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9-16-2010 @ 8:31AM
Harvest festival has one major advantage - it's a huge opportunity to level cooking easily. If you're like me and have never bothered to do so - then this is a chance to get up to max skill for almost no gold cost in a very short period.In fact I started thinking I really SHOULD level it a while ago and the advice I got was "don't bother, wait for harvest festival and powerlevel fast and cheap".So here it is.
9-16-2010 @ 8:37AM
I'm fairly certain that's the Pilgrim's Bounty holiday. Which, you're right, totally rocks for leveling cooking. I hadn't even intended to have cooking on some of my alts, and that was a very cost-effective and fast way to do it.
9-16-2010 @ 8:39AM
It is indeed Pilgrim's Bounty that has the cheap cooking, and the cheap cooking has an added bonus:You need some cooking skill for the Christmas achievements.So especially if you're, say going for Long Strange Trip on alts: don't skip Piglrim's Bounty.
9-16-2010 @ 8:45AM
Okay - based my information on what I was told by a close friend (the one who got me into the game in the first place in fact). I suppose she could have confused them. I'll check it out when I get home tonight anyway, since this is my first harvest festival.Side note: seeing as there are no achievements - I take it this doesn't count toward "What a long strange trip it's been ?"
9-16-2010 @ 9:10AM
LOL, I started to write a comment similar to yours, but I realized in time that I am mixing it with Pilgrim's Bounty and deleted it before posting. Are you also not from the United States? I think for Europeans it is easier to mix these two game holidays, since we do not have Thanksgiving, and looking from far away, both of them is about eating a lot of food. Pilgrim's Bounty is = Thanksgiving, which, according to Wikipedia, a "harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general."
9-16-2010 @ 9:19AM
Indeed I am not from the USA, I'm from South Africa - like most Saffers I play on the European servers (I know some who play US servers but the timezone difference is quite ridiculous).I'm on Hellfire btw. But yeah - thanksgiving is an American and Canadian holiday (and the two are on different days at that) - for the rest of us, a harvest festival is a harvest festival. What's worse -in my country it's SPRINGTIME now. Harvest time is in April !
9-16-2010 @ 9:26AM
I live in the U.S. and really, we find it confusing too. I don't know why there are two separate harvest holidays. But yes, it's Pilgrim's Bounty that has the awesome, fast, cheap, easy cooking leveling -- and food fights. That's coming soon, but not this month.
9-16-2010 @ 9:40AM
Oooh, Robin replied to me :D I win at least 5 internets I'm sure :PThanks for the information. I went and searched a bit. It seems thisharvest festival is based on the popular harvest festivals in Asia.Presumably it is more meaningful to those cultures where real lifeharvest festivals are happening at the moment ?We know that WoW is very big in China - even if they just got wrathabout 3 months ago (the day I saw that post I was once more remindedhow grateful we should be for living in free countries - as opposed tounder the kind of government that censors even a harmless hobby to thepoint where it takes you cannot experience it until everybody else isalmost finished with it).
Also, I feel this holiday is much more about remembering two great heroes than about food. It should be re-named. According to it's story, compared to some American holiday I know, isnt this more like Memorial day? I think by the way that there is a hungarian person working secretly at Blizzard, because it shows some similarity with our national holiday, and it is pretty close in timing too. August 20th is our biggest National Holiday, which is actually two celebrations forged into one day: the Day of the New Bread since its harvest time, and celebrating Szent (Holy) Istvan, who was our first king. Harvest = New Bread, First King = Biggest Hero :))
9-16-2010 @ 10:38AM
@ Neyssa - Just a question (totally unrelated to anything important) - Is that the Saint Steven whose holy day/feast is referenced in the Christmas carol of Good King Wenceslas (Václav?)Apologies for the thread meander,:)Sintra E'Drien of the Ebon Blade, né Sindorei (still Worgen-curious)
9-16-2010 @ 10:53AM
@Sintraedrien: sorry but no, thats referencing to Saint Wenceslaus, who belong to a closely related, but different culture (Checz, not Hungarian, you know, checz make good beer and have a beautiful Prague, and we make good wine and we have a beautiful Budapest :) Wikipedia is your friend :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_King_Wenceslas
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