Life of the casual gamer
Well last night, in the depths of a dungeon, my druid eventually dinged 90th! I rejoiced internally and logged. Waking up this morning, I logged on again and instinctively went onto my now 90th level druid. Once I appeared in the Shrine of Moons I suddenly stopped to think…what do I do now?
Apart from a couple of months within a guild raiding, I spend the majority of my time on World of Warcraft being what I class as a casual gamer. Initially this might appear to imply that I play every now and again which would not really be true. I try to play almost everyday, although the actual timing of this does change from day to day. However, I would class myself as a casual gamer when it comes to establishing identifiable goals. Without the membership of a raiding guild, what is there for a player like me to achieve.
Leveling– Leveling is something which I can enjoy achieving without relying on anyone else. Although completing dungeons are often beneficial, I can continue to complete quests just allowing the dungeon groups to pop when they are available. I prefer to do this in a DPS spec, since the number of times I have come out of the dungeon in healing spec straight into combat or started to heal with my DPS gear on has become too numerous to count.
Trade Skills – There are a number of trade skills which I have not yet mastered. These can be somewhat difficult to achieve due to having to return to lower leveling grounds to collect the required materials to increase the skills level. I do have one master cooker and fisher (my shaman) and leveling these with another class does not exactly fill me with excitement.
Rare mounts and pets – With the new Green Fire Hawk being available in the new expansion, many people are busy collecting mounts at the moment. This is an activity which I can attempt, especially when the lower level dungeons are easily solo-able by a range of classes. Coupled with this is the challenge of picking up some new pets with my hunter. This is something that is almost class specific but something which I enjoy doing. I still need to get my Darkmoon Fair mount to go with my purple bird pet!
I’m sure there is a mount similar to this from the Darkmoon Fair
There is always plenty for someone to achieve in WoW, although there are more options or more focus on these activities when guilded and raided on a regular basis. If I cam getting my cooking up, there is more of a focus if I am needed to provide the noodle cart for the raid or a supply of potions. After writing this post, I actually created a Panda Protection Warrior – drat for alliteration purposes it should have been a paladin! 🙂