Hail and Well Met!

WoWScrnShot_013018_204306Hi and welcome to my blog! I have been playing World of Warcraft off and on (mainly on) for ten years and counting and would like to share my enthusiasm for the game with you (an enthusiasm my boyfriend does not share – more about him later…) I’m no expert, and I play in my own way, but that is one of the strengths of WoW: it’s not a game so much as a world. You can do lots of the things there that you like to do or wish you could do in the real world – explore, gather herbs, have pets, kill bad guys, wear cool gear and, the best thing in my opinion, fly. Above is my main character, Larchleaf, standing in her home city, Darnassus. She’s a Night Elf and a druid. Join me as she and I take you on a tour of some of our favourite places in this great game – welcome to Azeroth!

 

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Level 5!

So, here I am, on a chilly winter’s morning in the real world, with three layers of clothes on and still feeling cold. But I don’t mind, because I’ve just made it to level 5 with my non-killing alt! Here I am celebrating with some of my fun-loving mates at Darnassus:

 

Celebration Time!For a while I wasn’t sure this was such a good idea. It took ages just to get to level 2. But I think it’s going to get easier the higher through the levels I go now. Strategy is to gain XP by gathering materials – herbs and minerals at the moment, by exploring, by pet battles (I don’t count them as killing – more like a boxing match or a game) and by doing the rare quest that doesn’t involve killing anything.

I don’t think I’d want to play WoW this way all the time but as a gentler alternative to the usual way I play, it really works. Congratulations Afabel!

A New, Gentler Me …

Afabel

One of the things that happens when you’ve been playing WoW for a long time is that it can all get a little same-y … run around, kill things, complete quests, level up … after a while you feel like you need a change, you need to shake things up a bit.

My response to this itch this time is to create a new character who is going to do her best not to kill anything or anyone, only in self-defence.

I’ve tried this sort of thing before but I’m really determined this time to see how far I can get her, how quickly I can level her up without undertaking quests that involve killing. (I should say that my other characters are more than happy to engage in regular bloodbaths!)

It’s going to be tough I think, especially in the early levels. I’ve just started her off and have run into a problem straight away. It’s impossible to do the early fast-levelling quests without killing. So I’ve had to get out into the world immediately (avoiding cats and spiders) and trying to gain points through exploration. Progress report to follow…