Somewhere in the middle of Kun-lai Summit my rogue dinged 90 without a single piece of heirloom gear on her (that was still active, anyway; I kept the Inherited Insignia of the Alliance just because).
This was the quickest I'd leveled to max level in a new expac area, and if I'd have been a non-stealthie class I'd have finished even sooner because I avoided a lot of mobs while out questing. By comparison, I dinged L80 in Storm Peaks on Q, and L85 in Twilight Highlands on Neve and Tom.
And while it's going to be nice for questing, PvP just got a big punch in the gut.
I mean, really. Most of my gear is in the L414 range; what do you think would happen if I got into WSG with that gear iL?
I considered running scenarios and/or instances, but really, they didn't appeal to me. I didn't feel like dragging down a scenario with my (relative lack of) DPS, and while instances might work, if I'm going to be spending time getting badges I might as well get Honor instead. Okay, I have to be honest: I queued for an instance long enough to see the DPS wait time for a normal was 45 minutes, and decided I'd much rather get two BGs in before a single instance popped.
That said, just any old BG won't do if you're not geared up for it. A rule of thumb of mine is that the more the players on a side, the lesss impact a single player will have. Therefore, for an undergeared toon, my best bet is to stick to the 40 man BGs and ride on some coattails.
Oh hai, Vann! Nice to see you!
It feels weird walking around Neverwinter.
The last time I was in the Jewel of the North was in the video game Neverwinter Nights, back before D&D 4E and the Spellplague. Even though she is dead now, I keep expecting to see Lady Aribeth, Paladin of Tyr, wandering around the Protector's Enclave.
I also expect --as a Cleric-- to be managing my available spells and keeping an eye on balancing healing with utility. But in Neverwinter, based as it is on D&D 4E, all of that is out the window. Neverwinter is far closer to a Diablo-esque game than a traditional MMO in terms of gameplay. The commands alone feel better suited to a gamepad than a keyboard.
Still, it is an addictive game, and I recognize the Forgotten Realms lingo in the NPCs you meet.
Kids and MMOs, Part Whatever:
I called the kids down to dinner last night, and as she sat down my youngest got a funny look on her face.
"What's up?" I asked.
"I didn't park my Smuggler before coming down. She was in Black Sun territory."
I headed for the stairs. "I'll take care of it."
After moving her toon into a corner, I returned to the table. "Kiddo," I began, "Why is your Smuggler wearing a dress?"
"You realize you put on gear meant for a counselor, right?"
"Oh, so THAT's why she looked weird!"