I’m really looking forward to 55 and getting Death Knights unlocked for my buddy, that’s going to be a blast hehe.
One thing that did have me down though was that, well, once I hit the level cap with whatever I end up playing, do I really want to “get in line” for the end game theme park experience? Arguably this is what everyone does right? You level, then you go raid. For some reason the idea of dealing with the end game loot mill is about as appetizing as Tabasco sauce and broken glass.
I’m not playing WoW to beat the game or to impress anyone else who’s playing. I play WoW to get a much needed break from reality and to explore a virtual world. Yeah I know, odd concept. I enjoy discovering new books, new hidden clickies, running into the random dragon, you know, all the stuff that most folks run right past.
I’ve learned to accept the fact that I’m different and that I can actually have fun playing WoW this way. Really it’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to WoW is BECAUSE it has little “Easter eggs” planted here and there, waiting for me to discover them. There aren’t a lot of games out there that have things like this, at least not in the same quantity that WoW does.
Currently though I’m not part of a guild that needs me for raiding. No one really cares if I hit the end cap or not. Better yet no one really cares what I’ll be doing if I actually manage to hit the end cap. With that in mind, it’d be kind of cool to well, do ANYTHING other than end game raids.
I do know that I have some video footage to capture before Cataclysm. I’d just like to do it with a level capped character as opposed to a poor lowbie schlubb in mismatched greens. That’s one thing I’ll probably be working on.
I’ve also found a cool blog on Soloing in WoW and an interesting post on soloing as a Blood Death Knight (LINK). Not leveling solo, but a kind of, End Game soloing. Going through old world dungeons solo and even some Burning Crusade dungeons solo. No I’m not saying that I expect I’ll be able to solo heroic dungeons, that’s NOT what I’m thinking. I’d like to go back to the dungeons I haven’t explored much yet because well, no one’s wanted to do them. As a level 80, I’m sure I’d be able to swing visits to a lot of dungeons I haven’t explored yet. It’d also be cool to take on some of the more challenging content with some of the folks I’ve enjoyed playing with in the past.
Thing is that everyone buys the ticket and everyone rides the ride. I wonder how many folks think about whether they have to, or if they’re just following the crowds to the ticket takers?