I Believe I can Fly
I remember saying in a previous post that I didn’t enjoy WoW for long amounts of time because there was “nothing to do” aside from dungeon grind. A reader suggested that I find other things to do, like collecting companion pets and mounts, working on achievements, those types of things. At the time I sort of shrugged it off and thought nothing of it. Now that a few months have passed and I’ve been playing WoW more often then not – I have to agree with them 100%. WoW may not have player housing (sigh) but there ARE other things for me to do aside from dungeon grind.
That’s not to say I don’t dungeon grind a fair amount. I sure do. Yesterday my warlock managed to reach 5k gs (gear score) which is nice for a non-raider (and I’m not talking about PvP gear which raises your gs by insane amounts but does NOT mean you’ll do well in instances as people have shown me time and time again). I’m at a ‘comfortable’ level in game, no longer a complete liability to my groups, and able to hold my own quite well in the DPS department. I’ve worked really hard on the warlock, and the class is a LOT of fun to play.
When I’m bored / tired of doing dungeons I’ve taken to working on achievements, and completing fun random quests that I never did the first time through. Yesterday I spent the better part of my day working on the ‘keymaster’ achievement, which required me to obtain keys from areas that players barely visit these days, especially with the LFD tool so readily available. I ended up exploring Dire Maul as well as the non-heroic version of Stratholme. The warlock finally got her mining to 450 – and engineering is close behind at a steady 431.
Of course, then there are the alts to worry about. My priest is not exactly under geared but nor is she all that well geared. Sitting at a gs of around 4k or so, there’s a lot of work to be done. I’m saving up emblems for shoulders (75, ugh) as well as a hat. She also needs new trinkets (hers are completely abysmal). I’d really like to be able to raid on the character some day, but I find healing PUGs difficult – well, not difficult so much as a test in incredible patience and leaving me with a lot of frustration. Why play a game if you’re just going to be frustrated all of the time. If I didn’t actually CARE whether or not I did a good job I probably wouldn’t be so annoyed playing the class, but I can’t compensate for everyone else when they decide to do something dumb in a dungeon.
I’ve also taken to collecting recipes. Pictured above, my engineer sporting her latest mount. The thing looks (and sounds) like it’s about to fall apart at any minute, and that just makes me want to fly it even more. It’s great. I love going through my list of recipes and finding out what I’m missing and where it comes from. Working on expanding my collection is a great pass time.
In the end, yes, I’ve found other things to do aside from dungeon grind. It just took a little time. Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!