Guide to Pacifist-craft: Getting Started

Emary, my Tauren Druid dirty hippy

In the last couple of weeks most folks talking about World of Warcraft have been focused on the new expansion, Mists of Pandaria. PANDAS! PANDAS! PANDAS! I will say, this is an awesome expansion and I’m having a lot of fun with it. However, that’s not the topic of this post. No, readers, I have to be different.

In the lull after leveling my goblin priest to 85 (FINALLY) and MoP dropping, I was bored. Really bored. A few months ago I learned of a guy on Reddit that had leveled a character up to 85 entirely by gathering professions. I even wrote about it, if you recall. I know a few folks that have done this too and it intrigued me enough that I wanted to try it. So since I was bored, I rolled a new toon to do just that. I thought I’d write up a little getting started guide in case anyone else decides to do this as well. It’s not easy, and you die… a lot. But if you’re looking for a challenge or something different, it’s worth a go.

The basic premise is that you level entirely by not doing damage. You can’t hit anything, you certainly can’t kill it, and you can’t even group with someone else killing something, because that will also give you kill/combat credit. (You can find your combat stats by opening the achievement window and going to the Statistics tab) No PVP, no killing, nothing.

Gaining XP: Your options for gaining XP then are gathering professions such as Mining and Herbalism. Skinning also gives XP, but you could only skin other people’s kills which would take awhile as you’re not always around people who are out killing things. Non combat quests are also an option, these are usually quests of the nature “Go take this there” or “Gather me 10 cords of wood” or “Deliver this to Whatever Town.” These aren’t something to rely on though, so you’ll have to pick up the two gathering professions. Exploration gives XP, but not nearly enough to level you significantly. Holiday quests are a nice bonus, for those quests that don’t require killing anything, but still give XP. Some dailies are also an option such as cooking and fishing dailies, though those can not be obtained until level 10 for the newer Cataclysm dailies.

Race: Tauren. I chose this because Taurens have Cultivation, a racial that gives a +15 to Herbalism as well as a speed bonus. This has helped me gather many a time while something was deciding I looked like lunch. Taurens also get War Stomp, a stun that does not do damage, and Endurance, which increases base health by 5%. I primarily play Horde, so this wasn’t a difficult choice for me. If you are Horde-averse you could choose Dwarf, who have Explorer, which is a bonus to Archeology, giving you extra pieces for every dig and a faster survey.

Class: Druid. This is a great choice for RPing if you happen to enjoy that. I affectionately refer to this toon as my “Dirty Hippie” and what’s more hippie than a Druid? But I actually chose Druid because once you get travel forms, you can gather while in those forms. Which means flying down, picking flowers, and flying away before some baddie can choose how well done he wants his Tauren burger. Take note: Dwarves can not be Druids.

XP Bonuses: Whatever you can get, take it. I have my toon in a guild that has Fast Track, level 2 which gives a 10% bonus to killing monsters and completing quests. Sure I’m not using it on the monsters, but now and then when I do quests, it’s helpful. I also have heirlooms on my toon. I had some cloth ones left over from leveling my mage and priest, and since I’m only using it for the XP bonus and not the item stats, I just sent them to her to use. I did not previously have a helm heirloom as my rep with my guild wasn’t high enough, but now that guild rep gains have been nerfed, I have it and I did buy her a leather helm heirloom. I don’t care if she matches! Lastly for XP bonus is of course RESTED XP. Do not discount this. It’s 200% and when you can’t kill stuff or do most quests (because they all involve killing stuff) missing out on that extra XP is very noticeable.

Tips: I would recommend obtaining a Gnomish Army Knife which you might find on your auction house or get an engineer friend to make for you. You no longer need a mining pick, however having one gives a +10 to Mining. A Gnomish Army Knife gives +10 to Mining and Herbalism. (And also Skinning, but again, not really an option). Herbalism will give you Lifebloom, a healing spell. Put it on your action bar and use it, it’s better than nothing. If you’re playing a Druid (or another class that can heal) you’ll eventually get other  healing spells as well, remember to put them on your action bar as well. Remove any combat spell that auto-adds to your bar, best not to even be able to accidentally hit it. You can smelt the ore you mine which will increase your Mining skill, but it will not give you XP. I wouldn’t bother unless you have managed to out level the area you’re currently gathering herbs in. Unsmelted ore will still sell on the auction house. Think about where you’re leveling. Most levels have multiple zone options on both factions, but not all are equal. For instance I found that my survivability was MUCH higher in Durotaur than it was in Mulgore. In Durotaur it seems to be a lot easier to avoid things that come after me. I have not tried out Tirisfal Glades or Eversong Woods yet.

Finally I would say, again, this is a very challenging way to play. You die. A lot. By level 3 I had died 21 times. No kidding. I’m now level 8 and that death rate has slowed down, though that is thanks to changing zones and Brewfest giving me “free” XP for dailies. Still while I was dying a lot I thought I was nuts for trying this and considered quitting many times. Keep playing though, it’s not a challenge for nothing.

Female Friendly Guild Spotlight: Comic Relief

Comic ReliefAnother new feature here on Oh, A Girl Dragon, spotlight on a female friendly MMORPG guild. Finding a guild in an MMO can be hard, finding one that women can be comfortable in can be almost impossible. To help those guilds and potential members, I’m spotlighting different guilds that are either female only or female friendly.

This week, the guild leader of my own World of Warcraft guild, the one, the only, Sin. Sin is the leader of Comic Relief, a Horde guild on Cairne-US (Central Time Zone). Comic Relief can be found online at http://comicrelief.guildlaunch.com. On to the questions.

How did Comic Relief get its start? 
Comic Relief started out as a guild named It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere. The guild was started by a guy name Jimdog. A small group of people from a guild that didn’t want to be part of a raiding guild. So, they left the guild they were in and started the guild, the guild they were in was not a raiding guild but it was starting to head down that road. So, Jimdog, a friend of his, also the old guild leader and an officer of that guild left and started It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere. Well, after a while two of those four left and I was made an officer of the guild, didn’t know why I was made an officer but it happened. We decided that the guild name was a bit long so we made a new guild and Comic Relief was born. As time passed, we didn’t have a lot of members but we were growing.

What type of guild is Comic Relief?
Casual, Social and Friendly

What type of people are in the guild?
We have all types of people in the guild. We have those who like to pvp, those who like to quest, those who like to dungeon, those who like to raid, and those of us who like to sit around and chat. But everyone in the guild is friendly and helpful…

Do you have regular events or runs? 
We try to run something every week. We have just started up Naked Fun Runs, which have been a blast.

Is Comic Relief female only or female friendly? 
No, we are not a female only guild but we are female friendly.

Are there things that are taboo in guild chat or on the forums?
We don’t really have anything “taboo” but the thing is don’t say anything you would not say to your mother. I have had to call out some guildies about something.

Even in a female friendly environment, harassment can occur, how is that dealt with in Comic Relief?
A meeting with the person will be call for. Officers will be involded, if nothing can be settled. Removing the person from the guild will be called for. But as far as I know this has not happened within the guild.

Is Comic Relief looking for new members? If so, what are you looking for (DPS, class, etc.) and how would someone go about inquiring about joining? 
We are always looking for people for our little family. Looking for anyone who wants to have fun without feeling like they have to be the best. They can look us up in game by doing a /who of Comic Relief and asking if there is an officer on line or dropping an app on the guild website. I check the site everyday and will be in contact.

Is there anything else people should know about Comic Relief?
We are not just a group of people who play a game together. We are a family, if there is someone sick we care about that person, if someone is missing for a while we worry. So, yes we are a bit of a different type of guild.

Thank you so much to Sin and Comic Relief for being the first guild spotlight! If you are the leader of a female only or female friendly guild please use the contact form up top, send me a note on Facebook, or a Tweet, and let me know!