After hours of downloading and updating, I am finally in. The RPGNet crew beckons me to Kirin Tor, and I choose blood elf because I am told that the new starting areas are much better. Plus, for a while I will actually have access to new content. I choose a priest because it feels like comfortable, old slippers. Click random, click random, hot enough. Enter world.
I had not set foot in the game for three years. I joined World of Warcraft about four months after launch. I had a brand new laptop to play the game on, and a little time to play each day. My character was a human priest on Feathermoon, the most populous RP server at the time. With the time I played it took me quite a while to get up to level 46, and then I quit. I just could not take the seeming no-man’s land between 40-59 anymore. It felt like that last mile in a race, only everybody was finished and that mile was longer than all the other ones before it. I guess it didn’t help that I liked to fish for those oilies so much.
Why am I playing again?
A few reasons spring to mind. Blizzard does a good job at many things, and since they have come back from the elitist edge of The Burning Crusade into something much more casual, it grabbed my interest. I want to try out the new expansion. The phased storyline and Wintergrasp are two things I really want to experience. I am kind of in a lull with the other MMOs I play. Unlike some other new MMOs, this has uber-polish. Hit and miss F2P games are not worth my time to try.
Things I am not excited about?
The subscription. With the amount I play I kind of agree with the subscription seen as welfare for the hardcore. Luckily, money is less of an issue at the moment. The grind. In the early stages things move rather quickly, but in World of Warcraft of past, I quickly hit a wall. I’ve heard that Blizzard has graded the leveling curve to be a bit quicker now, and I can always transfer a level 55+ character to Kirn Tor and make a Death Knight. That being said, I am playing how I want to play and casually. I am praying that Blizzard has pumped up this type of gameplay in the “old” content.
We’ll see how this adventure goes.
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