Raiding. PVE. PVP. Instances. Crafting. Roleplay.
There’s a lot to do in this World of Warcraft, and everyone has their own little niche. Some people pick one character, leveling to 60 or 70, working through content and reputation, focused entirely on that one character and/or class. Some love to PVP, thriving on the adrenaline rush – Others have five alts by the time one reaches max level, enjoying many different classes (on different factions even) and the leveling grind more than the max level content – or in supplement to it.
For as much time as I spend raiding, I am, admittedly, an alt-lover. I rolled my first alt (my gnome mage, Berylla) when Angoleth was about level 35, and Annalira when she was in her late 50′s. Right now I have three characters at level 70, two in their 50′s, two in their 30′s, and *counts on fingers* four in their 20′s (some on servers other than Feathermoon, obviously). But when I think about it, I’ve never felt like I have that many characters.
Recently, Bellwether questioned how people leveled alts and managed to keep their steam going long enough to level them, and Jezrael talked about the nostalgia we all get sometimes for being low level – when everything was new and different and exciting.
For me – that’s why I play alts. If I’m feeling down, I look over my character list and remember that Brietta’s accent is really fun to type (especially after a beer), that no matter what happens I can cut loose while playing her, and that she’d have a bang up time doing a certain set of quests in Dustwallow or going to Scarlet Monastery.
I remember how playing Aelflaed always turns into funny mishaps, even if her accident-prone personality was created before she ever had all those … incidents … in Gnomeregan. There’s something refreshing about going back to a character that’s “lower level” and letting them discover the world as it unfolds and seeing how they’ll react to quests, instances, and happenings in Azeroth.
Even if I’ve done the quests in Duskwood at least 10 times already, my paladin has never done them before – and even if she knew that all wasn’t right with that part of the world, she’d certainly never come face to face with anything like Mor’ladim – or had to wrap her mind around his fall and redemption. (This is particularly true with my newest little alt, who is Horde – an undead mage – because I’ve never leveled a horde character past about level 35. Everything after that really will be new territory!)
Aside from the renewal I get from leveling, there’s a certain magic about the very beginning starting areas for me. My favorite time with a character is levels 1-20, because there is an uncertainty about the character – who they will be, what they will become, what they like and dislike, how they talk and act. Sometimes I may have created a personality for them before I started playing, but even then, the magic never happens until you’ve played them a little bit. When you’re walking around in Tirisfal Glades or Dun Morogh, even just the short walk from Deathknell to Brill seems impossibly long, and the world is impossibly big and full of wonder. Going back to Azuremyst Island with Annorah (even though her character goes back many hundreds of years before the Exodar crash) still brings back a feeling of newness and adventure.
For some characters, that excitement manages to last until very high levels – sometimes even level 70. For others, it fades by level 15, and I say goodbye to them in hopes that the next little “create” button will be more successful. And I always manage to have a backlog of character kernels, ready to spring into life at any given time. Or at least, at any time I manage to have an open character slot somewhere!
Alts are, to me, a renewing aspect of the game. If I’m feeling tired or worn down by a rough night raiding, there’s usually a cheerful little dwarf rogue, an accident prone paladin, an aggro-happy mage or an awkward, stuttering druid to cheer me up.
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