I can’t decide who to play! Since Cataclysm has dropped, I have been terribly torn. There’s so much to see and do, and I want to do them all right now, at the same time!
The first thing that I did last weekend, when I finally had some free time, was create a Worgen. I created a Druid Worgen named Lunaleigh and have played her to level 10. My favorite part of the Worgen Questline so far has been shooting myself out of a catapult onto the Undead’s ship. It is possible to over-shoot the ship and end up “dog paddling” in the water. . .just so you know.
The next day Hubby and I made our gobblins. I made my very first priest, and I will probably keep her in Shadow-Spec. The goblins are funny but strange to me. Like the gnomes, they embrace technology. But, unlike gnomes, they prize corporate greed and all the evils that brings. Enron? BP Oil Spill? Bernie Maedoff? Gold Spammers? Holding up people’s unemployment benefits in Congress until tax breaks for millionaires are passed? Yep, that kind of goblin-evil.
Night three was spent on my Paladin, leveling her up to 85. No, I didn’t get her to 85–I haven’t even gotten her past 81 yet. We’re questing in Mount Hyjal. Here’s my heartbreak–Prized ICC gear is being traded in for Green Quest Rewards! I have good memories of getting those pieces, winning those “Need Rolls,” playing with dear friends, and now here I am vendoring them for a GREEN! It makes me physically ill every time.
Two big Cataclysm changes that I have enjoyed so far are flying in Azeroth and Archeology. Flight points are never the direct route, and so flying has been a great timesaver. Archeology, once I figured it out, has been fun. I can’t wait to see what happens when I put together a troll Voodoo doll. I simply fly to the digsites that show up on my map in a troll terrirtory (Zul-Farak, for example) click on my “Survey” ability, and pay attention to the light on the telescope and the direction it points in. Red means that an artifiact is far away. Yellow means I’m getting close, and green means it’s right in front of me. There are three “digs” at each digsite. Something odd that Hubby and I discovered was that we each are offered different digsites. I might have in Desolace, for example, and he has one in Feralas. Later, I might see one near where his was in Feralas, but not at the exact same spot. I thougt this was to keep us from taking each other’s relics, until I had that happen to me in Tanaris. I had found one artifact, and started surveying for the second, when I got the message, “You can’t do that here.” The shovel had disapeared from my map and, sure enough, there was a level 85 Tauren at the same site.
I think that Blizzard has done a spectacular job in making the new areas friendly to the experienced players. The new starting zones now have mailboxes and bank access. There was a professions trainer available to the Worgen right at level 5–However, the Professions “Vending Machine” didn’t appear for the goblins until we had neared level 10 and finished the “Town in a Box” questline. Poor goblins–if anyone would bemoan loosing 4-5 levels of making gold, it would be them!
I am looking forward to spending more time playing the new areas and new toons this weekend. The weather is still cold, the kids are with their Dad, and I will be looking for the distraction. Next week, I will be taking a break from WoW and spending time in OH with my family, holding my baby niece, and enjoying the holiday. Real life will again encroach upon my game-time, but this time I will be happy about it.