It’s a well known fact that when Mists of Pandaria launched, my interest in it added up to zero. It did nothing for me. Then some folks bought it for me, “just in case.” Well, as it turned out, I really love the female Pandaren. I have two, and I can see eventually having another. But all in due time. Right now, it’s all about getting some of my many faces ready to go back in time. The problem is that I have to go through Pandaria to do it.
Let me start off by saying that the opening of the gates chain, the idea of the Sha, and faffing about on the Timeless Isle are all things I don’t mind. There’s the occasional quest here and there as well. But on the whole I just cannot get into this continent. I hate the fact that I have to go there to level, let alone five levels…and coincidentally the last five levels of the game. I’ve hit 90 once, and have two more toons currently there (Liouxpold and Saintvache). Try as I may, the interest in the stories and such just isn’t happening and I absolutely love the lore of Warcraft.
I can’t even put my finger on what it is. Whether it’s Kun Lai Summit or Krasarang it doesn’t matter. When I’m going along leveling, it’s like I’m crawling at a snail’s pace and am just completely disinterested in what’s going on for the people I’m helping. Yes, as I mentioned, there are the occasional exceptions. I do mean occasional. I can’t figure out why it is, either. So many people absolutely love Pandaria and everything about it. I find it visually amazing and then lacking substance despite the developers clearly putting in a sound effort. The Pandaren start zone was incredibly enjoyable, so what is it that makes this so much more painstakingly difficult?
Sure, it’s my own fault having a love of alts. Many players racked their way to 90 once and don’t have to suffer through it again. Those of us with more than one (okay, twenty) toon to entertain us means having to do things a little more often. But it never bothered me in Wrath or even Cataclysm (and let’s face it, Cataclysm leveling could be a pain in the butt). This time, I can’t get through it fast enough.
Perhaps that’s the problem. It’s a “watched pot never boils” type of syndrome. That blue/purple bar seems to barely move at times, which is a detriment to the fact I want out of there in the first place. It’s why Saintvache isn’t 90 yet, or why Liouxpold hasn’t done much in the Jade Forest (well, that and the fact I barely recall how to play him). I can only take so much of the place at a time. I want Warlords of Draenor to take it’s time being released so that I have several crew members ready to go there, but at the same time I don’t know how many times I can bring myself to go through Pandaria before that happens.