Jan 22nd 2007 1:24PM I don't need a new game; I haven't used up the old one. I've got seven characters leveling up thru the 20's; it'll be a long time before I need high-level challenges. Yes, one of my guys plans to drop skinning one day and take up jewel crafting, but that market can't stabilize until there's a lot of socketed items out there.
No software install is as fun as actually playing, so why bother? With Blizz constantly suggesting we disable all add-ons, there's little hope an install would un-cripple my favorite Cosmos features, is there? Probably make things worse.
Lots of folk neede this expansion, and I'm happy for them. But I didn't. Yet.
Jan 2nd 2007 2:41PM When I started WoWing, I wanted to learn about all the character options early on, and made these characters:
Female: Nelf Druid, Human Mage, Gnome Rogue
Male: Nelf Hunter, Human Priest, Dwarf Warrior
I play them more differently by class than by race or gender. The only times I've seen responses that seemed gender or appearance related were to the humans -- why's that?
Notice that many interactions -- whispers, invites, auctions -- are at least initially gender-free because there's no telling from most names the gender of the character. And you don't care. (Although I do find myself assuming those whiney "Please sign my charter" pitches are from 15-year-old males.)
Agree with many earlier posters that the enhanced body parts get really irritating after a while. It's fine on the warrior, but a priest? Yes, it would be a bunch of work to offer variations, but it's that much work for new mobs, too, no?
Dec 26th 2006 2:01PM It's going to be a long, long time before I have this problem: I'm leveling seven alts together - four races, seven classes, all the professions and skills. There's benefits in shared knowledge of geography and quests, and the gatherers can keep the crafters well supplied. No need for an auction specialist; there's always someone in a city.
A downside is that everyone I meet will soon be enough levels ahead of me to be playing in zones I can't touch. Hard to make lasting friendships.
We're now at levels 21-22, except the lock, who's brand new and swimming fast at 14. I estimate two years to hit 60. And I won't have to buy the expansion until it's had a few months debugging.