When all else fails and I really can't be bothered to do anything remotely constructive I go to WowHead. I cannot tell you how much I love this site at the moment. The 3D viewer is hours and hours worth of time sink - plus it's cheaper than being at the AH with my finger hovering over the 'buy' button. It tells me for example,
But back to WowHead. It's building me a nice list of stuff I want to have in my bank, just in case the right occasion occurs... starting with four versions of one robe. All of which AH for upwards of 400g folks. There is the zomg-gief-now shininess or it's blue cousin from AQ - yeah go on, laugh... but who doesn't want the option to be Princess Leia sometimes? There is of course the other option but they're yellow and would clash with my hair... Though I could always dye my hair again I guess *ponders* (Pilf has dyed hair her to lessen her resemblance to her hated mother, in case you were curious) Actually, a confession on that line - when Shad wasn't Shad, back when she was Pilf the First, I had a real thing about my hair. Way back when (before Dual Spec *gasp*) I used to spec and respec depending on what was needed. Now respec used to top out at 50g a pop, but if you were Pilf the First you had to have different hair to go with your spec. So when she was healing she had long flowing straight hair and when she was evil shadow Pilf she had spikey hair (and bigger horns, this was also when she was a Dreanei) and my hairdresser bill got to be... well it was ridiculous and was in the hundreds of gold (I think hair change at 80 is 11g a pop?) Let's leave it at that for now.
I think we have established that yes, I'm shallow as a puddle, yes I'm so vain I have hidden shallows not hidden depths, but really, I have never managed to play a character for long that I don't like looking at. Let's start with the Alliance. Humans? Hated them - the men were steriody and scary and the woman just looked... off in some slightly undefinable way (and the Macarena dance thing /gah) Draenei's I have always loved. Yes, even the scarily large male versions. Gnome females - fine (as long as you are choosy about robes or can find an undershirt with umm... uplift...) gnome males, nooooooo, can't handle them at all. Dwarves are fab - I don't need to expand on this do I? Night elves - well we all know how much of a pointy-ear thing I have going on right? Then tell me - why are male night elves so unpleasant to behold? The first time I saw the Other Half's Nelf druid I nearly fell out of love with him. Seriously - why would you play such an ugly character - mind you the Other Half is the polar opposite of me - while I like to have my characters as attractive as possible, he (I swear) makes his as unattractive as possible. And, yes I'm sure there is room for amateur psychology there but I won't appreciate it if you open up that Pandora's box... Night elf females, yeah I do get it. Apologies to all the feminists out there but I do. And the dance I also get. I know that you're not supposed to want to be able to dance like the only thing missing is a pole, but darn it if it isn't fun sometimes.
The Horde. I think I've covered Belfs. We know how much I adore them (other than the mounts. C'mon Blizz, make a gorgeous race and then as a practical joke give them ridiculous mounts and not fix it before shipping, much??) I like Trolls, believe it or not; I think the male Troll dance owns everything. I do have two requests though - could the men not stand a little straighter, and please, for the love of all things, stop squatting! The Forsaken I also think are pretty good. They hit my goth buttons - what can I say. Mind you, we were having a discussion a few nights ago where someone commented that in the Chinese version of WoW they don't have bone joints sticking out. This I feel, would be a plus. Orcs I also like as well. They have that badass thang going on. I've never seen a dopey looking Orc. Not that I'd point it out if I had mind you! Which leaves us with Tauren. Hmm, I upset people in guild a while ago when I said that I just cannot bring myself to play one. It's the scratching. It really bothers me. Tauren warriors and DK are awesomesauce though. My PvP nightmare is that I go into a battleground and what's standing in front of my is row after row of huge Taurens wearing plate.
All of which is a roundabout way of saying (yet again) that it's so lovely to be playing somewhere where I can actually justify pretty clothes! And that I want an RP event soon so I can generally show off Pilf's lovely new stuff...!