Monday, August 11, 2014

Intermediate Frostweave Tailoring.

These items take a little more work than the shirts. I think the effort is worth it, because they are attractive items that might catch a casual transmog enthusiast's eye.  What do I mean by casual transmog enthusiast? Someone who wants to look good, but doesn't want to take the time to farm for the look. The closest analogy I can provide is that of the person with a gift card at a store, limited by what the store has and their budget. 

Icy.

The Glacial Robe, slippers, and waistband are gorgeous, bright, and not often seen. Some of the other pieces of this set were recipes or drops from when Naxxramas was a new raid back in vanilla, and no longer available in game. The hat is available from a quest in Area 52, and there is a really nice belt that goes well with this from a quest in Blades Edge Mountains!

Window Shopping.
I looked through the auctions, and settled on items I had.  I gave everyone else a fair shake, but I liked the way all this came together! There were other pieces that go nicely with this, like a blue wizard style hat and some white gloves with blue fingertips, but I wanted a little bling, so I picked items that had some gold in them.

Deathchill Cloak.
Silky Iceshard Boots.

























I thought these also deserved a mention. All the items I have shared take a minimum of farming, or if you are lucky, a few gold coins on the auction house. Probably the hardest thing I farmed for was the Siren's Tear, which can be purchased from a murloc in the Borean Tundra for 100 clams. No, really, clams. The cloth came from my super not so secret farming spot in the previous post on Frostweave, and the fire came from this cave in the Storm Peaks.

Farmer Del.
I could probably have farmed the shadow as well, but it was cheap enough on the auction house to just buy it. Oh, there is one more item I forgot to mention!

Hat of Wintry Doom.
This is an easy enough recipe to put together in a short amount of time. I didn't have to farm the Iceweb Spider Silk because it was really cheap on the auction house. Hopefully, someone wants this hat enough so I have to make another!

So far, I haven't made a whole lot on this tailoring thing, but I expect it will get me somewhere eventually! Runecloth Robes, Mooncloth Robes, and  Soulcloth Gloves have sold a few each, and Cindercloth Leggings sell really well. I sold that Jade Breastplate I looted last week for 10,000 gold yesterday! 

Next up, is it worth it to make the Ebonweave, Spellcloth, and Mooncloth robes


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Godmother's Questions, My Answers.

Godmother over at Alt:ernative  is gathering as many people as she can to answer these questions that matter about our time in World of Warcraft. Here are my answers, and by all means, grab the questions and do it yourself. It' a party!

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I was part of a guild named Knights of a New Republic in Star War Galaxies, and the game was dying. It had just been through the New Game Enhancements (is that what NGE stood for?) and our guild was looking for a new home. Someone mentioned World of Warcraft and hubby and I said, "Why not?"

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?


I often say that Shawndra, my troll warrior, was my first character. She was, in that she was the first to max level. My very first character was Drreena, a troll rogue on the Whisperwind server. She's still there, at level 39. Here is a picture, full of dead game items and a guild where noone logs in.

Zhevra Leather, Empty Poison Vials, and Ammo.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

KNR has always played the underdog, the hated, the misunderstood. The Horde was the obvious choice.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?


Raiding in Zu'Gurub in vanilla has been something I often think back to, especially with hubby sneaking behind bosses and trying to pick their pockets. Tanking Prince Malchezaar with KNR is another. Stranding a guidlie in his skivvies in the Searing Gorge without a hearthstone, mount, or armor back in Vanilla is another.
 
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?


That moment when you discover something else you never noticed in the game. It's still happening to me, and I love it.

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?


If I could return to the Zul'Gurub of old, I would. I end up in Karazhan a lot. Sometimes I look for a bit of old Azshara, untouched by goblins, and sit back and enjoy the falling leaves.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?


Oh, wow, can you even find that out? August 14, 2005 I redeemed a 10 day guest pass. The 25th I got a free month, so I guess that was when I installed the game and started playing. There have been a month or three in there once in a while where there was no money, and a short time when they launched the other Star Wars game where KNR hoped they had found home again, but I always end up here.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?


I read quest text. Some quests are just too good not to read! 

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?


I have no regrets. I have made great friends and had a lot of fun. Azeroth is my escape.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?


I have made some wonderful friends all over the world because of this game. I have made some close friends near me who I never would have met if it weren't for this game. 

Thanks for the questions, Godmother. It brought back a lot of memories.

I'm A Lumberjack...

The easiest things to make in Northrend tailoring are shirts. The trainer gives you the green workman's shirt and the yellow lumberjack shirt recipes. There are six more recipes dropped in Northrend that most people blowing through there won't have. If you don't have some of these, I would suggest killing two birds with one stone, possibly even three. Work on Argent Tournament dailies, get cloth, and get drops all at the same time! These patterns drop from about everything level 79-81 in Northrend.




















































As it turns out, to even complete this post the way I like to, I needed to do exactly that, so I flew out to the Argent Tournament and grabbed some dailies. I refuse to do the jousting quests, because no loot! After doing all the non-vehicle quests (kissing frogs, unlocking cages, killing lots of undead), I still didn't have enough Frostweave. I mounted up and flew to the best frostweave farming area I know, southeast of Corprethar near Icecrown Citadel.

Lots of Frostweave in here!

Clearing the level 80 elite mobs in here nets me between 25 and 40 pieces of cloth, a lot of greys, and sometimes a green or three. They respawn rather quickly, so you can get what you need in a few minutes. The only downside to this location is that EVERYONE knows about it.  I was thinking about sticking around past filling my need for cloth, but as I waited for the next respawn someone materialized in front of me, probably with the same intentions. I left with what I had, but I will go back again when the need arises.

Another item that is fairly easy to make is the Cloak of the Moon. There is another that shares this art, the Cloak of Frozen Spirits, but it takes one more bolt of Frostweave, so why waste the cloth?



These are just the easily made items from Northrend. Tomorrow I will look into items that take a little more farming or some auction house luck. Hope you are raking in the gold faster than I am!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fun With Netherweave!

Blizzard has been touting the old raid instances lately, and this week they reminded us that Karazhan is still around that we really should go in there and try for a mount and some transmog gear. I didn't need a reminder, because I would run this place daily if I could, but they did post a helpful bit on how to beat the chess event solo, which I usually skip.  Still, what drops the most in Karazhan is a toss up between Netherweave Cloth and Soul Essence, which together can make a few really nice items.

Imbued Netherweave Robe.
This is rather cheaply made, all from items you can get in Karazhan. Sells for more than a bag for about twice the materials.

Soulcloth Gloves.
 Instead of vendoring the Soul Essences, have them made into Soulcloth and whip a few pairs of these up! They look great with many robes, and if you have a long sleeved robe, only the gold part shows for an easy match to almost everything. There is a see through hole just under the purple cuff that, if paired with a good bracer, can accent the set you are wearing (I put a cheap green colored bracer under Halinka's so it matches the green accents in her transmog).

Soulcloth Shoulders.
Platinum, gold and purple, these match a few different robes, too, and they aren't overly huge. I haven't sold a pair yet, but I'm sure someone will want them.

Soulcloth Vest.

This is a cute vest, especially paired with a White Swashbuckler's Shirt or a Cerulean Filigree Shirt. The pants I found yesterday match really closely, and I'm sure there are other items to match. This would be a very unique look to transmog!

Sure, there is plenty of room in Azeroth for another couple hundred Netherweave Bags. I just don't want to be that boring person! Next I answer the question, "Is there anything in Wrath crafting content worth using for transmog? " Until then, enjoy the sights and sounds of our digital home world. See you next time!

Spider's Silk.

There are many types of spider's silk in the game, but today I was mainly interested in one, the plain old level 20ish Spider's Silk.  There are many items that use this as part of their pattern, most of them tailor patterns. There are three that interest me for transmog.

Robes of Arcana.
 These robes used to be an item necessary for a warlock quest, which from what I can tell is also no longer in the game. The pattern is no longer available in game, but the dress is if someone has the pattern or, if you are horde, I guess there are a couple of quests to get this same color and design as a reward.

Lesser Wizard's Robe.
 Who wouldn't want a rich looking robe like this?  I'm hoping to sell this for about 150 gold, but may go as low as 75.

Spidersilk Boots.
These boots are the same model as the Silver-Thread Boots, but a lot easier to get. There is a whole set that really goes well with these, but they are also great for their deep black color to just peek out from under a robe.

Spider's Silk is best farmed in the Hillsbrad Foothills from Forest Creepers, unless you are Alliance, in which case you can kill ALL the spiders in the zone. Two of the three most plentiful spider types in the area are Undercity faction, and friendly to the Horde, so Delgada ignored them. The drop rate is rather low, even in this zone where it is highest at about 5%.  Forest Creepers can be found around the edges of hills and near trees.

I looted some fun items while I was farming up enough spider silk to make these items (well, and a few extra for later, too!). Here are some of the notable items I looted.

Bandit Boots.

Darkweave Brieeches.
The boots are a pretty hot seller on most servers, being very black, leather, and they go all the way up!  The pants may not be a huge seller, but the color is gorgeous and they are a rare drop. I also picked up most of the Shimmering Armor set, a few other greens that I listed at really low prices for leveling characters, and a lot of Gooey Spider Legs, Crunchy Spider Legs, and Small Spider Legs, which probably will end up being vendored, since hardly anyone levels cooking in the lower levels these days.

What's next? Fun with Netherweave! Stay tuned...