At long last I finally hit level 70 in World of Warcarft
! Thank you, thank you! I know many of you out there probably hit 70 a month or two after the launch of Burning Crusade
(almost a year ago), but being the alt-a-holic and casual player that I am, this was a significant accomplishment for me. I never achieved maximum level in Everquest, Dark Age of Camelot
, or City of Heroes
because I've always had a limited amount of time to devote to gaming; typically an hour or two a night. By the time I was midway through playing those other games, a new game came along and stole my attention. World of Warcraft
is the only MMOG I've played where I've hit the maximum level, and now I've hit it twice. A little over a year ago I hit 60 and enjoyed several months at the top of the food chain before Burning Crusade
was released and added another 10 levels of questing and grinding. In any case, maxing level is a big accomplishment for a casual player like myself.
So at level 70 I'd accumulated enough gold to buy my flying mount, and for the next few nights I flew all over the Outlands. I had fun getting shot down by fell cannons and torched by dragons in areas that I discovered were apparently no-fly zones. But after the shiny newness of flight began to wear off I realized I was beginning to get the same feeling I had when I finally hit 60. Now what? I know for most people, hitting max level means the fun part finally starts. You can finally go after the great gear, do all the fun raids and engage in end game PvP
like arena combat. As a casual player though, I've started to realize that end game
content means even more of a time commitment than leveling up did. And for a casual player like myself, that might just mean game over.