Alternate Transmog Idea

Transmogrification is one of those features which supplies endless variety and no actual benefit to killing monsters. As such it is a very interesting game feature to watch going forward to see if any other innovations are added. At the very least it removes us from suffering clown suits while we play; which is darn good.

I had an idea for TransMog v2.0 which would allow an illusion set to be set in the same way a title is selected. This is a specially prepared illusion which displays one set regardless of what you are actually wearing. The character would prepare the gear in the same manner as transmog, and then an illusion of that set appears “always on”.

Thus a leveler or raider who replaces gear often will always look as intended. The cost might be high, perhaps even applied by carrying a specific item which sits in backpack in the same way a haunted memento gives you a shade which follows you. If it was really meant to be for the high rollers, and a profession push was needed it could be a craftable item which needed a synergy of several conflicting professions to craft.

Just a thought.

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Transmogrify – Old Rep Gear

Edit: as this look uses primarily white items, its not really a transmog set; more an rp set.
More cool old gear, now from the Bloodsail Buccaneers – you know, the bad guys hanging around near Booty Bay. Arrrr.

Remember too that it is Pirate Day soon, so expect a few scallywags and such to shiver your timbers. The Rep gives you all the basic kit, Hat, Shirt, Pants, etc. the groovy weapons are from elsewhere.

The be all and end all of this rep is that its bloody long and hard to do, it makes you hostile with a variety of Neutral cities, and you get to look like a Pirate. Whats not to love about a huge red hat, fluffy shirt, and a ship’s wheel as a shield. Nuff said really.

Image is straight from wowhead, a pirate surrounded by corpses was too sweet to resist.

Transmogrify – Old Rep Gear

shield of the shattered sun offensive

With the whirlwind of news about reusing gear models, I though a mention of the cool old-ish rep gear, like the gear from Shattered Sun Offensive from The Burning Crusade. When you’re pondering gear for that special set – consider the old reps you’ve already earned but don’t offer traditional tiers – they’ve got some great stuff.

Gear Transmogrification makes RP sense

There is chatter on the wow-internet about the transmogrification service coming in patch 4.3. Some like it, some dislike it, and most are curious what it will mean.

I like it. It is one of the best RP style game features I’ve heard of in a very long time.

Consider the Circle of Flame. One of the best helms for clothies, and it has a mail equivalent model. Both drop in Molten Core.

Consider that some characters in stories are personified by their gear. There are npcs in WoW that are known by their weapons, characters in films and books (etc) that are linked to the weapons they wield and the equipment they carry. Indy’s whip & gun from the Indiana Jones films, Elric’s sword from the novels, all sorts of Final Fantasy memes, and pulpy stuff like Krull which are all about the weapon. Do you remember that elf from Hawk the Slayer? What a bow!

Our toons will have the capacity to establish a personal style all of their own. We can select or create our own armour sets. That means all the eye patches, bandanas, iconic weapons, groovy shoulders, and sexy bikini plate breast plates are all up for grabs.

I realise though that it could potentially diminish the variance of character gear, and also has the potential to steal the limelight for new gear sets. It could be argued that gear is a point in time, and that is valid only if that is your set of values. Frankly I dislike most of the interim gear my toons have to wear and would prefer to pick a set that I could grow to love.

This feature limits us only if we let it limit us. People will use it to make expressive sets. Sets will be slutty, bold, clown-like, ugly, and very old school – and what that means is choice. I don’t care that it means a pvp player can’t tell how powerful my gear is just by looking at the toon model – that is not an experience I value.

If I’m looking at a character’s gear then I am looking for the visualised overall affect, not trying to remember which shade of purple or blue indicates what sub-tier of pvp shoulders some Undead Warlock is wearing while he fear-bombs my character.

I wish I had not trashed and DE’ed all my old tier sets and odd items. It is a great feature. Happy customising.

(edit: Blog Azeroth Shared Topic Linkage)