Category Archives: alts

Lovin' that New Hunter Smell

Not too long ago I mentioned how I pulled out an old troll hunter alt that I’d had lying around and wanted to retool her into a Survival hunter.

Well, she has been rerolled. There are a few reasons for this:

1.) She already had talent points in Beast Mastery and was too broke to respec.
2.) I did a lot of hard work getting her to Dun Morogh and taming a snow leopard pet. However, I decided that using a boar would be a much better idea. But I didn’t want to put that adorable snow leopard in the stable and never take him out again.
3.) Starting 12 levels into the game already sort of feels like “cheating”.

So I decided to make a completely fresh start and reroll her! I had a few issues at first deciding what server to put her on. All 10 of my Silver Hand character slots are filled up, and to be honest I really only play Alliance on Silver Hand anyway. I really like Venture Co. a lot, and RP-PvP servers are starting to grow on me, but I don’t know if I want to level two PvP hunters simultaneously– it’ll be good to have one to play on a regular ol’ RP server I think, if I ever don’t feel like the PvP. So finally I picked a new RP server which I’ve never played on before. It’s called Shadow Council and I know absolutely nobody there and that’s fine with me. Sometimes anonymity is fun ya know? It’s also the first server I’ve played on that is actually in the same timezone as me; I am an hour ahead of both Silver Hand and Venture Co. Not that it really makes a big difference, but it’s kinda neat.

And so we have Shantizar the Troll Hunter and her trusty pet Niels (first person to “get” the name, gets a cookie!)

Niels is cute and charismatic in a way I had no idea boars could be. And oh boy is he an aggro monster. I love it.

Anyways, I’ve been having a blast on this character so far. Right from level one I’ve been practicing my kiting and my jump shots (I consider both of those to be, by far, my biggest hunter Achilles’ heels. I really shouldn’t even call myself a hunter sometimes. /hangs head and blushes) and I sort of feel like I’m getting into the Survival mindset, which is kind of silly considering the fact that my first two points have gone into the Marksman tree, Lethal Shots specifically. The reason for this is because I’m a troll and get a 1% crit bonus when I’m using bows, and I totally am going to take advantage of this fact. MOAR CRITS. I will move into Survival after 5/5 Lethal Shots.

I wound up on the zeppelin to Undercity with one other passenger: a fellow female troll hunter who also had a boar. She was level 35 or so, and we both waved at each other and /patted each other’s boars and stuff. I glanced at her spec (I am super voyeuristic when it comes to other hunters and their specs… I can’t help it) and was somewhat surprised to see… a fellow leveling survival hunter! Woot. This is fun already. I can’t wait until I can put some points into that tree. It’s going to be so fun and different.

I went to Silvermoon City because I randomly decided I want a chicken mount so I figure I’d best start leveling there. And who should I run into but…

Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain!

The Fab Five, propelled into superstardom by their hit single I Am Murloc!

…I was too shy to ask for an autograph. =/

So yeah, The Alt Project is sadly being more neglected than it should be, simply because I am playing not one, not two, but three* hunters simultaneously. And I absolutely love it.

* Shantizar is actually guildless; she signed somebody’s guild charter for a gold and then left— er, was booted actually– after. Armory is just slow. I don’t know if she’s going to find a guild or fly solo– still thinkin’!

Teetering on the Edge of Outlands

I am level 56, over halfway to level 57, and a young hunter’s thoughts are turned to Outlands…

Yesterday, just out of curiosity, I actually went to Honor Hold (I’d been warlock summoned there before, for my alchemy/herbalism training, and I’d also set my hearth to Shatt a few levels back, so I already had the flight point) and wandered out amidst the level ?? elite demons to do some exploring for just a bit. I wound up running into some level 58/59 mobs who I disposed of, and I’ve gotta tell you, your first “Outlands kill” does feel good.

But I quickly returned back to Azeroth… I have some quests there that I want to finish up before I do move on to Outlands “for good”.

I have to admit though, I have sort of been taking a “semi-break” from my main for a couple reasons, not the least of which is that some of my friends and guildies seem to be a bit too well-intentioned for my tastes, and being well aware of my level, they are ready to hold my hand and rush me through Outlands, helping me to do all the quests and get all the gear that they “already know are good”. It’s great of them to offer their assistance, but I’ve always been somebody who does things at her own pace, taking her time to experience the game and its story on her own, to the best of her ability– I don’t really want too much assistance here.

One of these people has a Karazhan-running hunter on another realm; he’s taken it upon himself to tell me exactly which Outlands gear and weapons I “have” to get. I appreciate his advice and don’t doubt his experience but I feel like I can figure out which gear to get on my own, because I seem to have done well-enough on my own so far, gear-wise (this particular person even said so)… so I don’t see why I should be needing all this help all of a sudden. If I do need help or advice I can always just ask when I get to that point.

Anyways, because of that, I’ve been sort of messing around with other characters where there is less pressure. I have a mage that I’ve really been starting to enjoy playing, and I have a dwarf hunter who has recently tamed a wolf named Clifford; if you ever spent a lot of time reading as a kid, then I’ll presume you get the inherent joke here. (Otherwise, I will direct you here! And still make you figure out the joke =P) There is something fun about dwarves that I can’t quite pin down. I love my night elf hunter but dwarf hunters, especially female dwarf hunters, are so unique and refreshing sometimes.

Tawyn and Tux have not been abandoned however! I’m still playing them, just not as much. I am looking forward to hitting level 60 sometime soon, though. Even though I didn’t start playing until 70 was the big one, I still think 60 is an admirable milestone (sort of like 40).