Today, after creating a T-shirt, I have now decided to follow in Fulguralis's footsteps of comment turning post! I was over at Miss Elf's blog catchin' up on some reads (and I apologize I've been a lurker!) There was an interesting post about what it must be like coming in as a brand new player after the release of Wrath of the Lich King. My comment became a wall o' text (/apology) and thus, I decided to make it a post. I just think it's an interesting topic. My favorite paragraph from her post is as follows:
I think the old world needs to be played – yes, played, not zerged. Am I the only one who remembers what this game used to be? When you did every instance on the way to cap, when people talked in General (talked, not argued), when you ran into the same people all the time because you were levelling at around the same pace. When logging in was actually exciting, and questions about quests or looking for help weren’t met with “rofl u noobz omg my mom could solo that hahaha u suck”.
(For the rest of Miss Elf's post, please go here. It's a good read.)
And that brings us to the comment I left over there:
I do see these trends happening, but it's not all lost… at least not for everyone.
I started playing prior to BC, but I still love(d) all the content. (Then again, I'm a lore nerd *ducks*)
I'm glad to see you say that old content needs to be played and not rushed through. My parents started playing last November. Sure, you could say their motivation is me… but… I honestly am not putting it on EZ mode for them. Oh no. I want them to experience it as fully as they can. (omg, wall o text incoming in 3…2…1)
I did give each of them a few gold to start off with, just as my husband gave my toon when I started. I made a couple bags for them too. I gave them a couple addons, but nothing crazy or overboard. (NO Questhelper. Bad. Bad. Bad.) I taught them some tricks for the AH. Not get rich quick, but so they weren't getting cheated on it.
They both applied for my guild and were invited in. (Even as an officer, I could not avoid protocol for my parents! 😉 )
My mother, bless her, found people while she was leveling and they were grouping together. I've run her and my father through a few instances, but usually I'll go on a toon that is only 10ish levels higher (since I didn't have any close enough otherwise), like my pally, to tank while they burn stuff down. I've helped them learn some group expectations, roles, etc.
Then, as my mother's main gets closer to level 55, a guildie (that has several characters, as do I, but is one of those people that levels fast – unlike me most of the time lol) says we can summon her out to instances in Outland and run her through. I say, “No.” They say she can go in at 55.
I wasn't questioning the level restriction.
I whisper and explain that we need to keep in mind this is her first toon and I want her to experience it as such. I remember the first time I went to the Dark Portal… it was cool. Let's not rush her. Let her have fun. No powerleveling until like, her 3rd max level toon, mkay? xD
What do you guys think? (About the issue, not the length of my comment! 😛 )
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