Meandering Toward 90

It is hard to believe that so much time has passed since the release of Mists of Pandaria!

How goes the journey, you ask?  When last we left Goldslipper, she was fending off cockroaches in Sethekk Halls, hoping for a special mount to drop before MoP launched.

Arago, our Death Knight (main for the Young DK, my son) was slowly being leveled (mostly by me, mom), with a promise that he would be the NEXT level 85 character on our account (behind big sis’s character Saldra), and the FIRST level 90 character.  Here he sits, late in 2011, outside the city of Gilneas, unguilded and just waiting for his opportunity to shine.  Why outside of Gilneas, you ask?  Well, that is where orcs who are played by young 8 year old WoW lovers like to hang out, of course.

Arago sitting pensively outside of Gilneas City Screen shot 2011-12-20 at 1.13.50 PM

He has, subsequently, moved his home a few times.  First to Dreadmaul Post, and now, he resides in Bloodgulch, where he can rub elbows with Garona Halforcen, when he is not too intimidated by her menacing presence, that is.  He has been leveling, steadily, and is now, amazingly, nearly halfway through level 89.  This is the fastest we will have ever had a max level character in our four years of playing the game, and it is REALLY exciting.  We will have so much time left to do ALL THE MAX-LEVEL THINGS this time, before a new expansion comes along, right?

Goldslipper is happily awaiting her turn, keeping herself occupied with all sorts of silly escapades….something to do with monkeys, I think…

As usual, for us, we have been meandering at a snail’s pace through the game, with daily twists, turns and sightseeing stops along the way.  As Arago nears 90, and the light at the end of the tunnel becomes a bit clearer, I look forward to having the opportunity to share some of these little moments, which I’ll capture in subsequent “Meandering Toward 90” posts.

Thanks for reading and I hope you are enjoying your time in Azeroth as much as we are!

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A rainbow of DK’s……

This post was written in early 2010, and I just hadn’t gotten around to finishing and posting it.  I credit too much DK leveling for my delay 😛

For about the last month, my son has been absorbed with DK’s.  For the entire time that we’ve had the game, he has been preoccupied with pets and mounts.  The days that either my oldest daughter or I have gotten new mounts have always been HUGE for him.  He always wants to fly/ride the new mount shortly after the owner of the character has their first chance.  So far, he’s been unable to really do any questing for himself to get a character to the point where it can get riding training, and so he’s had to rely on the two family members that have gotten there.  It means that I have some mounts that I might not have chosen automatically for myself, like the Black War Kodo, but hey, it’s all great.

He has also always enjoyed just starting new DK’s.  He loves to design them in the character design screen, and we’ve had literally dozens of them started up and deleted.  Within the last few weeks though, he has become very proficient at actually taking them through the starting quest lines, and getting them OUT of the clutches of the Lich King!

It started with me helping on every other quest or so.  Soon we progressed to him knowing the sequence of the quests and what was required, but needing help with several of the more difficult ones, including Koltira Deathweaver and the Frostbrood Vanquisher quest toward the end.  No problem, I enjoy the challenge of these, and now that I’ve done it about 18 times, I am actually pretty proficient at soloing the “bubble boy” quest, as we call it at our home.  It used to be that we just hoped and prayed for someone else to be in the zone, so that we could partner up to get that one done.

The really cool thing that we realized a few weeks ago, was that with each DK, comes availability of THE MOUNTS FOR THAT RACE…….click, the light went on, and my little guy began to start, and systematically complete DK questlines for almost all of the races.  At this time, I think we have everything except a dwarf and a tauren. Actually, I think the tauren is started, but just not out of his starting area.  For a boy of six, I’m pretty impressed.