My New Quest Into WoW Archaeology
The excitement of World of Warcraft Cataclysm has finally reached its pinnacle. WoW Cataclysm released yesterday, December 7, 2010 at midnight, Pacific Standard Time. I’m in Central Time so at 1:58 a.m. I had my coffee ready. My keyboard was in position with finger anxiously tapping to my clock’s secondhand as I waited to log-in at the stroke of midnight server time. Was I yawning? Yes. Was I ready to see the new world? Absolutely. Did I stay up anyway? Well, for a moment. At midnight, I signed in and as I waited to be warped into the ever expanding World of Warcraft universe, I asked myself the foolish question: what the heck am I doing up this late (or early) to play this silly game?
What Should A Mother Do?
I sighed, and then did what I guess all responsible adults would do in my same situation. I thought about my kids sleeping, and that they would be getting up for school in four hours time. Thought about all the writing projects I still needed to work on in the morning and how wiped I’d be if I gave in to my desire to start the progression to level 85. And after all the excitement and anticipation of this latest upgrade to WoW, it was decided. I switched off my computer’s monitor and went quickly to bed!
Get To an Archaeology Trainer
It was around lunch time later in the day that I once again logged on to World of Warcraft. I was eager to begin the Wow Archaeology profession, and quickly made my way first to the archaeology trainer. Then, I went to obtain my flight master’s license so I could now fly in the old world of Azeroth and Kalimdor.
While I was online exploring the archaeological ruins of Azeroth, it was easy to see the results of those who had been playing since the wee hours of the morning. The first person to earn the maxxed out tailoring profession at the new levels was announced and so was the first person to max out engineering. Those achievements didn’t faze me too much. I’m already at the maximum level on all my professions for Wrath of Lich King and plan to do the same with the Cataclysm expansion. It was the first shaman to hit 85 in the game that really had my head spinning. Are there really people who had played for 12 hours straight to already be done with leveling? It was shocking to say the least.
WoW Archaeology is Taking Longer Than I Thought
So while I’m running around, flying from land to land to level on archaeology, I’m starting to notice that my experience points aren’t really moving too much. I kept reminding myself that there would be more time to run some dungeons and quest to start the level progression. My plan was to try to get my archaeology skill up quickly, but after 2 hours and only reaching level 65, I realized that it is going to be much more difficult or rather take much longer to max out World of Warcraft archaeology than I first thought.
Don’t get me wrong. Archaeology is a pretty interesting profession, but it is extremely slow going. Once you’ve arrived at a dig site, you locate 3 artifacts, and then you’re moving on to another land and area to find the next dig site. While it is pretty easy to do, the time necessary to move from place to place is pretty lengthy. Trying to utilize my time to the utmost while flying from country to country, I managed to pick a few herbs to sell, killed some monsters and also got some of the new flight paths that have been added with Cataclysm.
And All I Got...
After all those hours, I managed to complete a few artifacts, but all I got back were gray items so it was anti-climatic to say the least. My expectations for WoW archaeology were so high. In concept, it was exciting. The thought of a mini-history lesson wrapped up in a profession that promises nifty rare and epic prizes was romantic to say the least. But in application, it was actually sort of boring. I guess if after 2 to 3 hours of play I had received something more than a common item I might have felt a little better about it, but overall, it was pretty disappointing.
I won’t be giving up on archaeology just yet. At this point, I think the payoffs are worth the wait. I’m just going to take it a bit slower and explore all the other interesting additions to the game. Like creating a goblin and worgen!