Didn't it originally require them to all be exalted simultaneously? That's how I got mine. Frankly you're not REALLY insane in the membrane if you didn't get Bloodsail and Goblins to exalted at the same time
It's not as bad as you think, you run around the Southsea Pirate base thingy in eastern Tanaris mowing down pirates for a few days. You can also kill the pirates on the boats in Venture Bay in Grizzly Hills (Northrend). They have a high respawn rate but I think seem slightly slower overall. It's a nice change of scenery though, I did both. Also it's a little more complicated in that:
1) Pirates and Wastewander Bandits in Tanaris (don't bother with the Bandits, too spread out and slow spawning) give Gadgetzan rep plus half as much rep "spillover" for the other three goblin cities. Gadgetzan rep stops at just before Revered but the other cities continue until Exalted.
2) Southsea pirates south of Ratchet used to give Ratchet rep with half as much spillover to the other goblin cities. Also stopped just shy of Revered for Ratchet and continued for other cities. I believe these pirates were all removed with Cataclysm though. Which is a shame because they were the easiest to grind :P
3) Venture Co. mobs in Northern Stranglethorn give Booty Bay rep, also stops at Revered except for spillover. They're still there but don't bother with them, there's hardly any and the respawn is slow.
4) Everlook has no rep-yielding mobs.
Also back before Cataclysm Bloodsail rep stopped at Revered (you only need Honored for the feat anyway). So when Cataclysm was released I already had Insane but ground my Bloodsail rep to Exalted because I'm obsessive about my rep bars. Required me to completely grind back all my Goblin rep a second time lol.
I can't remember if they changed the way the four goblin cities' rep caps worked, you may be able to grind all 4 cities to Exalted in just Tanaris now. If not just grind everything to Exalted except Gadgetzan (by killing pirates in Tanaris) then swap to Venture Bay until Gadgetzan is Exalted as well.
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Its still easier then it used to be... grinding lockboxes is soul destroying but they gold sinks are gone (darkmoon trivial, no more shen drelar)
Even with gold being easier to get in MOP.. could garentee people would be complaining about the cost of those 2 reps today, so imagine how much it cost 2 years ago to do them
Well thats interesting, I remember doing goblin rep in DM North but they apparently took that out. Took me around ~150 runs of Ogre suits and Gordok Shackle Key farming. (Also convenient for doing Shen'Dralar when that was a requirement.)
While farming that place wasn't the most exciting thing in the world by far, I sure don't envy those of you who have to kill a few thousand lowbie pirates...
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So if I were to go for the Insane, I'd need Bloodsail and Steamwheedle exalted at the same time?
While I had a go at it in wotlk, I read you needed Bloodsail at honoured and Steam at exalted, but not at the same time. I even had a GM confirming this. But has it changed now then?
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If nothing has changed you have to farm bloodsail and then start steamwheedle again from 0/36000
Just checked my progress last night. Even though I am no longer exalted with either the Steamwheedle Cartel (at honored with all 4 atm) nor honored with the Bloodsail (bottomed out), I still have credit for both. It may change once I finish my Darkmoon Faire (I really hated dailies and even more so now).
Back when I did mine I had to run Dire Maul (in WoTLK) - I think I ended up doing it more than 200 times.. really lost count. As many people have stated the quests no longer gives rep with steamwheedle, but there is acutally a far easier way to gain rep with them - plus you all should be happy you did not need to get Shen'dralar rep! <-- Slowest rep to cap of all of the insane reputations, and the reason I ran DM, thus gaining rep with both steamwheelde and Shen'dralar by looting every mob there for books and keys.
Now you can kill pirates in tanaris and the barrens without putting in much effort - just team up with other people doing the achievement (you can even be in a raid group and still get the same rep as it does not split like loot does) - put on follow and rotate whoever is farming the mobs and you will get exalted fast without using much time.
Ofcourse at revered you have to switch places to the place where u gain rep through revered... but the more people you are the easier it is.
This is why I have bene hesitant to go further. I am revered will all goblin factions right now, so I am not doing anything till this gets evened out.