Going back to look, I think I officially started collecting Darkmoon Faire tokens with the intention of getting the Darkmoon Dirigible back in November of 2017. I already had a bit of a jump on it, having found a character with a couple hundred prize tickets already in hand. This was because I have been in the habit of running alts through Darkmoon Faire to boost their trade skills when it is up and I am subscribed. This is why all my alts can fish, as I explained.
Anyway, with the coming of the Darkmoon Faire earlier this month I finally had 1,000 prize tickets on hand so was able to add the Darkmoon Dirigible mount to my collection.
I would have, could have, should have gotten it earlier, except that I took a break from World of Warcraft about when the alpha for Battle for Azeroth was hitting. I figured it was a good point for a break before the pre-expansion events came along. I already had the allied races unlocked and what not.
Of course in hindsight I wonder if I should have stayed subscribed and just run the DMF event a few more times, as on my return to Azeroth I found that Blizzard had been messing with trade skills again. The first thing I found was that you no longer got your trade skills raised when you boosted a level 60+ character, a bit of a blow since I went to boost a character just a week after they made this change. An opportunity lost.
And then Darkmoon Faire came around in August and I saw that the trade skill quests were no longer giving you the promised +5 boost to your skill when you turned them in. I figured they would have to fix this sooner rather than later. This seems like one of those changes in one location that broke something elsewhere. However, Blizz came back and said that they meant to do this, that those quests would only give you a boost to your level 1-60 trade skills, which seemed rather useless in the new “segmented by expansion” trade skill reality of Battle for Azeroth.
With the trade skill masterplan seeming to be arranged to allow to people by bypass the mostly useless vanilla recipes, why would Blizz then make those the only thing you can boost with the DMF quests? That seems backwards. It certainly killed an incentive I had to visit DMF with alt, since they are almost all past 300 at this point. I already have all the heirloom gear and pets and mounts from the event.
But it feel like Blizz has been struggling with trade skills for a few expansions now. Warlords of Draenor trivialized them in the extreme, the Legion attempted to revive them by forcing you to do group content to obtain recipes to advance them, and now this with BfA.
And the response to all of this sort of thing, the change to boosts, the change to DMF quests, the ilevel scaling issues, the warfront complaints, has been pretty much summed up as, “we know and we don’t care.”
Not that I think a company has to jump and change things the moment anybody complains. But when they address something like the fact that leveling up gets harder as your ilevel increases… basically, you are incentivized to not upgrade your gear… by saying they are aware of the issue but they don’t think it is important enough to fix, it does give one pause.
I’m not up in arms ready to rebel against Blizzard, but neither am I feeling the warm fuzzies from them either. They have an agenda and my own play style just doesn’t fit into that.
Meanwhile, my enthusiasm for adventuring in Kul Tiras seems to have waned. At one point I was happily logging in every night to take on the next set of quests and see the beautiful world that Blizz had built, and then I stopped logging in. Syp was attempting to make a virtue out of slowness by announcing that he was going to be the last person to hit level 120 in BfA. But when he made it there with his first character my main was still 117, only a zone and a half into Kul Tiras.
I am not sure what happened there. It wasn’t the ilevel thing. That was easily solved by downgrading my gear.
I know I tend to hit a post-launch point during an expansion cycle where I take a break while Blizz fills out the content of an expansion. Then, when they finally get around to announcing that flying is possible to unlock, I show back up and carry on with that as my over-arching goal. But I don’t think I am there yet.
I also haven’t done any of the dungeons yet. This is because I have gotten to the point where I don’t want to do them with dungeon finder groups. Or, rather, that I want to be able to do them with a group at least once that goes through an instance slowly enough for me to absorb what is going on and catch the details. That is simply impossible with dungeon finder, where every group ends up an exercise in trying to keep up with the tank who is determined to get things done at max speed. Of course, if the tank dares to slow down somebody in the group will start nagging about the slackening pace, so you can’t really blame the tank. Players will always optimize over time, and in this case it means going as fast as possible.
I miss the old days of the instance group when we could run an instance at our leisure.
Without dungeons as a draw, it is pretty much just the overland content for me, so if my interest flags there that is pretty much it.
But I have also been distracted by other titles, about which I will write in further posts. So maybe it is a minor break from the game. But enthusiasm around the house for WoW has been at low ebb since my daughter returned to school. We were both big on the expansion when it first hit, but then school started and she has been busy with that. She is a much better student than I was at that age.
That is where I stand at the moment. My main is 117 and about halfway through the Kul Tiras campaign. I have a Horde alt that is hanging out in Zandalar and an Alliance alt that is in Kul Tiras, but both are still 110. I also managed to push another alt up to level 110 by leveling up battle pets in Draenor. And then there was the Dakrmoon Dirigible. Not much progress after a month, but in the scope of a two year expansion cycle, not horrible either.