Beta Has Begun!

It would appear from the frenzy of activity on fan sites that the WotLK beta has kicked off, despite a lack of announcement on the official site.  The forums are abuzz with beta key speculation and WoWInsider is awash in beta articles, so I'm assuming the beta is now open.  Sadly, I have no email waiting in my inbox, but I did use the beta opt-in for all four of our household WoW accounts.  With any luck, one of us will get an invite :)



One article I found mentioned patch notes for the Beta, but had no actual link to them.  I also couldn't seem to navigate to it from the official site (they are still showing the 2.4.3 patch notes), but I found it by searching with Google.  For the curious, you can see the official Beta patch notes here:

Wrath of the Lich King: Beta Patch Notes

While there's quite a bit of info spanning 4 separate "posts", I'm disappointed with this section:

Professions


  • The following tradeskills are available to train up to 425: First Aid, Herbalism, Mining, Skinning, Enchanting, and Leatherworking.


Ouch, talk about skimpy.  This says pretty much nothing about professions although I gather from the various WoWInsider posts that there's quite a bit of info you can dredge up if you're willing to troll the Beta database.  The only thing I can gather from this is that tradeskills are minimally implemented at this time, so for now I suppose we just get to speculate.

Meanwhile, I've been reviewing the new Achievements page and I'm tickled that there are some tradeskill related Achievements.  I really hope there's a title available for those of us who've maxed out every available profession slot on our toons (two primary and all three secondary), some sort of "Crafting Guru" designation.  Alternately, they could give us a title for each profession we raise to the cap.  I would certainly love to get a "Master Angler" title for my 375 Fishing ability, or "Master Chef" for 375 in Cooking.  And as a healer, I think it would be a kick to show up as "Head Nurse" on my next guild raid, heheh.

I also like some of the other fun-oriented Achievements, such as the pet collection that was mentioned.  I have a ton of pets and I never delete them, so this would be cake for me.  And I think the Barber Shop idea is brilliant, I'm just hoping they don't require too many points to modify your look.  As a female gamer, I'd love  to be able to change my appearance at least a few times a month.  If they make the Achievement points too difficult to collect, that could put a damper on my trendy-factor.

Meanwhile, I'll be keeping an eye on the beta news as it trickles out...

6 comments:

  1. Looks like MMO Champion has a large list of Achievements, including "Skills to Pay the Bills" described as "Become a grand master in fishing, first aid and cooking". There is also a whole page for Profession achievements - I like this one "Drinkin' and Fishin'". See the full list here:

    http://www.mmo-champion.com/index.php?page=784

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  2. Kaliope check out this article:

    http://www.wowinsider.com/2008/07/18/passive-buffs-for-gatherers/

    As a die hard gatherer I'm stoked at the idea.

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  3. > “Head Nurse”

    This one got me chuckling :)

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  4. Thanks for the link D! I went through most of the WoWInsider articles yesterday, they've got some interesting stuff :)

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  5. I remember not knowing anything about the beta for TBC and then suddenly getting a key :E

    No luck so far!

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  6. WOOT! and i was lucky to get one invite ;)

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