I don't understand people who are racing head-long to level 70, ravenously devouring the content that we've been waiting for all this time. I get that many are anxious to raid but in a couple of months you'll be on your umptenth time in an instance. I guess those of you who love raiding will be happy with that situation. I for one will not.
When I called my son tonight to see how things are going back at home, he told me that he is almost level 70. I was shocked. Actually, I said "What the fuck?" He laughed and said, "Yep I'm 3/4 into level 69 so by the time you get back I'll be 70." And he proudly announced that he'd be buying the first tier flying mount tonight. Needless to say, my jaw dropped.
When I commented that with only 2 other 70s in his guild he'd have time to level his Paladin, he replied that he still had a lot to do at 70, like all the reputation for attunements. It seems that the instances will not produce much XP (so much for that lie), so you'll need to quest for maximum XP effeciency then head into the instances to grind your repuatation. In addition, he wanted to max the professions this time, since he'd been handed a toon with completed professions - he opted to level the Warlock I'd given him before his own 60s. Guess he's found that actually being able to supply yourself with something in the way of professions, is actually beneficial. Go figure.
Lastly, he wondered with some concern how he'd ever amass the money needed for the epic flying mount. He did confirm that accumulating gold was easier in TBC but he didn't know how so many players had forked over the thousands of gold needed this quickly for their mounts. According to him, many players are already cruising the skies in Outland.
Guess I'll fall back into the loser crowd as I have NO intention of racing through this content. The leveling to me was certainly more fun than the view at 60, so I'm going to savior my journey to 70. I might even take my level 44 Paladin to 70, after my Priest but before I even poke my head into any 25-man raids. And if I can convince my best friend to give the game a try - been working on a new angle, I might even try one of the new races.
In short, I'm finding that WOW is still the best thing in town for my preferences and although I have every intention of playing other games, I don't want to burn myself out on this one, until I'm certain I've found a new addiction. Vanguard as it sits at the moment isn't it. EQ2 will continue to see me but that's not it either. So in case 70 is the new raid or die 60, I'm in no hurry to get there. Still there is a part of my that sits in awe of these insane players that are barking at 70's door.