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Why I’m taking my sweet time getting to level 70

I’ve been playing Nicora for a looooong time. Other people would have her to level 70 by now. And those people have looked at me quizzically and asked why the heck haven’t I been playing her. Do I want to get to level 70? Yes, eventually. But I’m in no big rush. Here’s why:

  1. What on earth am I going to do once I reach level 70? Raid? I don’t like dungeons in the first place and even if I did, there’s no way I could meet all the requirements needed to raid. You want me to give up my Blacky the wolf for some cat or ravager? Let me put it to you this way…touch my wolf and die. I’m probably way too attached to a bunch of pixels but people have also told me that I’m way too attached to animals. I am who I am and I’m not giving up my pup to go to some dank dungeon. That’s what other people like and that’s fine. It’s just not my cup of tea…like in the same way I’ll only drink water and milk and would never touch any soda pop or coffee (I’m weird that way).
  2. There is PvP but that’s not something I enjoy doing full time and I can do it at any level, not just level 70.
  3. Yes, I want stuff like a flying mount and a ghost wolf but they aren’t urgent things. They can wait.
  4. I am an incurable altaholic. If I was only playing Nicora, I would get burnt out real quick. It’s different in say a game like Neverwinter Nights, where you’re constantly progressing and moving through the storyline smoothly. Grinding is not a fun task. So I change it up to keep myself interested.
  5. I see the game as something to be enjoyed. Which to me means exploring all the content and doing as many quests as I can. Minus dungeons of course :) Again, why I have my alts.
  6. Really, I just don’t seem to have a lot of time. I’m going to school full-time, working part-time (like 30 hours a week, mainly on weekends), and then there’s this blog and all the other blogs that I read and other little hobbies…I really don’t know how everyone else keeps up with it.

Now, this isn’t directed at anyone in the WoW community but rather people I know IRL who play WoW. For some reason, those are the people who bug me about it, especially my significant other who has just recently started playing again after about 4 months of WoW burn-out. He’ll play for hours and ding another level practically every day and tells me…every…day. Surprisingly though, due to all the time I spend outside WoW doing WoW-related stuff (like reading all those blogs), I sometimes know more about the game than he does. I sure has heck knew more about gem sockets and flying mounts than he did the other night, and I haven’t even gotten Nicora high enough to experience that stuff. Take that Mr. Level-64-Human-Paladin-who-refuses-to-play-anything-but-his-Human-Paladin. :P

10 Comments

  1. Dulcea
    Posted January 10, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Now now…*grin* A *good* raid will use the skill of the hunter over what pet they’re using. Wolves bring utility and back before BC were one of the few pets allowed IN a high end instance because they could buff without fighting. >.> Then again though back then, hunters were only good as a survival/marks mix. *huggles burning crusade*

    Seriously though, I raid regularly with an owl my raid has not so affectionately named Shrieky. And he out DPS’s every cat there. Just something to keep in mind!

    As a side note, I love doing all the quests and lore, but I love the challenge of raiding too. Finding a good group where everyone merges their skill for a common goal. In a good group, its a great high, in a bad one, its nothing but a drag, but I definitely understand where you’re coming from! (I have two accounts and paid to move my enchanter to the second one, so I could enchant myself when I wanted to. >.> No, I’m not addicted I swear!)

  2. Posted January 10, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m amazed that there is someone out there that likes to play WoW the same way I do!

    I completely agree with you. I love to play WoW my own way — I will eventually get to level 70, but I’m in no rush to join any raiding guilds or do any intense PvP. Sometimes I feel like other players take the game WAY too seriously in their desire to get to level 70 and get the L33t EPIXX AND WOW GOLDS! It may be how others play, but not me!

    And I too would NEVER stand for anyone telling me to get another pet for a dungeon!

  3. Posted January 11, 2008 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    Not all guilds out there are “hardcore” like that. In my guild we have a mantra: “Spec however you want and play however you want because it’s a game and you’re supposed to have fun.” We had this ridiculously good BM hunter in our guild for a while who only ever used a black wolf pet. That was a darm good pet and a darn good hunter. We wouldn’t have dreamed of having him use something else. And he was doing more raiding than everybody else in the guild combined.

    Similarly I was also somewhat like you, I figured “Well I don’t want to get to 70, 70 is going to be the end of the game” and I absolutely hated instances and all of that.

    Now believe me, I’m not saying “Oh you’ll change someday” or anything. I know how annoying that is anyway :) And your theory is a very good one. I’m just saying, it’s amazing the difference a good guild or a good group of friends can make. My guild is full of people who enjoy doing instances because it’s FUN and a good way to hang out with each other, and not because it’s for epic lewts. My guild is full of people that are very forgiving with each other and if you mess up in an instance with them they don’t care because we’re all just having a grand ol’ time.

    So don’t write off end-game entirely… I sort of thought that too but the people you meet can really make all the difference in the world.

    And this is all coming from somebody who really likes solo’ing and questing and stuff :) If it weren’t for my guild I would hate endgame too probably.

  4. one among many
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    While every one of your points does hold true, they also dont. There is an exception to every single rule out there. Take me for example. Befriending a warlock at lvl 64 (we got along well) led to us hitting 70 together, which lead to my joining his guild when my casual guild was literally empty except on weekends. This lead to my venturing into Karazhan with almost pure greens (crappy ones too) but a few decent items and a good gun. The guildmates are great, end of story. All around wonderful people. I’ve gotten to upgrade my greens for several epics on each run due to their “farming kara” status and being decked out already.

    I know I’m probably lowest on the dmg meter but I bring my traps, a good attitude and buffs (MM buffs). They ask for a MD, I do it. They tell me to chain trap this mob, I do it.

    But again – I know this isnt the norm. It sounds more like luck.

    But with the right people and the right atmosphere, any dungeon can be fun. As they always say “dont knock it til you try it”.

    Also about your pet…I raid as MM and without my pet. My co-hunter in raid (unless shes on her lock) is mm/sv like me (almost identical specs) and also raids with pet put away. General rule of thumb for me would be to ask first how the raid rolls…pets out or pets good to go.

    So I know I’m just repeating what others have said now but its all good. We each play how we play – but in trying to experience so much in the game…I’d think that someday you might want to go into a ten man raid. They’re not stressful if the guild has done the raid before.

    Whatever you decide to do…keeping 50 alts is mandatory in my book. hehe

    :)

  5. one among many
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Note: Owl (Skytalon) comes with me to every raid “just in case”. I wouldnt trade him for anything though, even if asked.

    (wanted to add that)

    :)

  6. Posted January 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I didn’t mean to come across as ticked off as I did but I’m sort of sick of hearing raiding this and PvPing that and I thought that I was the only one who liked, you know, the rest of the game. And when Pel said “Stop messing with that wolf”, all I could think was NO! My wolf, my pup, bugger off! Like I said, I’m particularly attached to Blacky because he reminds of my own dog that’s gone and who I was extremely attached to (and still am).

    And then the whole Mr. Human-Paladin thing came to my mind and I got all riled up. :P

    And my alts. Couldn’t stop playing my alts if I wanted to.

    The point I was trying to make (before my agitation got in the way) was that maybe one day I’ll find that I enjoy raiding or PvPing or whatever but right now, I’m just enjoying the ride. There’s too much in Azeroth not to experience it. And apparently I’m not the only one (waves to Nina).

  7. Posted January 11, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Funny thing is, I was talking to my boss just yesterday about this and he was saying how he’s the same way with Final Fantasy XI. He plays a lot but he’s not frantic about getting any of his character’s classes up to 75.

    He also mentioned people who buy power-leveling services. Really, it’s their money and they’re risking getting caught for breaking the rules but what’s the point? You miss out on most of the game because of it. Sure, there’s lots to do once you hit the level cap but what about actually experiencing the game and the progression and getting the satisfaction of knowing that you did all of that by yourself?

  8. Posted January 11, 2008 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Faeldray – definitely understand your frustration, I’ve written rather long-winded essays before on how people don’t enjoy the game anymore when they poke at me for having “such and such spec” or playing “such and such class”. I’ve seriously had people tell me stuff like “You’re playing a hunter on a PvE server, getting to 70 that way doesn’t count for anything.” And they mean it too. I’m sure you can understand why something like that would make me frustrated! I’m having fun and that’s all that matters. I LOVED the ride through Azeroth and I’m glad I can continue it on alts as much as I want. But I’m also glad that I have a character at 70 because endgame is turning out to be a very big and enjoyable adventure as well.

    Anyways I just hope that my previous comment did not come off as sounding like I was chiding or anything. I definitely did not mean that at all. :) I just wanted to say something before I had to run to work so it probably wasn’t very well written. I’ve actually been thinking about making a full-fledged post on how a solo-and-quest-and-alt-loving person like me wound up liking endgame more than she thought she would. So thanks very much for the inspiration!

  9. pelides
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Faeldray, I really should clarify. I really do write from the perspective of a 25 man raider. Definitely do not want to imply that that is the only way to play the game or that playing outside of what I talk about is wrong or any less fun.

    I really do try to write to an audience that has probably hit the level cap and wants to find new and interesting ways to deal with the level cap while also being a viable 25 man raider.

    As for your wolf… I would never tell you to get rid of it… but if you were asking for an invite to one of my raids… well, we’d have to discuss some things. :)

  10. one among many
    Posted January 13, 2008 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Much like Pike wanting to reiterate my own little comment was not meant to sound harsh in any way, shape, or form. I actually didnt gather any agitation from your post about getting to 70. Instead just put in my two cents about my WoW-life. It’s not every day you walk away with 4-6 epics each week…but its interesting to say the least. But I know it’s not the norm.

    My true love though? Adventuring :) If I can find that awesome screenshot that I’d rather show to my grandkids than pictures of their family…then so be it!!!

    lol allow me to give you an amusing memory from this year’s christmas…my brother and I were watching tv. I said I was bored and snagged my laptop (no connection). So I opened up the screenshots folder, forced him to watch as I described what was happening…

    “Awwww and there’s me and Sky in our first instance together!!!”

    “OMG…I SO DID NOT WANT TO DIE FACING THAT WAY!”

    “…yeah…I know…she has a big butt…I understand…shutty!”

    “…Oh and this is where the GM sent me a tell in AV and I got distracted and one shotted…”

    “Yes tauren always look that way…”

    “No, nightelves will not tuck you in tonight”

    He can be such a smartypants at times. He’s 21 now. They grow up so fast.

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