Thoughts on the Pandarian Starting Area

I love myself some lore.  By now, I am assuming that all of you know this.  I just started writing bits of game play from my druid’s perspective and I’m seriously debating writing out her reaction to the debacle with Garrosh.  I just don’t know if I want to have spoilers on my blog.

So, a couple nights ago, I rolled up a new shaman.  I had a goblin shaman but she wasn’t even level 10 yet, so I deleted her and rerolled up a cute little gray-faced pandarian.  I was really tired that night so I did the first quest or two, then logged her out so I could get some sleep.

The next night (aka last night), I logged her back in and proceeded to work my way through the starting zone.  It took me all night long.  When I arrived in Org at the end of my play session, it took me over three and a half hours to get there.  THREE AND A HALF HOURS!  This is unheard of for me.  I am known for my fast leveling.

Now, I will admit that I did do some laundry and make some dinner, but dinner only took about 15 minutes to cook and switching the laundry was only 5 minutes at a time, if that.  So, we’ll say it took just under 3 hours to level up to level 12 and get off the traveling island?

I love the story, I love the cut scenes.  But by the end of the night, I was irritated that I was STILL ON THE ISLAND!  I felt I had slipped into a Lost verision of WoW.  Where I am searching for a way OFF the island and no one can help me.  I kept calling out to Husband “STILL ON THE DAMN ISLAND!”  And he’d ignore me and keep playing Paper Mario with his best friend from high school who is in town visiting this week.

So, three and a half hours to get a toon from level 1 to level 12.  With no heirlooms and, I swear to the Earthmother, the sorest set of feet this side of Kalimdor.  I know my Pandarian has pads for feet and jeezus does she need some kind of soft boot after all the walking she did.  That island (which is probably my favorite concept in this game) is HUGE!

This is my 3rd Panda that I have leveled through the starting zone.  And I think it might be my last.  If I want an Alliance Panda, I might just race change.  I am not sure I want to go through the headache of that starting zone for a fourth time.  Because I might be crazy, but I’m not insane.

PS – Blizzard, I love you and all but goodness, that is a intense starting zone.

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  1. I love Pandas too, but the starting zone is pretty intense. I felt the same way with DK’s when they first came out, but I didn’t feel so isolated for so long like the Pandas.

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