So Engineers are FINALLY getting the ability to change specializations in Patch 3.2. I believe this is the last profession to be given this option, and it's at least a year overdue compared to other tradeskills. But what does this actually entail? The patch notes say nothing about who/when/where. Don't you love it when Blizzard adds a new feature and neglects to include any details on the subject? I know I do ;)
Well you know what this means of course - 'Investigative Cub Reporter' Kayree (aka Kaliope's Engineer) is on the job! My first stop was Dalaran. I tried repeatedly over the past month to locate any sort of specialization modification information from any person in the Engineering department and never found anything. But now the word on the street is that this patch is gonna drop soon, failure is no longer an option! I resorted to drastic measures...
My next stop was Ironforge, where I met with the big Kahuna to see if he would teach me a bit of Gnomish engineering (I'm currently Goblin spec). Sadly all he wanted to talk about was his mad little Techbot minion going berserk in Gnomeregan, so I left him muttering over his "poor creation".
After striking out with the Gnomish types, I decided that perhaps my old mentor in Gadgetzan would be more forthcoming. Nixxy taught me everything I know, after all. Sure he can be a bit cranky, but that's why we love him. Unfortunately the only thing he had to offer me was a couple of Burning Crusade recipes I'd never bothered to train. For so-called 'experts', these guys are really dumb. So far they won't even give me a hint about changing specialties.
Ok, I'm not doing so well on my mission, but I've got one more ace up my sleeve. I'm already in Gadgetzan, why not ride out to Steamwheedle Port and talk with that nutty little Soothsayer who used to be in possession of a certain book...
Would you believe that the book charges you money just to read it?? That's just crazy talk! Needless to say if I deposit 150 gold into the book, it will suck all the Goblinish thoughts right out of my head. Now I have room in the old noggin for all those Gnomish recipes I've been dying to try out. You have to chat up the book a second time to learn your new specialty, so don't forget that part.
An interesting note: I changed back and forth a few times just to doodle around. If you go back to your original spec, you get all your old recipes back. If you change to a new one, you don't get any recipes. So it looks like they've build in a feature that allows you to recapture recipes you've learned before - pretty slick! I'll have to play with that more on the Gnomish side and see if it remembers your recipes for both sides.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Soothsaying for Dummies", there's an engineering hut just north of town from Steamwheedle Port in Tanaris. Inside the hut is a book on a table to your right. Back in the day if we wanted to switch specs, we had to unlearn our entire Engineering profession. Then we had to relevel it to 225 -- reading the book let us choose a new specialty. Luckily Blizzard has finally seen fit to fix that and enable Engineers to easily switch between specs just like other crafters do. Yay!
Next up will be Part Two of my WTB More Engie Info series -- Jeeves and the Frozen Crusade!