Friday, June 16, 2006
WoW Journal - 16-June-2006
My apologies to all readers who unanimously advised me to delete my human priest and do a dwarven priest instead, but I will stick to the human. I do believe you that fear ward is awesome. But a dwarf in a dress? I think I've done too much old school roleplaying to be comfortable with a dwarf being a cloth-wearing spellcaster. In fact my very first WoW beta character was a dwarven priest. At that time I was totally unhappy with that class, because coming from D&D I had imagined a priest to be a plate-wearing healer, and had problems playing him as cloth wearer. Not being aware of how to solo a priest using a wand at that time, I discounted priest as being bad to solo, an opinion I reversed since then. But dwarves in cloth still sit uncomfortably with me. Feedback is obviously much less useful than fear ward at level 60, but at least I can argue that for leveling to 60 feedback is more useful. Very few mobs outside raid dungeons fear you, I only remember Overlord Ror and Sian-Rotam being really annoying with it. But spellcasters you meet a lot more often.
On the other racial abilities humans and dwarves are about even. Dwarven stoneform is more useful than human perception. The dwarven +5 to guns is useless for priests, but the +5 to maces humans get isn't much better, my priest is using a staff for better bonuses. Dwarven +10 to cold resistance doesn't become useful before Naxxramas, I prefer the +10% human faction bonus, although that too is more for higher levels. The dwarven treasure finding is fun, but for a priest I'd say the +5% spirit bonus is better. But all in all not a big difference. So it really is more a question of my personal preference to stick with the human.
Yesterday I made it to level 11, doing quests in Elwynn forest. The bag business is still flourishing, and I got my tailoring up to 70. I was lucky to win a 4 silver bid each for two stacks of 20 linen cloth, meanwhile the linen is getting rare and expensive on the auction house. Then I squandered my fortunes by blindly learning all the recipes available at the tailoring trainer. Stupid, many of the low level recipes are for non-magic items that I will never produce, and spending 20 silver on recipes at this low level is just a waste. I spent the rest of the money wisely, somebody had put up a greater magic wand for just 25 silver on the AH. I will only be able to use it at level 13, but at least my firepower for the next 10 levels is already assured and paid for. I wonder if there would be any money in tailoring cloth armor, but at the moment I'm out of linen cloth, so I can't try this.
I'm a bit at a loss to what to take as my second major tradeskill. Currently I have skinning, which is useful to add a small amount of extra loot to each beast kill. But about everybody has skinning, and stacks of light leather sell for less than 3 silver on the auction house. So I wonder if I should just take this small income now, or hoard the light leather for the Ahn'Qiraj war effort event, which I believe starts one month after the server opens. Alliance needs to hand in 180,000 light leather, so prices will rise in the AH. But probably 3 silver now is better than 6 silver in a month, World of Warcraft characters suffer from "personal inflation", where money at earlier levels is much more valuable than the same sum later.
But I could also ditch skinning and take something else. Taking another "producing" tradeskill like alchemy or blacksmithing isn't feasible, as I wouldn't have the relevant gathering skill. Taking herbalism or mining seems to be even less profitable than skinning at the low levels. That would leave enchanting, a classic combination with tailoring, but making money with enchanting is extremely difficult. For reasons unknown to me the normal forces of market capitalism don't apply to enchanting. People expect you to pay 400 gold for a crusader recipe, and then cast crusader for free for everybody who supplies the materials. Thus enchanting is mainly useful for disenchanting your soulbound items, and at the low levels on a young server there isn't money in that either. I think for the moment I'll stick with skinning.
I'm still determined to stay guildless until the right guild comes along, but I'm looking around which guild that might be. Censusplus is useful in that it tells you which guilds are powerful, how many people of them are online, and what classes they are missing. More for fun than for really believing it I started at the top and asked somebody from the most uber Alliance guild for the URL of their website. Hehe, "recruitment is currently closed" says the website, 2 days after the server went live. You're invited to leave an application, but only if you are willing to play every day to reach level 60 in record time, and have solid previous raid experience on other servers. Guess I don't qualify, I'd get kicked out when I go on holidays for three weeks in July. Unsurprisingly it is this guild that has the first level 30 character after 2 days on the server, and a large number of players over level 20 already. I'm looking for a serious, but more casual guild, with a fair zero-sum or similar DKP system for the future, but concentrated on doing instances and playing together on the way to 60 without being in a terrible rush. That pretty much described my first European WoW guild, until the "epic corruption" or "purple fever" (I'm stealing this expression) set in. But as the majority of players on the new server are alts from other servers, I'm not sure whether such guilds still exist. I only see uber raiding guilds, and doomed-to-failure random-invite wannabe-future-raider guilds right now.
I'm in no hurry to reach level 60, I already got a level 60 priest on my old server. He is currently parked in front of Molten Core, and on a waiting list for tonights MC raid, which given the fact that priests are rare in the guild alliance still gives me a solid chance for an invite tonight. Maybe the variety of play styles I'm craving, from 5-man groups to raids, can't be achieved with a single character. I'm looking forward both to tonights possible MC raid and my new priests first Deadmines run with equal anticipation.