I’ve been out of it for a bit, recovering from some surgery, which gave me an unrivaled chance for me to be a complete sponge and play a lot. Which I did, after watching a few seasons of Scrubs on DVD whilst the fogginess faded. My wife enjoyed pointing out the irony of that hourly. I’m playing CoV once in a while, trying to get my Mastermind up to 30 to see about the former No Man’s Land that used to be there, but more often I’ve been playing around with the new Daily Quests in WoW. And despite the fact I find grinding to be almost as much fun as lighting myself on fire, I’ve actually enjoyed them. Short enough, profitable enough, and easy enough. That’s the Cliff’s Notes version.
The Daily Quests are a strange beast. They basically are faction farming, which has been in WoW for a long time, and generally not fun. You know you wanted that +15 agility enchant on your hunter, but you had zero desire to kill the two billion owlmen to get the faction needed to do so. As well with the other factions in WoW 1.0. I, myself, did the grind for Argent Dawn, and hated the last half of it. Faction on limited monsters, in limited dungeons, and me constantly begging for groups to kill them.
These new faction quests pay well, from 12-19g, and give a healthy amount of faction, usually 350-500 points. Also, as you scale up in standing with a group, you tend to get more that you can do, which are introduced fairly nicely. The item I like most about them is they are fairly quick, with a limited focus. Many of them can be done in under 20 minutes. I honestly don’t care if uber farmer boy is able to do it in 5, and with this system, I don’t have to fight with him for spawns. After he does his loop, he’s done. So I, as a person with a family, job, and life, can still generally “keep up”, if I’m worried about that. If I’m not, I know at least that I’m slowly and steadily working towards a goal without having to devote days killing a mob for 1 faction. Yes, it’s probably close to the same count, but you “feel” better by them. And the element of not having to fight someone for those limited faction mobs is a huge plus.
I wish they’d toss in a few more, for some of the other factions of Outland. I dislike that everything in Outland is faction based, as that seems like “fake” content – forcing me to grind for grinding sake. I still have many SL runs needed on my main characters, for example, as that’s the only place they can get Lower City rep. Ah, to dream.