Levels 1 – 63 In 0.02 Seconds
I realised today that I hadn’t logged in Age of Conan in a while and that’s always a sign that my subscription is headed for termination. It’s not that I haven’t been enjoying AoC, rather it’s that I’ve been very busy in real life plus found myself getting sidetracked by WoW again somewhat. So, in an effort to try and not only rekindle my interest in Conan but also get the most out of my sub, I decided to try out the free level 50 character creation option plus use up several weeks worth of ‘offline’ levels. The result? My pubescent Asian Avenger has now matured into a full blown middle aged Dark Templar, only 17 levels away from the level cap (or about 4 weeks of doing nothing except maintaining my subscription).
The whole starting at level 50 and offline leveling thing is kinda weird and I have mixed feelings about it all. In many ways it genuinely feels like cheating as I created a new level 63 character in literally a matter of seconds. I had the bizarre experience of loading him up for the first time and trying to figure out which spells where my latest and highest ranking and also how I should spend my Feat points. I’m essentially going to have to learn how to play this character from scratch and figure out where to go and what to do (no doubt this will impress the unwitting few who are the first to group with me). The strangest thing of all though is that this toon is now my highest level character!
The positive side about this form of character creation though is that I’ve been able to renew my interest in the game and skip a lot of old the content I’ve already done several times before (levels 40-60). I would’ve preferred Funcom had added new areas for all levels from 1 to 80 with the new expansion instead of just a beginner’s zone and level 80 instances but at least this way I can get into the new, high level content sooner. I’m not entirely sure what Funcom’s motivation for allowing this form of non-leveling is but if it’s just to try and encourage flagging players to stick around by letting them bypass content at will then it definitely works.
I don’t know if I’ll get much of a chance to play AoC but I’m going to hold onto my subscription for at least another month just so I can hit level 80 one way or another (using the offline levels I’ll acquire over the next four weeks if necessary). It feels a little hollow and disingenuous but I’m very keen to see and experience the Khitan level 80 zones. At the end of the day though, I can’t help but wonder if it would’ve saved everyone a lot of trouble if Funcom were able to merely sell me a bare level 80 character directly.