As anyone who’s played WoW for more than month knows, sometimes the game can get… well, a little boring. I know it sounds like heresy to some, but occasionally people log on and stare at their toon for a few minutes and think to themselves “I want to play… but I don’t want to play the same old, same old.” They find themselves scrolling down over the “Create New Character” button, hypnotized by it’s shiny redness and bright yellow text and with one click, they’re off to a whole new experience.
Alts are fun and can provide a new view of this game we play so much, which is always refreshing, especially when burnout begins to rear it’s ugly head. But they can also be a curious thing, telling stories about the person behind the keyboard that they weren’t even aware of themselves. And of course, there’s the alt-o-holic, suffering desperately from altitis, unable to stop themselves from making one character after another that usually end up going nowhere.
I find myself somewhat in the latter category there. I know for me whenever I get bored, I immediately start tooling around with the character creation process. I have 10 chars on my main server, 6 on my original one and at least 20 other characters spread out amongst another 5 or so servers. I have a problem with leveling them though as is evident with Dueg being my only level 80 char. The closest one is a level 68 DK, with my original main being level 66. Hell’s bells, sometimes I’ll just make a character and never even log in on them, resulting in occasional purges of unused toons. I know, I have a problem.
I’ve also noticed a curious phenomenon that seems to crop up amongst the healer crowd. Healers tend to make tank alts. I know I’ve done this myself with my highest level alt being a warrior that I have an eye for eventually having to be a tank. Considering that he’s only level 25 after about a half a year, we’ll see how that turns out. However, I’ve read other blogs on here and I know numerous healers in game who all love their baby tanks (or grown up in some cases). Is it cause we’re needy and want all groups to pay attention to us or are we just givers who can’t help but be helpful? I dunno, but the second reason makes me sound more altruistic, so we’ll go with that.
Others use alts as cash cows, only leveling up when necessary to advance their trade and only logging on when their coffers start to thin. Still more will have the bank alt, who does nothing but take in all the trade goods, put them in the AH and then dance on the mailbox in their underwear while you’re afk making a sandwich. And you say I have problems? There’s also the victim of circumstance, someone who rolls an alt to fill a particular role needed for the guild or to play with a group of newb friends. These type of alts are the most likely to make the transition to mains.
And then there’s the true gamer, the person who’s just not satisfied with the one character. You know the type, always popping up one char then another then another. Maybe they dual box or have it all on one account, but you can always rely on them to show up with a tank or healer or dps depending on what the situation is. They’ve got five level 80’s and will have two more before the end of the month. Their mailing and money making systems are perfected to a tee and they know which professions to have and on which alts for optimal min/maxing. Yes, we all know at least one person like this and we’re all ever so slightly jealous of their stash of alts.
So what is it that drives you, gentle jerkwads? Are you like me and make alts for fun, but quickly tire of them and run back to your main after maybe a night or two off? Or are they strictly a money making venture? One that keeps your main rolling in the dough and dresses out any other alts in world blues? Or perhaps you are one of the tireless few who can level an alt from 1 to 80 in a month and have raided with 6 different classes? Drop a comment and let me know.
Oh, and by the way, yes, that is Proto Dueg in the pic up there, he’s my level 66. He’s shadow specced and fairly moldy. And smelly. I mean, he is Alliance after all.