As I looked at my server login screens last night, I felt a little overwhelmed by the chore of curating the action bars, talents, and glyphs of so many characters. I hadn’t even played several of these characters in months — over a year for some of them — and I didn’t think I would anytime soon. I decided it was time to prune the dead weight from my roster and said goodbye to the following ten characters:
Katelaira Blood Elf Death Knight, 59, Blood
Katelyra Blood Elf Hunter, 45, Survival/Marksmanship
Karaveline Blood Elf Warrior, 22, Fury
Kilannas Night Elf Druid, 16, Feral (bear)
Kerithian Night Elf Hunter, 15, Survival
Kermione Goblin Shaman, 12, Enhancement
Kryztalya Draenei Shaman, 12, Elemental
Khitka Draenei Paladin, 11, Retribution
Karolynne Dwarf Rogue, 11, Assassination
Kronakka Orc Warlock, 10, Demonology
This represents a loss of 163 effective levels, bringing my remaining roster down to 1456 effective levels or 1396 actually played levels; at this time, I am formally dropping out of the 2012 in 2012 challenge. I will, however, continue to keep a running total of actually played levels on my Characters page.
I had some trouble getting WoW to start after downloading the patch — I kept getting the Error #134 message. I moved my Interface, Screenshots, and WTF folders to a backup location on my harddrive, and then the game started up for me. I play with a fairly minimalist set of addons to begin with, but the prospect of having to reconfigure them all has made me want to cut even that list back. The addons I simply cannot live without are the following:
Grid + Clique — this allows me to free up some action bar space by clique-binding any spell that can be cast on a friendly player
Tidy Plates + Threat Plates — cleaner nameplates with integrated dot-timer monitoring
Quartz — it’s nice to see my lag integrated into my cast times and also to see my dot/hot/buff/debuff durations, but the visual GCD spark is what I rely on most!
Power Auras — to keep track of my CDs
MogIt — still waiting for the 5.0 compatible version of this WoW fashionista essential to come up
I don’t think I’ll bother with getting DBM, Omen, Recount, and EPGP again until I get to level 90.
I got to the beginning of Chapter 7 in Tides of War and decided that before I went any further, I needed to see the Alliance side of the Southern Barrens story.
I did the Horde side last month, with Kaohana.
Playing through Southern Barrens as a Tauren, the audacity of the Orcs to claim that this land was “their” land, when it had been part of the traditional Shu’halo nomadic circuit for generations upon generations before the Orcs even set foot upon the shores of Kalimdor, really got on my nerves!
So with Theramore not in immediate danger of destruction, my plan for the next couple of weeks is to 1) play Kinevra through Southern Barrens and 2) level her to 85 so that she can participate in the Alliance-side Theramore scenario.