Before I went on holidays for two months, I gave my mates an estimate on when I would be joining them at 80 and we could rock & roll the instances and raids together once more.
My estimate was April.
Of course my friends all challenged this, I think to some extent thinking this was some sort of “extended finger” towards them and an indication of my desire to play with them as a group.
The thing is, I think I may have grossly underestimated my level cap arrival date.
Two weeks down and I am 2/3. Of the way through 70. Now I admit freely that math is not my forte, but I calculate at this rate I will reach (just reach, not be raid ready, or profession capped etc) in about 28 weeks. Once again math and calendar challenged as I may be, I think that is more than 1/2 a year away.
There isn’t much I can do about it. I am both time limited and filled with the desire to do WoLK right.
By right I mean do the quests, all or at least most of them, following (ie. Reading quest text and enjoying the story line) the path laid down by Blizzard to get the most out of WoLK.
My mates have already boosted me through one instance, Nexus, and that left such a dirty taste in my mouth. I felt filthy, dirtier than the most filthy street I walked down in India (and I can assure you that I walked down some dirty streets).
So boosting is also out of the question. Which means pugs, and based on my experiences getting pugs in TBC, I am not holding my breath.
Unfortunately I think this places me in the position I was in with my 1st two toons… Which was basically raid free. Sure once I get close to 80 I will be more inclined to use the help of geared 80′s, and based on experiences where my friends power leveled toons late in TBC, I will have the pick of the gear and will rapidly come up to speed, but…
I enjoyed the trials of tackling content with my similarly undergeared and powered friends. The joy of winning that roll against 3 others, the praying for the upgrade in the hope that I can stay aligned in DPS with my team mates.
Nexus was such a downer. Four manned. No need to do trash strats, Pally tank runs in collects them while everyone takes them down, including the healer.
They left the boss fights unexplained so I would gain that sense of surprise and awe. But the only surprise was the lack of awe. No sooner than the boss appears, it’s life can be counted in seconds rather than minutes. The special abilities came and went so fast that I missed them while searching for my long forgotten fireball key.
Ohh well, head down, bum up. Churn through the quests and enjoy the long slow ride to 80. I guess I can pray for a LAN or two, where I can grind levels while my mates thrash out some other games.
Gnomer and Out!