Alts: When Is Enough, Enough?

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in a kind of lull where I’m just not as excited about playing. Both my main characters are 70, I left a guild that I’d been in for a long time, helped form a new one, and we’re getting new members attuned for raiding. I’m a bit burned out on questing and grinding, so I’ve been turning away from the computer on nights when I would normally have played. And then I went back to my baby Draenei priest.

I do enjoy playing her. I’m looking forward to playing a healing class in instances, since that will be a totally new experience. I love the way she looks, with her chunky hooves, pigtails and vaguely Eastern-European accent. And yet…the thought of taking another character all the way to 70, through all of the old content, through all of that grinding, just makes me tired.

When do you say enough is enough?

I have two raiding characters, several in that mid-level 30s-40s area, all classes (except warrior which I royally sucked at), both Horde and Alliance. I have alts scattered across quite a few servers. I love playing my alts – but I think I am reaching a saturation point.

Have you ever reached a point where you are still having a great time playing, but the thought of all the work ahead of you to reach a specified point just seems like too much effort this time around? Is that burnout, or do you just have a hiatus and then come back with a renewed enthusiasm for getting that alt through the dreaded late-40s to early-50s stage? I’d really like to know. I know quite a few people that have two, four, six alts all 60+. I don’t know how they do it.

Are you still as excited about the trip the second, third or fourth time through? If so, what’s your secret? Because I’d really like to get this priestling to 70. :D

7 Comments so far

  1. mehlvogel (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    Simply said, if “playing” is actually “work” – I think then enough is enough and I’ll quit WoW. I brought my Warlock to 70 and started playing my sweet gnomish warrior (pink hair ftw!) who is now at level 30 and playing her is very funny.

  2. Farlath (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    I took two characters to 50s/60 pre TBC and a few alts to 30s or so. Post TBC I only have my main Rogue at 70 and I haven’t gotten through all of the content yet.

    I have some alts that I will probably never level again (20ish Druid and 20ish Mage) and are now just bank alts. I did start a Blood Elf Warlock because I was curious what the two new Blood Elf areas looked like as well as playing a Warlock (probably the only class I haven’t played to at least 20).

    However he’s only currently level 9 and until I go through all the quests left to me in Outland as well as grinding some Scyer Rep and getting my Epic Flying mount I doubt he’ll be played at all. I’m so tired of the old content that the idea of taking a character up to 60 and even once at 60 taking them from 60-70 and repeating old quests just doesn’t seem like fun.

  3. Heather (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    It just depends on you–what you, as a player, enjoy. Leveling/questing are the fun parts for me. I have more fun with that than I do at max level. So, I don’t think I’d ever stop having fun with alts as long as they keep adding new content to level with (like having the new races now, and starting areas). But for some folks, leveling is just a chore they have to go through to get to the point where they can raid–in which case, you might as well get people to run you through as many quests as possible, because if you don’t enjoy it, well, you don’t enjoy it.

    I tend to keep things fresh by switching between alts frequently. That way if I’m sick of STV on one day, I can play a toon in a different area. If I’m tired of playing a mage I can go play a rogue. And so on.

  4. Kittybif (unregistered) on March 10th, 2007 @ 5:57 am

    I’m on an RP server, so there’s that added element if grinding is getting too dull. I’ve found that I go through phases with my chars – so lately I’ve gone off my warrior and “switched” mains to my orc rogue – she’s only 51 but going up fast, cos I enjoy playing her.

    And agreed, if it feels like a chore, it’s defeating the point.

  5. Noph (unregistered) on March 11th, 2007 @ 6:08 am

    Role playing server is the secret, you can role play for two days without having one experience point, and then going two nights in a row just levelling … but i have to admit, never the Barrens again :)

  6. phoenix (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    Never, to be honest. Enough is never enough, if you can keep coming up with ways to play and characters and classes and styles to play that actually peak your interest. Like a lot of the people above have already said, RP’ing is where its at for a lot of folks – it helps breathe a lot of life into the game if you’re into it, and trust me, if you’re into it, it doesn’t get old easily. Like you did, leaving established guilds and starting new ones is a fun challenge as well, depending on how well it goes.

    And of course, there’s the added benefit of playing new classes you’ve never played before, new races, new quests, new areas – even with the expansion, I’m hard pressed to find someone who’s really done it all and seen everything. Me? I JUST NOW learned the joys of playing a warlock. Never played one before. Just decided to roll one now. Lotta fun!

  7. 5000! (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

    I don’t think the problem is your alts. If you’re burned out on questing and grinding AND you’re feeling like you’ve reached a saturation point with playing alts then it sounds to me like you probably need a break from the game as a whole. Casting about for something else to do to make things fun again seems to go counter to the notion of this being a game.

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