Mar 26th 2011 12:18PM I've turned my experience off on two leveling characters in order to get through the new questing content at an appropriate level, earn rep rewards, and level profession skills up to my character's level. Leveling happens so incredibly fast now - even without heirlooms - that I was level 23 when I finished Westfall on my new rogue, and her leatherworking was useless because it was about 15 levels behind. So I turned off her XP and did Redridge and Darkshire before turning it back on again to go to STV, and in the meantime caught up her leatherworking as well.
The other nice thing was that I kept running random dungeons on her, and eventually got her suited up in nearly all blues, which was just a nice perk. She also got exalted with Stormwind through the dungeons, so is riding a horse at level 25.
Granted, I made... 4 alts for the main purpose of seeing the new leveling content added in Cataclysm, so I'm not at all interested in leveling quickly in order to see endgame content (I have 4 other characters from 81-85 for that!) Just wanted to mention that turning off XP can be handy for other things outside of just fitting your character into a particular PVP bracket. I've long wanted the feature for various reasons, and it's great to finally have it!
Oct 10th 2010 2:45PM I always think that the more symbolic areas of a class don't necessarily have anything to do with you, but rather are interesting places to explore. Granted, my main is a hunter because I grew up and live in a rural area, and love being out in nature. At the same time I love priests and paladins even though I'm an atheist myself - I find faith an interesting subject to explore. Likewise, I have a Blood DK and a Fury/Prot warrior who rip people to shreds, partly because I find the experience intriguing. I don't listen to Metal or any other really intense music, in fact I'm rather a really folksy hippie... but the one class I can't stand is Druid. =P
So sometimes it's not about playing what you ARE, but rather different emotions and actions you're curious about experiencing, if only in the context of a game.
Dec 31st 2007 12:37PM *waves to Ian and Agoriss*
I'm a stalwart RPer from Shadow Council and one of the moderators at the RP-haven.com website, and related to SO much of what was written in this article as well as in the comments. What pains me most are the replies of "I started on an RP server looking for RP, but was turned away by all the lollerskates." Having come to an RP server alone and with no connections, I can relate so well to that feeling of hopelessness and disappointment. The key for me was finding the RP community and wheedling my way into it - thankfully welcomed with open arms by other RPers. Websites such as RP-haven.com, as well as in-game channels, are so helpful - perhaps even essential - to bringing and keeping the RP community together.
For all the current RPers out there, I urge you to reach out and be welcoming to new players who appear interested in RP. For those new players, DON'T give up. It takes ONE other RPer to find you and bring you into the fold. Watch the realm forums for events, seek out websites, post your name here and there. RPers come in all shapes and sizes - some in townsclothes walking about Stormwind, others clad in epics riding around Shattrath. But we are there, and keeping our eyes and ears open for others like us.
Cheers to all, and wishes of a happy new year full of great stories and characters.