My First Day Getting Misty
I got a lot of good feedback from you on the subject of who to play. My wife further narrowed the playing field by deciding on her ally pally, limiting my choice to 4, with only two real front runners: the shammy and the pally. I felt pretty pallied out, honestly, and got a lot of suggestions for the shammy, so when my wife and I loaded up WoW together for the first time in months, I hopped on my shammy and started making decisions.
The first short roadblock I hit was what the hell to do. I’d played Enhancement as I leveled the shammy, using resto in dungeons, but when I got to 85, I moved to elemental. It had been a long time since I played Enhancement, and I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t want to have to go look stuff up to play, but that’s precisely what I did. Luckily, Icy Veins had just what I needed to get started quickly (for my wife, as well), and within a reasonably short amount of time, we were on the Skyfire bound for light-knew-where.
Enhancement was pretty easy and fun, and as long as I used my free casts for heals, I was very durable (not 12 mobs at once durable, though, I learned after a series of bad pulls while collecting cider). We pushed through maybe half of the first zone (Jade Forest?) and then called it for the evening. She spent some time doing jewelcrafting and pet battles, I bummed around doing mostly the same. I learned that people will pay you 200g for a living steel cooldown, even when you don’t ask for any payment (since I was getting 5 points out of it, I was fine with doing it for free), so I’m happy about that.
During that downtime, though, I began pondering some issues that had occurred to me while we were leveling together. I don’t have any interest (for now) in leveling a bunch of toons. I have GW2 to play with my buddy, anyway, plus Torchlight 2 with a group, so I’m in no way married to WoW. I couldn’t be sure I’d max more than one toon. I’d realized throughout the play session that my shammy was missing some fundamental stuff that I’d only really done heavily on my paladin: cooking, fishing, and archaeology. I want to do those things for Pandaria, too.
So that left a choice. Either I could level my pally as well, level those skills on my shammy (and I mean it’s a hell of a lot of leveling – I had every recipe on my paladin. Every stinking one.), or catch my pally up and stop leveling my shammy. None were particularly attractive. I fear leveling both would increase the risk of burnout. I don’t really want to re-level fishing and archaeology, which were super-chorish, nor get every recipe in cooking, which took a lot of work. I don’t really want to stop leveling my shammy, either, nor level both our pallies together and squabble over gear (not really – she’d just get it all, no arguing involved).
I haven’t fully decided what to do yet, but I did decide against releveling those skills on my shammy. I’m just not sure whether I’m going to level both, making my paladin a “solo” character, or swap them out and abandon the shaman for now. I’m just not sure.
It’s funny that after all this time I’d come out so attached to such basic things as wanting to keep my pally maxed on recipes, archaeology, fishing, etc. I wouldn’t have – and didn’t – expect it, or it would have been pretty prominent on the chart. At some level, my previous achievements are like chains binding me to that character regardless of my personal wishes. It all smells of Chuck Palahniuk. I’m not sure how that makes me feel – other than foolish.
Regardless, I enjoyed the leveling for the most part. I liked the slow influx of gear with the supplemental purchases available in town. I liked the new models, particularly the swamp walkers, and the story line leading up to and including finding Anduin, only to – spoiler alert, by the way – have him mind control Sully and get away. I loved what Sully said, “Cheeky little bugger! I didn’t think he had it in him!” He wasn’t mad; perhaps, even, he was proud.
I have to say that the storyline has been a bit, well, predictable. Nothing’s really blown me away. Admittedly, we’re in the exposition part of the story at this point, but still, I’d prefer something not so repeatedly cliché. Mysterious stranger turns good. Xenophobic culture becomes friendly. Mr. Miyagi shows up and teaches meditation. Then again, that may be precisely what Pandaria delivers: more of the same. Only time will tell.
My last “first day in Mists” comment is another sort of weird admission. I spotted my first Golden Lotus, which I had learned were needed for higher level alchemy flasks and whatnot, and I beelined to it. It had a mob near, which I engaged and killed. In the meantime, another mob had patted over and joined up. The whole while, my heart was pounding because it was my first golden lotus and I didn’t want some asshole to steal it. No one did, luckily, but I’d already had some cheaper stuff snatched from right under me. Shared resources a la GW2 FTW.
Stubborn (and waffling)
P.S. I’m excited to point out that my Navispam is up on The Daily Frostwolf. I had a lovely, if short, conversation with Navi, and I look forward to speaking to her more as we move forward.