So basically, I'm having a problem with World of Warcraft, and my problem is this: by nature, I am a slow player. I can make one regular console-type video game last a year at least. This is largely because I am bad and also because I go through weeks where I just don't feel like playing, but it holds true in WoW as well. I basically want to do anywhere from 1-4 quests per day and then I'm done. I'm not one of those people who likes to do like 15 quests all at once and then go turn them all in at once. I can do about 1 or 2 instances before I need to get up from the computer and go look at things that aren't computer graphics for a while. Basically, I want to savor it. I don't want to rush myself through questing to level when what I find most comfortable is a very leisurely leveling process.
On the other hand, I really, really, really want to hit 60+ before Cataclysm comes out. I want to get full Old World exploration* before all the regions change. I want to possibly have a chance to find a group doing nostalgia runs through some of the old world raids (or farming them to get some of the old world legendary weapons) and get a chance to experience them, even if I'm just getting run through by higher level characters/better players/better geared players**.
If I play at the pace I would prefer to play at, reading all my quests in full, exploring the lore, taking my gameplay time some days to just ride around and get full exploration of zones 10+ levels below me, I will probably not ding 60 by Cata. (I've taken a little under two months to ding 35, and some of that was SC and I questing together. He is basically exactly the opposite of me
when it comes to leveling. It took me about 3 weeks to ding 20. It takes him about 2 days.) And this makes me sad. Either I can rush through all the old content, or I can basically never get to experience some of the content that is going away with the expansion.
And we're not even including that I'd really like to be 75+ in time for the pre-Cata Operation: Gnomeregan patch, and I know this is never going to happen and really, I just picked a horrible time to start playing.edit:
Also, omg I really hope that the possible portal between the Exodar and Stormwind really happens in Cataclysm so that, like, the Exodar isn't all sad and abandoned. I went there today to turn in my silk cloth for rep (since I'd already done a silk turn-in with the Gnomes), and ran into literally one other player there. It was weird as hell. I don't care. The Exodar is the city where I know where all the stuff is, okay?* Technically this is going to have to involve naked corpse running through Horde starting zones, since the guards leveled with the expansions, and I'm okay with that.** Speaking of how ridiculous power level differences between the expansions have been, last night I watched a video of a Death Knight and a paladin two-manning*** C'Thun. WTF.*** Speaking of two-manning. The other day, SC and I two-manned some of Gnomeregan, mainly to get me an engineering schematic, but also to see if the 2H Axe would drop on Thermaplugg. It didn't and I was sad. I swear, I have more blues in my theoretical "oh shit the tank DC'ed" set than I do in my actual gear my character wears set.