There are a couple of guys at work that I consider pretty serious WoW gamers. These are guys with multiple L70 characters, which got me to thinking. My mage just made L38, and is about 20% of the way to L39. If I manage to clear one level per week, I am not going to hit L70 until January or February of 2008. Yikes!
A level per week may not seem that unrealistic, but I would have to spend around 5 hours a week just to meet this goal. Is 5 hours per week unrealistic? For some weeks it may not be, but I only have so much free time a week to devote to gaming. I doubt I would ever spend it all on WoW. I think it has taken me 4-6 hours per level for the last three levels, and that is probably being a little generous. In other words, I need to hit 20% of my experience bar each hour to stand a chance. Ouch. Even if I could manage 10 hours per week (and that is not going to happen), I would not reach L70 until October.
The long and short of it is that I have a whole new appreciation for those of you that have managed to reach every increasing heights in WoW. For me, the reality of the time required to hit L70 is a daunting task.