I was talking to my wife about various dailies we both needed to do, and she sighed when we got to the mention of her Jewelcrafting Daily. I mentioned that I thought other professions should have dailies too. For example, I'd like to get an alchemy daily or an herbalist daily and get some sort of reward for that. Mainly, I'd like to be able to turn in tokens for a bag of materials for alchemy or something. Perhaps have a chance to get something special from the bag I've bought, like a BoE pet sludgebeast or something (you have to make pets BoE at this point).
I don't know, something... alchemical.
She told me what a drag the Jewelcrafting Token system is. If you want recipes, you *have* to do the dailies. Same thing for the Cooking Dailies in Cataclysm, actually.
That got us talking about how it used to be. Back in our day, when kids stayed off our lawn. Both of us seemed to agree that the old way of having to farm for a recipe or hunt down a vendor in some obscure place who had a limited supply was much more engaging than the whole do-a-daily-get-a-token way of things.
I mean, I realize that the dailies ensure that nobody can suddenly have every recipe right out of the gates at expansion, but it also makes the professions feel like, well, jobs. With the old way, if there was a recipe you wanted (whether you needed to make it or just wanted to have everything you could), you had to go out into the world and get it. Or you had to buy it off the Auction House.
With Blizzard's statements of how they don't want everyone to just loiter in a capital city all the time, why put this system in place at all? Why not leave it how it was?
I know that if I truly want to finish out my Alchemy cookbook, I'm going to have to run some old raids and farm some old mobs. Not difficult, but time-consuming. And different. That's the key. It's something different.
I vote for a return to hunting down our recipes. Let the profession dailies reward materials or something instead of a timed progression of recipes.
What are your thoughts, dear readers? Do you like the way it's done now?