Ah, garrisons. I am so looking forward to seeing what you are all about. In the meantime however, I can always imagine what the perfect little town, er I mean garrison, would mean for me.
Let’s start with the architecture. Even though I play alliance almost exclusively, Silvermoon is probably my favorite faction capital aestically speaking. I love the oranges and yellows, the billowy curtains, the big plushy cushions sitting in the buildings, just inviting someone to sink into them. If I could, I would create a Sin’dorei style town. But if I had to stick with my faction, it would be a la Darnassus, possibly Gilneas, but only if it came complete with a Gilnean carriage. If Blizzard ever offered that carriage as an in store mount I would fork over money so fast my credit card would be smoking.
Next up: what exactly makes up a garrison, anyway? I would like to have an inn where I could set my hearthstone to, complete with butler to take care of my needs after a long hard day of questing. Profession buildings where I (or my townsfolk) can go to work crafting armor, spinning cloth, mixing up potions, etc. And crafting buildings wouldn’t be complete unless they had profession instructors there as well to help upgrade your skill. With all this manufacturing going on, a storeroom of sorts would be in order to store all the goodies that are being crafted, cooked, and disenchanted. I like the idea of having a garden set aside where herbs could be harvested, but the thought of having a slaughterhouse for the skinning disturbs me, so I’m going to choose to be able to have my townsfolk go outside of the garrison to get their herbs, leather and ore. I would also like for there to be a fashion district which would include a barbershop and transmog ethereal. ( I really just want an ethereal hanging out in my town )
What town would be complete without a city hall? The city hall could include portals to all major cities, bank and storage, even a work order board similar to what we had in the farm. And then last but not least every town needs a pub where the townsfolk can go to relax, complete with music. Imagine if you could choose your favorite music in the game to be playing in your pub?
Stables would be a nice addition where my hunter pets not in use could frolick about and my mount could be relaxing. Obviously all of them wouldn’t be able to be displayed since I have 175 mounts, but some of them would be nice.
Aside from the above mentioned desires, I would like the garrison to be customizable. I personally would want my inn to be as far away from the entrance as possible, and definitely not close to the stables. Eew, stinky! It might be that I would want to be able to plant various trees and flowers around town, perhaps even throw in some decorative boulders, who knows? The point is that my tastes might not be what the next player had envisioned, and if we’re going to be putting a lot of time and effort into building these garrisons, we should at least have a say so in how they end up.