Nov 18th 2008 11:33AM My husband and I are in no rush to get to level 80. We're casual players in a non-casual sense. We play a great deal, but we don't usually raid and we don't PvP or do Battlegrounds. This doesn't mean we never will, this doesn't mean we poo-poo the people who enjoy those aspects of the games. It just means that our path in WoW is currently questing, tradeskills and exploring.
Now with the addition of achievements, many of the things we personally strived to accomplish within the game are now 'recognized' by the game.
We've always made it a point to gain what reputation we could. We always kept our tradeskills, general skills and weapons skills maxed - even thrown and unarmed! We've always tried to do every quest in a zone that was possible for 2 people.
XPs, gold and reputation are a byproduct for us as we gain that automatically while doing the things we enjoy the most - questing and exploring.
Sometimes my 'todo' list becomes overwhelming (and get xps is not even on it) and I start getting frazzled. My husband always says "don't worry, the game isn't going anywhere, we have time'.
As of this morning, we completed 130 of the Borean Tundra quests (we're missing the quests that require more than 2 people) and we parked ourselves in Menethil Harbor to begin our questing and exploration of the other starter zone. We're also taking time to do a few of the daily reputation quests each morning.
Level 80 will come when it comes. At least we're enjoying every step of the way.
Nov 14th 2008 5:47PM One additional point to your Timing reference - it happened during the Halloween event also.
As a casual player, I enjoy these events. This year, the Achievements were also in place at this time, so working on the Hallow's End achievements as well as enjoying the event was 'crashed' by the zombie invasion, making all 3 less enjoyable to me.
Too much, all at once.