Oh, hello! Long time, no see!
It has been nearly six years since my last post on The Unconventional Priest, and a lot has happened during that time. I've moved from Tennessee to San Francisco to Brooklyn, I've started a fabric business, and I've been working at this amazing company called Etsy as a product manager. Also, Fuyuko went through a couple identity crises and is now a night elf. :D
I've continued to play WoW on and off these last six or so years, but I haven't seriously played since Wrath. The last progression raid I did was Ulduar 25. Most of my limited playing time has been spent either leveling to catch up with others or achievement farming. And to be totally honest, Blizzard has changed so much over the years about the class I love that I've been struggling to play at the level I did during Wrath. It's hard to re-learn your class over and over when you've morphed into the very definition of the casual player.
That said, you all know I love crazy, stupidly hard or annoying challenges, and I recently discovered one that I couldn't resist: The Iron Man Challenge.
You can read the complete rules here, but the TL;DR is that you must level a spec-less, talent-less, profession-less character to max level without dying, while only wearing white non-heirloom gear, and without any assistance from buffs, potions, groups with other people, etc. No raiding, no dungeons, no guilds higher than level 1.
I am SO excited about this challenge - excited enough that I'm planning to dust off this old blog and cover the entire process from start to finish (or when I get frustrated enough to give up).
I'll be starting off with a fresh character on Bonechewer (US) named Setsuko, the naming of which I realize in retrospect is a little ominous.
Setsuko is a priest, because duh.
Setsuko is also undead. Most of my characters are Alliance-side, but I actually started my WoW life as a troll and really miss the Horde universe. I also selfishly know that choosing the faction that has an unfair population balance on my server will likely lead to a lower chance of world pvp-related deaths.
I suspect Setsuko will not be the toon that completes the Iron Man Challenge. I'm optimistically guessing I'll go through about five characters before one hits 100. I have absolutely no data to back this up, though. It's just a guess. Maybe it only takes one or two characters. Maybe I never get it.
Regardless of how long it takes, I'll be blogging about the experience the whole way. Hopefully this blog will inspire other long-time WoW players who are at the quitting/hanging in there crossroads to try something new and a little crazy while waiting for Legion to drop.
My first post as Setsuko the Iron Man will come later this week, so stay tuned!