Daily Archives: October 15, 2007

Level Disincentive

You have probably seen something now about the plans for the 2.3 patch for World of Warcraft.

There are a lot of things in the patch notes.  Things like guild banks and a new outdoor instance in the Ghostlands are neat.

But one item interests me the most.  One item has my name all over it.

From the patch notes:

A new flight path has been added to the Rebel Camp in northern Stranglethorn Vale.

Thank the… wait… no, not that one… as much as I HATE running up and down STV over and over again… I meant:

Experience: The amount of experience needed to gain a level has been decreased between levels 20 and 60. In addition, the amount of experience granted by quests has been increased between levels 30 and 60.

Now here, finally, is an update aimed squarely at ME, the player with too many alts and not enough time.  I may actually get a character into The Burning Crusade content before the next expansion, The Wrath of the Lich King, comes out!

There is a little more detail here about the speeding up of levels 20-60, thanks to a link which I swiped from a post over on Plaguelands.

This is great news!  I have been in the mood lately to level up some of my characters in WoW.

Only it isn’t great news.  I have been in the mood lately to level up some of my characters in WoW, and now I don’t want to touch the game.

Why would I? 

All of my characters fall into the 30-60 level range.  Why would I want to do a quest now, before the patch, when it will be worth more after the patch?

Blizzard has successfully, if temporarily, made me want to avoid their product!

So when is this patch going live?