Leveling a new character from scratch has been made easier than ever. Personally, I can’t account for what it was like in Vanilla WoW or even most of BC, since I started playing WoW through a RL friend, who dragged me through levels 1-60 with recruit-a-friend. I suppose the actual leveling experience of my very first toon started in Outlands at level 60. Now, with a total of three 80s and several alts in various level ranges I have come to terms with the grind that is called leveling. This is the following procedure before I start a new toon:

- Do I have all Heirlooms for the respective class I want to level?
Yes? Moving on.
No? Do I have enough spare badges to  buy at least chest and shoulders for the XP bonus?
Yes?  Moving on.
No? Gotta wait until I got them to start the character

- create character
- make bags and send them
- send gold

We are so spoiled by all the extras that Blizzard has added to make leveling easier. Mounts at lvl. 20 and yet I still find myself moaning about the fact that I will have to walk around for 20 levels. In fact, that is clearly the worst part of leveling. The seemingly endless traveling, killing mobs, picking flowers, errand runs, etc. And that brings me to the actual point of my post:

What does the average person do to kill the time/boredom?

I for myself am a huge of music in general. I sometimes think that I wouldn’t be able to function without music. Be it to make music myself (go go Guitar Hero, Rock Band…) or listen to some as well. My taste ranges from trance/house to 80s and 90s rock, from hip hop to classic. To sum it up: anything but Country music. It’s just not in me. So when leveling, I often find myself going to one particular website: http://www.letsmix.com/. It is meant as a showcase for up and coming DJ’s and one can browse through the world of electronics. Especially House is great to have a constant beat in the background that is not too obnoxious. Also, every now and then the in-game music of Blizzard in raids, as epic as it is sometimes, just won’t cut it. That’s when I fall back on my collection of Orchestra Movie Soundtracks, most notably that of Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean. Vent is toned down in hopes that I down miss anything of particular importance. I usually don’t. At least that’s what keep telling myself :)

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