I too feel the same as you do. However, I've completed all quests with the exception of dungeons and a couple of group quests. Here are the zones:Howling FjordDragonblightGrizzly Hills - held off in completing three group questsZul'Drak - held off in completing three group questsSholazar Storm Peaks Ice CrownI'm only level 79 as of 12/3/09. I find it fascinating that people are leveling to 75 in only one or two zones. According to my latest stats, I have completed 1578 quests with 42 being abondoned. What am I doing wrong?
I've heard of people getting to level 80 in 2 or 3 days, and I kinda envy them for getting into raiding and heroics quickly. But I just cant avoid getting to do every single quest and exploring every corner on the map. The same happened with diablo 2 for me, it's just that I was younger and kinda noob-er, and ended up dropping it (I still don't remember the reason.. lol).I'm level 75 in dragonblight and I'm squeezing my brain for getting those 24 quests I'm missing of the area. Did every group quest, dungeon, etc. I'm getting kind of lazy of doing this though, it's getting to tideous to be this obssesive with completing areas :SIt's good to see I'm not alone in the world on this hehe
Level how you want, I would quest until I got sick of it, then i would put together a instance group. Also before you do instances look up the quests that chain you thru to the instance.My final warning, do dragonblight before icecrown and grizzly hills before Zul'drak for areas. It is just that much more fun to see the story unfold if you do it in the right order.
Don't worry about getting a lot of experience in instances, since with the reduced amount of trash, you really don't get much.I started in Borean Tundra at 68, ran the Nexus one time when I was completely done with that zone. Went over to Howling Fjord, started questing there. Got the quests for Utgarde Keep pretty early, and ran that once. Now I'm almost level 72, with another half of Howling Fjord to do. I wouldn't consider myself overleveled. Those two instances might be possible at 68, but the mobs inside are 71-73 and the items that drop require 70-71 to equip.There isn't really a need to run instances more than once when leveling either. They don't give any rep until 80, and there's usually only one or two items that can drop there that are even of use to you. Just run them once, get your blue quest rewards, and move on.
Do it twice... one toon do all the questing and on the other do all the instances with just enough questing to fill in the leveling.You DO have more than one toon, right? ;)
I'm the same way, but I managed to find a peaceful balance in the end; sure, the content will get easier, but doing the quests and instances for the experience and lore is just as good to me, and if I'm reading this right, it's the same for you.I hit 80 after clearing Borean, Fjord, Dragonblight, Sholazar and half of Grizzly. That left me with Icecrown, Storm Peaks, Zul'Drak, Crystal Song and the second half of Grizzly. Instance-wise, I did all the ones for the zones I cleared. Obviously I have a lot left to enjoy.The balance I found is still finding enjoyment in doing them (quests and instances) after 80. I get A TON of gold, I still enjoy the story, and I can actually do a lot of the group quests by myself, with ease. If you miss out on the lower-level dungeons, and you're not one to enjoy them if you're too strong, try them as a heroic. They're more or less the same thing, with a few changed abilities.
I'm feeling some of this frustration too, for another reason. I decided early on to grind Kalu'ak exalted rep, so I got a fair amount of xp from dailies. This, combined with leather farming to progress my profession, caused me to feel like I'm leveling too fast for the quest content. Now I'm 76, with Howling Fjorde completed, Borean Tundra not even halfway done and abandoned, and Dragonblight about halfway done. I'm skinning in Sholazar Basin but not questing there, and I have to take a side-trip to Zul'Drak to get my First Aid leveled up. I wonder what else I'm missing in those areas.In other words, I'm missing out on content and rewards appropriate to my level, and still stuck questing forever in the lower zones, which seem to have an endless supply of new quests! I wish it took longer to level.
dont try to do every zoneso theres more fun for alts if u lvl them
Holy necro.Anyway, if you're struggling with this problem, simply level an alt in the areas you haven't done ;) I used HF --> DB --> Grizzly --> Icecrown on my main. (did Storm Peaks and Oracles at 80 tho)Gonna do BT --> DB --> Zuldrak --> Scholazar on my alt that i'm leveling now.It takes a while longer but eventually you will have seen it all AND have 2 characters at max level to play around with ;)
I'm a perfectionist too in the way that you described. That means that i dinged 80 in Zul'drak and continiued to do all quests in Sholazar Basin, Storm Peaks and Icecrown while I was 80 :|
@Arideni:It's a shame that you didn't complete Guru of Drakuru the traditional way, it's a great questline :(