Joining The Horde
I’ve been playing World of Warcraft on and off for a year now but in that time I’ve never played a Horde character. My preferred race has always been the Draenei (gypsies from outer space – what’s not to like?) and I feel like I’ve got quite a strong affinity with the Alliance. My friends all play Alliance and my main can help gear my alts which makes leveling up that bit easier. Of course, I’m a terrible altaholic and keep getting distracted and rolling new characters. This has always been my vice in MMORPGs but in WoW I’ve found it particularly painful because after running through the mid level content completely twice, I now find going through it incredibly dull.
Aside from my main character, I’ve got another who’s level 52 and then a few more who are in their mid 20s or low 30s. Level 30 seems to my Achilles Heel and by the time I hit it with a new alt, I just get utterly fed up with doing the same quests over and over again. To me, this is the big drawback with WoW. It’s so driven by quest content that by the time you’ve done it all a couple of times, the replay value is dead and buried. Of course this is one of the reasons that I’m really looking forward to Cataclysm as I think a content refresh, for all levels, will do the game wonders.
Until then I’m thinking of rolling a Horde character and trying out the opposite side for a while. Not that I particularly care about playing them for any roleplaying or game reason, I just want to experience some new content and new quests. Plus, if I can always purchase a handy faction change at a later date and switch back to Alliance once I’m done with the grind. Nothing’s permanent now after all.
Still, the downside is that I won’t get to chat to my Alliance friends when I’m leveling up. I never understood why that divide existed. Unless my lore is wrong, aren’t the Alliance and Horde meant to be teaming up to take on the Scourge anyway?