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Boss, da zeppelin! Da Zeppelin!

With 4.2.wotsit now live, it’s inevitable that people are going to start looking to 4.3 (especially as Ghostcrawler’s beginning to make posts about upcoming class changes) and so I find myself imagining how laggy and crowded brilliant Darkmoon Island’s going to be monthly once it’s implemented. The whole Island thing’s pretty much a stroke of genius when you think about it, considering the number of people who will ask in trade ‘where’s the Faire this month?’ without looking on their Calenders, and considering the current appetite for the Decks (bets on there being a whole new slew of trinkets in the works?) it’s going to be the place to be seen while it’s active.

Quite apart from the promise of Heirloom purchases, fez-wearing monkeys (fezez are cool, you know) and many other bountiful new rewards via the wonders of Darkmoon Faire Tickets (I did that grind back in 1.6, I’ll have you know) we are promised ‘replicas of long-lost suits of armor that we’re offering for your Transmogrification needs.’ I find myself wondering exactly WHAT items are being resurrected from the great beyond (keeps fingers crossed for Tier 0.5) but I am more interested still by the news that the Faire will become a fully-fledged Seasonal Event with the introduction (I am assuming) of a mechanic I remember famously breaking servers when they first tried it:

We call ‘em Darkmoon Artifacts, and there’s all different kinds to be found all over Azeroth. The Darkmoon Field Guide helps you discover artifacts while you’re explorin’ dungeons, slayin’ monsters, and fightin’ in Battlegrounds. Without a guide, you’d never notice ‘em, and it’ll help keep you focused on the stuff we want. Whether you just reached level 10, or you’ve crushed the biggest baddies in the land, we need somethin’ from nearly everybody. You won’t have to go too far out of your way to get ‘em and each month you’ll get a new opportunity to seek out an Artifact for us. What do you get out of the deal? Don’t you worry, you’ll get your cut. When you bring a Darkmoon Artifact back to us, you’ll get valuable experience (it builds character, you know!), earn a better reputation, and possibly earn precious Darkmoon Faire Prize Tickets too!

Oh, did I mention that you can use the Field Guide to get to Darkmoon Island whenever the Darkmoon Faire’s monthly extravaganza is up and running?

This Darkmoon Field Guide sounds suspiciously like the Lovely Charm Collector’s Kit I remember taking to the trash before Boss One in Ulduar (which was promptly hotfixed ^^) which has been subsequently been refined and introduced into several Seasonal events. One assumes the main difference will be your Guide won’t vanish after you buy it but will only operate for the duration of the Faire’s activity. I find it hard to believe that they’d allow us to collect stuff outside that window or else levelling to Exalted would be a largely academic exercise (unless of course you are Insane and already completed this) I am pleased to see that the Faire isn’t going to discriminate on level, which should make this place an utter lagfest on busy servers the place to go for everyone.

Most significant of all we have the opportunity to use the Faire to advance our professions skills:

If you’re willing help keep the show going and put your skills to work, you’ll not only impress us, but you can get experience, Darkmoon Prize Tickets, and even polish up your skills — up to five skill points per profession, per Faire week, if you’re good at what you do!

I’m really hoping that Archaeology is included in the list, and if it is that should mean all of the Secondary proffs will benefit a bit of grinding. One can only hope. Let’s hope it’s not long before the PTR is up, as the Faire is scheduled to roll into Shatt next week…

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