Fussypants: The quest line for the legendary cloak is a pain. Sure, it is an eventually satisfying pain, but a pain all the same. But it also represents one of the most successful aspects of video games.
I recently started to seriously work for my legendary cloak. I had just collected about 7 or 8 sigils, and I think I was honored with the Black Prince. So basically, square one.
After a week finishing up with my sigils, I killed the Sha, and got my Chimera of Fear. I turned it in, and got the reward for the first step, the legendary gem. I have long since upgraded my sha-touched weapon, but I socketed it in the staff all the same (I had kept it in my bank).
When this was done, I moved to the next step. A buddy and I grinded out Krasarang mobs, and I arduously capped my valor for three weeks.
After this I won the Temple BG quickly, and struggled with Silvershard Mines for almost a week. I lucked into a group doing A Change in Command, and I’m now collecting my secrets and grinding more rep.
The quest is long, even longer when you are playing catch-up. But somehow, it has also kept my full attention for more than a month.
And this is why the legendary quest line is so successful. It can keep you engaged for the long haul, even for the least time dedicated players (me). By offering small rewards along the way that lead to an immensely powerful item, this quest has been my goal for almost religiously for two months now.
This philosophy of breadcrumb rewards leading to an awesome final prize is also what makes games like WoW so addicting too. When you think about it, the cloak quest line is a culmination of all the addicting powers of WoW. I find this fascinating, but also a bit disturbing. Human nature is so obsessed with rewards, and this is the perfect trap.
As I grind farther and farther into this quest, I’ll try to keep you updated on how its going. Or, the lack of news will tell you that I have finally failed 😛
Yotaan: I have to pipe in and agree with Fussypants, the cloak legendary questline is a pain. My toon started the grind several months ago and stalled out collecting secrets from the last 2 raids. I believe I have 3 out of 20 secrets. They just would not drop! And, this is absolutely the way it should be. If it’s legendary, it should take a lot of time and effort. Nothing worthwhile is easy. Unfortunately this process burned me out. No progress on that front has been made in many weeks. However, I am getting more and more tempted to start up again. Can’t have my daughter trump me!