Blizzard May Consider Adding Profession Titles

Wryxian has stated on the official European forums that Blizzard is possibly considering implementing profession-based titles in the future. Apparently the dev team thinks they're a "rather cool idea" so players can advertise their profession, but there would most likely be more requirements than simply hitting the maximum skill for the profession.

Since this announcement is obviously meant to generate discussion, what do you think? Would you like to be able to earn a title for your profession? How difficult should it be to obtain? You can read Wyrxian's full post after the jump.

Could there be Titles for reaching max level in a profession, you wonder? Maybe you'd like to help advertise your profession, maybe you're just wanting to display your pride for completing a profession's skill.

We regard Profession based Titles as a rather cool idea, but we're not certain that it'd be best implemented for "just" achieving maximum skill -- we might want there to be other requirements too. Either way, it is possible we may consider Titles like these in the future.

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# Jun 02 2009 at 7:38 PM Rating: Good
I like the idea. Since you have the option of changing your titles, anyways, It might be a fun way to expand the non-combat aspects of the play.
You could even move a few steps further with tying in some a form of reputation to the titles, too. Having random NPC encounters where 'they' come to you for odd jobs. Depending on your reputation with factions, such as NPC's reaction to exalted reputation. For example: It might happen that an exalted engineer might have a random encounter with someone of royalty wanting a special set of goggles fashioned for them. It can be just another type of a daily...but, it'd add some unexpected flavor to the professions.

The professions are fun and lucrative. Ultimately, I would like to see some type of distinction earned over time rather than bought over night with a few hundred/thousand gold.
no thanks
# Jun 02 2009 at 5:19 PM Rating: Good
i would not want the title, it would just be an open invite to be treated like an NPC
no thanks
# Jun 02 2009 at 7:02 PM Rating: Decent
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I wouldn't see it as "an open invite to be treated like an npc". I would see it as an opportunity to make some more gold in the game just from possible tips alone, not to mention if you're working on skilling up, that could help you skill up more. And even still, some professions are more in demand than others. On my server, blacksmiths are too far and few in between. Makes me glad my main IS a blacksmith. I've helped people out so much, they recommend me to other players noting me as someone to look for when needing blacksmithing done. I've gotten tips ranging from about 5gp all the way to 100gp. Over time, that adds up! :-D
Like the idea
# Jun 02 2009 at 12:01 PM Rating: Decent
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but there would most likely be more requirements than simply hitting the maximum skill for the profession.


Why?

It's not like you don't have to put in any effort to hit maximum skill.
Like the idea
# Jun 02 2009 at 1:25 PM Rating: Good
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buzzzin the Flatulent wrote:
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but there would most likely be more requirements than simply hitting the maximum skill for the profession.


Why?

It's not like you don't have to put in any effort to hit maximum skill.



Because anyone can hit maximum skill in a profession with a bit of time. They want to make sure the titles aren't too easy to get and everyone and their brother having them. Eliminating any uniqueness to it.
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Like the idea
# Jun 02 2009 at 12:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Why?

It's not like you don't have to put in any effort to hit maximum skill
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Agreed!
Good thinking
# Jun 02 2009 at 10:56 AM Rating: Decent
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I too think this would be a good idea since they've already got two in the game already being cooking and fishing, which I'm near completion on cooking and working on fishing. For first aid they could give the title of "Doctor (name)" or "(name) M.D." For the primary professions there are so many possibilities and achievements they could make up for each one. I'll use my main's two professions as examples.

For blacksmithing, they could have the title of "Smithy (name)" or "(name) the Hammerer". You could have achievements in place regarding your specific branch of blacksmithing such as having made one of each of the BoP armor or weapon pieces. Or collecting, learning and using each recipe that can be found from certain instance raids like all the ones from the Black Temple.

For mining, go with a title of "Miner (name)" or "(name) the Deep". Now because this one is limited on what you can do in mining, have achievements in place for having mined and/or smelted so much of a specific ore.

I think they could also use special pets as reward. Personally, the baby murloc tends to be one of the highly coveted ones of all. Perhaps for each profession have it's own murloc dressed up to match. A murloc with a miner's hat and pick. A murloc with a smithy apron and blacksmith hammer.

To go further on the idea, they should have a special achievement in place for someone who attempts and succeeds at doing at least 5 of the professions and their respective achievements. Let's say the title of "(name), Jack of All Trades" and they get the option of being able to switch back and forth between the professions they have fully learned for a special price, similar to the way we have dual spec.

These are just some thoughts I have for the whole idea and are just my own personal view. What do you think?
Good thinking
# Jun 02 2009 at 12:44 PM Rating: Decent
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I totally agree with the idea of profession-based titles. I am a big crafter...on ALL my characters, so it would be nice to be given a title that recognized my hard work.

I also like the ideas Phantomhart had concerning how to go about earning them. I especially like the murloc suggestion...dressing one up as a pet based on the individual professions....that would be so cool!!
Good thinking
# Jun 02 2009 at 7:12 PM Rating: Decent
I think maybe completing something like Quest line or the like but not everybody raids yet put time and effort into maxing out multi trades will be a disappointment if they are just another thing for raider to get.
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# Jun 02 2009 at 10:34 AM Rating: Good
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I have the cooking title, and I feel that the effort was about right. It wasn't a cake walk (pun completely intended) but didn't require any particular PVP or PVE craziness. The dependence on cross-profession work and/or AH browsing (for fish required for recipes) gave it an interesting twist as well.

I'm all for it. My priestess tailor would love to add Versace after her name :)
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# Jun 02 2009 at 10:27 AM Rating: Decent
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I think this is a great idea! I wish there would be a title for First Aid, there is a title for Cooking and Fishing, why not First Aid. I know there is only 3 achievements in First Aid right now, but there could be more.

Maybe like using a certain number of bandages, or healing so much with bandages to show you actually use them.

It's a great idea with all other professions I just don't know how they would go about doing it. Maybe like learning so many recipes with making so many or something. Since all you really do is learn recipes and level up then there really isn't too many directions you can go with making it into a title.
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