As anyone who plays WoW should know, Children's Week is back up and running. This is one of the annual week-long events that take place throughout the year, but this one is not intended to celebrate a major holiday. Instead, this one seems to be more of a "feel good" event . . . with MINI-PETS!!
I have to admit . . . I'm a WoW mini-pet collector. I love the little varmints, and I have been actively collecting them ever since the change that allowed me to have multitudes of them without taking up my precious bag/bank spaces. So, with my addiction in full gear last night, I started the arduous process of finishing the Children's Week "fed-ex" quests so I could finally get the last two pets I had been missing from this event.
I was actually a bit intrigued by the "vanilla" quest line, since I recently switched my main character from Horde to Alliance. I had never done the Children's Week quests (or any of the annual events) with an Alliance toon, and I actually got to see some stuff that I had not seen in the game before last night.
First, Westfall has changed. Yes, I know many of the old areas changed with Cataclysm, but I wasn't really prepared for all the new buildings and fortifications around Sentinel Hill. Back when the level cap was only 60, I remember spending many hours in and around Sentinel Hill looking for the always elusive "VC run". Now, that fledgling waypoint has become almost a full-blown town.
Second, I never knew that a path to Old Ironforge had been opened below the throne room in Ironforge. It was a neat experience to go down into the bowels of the city to find a diamond statue of Bronzebeard. I've always been a sucker for hidden areas in games, books, movies, etc. and while I know this area is accessible to any Alliance character, it felt like I was finding a secret area.
Unfortunately, the Shattrath City quests were the same as I remembered from doing them in previous years, but they didn't seem to take me too long to complete (except trying to find a good way into Exodar . . . man, that place is remote), and before long I had the two pets I needed to complete the "Children's Week Collection" and bring my personal collection up to 173 pets.
Without further ado: