I had hoped the recent Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas would give us an idea of a time frame for 7.2. But, from the conversation and answers to questions posed by the community, I don't think it's coming within the next 6 weeks. This is important because 7.2 is going to have the capability to organize all your gear by sets. You will be able to see which pieces you do and don't have of a particular set from tier 1 up to the incoming tier 20. This is very important for those of us who like transmog.
If 7.2 was coming soon (relatively speaking), we were going to put off the transmog crafting event until after it dropped. But all signs do not point to it coming before mid-April so we're going to forge ahead with our event. This will be subject to change if we get new dates.
The gear crafting event will be held on Saturday, April 1st, beginning at 8 p.m. Right now, we are leaning toward either Exodar or Ironforge for the location. We want to be close to an auction house, mail box and the bank. Plus, we don't want a lot of people around. Exodar has access to a forge and anvil close to the bank, which is a decided plus when you're crafting. It won't be in Stormwind to prevent confusion with non-guild members.
You have to do some work here prior to the event. There will not be an abundance of extra materials for people who have not put in a request for crafted gear. If you do not sign up and just show up, you get any dregs. People who sign up will get some, but probably not all, of their requests. Got it? Good. Here's how this will work.
You need figure out what you want. The easiest way to do that is to go to the collections tab on your toolbar.
It's the icon of the horse's head. Open it up.
You need to filter your lists. Click on the piece of gear. Click "Not Collected" and under the "Sources" drop down, click "Professions".
This shows me all the crafted helms Epicurian has not collected. If you hover over one of the helms, it will tell you if it's only available via crafting or if you can obtain the look another way.
For instance, the above helm is available as a crafted piece or as a world drop. The shoulders, shown below, are only available as a crafted piece.
If the look you want has multiple ways of obtaining it, hit the tab button to cycle through the list. The location, in the case of a boss drop, will pop up on the screen.
You're going to need to decide how much you want to have made. We can't make everything you're missing in one evening. We envision this event taking place at least twice a year. Also, Legion end raiding gear is probably not available from anyone in the guild. I would limit what you want crafted to Warlords and earlier to make getting the materials easier. What I did was go to the last page for all my slots and made a list of the last 4 items. These are things which are, for the most part, from vanilla WOW. There was probably not a reason for me to have them crafted, even when vanilla was current content. Your list can include weapons and shirts, if you would like. I discovered, in my weapons list, two staves from archeology were listed. I best get on that.
Once you have a list, go to this thread and post it. Even if you limit yourself to 4 items, with all the weapons available to some classes, your list can get long. Again, do not expect that everything on the list will be crafted. Our goal is to have one thing from each slot made for you, but that depends upon the donation of materials and whether people know the recipes.
Create your list between now and March 15th. Again, every person who posts a list on this thread will get a few things made for them. Even if you won't be able to attend the event, posting a list ensures you'll have a few shinies in your mailbox when you return.
Beyond that, you're done, but I would like to ask you to help with creation. Take your list, go to WOWHead and type in each piece. Make a list of the materials needed. Add up what you need. I have a second post with a shopping list for all the pieces listed. If I got everything crafted which uses bronze, I'll need 110 bronze bars, for instance. We will total up all the pieces requiring bronze bars, for instance, to come up with a grand total. This will be printed by the 18th of March. If you are a gatherer, feel free to use my shopping list as a guide and start collecting materials. They can be sent to Mizauki or SpecDeath. While Amaera is our bank officer, she's getting married in March so she's not going to be as available as Miz and I will be. We have, between the two of us, ample storage for materials.
A lot of things you see on my list, like lava and firey cores and cloth; the guild has in abundance. Your donations are always welcome but don't go out farming mageweave, for instance. We have a lot stored off site. And there are vendor items which we will buy for those crafters who can make things. You do not need to spend money out of your pocket to make an item.
That brings us to crafters. On March 16th, the lists are open to crafters to sign up. You will have time to look over what people want and compare it to what you know, across all your toons. On March 16th, you'll be able to list what you can make. At the moment, to give everyone who crafts the opportunity to participate, limit yourself to one item from each category. You will make a post which reads, "I can make the following items: [insert item name] followed by the name of the toon that wants it. ALL toons are welcome to post lists. Please, for sake of clarity, make a separate post if you are going to ask for more than one toon. The lists will get long enough, as it is. This will also help prevent someone making an Azure Cloth hood and not knowing who wanted it.
If someone has signed up to make the Azure Cloth hood for Epicurian, for instance, don't sign up to make another one. If we discover that we have more than one person wanting the same item, we will give the first crafter who said they can make it, all the mats to make all the items. That will just work out easiest. DO NOT MAKE ANYTHING NOW, not even if you have all the mats. Please wait until the event is ready. If you can't be online but want to craft, Miz or myself need to know. You will still need to sign up here for what you can make, but we'll get you mats. If you have all the mats for specific items, when you sign up, as a courtesy, add "have mats" after you sign up.
For those of us enjoying the transmog contest or who just like collecting gear sets, we think this will be an exciting event. If you have materials gathering dust on some toon, this is, we hope, a great way to use all those up.
I'm sure you have questions. Ask them here, in the comment section. Miz and I will answer them for you.