The WoW Ironman Challenge — A Late Entry
I think Psynister and Vrykerion may have created a monster (me) with the Ironman Challenge. I have now started an experiment within an experiment, her name is Ironsally. She resides on Zangarmarsh along with her Forsaken cousin.
Playing Ironmary is exactly like having a hangnail and constantly picking at it. It really hurts but you can’t stop doing it. At some point I started wondering, a lot, is this challenge that hard or am I just completely incapable of playing a Mage, really, I want to know. Ironyca’s Elford is doing just fine. No embarrassingly high total of deaths like Ironmary. So I had to know and Ironsally was born.
I planned to roll a Goblin Warlock and then I must have been distracted by phone or something. I was level 10 or so when I realized I’d made a human. Oh well, she’ll have the challenge of having no money cause the rich Irons are Horde on Zangermarsh. No fancy Tuxedo Pants for Ironsally. And I had wanted to do the same quests at around the same level to see if the Warlock had the same problems the Mage did to be fair to, well, me.
I think it’s now pretty evident I’m an incompetent Mage. The ease that Ironsally has been leveling seems to prove it, it’s not the challenge it’s me. Wait, let me check … okay Ironsally has had six deaths and none of them had anything to do with the constraints of the challenge. First was me not paying attention and running off a cliff to fall to my death. The second occurred when Ironsally was jumped by a few mobs and I stood there trying to decide if I should use a Healthstone or not instead of running. It would have been better to ponder my moral dilemma about Healthstones BEFORE combat but hey, what are you going to do. The next four deaths were on this quest chain and Ironsally had to die four hideous deaths by Elites because her stupid operator didn’t take the time to READ up on how to operate the Bravo Company Field Kit, sheesh. And I’ve since decided (while not in combat) not to use Healthstones or Soulstones.
I’m not giving up on Ironmary, I’m going to continue to level them both but at the rate Ironmary is progressing I started to worry that Blizzard may move on to other things before I even come close to approaching level cap.
Ironsally has had no problems yet related to her lack of gear, stats, or talent points. One thing I did notice is that while playing normally and questing, I’m interested in what the gear rewards are for a quest. Now all I care about is XP, don’t need no stinking gear, just give me XP, and oh, money’s okay.
I really have to say it’s been a long time since leveling was this much fun.