Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How can the levelling experience be better for someone who hates alts?

There was some avid discussion in guild vent the other day in regards to the levelling experience. I was about to automatically switch off, because levelling is not my thing.  The whole levelling thing is just a chore that seems to have no relevance or meaning - I suppose it gives you the opportunity to learn your character's abilities and how to play it, but it is so UNFUN to me that doing it over and over to level alts makes me think I have so much more interesting and fun things to do in my spare time.

HK has been doing a Luxy and playing lots of guild wars and he was telling me about how fun it was, even to solo. Gathering in the game is different to WoW - the same node point can be gathered by everyone (in a way that treasures are in WoW at the moment I think) but the respawn time is long - 24 hours. Even when levelling or questing in guild wars, he told me that if you party with someone to help you with your quests their experience or rewards are scaled down to the level of that quest. I guess that means power levelling is out! But perhaps that's a good thing? More time for story then!

One of the ways people level quickly in WoW is by doing dungeons. I can see that would be a way to encourage people to play with others rather than solo playing (this is, after all, an MMO).

Kyxyn was saying that perhaps a good way to encourage people to do the levelling for the story (like other RPG games where you play for the storyline) is to give a bonus XP for finishing the entire zone, rather than skipping around to the next zone that would give you the most XP.

As a reluctant leveller, what would make me most likely to enjoy levelling? I would say, it would probably be a different story.  However, that means I should be levelling my alliance character, but I'm not. Why is that?

I guess it's because I'm not levelling with someone. I like playing WoW because of the social part of it - if I don't have anyone to play with then I get bored quickly. So, you may ask, why don't I just level with someone?

Well, that's because my levelling times are sporadic. Who would want to play with me when I only play at weird times.  And they'd have to wait for me.  That wouldn't go down well.

What other option could I have?

I heard that Guild wars 2 had a very good levelling system for the casual pve player.  End game stuff is PvP and stuff but the levelling experience is supposed to be enjoyable and the graphics are good - way better than WoW. Would having those things change my feelings about levelling in WoW?

I think that if each class had a different story in each zone then that would make the levelling experience more varied. GW2 has a different storyline for each class, which sounds rather cool. And I guess if you had a friend come help you then maybe they could get token XP given to them for helping you but then you can go with them to help them do their quests and have the reverse happen for you. Competing with another person for quest items or mobs sucks - though I admit that's been a lot better in WoW in this last expansion compared to previously.

I do like the level 90 boost that they did for WoD. If they do a similar thing for Legion then that would negate the whole need for levelling. I think I would pay for that, rather than sink my time into levelling through a zone I had done before.  Also from a financial perspective, that would be good for WoW, I think. It would appeal to the casual player who wants to see the new content but doesn't have to grind out 1-100, especially if they only want a short look at the game. WoW has typically appealed to the more dedicated gamer, which is why I think the environment can tend to be more toxic and less tolerant of new players, which is a bit of a shame. So for the casual player who may want to get immersed into the WoW story, perhaps expanding the lore a little more will entice them to play, even if it is for a short period of time. The drawback lately is that the game seems to be so reward focussed that the story seems to get a little lost, and when that happens those who are here for the lore tend to lose interest if they aren't raiding or chasing legendaries.

For those who aren't interested in reading quest lines or story, then dungeons and rapid questing can still be the key to rapid levelling, so hopefully it would cater for those who just want to do the end content as well.

It's interesting that I enjoy games like Last of Us which tells a story, yet I play WoW to reach the end game and it's not the story that entrances me, even though I do enjoy it when I do it that one time. I suppose though, that once I finish that sort of game, I don't tend to play it again - it's over and done. WoW has so many things at end game that I like to play and that tends to hold me in the game rather than going off to experience more story.

I don't know if I will level another character in Legion. I haven't really done it any other time in all the 10 years of WoW, so why would I start now? All I can say is that it would have to take something very interesting to make me want to go through that same content twice.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I'm back! Catching up on all the thing's I've missed

It's nice to be back. I did miss my computer and writing on the Daily Frostwolf. I did have a great holiday though!

One of the things I did miss out on was Brewfest.  Much to my dismay there was only a few days of Brewfest left and there is not only a new pet but a few new toys to get as well. Fortunately, Crooked told me that it would only take me 2 days to get the 200 Brewfest Prize tokens, and he was right. I got 219 tokens after doing all the quests and dailies for 2 days so that was good.

Darkmoon Faire this week too.  I should do some of that too.

I did manage to get my 5 timewalking dungeons done - though, that was a bit of a chore.  But it's fun I suppose.  I saw that Kyxyn and Crooked have got timewalking sets made - I think I might only think of doing that for DPS, not so much for healing.

Also, WAY behind on my conquest.  2 weeks of no conquest cap! BLEH! I suppose I only need 2 items of gear so conquest is a bit moot really.  I can even buy one now. So really, just one piece of loot, which I can get next week.  However... there is a 27k conquest achievement I need to do....

We did Archimonde tonight and with no Rag healing, it was a bit ugly.  Not to mention I was a bit rusty as well and kept stuffing up my range with Shadowfel burst, and wiped the raid a few times because I was too close to someone. There was a good moment of "rescue" when I accidentally stood too close to Yuuda and we both got the burst and he flapped down so that I landed first and then he landed a few secs later, so peeps catching us on the ground didn't die. But how often is that going to happen!

Not a great foray back into raiding after 2 weeks, but it will get better on Wednesday, I'm sure. I missed you, my dear Frostwolves!

Monday, September 28, 2015

For those interested in my holiday antics....

I'll be back next week! My guild was gleefully telling me that on their first attempt on Archimonde when I was away they got to 9%!  Of course, my first thought was "OMG, everyone will be saying that Navi was holding them back," and I wasn't wrong because someone DID say that, but after that, they were unable to repeat that effort.  So, perhaps there will be some Archimonde for me to do yet. However, I'm unsure right at this moment whether I would love to be there for the kill, or have them kill it whilst I'm holidays and let everyone enjoy telling me about how I wasn't needed and then carry me for my kill.

For those who are interested in my holiday antics you can go check out here.

But here are a few pics of the week so far of my holiday.  I warn you though, I have a food fetish so there are more pictures of food than there are of sightseeing...

Good luck on Archi Frostwolves! I will be back for next week's Monday raid so you only have 3 days left to get Archi down /grin

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Guildleader chores - Checklist before I go on holidays....

OK, only a few hours to go!  What do I need to make sure is done?
  1. Guild repairs permanently turned on.  Check!  Reduced the repair amount though - I wonder how much gold will be there when I get back...
  2. Tell Sev to get the EPGP addon.  If he whinges about it, he is getting an officer demote /wink. He now has to start EPGP and do all the loot and make sure the EPGP 15min reward is on.  Hope he can remember that.
  3. Tell Ash and Quad to behave themselves while I'm away and hit stuff harder
  4. OMG have to cap conquest for the week.  Thank goodness it's PvP night.  Just spent 2 hours in Ashran trying to get my 700 conquest.  Luckily there were also a few worgen there to kill as well. Kyxyn got into a different Ashran, LOADED with Worgen!  I envy him!
  5. Stockpile some Champion's Honour to use whilst I am away.  Some lovely guildies have generously given me theirs!
  6. Oh I forgot to do my mythic dungeons.  Oh well :P Any excuse not to finish them!  I did only have 2 to go.... should I get back online?
  7. Tell everyone to kill Heroic Archimonde and carry me for it when I get back.
  8. Oh should I have finished selling all those BoEs?  Nah they can wait till I get back, I reckon.
  9. I also forgot to nag Voe to NOT keep changing Kyxyn's appearance, because that really makes him mad. He's so childish....
  10. Send a message to Yuuda to not go out so late on Thursdays because otherwise raid will be short on Thursdays.
  11. Congratulate Crooked in advance for his class trinket on Archi this week because there's a good feeling going around!  Bish got his tier AND his cloak from Gorefiend this week so we never have to go back to Gore again, so I'm thinking Crooky is going to ride this wave of luck to victory!
  12. Hmm, should I pack my crochet or not to finish on the plane??

Oh raiding, I will miss you!  Shipyard, I will NOT miss you!