I got lots done with Vaktor last night, much of which was accomplished by flying around to various places and completing a number of odds and ends. I ended up at 59.64, almost two levels north of where I’d left off. At the very end of a rather long night of play I went through the Dark Portal to Outland, and ended up parked in Honor Hold after doing the first couple of go-see-this-guy quests, and ready to move on to the actual good stuff.
I am debating abandoning the leveling guide at this point, except possibly as a loose reference, instead just trying to do as many available quests as possible. I am assured that leveling at a decent rate in Outland will not be a problem, and I’m also reasonably certain that I will be able to pick up enough money there (remembering that I anticipate Vaktor paying for mounts at the very least for a number of lower-level characters.) He’s sitting on about 225 gold at the moment, which is nowhere near enough for the level 60 epic mount – but then, he’s a Paladin and can get a mount from the class trainer at level 61. I am pretty sure that this won’t cost 700 gold.
Obviously, Vaktor is now the most adavanced character I have in any MMO, regardless of the measuring stick used – total level, percentage of cap, or levels away from cap. He’ll also give me my first taste of ‘new-style’ WoW content; that is, leveling zones designed from the ground up well after launch. I’ll be interested to see how this changes the complexion of play moving forward; my understanding is that there are a number of very novel quests over the next twenty levels.
At 70, I intend to do some of the Shattered Sun Offensive stuff, at the very least checking out the Isle of Quel’Danas and doing some of the Dailies. It’s also probably a good idea to start asking around in guild about instance runs in this level range, and figuring out what factions can do for me. A flying mount is one obvious goal, but I am also badly in need of a general gear upgrade, which I’m kind of hoping will come naturally along with progress in Outland. I really have no idea at this point what gear to go after.