Monday, August 17, 2009

In the Beginning

My first character in World of Warcraft was a Warrior named Durgan. I wasn't very good at him and just didn't really get into the whole physical combat thing. I chose a Warrior because I had played a lot of Diablo and Diablo II and the Warrior, then Barbarian in Diablo II, was the easiest one to play. I got Durgan to level 19 and that was as far as he ever got although I hung on to him for over a year.

I think the thing I hate most about starting a new character in World of Warcraft is all the running around. I realize that the purpose of all the running around is to get you familiar with the area but it seems like you're spending a lot of time running and not getting anywhere. It goes on throughout the entire game and I guess that's good as I can tell you by the time you hit 80 you really know your way around.

When I first started playing, before Burning Crusades came out, you could get your first racial/class mount at level 40. It cost a lot of gold to learn how to ride it, I believe it was around 80 gold to learn how to ride it and then another 9 gold for the mount itself. 90 gold is a lot of gold to a level 40 on their first character. Of course it was a lot easier for my second character because I already had a level 70 character to feed him gold. A level 40 mount gives you 60% increased speed and that makes A LOT of difference.

I started a Warlock when I saw someone riding a Felsteed. I didn't even know what class character it was, I asked someone at work "Who rides the flaming horse?" and they told me it was a Warlock. I didn't know what a Warlock was, or did, but I knew I had to have one. More precisely I had to have a Felsteed.

I started a Warlock (Gomorra) that night. I got him to level 30 in a few days. It was kind of tough at times leveling a Warlock solo but I did it. I didn't like grouping with other people because they always seemed to have their own agenda or were always going AFK. When you're in the middle of a 2 person quest the last thing you want to hear is "I have to go eat supper, be back in a little while". I ended up leveling him to 70 solo and then from 70 to 80 when Wrath of the Lich King came out.

Your first mount, level 40 back then, as a Warlock is free but you certainly pay for the second, level 60 (back then), one. For the second mount I had to do some quests that involved going into instances, buy a lot of goods that ran me hundreds of gold, and finally finish up in Dire Maul to actually summon the mount, the Dreadsteed. That was rough at the time. I hated it and said I would never go back. Since that statement I have summoned about a dozen Dreadsteeds. Once you have the materials you can summon one for someone else that did all the quests but didn't buy the summoning materials. This saves them around 250 gold. The level 60 mount gives you 100% increased speed.

I had a lot of fun with Gomorra over the course of the next year or so, I really liked casting and did a lot of PvP on him. I had him geared out in some really nice PvP gear. Gomorra has a little over 24,800 lifetime kills on him. A little after I hit 70 I met up with someone who needed a little help leveling so I decided to help her 'powerlevel' her Warrior. Her Warriors name was Axeelina and we got her to 70 pretty fast. After that we decided to level a couple more characters together from scratch, that's when I started Wranngar.

I leveled Wranngar with Axeelina's alt, Yonezoe, a Shaman, and we got to level 70 pretty quick on those 2. Back then level 70 was the cap. It took me 49 days play time to get to level 70 on Gomorra but it only took me 23 days play time to get Wranngar to level 70. A lot of the difference in time was that I knew where everything was when I leveled Wranngar but with Gomorra I was running blind.

I have since started, and deleted, a few characters but have a level 36 Beast Master Hunter I like that I am going to keep on leveling. I also have a level 66 Deathknight that I will probably level to 80 but kind of lost interest in, the whole physical combat thing again. That's what it was like in the beginning for me :).


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