We’re getting to the end of the structured content in Valheim. On that front, until there is a major update, we just have Yagluth to slay, and I’ve already gotten a taste of that fight.
And, while we’re not done there yet… I can still explore for hours and building out the main base is an ongoing home improvement project that, like many a DIY task, is getting done slowly on evenings and weekends… there isn’t a sens of urgency either. Those covered areas of the map will still be there to explore tomorrow.
In WoW Classic, however, there is a bit of a push to get going. The beta for Burning Crusade Classic has been running for a while now and the rumor is that the dark portal might get a date for opening in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, as you log into WoW Classic, the game is up there and warning you about the impending change and the choices you will have to make when the pre-launch patch hits.
The rumor for that is May 17/18, though one should treat such rumors with grave suspicion. After all, the last rumor on that front pegged the expansion launch date as May 3/4, and seemed dubious even then. And even the May 17/18 date could be affected by problems Blizz has had with the raid testing in the beta. Still, the expansion is on its way.
With that looming, it felt like time to make sure I had things lined up for the big change.
I already have two characters ready for Outland. My warrior, who tanks for the group, is level 59 and probably less than an hour’s effort from being level 60. My main alt for most of WoW Classic, my hunter, is level 58, which is good enough for Outland, though I suppose I should work on level 60. It wouldn’t be tough.
But my paladin, for whom I have an affinity, is still a bit behind. I had raised him up to level 53 in my last burst of activity, but that was still well shy of where I would like him to be at the expansion launch, so it was time to get him out again.
First though, I had to get used to playing WoW again. After a couple months of Valheim I have found myself used to how the controls there work. Having to steer again with the WASD keys was a moment of “how do I do this?” as I wandered around. For a while I kept hitting the TAB key for inventory. And it will be some time before I stop holding down the shift key hoping that it will make me run faster.
At least I don’t have to manage that stamina bar.
That set I made my way to Felwood again to push ahead there. Felwood is a bit of a challenge, if only because there is just the one flight point way up at the northern end, which makes coming and going when you’re not into the Timbermaw quests a long run. And, that comes into play because you have to leave the zone for a couple of quests.
As I made my way further north in the quests, I started getting a little ahead of myself in levels, so swapped over to The Blasted Lands. There I ran into a few quests that were just the sort of thing to gain some ground in levels. I had to farm a set of mobs for drops. While that seems grindy, it is the kind of grindy that is good if you’re in the right mood. It is the sort of thing where you can put on a podcast or an audio book and just kill mobs, collect drops, and watch your experience bar climb.
The Blasted lands got me into level 54 and well on my way to level 55. Eventually I ran down the quests there and headed back to Felwood and then into Winterspring to deliver a few messages which, in turn sent me around Azeroth some more. Eventually that settled down and so I did as well, up at the north end of Felwood to attack the Deadwood furbolgs, the foes of the Timbermaw.
This, again, was a nice little grind where I could slay and recharge and listen to something on my headphones. That moved me into level 55 and about a quarter of the way towards level 56 before I ran out of supplies and had to head back to town for some more mana refreshing drinks.
While I finished the basic quests, I may go back there and grind a little while longer. I am about two thirds of the way to being neutral with the Timbermaw and the exp is still decent and the grind is pleasant in that very relaxing way.