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What Class Do You Need? I Have One of Those!
25/3/2009 em 16:06
I have a disease. My disease is terminal.
My disease is alts.
My first character was a rogue that I rolled shortly after Warcraft came out. He was, is and always will be my favorite. But then I rolled a warrior. Shortly after I rolled a druid. Then a mage showed up, and with the release of The Burning Crusade, came my shaman, who quickly became my "other" favorite, because to say "second" would suggest that I love him less than my rogue, which is untrue. Now here I am; I’ve got 3 80’s, several more in “striking range” (within 10 levels), and my warlock has begun his ascent from level one. I think there's something wrong with me.
But I’ve come to the conclusion after reading over a few profiles and seeing some other posts that I’m not the only one doing this, so I’m curious what motives others may have.
I, for one, actually enjoy the old content. Maybe I’m too easily impressed, but I’ve always enjoyed the transition from Westfall and Redridge Mountains to Duskwood, or the move to the Thousand Needles from the Barrens. I still find myself peeking carefully around corners in Silverpine Forest on the lookout for
Sons of Arugal
, or trying to come up with a good strategy for soloing
when I reach level 10 on whatever I've been working on. I’ve run
more than any sane person should, but the instance has never lost its Goonies-like charm ...well, except for the blasted
and their little
I think it goes without saying that coming across
in Un'Goro will never lose its amusement to me.
These areas are hardly traveled anymore, but in continuing to roll alts, I’ve found there are still people out there who are new to Warcraft. This in itself has been an amusing discovery and I find myself driven to help when people ask questions, as I received help and guidance when I was “growing up.” It's charming, really, to be in a group where someone says, because it's their first time seeing Deadmines, "how did that ship get in this cavern?" At the same time, it's been fun to have enough knowledge about enough classes that I can recommend certain things to them or leveling paths that might better suit them - well, if they ask. A significant aspect of the fun is figuring it out on your own, I always thought. I recently took a friend on his first trip though
. He was amazed that the instance is as massive as it is.
Though I'm still feeling out the warlock and my hunter (
I did it for the devilsaurs
), I've largely decided that leveling the rogue, druid and shaman have been the most fun, with the latter two being unquestionably the fastest. Though I've enjoyed the death knight, the surplus of the class and my interest in leveling other classes has put him to the back burner, behind my priest and paladin.
But the big question is why? Some might see the repetition of leveling alts as borderline insane, but I've found that gaining a knowledge of the classes makes me a better group leader. Additionally, it's kind of fun to be able to always have a character should any of my friends say, "hey, we need a ______!" In the end, playing Warcraft is a chance to enjoy this game with my friends (most of whom tolerate my ongoing identity crisis with a laugh). I also think I've become more helpful to them, as I have just about every profession covered so if my friends need something, I can get it.
The challenge arises in that there is no one character I've truly focused on. I've never been a huge raiding fanatic even though I've done my fair share and even led several groups of my own. Therefore, for the time being, I've chosen to sacrifice the endgame in favor of the old, although I do make the effort to be available when my guildmates want to run something. So I suppose it comes to a choice of either the endgame or the alt route, and although I get a great deal of enjoyment out of the path I've chosen, I can't help but wonder if maybe I should've taken the other route.
What did you choose?
Further, would you have chosen a different route? Or perhaps you're alt-crazy like me and may never decide? Or perhaps I should find a support group for people as crazy as me...?
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