Recently, I’ve created new WoW Alts. Yes, that’s right — even more characters. I only really made them because I’ve gotten myself another account (a purchase that may or may not have been made to be able to ride on a rocket).
So since I recruited myself to play, I decided not to waste the triple experience and level up some pairs of toons. My goal is to get them to 60 before the triple XP runs out, but I’m not too sure if I’ll make it with two sets of two… but we’ll give it a go!
Pair Numero Uno
The first pair (and in the original plan, the only pair) are on the US-Feathermoon server, which is an RP server. Please keep that in mind when I introduce to you…
(Yes, I have trouble spelling their names too).
And if you don’t get the reference, let me explain…
I’m a sucker for naming things with themes. I love love love cute names like that. My previous specially-made dual-box pair? Priest/Hunter draenei combo named Obladi and Oblada, with the hunter’s pet named LifeGoesOn. My ‘main’ hunter? Mamisha, with her ‘main’ pet Rexxa, a play on Rexxar and Misha. My dwarf hunter? Abbota, with her pets Costello (the white bear), and Costella (the black raven bird). My orc hunter? Maxwel, my orc hunter, with her pet boar SilverHammer. Heck, I even got The SA to make a toon with me on Moon Guard once to go with the ‘Christmas theme’ guild Xcessive made there (even though we never actually met up with any guildies):
So when I had to make two toons that would be dual-boxed with each other, I had to pick names that matched. But I also had to keep the names reasonable-sounding, as Feathermoon is an RP server. While searching for pair names that weren’t outlandish, I came across the dessert Crème Brûlée, and immediately decided that that would be a great pair of names (besides the fact I love Crème Brûlée — I’ve only had it at restaurants, and I wish I discovered it sooner!) The names stand on their own, I think, and only together do they make a phrase that references something IRL. And really, it’s a benign phrase compared to some of the names I’ve seen on RP servers.
Unfortunately, some folks had already taken the proper spelling of Crème. Then I tried Creme, but that was taken too. Luckily, my last resort of Crèmè was still available. (For some reason, no one had taken Brûlée… I wonder why?)
Anyway, I really love Brûlée’s hair. I had this style planned for a draenei mage at one point, but when I decided to make a paladin instead, I kept the style.
Crèmè and Brûlée are already level 18 or so. There were only a few ‘double dings’ while they were leveling, though, due to class quests for each of them. But I did get a screenshot of one:
Plus, I get to giggle when I see things like this in chat:
Pair Numero Dos
The second pair I originally didn’t plan to make. What changed my mind was that one of my guildies decided to start playing again on the US-Windrunner server with a few other guildies, and I decided to join the fray (although at this point in time, I think I’m horribly behind them in level, and/or they stopped playing on that server). They all rolled dwarves, so I decided to keep with that theme when I made them.
So here are my two new dwarves, Thymine and Adenine.
Thymine’s a warrior, and Adenine’s a priest, but you’d never be able to tell from the gear they were wearing in the picture.
Yes, I did name them after a DNA pair. I’ve had about three LFD groups comment on that so far. And yes, I’ve already saved the other DNA names on the server for my bank alt (a dwarf paladin) and planned cataclysm toon (who will be a dwarf of some kind).
These two have recently dinged 31, thanks to a productive run through Gnomeregan. You can certainly get a lot of quests to complete in there, which is especially handy if you get triple XP!
It seems like only yesterday they were completing Fire Festival dailies (gaining a level for the quests each day I remembered to do them, which was two XD) and spinning in the fire.
I have a lot of pictures of my toons spinning around the Fire Festival pole, but not too many of two of them spinning in unison!
So How’s The Leveling Going?
How considerate of you to ask. It’s actually going fairly well. As I mentioned before, Crèmè and Brûlée are 19 and 18, respectively, while Adenine and Thymine are both 31. So one pair is already over halfway to 60, while the other is almost a third of the way there! Considering my usual (extra-slow) leveling pace, I think this is going really really well.
The speed at which they level can in-part be credited to the ease of getting into dungeons using the LFD system. With the triple-XP, I usually get at least one level per dungeon! At least! That may change once they get to the later dungeons, especially if the queue time increases (I’ve heard not as many people queue when you have such gems as Sunken Temple and BRD in the list).
I only queue as DPS, so I can fail dual-boxing in non-critical roles (though I was realizing that I could probably tank with one while dual-boxing if I dps’d with the other. But for now it’s just safer for me (and the group) if I just dps!)
Another handy thing about the triple-xp is that I don’t need to worry about rest XP, so I can park the toons wherever I feel like, if I need to log off in a hurry. But I still usually drop them off in cities and inns; a good habit, I guess.
But there are downsides to this rapid leveling. I’ve neglected to give any of these toons professions, as I’m trying to focus on leveling. They would have likely out-leveled any gathering profession I took, and due to the 90-day limit on the XP bonus, I don’t want to stop leveling to farm things. This means I’m in a non-self-sustaining loop. No professions means no gold coming from the auction house, and leveling mostly through LFD means I don’t get a much quest gold to pay for skills.
They did get starting gold from various sources — Crèmè and Brûlée received gold and bags from Likal, my only other toon on Feathermoon, who has been making money from tailoring and herbalism. But I haven’t been playing with her as much, so less gold is coming in. (On a side note, I find it amusing that Crèmè and Brûlée’s “sugar mama” is currently level 18, and they both have more XP than her). But it shouldn’t be hard to use Likal’s professions to get more cash for the dual-boxed pair.
Adenine and Thymine, on the other hand, got their initial cash from my guildie’s old main on Windrunner. But I’ve squandered all the start-up gold on ‘skills’ and ‘mounts’ and ‘weapon training’, so they’re getting exteremly low on gold. My plan is to fund them with the cloth and other useful items they’ve picked up in dungeons — I just need to get all their stuff transferred over to the ‘bank alt’ I made. And then sell it. 😄
Another downside to rapid leveling is that the toons have a tendency to out-level their gear! I was replacing a gray on one of them in their mid-twenties (Note: I’ve actually done this before on a not dual-boxed toon. >.>;; ).
An easy way to solve this would be to buy gear from the AH, but due to me being low on gold on these servers, I think it would be best to save my “hard earned” gold on more important things (like skills). I guess all my LFD groups will just have to suffer. : )
What about you?
Have you ever got yourself another WoW account just for those recruit-a-friend rewards? Or do you have actual honest-to-goodness friends that want to start playing WoW? Do you like coming up with silly names for toons, or do you have a different method for naming toons? How often to you make new alts? Let me know!