Last night I decided to start my journey into Pandaria properly. After getting home I played for around 3-4 hours and started working my way through the quest lines in The Jade Forest. As I said before, I’m not in any especial rush to level so I’m taking my time, reading all quest texts and just absorbing the enormity of everything.

I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t started yet, but I can assure you that you’re in for a real treat when you do.

One thing that I liked about SW:ToR when I played the beta last year was the voice acting. It really added to the immersiveness of the story lines and helped you to connect with the characters. It’s something that WoW has traditionally lacked and I’m really pleased to see that Blizzard have tried to incorporate this. While not every quest is voiced, many of the key moments are and it just makes this that little bit more engaging.

The real highlight for me so far has to be the White Pawn/SI:7 chain across the first half(?) of the zone. I love Sully & Amber and the series of quests involving them nicely echo The Day that Deathwing Came, only better.

 

Professional

Wizzadora has Herbalism/Alchemy so I’ve been picking flowers as I’ve been questing. As with Gomjabbar the other day, I’ve had very little (virtually no) competion for herb spawns. During my questing I picked up around a dozen stacks of herbs (Green Tea Leaf & Rain Poppy) without going out of my way to find it. Even so, it’s slow going and I’ve only got to 572 Herbalism. Still, I’m happy with the progress considering it’s not something I’ve really been focused on. I’m somewhat less impressed with Alchemy.

When I arrived at Dawn’s Blossom I figured it would be a good time to train up my alchemy so I spoke to Ni Gentlepaw only to find that she had just 2 recipes for me that were both green… WTF?

After asking one of my guildies, it turns out that virtually every alchemy recipe needs to be “discovered” by crafing ones you already know, though this isn’t actually made clear anywhere in game (that I could see). Having done some more reading on this today wow-professions.com has (as always) a great guide on what to expect. Still, I really think that Blizzard need to make this more obvious.