So, the Midsummer Fire Festival has just started, and it’s been newly revamped with the kind of content familiar to those who played around with last year’s Hallow’s End and Brewfest holiday festivals. There’s lots of flavourful fluff and some nifty non-combat rewards.
Rather than write up a guide myself, I’m just going to provide a few good links:
Enjoy! I’m off to bed, and when I get up I’ll be going to set myself on fire!
So, tonight I noticed one more good reason to go and collect at least some of these coins.
You can get 8 dumplings for one Coin of Ancestry from Valadar Starsong in Nighthaven (53,35 in Moonglade). They stack to 20, so 5 coins will get you 2 stacks.
Now, look at the effect. 4% of your mana returned every second for 25 seconds. Drink for the entire 25 seconds, and that’s a guaranteed mana bar refill. Compare that with Conjured Manna Biscuits, which would only give you 100% mana return in 25 seconds if you had 6,000 mana or less. For someone like me, with a 12K mana pool, I’m getting mana back twice as fast as I am with mage bickies.
(And, of course, all of the above applies to people who are after the health regen rather than the mana regen, too.)
Obviously, the big downside is that they’re soulbound – but if your bank isn’t full to the brim already, why not go and spend a coin or 50 and stock up on some of these bickies? They’re incredibly useful for farming, soloing, or even instancing when you don’t have a mage in the group – and they’re one of those quest rewards that people just look right past, time and again. I know I’ll be buying as many as I can fit in my bag, and nibbling happily on dumplings for weeks to come.
A friend asked me for a guide to the quests involved in the Love Is In The Air festival, which has just started and runs until February 15th.
However, I don’t need to provide one! MK of A Dwarf Priest has written an excellent guide, which you can find here. Thumbs up, go read it.
(Oh, in case you’re interested, the Love Is In The Air quests in each city do not give any reputation. I checked them all.)
The first two posts I saw in my RSS reader this morning were from Aurik and Big Bear Butt, both talking about the replayability of the Lunar Festival.
Here’s one good reason to go around and collect all the coins: reputation. Each coin gives you +75 rep with all Alliance or Horde factions, for a total of 3750 rep for all 50 coins. (Or 4125 rep if you’re human. *smirk*) It’d take you 250 stacks of Runecloth to achieve the same effect, and unless you’re an AoEr with seriously heavy-hitting damage, I’m willing to bet it’ll take you less time to get the coins than the cloth. (And there are still reasons why you might want Exalted with old-world factions, of course.)
And that’s, you know, the totally mercenary reason for doing it. I’m still having fun charging around on my level 70 pally getting all the coins – two years ago I got all bar the instance coins on my then-low-40s night elf shadow priest (and boy were the Horde cities challenging :)) when I was flirting with the idea of making her my main, and I didn’t do it at all last year because I was in hospital. So this is all new on my pally, and I can tell you that bubble-hearth sure makes things easy. ;)