It’s got the Amani Trolls of Zul’Aman look, and it’s for Shamans.  And since most Alliance Shamans raid as Enhancement, and most Shamans raid as Restorations, I’m one of the few actually wearing those things.  And they remind me of the glory days, where a Shaman looked like a Shaman, and they looked Horde.


Posted by on February 28, 2008 in Crafting, Musings


The Lost Craft.

What happened to it? Where did it go? Is it hidden in the code somewhere, waiting for a new expansion or update to be released? Was it dropped to the cutting room floor, lost forever amidst the crushed cans of Jolt Cola and Cheeto bags?

What I’m I talking about? The very foundation of Warcraft! Wood.

What game of Warcraft did not start with peons being immediately sent to the nearby forest to harvest wood? Wood is the veritable foundation of every crushing victory. And where is it in the World of Warcraft? Nowhere. Why?

How would it work? You could harvest Wood like an Herbalist gathers herbs or a Miner mines ore. I’d love to see a “Tree Node” and when you set to work to harvest it, it would first drop to the ground with the first harvest action, and then disappear when the node is fully tapped. Every area could have it’s own tree types to harvest. With ever increasing level of trees in the higher level areas.

What would you do with wood? Enchanters already require wood for wands. But they buy it from Trading Supplies or Enchanting Supplies people. Simple wood and then Star Wood. But they can only make 3 wands. The Lesser (at 15) and Greater (at 70) Magic Wands, then the Lesser (at 150) Mystic Wand. Requiring Simple and then Star Wood as one material, both you can get from a vendor.

How about more wand types that required gathered materials?

What else could it be good for?

You know leather workers can create armor kits that cover four armor slots. Legs, chest, hands and feet. Why couldn’t gathered wood not supplement this? How about wood armor kits for shoulders. Anyone see a Forest Troll lately? Think wood fashion.

In addition to more wands, what else could be done with them. How about a carpenter craftsman type being able to make weapons and ammo. Just like engineers use metals to makes guns and bullets, how about a carpenter being able to make bows, crossbows, and arrows? Why not? And wooden stocks for engineers to make guns with.

And what blacksmith makes Staves? None. A Carpenter could craft staves. And off-hand items.

Maybe the amount of items that could be made in wood might not warrant a complete crafting profession, so how about a new craft that combines gathering and manufacturing into one? Woodsman. Able to harvest wood, and in addition to providing basic materials for other trades (enchanting, engineering, etc.) be able to produce some armor kits, produce arrows, and produce weaponry like bows, crossbows, staves, and offhands.

Anyway, I’m sure others have thought of it too and I think there’s enough here to provide a little more crafting in the World of Warcraft.

Edit: Crafted Shields! Let them make Pally, Shammy, and Tank shields. At all the levels.


Posted by on March 8, 2007 in Crafting


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