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World of Warcraft: "Thorium Monkey Bucket"
Posted: Thursday June 30th, 2005 by

In World of WarCraft I'm a Blacksmith. More specifically, I'm specialized in Armorsmithing. But, the final quests I have for that particular profession aren't even specific to me. The highest armor type I can make is available to any high level blacksmith.

So, I run around and collect rare pieces of Thorium (or buy them) and hand them over to this dwarf by the truckload. I get no money or experience for them. I get... patterns.

Granted the patterns I get are for pretty decent Plate armor, but they shy in comparison to armor drops in the high end zones, so, they are to a certain extent worthless.

Now, there ARE high end armor pattern drops from the uber zones. But, I'm a casual player, I don't really have access to those zones and therefore those patterns.

Don't get me wrong here, I'm not complaining. I know if I want to excel as an Armorsmith, I'm going to have to Raid A LOT to get the pattern drops. But, I do wish there were more focussed smithing quests near the end of our levels. Quests to get more armor suit types. Or maybe even a quest so that we could design our own Armor type. Something where we collect super rare ingredients and combine them to harvest definate traits assigned to each of those rare items.

I know, I know, I'm asking a lot. But am I really? These games are all about pushing the lines of emmersion. But when was the last time we saw something so innovatively emmersive that it actually impressed us?

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