On WoW Insider I commented that one way to make more people happy with it would be to add a quest for a level 30 mount in addition to the level 60 mount quest they added this year. My suggestion was to put the level 30 mount boss in Gnomeregan, but I didn't go into much detail about what the quest and encounter could look like. With that in mind, here are some ideas.
- The High Tinker, the self-styled 'King of the Gnomes,' would be the starting quest giver. He's on the pathway of one of the Brewfest activities, so it would be easy for first-time level 30s to find. The quest itself should speak to all those gnomes who have been frustrated for years that a 30 something leper gnome still controls their capital, in spite of hundreds of level 70 gnomes running around the world. Solve? No... basically just give an explanation or at least address why it's still going on in a satisfying but amusing way.
- "Greetings, [class], and a happy Brewfest to you! Of course, what gnome can be truly happy when our home remains in the diabolical clutches of my fallen apprentice? I would face him and his minions myself, but how could my people move home to a Gnomeregan still teeming with radioactive monsters and clouds of toxic waste? Perhaps you can help! Tally Berryfizz has been working on a brew that will resist radiation.. among other things. Will you take it to Gnomeregan to test it?"
-"Greetings, [class], and a happy Brewfest to you! I have just received dire news, and could use the help of a hardy [race] such as yourself. Apparently, the dark iron dwarves are ferrying barrels of their delicious.. er.. diabolical Direbrew to Gnomeregan! What could they be planning?! I need agents to investigate their dire doings!"
At this point he could even supply the characters with some sort of device to disguise themselves as leper gnomes, just to add to the fun. When the players arrive at the Train Station area in the Gnomer entrance, they find a working train car [reuse the tram model] being unloaded by a handful of dark irons. Brew kegs emanating the green Gnomer glow stand on the platform. After killing the dark irons, a right click on a train control [steam tonk remote model] whisks the player off to the location where Boren Direbrew is orchestrating the radioactive contamination of barrels of Direbrew, which are then to be snuck into the Brewfest grounds at Ironforge and Orgrimmar. It's up to the players to halt his nefarious scheme, and get some sweet level 30 swag in the bargain, including the blue quality level 30 mounts from Brewfest 2007.
During the fight, the boss could even use some sort of radioactive disorientation debuff to achieve a similar effect to the Direbrew girls in BRD.
From the Horde side, the quest could get it's start from one of the goblins at the festival site. He would send them to Scooty in Booty Bay for a trip into Gnomer. The purpose given by the goblin could be "We've recently detected too much radiation in the brew coming from one of our.. um.. suppliers. The source of this is undoubtedly those gnomes and their imperfect understanding of radiating brew for enhanced inebriative toxicity. Go speak with Scooty in Booty Bay, and have him send you to Gnomeregan to investigate!"