Thursday, January 20, 2011

Leveling Chronicle | Day 0 -- The Creation Process

Welcome to my leveling project! After examining a few of the zones looking for my next blogging project, I starting thinking ... why not do A LOT of the zones in one monster of a piece. This way, I can examine all my old world favorites, a few of my not-so-favorites, and examine just how well Blizzards new breadcrumb system works out over the long haul. When I approached Titleist with this idea, he thought it was a wonderful idea. This project allows me to stretch my writing muscle and cover a topic that I have a true passion for--World of Warcraft.

Founderz
Race and Class
When I first approached this idea, I was going to use it as a springboard to also expand my class base that I play with. I thought long and hard, and had a few different ideas. My first (and for a time strongest) idea was to get rid of the level 62 Shaman that I have been working on and just starting him over (he had been fun up until that point, wouldn't have minded doing it again). The more I thought about that though, the less I wanted to do it. Long story short, every class I thought of had pros and cons for why I either should or shouldn't build one.

Then, I put my ear to the ground in Malice (the guild I belong to) and started figuring out what we needed. I asked a few of the other officers, the guild officers, and the guild leader himself. What I found out was that our second weekly raid time slot sorely needs healers. Not just any healers either, Druid healers. When I approached the guild leader about making a druid healer to help out, I had 4 other officers all chime in with the same question.....
"Don't you already have a Druid???"
The answer, of course, was yes (I was on my druid when we were having this discussion actually). I tank on my druid in our early raid time slot. But if I just did the simple thing and convert him to a healer, early raid would not only lose a tank, but would lose a body in their rosters, because I couldn't be in both raids in the same week. Thus, I had sold myself (if not anyone else) on the idea of me having two druids--two druids in the same faction no less.

I knew one thing I needed to be careful of was creating a carbon copy of my first Druid. I enjoy playing that Druid (Founderz is his name) an awful lot and I need to make sure that I don't just recreate him. Several steps went into ensuring that the duplication does not occur:
  1. I decided that since Founderz has a feral tanking MS and a caster OS, My new toon (once he reaches 85) will have a resto MS with a Feral OS.
  2. Founderz is a Tauren. The new toon will be a Troll.
  3. Instead of waiting to level 80 to start gathering gear for both sets, I will gather them throughout the entire leveling process. This way I can get some healing practice in during the earlier levels so it is not such a shock at 85.
  4. Founderz is a skinner and a miner, both for the Master of Anatomy buff to crit and the Toughness buff to his stamina. The new toons professions will be niether of these (though I still need to ponder what they might be).
  5. I know there will be other differences, but I can't think of them right now.
Name
Now for the part that I actually think is the hardest part of creating a new toon.....the name. I decided to think back to the name I gave my first druid, Founderz, and why I named him that.

If any of you watch Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, you know where that name came from. The Founders are the shape-shifting controllers of the Dominion. Since Druids use their shape-shifting abilities to master the environment, it seemed like a good fit.

Why not use the same idea twice......in a way.

All throughout the series, this race of shape-shifters were only referred to as the Founders by their subjects who considered them to be gods. Everyone else referred to them as Changelings.

BINGO!

Thus, my new druid now has a name (with some creative spelling): Changelingz. 

Changelingz
Setting up for Success
As I do with any other toon that I create, i decided to set my new druid up for success with some BoA gear, some bags, and--of course--some walking around money. So, I jumped on my bank alt and dropped Stained Shadowcraft Tunic, Inherited Cape of the Black Baron, Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders, and Repurposed Lava Dredger in the mail, as well as 4 bags I had chilling in some bank somewhere, and 100g (I hate being broke).

With everything as in place as I can make it.........

This journey is set to begin with a single mouse click .............

1 comment:

Titleist said...

Go go Changelingz! I know I'm looking forward to reading this very much.

Good luck...and God speed!