Like the eye of the storm.


I was sitting here in a quiet office in the middle of the night thinking.

Yes, I know i seem to do that a lot. Sue me, it’s better than bringing a soccer ball named Wilson to the shop just so I have someone to chat with.

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Actually, right now I could probably go get a nice resin skull in the clearance Halloween decorations bin at Wal-Mart. That might get my fellow employees thinking I am a bit off my rocker.

Ok, more off my rocker than they already think I am.

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Anyhow, I am sitting here pondering where I want to be and what I want to be doing on the day Cataclysm goes live.

I can think right off the top of my head of several places I don’t want to be. Most notably the starting zones for Goblins or Worgen and whatever the first zone or two is for the level 80+ content.

The day the Burning Crusade launched I rolled a Blood Elf. The experience was so bad in the overcrowded starting zone that I simply deleted the character and went to Outlands on my Hunter.

Hellfire was worse… much worse.

Lets just say people get cranky when fighting over limited resources and leave it at that.

I still hate Hellfire Peninsula, mostly because of how much asshattedness I experienced there.

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Fast forward a few years and it’s time for Wrath to go live.

Blizzard had learned from their experiences and had two paths of entry for Northrend. They figured that the players would be spread across two zones and so the congestion would be much less.

Well, they were right about that. There was less congestion, but there were still asshats aplenty. Quest mob camping was so common people were quite literally standing in line waiting for to spawn so they could take their turn killing it.

I found that annoying, even when the folks were being polite. Since it was irritating me I decided to give that new Death Knight class a whirl. After all, I had heard great things about the starting zone.

Lets just say that ended badly.

There were so many DK’s that the poor overloaded zone was like watching a slide show.

You know what I ended up doing?

I sat at the water’s edge in Borean Tundra and leveled my fishing to 450 on release day, then I slowly leveled up as the asshats outleveled me.

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Blizzard has learned from the past.

So have I.

I have no intention of trying to roll my shiny new Goblin or Worgen on release day.

I have no intention of taking any of my current level 80’s and trying to steamroll my way to 85 as fast as possible.

Neither do the two of my kids that play.

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The three of us sat in the living room chatting about WoW last week while watching the Mythbusters guys blow something up. We hatched a little plot.

We are going to hide from the masses. We will be playing without being bothered, and without getting in anyone elses way.

Where would we find that veritable Nirvana of peace and tranquility? That wonderful place like the eye of a storm?

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Outlands.

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Yep you heard me right. Hellfire Peninsula of all places.

Last week we rolled a trio of shiny new toons to level up together on the server where they have their Heirlooms.

The three of us together are going to do our level best to have those three toons to 58 before the Cataclysm hits, though we are all still in our teens now.  We are putting ourselves ahead of the rolling wave of brand new level ones and behind the free for all that I fear the 80 – 85 run will be.

Like the eye of the storm, we will find our peace in Outland.

Once the storm has passed we will go back and see all the shiny newness the way it’s ment to be seen.

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7 Responses

  1. Sound plan. One problem, though (OK, two problems, or one problem in two parts): Goblin and Worgen DKs. I suspect they will be legion.

  2. In wild flights of fancy, I’ve imagined taking time off work to enjoy Cataclysm to it’s fullest but… yeah, I don’t want that hassle of overcrowding and lag.

    I might follow in your footsteps of Wrath and just level my fishing up!

  3. This is about as good of a plan as any that I’ve heard (or thought of myself).

    I’m wrestling with my own options. They include: taking a week off from the game, starting a new dwarf/night elf/human instead of worgen/goblin, spending a few days doing dailies in Northrend on my level 80s for a modicum of XP and gold, working on Outland achievements on my main, etc.

    I’m not sure what I’ll do, but I’m not sure that my excitement to see the new content NOW will win out over my good sense… If it doesn’t, though, I’m sure I’ll be slapping myself in the face when I go to the new areas and my computer suffers from a fit of apoplexy! 🙂

  4. I am hoping enough of my guildies are on that we can just run randoms til’ we can’t stand them anymore 🙂

  5. I understand your reasoning but I hate Hellfire with a passion, after 3 80’s and a smattering of 60+’s that is one zone that almost stops me in my tracks when levelling as I know it is coming and it just bores me to death. Bad news for my characters that are currently in their 40’s (could just race change my Druid from Nelf to Worgen but then I’d miss the new starting zones).

    • I hate Hellfire to the point that on my last two toons through there I just LFD’d my way from 58 – 61 and then headed straight for Zangermarsh.

  6. i think your post has pretty much sealed the deal for me leveling a paladin tauren on release, sure there are likely more tauren fangirls and boys than i would like to have in my starting zone but i doubt it will be to belf proportions.

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