Monday, 5 November 2012

Anarchy In The UK

"Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...
Nursery Rhyme (Trad)
Tonight is Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night in Great Britain. Just in case you are unaware of this special event, it is to mark the events of  5 November 1605, when a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England's Parliament on 5 November 1605, when the King would be in attendance.
During a search of the House of Lords at about midnight on 4 November 1605, Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder - enough to reduce the House of Lords to rubble - and arrested.
The night time is marked by the lighting of bonfires, and the extensive use of fireworks and these events take the form of organised firework displays and private garden parties. Due to the festivities being at nightime and in particular it is loved by children, so that many of the larger events take place on the nearest Saturday to the 5th November. That is 2 days of fireworks going off all night with the prospect of 3rd tonight.
Unfortunately WoW does not have a special holiday for this event, and if I am not mistaken neither does Independence Day and Bastille Day, which is a shame.
Today I am going to discuss Jewelcrafting after reading a couple of blog posts and discovering something new about the trainers.
Tobold started the ball rolling by discussing the current state of Jewelcrafting. The 3 points that Tobold makes are:
  1. Lack of Gem slots
  2. Spirits of Harmony
  3. No Epic jewelry (Rings and Necklaces)

The lack of Gem Slots, is definitely a problem, when most people have made a huge pile of them leveling up only to discover there is no market for them. Spirits of Harmony is a design issue which I do not have an issue with yet, but I will if they don't become Bind on Account later in the expansion. The lack of Epic Jewelry is part of an issue that I have raised before in that not all professions are treated equally.

The last part dovetails into a post and a video by Faid, in which she discusses the point that because the profession recipes, trainers and research are scattered throughout Pandaria that it is a full time job keeping up with all the professions in the game. The information that Faid shares, are that in the Jade Forest in a small settlement that you briefly pass through there is a Jewelcrafting trainer who provides all the recipes that require Serpent's Eye and the iLevel 450 Blue Rings and Necklaces. This is the starting set for newly promoted level 90's and Blizzard have practically hidden the NPC unless you go and research the missing recipes.

Currently there is too much to do in game without having to research every class, every profession and every other facet of the game. It is not a game breaker but this kind of information certainly makes things easier at the start of an expansion.

1 comment:

  1. 450 rings and neck pieces are a big issue for jewelcrafters. My 88 mage already had a 437 item level and he has not even made it to dread wastes yet. So I can get into heroics when I hit 90 even if I never get another piece of gear.

    Now, with that in mind, why in the hell would I ever even consider buying or making a 450 when I will be getting 463s in the dungeons?

    Bad design on the 450 items from blizzard. They serve absolutely zero purpose in game.

    They should have been 463s and there should be some 476 versions just like blacksmiths, leather workers and tailors have.