Some time ago I posted about my intention to create an elite cadre of test hunters — hunters with their XP turned off, starting at level 10 and going up 6 levels at a time so that, at any time, I can check out the stats of any level of tamed beast.
I haven’t forgotten that goal. In fact, I’ve been working on my little project off and on ever since. I now have a guild with 8 characters — 7 hunters and 1 death knight banker — called, of course, “Elite Test Cadre”.
The hunters are level 10, 16, 22, 28, 34 … and 36 and 27. The last two aren’t done yet, as you can see, and I have a bunch more to level up after that. I also plan to replace the death knight once I get a high enough level hunter, so that I can fill up all 10 character slots on this realm with ETC hunters.
Considering how little time I’ve actually had to put into this project, I’ve had to cheat quite a bit to get this many characters. I started at the bottom — at level 10, I mean — which made the first few characters pretty quick.
I also transferred over several alts that had been lying around forever. I felt bad not playing them, but now they have a purpose again! (The level 28 ETC hunter, for instance, was my first Alliance hunter ever. But I’ll post more about her later.) This is one reason that my cadre is Alliance-only at this point — I have more Alliance alts lying around than Horde.
One thing I haven’t done (yet) is take advantage of the Recruit-a-Friend program. I find it hard enough to play one hunter at a time — two at once is beyond my capabilities. I am thinking that I may need to use the RaF program for the higher level hunters, though, because slogging through the level 70 and 76 characters, for instance, is going to take awhile.
I also haven’t been using the extra-XP heirloom items for these characters, largely because the only character I have anywhere who is high enough to get the heirloom items is Horde. (That would be Mania.) But at some point I’ll stop with the Alliance and start on Horde, and then I may get some heirloom stuff and transfer it over.
Anyway, building a special-purpose set of characters like this is actually a lot of fun. I don’t need to worry about anything but leveling them, and when I hit the target level … I’m done! No more worries at all. Somehow this is very relaxing for me.
I also don’t worry about fleshing out full character personalities and histories — I’m not on an RP-realm for a change — although oddly even the brand new characters have developed a personality as I play them.
In point of fact, I haven’t actually gathered any data from these characters yet. I’ve been having too much fun leveling them up. But hey, if nothing else I should be in a good spot to gather data when Cataclysm comes out. *grin*