Ok, so I really should have given this another "Winter Veil" title, but there are three up already so I opted for something a bit less repetitive. Last night I checked in with Greatfather Winter to see what he had in store for us under the tree this year.
Immediately I noticed that they updated the gifts under the tree to display the idiot-proof ! overhead. I understand that for obscurely located quests this is helpful, but in this circumstance I found it a bit annoying. Last year it was kind of fun to try and figure out which gifts were "hot", almost like a mini-game of it's own. The gifts are just distracting now, in terms of game immersion. It's like Blizz is saying "I don't think you are capable of spotting that herb unless I make it sparkle like a little girl caked in Barbie makeup". I understand that some folks might be vision-impaired and perhaps they need the extra effects, but it would be nice if we could turn them off.
Anyway, I collected my gifts on all 5 of my high-level toons and 3 bankers. I noticed that all characters can collect the first two gifts: Egg Nog and Winter Veil Cookies. Higher toons can also get the Wand and the Robot Toy, my level 20 mage received both of those. Characters over 50 can get all the various gifts, including the Mechanical Greench and a Random Pet (Snowman, Reindeer or Helper Box). I was pretty tickled about them adding the Greench as a standard reward, in past years I've tried to get one and never succeeded.
The bad news is that they completely standardized the gifts and from my sampling it appears that there's no longer a chance to get a recipe from them. I guess it's a good thing that I recommended doing all the quests, because this year that was the only way to get one. Personally, I think it's unfortunate that they removed the recipes from the tree gifts. Obviously it's nice that everyone was able to get a Winter Veil pet and a Greench, which was not the case in the past. But I don't know that I appreciate the trade-off of losing the recipes in the process.
There is some good news for those of you who didn't get your free recipe in the mail from Greatfather Winter this season. They put all the recipes on the Smokywood Pastures vendor, the one who has the Egg Nog and Gingerbread recipes, now also sells the Winter Boots, Hot Apple Cider and Winter Outfit recipes. So if you missed out previously, make sure you stop by and grab the ones you need before these vendors are gone.
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!!