Today, June 17, 2013 I began a new project – to become a tank in the MMORPG, the World of Warcraft.
I had seriously tried once before but had become discouraged when my level increased beyond my ability to proficiently tank.
More attention, faster reactions, better use of my talents were becoming increasingly difficult, made even worse by the taunting and bad treatment at the hands of impatient PUG members.
During a discussion with a couple of players that I have known for a few years, we decided to form a group of our own so that we could learn to tank, heal, and deal damage in every dungeon in the game while leveling our toons to level 90. And also to learn in a friendly environment.
We started today:
me, a level 15 dwarf protection paladin (tank), HillWilliam –> 18
my wife, a level 15 arcane mage (dps), TopOfTheDay –> 18
Chazzie, a level 23 discipline priest, –>24
Yinglao, a level 23 rogue –> 25
Korrva, a level 16 Draenei Elemental Shaman. –> 20
Grouped up, adequate food, meds, empty bags – we were ready.
I pushed the LFG button and saw that because of a couple of the higher level members we were too advanced to enter either Ragefire Chasm or the Deadmines. Wailing Caverns was open so off we went.
Look before you leap. Literally. Don’t leap off cliffs and leave your pets to find you. They will surely catch up to you dragging along a few angry monsters that will swarm over you like an army of angry wasps.
Make sure everyone is healed and mana’d up. Don’t start difficult encounters without being ready. Empty bags. Bandaids. Water, Food. Don’t be carrying your fishing pole.
- Take your time
- Enjoy the game
- Learn from your mistakes. Allow yourself and your teammates to make errors and learn from them. Discuss them factually so that everyone will gain from the knowledge.
- Do all the quests. Some XP comes from completing quests. Leveling comes from increased XP.
Collect all the loot
Use, sell, or vend all grays, whites, greens, and blues that you can’t use
We decided to run a second instance for the day, Shadowfang Keep. It ended up as a nice smooth completed run. No deaths. Good loot for all. Some nice lower level gear for all.
Looks like all members leveled multiple times – like 3 to 4 times, see above.
Looking forward to tomorrow morning.