I currently have ten alts in the level 10-20 range, eight in the 21-30 range, eight in the 31-40 range, and four strung out across the 41-80 range.
Some of them are from my ongoing “Project Ten” to get a character of every Class to the level cap.
Some are from my completed “Project Twenty” to play a character of every Race at least to level 20. Most of those characters made it several levels past 20, but they’ve since been languishing in neglect.
Many of the lowest level alts exist primarily because I wanted to have a character of a particular class/race/appearance combination.
I also have three level 85s and two sub-level-10 “Time Capsule” Goblins, for a grand total of thirty-five characters.
(Pfft, I can hear you Master Altoholics saying, that’s not even close to the character cap!)
Frequently when I have finished playing with Kamalia and/or Kerisa for the day and gone through my bankers’ routines, I flick through the character selection screen on all of my servers two or three times and then just log off because I can’t decide which of my other toons to play. It doesn’t help that I’ve been artificially, and perhaps unneccesarily, gating myself by wanting certain newer characters to be the first to experience the revamped old world content — and wanting those characters to do it during daytime hours so as to get well-lit screenshots — because it has left most of my higher level characters with nothing I feel like I can do with them.
Although I sometimes feel like I already have too many alts, my fancy has been tickled by Ironyca’s recent catalog of unconventional ways to level and by Vrykerion and Psynister’s Ironman Challenge. In particular, I’m intrigued by the way that many of the conditions of Thriftee’s challenge and the Ironman challenge are similar, but key criteria are inverses.
The Thrifty leveler can’t use trained abilities, but CAN use talented abilities. They will get all of their gear from quest rewards and drops.
The Ironman leveler CAN use trained abilities, but can’t use talented abilities. They will get almost all of their gear from vendors, as they can only use grey/white quality drops.
The Thrifty leveler, therefore, will have decent gear but a limited array of abilities, whereas the Ironman leveler will have poor gear but a wider array of abilities.
I’m flirting with the idea of making twin alts off on a separate server by themselves and taking one down the Thrifty path and the other down the Ironman. I think’d make one alteration to Thriftee’s rules, though, and allow myself to purchase basic riding training at level 20, basic flying at 60, and Northrend and Cataclysm flying at appropriate levels, because I wouldn’t have the guild support for summonses and so forth that Thriftee did. I already have a sparkle pony attached to my account, so I wouldn’t have to buy mounts, just the riding training. Flight paths would still be disallowed.
But what race/class combination to choose, of the ones I don’t yet have on my roster, but would be interested in playing? I’m leaning toward Dwarf Paladin.