I really can't decide who's the sucker here.
With my rogue and druid both sitting at 70 in full epics, I've basically had nothing to do in WoW for the past few weeks except raid, and even that's been sparse thanks to WAR. Until patch 3.02, my guild hadn't gotten a 25 man raid off the ground for over a month. I had a regular ZA group attempting every reset to get a bear mount (we got one on the Saturday before the patch removed them forever!), but other than that...not much.
So, of course, I started feeling the dreaded alt itch.
"Hunters will be able to tame Silithids!" I thought to myself. "These new mage talents look cool...I've never played a pure caster before..." I tried to resist it, but I couldn't hold out for long, and was soon sending bags and cash to my 23 mage and a new level 1 hunter. I wanted to play them, but the release of the patch and the imminent arrival of the xpac kept me away.
That is, until I stumbled upon a FAQ explaining the Recruit-A-Friend program.
I had previously dismissed the program because it just seemed like cynical attempt by Blizzard to wring more money out of you. At 11 million subs, they really must have exhausted every target demographic they can think of, so now they're targeting the only market that they know is a guaranteed sell: all the people who already have subscriptions. I have a few guildies who were using the system to level alts, and the basic premise is that that you can pay Blizzard $50 for another account and a few months subscription, and in return you get the privilege of manually power-leveling yourself via dual-boxing.
It works like this:
-The recruited account is "linked" to your account.
-A pair of "linked" characters get TRIPLE XP from quests AND mobs while grouped and near each other
-Characters on the recruited account can "gift" free levels to characters on the original linked account, as long as the character receiving the level is lower level than the character giving it.
-This all only works up to level 59.
-ZEBRA MOUNT! 'nuff said. I'm a sucker for novelties.
If I was going to level alts, obviously I was going to have to use this system. I figured that I can make $50 in like 2 hours at my job, and using the system would save me more than 2 hours.
But there's less than 2 weeks left until the xpac releases and when it does I'll be spending all my game time levelling my rogue. After all my calculations (I'll explain in my next post), I have less than 2 weeks to gain about 180 levels across four characters, all the while leading Hyjal/BT raids for my guild and trying to get a Sinister Squashling from the Halloween event. And remember, I have a job, friends (who I can tell you right now are barely going to see me for the next month or two), and live with my girlfriend (who, thanks to luck I can't even fathom, is also an avid WoW player), so it's not like I can catass it either.
Am I crazy? Clearly. Am I a sucker, or is Blizzard? I'm not sure. Can I pull this off? Stay tuned to find out.