Something I’ve been thinking about lately is repgrind. No, not that Repgrind. Grinding out reputation, specifically as it pertains to professions. For those of us who have several alts on a server, with different professions, that means we likely have to grind a certain reputation several times over -just to get the recipes on each toon. We need to improve our standing with them before they hand out the goods. Well, makes sense to me. But if my Hunter is Exalted with Honor Hold, why should it matter what he wants to buy from the Quartermaster?
My Hunter has a fine standing with a faction and while I can’t be absolute, there’s a good chance he gets along well with my Priest, my Shaman, my Rogue…you get the idea. At the very least, he gets along with the ones of the same faction or the same guild. You can probably see where I’m going with this already. What if patterns were BoA, but in the same style as Heirlooms originally were? In the beginning, Heirloom gear could only be sent to characters on the same account, on the same server, and of the same faction. To me, this system could just as easily work for Quartermaster items (though today I’m focusing just on the Profession benefits).
With achievements account-wide in less than 10 days, there’s zero reason to get Exalted with “that one toon” any longer -save for sentimental reasons. You can obtain it with any particular one for the achievement. Once you’ve done so, there’s less reason to do it again…especially with Head Enchants disappearing in Mists. Devil’s Advocate suggests well, if you really want the Quartermaster items, you should be willing to do the work to get them. That’s true. But we’re entering an expansion with more emphasis on casual playing and situations where people don’t have large periods of time. This is one of those things that could be done quite easily, without impacting the rest of the game.
Sure, my reasons are partly selfish. I won’t deny that. But I also can’t really argue against what makes it a good idea. Mounts are now accoun twide, and pets are as well (let’s not notpick which ones right now, as it impacts this discussion very little). Some Quartermasters have an item or two that’s BoA as it is. This is a complete change that simply makes sense.