I don't know about anyone else, but I'm going out of my mind with all the activities that are going on right now! As soon as 3.1 hit I started working the Argent Tournament to beef up my pet collection. I have three toons who are high enough to do it, so I've been doing the dailies on all three when I can. Then Noblegarden rolled into town and after waiting out the first couple of days to let the furor die down, I started walking my gals through that too. Since these events only happen once a year, I try to get at least two of my toons through each holiday so they can all make progress on the "Strange Trip". Then as I was in the midst of taking my third gal through the Noblegarden egg farming, the server time rolled over and Children's Week went live. Phew! There's not enough of me to go around, heh.
So now I'm doing Children's Week times Four, because it takes three years to get all the Shattrath Pets and I want to make sure all my girls collect one pet each year for that. And I'm STILL doing Argent Tournament dailies when I can work them in to keep earning Champion's tokens. My weirdness is actually paying off for me here, back in the day I made a point to create a character of each race as an "equal opportunity" sort of thing. Now, having a gnome/dwarf/human/nelf is gonna pay off for me. I can farm FOUR of the tournament pets and only do the champion chain once for each toon, WOOT! Meanwhile I can accrue tokens on as many toons as I have time to do the dailies on. One of my gals is going to buddy up to the Exodar so she can buy their pet eventually, so I'll be totally covered.
In case you haven't figured it out, pet collecting is one of my newest passions. Not that I have time for more of that, but I've already gotten Stinker on Kaliope and I'm working up to the Fawn. Krystella is close to getting Stinker also :) The tournament is a way to get five different pets with one activity. If you do all of the dailies every day for 8 days, you can buy a pet. For those of you who aren't interested in pets but are interested in generating cash, farming these pets and selling them to the other side could be an excellent way to do that. These pets are selling for 5-10k on my server, I could see them selling at the upper end of that range on a cross-faction auction.
But this is not the purpose of my post... I wanted to share how fun these pets are! I bought my first one for Kaliope a few days ago: a Teldrassil Sproutling. This is the perfect pet for her because she is a tree druid and the sproutling is her "mini-me"! I haven't seen anyone else on my server with one of these and I suspect its because folks don't really know what they're getting. I was gonna make a movie to show it off, but I'm lazy and I found one on YouTube instead:
See the Sproutling in Action!
I LOVE THIS GUY!! He's kind of a sleepy fella, but when he dances he just warms my heart =) Sadly, I've emoted him to death to see if I can trigger any of his emotes and so far I've had no luck with that. It would be amazing if I could /dance him to activate the dancing feature. The only downside to him so far is that he seems to sleep a lot... think newborn. But he's really a great pet, unlike most of the ones that just follow you around. Personally, I think every tree druid should have one. Taurens, I hope you have a bud on the other side!
So it was with a bit of trepidation that I went shopping with Krystella to get her new pet. She just got 40 tokens last night and was finally able to afford the Elwynn Lamb. Unfortunately I just wasn't feeling the same excitement about owning a lamb. They don't really scream "I'm special", do they? But I went ahead and bought one, cuz I'm a total nerd and I'm collecting virtual pets. I took my new sheep out and trotted him around, just to see how I felt about him. He came with me as I went through some Orphan quests. He's kinda cute when he follows you around, he's got a funny little butt wiggle that he does. But I got the surprise of my live when I saw his own little movie come to life. At random moments, he spawns a wolfish predator who takes him out! Check out this movie I found on YouTube:
Elwynn Lamb vs World
It's kinda long, so if you're in a hurry to get to the action you can skip the first two minutes of commentary and just watch the ending. So what started out as one of the most boring pets turns out to be one of the more interesting pet dramas! I'm jazzed now to see what's in store with the other Tourney pets =)