One nice thing about taking time off for Joseph, is that I am getting a lot of time to play WoW. I guess ‘a lot’ is relative, but it is nice being able to play for 30 minutes here and there throughout the day. I figured I would take a break from doing all the baby stuff and post an update of where I am with the game.
Faltutin is my main character; level 29 gnome mage. After playing in a group of four mages (myself plus three front mages) last week, I am very tempted to re-spec my mage. Fire is nice, but these guys knew what they were doing. They made frost a thing of beauty; devastating mobs from here to Texas in the process. I am sure a group of fire mages could do the same thing, but I have yet to group with three other fire mages; experiencing frosty goodness first hand made me a believer.
Kaldur is my priest; level 14 dwarf priest. Probably my least favorite character, but that may have more to do with me not really knowing how to solo a priest. I may have to spec this guy as a shadow priest just to pick up some fire power. That or get someone from the guild to game with me.
Tuldar is my hunter; level 12 dwarf hunter, with Snowpaws, my level 11 snow leopard. I like this guy because it is almost like playing in a group (almost). It is probably easier to solo with a hunter than my mage, and definitely easier than soloing with my priest. For this reason alone I am thinking about starting a warlock, but I really want to spend some more time with my mage and hunter before starting something new.
Chris already mentioned that he changed from Bronzebeard to Arathor as part of a free character move to alleviate congestion on Bronzebeard. I went with him (and the guild), so now I am playing on a server with an extremely low character population. There have been two immediate differences that I have noticed. First, there are not as many people around, which is good and bad. This is good because I do not have to wait for anything. This is bad because it is helpful to have others take out certain mobs (or just have someone to group with). The second thing I have noticed is the young economy. I made a killing on Bronzebeard selling all manner of things, but it is rough going on Arathor. A good example is that I used to be able to sell a stack of herbs, linen (and other cloth), and copper for a decent amount of coin, but no so much now. This is not that big a deal for Faltutin (97.5 gp), but it is hurting Kaldur (1.873 gp), and killing Tuldar (0.246 gp). Tuldar is so cash poor that he cannot buy a couple of skills that are now available. I think it will be worth the move just to experience a young economy grow.
Overall I am still having a ton of fun with the game, doing all sorts of crazy stuff that I never figured I would care about. Buying a silver tabby, improving my cooking skills (and looking for recipes), fishing, and learning first aid. On Bronzebeard I also learn that I could either pay 1-2 gp for stranglekelp to make lesser mana potions, or I could buy a stack of lesser mana potions for .06 gp. The dynamics of the game keeps me coming back for more.
If I am disappointed in anything, it is the lack of group participation from the guild for lower level characters (i.e. my three characters). Not pointing a finger at you Chris; just an observation that I have yet to have someone from the guild respond to a request to group. This could just be a matter of timing or it could be that I do not actually know anyone in the guild.
All for now; my turn to get a crying baby.