At the beginning of the year, I was at 1295 levels or 64.36%.
At the end of the first quarter, I was at 1431 levels or 71.12%.
Now, at the end of the second quarter, I am at 1522 levels or 75.65%.
As usual, I accumulated several levels in ones and twos from holidays and the Darkmoon Faire. The big winners this quarter were Keija, who leveled from 43 to 53 to qualify to become a Thunder Bluff Honor Guard; Ketura, who gained only a few levels, but they were important ones — she advanced from level 82 to become my fourth 85; Kivrinne, who finally made it out to Western Plaguelands to see for herself what was going on in Andorhal and got not only those last few bubbles from 39 to 40, but also all the way up to level 43; and mini-Kam, who I pushed all the way from 50-something to 85.
In the process, my Tauren alt guild achieved level 2, and I have transferred it away from PvP-Lightninghoof to PvE-Bloodhoof.
As Ketura finished those last few levels to 85 and then started doing level 85 stuff like the Zandalari questline and Therazane dailies, the guild XP began to add up rapidly. With the guild on the threshold of dinging, I realized that before I could move my other Tauren characters off of Lightninghoof, mini-Kam needed to get leveled up to take Kamalia’s place in ES — and give her heirlooms back! Mini-Kam got a couple of levels out of grinding her Herbalism up enough to be Outland-ready… and then by the time she’d collected enough flowers to get her Inscription Outland-ready, too, her Herbalism was Northrend-ready! When she dinged 60, I took her to HFP to pick up a few favorite quest rewards, and then she jumped back into LFD. After LFDing her way to 77, she took a break again while she worked on becoming a Champion of Thunder Bluff at the Argent Tournament. When she was finished with the Tournament, she did a mix of questing and LFD to get to 85.
I did lose some levels this quarter as I re-rolled my Time Capsule characters again. I’m doing something a little different with them now — more on that later — and have decided to not count them toward my 2012 in 2012 levels total. That did mean I had to roll another Rogue to meet the Challenge conditions — I decided to make a Dwarf this time, for the benefit of people still looking to complete certain holiday achievements (provided I remember to log on and run around with her for awhile during said holidays). Overall, I gained more levels than I lost.
At the time that I started this blog, my game goal was to play a character of each Class and a character of each Race at least to level 20. For the next quarter of this year, I think I’ll work on getting a character of each Class and a character of each Race at least to level 40. My highest level Priest, Rogue, and Warlock are only in the 30s. Seven of my eleven Mages are still under level 40, and four of them are still under level 30.
At this point, I am not sure if I will actually get to 2012 levels by the end of the year. That’s not to say that I’m giving up on the Challenge, just that I won’t be too fussed if I don’t manage to complete it. I plan to continue to keep a running levels total on my Characters page even after the Challenge is over, though I will use the raw levels-played number (using only levels past 55 for all DKs) rather than the adjusted value according to the Challenge rules.