November 19, 2008

The rush to level 80

So I reached level 80 last night. It took a lot less time than I expected, I was planning on 1 level a day, but that figure doubled. I was second in my guild to reach the cap, just like when TBC hit, history repeats I guess...

My impression of the 70-80 levelling game was overall a good one. Many times the game felt like a single-player RPG due to the often immersive quests, but in a multiplayer setting, something I enjoyed a lot. Some places even change as you do quests, which is really cool. I think they just change for players who did the corresponding quests though, anything else wouldn't really work in an MMO setting, but I'm not Blizzard so this is just speculation.

I missed my flying mount the first 7 levels though. I do understand the reasoning behind this, and seeing as flying mounts aren't really needed until you hit Icecrown and Storm Peaks that's not really a big issue. I still missed it though.

What I didn't like was the fact that levelling felt like a rush. "Get to 80 so we can raid dangit!" seemed to be the parole, at least in my head. Luckily I'm not in a hardcore guild, so the pressure was mostly from the inside. I already said in an earlier post that when I level I do it as fast as I can, that means no tradeskill levelling until I reach the cap. I did level First Aid though, because I got the materials for it all the time and I got the book to learn Heavy Frostweave Bandage from Drak'Tharon Keep. First Aid really helps when levelling a hunter, I hardly had to sit down and eat, just go on and on and on, using Mend Pet on my pet, Aspect of the Viper when I ran OOM and bandage myself when I was low on health. I even let a mob bring me to 5% so I could get the achievement.

But now the rush is over, so I can take some time farming gold for levelling my professions. I have two crafting ones on my main and I'm too tired of levelling for now to level my gathering alts so I have to buy materials from the auction house, where prices are ridiculous nowadays. Taking some time to finish the loremaster achievement should give me lotsa gold to get the materials I need and for prices to sink to more sane levels.

November 13, 2008

That's Right, the Second World of Warcraft expansion is out!

It is fortunate that I started this blog so close to Wrath of the Lich King, because it gives me a place to start when it comes to blogging about my progress in the game. Of course I could just start where I was at the moment, but it's much easier to get into things without a lot of explanation if I start at a well known point.

So anyway, WotLK is out, and I'm installing it as I'm writing this. I could of course have joined the midnight release at the local game shop, but I'm not that into the expansion, not as much as I was into the previous one, and even that I had a relaxed attitude to getting started with, at least compared to the most extreme cases. I guess that's what almost two years of semi-hardcore play does to you, it makes you realize that certain things are more important than character progression, but that you can still have fun in the game. I know this is a point that has been stressed to death and probably way beyond (no pun intended), but it is still true.

I will probably level up to the new level cap as fast as I can anyway, not overly fast, but not overly slow either. I just can't deal with slow leveling on my own part, I'm addicted to seeing the light flash that washes over my character as they reach a new level. That does not mean I'm afflicted with altitis though, as this addiction only manifests while I'm actually leveling. To me alts are there to explore things I didn't necessarily find the first time I went through the content. It's actually amazing how much time I actually do get to "smell the roses" as the saying goes even when doing my best to reach the next level ASAP. I don't mind smelling the roses, but I like having new ones to smell at a reasonable pace. "Reasonable" being subjective of course.

November 09, 2008

It's alive!

This is the first post of this blog. So, there I said that. This blog will be about, to put it this way, whatever I feel like writing about at the moment, even though it'll be fairly biased towards World of Warcraft, at least until I figure that quitting said game sounds like a good idea. And yeah, when I follow through on that notion as well. You were warned.

Some background on my WoW-life: I play an orc hunter on a European PvE server, and I've done so since October 2005, so don't be surprised if a lot of my WoW posts are from that class' perspective. I also got a ton of alts, or at least I like to think I got tons of'em, but I'm by no means an altoholic.

That's all for now people.