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.
Slowly but surely, I am still slogging along to 80. Many of the folks I previously raided with pushed to 80 in a week or so, seemingly playing 24-hours-per-day. I, on the other hand, work 40+ hours per week, which leaves me playing nights and weekends only.
So far, the tally is:
76 resto shaman
71 frost mage
70 shadow priest (horde and alliance)
I had intended on taking the druid to 80 first, followed by the shaman, but it became evident pretty quickly that our guild, which for Karazahn had been awash with healers, was more in need of a healer than a Boomkin. Thus, I have the 74 and the 76 instead of an 80. I am sure this is a familiar tale.
After I actually ding 80, I’ll be creating some enchanting, cooking, and jewelcrafting guides for the site.
Since the expansion has been up and running for a few days now, if you are interested in getting your professions (or fishing/cooking achievements) started, you really do need to get yourself to Dalaran. You have 3 options for doing so:
Wait for level 74 at which point you will be eligible for a quest that sends you there.
Find a level 74 mage and pay them to port you to Dalaran
If you see a friend of yours milling around Dalaran, have them queue you up as a group to go to the Battlegrounds…which will eventually pop you out where you were queued — i.e. Dalaran
I highly suggest that before you head to Dalaran, however, that you ensure you have your factions two starting area flight paths, and have gotten the Kalu’ak flight paths between Kamagua and Moa’ki Harbor and Kaskala. Note that turtle boats travel from Mo’ak Harbor to the other 2 locations, making the flight paths easy to obtain.
I’m in Dalaran, Now What?
First things first– set your hearth at an inn. You have two choices — your faction’s inn, or the Inn in the Underbelly. Next up, head to Krases Landingand grab the flight path. Finally, take a good solid hour and explore the city. There are a lot of amzing sites — and vendors– within the shops. And be sure to tour the sewers. There’s even a [Ghostly Skull] in pet in it for you if you can part with 40g.
After I made it to Dalran, my first orders of business included completing my first daily cooking quests, and stocking up on Northern Spices, purchased with my Dalaran Cooking Awards. And then I spent a few ours(!) working on fishing in the fountain. And somewhere in there I also bought a train set. Be warned, however, that the humor deficient may complain about the /train that ensues after you put your train set to work. And the toy shop may be hazardous to your mount fund.
My druid’s bank is full. It’s always been full. There are her 35 vanity pets, the miscellaneous quest items…the full sets of Tier 1 and Tier 2 gear she can’t bear to part with, the boomkin set she totes around with her…
I’ve gotten a lot of grief from guildies and friends over my packrattyness. “You’re never going to want to wear any of that again”, they say. “That crap is taking up all your bank slots”, etc. But truth be told, I didn’t just keep the clothes around to play dress up — I also kept them as mementos from my early days raiding. I mean, after all the bad luck I had pursuing [Will of Arlokk], I just can’t shard it now can I?
As it turns out, Blizzard is rewarding packrats like me in two ways when the patch lands today:
My plentiful mounts and vanity pets will become spells, freeing up 2 bags
All the “crap” in my bank that dropped off final raid bosses will be proof of my killing them for their associated achievements
Unfortunately, I didn’t save much that dropped for my main in heroic dungeons– she usually had better gear from raiding than anything that could drop for her in them. I have a feeling though that after the patch we will see some renewed interest in heroics, for the achievement factor.
Today’s post-work WoW agenda: Level inscription. Learn all mounts/vanity pets as spells. Reorganize contents of newly thinned-out banks. Retrain everyone.
Be sure to check out the Banana Shoulders-produced "Siha’s Inscription Guide" linked to therein and go cry. I am not sure where I can stuff any more herbs before my Scribe-to-be’s bank explodes. Her recommended shopping list is a little more than what I have on hand right now:
150x Earthroot, Peacebloom, or Silverleaf (DONE)
100x Briarthorn, Bruiseweed, Mageroyal, Stranglekelp, or Swiftthistle (DONE)
285x Grave Moss, Kingsblood, Liferoot, or Wild Steelbloom (NEED 40)
270x Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Khadgar’s Whisker, or Wintersbite (NEED 50)