I may have written World of Warcraft off too soon. All my complaints about the mindless, mostly piece-of-cake mob-kill quests that let you grind from level 0 to 85 in less than a month with only modest tactical modulation seem somehow less onerous after discovering this player, who pulled off the game's slog from peon to demigod without killing a single cartoon-fantasy critter.
"Well I did it lol," writes Everbloom, a Night Elf Druid. "[I]t was certainly a different way of levelling, [sic] requires lots of patience, but I did get to see the whole game in a new light."
Imagine playing WoW without butchering a single scamp, scalawag, or varmint, and without battling fellow players, embarking on quests, or attending a single Raid--focused instead on leveling professions, exploring continents, collecting tons of everything, learning special skills, and through the entire process, dying all of 25 times.
"Being on the ground and sneaking around mining and herbing and eventually archaeology, going everywhere to get every single point of discovery xp that you can, really gives you a chance to see an amazing world up close and personal," continues Everbloom. "I spent hours swimming around reefs and flying to the farthest reaches of the maps."
"If you like to explore, and enjoy a challenge I really REALLY recommend this, I have been playing since day 1 on other characters and I even have an original Loremaster (you know, back when it was hard) and I saw so MANY new things with Everbloom that it really made it worthwhile for me to continue on with this character, and each level was a major achievement!"
What's next for the player-character with a perfect no-kill slate? Transferring to a new server "to join the guild <Peace Corps> which is a 0 kills guild that was started there for us alternate advancement people!"
A round of slow clapping, everyone.