I’m writing this post on March 29, 2010. I’m just three days away from telling my friends that I’ve been secretly playing World of Warcraft since January.
As I write this, my Mage is just half a bubble away from level 71 after doing just over half of the quests in Howling Fjord. In a previous post I talked about how fast the leveling has been since hitting 58 and entering outland. Since hitting 70 however, my progress seems to be moving at a snails pace. I can feel my motivation waning as I turn in quest after quest. I’m sure that part of it has to do with the fact that in relative terms, it wasn’t all that long ago that I quested through Howling Fjord on my main character. I can remember each quest as I receive them, and it seems the further along I go, the more I’m saying to myself, “ugh, not this one”. The Dungeon Finder hasn’t been much help either because after using it four times since level 70, each time it’s put me in Utgarde Keep, which I find to be a fairly boring dungeon. I’m looking forward to finishing up the quests there and getting the heck out of dodge. I’d really like to avoid Borean Tundra but I suspect I’ll head there for a level or two.
It’s funny though, because throughout this whole leveling process, I kept telling myself, “just get to Northrend, and everything will be gravy”, but now that I’m in Northrend, I’ve found it harder to motivate myself to continue. The leveling pace seems to have taken a dramatic drop and I really miss seeing that experience bar quickly moving to towards the right of my screen.