Welcome to a project, experiment, challenge or whatever you wanna call it. Normally experiencing the content with well-geared toons, I figured it would be quite interesting to approach the game from the perspective of a casual player. How does it feel starting from scratch and build up a character without the help of your mains? How long does it take until you are geared enough for the latest endgame content? Welcome to the Lowbie Diaries, it should be fun!
We’ve heard this before
It looks like I have to take a quick break this week and get into the goals and intentions of the project once more. The reason is that one of our readers questioned whether my proclaimed item level of 11,000 still justifies the lowbie tag. Actually the comment said I was “mocking people who are not fully geared up yet”.
So this is something that came up before, actually right at its start over two years ago. Back then many thought the item level on my lowbie Warlock was way too high for a fresh level 70. Now we have a similar issue with different numbers. My lowbie DC is 11,000, too much for some.
First of all: I get that. 11k is enough to get into some of the former “3k” channels, which most definitely doesn’t exactly fit the lowbie theme. But at the end of the day it’s more a question of what can currently be classified as lowbie and what the intention of the diaries is.
11,000 is not too hard to achieve
Even if you think 11,000 might be too high, it’s not actually that hard to achieve nowadays. With campaign completions up to Mod 9, 420 ilvl Armor, Rank 7s, Bondings, Purple Artifacts, Green Insignias, Green Pets, Blue Artifact Gear and Ostorian Rings you are already knocking at the door of 10k. If you then join a decent guild, let’s say level 14 with three boon structures at level 6, you’re almost there. Now is that a lowbie or not? It’s already very close to 11k, but also very early in the progression.
I think one key is that while I build a character from scratch here, I do it very efficiently. I do not go out without VIP for example, because it creates so much wealth solely through the daily Enchanted Key. It’s going to land you everything on the list above. If not directly, then through the ADs you’re going to make by selling the drops.
Let’s be efficient
My approach with dungeon runs is pretty clear as well. There’s no need to make it hard on yourself and try them at the minimum requirements. More importantly the progression in its current state simply doesn’t require it. You can comfortably build up more gear first and live a happier life. Just grind through the campaigns until you have completed a majority of them, and see what VIP and events are able to generate along the way.
I get it’s a very specific approach. Most players on their first character probably don’t want to go through the campaigns for five to six weeks before meeting their first dungeon boss. Nonetheless I feel like it’s the smoothest way to the top.
That’s why the intention of the project probably is more accurately described with testing how fast you can go through the progression solo. Everything the DC owns has been achieved by only playing that one character. There’s no help from a big account involved, no alternate characters, not even pray dummies.
But if you asked me whether all of the growing pains are accurately represented in the project, my answer would probably be no. We don’t truly look through the lowbies’ eyes, but I feel like I’m still getting a sense of how painful certain elements of a game are if you can’t just simply skip them by investing AD or using other accelerations.
We might have to agree to disagree, but at least you know my thought process behind the approach now. In any case make sure to share your own thoughts in the comments, specifically what you would make different or would be interested in.
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