I logged on last night and one of the first things I tend to do is see who’s on. In doing so, I notice Killthryn’s Real ID message: “Ask me about the Fly or Die Challenge.” Inquisitive sort that I am, I did just that.
Telling me that it’s a logical progression from the 2012 challenge (in which participants have a fair number of alts), he proceeded to explain a relatively straightforward gauntlet: either a toon gets to 60 and learns flying or you delete it on New Year’s Eve. That’s…well, one can’t argue how direct the concept is. It’s certainly a great way to cull the alts, as it were. Taking the time to think about it for a day, I have to say I think it’s a great idea. 1-60 can be obtained pretty quickly in the modern era of Azeroth. It’s also a bracket where you do have options in how you want to level (as opposed to hitting 68 and knowing the first dungeon you’ll see on any toon is Utgarde Keep). For some, it will be a great way to evaluate their alts. I know Mrs. Amateur has said she’s in. But am I?
At this stage, I’m really not sure. He’s made it clear that bank alts are allowed to remain lowbies (I believe the rate is one per server but he may correct me), but I think I have more characters in the 10-40 bracket than anywhere else. I kind of like them that way. I mean, I joke Vortmar is level 14 and has three years worth of Winter Veil Cookies. Would I want to delete him if he didn’t reach 60? I don’t think that I would.
As I say, I think it’s a great challenge. But so was the 2012 challenge and I failed that miserably because I had no idea the turn Amateur Azerothian was destined to take. I think I would love to take the challenge, but depending on this year I don’t want to lose toons to the fates of another year. The best I could do is apply it to certain characters but then I feel as though that would defeat or cheat the challenge itself and refuse to do that either. So instead, I will cheer folks on and watch and see.