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9-05-2008 @ 9:46AM
Eh...I dunno how 'poorly conceived' it was. I am lucky enough to have a friend who was interested in trying WoW and has become hooked. So I'm a directly benefiting from the promotion. For me, it allows me to level up quickly another healer for our guild, as well as give a huge boost to another alt. With only one end-game 70, I'm excited to have a few others. So, yes, it will help keep me in the game (though truth told, I'd be sticking around anyway!)The other, very real, concern is that my buddy is not going to know how to play or be woefully under-equipped. I think this is somewhat addressed in the requirements of the program to have both account holders within, what, 30 yards of one another in order to receive that x3 bonus. That means he's got a mentor and someone to show him the ropes. I very much learned the mechannics hard way (no guild, but plenty of internet research) and he's got the benefit of whatever insights my experience can give. Is he doing as well at level 30 as other more experienced players? Nope. Better than I was? Sure thing. Regarding the gear (or lack thereof), I don't see that as a big deal either as my 70 has plenty of gold to keep us in level-appropriate non-twinking gear. We're just hitting 30 and I think he's "earned", what, all of 2g in his rapid advancement. Well, take from my bank-of-my-main and get yerself the mount, 'cause I don't wanna be walking anymore! Same goes for the gear.I do have a very real concern, however, about the program. This rapid leveling and blowing by the exploring and content immersion is a very real downside. Will he be really enjoying the game come 60? Will he have failed to see the depth that the game offers? This, to me, is the real risk of the program.Those parts of the game were what really made it for me. By the time I hit 70 and the game changed, I was ready for that change to the "end game" game. I do not believe "WoW starts at 70" but the recruit-a-friend recipients will get to that 70 game without necessarily having enjoyed the pre-70 game as much as others.
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