Days 14 & 15 of the August Screenshot Challenge

As I’m disorganized at the moment, today you’re getting Day 14 and Day 15 together. Hopefully as the rest of the month unfolds, things will improve  but given the state of the new house, I can’t promise anything.

So with the excuses over:

Day 14 – Trash

This was actually quite tricky. After I discounted Ogre mounds and anything to do with Goblins, I was left with the obvious solution, trash mobs but which to pick? In the end I thought I’d make my very own creepy carousel of bony carnival horses. It almost makes up for the fact that a certain Huntsman seems incapable of handing over his mount despite the fact that I ask ever so politely every week.

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Day 15 – The Best

The best race? Clearly Gnome! The best moment in my WoW playing “career”? The best piece of loot?

In the end I decided on “the best” use of paralysis in-game.

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Fresh: Day 4 of the Daily Screenshot Challenge

The word of today is Fresh and since I’m on a semi health kick at the moment, what better than a field of vegetables.

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It doesn’t get much fresher than this.

Paoquan Hollow: Screenshots

I suspect if Dulcamara had to live anywhere in Pandaria, it would be here:

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BETA: The Tillers

This is part idle speculation and part extrapolation from the datamined information from WoWhead.

What we do know is that as you build reputation with the Tillers, helping Farmer Yoon repair his old family farm, you will eventually take it over. First however, we have to help Farmer Yoon get the farm back on it’s feet and then gain the respect of the Tiller’s Union by doing favours for various people as well as some manual labour and of course a spot of Virmen slaying.

Quest Chains

Our first faltering footsteps into the farming world.

The Family Farm – This is the quest which first introduces you to Farmer Yoon.

A helping Hand – Given the unyielding rocks in the screenshot below, it would make sense that this is one of the first quests Farmer Yoon offers you. After all, you can’t plant crops in a field full of stones.

Learn and Grow 1: Seeds – Once the fields are empty of stones, then you need to buy or otherwise acquire seeds. This quest sends you in search of Merchant Greenfield at the nearby market to purchase cabbage seeds.

Learn and Grow 2: Tilling and Planting.

Learn and Grow 3: Tending Crops

Learn and Grow 4: Harvesting

Halfhill Market

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Becoming respected members of the community.

Getting Votes from the Tiller’s Union. These all follow a similar pattern, you go and see the Farmers, they say something dismissive about you and Farmer Yoon whilst revealing that they currently have some sort of problem they’re struggling to fix.

Vote 1 Mung Mung which leads to Rotten to the Core (“rescuing” half eaten carrots).

Vote 2 Farmer Fung which leads to On the Loose (catch runaway horses).

Vote 3 Gina Mudclaw which leads to Tummy Trouble

Vote 4 Haohan Mudclaw which leads onto The Real Culprits which in turn I think leads to The Melon Felon. Next is Pure Poison and then finally Chief Yip Yip

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Improving and building up the farm

Growing the Farm 1 – weed removal (leads to A Little Problem).

Growing the Farm 2 – the removal of the the broken up wagon which leads to Knock on Wood (pick up wood from the bottom of this lake).

Growing the Farm 3 – getting rid a large rock somewhere on the farm. There are a couple of possible candidates.

Dailies

Whilst playing around on the Beta taking screenshots for this post, I noticed that you could earn reputation with individual members of the Tiller’s faction. A quick flick around on WoWhead confirmed this as intended. Given that it’s highly unlikely Blizzard are taking a leaf out of Bioware’s book and letting you become friends with these farmers, I wonder if this is how we earn the seeds and animals for our farm.

Each of the people we can do dailies for could potentially offer a different item for our farms. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Fish keeps pigs down by the lake and could on reaching a certain reputation offer us a couple of piglets.
  • Old Hillpaw has prizewinning chickens.
  • Chee Chee is surrounded by sheep.
  • Farmer Fung: From the quest “Farmer Fung’s Vote”, we know this gentleman has the biggest vegetables in the Valley.

It looks as if there are three types of dailies. One set which are always picked up from the same person and offer just Tillers rep and then another set in which you gain rep with the individual Tillers. I’ll go into the last set later on.

Tiller Rep:

I’m going to gamble slightly here and say the general Tiller dailies are offered by our new friend Farmer Yoon.

Rep with Individuals:

Given that there are two quests for Haohan Mudclaw, I imagine this list will get longer as we get closer to live.

Besides this list, there is also another list of quests for each of the Tillers, like this one for Old Hillpaw. What I love the most about this is that each of the Tillers has a favourite dish. We need to bring Braised Wolf to Old Hillpaw and Shrimp Dumplings to Ella. Given that all the dishes required for “A Dish for …..” seem to be cooking recipes, it’s possible that we’ll see more use for our professions in helping us farm rep this expansion.

This set of dailies seems a bit of a departure from the daily questing norm, as it appears that you collect or make an item and then can choose which person to give it to. In another twist, it seems that each Tiller likes certain things, for example you could give the Jade Cat to either Chee Chee netting you 540 rep or to Ella which would reward you with 900.

The cursor marks the spot (in this case not buried treasure but our future farm).

Rewards

This farm.

The view from the front steps. There is Farmer Yoon working away at the large rocks which litter the property. You can also see the broken up wagon which will be removed in one of the quests.

More rocks plus a small pen for keeping animals.

There is a pond for growing waterlilies or lotuses. The house is a little one storey affair but since location is all, we’ll be well placed right next to the Halfhill market (which you can see in the above screenshot).  Bear in mind though, that given the amount of tidying up we’re going to be doing through the quest chains, the removal of all the rocks, plus the weeding and the getting rid of the rubbish, it’s going to look completely different as a fully functional farm.

I also found myself wondering if we get a farm dog. This might be more wishful thinking on my part but this quest definitely suggest the presence of a dog somewhere.

Despite the fact that I didn’t particularly enjoy questing through the Valley of the Four Winds, this is one set of dailies I am looking forward to doing. That is unless they decide to add tilting at windmills or jousting with carrots sometime between now and live.

I’m also curious as to just how much of my speculation is correct so roll on the next Beta patch please.

BETA Screenshots – A Farmer’s Life for Me

When Blizzard first mentioned player farms, I have to admit I wasn’t that sold (until they tacked on farmhouses at any rate). However now that the Valley of the Four Winds is open for questing and exploring, my opinion is definitely changing.

When I was a student, I did more than my fair share of hard labour on a friend’s farm but I don’t remember her farm looking anywhere near as gorgeous as this. No smells either which is a good thing, being in a shed full of chickens with a hangover is an experience I don’t care to repeat.

Vegetables which are bigger than my Priest are a little cause for concern though. I mean what are the Tillers feeding them (and can I have some please?)

All I want for my own little farm is a tattie-bogle (a scarecrow to the rest of you), preferably one with a kite attached and a little house like this:

The entire zone is has a peaceful and pastoral feel to it, although everyone’s favourite big game hunter stalks the valleys proving that even here, “Et in Pandaria ego“, the balance must be preserved.

I was also glad to spot this young lady. Although “spot” isn’t totally accurate as I had my interface hidden and my back to her taking screenshots when she snuck up on me.

These were my favourite mobs in AQ20/40, although I did hate the Battleguard Sartura fight for reasons I can’t quite remember and they’ve been underused ever since.

Visually this is world’s apart from the vivid colours of the Jade Forest but I think of the two, the Valley is my favourite (so far).

I also had a quick peak into the Krasarang Wilds (mind vision =  best beta spell ever!),

and spotted this. Now it took me a few minutes to figure out what this zone reminded me of but I got there in the end (so need caffeine right now).

This is one of our photos, taken as we walked around Palenque. I know there aren’t any ruins in the picture but there are plenty lurking just out of shot. So we have the same kind of vegetation, the same sort of water and broken down bits of carvings. So already, that’s a zone I’m excited about being able to explore in the next few weeks.