Loremaster: If I want to get it, I’d better go for it. Now. Before it’s (possibly) too late. Or at least, before the Loremaster achievement is overhauled. I’ve talked about the issue before, and plead my case that Blizzard should maintain access to ALL the old quests that are now 5+ years old. But I grow more and more doubtful that that’s a realistic hope.
Here’s a quick recap of the information involving questing we learned from the massive information dump about a month ago:
- Zones that don’t change much in visuals may still change significantly in story (Westfall’s quests will be roughly 95% new)
- Wrath had about 1,000 new quests. Cataclysm will have more than 3,000
- Iconic quests, such as those involving Linken, should still remain in the game, relatively untouched (woot)
Add to that Ghostcrawler’s confirmation on the official forums that, at the very least, quest rewards will be completely overhauled:
Almost every quest reward in the 1-60 content will be changing. If there is a quest item you really love, you might want to grab it now. :)
It’s time to stop hesitating and get that title. Given that I don’t have a ton of time left before Cataclysm (maybe three months, give or take, if the game actually is released before BlizzCon), I’m getting all my ducks in a row for the quest grind.
Thankfully, there are some great tools available for other crazies who are attempting for the Loremaster title before Cataclysm hits. Specifically, the EveryQuest addon is a life saver. And happily, I happened upon a companion addon that makes the process of finding quests much more manageable: EveryQuest: QuestGivers.
See that map to the left? As a thumbnail, you may not notice anything all that special. But click it to enlarge, and the magic appears. All those lovely little yellow exclamation points save me the trouble of searching database sites for every single quest giver who is paired with a quest that I have yet to complete. The addon isn’t perfect (sometimes roaming quest givers aren’t shown exactly where they should be)… but in those cases, I still have my trusty WoWhead commenters who probably have already faced the same questions that I may pose.
Now does all this help that was unavailable prior to Patch 3.3 take away from the actual achievement? Perhaps, to some. I salute the many, many of you who somehow toiled to gain your Loremaster title before these handy dandy addons were available. But I am thankful to have them. And use them, I shall.
Now the question is: do I have the time? I’m not all that far along. Only a little more than halfway, actually, in either Eastern Kingdoms or Kalimdor. Only 2 of 7 needed zones in Outland (You can tell I didn’t play in BC. At ALL). And 7 of 8 required zones for Northrend (which, of course, I am the least concerned about. But oh well). A recent experiment: completing Sholazar Basin’s quests, from start to finish, took less than a day. But that was in Northrend, where the quests were relatively cleaned up and nice compared to some of the Vanilla zones. On the other hand, it also was without the aid of QuestGivers.
This may be a large order to take on given a shortage of time and a recent busier-than-usual IRL schedule. But we’ll see if I can do it! Care to follow my progress? Or perhaps take bets on how long it’ll take me!?
Who else wants to take on this challenge with me? I’m hoping it’ll be fun and educational – because that’s really the whole point. And, of course, the title.