@Kaldir First Grats on the Raiding with Leashes achieve! That is one I want (well, I want the pets), I fail at grinding stuff though.
Thanks. Droprate on that one isn't too bad. Thankfully, since I really dislike Naxx, and can't solo BWL (not enough dps for that first/second boss
). Did this mostly with my wife though. I've done Molten Core plenty and had many pets drop, while gathering my transmog set.
I can sympathize with you over leveling as a holy pally. My husband and I leveled much of our mains in classic with my best friend who played a holy pally and I remember how painfully slow it was for him leveling on his own (until plaguelands, anyway )
Hehe, plaguelands were heaven (uhm, sort of) indeed, together with Stratholme and Scholomance. I leveled a lot with my wife though, which made it much faster. I don't mind the slow though. There is a lot in WoW that is too fast for me anyway.
I see you have been doing some pet battling/collecting, what do you think of this aspect of the game?
The collecting was partially done over the years, and is a cool aspect of the game in my opinion. The pet battles were done by my wife. I find them pretty boring myself.
@RedKetchup [..] Oh yeah, nice work on the Insane title! That is a huge amount of work and time!
Congrats indeed, @RedKetchup
. That one is named very appropriately for the work it involves.
Over the years, what has been your favorite parts of playing WoW? Is it different from what you enjoy doing in game now? (Warning: long answer
Well, I really don't like raiding. I've occasionally joined with a really relaxed guild with several of my friends in it, but it just doesn't work for me. Always waiting for someone in the group (okay, that might have been because they were too
relaxed), and when it finally starts, too much chaos and too fast for me to decently respond. And voicechat really doesn't work for me. And too much trying the same boss over and over again. When I'm healing a large group, all I see is health bars and not much else. Tanking is even worse for me, as you are supposed to know the fight and you have absolutely no overview standing on top (more like, right under) a boss. And the loot is nice, but it's just numbers and doesn't interest me that
My first ever raid was UBRS (when it was still 10 man), and it felt like complete chaos. After that, I've done Molten Core, Zul'Gurub (the original) and AQ20/40. It was okay to do once in a while, and nice to see instances I could never enter/survive on my own, but it never did much for me.
I've enjoyed battlegrounds now and then, but am too slow for them. Arena is even worse. Good thing about a holy paladin though is that you don't die quickly, and you can heal from a fair distance. But all in all, it's too fast and chaotic for me.
Doing stuff beyond the standard (raiding, bg's, leveling) was often the most fun. I've done guild races (who is the first from Booty to Ironforge, over land). Guild parties on one of the high up lakes in Terokkar. Or just sitting at Loch Modan talking to a friend, bringing lots of wood and renewing the camp fire every 5(?) minutes. I truely loved the huge world, waiting to be explored. Just walking around, doing quest here and there. My server is a pretty decent, easy going one, without much verbal abuse (relatively), making it a relaxed atmosphere. I've more than once referred to WoW as being a graphical instant messenger client.
The European servers have a lot of nationalities on them (just no french and german, as they have their own servers), and it's nice to talk to people from different cultures. I always tried to hide the fact that I'm Dutch though, as Dutch tend to be vocal and blunt, especially in groups.
When TBC went live, the starting area was so crowded it wasn't fun anymore. Fifteen people fighting over the same boar. So when WotLK went live, my wife and I decided to skip both starting area's and do the Explore Nothrend achievement first. At level 70 we walked through all the areas of Northrend, helped a lot by my holy build (bubbles!). We ran into trouble in Storm Peaks, with only a small area reachable without flying or questing. We jumped into the water in Zul'Drak and swam all the way to the north part of Stormpeaks and died there from drowning (or eaten by sharks, I don't remember). Ressing on the graveyard worked to get further. We did some more strategic dying and ressing to get the whole map. It was pretty fun to have the explorer title at level 70, and after that it was slightly less crowded in Howling Fjord.
I'm a completionist (and my wife even more), but it has to compete with my dislike of grinding. Achievements were a good new feature for me, always giving you something weird or impossible to do. I also like the professions (Blacksmithing and Enchanting on this one), especially the secondaries. I did a lot of archaeology and really loved what they did with cooking and farming in Pandaria. We're also hoarders, and can probably craft almost anything pre-Panda with mats from one of my four bank alts, without having to buy anything.
As much as I dislike raiding and full group instancing, I did a lot of them with just my wife. She as bear tank, me as holy, doing instances and raids as well as we could. That way we could take our time (and needed to with our lack of dps). It also helps that our computers are next to each other on the same table. It's a relaxed way of stressing over not killing fast enough or not knowing the tactics. We've duo'd almost all instances and raids from vanilla to Northrend, except ICC which was too depressing to our taste, all Cata instances and several Panda instances.
Kudo's if you read it all up to here.
More than eight years of playing WoW makes for good memories. It was also a very good, and often only, way to relax when I had a burnout several years ago and was home for months. The last two years I play on and off, often disabling my account for some months and picking it up again later. My account is disabled now too, but we did pre-order the next expansion.