So. You’d think without quests there wouldn’t be much to tell, but yesterday was actually a really fun day. I even remembered to take quite a few screenshots along the way, which I will — in the way of baby and holiday pictures — happily inflict upon the rest of you.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about “playing with no questing” is the general reaction it seems to elicit. Yesterday’s comments were mostly along the lines of “but you won’t level!” Or level slowly, or with a lot of grinding — whatever. The basic idea was that without questing I wouldn’t progress.
I can’t say I’m immune to that reaction myself, even though I don’t particularly chase the end-game or anything that comes with it (raiding, item progression). Still, having cut my MMO teeth on a game that didn’t really do the quest thing (Asheron’s Call, pay attention at the back there) I didn’t have that crushing dread that I’d have nothing to do or that I’d have to sit in one spot killing eleventy-million wolves just to eke out a level or two.
As it turns out, levelling wasn’t that much of a problem. Ysharros the Captain is now at level 10 and most of the way to 11 and her biggest problem hasn’t been xp but rather gear. At these low levels the measly amounts of cash you get from completing quests do help, but the gear you get helps even more. Fortunately low-level critters aren’t that hard to kill and Captains seem to have absolutely amazing survivability.
It will be interesting to see how the trend continues. I expect that levels will start coming much more slowly now that we’re out of the nursery areas, but hopefully Ysh should be making some cash from resource sales on the AH. I’ve already bought a crafted weapon she’ll be able to use when she hits level 12, and with the Tailoring part of her Explorer profession she’s been able to make herself at least basic medium armour — and anything is better than the stat-less stuff you start off with. Her armour values are pathetically low but they’re not nil, and it just means I have to adjust what and how I fight. There will be some significant expense at level 20 when (I think?) she gets heavy armour use — and that’s probably when the urge to make an Armourer alt will be at its strongest. This stuff ain’t cheap to buy.
Having decided that Deeds aren’t quests, I received Arbitrary’s permission to do the “Restoring the Quick Post” deed in the Shire. It’s a deed but it’s started by speaking to individual postmen and they do have quest icons over their heads (not that I could see them since I have them all turned off). I’ll probably do the pie-carrying one too, not for the xp but because I really enjoyed those quests deeds back in beta and it’s been almost 4 years since I last did them. Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment. I also proved the rule that you will never see as many harvesting nodes as when you’re running from A to B with a satchel or a pie in your hands. Grumble.
I also advanced a fair few kill-stuff deeds, notably the Wolves in the Shire one which I finished while running around farming… well, everything but crops. I got metric butt-tons of copper and tin and rowan, all of which went on to the auction house, and a fair bit of hide. I used a bit of the hide for Ysh’s armour and I’m sitting on the rest, not really sure whether I should sell it or not. I could level tailoring with it but Ysh will soon be able to use heavy armour so…
On the other hand, not levelling tailor seems like a gap in my crafting skills (heresy!) and won’t let me make cloaks and… er, whatever else tailors can make that isn’t light or medium armour. With a bit of luck I could also loot some rare tailoring recipes, the product of which might sell for good money — so on balance I probably will level the tailoring. Maybe I’ll keep half the hides and sell the other half. That also depends on AH prices, of course, and hides tend to be cheaper because everyone can get them (even if not everyone can process them into something usable by crafters).
Oh yes — Ysh now has a herald, yay! I can never decide what to name those guys, so if anyone has any suggestions feel free to offer them up.