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Alt’ernate Universe

I just can’t help it. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t stop myself from rolling new toons. It’s like sitting a fat guy in front of a table full of pie and expecting him not to eat them (trust me, I’m the fat guy and I know these things /nomnomnom). I’ve got fifty slots that I can fill with toons, and I love a good reroll.

To give you just a general idea of how much I enjoy rolling new toons, lets look at just the last week. Within the last week alone I have rolled six new characters. Some of them from plans I have for the near future (Psynner), some for plans I have in the distant future (Lexzus), some because I want to try out a new class (Psynwise), some because friends have rolled new toons and would like a bit of company (Psynple), and some because I was just bored and needed something different to play around with for a while. I really don’t need any particular reason to roll a new toon, I just need an open character slot in my account-wide allotment of 50 total characters, and a few minutes worth of open play time.

As I’ve spent so much time doing such a wide variety of things on so many different toons, it puts a bit of a strain on the blog’s purpose which is to write about leveling your characters. But, I feel like writing today regardless, so instead of trying to finish up one of the many near-completed posts I have sitting over there in my Drafts folder, I’m going to share with you what I’m doing simply because I can.

So, here’s a little information about some of the toons that I have rolled within the last week. I’ll leave out the new bank alt because, well, he’s my bank alt.

Psynner (Male Human Priest)
I rolled this guy last night because we had a discussion on Twitter about how much fun low level PvP is. I made the comment that it would be fun to get a premade group consisting entirely of healers to do them with and a few people agreed with me. So, I rolled this guy. Initially I was going to go with a female draenei, but decided the human racial would pay off more than an extra heal as I would likely only use it when I was out of mana in which case I’d already be screwed regardless. How often he gets played will depend on how often my other friends feel like doing some low level PvP.

This guy is named for the obvious contrast between name and class.

Psynwise (Female Human Warlock)
I rolled this one a few days ago because I decided that the Gnome just wasn’t doing it for me. I just couldn’t get into playing that short little guy all the time with his stupid sayings and goofy looking gear. Instead I rolled a human because the female’s casting animation is actually pretty decent compared to some of the other races which…well, suck. I’ve wanted to get a warlock going for a long time now, and maybe this will be the one that I hang on to for a while.

This character is named after Cynwise, for having invited us to the Durotan server which my wife absolutely loves.

Psynister (Male Draenei Death Knight)
Now there’s a shocker of a name, right? I rolled this toon last night because my wife decided to get her start on a Role Play server (Feathermoon-US). She hates some of the quests in the DK area, so I offered to reroll with her to help get through all of the quests faster, and we certainly did. The idea is to get some starter gold for a new toon. He will either see almost no play time at all save farming, or he will become my experimental DK tank. Most likely the former.

Just about every server I roll on fresh has the first character named Psynister, no matter what kind of character it is.

Psynple (Male Dwarf Hunter)
This guy’s just a simple little hunter. I rolled him to level up with my wife and Cynwise who also rolled low level characters. We played with them one night this week and I haven’t logged into him a second time yet. Playing a hunter is always fun and relaxing during the low levels, so I’ll probably come back to this guy before too long just to have a bit of relaxing play if nothing else.

When I rolled the hunter, I knew I wanted something simple. And as soon as the word “simple” crossed my mind, I had my name.

Lexzus (Male Draenei Warrior)
And the last one for today is the one I’ve already brought up when I mentioned him in a post a few days ago. You can read there for any details you want on him. He’s still level 4 by the way.

Your Alts
So I want to know – are any of you out there just as bad as me (or worse?) about constantly rolling new toons?

If so, what are your reasons?

If not, what is it that keeps you so focused on sticking with only a small number of toons?


Posted by on November 19, 2009 in World of Warcraft



Doing the Unthinkable: Warrior Alt

Last week the Twitter WoW crowd got started on talking about legendary weapons, due to the new legendary weapons that are being released in the new patch. The conversation of people’s attempts to get them, or their reaction after successfully getting them, prompted me with a bit of an idea:

I wonder how it would feel to have a single character that owned all of the legendary weapons…EPIC!

So I did a little bit of thinking, asked a few questions there on Twitter, and did a bit of research via wowhead. Some of the legendary weapons can only be used in certain places or only last for a short amount of time once you leave the instance, so I took those items off of the list and just ignored them as I’m not about to put any effort into going for something that I can’t do anything with or that will disappear on me after I leave an instance.

There were two weapons still on the list that were specifically restricted to certain classes being able to use them, so I knew that in order to have a single character to wield all of the ones that would stick with me I had to choose between two classes: Warrior and Rogue. One of the other weapons though happened to be a staff, which immediately rules out the Rogue and left me with only one option, the Warrior.

So, as a sort of long-term side project, I intend to level up a Warrior when I have nothing else to do or feel like wasting some time in hopes of one day wielding all of the legendary weapons on the one character. My plan is to go ahead and level him up in the Prot tree, and have already done my preliminary research required to level the class with at least some idea of what I’m doing and what to expect.

Step 1: Character Creation
I already knew that he was going to be Alliance since that is my main server right now, so that cut half of the races out of the running. Out of all the races only one of them can’t be a Warrior though, and that’s the Horde’s Blood Elf, so that still left me with five options.

I took those and whittled it down a bit as follows: Screw gnomes, not a chance. Forget the Night Elves, a Warrior shouldn’t have to hide in the dark. Dwarf…not my thing. And that left me with Humans and Draenei.

Now, in the long run it doesn’t really matter what race you pick. Human Diplomacy goes a long way overall, but I have quite a few humans already. The Spacegoat doesn’t offer a whole lot, but that racial heal will certainly help a guy who likes to solo and is playing a tank that this time around is otherwise unable to heal himself.

So in the end, Spacegoat won the battle.

I needed a name, but didn’t feel particularly creative, so I stole my Horde Paladin’s name (Lexington) and modified it a bit – Lexzus.

Step 2: Pseudo-Twinking
If there’s one thing I hate about starting a new toon, it’s being broke and bagless. So after I created him I ran to the nearest town and parked myself in the inn so that I would be near the mailbox. I then logged over to my bank alt to throw some gold and some bags my way and did a quick scan for low level gear on the auction house. Nothing there really caught my eye except for a Copper Axe that any low level blacksmith can make which was being sold for 2 silver. It was white (common quality), it was cheap, and it only had a level 4 requirement.

I sent the axe over to my Mage, and the rest I sent to the Warrior. I had the Mage put a Fiery Weapon enchant on the axe and then sent it to the Warrior as well. A lot of people will say that the enchant is a waste on such a low level weapon, but first off I really don’t care since I can farm or buy the mats for it at any time, and second I made sure it was a white item so that I can pass it on to any low level toon that I roll in the future to help them level as well.

Since I’m new to the server and my highest toon here is only 71, there’s no option to send over BoA items, and I’m not about to spend the cash needed to both server transfer and faction transfer an 80 to the server. I’ll stick with my twinked out white items, thanks.

I also had a few green items that didn’t sell in the AH from a run through Deadmines, so I sent those over as well though he can’t use them until level 15 or so.

Step 3: Training
I logged back over to the Warrior, picked up his goods and then ran him into Exodar. There I found out that the space goats don’t start with axe proficiency, and the only place I can learn it is Ironforge. And in case you haven’t rolled a goat, that’s a bunch of traveling just to use a stinking weapon! But, since I knew I would have to have all of my weapons trained up anyway I went ahead and traveled to all of the major cities and got him trained in every weapon he can. In case I haven’t mentioned it already, Warriors can train every weapon except for wands (and relics), so I got all weapons opened up to me except for Polearms which requires a minimum of level 20.

The Draenei racial heal is great, but since I plan on soloing a lot of stuff I want another heal available to me, and that came in the form of the Herbalism profession which was next on my list. And since Inscription wouldn’t do anything for me in particular until way later in the game, I decided to tag Alchemy along with that so that I would have a strong supply of potions to help with the soloing as well. However, crafting professions require level 5 to learn them, so he doesn’t have it yet.

I then grabbed all of the secondary skills: Fishing, First Aid, and Cooking so that I have the option of adding them in as well. I’m not a fan of fishing, so it will probably go nowhere. FA will get raised to at least Runecloth, and Cooking we’ll just have to see where I give up on it with this toon.

I plan on leveling this guy as Prot and soloing as much content with him as I can. The lack of healing abilities and crowd control will make some things harder to do than I experienced on my Paladin, but we’ll see where I can take him.

The Warrior class still does not thrill me much at all, and it did get boring already even at level 4, so you can expect this guy to be leveled up slowly unless something happens to drastically change that. I don’t see it happening, but you never know.

I will blog about his leveling experience as it happens, as I do with any other class that I pick up.



Posted by on November 16, 2009 in Warrior



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