Basol's Spectacular Amazing Race is a week and a day away. Are you ready? We talked a bit about the race at the guild meet up last Saturday. People tried to shake down poor Basol for information on the race, but all he did was give me the name and a basic idea. He doesn't know what the route is. Those who do know are very, very, very tight-lipped. (How much do you like Undercity?)
Mullingrew and a few others have asked some questions about the race so I will take a moment to answer them here.
#1 - Can we wear heirlooms?
Yes, you can outfit your level 1 toons in heirlooms. Those heirlooms will...not...save...you in some areas. Trust me on this. Only your wits or how fast you can run or whether there are adventurers killing creatures near the road or whether you can work together will save you. But, if you are going for any of the heirloom achievements, outfitting your level 1 is a way to get them.
#2 - Can we use mounts?
No. This is a footrace. Mounts are prohibited.
#3 - Can you rez at the spirit healer?
You will be on a first name basis with some of the spirit healers. A side note, if you don't like dying, repeatedly, often, a lot, frequently, this is not an event you will enjoy. The gnome-tested route is fraught with peril. I tried to buy Peril off but she refused. How you get through some of the sections is what makes this fun. Another side note, your gear does not take durability damage nor do you have rez sickness at this level.
#4 - Does Day 1 end at Ironforge or Stormwind?
Yes. You can choose to end in Ironforge or you can progress to Stormwind. All teams will start in Stormwind on Day 2, but there is no advantage to moving on to Stormwind on Day 1 if you're tired of dying or need to log off. We will not start Day 2 until all the teams are by the front gate.
#5 - Can I run this as a solo adventure? Do I have to form a team?
You can run this solo. The route was tested by a solo gnome, although with other guild members so we could discuss options when something seemed to be a huge struggle. (Again, those people will not give you information on the route prior to the race, so don't ask.) If you would like the challenge of running it solo, you certainly can.
#6 - Do I have to make a new guild? Can't I just join SD?
You do not have to make a new guild. This is an option and you will be given gold to start the race so you can form a guild if you so desire. This was offered as something to consider should you want to have a team name. The only way to do that so it shows up on the screen, is to form a guild. You have to all be on the same realm to do that. You are welcome to put your level 1 in SD so you don't get inundated wtih guild invite spam.
With cross-realm availability, you do not need to have a level 1 on Llane/Arygos if all your slots are full. You can form a team with other SD members even if your toon is on, say Aerie Peak. As long as the leader of the team is on Llane/Arygos, you'll be pulled onto the L/A realm and will run with them.
If you are going to form a guild to get a team name, have your name ready BEFORE July 31st. If you are going to design a tabard, do it now. Again, trust me on this. You will spend more time on the name creation or tabard design if you wait to do it on the 31st/August 1st than you will running the race. There will be unguilded low levels in Ironforge and Stormwind specifically to sign your charter and get you up and running. You need 5 names so we can play "Sign the charter" with our low levels bouncing from guild to guild for those wanting a team name.
#7 - I need some help forming a team.
Mullingrew has a thread here, looking for more for his team. If you would like to form a team and don't have others, add your name to this thread. No more than 3 people per team.
#8 - Alliance only?
Well, yeah because you have to go to Ironforge and Stormwind and, at that level, you won't get very far. After you rez, about one step before a guard shoots you. If this goes over well, we can look at doing a race horde side next summer.
#9 - What are the rules again?
Make a level 1 toon of any Alliance race. DO NOT LEAVE THE STARTING ZONE. Do not quest. Go stand by the mailbox. Form a team of no more than 3 level 1s. Be online on Saturday, July 31st by 8:30 p.m. Take your summon and hang out at the starting line. You will want to form a party with your team so you can talk amongst yourselves. Level 1s cannot be in a raid so it will take us a bit to get everyone to the starting zone. You will receive a letter with Day 1's route AND a shopping list and some gold. You MUST stop at each location and buy the item listed on the shopping list. These items MUST be turned in to me in Booty Bay on Day 2 to prove you completed the route.
We have wonderful prizes to give away; lots of prizes, including mounts.
If you have a question I haven't answered, please ask.
#10 - Originally, we were going to be on Ghostlands server. What gives?
It was pointed out to me that people don't need to be on Ghostlands to run this. I address this in question 6 but it's worth answering separately. If your team is on Ghostlands, we have people who are acting as helps who can make a party with you to pull you into the Llane/Arygos server. The initial reason was that a number of people have maxed out their available slots on Llane/Argyos so we'd just move to a server where we had another affiliated guild. Some people were irritated at not being on Llane/Arygos. We'll make it work regardless of where your level 1 ultimately is.
If you've got members of a team and your level 1s all prepared, you can send names to me now. That will help with my sending you what you need on Friday.