I guess I’ll start off with the shocker. Turns out that the reason I hadn’t been getting responses to those text messages is that my gf passed away a couple days after she had let me know she was going in. Apparently they found her after the fact so she never even made it into the hospital. We had our own online ceremony for everyone who knew her in SL back on Saturday, and we hit 73 folks in attendance at once point. It was a wonderful ceremony that blew me over in how powerful it felt. There was a video taken too, but I don’t know if it made it online or not yet, and I plan to find out when I’m a bit less busy.
I’ve had some interesting thoughts about Garrisons. Originally, I was considering trying for an all-furry (or all non-human at least) garrison crew, and even picked up the 5000 apexis crystal Arrakoa follower(the most expensive escort ever, according to WoWhead!) but there’s not enough pre-gen furry types to pull it off. At this point I’ve basically settled for as close as possible and speadsheeted out my followers to min-max the best team from who I have.
You see, it’s going to be a while before I can build an inn, where the other 200 possible random followers come from. The first plot needs to stay a Trading post for now to fund everything, and once I cap out my resources my lumber mill will need to be replaced with a barn for savage bloods for gear, which doesn’t leave an open slot. My alts however are a bit more free in that regard.
So I got to thinking.
My feral druid alt is a worgan. There seems to be quite a few worgen in the follower list, and once you get level 3 barracks you can switch in racial guards… and I’m pretty sure she’s exalted with Gilneas. So I’m thinking with her I’m going to try to build an all-worgen garrison, with the occasional furry-style filler that is too useful to deactivate, or if I can’t quite get enough Worgen. Since I don’t need to maximize power, I can maximize for fun instead!
My red panda ninja gal on the other hand, I don’t have any theme ideas for yet. I’m sure something will come to me eventually though.
Overall, I have to give props to Blizzard. I was looking somewhat forward to this as a slice of Warcraft in Warcraft, and I’m enjoying it in its own right, at least so far. A couple months down the road I’ll probably be less interested, as managing all the daily cooldowns will be more of a pain, but for now, I can’t wait to get home to check my missions and see if I nabbed any follower upgrades!