I know - I hear you saying that we have crafting quests. The daily Cooking quest, the daily Jewelcrafting quest, and just recently the daily Fishing quest. These are fine and I've been enjoying the new Fishing daily. In fact, just a few days ago I scored the nifty crab pet =) This isn't really what I mean by crafting quests, the cooking and JC quests hardly even use our crafting skill. The quests I want back are the old AQ/AD style crafting quests that required actual tradeskill abilities to complete.
Perhaps some of you don't remember these quests, but I have fond memories of them. I farmed raptor meat for the War Effort back in 2006 and I had a blast collecting (and selling) items that were needed to open the gates of Ahn'Qiraj. I wasn't even in a raiding guild at the time, but I was happy to be using my crafting skill for a world-wide cause. There've been several other events from the early days of WoW which included turn-in quests for crafted items. You could fill Craftsman's Writs for the Argent Dawn, earn tickets with the Darkmoon Faire, and complete Field Duty quests for the Cenarion Circle. Each time one of these events launched, I threw myself into the effort with glee. Lately I find myself hoping that the Argent Tournament will host a similar event, where the talents of crafters are needed to help complete the coliseum.
So this is me requesting that we bring back tradeskill quests! I love being able to make items and turn them in for XP, Rep or tokens. I love that adding quests like these increases the value of the goods we make, so we revitalize the markets with new uses for old and unpopular items (armor kits, engineering parts, etc). It certainly appears that Northrend is preparing for a conflict of some kind, so the next few patches would be the perfect time to dust off the idea of tradeskill quests and implement them.
And really, it's been a long time since we had true tradeskill quests. Through all of Burning Crusade the closest we ever got was the cooking and fishing dailies, and then the gathering daily for the Shattered Sun Offensive. I enjoyed the gathering quest and I would love to see a Northrend version, but what I'd really love to see is a more comprehensive crafting scenario. Let's utilize ALL of our tradeskills for some upcoming event in Northrend, not just a cooking quest here or a gathering quest there. Surely there's a way to streamline the quest design process so that multiple item types can be accepted by the quest giver. If so, then you could create just one quest that covers all tradeskills, and save a lot of time making redundant quests.
What do you say people, do we want more tradeskill quests or are we happy with the status quo?