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April 7, 2009

As you may have read on WoW, Eh? I have got a baby shaman, Rahima,  over on Kil’jaeden.  It’s a learning experience for me, since I am playing a cow (that’s in the vernacular – I believe most of you know them as “Tauren”) and I’ve not played a shaman in over three years.  (At least this time I kind of know what I’m doing.  A little bit.)

But of course after the first five to ten levels of fun, then the drag starts (for me, anyway) because I have to level in the Barrens.  (heave heavy, dejected sigh here) I just had to fly back to Orgrimmar to buy a one-handed mace to go with my awesome turtle shell shield and I was reminded (for whatever reason) of the first year Lus and I were together (my second (?) year playing WoW) and how I was challenged by him to level one level per day on my character, who was at that time a Blood Elf priest.

Story behind the random: The first summer that Lus and I were together, his work had him out on a rig for 28 days and home for 14.  So, I had 28 days to do… well, nothing but play and do laundry.  But mostly play.  I had decided I was tired of whatever character I had at the time, so I had to “catch up” to his hunter, who was already 30-something.  So, my challenge was to get at least a level per day.  I think that the challenge may have been made mostly in jest, but I took it seriously.  I was in my WoW-prime, excited about the game and my class and I was gonna do it! Plus, it would help to distract me, since I was pining away after Lus.  -cough-

This may be a testament to a few of you of how “lame” my summer was, but what I remember most about it was that it was so much fun. And as I was doggedly hopping on the gryph right now on Rahima to go over to the godforsaken Barrens, I wondered – where did that fun go?  I already know that I dislike the Barrens, so I take this current feeling with a grain of salt, but back then I was looking forward each day to logging in and getting my level.  At first, sure, I was getting multiple levels a day, but once you reach the late 20s and 30s, those levels get longer and it was a challenge and an accomplishment to ding before I hit the hay.

Sadly, those characters didn’t see their 40th season (we decided we really didn’t like PvP) so they were abandoned, but I never leveled a character with such zeal, before or after.  I don’t know what it was that made it that way for me.  But gosh darn it, it sure was fun.

Bonus! I dug around in my myriad folders of screenshots and managed to find a screenshot of the very character in question, when she was a wee priest trying to catch up to Lus, in Orc hunter form:

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As Cadistra wrote, playing with a group of friends just to play can be so much fun and I’m so happy I got to rediscover that. Plus, I’m not required to get a level a day! *phew*

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  1. April 7, 2009 8:27 AM

    That same leveling bug bit me while I was working on my paladin. I have never leveled so quickly or had so much fun as I did with Dolendae. I wasn’t even working on a goal with him; I just loved him so much that I wanted to level him obsessively. Haven’t managed to find that enthusiasm or zeal for any other character, ever. Dol is one in a million, I guess. ;)The Barrens sucks. I’ve got a warlock and rogue stuck in that range right now. I’d go somewhere else to level them, but I know the Barrens. It’s faster to work there than to try and learn another zone all over again.

  2. Chibikeni permalink
    April 7, 2009 8:40 AM

    Darn! Now I have to double time for 2-3 levels in a day for the weekends I get to play with you all O.o

  3. April 7, 2009 1:36 PM

    I don’t think I’ve leveled a toon through the Barrens since the the Blood Elf zones became available. Even given the time needed to go and train every few levels, it is still faster than leveling through the Barrens.

  4. willel permalink
    April 7, 2009 4:40 PM

    What a lovely couple!And, you’re still leveling pretty fast. I think I’m a fast leveler, but you’re beating me so far. I just need a good weekend to catch up and zoom ahead :DI’d add that in my 3+ years of playing, this is possibly the most fun I’ve ever had. Playing with a great group of people is really cool.

  5. Jade permalink
    April 7, 2009 4:57 PM

    Funny, I love leveling in the Barrens. lol

  6. April 7, 2009 7:14 PM

    Playing with great people really does make all the difference. I already know (and am not ashamed) that I am the SLOWEST leveler on Earth. My excuse is that I’m busy. Very, very busy. But in any case, I won’t lie – there is an immense satisfaction in helping out people coming to this server, because we’re all people who just want to PLAY. That’s what I love about this guild – super chillax. No mandatory Naxx runs, no arean prep, no nothing! Just faff about, laughing and chatting on vent (I’ll look into that tonight; did it end up working?).And on a personal note – I like the Barrens better than the belf area. :>

  7. willel permalink
    April 7, 2009 8:18 PM

    Barrens > Ghostlands ?!?Actually, I’m rather fond of the Barrens myself. I know some people don’t like it, but I love the atmosphere. What makes Ghostlands such a great area to level in is the quest rewards, which are noticeably better than in other areas.

  8. Anea permalink
    April 7, 2009 9:21 PM

    My shaman was the first one that had to run back and train every few levels (I quested through Eversong and the beginnings of the Ghostlands) and boy, was that a pain in the butt.I’d really like to know why they can have a druid trainer in Silvermoon, but not a shaman trainer? Tell me how this makes sense.

  9. Anea permalink
    April 7, 2009 9:21 PM

    My shaman was the first one that had to run back and train every few levels (I quested through Eversong and the beginnings of the Ghostlands) and boy, was that a pain in the butt.I’d really like to know why they can have a druid trainer in Silvermoon, but not a shaman trainer? Tell me how this makes sense.

  10. Anea permalink
    April 7, 2009 9:22 PM

    Oh, don’t feel bad – this isn’t my crazy leveling skills, it’s too much playtime combined with getting run through things a lot, haha.It’s good to be friends with a Death Knight (or the friend of a Death Knight) – it’s nice to have a break from grind-questing and just get run through something :D

  11. April 7, 2009 10:52 PM

    That’s…a really good point, actually. :<

  12. Chibikeni permalink
    April 7, 2009 11:50 PM

    The blood elf starting area has some nice stuff to collect (ie Tranquillen rep rewards) but weapons or leather for druid/shammy is lacking alot =S Not to mention there’s no shammy trainer in Silvermoon.WTB an Astral Recall to any shammy trainer like the Druid’s teleport to Moonglade! ><”

  13. Chibikeni permalink
    April 7, 2009 11:50 PM

    The blood elf starting area has some nice stuff to collect (ie Tranquillen rep rewards) but weapons or leather for druid/shammy is lacking alot =S Not to mention there’s no shammy trainer in Silvermoon.WTB an Astral Recall to any shammy trainer like the Druid’s teleport to Moonglade! ><”

  14. Jack permalink
    April 8, 2009 1:26 PM

    Allow a Shaman trainer in the city and you attract Orcs and Trolls. Same with a Warrior trainer. So you don’t fine either one.Racist Blood Elves.

  15. April 8, 2009 4:59 PM

    When Jov leveled her Shaman through the BE area, she only went to train when she actually had something to learn that she was using. It meant she essentially only went ever 4-6 levels.Agreed on the Druid trainer though. It’s like “There’s a paladin trainer in every Horde City now, can’t we at least get a Shaman trainer too? It says something about priorities when the Alliance have more Shaman trainers than the Horde.”

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