One of the things I was really excited about, in regards to the Shattering was the new leveling experience and the addition of new quests and zones to explore. It looked absolutely incredible and I was feeling excited about the possibility of creating a level 1 toon and seeing the new world.
The problem is that when I started creating a bunch of different alts, I couldn’t find one that I liked. I couldn’t find one that I could see myself taking from 1-60 (at least) and nothing seemed to keep my interest. I already have plenty of level 80s (a druid, mage, rogue, paladin, priest and shaman) and the ones that are not level 80 are probably classes I didn’t have much interest in, to begin with. I managed to get a prot warrior up to level 15 and I am enjoying the new lowbie questlines in Azshara, but it is starting to drag and I find my attention drifting elsewhere.
I created a Gnome death knight (I know, I know) named Shortlived and I did the death knight starting quests, to pass some time. I was more curious about how the new trees had shaped up, since I had attempted to roll a death knight several times and the bloated talent trees were always overwhelming to me. It was fun and I got her to level 58 and ready to enter Outland. I couldn’t decide if I should work on her professions before I go there or later on. I decided to shake things up a bit and work on them first and I chose being jewelcrafting and mining.
Who knew that roaming around the world in circles, mining nodes and smelting could be so relaxing and so much fun? Originally, I was thinking I would knock out some Explorer achievements while I was at it. But I was surprised to learn that as a death knight, my maps were already fully exposed and I really didn’t need to discover anything. That was a bit of a bummer. I managed to get my mining to 125 before I went to sleep and I will probably work on that more this weekend, too. I think I’ll start leveling the jewelcrafting after I get my mining skill up to speed for my trip to Outland.
This is something I can see myself doing until Cataclysm hits. I still have a few more raids left on my priest, mostly to try and down Lich King with the guild and play with Halion a bit. A 10 man for fun here and there. I may not have the immediate urge to level an alt from scratch, but I’m enjoying where this death knight is going. I’m having fun working on professions that I have never taken before and trying to learn the finer points of death knight tanking before I reach Outland. I don’t see myself taking any of my other 80s to 85 right away, but that could change. I think I just got a bit ahead of myself, in terms of the desire to level a new alt. I guess you could say that my eyes got bigger than my stomach, sorta speak.
If only I could go home early today. I just found out that a new team is literally monitoring my time usage today and they feel that we’re underperforming. Of course we are, it’s the day after Thanksgiving! We are stuffed and hungover (well, not me) and tired. Half the office isn’t even here! Lunch is certainly going to be fun, since half the restaurants in the area are closed. I have no idea where I’m going to eat and I didn’t have any leftovers to bring.
Black Friday, indeed!