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9-04-2008 @ 9:15PM
I actually share some of these concerns about the "power level a noob to epics" trends in the game. I don't begrudge folks their levels and loot, but I do when they are awful at the game. Since badge gear and arena gear in some ways made it harder to tell who could actually play their class versus those who simply farmed enough badges or honor to have the same stats as an accomplished pvper or raider, I think we need some other type of litmus test to save "us" from "them".I propose that Blizzard should have special Newb Servers for brand new players--if you are opening your first account you will be forced to level on a special server with others of your kind, sharing in the joys of discovery together. With peers you will learn about gearing and mechanics of your class. At 58 you will be allowed to undertake an epic quest series that demonstrates you not only understand basic gearing and skill mechanics about your class, but that of others, as well as in game customs. As part of this you would have to successfully complete a challenging instance without wiping your group, as well as making sound loot rolling decisions based upon the group composition and following standard rules of decorum. (I tend to think the participants should be NPCs so that no actual players are harmed in this course of this quest line.)Failure to complete this very special attunement would route you into a new quest line designed to help you speed learn in the areas you lack, so you can successfully complete the epic quest line again.This would then allow you into Outlands to continue your leveling process. Keep in mind this very same process will not only keep the newbiest newbs from spoiling the rest of the game for those of us who know how to play--it will have the added benefit of weeding out gold farmers, account sellers, and likely even power leveling services.You might think I'm kidding--but I'm really not.
9-05-2008 @ 2:29AM
And I thought I took this game too serious...
9-05-2008 @ 5:22AM
Following your suggestion WoW will go from 10M players to 10k... yes, I think Blizzard will implement them...
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