Everyone, make sure you congratulate Cassie when you get the chance, last night she dinged 70, on her own and solo in Netherstorm.
Sadly, my priorities were out of whack. Totally wrong.
Because instead of grouping with her and helping her, I spent the entire evening writing the article for my Shifting Perspectives column on WoW Insider. And yes, I mean the entire evening. A behind the scenes look at my writing? Even when all I have to do is read and research and link and quote, it takes me 4 hours to write one of these things, minimum. It’s a labor of love. And a sign that as a writer, I make a good WoW player.
Getting back to the important stuff, Cassie started the evening at 68% of the way towards 70. She regularly gave me status updates, I remember vividly when dinner time rolled around, and she was at 91.6%.
When she dinged, she yelled at me and I hustled on upstairs, to see her standing victorious over the body of the poor, sad flayer that met her needs of the moment. That flayer may be gone, but it served a noble purpose. Ding!
It was clear to see how happy and delighted Cassie was to finally reach level 70, and, in her words, to ‘join the big kids’. The rest of the night, she would pause in what she was doing, look at me, and say “Oh, by the way… did I remember to tell you that I dinged 70?” “Why yes, dear, congratulations!” I’d reply. “Awesome!”
And it is.
She immediately made her way to Shadowmoon Valley, getting ganked on the ride from Allerian Stronghold, since she hadn’t visited the fortress there before. In her excitement to get there, when she died and saw that she rezzed in a graveyard right behind the fortress, she just decided to take the durability loss and resurrection sickness to be at the fortress that much quicker.
Why? To get the flying mount training, of course.
Once trained in both regular and epic flying skills, she then had the difficult decision… which mount to choose? After all, this is an important decision. Damn important.
Blizzard, may I respectfully suggest you let your players have the ability to ask the mount seller to take a ‘test drive’? Maybe pay a nominal fee, 10 gold or so, and he’ll send you on a pre-determined trip on a mount of your choice?
Because it would make it a lot easier to see how your character would look, when riding one of the mounts.
Cassie decided to choose the Swift Red Gryphon, a choice I heartily endorse. The red barding of the gryphon matches the red in her hair perfectly.
Her delight in flight reminds me all over again why I love this game.
Now, we face the new challenges; what to do next? And where do we go for gear upgrades for her?
Ah the fun that lies ahead.