Friday, November 2, 2007

I've been recruited...

...well, that's what the people in Stormwind are saying, anyway:



Ah, it felt good to finally see my name up there. I remember being level six, having just arrived in Stormwind for the very first time after a long and harrowing journey through places like the Wetlands where level ?? crocolisks wanted to eat me for dinner. There I was, completely lost, standing around, and these two people by the tree were recruiting the Alliance's bravest heroes. That's awesome, I thought, I wanna be a recruited like that someday. And now... here I am! =D

One thing I have been wondering for a while, though, is exactly what determines who is mentioned in this little dialogue and who isn't? I know it's people who walk by, but only higher-level people. I started /who'ing everybody it mentioned to see if I could figure it out. At first I thought I had it narrowed down to Level 58 and higher, "Outlands levels", but no, I've seen a few level 56 and 57 people mentioned. I thought maybe it was dependent on PvP kills, but nope, my boyfriend, who never PvPs, has now been "recruited" as well. Hmm. Anybody have any ideas?

Anyways, currently I have a huge WoW patch downloading-- a whopping 222 megabytes, and it tells me it's patch 2.3. I don't think it's actual "patch time" yet, but I do think it must be getting closer if we're downloading it or parts of it. I've been thinking I should make a post on "my thoughts on 2.3" but I keep forgetting, and a lot of other blogs have gone through them already. =P I will mention that the part I am probably the most excited for is actually the new tracking thing, where we can choose what we're tracking from the mini-map and I'll finally be able to free up something like ten action bar slots. Haha, yep, the dead-zone is going away and leveling is getting faster and yet I get excited about action bar slots. I'm kind of a dork, but oh well.

Regarding the leveling thing, I must say that while it's great for my inner alt-oholic, I sort of wonder about new players. Is the leveling going to be a little too fast for them? Will new players still have time to learn and practice the mechanics of the game and of their class if they're leveling so fast? I think about myself and the way I just hit level 60 "the traditional way", and I wonder if I would have learned so much and had as much practice as I needed if the leveling had gone faster like it will in the new patch. I think I'm glad I hit 60 before the new patch. I know I needed all the practice I could get before Outlands.

I guess we'll have to wait and see how it goes, though! I'm excited to give my alts some more love.

3 comments:

Someone said...

Q: "Is the leveling going to be a little too fast for them?"

A: Nope! Leveling as it is currently is a BIIIIG pain, especially those levels they're addressing right now. It used to make sense when 60 was as good as it got since it was fairly "progressively slower" to go through levels, that is, until you start with Outlands! Then that slowing curve suddenly shifts and you can actually crank through the 60ies faster than you did through the 50ies!

Also, the changes are 20% less XP and 30% more XP from quests. If we take quests XP reward as being 1/2 of total quest reward (for most you need to grind X mobs and to make up for those "delivery" quests, you have some where you grind for hours for that last drop!), so that will equate to something like 60~70% of the current time to level, which is not THAT much faster that people go through those levels without learning, but it may be fast enough that people don't actually get bored in those late 40ies and earlier 50ies where leveling seems to be painfully slow...

Maybe this will be what it takes for all those with chars stuck in the 40ies to go back there and finish leveling them! I'm waiting eagerly for 2.3!

Someone said...

BTW: as for the recruiting, check to see if it's related to Stormwind reputation! Or maybe it's rep and level or even more complex than that. (Or even as simple as just standing there long enough!)

LS said...

Tawyn was Exalted with SW at level 32 or so, after relentlessly grinding rep for her entire WoW career. So its certainly not rep...