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Breakfast Topic: Way better than my first time

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I am leveling what will hopefully be my sixth level 80. It is my ninth character slot on my main server, leaving one spot for a worgen druid. I really like leveling. The term "altoholic" has been thrown around -- but once they get to 80, I stop caring about them. It's the leveling process that I really enjoy. It seems leveling gets better and better each time I attempt it. I light up every time I get level achievements, and I love that feeling of getting a mount for the first time.

For this alt, I have decided to level like it's my first toon with some semi old-school restrictions. My current alt is a 27 dwarf paladin, and I cannot use the dungeon finder nor run with heirlooms. I didn't give my alt gold or bags. I am not buying or training for riding skill until level 40 and epic at 60. I am trying to stay in the natural quest progression (I did run to Elwynn Forest to kill Hogger, but I didn't take the quests) provided by the game. This is incredibly hard. At 27, I have exhausted every possible quest in Wetlands at my level, and none of the quests have sent me on to another zone.

Why do this? With all my alts, each leveling experience became easier. I haven't leveled the same class twice, and each time I level an alt, it seems I can complete quests at a much higher level then I did before. Even as a mage, I could handle red-leveled mobs, but as a paladin, I have been running all my quests when they are still orange or red. Maybe it's an understanding I didn't have when I started or I am better skilled for leveling. Either way, every time I level a toon, it's way better than the last time or even the first.

Am I crazy for leveling under such "harsh" conditions? Do you have nostalgia for old-school leveling? Is there one part of leveling you love? What classes are the easiest to level? Are paladins OP when it comes to soloing content?

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