A Race to 60

As a new player to WoW, I’ve found that Blizzard has designed the game to be a race to level 60. Of course all of the best armor and coolest bosses will be for level 60 players, or groups of level 60 players, but that doesn’t mean the game has to be boring for people under level 60.

Currently I’m at level 27 with my first character, and about a week and a half ago I discovered Warsong Gultch. Over the past ten days I’ve put my questing and leveling on hold (except when I’m out grinding waiting to get into the battleground) to kill the dirty Horde. Last week, I got my first PvP rank, which was cool, and this past week I’ve been in WSG as much as possible trying to get my second rank. I found out yesterday that lower level players get less honor than higher level players. This gives players no incentive to PvP until level 60 when they get the most rewards for the time they put in.

There is also a lot of grinding and generally boring quests to accomplish at lower levels. There are quests that force players to run around for half an hour just to get a few hundred experience and advance the story line to get to harder, more rewarding quests. Additionally, there are no instances for players under 20 and even after that they are few and far between. There is a reason people get excited about VC, it is the first really fun quest in the game (at least for Alliance).

I understand that Blizzard has an incentive to make sure level 60 players continue to enjoy the game, since a month subscription from a level 60 player is just as good as a level 1 player. But I have to imagine that many people don’t ever make it to level 60 because they get board on their way.

8 Comments so far

  1. Sabocat (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    Speaking as someone with a few lvl 60’s…. I hardly ever play them.
    ALL lvl 60 stuff involves team play.
    My RL schedule doesn’t allow for that so I Start a new toon and enjoy levelling that.
    So any “End Game” content is mostly lost on me. Sure over the past 2 years I’ve found time to run through almost every instance once but really that’s been sightseeing.
    I enjoy the levelling process. I have my favourite quests but I also like discovering the new ones I’ve never done.
    So the game isn’t just for 60’s; there is an entire world of low level content to enjoy.

  2. Madjack (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

    Welcome to WoW, and yes, there are instances for folks under 20. Ragefire Chasm, Deadmines, & Wailing Caverns can all be done while under 20.
    There’s a lot that can be done while under 60. I’ve got several alts who are now 60, but my first one was in many ways the best, because it took me the longest and it was all about the adventure. Every new land was fascinating and challenging. You should enjoy your first character, because the real race to 60 will actually start with your second and third ones. That’s when you’ll be running around with your guild downing Hakkar and realizing that maybe you should roll a Priest because they always seem to need one, and maybe a Warrior, too. You’ll play Warlock just to see what it’s all about and may try Druid.
    As for PvP, just have fun with it and don’t worry so much. Although you’ll probably do better with your second alt, because the first character will eventually hit 60 and you’ll realize you can twink a lower level character using gold your 60 earns to get the phat lewt and massive enchants to equip that lowly 19 and turn him into a low-level powerhouse amongst the newbs.

  3. Tara (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    I find it interesting that you think the game is boring until 60. I have about 10 characters at various levels, 56 being the highest. My favorite part of WoW is creating a new character and playing the first 20 levels or so. The levels are quick to come, there are constantly new skills to use, and there are so many quests you can choose from.

    If you think the quests at level 27 are boring, I fear you won’t make it to 60. Most of my quests nowadays seem to involve 30 minutes of travel.

    By the way, yes, you get less honor per kill at a low level (just like you get less experience per kill). But honor rankings are relative to other people in your level bracket. So Blizzard isn’t comparing your raw honor number at 27 to mine at 56.

  4. Will (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    I’ve recently reached level 40 and have very little incentive to continue the grind to level 60 (though I want a level-60 character so I can play with my friends). With the prize of my new Brown Horse now behind me, what’s supposed to lure me through the next 20 levels? Surely there must be some bauble I need or threshold to cross between here and there?

    If there is, I can’t find it.

  5. phoenix (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 6:50 am

    I have to agree with some of the previous posters; my level 60, who I absolutely love, is pretty bored because everything in his quest log is in instance or a raid of some kind, and because my guild is about 15 people and their many many alts, and because my RL schedule doesn’t give me the freedom to be in an 8 hour dungeon every weeknight, sadly he sits in Ironforge, bored and listless.

    My lower level alts, however, get plenty of love, since I can solo them for a while, grab a friend and do a few quests, and sign off when I’m ready-that’s that. Personally, I’m in the camp of people who think that Blizzard obviously assumed that on the way to 60 you’d be making a LOT of in game friends, which is fair to a degree, but they made that assumption so far that they hit the point where they figured they needed no endgame content for someone who’s hit level 60 and been there for a while. I’m not saying “OMG CASUALS NEED EPICS,” but they need SOMETHING to do, for crying out loud, and rolling alts shouldn’t be the only solution.

  6. Grant (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    What it sounds like is that there is something missing for every type of player at some level. My problem, it seems, is that the things I want to do are more done at higher levels, while others get more enjoyment out of playing the parts that I find a bit tedious. And that I can accept, I guess that just means WoW is a well rounded game that has something for everybody.

  7. Madjack (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    The WoW forums are filled with these kinds of complaints, that there isn’t enough stuff to do for the casual gamer. I agree, to a point. While I will join up with others for a raid, I do like to smaller groups better for rep questing and the like. I’d like to see Blizzard come up with some high-end instance runs for 5-man teams and even for 2-man and solo instances. I’m not someone who wants to raid every single night grinding and farming MC for mats. I think the main problem is that with WoW, once you’ve hit 60, you pretty much have to choose whether you’re going to be an instance raider or a battleground fighter. You can do both, but to really do well, you should concentrate on one or the other. Personally, I’d rather do a raid once or twice a week and do some smaller teamups on challenging quest runs the rest of the time (and not pointless grinding quests).

  8. pierce1215 (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    i’d also like to suggest that you’re not playing the right race or class. i find humans, at a lower level, to be tedious and heartbreakingly dull, same for taurens. i just don’t like the lower lvl areas for them and the effort of getting them somewhere i want them to be…
    as far as finding a class you love, it takes time. i played my hunter (lvl 51 currently) for 8 months before i seriously started lvling my priest alt and i find that everything about my priest is fun and exciting. i’m only at 23 with her, but damn if it ain’t a good time.
    if the quests are boring, skip them! go somewhere else! it’s a huge ass world. when i get bored, i explore. i’ve been sick and busy lately so i’ve been playing the AH for the big bucks. no whammies!

    my bottom line is i’ve always found something else to do. good luck!

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