This week’s article is about the complexity of World of Warcraft and other MMO games in general.
And speaking of WoW…
I have this thing where I prefer to level characters in the wrong zones. I like to take starting Dwarves and Gnomes to Human areas and vice versa. Previously, I used to like leveling in the Night Elf areas, but I became aware of just how much of a time sink the place is and I can no longer stand it. It’s pretty, but there is just too much dang hiking. I’ll miss Darkshore in particular.
So, my character, who just dinged 20 as of last night:
|My goal: Get to Theramore Island (one of my favorite locations in the game, visually) and get myself a giant turtle to replace the bear.|
Several people offered me help. I was going to tough it out and Do It On My Own because I didn’t want to break the game. I like fighting against a little scarcity. But I am to the point where being broke is hindering my ability to make money, if you see what I mean.
In the game you can have two professions. There are gathering professions like skinning, mining, and herbalism that let you gather raw materials. Then there are production professions like leatherworking, blacksmithing, and alchemy. These consume raw materials and produce useful stuff. These are usually designed to go in pairs. Herbalism supplies alchemy, skinning supplies leatherworking, and so on. If you’re covered in noobsauce, then the thing to do is to take two gathering professions and sell everything you get at the auction house. There tons of veteran players out there with heaps of gold, and they’re leveling alts that have two production professions. They’d rather pay a newbie to do their gathering via the auction than waste their time doing it themselves. This is a wonderful way to “vent” some cash from high level players to lower ones. But instead of going for cash I took the engineering profession. It’s crazy fun, but it consumes all the stuff I could otherwise sell at auction and is keeping me poor.
I’m level twenty, which means I’m due a mount. But the total cost to do that is 5g. I have, after twenty levels of careful savings, 2g and change. I would need to double my money to get a mount. Ouch. And there are abilities I haven’t even trained yet. If I were to grab every ability due to me at this level, I’d be down to 1g. So I’m officially at the point where I’m ready to accept a little help. But please don’t mail me 1,000g or anything crazy like that. But if anyone can spare a gold piece and maybe a 12 slot bag, I think it would take the pressure off.
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