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Gold-Making or Lore - Which To Do First in Mists?
Over the last few months I've given a lot of thought to the question of how exactly I wanted to start off my Mists of Pandaria experience. While it may seem a trivial thing to some, I really wanted to start this expansion right.
While I may be best known for my gold-making endeavors believe it or not I actually do more in World of Warcraft than make gold. Read on past the jump for my thoughts on the decision of whether to focus on gold-making or exploring the lore of Mists of Pandaria first.
I know it may seem like a silly thing but I really want to experience Mists of Pandaria in a different way then I did Cataclysm. Mists of Pandaria offers something I thing we've all been missing in World of Warcraft for quite some some: Exploration.
I remember stepping through the Dark Portal when I first hit level 58 and finding a whole new world I had never experienced before.
While many people like to emphasis the "Massively" in Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game pertains to the "Multiplayer" aspect of an MMORPG, the "Massively" part could also pertain to the world itself.
Indeed World of Warcraft has offered us one of the largest online worlds available for us to seemlessly explore. Unfortunately, whether is was the teleporting everywhere or the proximity to older more familiar zones, I never got the sense of wonder and exploration in the Cataclysm expansion. It was sorely missed.
What I'm really craving is an immersive exploration experience.
Time is Money
So that brings us to my dilemma. I know for a fact that I would maximize my gold-making potential in the firstweek of the expansion by focusing all of my efforts on gold-making.
For me that would likely mean pushing my mining/herbalist Death Knight to level 90 as quickly as possible in order to obtain the ability to fly in Mists of Pandaria thus setting myself up with a proper supply line to feed the rest of my alt's profession leveling.
That seems like the sensible thing to do. The prudent thing to do. The "gold-maker" thing to do.
There's only one problem with that. It would spoil the story for any type of future lore-focused leveling experience.
Even if I didn't read any of the quest text while I was leveling a gatherer I would still invariably glean key points of lore simply by the physical aspects of doing the quests. Leveling through dungeons wouldn't be any better as I'd likely pick up lore simply through osmosis.
I read a post that stated at one point the lore of Mists of Pandaria involved players being part of the ship wrecks that are featured in the Mists of Pandaria trailer. I loved that idea.
The writer suggested that players try a fully-immersive Mists of Pandaria leveling experience by staying in the Mists of Pandaria zones all the way up to level 90. Never leaving. Never teleporting to Stormwind or Orgimmar. To try to maintain the immersion that you are a shipwrecked survivor and you're not going anywhere for a while.
That is my other option: To embrace that immersion completely. To focus on every new area. To read every quest and to really try to enjoy the experience and get lost in the leveling and exploration experience, at least once.
I'd like very much to do that. Id like to do that on my Hunter. I love the thought of him fighting his way through this strange new land. I like the idea that he has no contact with my other alts. That he is cut off until he can find a way to return.
I love the idea of not even allowing myself to use mailboxes (due to the fact that frankly there is not mail service to the Mists of Pandaria areas).
But I'm torn.
The dilemma is this: Focus on gold-making and potentially spoil what could be a fantastic lore-centered leveling experience or shut out the world (and potential profits) and have a great story/lore experience at the expense of gold-making at the beginning of Mists of Pandaria.
I know. I know. First world problems, right?
But the fact that I've been thinking so much about is really just goes to show how much I care about both aspects of my World of Warcraft play experience. I love making gold. I love teaching others to make gold. I also love playing World of Warcraft to experience World of Warcraft.
So what will I ultimately end up doing for the first week or so of Mists of Pandaria? Will I put my head down and enjoy the lore at least once through, eschewing potential profits in the process?
Or will I give into my gold-making tendencies and focus on earnomg gold while I can the first week of the expansion at the expense of the lore?
That is a very good question and one I'll likely continue to ponder over until the Mists of Pandaria launch.
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