Saturday morning, I got home from work and went to Wowhead. I wanted to see which Treasure Contract was up, so I knew when I would be going to sleep. After missing it for weeks, “Treasure Contract – The Artificer” had popped. Even in the comments for this mission, people complained at how infrequent this thing appeared compared to others.
I logged in on all six characters and knocked out the contract. For one character it was the last one needed to get Harrison Jones. Dr Jones is slowly coming home to roost.
Getting this done was as satisfying as a walk-away knockout – dominating a situation so completely that when you beat it, everyone knows that you won. There’s no need for judges to render a decision, or a referee to step in at his discretion. You stepped in and head-kicked adversity, leaving it staring at the lights and maybe drooling a little bit.
Something like this:
The money train seemed to pick up steam this week. I’d like to tell you that it was all due to some smart investments or profitable real estate. But it actually had more to do with leaving the profitable real estate (ie The Garrison). Rokk was nominated to be the team flight monkey, so it was up to him to fill the necessary prerequisites needed for the meta. That meant he would be heading back through most of the Draenor zones (except Frostfire Ridge) to finish off quest lines (and unlocking the applicable Loremaster achievements). He’d also explore what needed exploring for the Exploration achievement. Between cash quest rewards, gear drops, and treasures that he stumbled across (thanks to Handynotes), Rokk brought an extra couple thousand gold to the table all by himself. He still has more quests to do (Spires of Arak and only 12% into the quests of Nagrand), but between what he made this week and what the gold factories churned out, this week’s grand total was 38,344g. That’s potentially two months of free game time in two weeks.
I love garrisons, almost as much I love watching gold pour into the bank. I don’t know what Blizzard plans on nerfing in Patch 6.2, but I hope they don’t touch garrisons very much. Leave my
gold garrisons alone!
Like I said, Rokk was tapped this week and started the flight grind. He upgraded the Trading Post to Level Three for the 20% rep bonus. A couple other characters upgraded their Barracks to Level Three for the follower cap increase to 25. Spend money to make money.
Let’s see how I did with last week’s list:
- Continue working on Harrison Jones missions. (Only need 2-3 more per character.)
Decide on a character who will work on getting the meta achievement for flight and start questing and exploring and so on.(Rokk got the nod.)
- Run more Heroics and get close to LFR raiding.
- Playing on the Isle of Giants for the mount or pet. (No time for even these shenanigans.)
- Work on Transmogs. (See above.)
- Kill elites for gear upgrades. (Nope.)
My focus on the upcoming week:
- Finish up some quests and exploration, start on Apexis mission.
- Start the Tanaan Jungle reps.
- Harrison Jones missions.
- Ride out the Patch 6.2 gong show, let the bugs fall where they may.
- Set the Hearthstone for a couple of characters, putting them in the Laughing Skull village in north Gorgrond (excellent for Lumber Mill).
Nothing overly ambitious going on due to my work schedule. Also, the new patch on Tuesday will probably raise a whole host of issues. There are rumors regarding the patch what may or may not be buffed/nerfed. So it might be a good week to take a “wait and see” approach. Besides, Harrison Jones missions will need to get hit and hit hard (assuming the right ones pop up). This guy has followers to level!
What did I learn this week?
- Going back to finish old quests can be a pretty good way to make gold.
- Harrison Jones is elusive, but he can’t run forever.
- Locking flight away behind a meta achievement is a great way to do it, and I hope they use this model for flight in future expansions.
Patch 6.2 will make next week very interesting. I have a feeling there may be some new objectives on my list around this time next week.
What have I been up to this week? Well…
See, now this is the problem with shift work. When you work nights, your body can’t process what the Hell you’re doing to it. Your brain wants to be sleeping, but instead it’s swimming in caffeine for way, way too long. This leads the brain to do all sorts of silly things. Things like upgrade garrison buildings, for example. I used some of the amassed gold from the week to upgrade some of the shacks. This was a mistake in the grand scheme of things. For example, I upgraded a War Mill to Level Three. All that did was give me a daily with a reward of either a weapon or armor upgrade for a follower. A bit of a waste, given the cost.
Now what I should be doing is upgrading the Barracks to Level Three. This will raise the follower cap from 20 to 25. More followers, more missions, more gold. But a few of my characters aren’t even at the follower cap yet so there’s no point in upgrading their barracks.
Still, Friday being the end of the week and all I decided to count coins and see how much I made, even after the random building upgrades.
Lo and behold, my total for the week turned out to be 23,648gp! That extra garrison is clearly paying off.
Like I said in a previous post, in the past month I’ve gone from having zilch on my to do list, to being completely swamped. Since I’ve been working nights, my WoD time has been limited to maybe an hour or so per day. I’d worked on the lumber mill to build resources on some characters, tried to build a super team of followers, and banged out some Harrison Jones missions to get ever so much closer to having him as my official follower powerleveler.
One night, my zombie brain thought it would be a good idea to get a Laughing Skull Orc mask for one of the crew. Gold and resources were spent on a Level Two trading post. Now with flying being a thing again, and unlocking it will involve three rep grinds, getting that post to Level Three is a good idea. The only issue is that I don’t know who will be working on unlocking flight. I may have to get another trading post.
So for the upcoming week, I need to:
- Continue working on Harrison Jones missions.
- Decide on a character who will work on getting the meta achievement for flight and start questing and exploring and so on.
- Run more Heroics and get close to LFR raiding.
- Playing on the Isle of Giants for the mount or pet.
- Work on Transmogs.
- Kill elites for gear upgrades.
Not enough hours in a day. Or week.
Let’s see, what did I learn this week?
- I need Harrison Jones in my life.
- Custom groups are awesome. I’ve used them to get Harrison Jones quests when I didn’t have any in my own garrison. I’ve also used them to jump realms and farm trees for stacks of timber.
- In a way, leveling quickly was a burden since I now have to go back and do old content that I tore apart a few times before. All that just for flight.
Never a dull moment.
Treasure Hunter and Mentor extrodinaire, Harrison Jones, can be a very important addition to any garrison. But he’s not about to just dance over to you and offer his services, no matter what kind of a swell person you are or how many Dance Studio talents you throw his way. To get him you need to complete the six Treasure Contracts that he offers. These are dailies, and it can take quite a bit of time before he even shows up in the first place, let alone get these things finished. So don’t expect to have Dr. Jones setting up residence in your garrison anytime soon.
But of course, there is a way to speed up the process.
Protip: Check the custom groups for a Harrison Jones group if he doesn’t show up in your garrison. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to get one quest a day. In theory, you could have Harrison Jones in less than a week.
Protip: If Harrison Jones is in your garrison, set up a custom group of your own so that others may have the chance to get your Harrison Jones daily.
Good luck and get at it people!