From the very first moment, the humans asked me to fight. Â But I have put aside my weapons, and I turned my back on the abbey and walked away. Â This was a very hard decision, because the entire starting area for humans is locked behind that first quest. Â Most of the quests, if I recall correctly, involve fighting anyway. Â As I left, I was given the quest that pointed me to Goldshire, but everything there is too high level, so I decided to spend some time in the inn to earn exp bonus, that way what little I do manage to find will be used to the fullest.
The inn in Goldshire is a wretched hive of scum and villainy… or rather a wretched hive of people who will ERP scum and villainy with you for the right price. Â I was aware of ERP. Â I knew it existed. Â But on other servers you mainly find people hiding in the tram tunnels speaking sex to each other. Â But Goldshire is filled with naked people, or people as naked as the game allows them to get. Â Bare chested men and women in bikinis abound, and calls fill the air looking for people of all sorts. Â What the hell is a “college RP group”? Â Are they teaching people to RP or are they RPing that they are in college?
The following day I decided that perhaps only humans were so demanding of violence and I headed for dwarf town. Â Also, some of the ERP chat was creeping me out. Â From both the dwarves and gnomes, they expected the same violence. Â But like the journey to Goldshire, they provided quests to get to Karanos. Â The night elves would be a little more forgiving… or not. Â The Draenei? Â Ah, yes! Â They wanted me to collecting things (that weren’t in the hands of others) and give out medicine.
At some point along the way, I also managed to get mining and herbalism, and sometimes I even earned experience from using them (I suspect there is some powerleveling code in there because at one point I got 50 exp from a plant, then later after I leveled in the same area I got 54 exp). Â And once I attained level 5 and got sneak, I was able to even take on some more quests that had finally opened up.
So, it seems my early levels will be filled with travel, not exploration (because I know there is a level floor on those, I wouldn’t get any exp visiting higher level zones), but making a rotation of the starting areas, harvesting and questing. Â I’ve made level 7 so far, as it’s actually getting easier.
I also learned I have to be very careful of quests. Â Things that appear to be something I can solo sometimes result in the game giving me a “pet” who will kill things. Â Sadly, Kaens now has a single kill on his stat sheet because of one of these. Â We’ll have to see if I can keep it at one.