I'm no mage, but look at me cast.
One of the main reasons I returned to the idea of leveling without fighting was because Blizzard added experience rewards to mining and herbalism. That isn’t to say that I gain exp entirely from those activities…
Each race in the game has a progression. Humans do their starter area, then Goldshire, then the logging camp area, and then they move on either East or West. Night Elves move through Teldrassil toward Darnassus and then they’ll hop the boat to Darkshore. And so on. Being that I’m skipping every quest that requires killing, I have to keep rotating through the progressions and picking up the handful of delivery, exploration and true collection quests (true collection being where you get items off the ground or out of boxes and not from the lifeless corpses of your enemies). And since I’m traveling a lot, I pick plenty of flowers and mine a bit of ore as I go.
The quests that I do get are quite exciting. And dare I say, more exciting than when I do them with other characters. For example, in Dolanaar a night elf asks for me to retrieve an Emerald Dreamcatcher from the Starbreeze village. The village is swarming with furbolgs, and I have to sneak my way into the building where it is, and then wait for just the right moment to retrieve it. There’s no time to hide again because I’ve been spotted, so I make a run for it. With furbolgs right on my heels I dash through the village and onto the path and eventually they give up hope of catching me. Later, I would pull a similar trick to deliver hearthstones to trapped miners and dig relics from the ice for the dwarves of Dun Morogh.
Of course, I don’t spend all my time picking flowers, mining ore and sneaking into buildings. Sometimes I go fishing. In Stormwind there are even people kind enough to have a couple of quests for me that involve catching fish. And I also spent some time tracking down people for the Lunar Festival.
Level 12 and climbing…
Forget it, Jake. It's Old Town.
While bumming around in Stormwind, I decided to ask a guard what inns I could stay out in the city. They gave me two fine choices, one in the trade district and one in the dwarven district. Neither of those was what I was looking for. Both locations are extremely crowded, being near the auction houses and all. Lots of foot traffic and spell casting at all hours of the night. I needed something quiet, away from the action, so I headed to Old Town and there I stumbled across a lovely little place called the “Pig and Whistle Tavern” and while not strictly an inn, and clearly not considered one by the guards of Stormwind, they were willing to let me hang my hat there, and with some fine brews on tap and good food from the kitchen, I think it will do quite nicely. It helps that it’s a stones throw from just about everything I want out of Stormwind. And even though I’m not overly fond of WoW’s in-your-face puns and pop culture, this one I like.