I believe that garrisons are designed about as far as the slides and screenshots we saw come out of Blizzcon. At one point a panel developer even said that they had not fully designed the feature in response to a question from a player.
Let's help them out!
We can put our heads together and brainstorm some ideas for garrisons. You may recall at the last Blizzcon LeCraft invited Engineers to post their ideas for new recipes on the forums. We took that invitation and ran with it to come up with ideas for all the professions. I think we should do the same here. Let's throw out a bunch of ideas and vote on them to pull out the best ones. Then I'll take our ideas to the official forums and post them for Blizzard folks to read.
Let me remind you in broad terms what we know so far:
- Limited access to professions we don't have via garrisons
- Access to bank items when crafting
- Stack sizes to be increased (no numbers given)
- Offline collection of materials via followers
- New recipes may be discovered via garrisons (no details on how)
It was specifically said that the use of garrisons would probably not allow non-blacksmiths to craft epic items. Other than that nothing has been fleshed out. This is our opportunity to share opinions on how we would like that feature to work (non-profession crafting).
My thoughts - perhaps non profession crafting could be limited to trainer recipes. Perhaps the mats would be significantly higher if crafted by a non-professional toon. I don't believe that any player should be able to make the best recipes for a profession they don't have. I might be willing to consider it if they had a much higher cost for doing it.
For example my warrior wants to make a BoP item from Blacksmithing and is willing to fork over 2x or 3x the mats to have it (dual wield Lunar Crescent yo!). Since this is an obscure item that she has no chance of getting unless she drops Engineering and levels Blacksmithing, I could see an argument for allowing this. The same would be true for Engineering, let my other toons craft an awesome looking tinker helm for transmog but it costs me 3x the mats to make it for them.
Also, we've had comments about gathering via garrisons. While there is a convenience factor here, I think we should acknowledge that Blizzard probably doesn't want us getting all our materials this way. So maybe we should brainstorm ideas about where that line should be.
Ok people --- DISCUSS!