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Ghostcrawler’s Cataclysm Post Mortem

Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street posted this bit about Archaeology in The Cataclysm Post Mortem series.

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I have mixed feelings about Archaeology. I feel like it’s a good addition to professions and offers more, and more varied, gameplay than our existing professions. Still, it’s clear that some players wanted more. We wanted Archaeology to be hard to complete. We didn’t want it to be one of those professions you can max out by buying up mats at the Auction House. But random reward systems whose long-term goals are more interesting than the short term ones can feel grindy. Archaeology had too much travel time. It could be punishingly random, especially for players who imagined that it would be a guaranteed delivery mechanism for Zin’rokh (which was never the intention). Players missed a lot of the lore, which was delivered in the Archaeology journal and not as part of the survey or digging experience. We think the Mists of Pandaria expansion will be really good for Archaeology. Players will be focused on a couple of new races on a single continent, so travel and randomness will be reduced automatically, and leveling Archaeology should be a bit more convenient since there will be more opportunities to dig at a single site. We have other tricks up our sleeve too.

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Post 4.3 Interview with Ghostcrawler

Ghostcrawler shared his thoughts with Curse on Patch 4.3 now that it has been released and what the future has in store. Listen to the full interview for some other info that relates to Mists of Pandaria!

Post 4.3 Interview with Greg Street (Ghostcrawler)

Items from Archaeology have low item levels compared to the new and easy to access gear added in Patch 4.3, Are there any plans to scale or add new Archaeology items that will be relevant to the current content?
We will likely add new items, we didn’t want to compete with heirlooms and give alt characters more gear than they could possibly use, allowing them to level without caring at all about loot gained while leveling. We like the idea of artifacts remaining something that you can trade between characters on your account. If you get a healer trinket that you can’t use right now because you don’t have a healer, it could be something you use one day, rather than solving your healer trinket problems forever. (Source)

 

www.youtube.com/8MoL5hFhQH8?t=7m35s

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Interview with Scut

Below is the long over-due interview with Scut , second to claim all 32 rares!
Thanks to Morpsend for opting to conduct the interview & to Scut for taking the time to talk with us.


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Morpsend: Why did you get into archaeology?

Scut: Originally, I started just because I wasn’t into raiding as much as I was in the past, and I also wanted to get the Bug mount. I have wasted a lot of WoW-hours afking, searching for rare spawn mounts (TLPD, Phosphorescent, now the Camel), so grinding through arch to get a cool mount was worth it.

Morpsend: Did you use any mods or helpful macros?

Scut: I used ArchDB and Archy to track my progress, but other than those I had nothing. I bound my dig key to a mouse button and used click to move to make digging less painful.
Now the only macro I use makes me use most of my arch items at once while attention whoring in Orgrimmar.

Morpsend: Did you do anything to help you while digging, like watching tv, listening to music, or anything?

Scut: I definitely always had the TV on and iTunes open, but I also started trying to get better at chess while I was flying to a digsite. More often than not, I would have WoW in windowed mode while either playing chess or watching a movie.

Morpsend: Did you plan to go for all 32/32 from the start?

Scut: No. At the start I wanted just the Bug mount, but when that didnt come until my late teens (solves), I figured I should push for Professor (back in Feb.) Being a rogue, just about all of the rares are completely worthless to me, so I spent downtime enchanting them with awful enchants and linking them to friends (22 INT/ Spirit Reforge on Troll sword). It seems everyone has at least one rare that takes a ridiculous time to queue up, and luckily for me it was the Nelf rare trinket. With so many Nelf sites, I was able to find it faster (even if it was around 500 solves) than someone looking for a Troll rare.
After I got Professor I essentially stopped doing arch, and then later stopped playing WoW all together. When I later re-subbed I figured that since most of my friends either quit or transferred, that I might as well go for all 32.

Morpsend: What would you like to see in the future from archaeology?

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