Oh hey everyone, I totally forgot I have a blog. 😉
(Just kidding, I would never forget about the 5 people who read this!)
In all honesty, I’ve been blogging elsewhere about non-videogame things, and until Warlords of Draenor was released I’ve been spending little time playing games because I’ve been busy with work and things. I’ve been back in WoW for the past couple of months, scrambling to finish bucket list items I’d been wanting to do (achievements, killing Garrosh, getting my heirloom weapon, transmogging, running old raids) but now that WoD is live – it’s all fun and games in Draenor. Can I just say that I’m loving this expansion? I just dinged level 100 yesterday on Thanksgiving, and I’m currently exploring all the fun there is to do in the end game. I feel like this expansion has so much to do, so much depth to the gameplay that I’m being pulled in so many directions and I love it! The story and the quests are just fantastic. Here’s the state of my experience as it stands right now.
Garrisons are an amazing addition to WoW. I managed to remain completely unspoiled throughout the beta, and I’m super happy that I did. I had no idea what to expect out of my garrison and so far it’s blown me away. I love the followers (I’m so attached to them) and missions, and having my own personal herb garden and mine, and bank and vendors. It’s like my own little antisocial home in WoW, and I’m totally down for it. I’m not 100% solid about my decisions on my buildings because I didn’t really read any guides. I have a level 2 herb garden, fishing shack, and mine, and a level 1 storehouse and stables, a level 2 Scribe’s Quarters and Lumber Mill. I have three empty spaces right now because I’m lacking the garrison resources to build anything new, so I have to optimize my follower missions better.
Of course I leveled my Restokin Druid Treetopsy first to 100. My Shadow/Disc Priest Jiraa is only level 91 and has her garrison, though I haven’t had a moment to think about playing her since the second day of the expansion. I have a level 90 Hunter that I boosted who hasn’t even journeyed to Draenor yet, and all other alts have been forgotten. There is so much to do on Treetopsy that I can’t imagine juggling multiple characters!
I feel like getting to 100 was incredibly fast. Way faster than it took me to go 85-90 in Pandaria the first time. I finished Frostfire Ridge, Gorgrond, and Talador and only did half of Spires of Arak. I have all of Nagrand left to check out! I also have to finish all the exploration and bonus achievements, along with
I completed Bronze Healer and Silver Healer, but Gold Healer is way too hard for me at my current ilvl. I’m completely out of mana at the end and barely beat Silver. I need to get better gear and come back for this!
I am so so so so behind on this. At some point I need to devote a ton of time to grinding out some great pets, finishing the Azeroth & Pandaria pet trainers before moving on to WoD, and need to get the pet menagerie so I can do pet dailies. Argh, so much to do!
I maxed out my Herbalism and I am slowly grinding up Inscription. I’m thankful that my husband doesn’t need herbs for anything so he sends me all of his herbs in exchange for my ore. I’m fine with that! =) It means I can mill all my herbs for work orders and daily cooldowns and hopefully I will have my inscription staff soon!
I’m sitting at ilvl 582 right now. A long cry from being able to do Molten Core or any of the heroics. However, considering I have a ton of quests left in Spires of Arak and Nagrand, and have all the level 100 dungeons left to do, I think I’ll be just fine and I’ll enjoy the gear grind.
I’m going to try to chronicle my fun in WoW more often here. For the meantime, have some screenies! =D
Blizzcon has begun, and with it a whole slew of information about exciting tidbits to expect in the coming months. Warlords of Draenor was confirmed, complete with 10 more levels, new zones, player-housing, new raids, zones, and the ability to make one of your existing or new characters instantly level 90 with a handy boost.
I feel mixed about this. On one hand, some players really love having an instant max level character. It makes sense, when you have friends to play with that you want the quickest way to connect with them and be able to catch up easily without burdening your friends. Letting someone have a level 90 character without requiring the 1-90 leveling process is probably the most simplest solution to this problem. But generally, Blizzard don’t choose the easiest of solutions. I think that’s why I’m feeling a bit disappointed with this.
In EverQuest II, I received my instant level 85 and immediately didn’t want to play it. Without any context about the journey that got me there, without any real history to that character, I really have no attachment to it and therefore no desire to play it. MMORPGs for me aren’t just about playing with friends. There is an even more important part of them for me that involves my character’s journey, growing and learning as I go. Even if I’ve played the game to max level dozens of times before, I don’t want to start right at the end. I find the leveling process to be enjoyable, even if I say things like “I need to hurry up and level so I can get to level 90 as fast as possible!”. When I did Recruit-A-Friend and got a free level 80(?) character, I never even played it. I already knew how to play a Druid, so it wasn’t that I didn’t understand how to play. I just didn’t have any connection to her and didn’t think it was important to continue her story at all.
Ideally, I wanted mentoring to be announced today. I want my friends to be able to change their level to any lower level that they want, so they can do content with me. This would unlock people playing together, more use of old world content, the ability for ‘progression guilds’ to exist more easily. This was the true solution that I was hoping for. And maybe it’s still coming in the future — I really hope so. Until then, I still feel a bit disappointed with this.
Will I make a level 90 instantly in WoD? Of course I will. But I can’t imagine myself actually playing it long-term. I reserve the right to change my mind about this later, but for right now I’m not interested in it.