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Officers' Quarters: 8 gift ideas that won't break the gbank

A gnome on a kodo mount
Every Monday, Scott Andrews contributes Officers' Quarters, a column about the ins and outs of guild leadership. He is the author of The Guild Leader's Handbook.

The holiday season is all about giving. It's the perfect time of year to hold contests and giveaways. Doing so can be a great way to build morale in your community or attract new players. Giving gifts to your officers as a guild leader is also a heartfelt way to show appreciation for their hard work throughout the year.

However, many of the most desired items can cost a fortune in gold. For officers, manpower is often much easier to come by than raw currency. Here are eight items that make great gifts or prizes without bankrupting your gbank.

8. Discombobulator Ray

Where to get it: An engineer can learn the schematic in Gnomeregan. Wowpedia has a walkthrough. It also has a small chance (0.5%) to drop from Mekgineer Thermaplugg, the last boss of the dungeon.

What it costs: A small amount of gold for materials: bronze bars, silk and wool cloth, and jade.

Why it's a good gift: Many players don't even know this vanilla-era item exists. It has a unique and hilarious effect, and you don't have to be an engineer to use it. It's also a devastating item for low level players to unleash in PvP.

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Filed under: Officers' Quarters (Guild Leadership)

Reputation in review: The August Celestials

Reputation in review The August Celestials
At the four cardinal points of Pandaria, great beasts known as the August Celestials watch over the precious continent. To the east is Yu'lon, the Jade Serpent -- a being of unfathomable power who is neither the first nor the last Jade Serpent in existence. While speaking to Yu'lon, it is made clear that upon her death, her life's essence will be passed on to another, in cycle that indicates some type of immortality.

There are three others in Pandaria; Chi-ji the Red Crane to the south, Xuen the White Tiger to the North, and Niuzao the Black Ox to the west. It's not clear if these three follow the same cycle as Yu'lon, but all three share the same sparkling, ethereal appearance. We don't know where they came from. We don't know what they are. We don't know exactly how long they've been on Pandaria, although there is mention of Yu'lon in tales from the last Pandaren Emperor. We don't know what their ultimate purpose on Pandaria is, except to guard and watch over the world.

And one would think that a reputation grind dedicated to these ethereal creatures would answer at least a few of these questions.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Mists of Pandaria

Lichborne: Level 90 primary professions for death knights

Lichborne Level 90 professions for death knights
Every week, WoW Insider brings you Lichborne for blood, frost, and unholy death knights. In the post-Cataclysm era, death knights are no longer the new kids on the block. Let's show the other classes how a hero class gets things done.
This week, we'll cover the personal benefits of the primary professions for death knights at level 90. Many of the perks and benefits are the same as they've been at levels 85 and 90, but there's stronger versions, of course, and a couple other changes that are worth covering. This guide will focus primarily on the self-buffs and bind on pickup rewards, though many professions will, of course, have its own BoE things that all death knights will want to make use of, so consider that when you pick your professions.

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Filed under: Death Knight, (Death Knight) Lichborne

Breakfast Topic: Little changes you want in Patch 5.1

Breakfast Topic Little changes you want in Patch 51
I will admit, as much as I love new patches, I can't get too excited about the new content coming in patch 5.1. I'm not even halfway done with all the new Mists of Pandaria content. I have dailies to run, valor points to earn, raids to finish. How can I get on the patch 5.1 train yet?

That said, I still love speculating on changes. Right now, however, I'm not focused on the big stuff, like massive balance changes and new content. I'm thinking of the little tweaks they could make that would really help me out.

I think the biggest things for me revolve around bag space. I'd love to see Lesser Charms of Good Fortune turn into currency so they didn't clutter up my bags so much. While you're at it, make Restored Artifacts into currency too. For that matter, give me a nice, simple, 24 or 26 slot bag recipe using Windwool Cloth so I'm not stuck saving up expensive mats and frantically grinding August Celestials rep on my tailor just for a chance at more bank space sometime before next year.

What little changes, changes that don't really affect balance or add major swathes of new content, would you like to see in patch 5.1?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Mists of Pandaria

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