Engineering Needs an Interdimensional Pocket

Overheard on Vent:

"I think in one of the next expansions what engineering needs is an inter-dimensional pocket so you could just show up in a town."

What an excellent idea. Of course, like the teleporters, I would suspect it would do things like randomly port you into whichever town it felt like. Including…cross faction towns. Oh yes, that sounds like a delicously evil new engineering device we definitely need…

Compiling My Cooking Recipe Book

I was  obsessive and completionist regarding my professions long before the Achievement System was put into place. But Achievements have exacerbated these tendencies. Case in point: Cooking recipes.

I had always thought my druid had a comprehensive selection of the recipes available to the Alliance. I mean, yeah I wussed out on the Broodlord chain well before I had the recipe for [Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops]* in my grasp, but I did have all the cooking daily recipes and even the Cenarian Circle’s [Smoked Desert Dumplings].

But then I spied the Sous Chef Achievement for 100 recipes, which was achievable before the Expansion, and was perplexed. How had I missed another 15 possible recipes? Thinking back, it’s possible that on my first character (who, incidentally, is still my main) I didn’t pick up cooking initially, and thus hadn’t gathered all the lowbie recipes. Also, with the addition of the Draenei starting area, they must have added some quests and recipes there as well.

And then I saw the Chef de Cuisine achievement for 160 cooking recipes, only attainable after progressing through Wrath, at which point I got serious about it. And thus, another big ol’ list was born…

Download my list of Warcraft cooking recipes in a PDF or read on for the list in HTML after the jump.

* Turns out this annoying recipe is required to get the achievement as of right now, unless you are a rogue and can thus learn thistle tea. Patch 3.1 will provide at least a couple new recipes to solve for that.

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Fishing Dailies Return in 3.1

El's Extreme Anglin' has the scoop on the new Dalaran fishing dailies that will launch in 3.1. And here I had just been complaining yesterday about only having fishing and JC profession dailies. Lots of great junk rewards in them, including lucrative vendor trash, some bank alt bling, and a crawler minni pet! Whoohoo!

The five rotating quests are available in Dalaran, from Marcia Chase the Fishing Trainer who buys your vendored coins next to the Eventide Fountain. A search of professions-related quests on WoWHead lacks details on the 5 dailies El dug up, but it does turn up a daily from Old Man Barlo in Crystalsong forest. We'll see if and when that goes live as well.

I am a little disappointed they went with additional BoP fishing poles as rewards, rather than a new and improved fishing line to augment the shiny epic Kalu'ak fishing pole, or a BOE pole you could use to help get your lazy alts started fishing. Oh well!


Cooking Achievements Update

Pre-expansion, I compiled a guide to the Cooking Achievements that lead to the "Chef" in-game title. After skilling up my cooking on multiple characters, I've discovered that at least three of the required recipes for the Northrend Gourmet achievement do not appear to be currently attainable — Kungaloosh, Fish Feast, and Orca Stew.

There are quest chains that reward you with a stack of Kungaloosh and Orca Stew, but neither quest provides you with the recipe to make those items. The Fish Feast looks like it should be a Dalaran Cooking Awards purchase, but it's not on the vendor. Since the achievement requires you to make 45 of 46 possible recipes, these omissions would make this achievement not possible. I have a GM ticket turned in on this topic and will report back if they let me know how this issue is going to be addressed.

Minor Glyphs: a Checklist

As previously noted, I swapped one of my characters over to inscription and quickly leveled her up to the pre-Expansion maximum. I have been dutifully conducting my inscription research every morning, learning a new minor glyph each day. After about a week, I started finding it hard to keep track of all the ones I have learned– and of which ones I have equipped on my various characters.

Thus, I made myself a table of the available minor inscriptions, with spaces to check off which ones I have learned plus which ones I’ve equipped. I’ve turned that into a PDF. You can also view it as HTML below, behind the cut. Enjoy!

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363 Inscription in a Day (but not on Patch Day)

As soon as I decided which character was going to level inscription, I started old-world herb farming. It's fairly boring to run around in the lowbie areas collecting herbs, so I did that in small spurts, starting about a month prior to the patch. I made a list with each herb arranged by tier of use for inscription, and tallied my herbs, and kept herbing until I met the BETA users consensus on about how many herbs it will take to level. Of course, those numbers changed a good 3 times from my initial tally, so there were a few revisits to the Hinterlands, both Plagues and STV. My ultimate herb cache was based on the numbers from Banana Shoulders' indispensable inscription leveling guide.

The last pre-patch preparation I made was to go to WoWhead and read about just what all the major inscriptions did, then ticked off the ones I wanted to be sure to make for my four Alliance characters. It was a bummer, initially, to realize that only the major glyphs are trainable, and that so many of the pre-375 glyphs (i.e. everything 350 and above) require materials from Northrend. Oh well. Wrath of the Lich King will be here soon enough. I hope that it doesn't take until then, however, for my inscription research spell to conjure up the mage polymorph polar bear cub and penguin glyphs (I caved and bought one of the latter for 75g but would like to be able to make them). Wish me luck.

Here's What I did Once the Servers Came Up on Tuesday

I lol'd that I actually thought my ain server would be up and playable on patch night. It's twitchy even on non patch weeks. My secondary server was up, however, and I was able to log on there and play around a bit. And as an aside, I've had the missing flying mount and 1 pet returned, but I am still without my Black Tabby.

But on Wednesday, my main server was crashing less often so I dove in.

After milling and making inks for hours, primarily following the aforementioned guide, but substituting the rare inks and the cards you can make with them whenever possible, I got up to 363 inscription.

I milled about 1700 herbs or so to get there (I may be in denial and that # may be closer to 2000).

I donated 60 or so glyphs to my guild bank, and have sent out minor glyphs to friends for their alts. It's been a blast so far. And I have helped a number of 70s fumble their way through choosing and equipping their first inscriptions. It's too bad there isn't an ingame newsletter (an Azeroth Times) to push out information to folks since it appears from the "What's a Lexicon of Power? Where is Lexicon of Power?" questions that lots of folks do not read patch notes or profession guides.

The only annoyance thus far has been with strangers whipsering me, LOLing at minor glyph prices in the 35-45g range and saying "how much if I just give you the mats?" Uh, same price. Why? Simple math.

With current AH prices, leveling inscription took $1700-3400g in herbs, plus $400g training, and parchment costs. Therefore, strangers have no reason to expect me to give away an inscription I learned through research (1 possible new minor glyph every 20 hours). Prices will go down a bit overall after folks have their first set equipped, but its my opinion that glyphs should be similar in price to blue gems a few months back, especially for minor glyphs sice they are more scarce.

Dealing with strangers wanting cheap/free glyphs reminds me of how annoying leveling enchanting was, with all the non-tippers. And the peeps who would agree to a fee for rare enchants then not cough it up and find all their mats right back at them in the trade window. Thankfully, inscription's vellums will mean I won't have to go through that again — I can just make extra enchants and cast them on vellum. I can then send them to my alts(yeah! finally!) or put them in the AH. A much appreciated alternative to reenchanting my gear over and over to skill up.

So YEAH! for inscription!

Cooking Achievements in Wrath

Although it's not as awesome as "Iron Chef" you can earn a "Chef" title from achievements after Wrath of the Lich King launches. To earn the title, you need to complete all of the following cooking achievements:

  • Grand Master cook
  • The Cake Is Not A Lie
  • Kickin' It Up a Notch
  • The Northrend Gourmet
  • Second That Emotion
  • Critter Glitter
  • Our Daily Bread (differs for horde and alliance)
  • Dinner Impossible
  • Captain Rumsey's Lager
  • Sous Chef
  • The Outland Gourmet

Read on for details on each achievement's criteria.

P.S. Collecting all the recipes in game is not required for the Chef title, but it is a related achievement. I've compiled a guide to all the recipes currently available in game and how to obtain them.

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