November 8, 2010 – 9:53 am
There are quite a few differences between a character that did their leveling in original WoW, and a character that leveled in Burning Crusade, and still more for a character leveling in Wrath.
I had two characters at level cap in the original game – Angoleth, my hunter, and Aely!Priest. During Burning Crusade, I leveled two new characters to cap – Annorah and Aely!Pally. In Wrath, I added Annie Mae and Annylais (who is 71).
Right now, I want to talk about three of those characters – namely Angoleth, Aelflaed, and Annie Mae.
Annie Mae, as a Wrath leveled Gnome Warrior, was riding a Stormwind Horse at level 35. Meaning she was exalted with Stormwind by then, purely through doing quests in Elwynn Forest, Westfall, Redridge, Darkshire, and Azuremyst, plus The Deadmines and The Stockades, and a few other assorted quests. As a Gnome at level 80, without even finishing her “Gnomeregan Valiant” quests, she is max-rank exalted with Stormwind and nearly exalted with the other four Alliance factions. She would get there easily through finishing the Valiant dailies, but I’m too lazy to do them on multiple characters.
Aely, as a Burning Crusade leveled Human Paladin, has her Crusader title, and was exalted with all five Alliance reputations well before she finished with the five sets of Valiant dailies.
Angoleth, as a Night Elf Hunter and my original main, isn’t even revered with the Alliance reputations, even though she’s finished two of the Valiant daily sets (Darnassus and Exodar). I tallied up the amount of faction rep you get with the various Alliance races for doing all of the Valiant quests, added it in… and she won’t even be exalted with her home faction (Darnassus) when I finish.
Reputation was a different beast back in the day. It was harder to find, slower to earn, and had different weight to it.
You received discounts on your repair bills only after you got to Revered, and those discounts applied to anything purchased with that faction – like epic mounts (which cost 1000 gold back then, which was a lot more gold than it is today). So Angoleth, at level 60, did every low level quest in Elwynn and Dun Morogh, trying to get to Revered with Ironforge and Stormwind (which she eventually did, barely) to help with her raiding repair bills and the cost of ammo. She did the same with Darnassus, getting to Revered to help with her purchase of an Epic Mount (the same reason I started PVPing with her, since back then if you had a Sergeant title, you got an extra 10% discount on mounts).
Which leaves me with a level 80 character who will be buying Champion’s Writs to fill out her faction reputation for… well, probably a long time. And possibly annoying everyone in Alterac Valley as I try to do turn-ins for spillover rep. One of the few benefits to all the PVP I did in the original game (aside from the kind of awesome Grand Marshall’s Crossbow) – I’m already exalted with the Stormpike Guard.
Actually, I think that was the only faction – other than the Hydraxian Waterlords – that I was exalted with when Burning Crusade launched. Go figure.
At least she’s almost honored with the Timbermaw? (Boy did /that/ grind take a long time)
Anyhow, I’m not really sure what else there is to say about it – I can’t change what quests I’ve already done, and I don’t really have any other way of increasing faction rep outside of the Tourney dailies and PVP. I’m certainly not saying that we should go back to how things were; obviously, I’ve benefited from the changes on other characters.
I’m just a little frustrated with how slow it’s going as I try to catch Angoleth up with my other, newer characters.
November 4, 2010 – 11:07 pm
Pure dumb luck. I did a pass by the spawn points in Storm Peaks – no wolf, so I went to swing back through (just in case), and s/he spawned underneath me. Trapped, tamed, done. Commence squee.
Now s/he just needs a name!
Edit: I think I’m going to go with Signy for her name.
November 3, 2010 – 9:28 am
With the Wrath event, we had the Zombiepocalypse. So far, we’ve not really seen the big invasion that will take place… but we CAN start thinking of a silly name for it. What will the Doomsayers tell us is coming?
Leave suggestions in comments!
November 3, 2010 – 9:26 am
So, as most of you probably have noticed, the pre-Cataclysm world event has started.With Wrath of the Lich King, we had the Zombiepocalypse. The jury is still out as to what fun and invented word we can use to describe this event (There’s a separate post for suggestions about that!).
Regardless, one of the things I keep hearing about is how much “cooler” the previous world event was. And on some level, I have to agree. The sheer amount of RP that was created in the Wrath event, as well as the “fun” of playing zombies, plus the various invasion spots and the ever looming Necropoli was pretty impressive. I think it set the stage well for the kinds of things that Wrath would bring, and it did an excellent job of reviving the RP in the group of people I am privileged enough to write in. It was, with very little exception, epic.
(This is not to say that the Wrath event had no problems, etc. Those are for another thread though.)
But we all need to remember that, aside from all the awesome that was the Wrath event, the zombie part was only one step that ramped up over time. The various phases were separated by “lulls” and downtime (presumably to allow everyone a chance to play). The Wrath event got exponentially bigger as it went on, but it did so slowly and in stages. All we’ve seen so far of this event is “Phase 1″ – elemental rifts and cultists in the major cities – and there is definitely more to come.
However, it will not be the same event – and that’s a good thing. Even from an RP standpoint, our characters have already lived through the Zombies and the invasion of Northrend and the end of the War in the North.
More importantly, the biggest part of what I remember about the Wrath event is not actually the event itself, but the roleplay and character development that happened because of it. Whether that will happen because of THIS event remains to be seen – and my ability to participate is part of that. Aely was a huge participant in the defense of Stormwind, and even now The Longest Night is a tale that she gets asked to tell. She wears the Black and Red because of that event, and so it was character changing for her.
Spoiler alert: She’ll wear a wedding ring because of this event. So it’ll be character changing for her /again/, but in a different way and on a different timetable.
And while the wrath event was really all about Aely, this one is a lot more applicable to my other characters.
Angoleth was never all that involved with the undead, but demons and cultists piss her off, and she’s old enough to have been around when the original Sundering wasn’t that far gone (at least to an immortal people like Elves). She’s nervous, and remembering her days fighting at Hyjal and in Molten Core. Annorah is a farseer and a pretty well connected Shaman – and she’s kind of wigged out about the rifts and the way the summoned elementals are behaving. Other characters, like Annie Mae, are pretty convinced that the Doomsayers are a bunch of wingnuts, and if the world was going to end, it wouldn’t bother warning us, so who cares? (That opinion may change, of course) Aely will be involved, of course, but she’s not the only character that will participate.
We’re just getting started with this event, and people ARE talking about it – which is a good sign. (And it’s pretty fun to do too!)
So I’m reserving judgment until after it’s all over with, and trying to keep some perspective about it. The Cataclysm event will, by design, be different than previous events – and it will trip different reactions in different characters. The RP opportunities are still there, and I’m looking forward to participating.
What have your characters thought or done in reaction to the earthquakes and the recent cultist and elemental activity? Are you planning any major character development because of this event? *
*If you’re finding (as I have) that stagnation over the last few months is making it hard to connect to your characters, Bricu’s “Taking Stock” post is a good place to start.