When I first started playing World of Warcraft, I figured I’d play it for a month or two just to check it out, and then quit. A year later, I’ve got a level-capped character and have just started an alt which will more than likely keep me in the game a while longer. To think I was so close to cancelling my account just a month ago.
My approach to WoW to this point has largely been a solo experience. I’ve got friends in the game, on the same server no less, but from levels one through eighty I could probably count the number of times we’ve all grouped together on one hand. Most of the times we grouped was to run some lower-leveled friends through an instance or two as quickly as possible. Not once have I run through a dungeon with a full level-appropriate group. As a result, while I may have played WoW to the level cap, I’ve never felt as though I’d truly experienced it.
A couple weeks ago I sent an email out to my “email buddies” with a simple question: “Would you have any interest in starting new characters, on a different server, with rules about only being able to play them together as a group?” To my surprise, everyone was on board.
After some discussions, we’ve settled on a weekly level cap which is designed to keep us all roughly the same level, and to keep the instances relevant. We’ve now got characters on a different server from our mains, our own guild <Peed in the Moonwell>, and one instance run (Ragefire Chasm) under our belts. Actually, two instance runs as we ran it twice to accomodate all our members.
I’m having fun with WoW again. Damn.