Posted by: Jess Riley | January 15, 2009

Theme Week ATST: The Little Things

One of the things that can make a roleplay really nicely rounded and interesting is making use of the vendor trash and inexplicably interesting items that exist in the game – I don’t mean things like the Brazier of Dancing Flames, which we’ve mentioned before as having very little practical purpose, even in roleplay. No, I mean the things that the vast majority of people overlook – but which can be really interesting to include.

We’ve touched on this before, but I thought I’d get a little more specific, because it is Theme Week after all. Here are a few items that I think can be incorporated into your roleplay, where you can find them, and why I think they’d add something if used right.

Item: A Steamy Romance Novel.

Found: It can be pickpocketed from 200 different NPCs, but notably from the Defenders in Alterac Valley, several NPCs in Terokkar Forest, Netherstorm, Nagrand and Blade’s Edge Mountains. The related A Steamy Romance Novel: Forbidden Love can be pickpocketed across Northrend.

What It Can Add: Well, let’s be honest – if you were going to pose reading a book in an Inn anyway, what’s more fun? ‘Katafray reads a book’, ‘Katafray reads a book that looks like some chick lit’ or ‘Katafray reads A Steamy Romance Novel: Forbidden Love?

Alright, so maybe this won’t come up much for you, but it could be interesting if it did. I’d have fun with it. The downside is that it apparently can’t be looted, only pickpocketed, so you need a rogue (or to know a rogue) to get it.

Item: Haute Club Membership Card

Found: The Scarlet Enclave, exclusively – so you need to be or know a Death Knight for this one, too.

What It Can Add: Well, despite it being white, it doesn’t actually do anything (apparently, it did in the beta, but this was canned), so let’s scrap that idea straight up. It also doesn’t have the same kind of use as the romance novel – you can’t pose reading a membership card. You can, however, emote handing someone your membership card to prove how knowledgable about fine cuisine you are, or to indicate your name, or to indicate how twisted you are that you stole someone’s membership card for no real reason (a nice twist is if you make reference to it actually being someone else’s card, of course).

Item: Legal Documents.

Found: The Relic Coffers in Blackrock Depths.

What It Can Add: Particularly if you’re a rogue, or otherwise involved in some kind of subterfuge, waving these around can add some credence to what you’re trying to do. I mean, they show you have the right to do this… right? On the other hand…

Item: False Documents

Found: The Relic Coffers in Blackrock Depths.

What It Can Add: To make it abundantly clear that this is subterfuge, waving around the false documents can add a little something to a scene in which you’re trying to be something you’re not… or you could offer to sell them to someone trying to make a getaway or get themselves involved in something illicit. There are lots of possibilities.

Item: Ritual Candle

Found: Felwood.

What It Can Add: I hear this used to be part of a warlock quest, but now? I think they can be a valuable resource when playing any strongly ritualistic character (priests, warlocks, druids, etc, or simply the superstitious), when they’re getting involved in something. Perhaps refer to your candle when summoning a minion, or casting certain spells – or when attempting non-gameplay things like ‘predicting the future’ or ‘ensuring our path is safe’.

Item: Thermotastic Egg Timer

Found: Reward from Rescue OOX-17/TN!.

What It Can Add: Sure, it’s not actually a junk item – it does have a use in game… and it’s not really as useful in gameplay as the other possible quest reward. But, really, when it comes down to a pyromaniac, or an aficianado of explosives, or an erratic engineer, what could possibly be better than being able to actually equip and wave around a stick of dynomite? If you can’t see the possibilities inherent in this… well, we can’t be friends anymore.

These are just a few examples, though. There are dozens more that can be used to great effect, if you know where to find them. I may do a follow-up to this later in the week, citing more examples, depending on how many different ideas I have what comes up.

But tell me – what junk items do you use, or what useful items do you use differently – to great effect in your roleplay? Do you use any? Are you inspired to start now?



  1. The Ritual Candle can no longer be obtained, so you should remove it.

  2. This isn’t roleplay, per se, but back when we were learning Archimonde for the first time, my officers and I decided that the guild needed a morale boost. (Archi is one of those incredibly unforgiving fights in which even one death can lead to an almost guaranteed wipe. With the same players dying over and over again to the same silly mistakes, tempers were starting to run a little hotter than usual …)

    So after a particularly frustrating night of attempts, my priest officer and I hopped onto our paladin alts and AoE farmed Lost Rigger Cove for Pirate’s Footlockers ( — that little green chest that has the possibility of containing not only quest items (if you happen to be on the quest), but also random grays that are clearly intended to be a pirate’s castoffs.

    We also headed down to Booty Bay and picked up 25 non-combat parrot pets; scoured AH for long elegant feathers to craft the Admiral’s Hat (from tailoring); and even cooked up a few dozen stacks of Savory Deviate Delight.

    You can probably see where I’m going with this.

    These little treasures became the basis of pirate-themed care packages we sent to our raiders via in-game mail a few hours before our next set of Archimonde attempts.

    We ended up killing him, too! We probably would have even without the pre-Hyjal pirate party, but it was one of those fun, silly things that the guild still talks about, and I’m going to try to come up with something similar for the next time we hit a roadblock — maybe something dragon-themed when we start working on Sartharion +drakes?

    The Rogue’s Diary (“every page is blank…”) is one of my other favorites; I’ve started sending them to my guild’s rogues on their birthdays.

    We’re all always on the look out for bear parts, too, since our main tank is a feral druid who really identifies with his character. It isn’t unusual for him to open his mail box and find a Rotting Bear Carcass, Torn Bear Pelt or Bloody Bear Paw waiting for him inside. At one point, my shaman was running around with a fiery-enchanted Big Bear Bone … >.>

  3. @ Elleiras

    Wow, that was so awesome and nice of you all to do that pirate party. Now tell me what server your on, so I can be apart of such an awesome guild in the future. 😉

  4. Absolutely agreed with Alex, Ellerias. That’s awesome.

    As for the ritual candle, perhaps the Devout Candle would be a good substitute?

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