|THERE YOU GO FOLKS.|
Now, this is kind of a big deal for me, considering the Expansion thus far. The thing is, it isn't actually that hard to do it: a bag full of Potion of Accelerated Learning pretty much indemnifies that whole 'second one is worse than the first' argument anyway. I used Midsummer Bonfires to max out too, which I'll do on a second alt this week before the Festival ends for the last pet I'm short of. What the whole 'hitting 100 now' experience has been more about is how a Zone like Tanaan has pretty much been built for someone like me to go and utilise once I'm past the levelling itself. I gave my thoughts on this yesterday, and actually, there's a few things that I feel could be added.
Because that was WAY more fun than I expected it to be, and I'm actually itching to get the next one off and running.
|This was actually a surprise. So NEURGH.|
It is odd, because as I read more and more people saying how they don't want to play alts as there's more important things to do, I'm sitting here realising that having someone else to fall back on is EXACTLY what I need right now. I know I need Mage Towers on all the Alts to expedite Shipyard completion (which I'll get on this morning for the first 100, I was wondering what I'd build in that spot for Kumiho) plus I'm realising that actually, Resources WILL be a problem if I'm playing boats with any seriousness. Because at 500 a pop to change my Abilities? Its gonna add up. But you gotta hand Blizzard their snacks on this one, kudos for stopping people using those Resources to buy stuff to sell. Also, when I can get surprised by an item like this dropping from Doomroller, not only do I want more alts out farming this stuff, I need to be making some kind of Daily 'List of Shizzle to kill' (though one assumes that's a weekly vibe and not a daily one and will therefore be affected by the reset.)
Mostly, I'm actually having a ton of fun orientating myself to the Zone. Because It is clear Blizzard learnt some tricks from the Timeless Isle about ensuring your terrain is as engaging as the content you put in it.
|Bleeding Hollow clearly got the message about spikes ^^|
I'd not sought out all the Incursion areas properly until yesterday, and having now worked out the Fel Forge and the Hunting Grounds as places to farm, they're probably two of my favourite places in the Zone. Each is visually very different to the other (which really didn't happen on the Timeless Isle) and uses terrain as part of your problem solving. I'll frankly never get tired of using ropes to climb up and down Towers, for instance, and the whole 'standing in Green Shit can actually be beneficial if you are happy to take damage' is, I have to say, a stroke of GENIUS. There are lots of subtle touches as well: I notice mushrooms a lot in the ground, as it happens. Treasures aren't arbitrarily just placed and forgotten, I am liking HOW you have to find them and that it really is a case of taking your time. If I had one criticism it would be that if I learn a Shipyard Blueprint on one character it would be preferable to have that account-wide. But hey, you can't have everything.
|Look what Pherian did this weekend, folks ^^|
This week, therefore, will be getting a THIRD Hunter to 100 and doing the same dance I've done with the other two. After that, I suspect the Mage will be next up as she is the one closest and easiest to level, because it might be nice to do something other than Hunter... though I suspect her trip to Tanaan may not involve nearly as much farming. What has become abundantly apparent is that having a pet as a meatshield makes this entire process quite entertaining, but more importantly requires significantly less thought. As my Water Elemental is anything BUT a Tank, it actually makes me think the Warlock is likely to be a better bet for a grinder , with the Mage looking at minimal engagement in Endgame and possibly gearing her via other means. Or I could just suck it and find daily grinding groups.
Its really quite refreshing to be spoilt for choice for a change.