wow, just........ just wow.
Ok, so after going to lvl 20, and being BORED out of my mind with the leveling process, I decided to try my luck at another race, I mean, as I mentioned before, this account isn't mine, its from a friend who loaned it to me for a while, and he has already 4 out of 5 slots full, so I could only make one character and it was a human elementalist.
I love the class, the mechanics, the combat, and lots of other stuff, but when it comes to actual leveling? I'm sorry but I?m not seeing it. That german guy can talk all that he wants about context, and how awesome and jolly it is, but for me, it was not, it was terrible, I stuck around after dynamic events to see some plot, some lore, but nope, nothing.
HEY, THERE'S A CHAMPION TROLL, GO KILL IT, and that's it, event over. HEY, BANDITS ARE HITTING THIS FARM, SAVE THE FARMERS, I do so and that's it, no lore or plot, HEY, CENTAURS ARE HITTING SHAEMOOR'S FORT, REPELL THEM, I do so, and NO PLOT. And no, I'm not "rushing it" I actually stuck around for almost 10 min after each event to see some follow up, or ANYTHING at all, but guess what? there's none. The Wiki doesn't lie
Worse yet, I did all 16 (or was it 17) of the renown hearts of queensdale, and had nowhere near enough exp to continue my class story (the only semi-interesting part of the leveling process, and I say semi because the story is only mildly entertaining, and the voice actress for the human female sounds like a total stiff I mean really, her childhood dream has been to join the circus, and when she gets her chance, she says "i've wanted this for so long" with the emotion of a robot)
This meant I had to do the same events over and over and over and over. Wanna know how that's called? its called grind. Doing the same thing, over and over, if you want to make progress. (some call it insanity, but that's a gross misconception). I killed the enraged champion troll like 10 times, defended shaemoor fort countless times, repelled the bandits attackign the ranchers countless times, and did the other events multiple times, every time I kept thinking: What's the point? they're gonna be back in 3 minutes.
Anyhows, I thought it would be best to try out the other zones, and I tried the charr, they were mildly better, but not much, got to about lvl 15 before I tried the asurans out of curiosity (keeping the mentality that if they werent I'd just go back to charr) and then tried the Silvary. All in all these 3 races were much more interesting than the humans, but they still lacked a certain something.
Then I tried the race I honest-to-god swear believed to be the one with the least potential. The Norn. I though "meh, they're just taller humans, LAME" and never tried them before. Did so yesterday........... HOLY SHIT!!!!
Mind = Blown.
Their intro is the best, their starting zone is the best, their first zone, is AMAZING, their renown hearts are polished WITH PLOT AND CONTEXT, their dynamic events actually have layers and more dept to them than just HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good god, these first 10 levels have been more fun than every other race put together =D