You Can’t Spell Altdorf Without “Alt”!September 28, 2008
Warning: this is just a random musing post with little if any pertinent info for you. It makes great bird cage liner if you print it out, plus it gives Polly something to read.
As a confessed altoholic, I have to all but sit on my hands during the character selection screen, clicking “PLAY” with my nose on the mouse button before I get tempted to roll another character. I’ve promised myself, over and over, that Syp will ding 40 before I create any alts, and I will stick by that. Why would I be limiting my play options right now when there are 20 delicious classes (well, minus those stuffy elf ones) to sample from? Here’s my reasoning:
- MMOs that I’ve ended up enjoying and sticking with the longest are the ones where I invest heavily into one main character and get them to the end game before branching out. Alts have a way of diluting my attention span and interest if handled poorly.
- I want to have at least one character that is always available to help, party or RvR with my guild. Having six level 20’s won’t mean squat when my guild sounds the call to help take a T4 fortress. Once I have a level 40 under my belt, I know that I always have the option to do whatever might be happening that day.
- I learn so much from the first character I take all the way through in a MMO, so really Syp is my teacher to help me figure out the game so that when I do start in with alts, I’ll have a much better idea how to handle them and play the game more efficiently (while still dying by the truckload, no doubt).
But that can’t stop me from thinking about Syp Jr., Son of Syp, Sypette, Sypster and Sypperoni, my alts-to-be (names changed to be less derivative). With the other nine Order classes and a growing feel for how much time and effort it takes to raise one up to the max level, I logically know that I won’t be getting all 10 of them (12 if the other two classes get back in soon) to the max level. So the order I make alts has to be smart — my only other alternative is to make 9 alts simultaneously and mess around with each of them until I settle on one or two. But I don’t like that approach much. More thoughts:
- I want to have one alt that is a “team player” in the sense of being needed more by guildies and teammates. This means either a healer or a tank. That whittles it down to Ironbreaker (do I want to level up another Dwarf so soon after doing one?), Swordmaster (bleh), Runepriest (interesting, although again with the Dwarf repeats), Warrior Priest (previously bleh, but they are starting to grow on me), or Archmage (uh… no).
- I would really like to run through either the Empire or High Elf content from 1-40, since I’ve been saving those zones for that purpose. This means delaying the creation of another Dwarf alt so soon.
- From beta, I was quite partial to the Witch Hunter (who isn’t?) and the White Lion, although both are primary DPS classes and the former is overly populated.
Thus in my mind, Syp #2 looks to be either a Warrior Priest, Witch Hunter or White Lion, and Syp #3 returning to Dwarfland with either a Runepriest or Ironbreaker. Of course, all this may change in a few months if we see the return of the Empire tank career and the Dwarf melee career — I’d be up for an Empire tank, as long as they make their look on par with the tankage of the Black Orc and Chosen (this means no fluffy plumage from the hats, Mythic — despite what market research may tell you, fluffy feathers do not strike fear into the hearts of our opponents), and if the Dwarf melee class comes back as a Slayer, how could I say no to that?
I also have to consider the amount of time it takes to fully level an alt. There’s not as much of a rush with them, of course, and subsequent characters are always easier to level since you know more tricks of the game, but it’s a chunk of time to be respected even so. I have no idea when Syp might hit 40 on my current schedule of 20-ish hours a week of gameplay, but it might not even be until 2009 if I get terribly busy. It takes two seconds to create a character, but to build them up is an investment of magnitude.
Anyway, brainblurt over.