Sunday, 6 May 2012

Resistance Is Futile

Darkmoon Faire is back in town, and for some of us, especially those with multiple characters it is a good time to get a boost to some of our professions. I am in a particularly good place with maxed out primary professions, plus Cooking and First Aid on all my toons. In the past it would be absolute madness to try to level fishing on more than one character. Now with the aid of dailies I have 10 alts all with a minimum of 200 fishing. I believe that 100 is the minimum for fishing in pools, so at least they can stop off and fish the debris and salvage pools if they come across one. The main reason for leveling is something to do in the lull before the call up to LFD or LFR. After awhile I then start setting minimum targets, all characters minimum 100 then 200 and the latest is 261 so that the colour changes from red to orange on the Altoholic addon. The reason any of this is possible is due to Blizzard over time reducing the difficulty of fishing. 1-25 used to be absolutely painful, the time delay between a miss and a hit was minuscule indeed. After this it got easier because you could add lures and better rods, but ultimately you only needed one character to catch all the fish for all your characters. In vanila there used to be a quest at level 225 in order to get the final proficency from 225 to 300. It was estimated that it would take about 300 catches across 2 continents to get all the rare fish needed for the quest.

The Darkmoon Faire affords the less motivated the chance to gain 60 Skillup points in all the professions during the course of a year. Whilst this is not a super bonus, it is not bad if you are no rush to max out the skills.

Mists of Pandaria, if the message is to be believed from Blizzard, is about progression through doing the parts of the game that you want to play. In theory this is going to be a major leap forward, but the average gamer will use any tricks in the book to achieve the passage of least resistance. Daily Heroics in WotLK became de rigueur, and became part of every players routine. The reason for this was that they took 15-20 minutes and gave out maximum rewards - in the form of an Emblem of Whatsit.

Nobody has indicated what the easy options are going to be yet, but I have no doubt that the gaming community will find it and very quickly.


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  2. I'll definitely use it for my last 5 points in enchanting!

  3. It is interesting to see if this leveling enhancement is avilable for the MoP expansion. I think it is ultimately an integral part of the Darkmoon Faire.

    If it is then the last 5 skillups of any crafting profession are notoriously expensive in terms of mats and will prove even more useful than at present.