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8-19-2010 @ 8:09AM
My memories of hitting the level cap when I first hit it are less epic than yours. I remember I was questing in Netherstorm, and after turning in a quest, I saw that plume of light. As excited as I was, I had a bit of an existential crisis when I did, because I thought to myself, "This is what I have been playing to accomplish. What do I do now?" I thought I could keep questing and enjoy the game that way, but my entire focus had been on hitting the level cap, and every quest I did, I did to further that goal. With that goal behind me, I realized my motivation to play had disappeared.Of course, I later set the goal of getting epic flying, than getting my Netherwing Drake, so I didn't run out of goals forever, but it was a very dissonant moment. For the first time in almost two years (my horrendous alt-itis coupled with the fact that I didn't think to move around from zone to zone before finishing all of the quests in a zone until after a year and a half of playing meant it took me a while to get there), I had to no reason to keep playing. So yeah, the first time hitting the level cap wasn't really a positive experience. Although, I suppose you could say it was, because I realized then that my motivation to play had to come from within, and I can proudly say, now, that it does.
8-19-2010 @ 8:31AM
My experience was very similar to this. I think the first thing I did after reaching the level cap for the first time was roll an alt. I was just at a profound loss as to what I should be doing. I figured it out eventually, but it was definitely a weird time.
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