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4-14-2010 @ 7:05PM
The part I don't get is, you barely do ten quests in a zone and you find you have already started to level out of it -- up pops the typical "leader" quest that invites you to the next zone. And before you know it, you're top level. So there is almost no incentive to do more than the first, say, dozen quests in any zone even though there may be several dozen available, unless you are just a lorehound -- but even then it gets pretty uninspiring doing them when they have long since turned green or even grey for your character.I just don't get the proportionality of that. I guess it just comes down to the fact that the developers allow us to gain XP at a rate that is quite different from a rate that would have forced us to complete more entire quest lines. And I know it would have been different right at the start of the expansion, when many players had not even located some of the new dungeons yet, and so forth.Still, it's weird... just a weird "ghost town" feeling to the entire game, pretty much no matter when you joined unless you were on board for early Vanilla when you really HAD to do tons of quests without much alternative.
4-14-2010 @ 7:18PM
IDK when you leveled, but when I did my DK back in 3.0 I had to do nearly every quest in the zone to level out of it, and that's with a lot of rested.I 80'd my mage a little later and had AV to supplement my questing, so maybe it's just that and the new LFG.
4-14-2010 @ 7:30PM
Thanks, and I think my memory is probably pretty foggy too. Most likely it was relentless instance running that leveled my out of zones before I did more than a fraction of the quests. My main was a priest and was in demand for dungeons. Also, I think I have probably over time confused my early-WOTLK memories with more recent memories of leveling my new alts up through 60 extremely quickly with BOAs and rested-XP rotation.
4-14-2010 @ 9:02PM
Yeah are you running around in Heirlooms? I remember the first time I did it, I did both Northrend starting areas just for the lore, and only really missed quests in Icecrown when I finally hit 80.
4-16-2010 @ 7:09AM
When I leveled my priest (3.1-ish, no heirlooms but full rested XP), I got a bit of that impression. Once I was questing in a zone I generally finished there and did most if not all the quests available, but I definitely noticed I was outgrowing zones. (I did some instances, but not tons). When I hit 80, I'd done all the quests in Howling Fjord and most of the ones in Dragonblight/Zul'Drak/Grizzly Hills. I hadn't set foot into Icecrown or Sholazar (though Sholazar is probably a substitute for one of the other zones if you want to start out in Borean Tundra) and I'd done maybe the very first handful of quests at K3 in Storm Peaks. And it was like that in BC as well- if you fully quested out every zone you went in, you ended up not doing all the zones to reach max level (when my first character hit 70, she hadn't done any quests in Blade's Edge and had barely touched Netherstorm and SMV), or you can follow the breadcrumb quests right away and scrape at the surface of each zone a little.
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