10 x 85
Some brief updates. First, I finished Fallout over the weekend, as I intended (so it wouldn’t be in the way once my wife got home). I decided all the factions were untrustworthy and I’d just do it myself, and there was some bloodshed as a result. One fellow just wouldn’t take no for an answer, and he had to be seen to, but overall I was satisfied with the result.
I purchased another cheapy called Cthulu Saves the World, which is a 16 bit throwback to the days of Final Fantasy (2, probably), and while I DO NOT recommend trying to play on hard mode, the normal mode is very entertaining, sarcastic, campy, and enjoyable. Leveling in the game is simple as you are simply presented with two options each time you level which may be more HP or more Str or an “cheap” escape spell that sometimes works or an “expensive” one that always works. It’s been very much worth the price.
I launched back in to WoW, breaking (but not really) my promise of never going to Zaroics again (I only returned for the raptor, which I said I would, but still). My group was incapable of finishing. I stuck through for about an hour and a half, but finally enough was enough (on the cauldron boss, as usual). My wife healed better in there than she had ever healed in there before, and only on two occasions did I feel I had to blow a cooldown, and both were a result of her having to heal others and being forced to move at the same time. Simply put, the dps wasn’t good or coordinated enough, and only after the third time that I had zombies on me while DPS failed to kill a berserker and the poison came up (so all three effects at once) did I say, “Sorry,” and drop.
I didn’t do the dailies, but I considered it, which is more than I had done recently. I also updated some of my gear, enchants, and whatnot to make myself more “ready” should something fall in my lap. Since one of my buddies was in BWD over the weekend (though he didn’t respond when I asked him about it), I may be shifting over soon.
Until then, I’ve decided to do something ostentatious. I’m putting in black and white so that if I renege (I had to look that one up) on it, I’ll have to do so publicly. I call it the 10 x 85 goal, to have a level 85 of each class before the next expansion.
This isn’t too unheard of, of course. Nearly every PuG you criticize claims to have an 85 of every class, so apparently lots of people have done this. More seriously, though, there are alt connoisseurs who have done it, though not anyone I know personally. I had avoided the “Great Alt Debate of ’11” because I knew that in the end, it all comes down to play style and preference, but here’s my answer: I like alts. It allows me to go back and play in the kiddy pool (that may come out creepier than I mean it to) and avoid the grown-up stresses of end game. It teaches me the value of each class, the strengths, the weaknesses, and the special abilities.
I certainly understand the draw of focusing on only one character. It gives you time to experiment and nigh-perfect the PvE rotations, the PvP environment, achievements, professions, and the like. I spent a lot of time on Paladi before I made my first alt (although, to be fair, Paladi was an alt on a new server, at first), so I wholeheartedly admit that there’s merits to both sides of the debate. I like alts, though, so “Bleh” (to use a Peanuts word).
So there it is. I want to have an 85 of each class before the next expansion. I have a goal in mind, and a timeframe in which to do it. I hope this will reinvigorate my feeling about the game, though I’m well aware it may have the opposite effect. Since my goal is just to have them, not to raid or for them to be perfect, I can mix and match race, starting zone, and class to my liking, providing benefits to guilds who are missing certain race/class combos. I can also experiment with different types of leveling via questing, PvP, dungeons, and so on.
I’m off to a good start already. Here’s a list of where I’m sitting:
Paladin – 85
Druid – 85
Mage – 85
Warlock – 81
Priest – 80
Rogue – 71
Shaman – 71
Death Knight – 71
Hunter – 41
Warrior – 13 (ugh)
So all told, I have to earn 167 levels, less than leveling two full characters. Of course, the later levels are longer than the earlier, so really it’s not scaled that way, but still. It’s a goal.
On that note, dear reader, anyone who’s done things like this or just has some ideas of how to spice it up, I’m looking for suggestions. Fun combinations, little challenges (like permadeath – by the way, they made those sharks level 15. Jerks.), interesting “don’t skip” zones, anything really, that could help me along the way would be much appreciated.
Stubborn (3 down, 7 to go.)