What DO you do when you’ve hit the endgame?

by on April 19, 2012


I’m one of the many people who has been following Bravetank’s trip from Level 1 to Level 85 with interest and fellow feeling – but finally, the inevitable has happened. She’s hit level 85.

Bravetank, it may be noted, is such a refreshing writer partially because she’s new to WoW – so, wheras the endgame and its malaise and change in playing style may be totally obvious to us old hands, for her, it’s new. And that’s what makes her post about it so very interesting, as she struggles to figure out what to do next – seeing a problem so familiar as to become invisible through entirely fresh eyes -

“You know when X Files used to have monster of the week episodes and then other more absorbing (in my opinion) arc episodes involving Mulder’s sister, black oil and a man smoking some cigarettes? Well that’s what it’s like. I’m on a constant treadmill of monster of the week stories but the cohesive absorbing nature of the arc- the levelling arc- has gone now that I’m 85.

I miss the excitement of it all – the goals, the discoveries, the newness. I’m aware I sound like a bored partner at a counselling session but at least I’m not sniping about toilet seat transgressions. What can I do to get the thrill back? It’s the 7 day itch here – 7 days since hitting 85 (totally not – much longer- but I’m going with the 7 year itch theme regardless).

Help me. Please. Below is my daily WoW routine. How can I insert some magic into it to stop me waltzing off and having a thing on the side with the Sims?

  1. Log on & drag my sorry ass over to Rokk for my day’s work. Grit my teeth as I make him yet another bowl of spiritual soup and blindly hit my keys looking for the “kill Rokk” button I know is hidden there somewhere when he once again fails to give me the chocolate cake recipe.”

For most of us, the loss of that levelling feeling is so old now as to have become invisible. But Bravetank’s vivid depiction of the sudden lack of purpose at 85 brings it all to the forefront.

What would you recommend a new player who has just hit 85 do? Other than raid with a guild or go for hardcore PvP? Achievements? Professions? What’s as involving and rewarding as the levelling experience? Or is it just a case of “start an alt, or start another MMO”?

Suggestions?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Peregrina April 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I’ve always felt that there’s nothing wrong with cutting back on playtime, engaging in other hobbies, etc. Different people like different parts of their hobby and that’s ok.

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Tesh April 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Endings are healthy. I’ve written about that more than once, lately even. Once you’re done with the part you like, move on to something else.

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N April 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I really feel that every player has to kind of set their own goals.
For some, its endgame raiding which entails a lot of dungeon running, dailies/weekly’s, gathering/brewing/buying flasks/food/pots/whathaveyou and obviously raiding itself.
For others, its lore. Finish all possible quests, find and click on lore objects to collect all the tiny tidbits of info that are scattered about in the universe.
Then there are achievements – want to do all of them? Only a certain category for a specific title/perk? You’ll fit right in.
Or playing the auction house with all its assorted sniping and buying other peoples’ stock and crafting and gathering and…
Or Vanity Pets.
Or PVP.
Or alts to get every possible point of view of the big picture.
Or roleplaying.

Uh… I think thats it? Might have forgotten something, but… again, all of these are goals the player has to set for himself. Like suddenly deciding to learn cooking in real life. But different :)

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Carole April 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

Hi :) . First off gratz to Bravetank on L85, well done. Yes, I agree with the poster above completely, always have some kind of goals. When I am newly level capped, my first priority is professions, then I turn to my alts because I know I want their professions maxed out as well. Then I’ll set myself goals either for my main or my alts and go about doing whatever goal that may be. N has listed above and I agree completely there is an awful lot of fun stuff there to do, especially for a new player who hasn’t done it before. I can honestly say though that despite being level capped on all my characters now and indeed for some time, I never sit around in capital cities thinking how bored I am. Good luck Bravetank in finding yourself some goals :)

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Zoomy April 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

Give yourself something to do. Loremaster and Explorer are 2 worthy goals. I’m currently working hard on Insane in the Membrane in between trying to get several elusive mounts. You can also gather some guildies or friends and work on a few other achievs that have rewards, namely mounts, like Cataclysm Hero.
I didn’t start playing until after Cata hit so I still find lots of new and exciting things to do. There are so many cool gear sets that I missed out and I’m happily working on collecting a few of those as since transmorg hit.
Between raiding, questing, achievs, leveling alts etc. it’s a busy day in Azeroth for me ;)

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