It’s all about time

Time.

A finite resource.

There are only so many hours in a day, only so many days in a year, only so many years in a lifetime.

Time is a luxury I don’t often have.

 

Last night I made level 8 on my Druid-that-doesn’t-kill project (hereafter known as the Dtdk). Just curious I decided to check my /played time. I know that normally with a class I am familiar with I can make level 10 in a bit over 2 hours, perhaps slightly longer for a Hunter. Something to do with not having a pet yet.

Anyhow, I looked down and noticed I was sitting at 10 hours played…. to reach level 8. At ten hours played I am usually sitting at close to level 20. It is taking me approximately 5 times longer to level this way. 

It normally takes me about 4 months to level a new character from the starting zone to the cap. At the rate I am leveling this character will take well over a year, and that is if I spend all my time on leveling him. That’s more time than I am willing to spend, the price tag is simply too high.

Then I started thinking more about the types of quests I am doing. The sneaking in places to get items, using shadowmeld as a limited version of stealth. Carrying things to and fro is not really a problem, but with no mount old world is flippin huge. Despite spending most of my time running I am having fun with these quests, particularly the sneaky ones.

I would be having more fun at level 20 or better so i could have true stealth with cat form, but I digress.

Looking at the quests that are going to open up soon I noticed a trend. As soon as they open I am going to have to start doing dailies. By that I mean battleground dailies. I was looking at having to run battlegrounds every single day for over a year.

I hate battlegrounds.

If it’s not Alterac Valley or Wintergrasp I want nothing to do with it.

That’s when I realised that the Dtdk project, while doable, is not for me. I would end up doing too many things I hated and missing out on too much of what I like doing (running 5 mans with friends for instance).

Before that happens I am pulling the plug on this one.

This concludes the Dtdk project.

A few observations…. and a choice to be made.

I know I said I would not be posting much, yet here I am again tapping away at the keyboard. I simply wanted to point out how I have apparently thought myself into a box with my new baby druid. Who knows, maybe a few people can get a chuckle out of it.

Normally at level 10 I can do a fairly long quest chain that ends with unlocking Bear form. Unfortunately this quest requires me to summon a mob named Lunaclaw, kill it, and talk to it’s ghost. Since I have decided that I will not kill with this character I don’t think I am going to be able to complete this quest. I suppose it depends on whether there is another druid in the zone doing it. I could always try healing for someone else if that is the case.

Otherwise, I suppose there is always Dire bear form at 40.

I won’t really be using Bear all that much on the way up anyway. I plan on relying mostly on my Night Elf form and my cat form once I get it. My strengths will be stealth and healing. Avoiding mobs or healing through damage. Any instancing, group quests,  or battlegrounds I do will be as a healer.

Actually as soon as I can start doing battleground dailies I am going to be running at least one a day for the experience.

Speaking of experience I have a choice to make.

I plan to send a set of the + 10% BOA shoulders over for this character from my main characters on Draenor. Actually sending a pair requires the transfer of a character, and I have no problem with that. Well, other than the money. Originally I had intended to write this post to help decide which of my hunters I would transfer over.

Would it be the moderately geared (half Naxx, half BoE with a scattering of quest blues) level 80 hunter or the still leveling level 70 hunter with the outlands clown suit still on?

As of right now I plan to send the 70, but we shall see I suppose. I won’t be doing anything till next week at least.

WTF, Leveling is Fun?

It’s a whole new mindset.

It feels odd feeling going through the starting area without killing.

Not nearly as easy as just plowing my way through the starter quests for the quick XP.  I have been to Elwynn Forest, Azuremist Isle, Stormwind, Darnassus, Exodar, and Darkshore so far for one thing or another.

Oh, and Teldrassil, lets not forget Teldrassil. My first achievement came last night at level 4 when “Explore Teldrassil” popped up on my screen. I am pretty sure Deck is my only character that ever got that one.

 

Before I started this I already knew it was not an original idea. I knew others had done it before. I even remembered (vaguely) reading about someone hitting 70 without killing. For the life of me I could not remember who. 

Courtesy of  Bash in yesterdays comments I now not only know that the person doing it made 80 and even better has blogged about his journey. Check it out at Pacifist Undead Priest / Gnome Rouge, It’s worth the read.

 

So here are a few observations so far.

  • Wowhead’s quest by level/zone is my new best friend.
  • I don’t know when it was changed but apparently all night elves can now feign death. Well, they call it shadowmeld but it drops me out of combat. I even bound it to the same key feign death has on my hunters.
  • I can heal through far more than I ever thought I could with the spells at my disposal.
  • Gear matters, but not nearly as much as I thought it would. Int, Stam, and Spellpower are my stats of choice.
  • I am glad I chose a Druid for this. The combination of self buffs, healing, and survivability is nice.
  • I have taken about 8 times longer getting to level 5 than it normally would have, on the other hand I actually had fun getting there.

In short I am finding that actually having to think about what I am doing is a lot more enjoyable than simply going and killing 837 boars simply because someone offered me a shiny new pair of boots if I go collect enough boar guts.

The game has actually become fun again.

Apparently I am Insane

I have not played much lately. Actually to the point someone called to make sure I was ok, which I am.

Something I have noticed about Wow is that without some form of goal I simply don’t want to play. Goals are not as easy to come by as they once were. Once upon a time it was leveling up, seeing things for the first time.

Gathering the cash for my first mount was a goal.

So was getting to 60, than 70, and finally 80.

Then gearing up for raiding, first on my main and then on my other 80.

Leveling trade skills kept my interest for a while, then I discovered the auction house.

Now I find that I log in and have nothing to do.

Both of my level 80’s are as geared as they need to be for Naxx 25 / Uldar 10. They could probably put up a decent showing in Uldar 25 as well.  Not hard mode stuff, but the instance itself. Farming additional gear for them is kinda pointless.

I PvP in Wintergrasp every once in a while. If I happen to log in and a match is starting in 10 or 15 minutes I will go. I don’t plan to set my alarm and log back in for a match in an hour and a half. Battlegrounds are annoyingly repetitive and the rewards are not even close to being worth my effort.

I despise daily quests. I have done very few repgrinds throughout the years I have played Wow. Sons of Hodir (Aka Sons ‘o Bitches) to exalted on one character and the Isle of Q’eldanas faction as far as honored on two. I leveled inscription on my priest specifically so I would not have to do those quests ever again. Hell, when I went to Uldar on him a few weeks ago I had to fly my mount there and pick up flight points along the way… I had never even been in the zone before.

I generally don’t have the ability to focus my attention 100% on the game for hours at a sitting. This has really cut into my instancing and raiding. It would be unfair to the group to have them sitting about waiting for me, or worse yet having to bail suddenly and leave them hanging. That being said, I don’t instance much anymore.

I have tried leveling various alts (and will likely continue) but I have found it’s more of the same. Faceroll my way to 80, purchase a set of starter gear, and start the heroic / Naxx pug grind for more gear.  It’s getting old too, same quests, same complaints about them (12 boars and only one liver? wtf blizz?)

Lately it has come up that some people are concerned with the ethics and morality choices their characters make. Torturing folks, exterminating whole herds of critters, even going into the caves critters live in to kill them and steal their loot. They argue that we are essentially mercenaries. Killers for hire to anyone with a yellow exclamation point above their heads.

Those folks are right.

For the most part I don’t mind. I recognise this is a game, not reality. I do know the difference.

This brings me to my latest goal. I don’t want to be a mercenary. I don’t want to be a killer. On one toon at least I want my conscience to be clear. Last night I logged in for the first time in a week and created a new character.

Deck the Druid has made level 3 so far….. and has not killed a thing.

I wonder how far I can take him.