Altoholic, Altitis, Altism…

To me, having too many alts indicates a passion for the game, just as having multiple level seventy characters does.  But it does beg an answer to the question of why people make alts.

For me, the answer is pretty simple – I make alts when I’m frustrated with something on one of my main characters or when I need something relatively mindless and easy that ISN’T farming.  *laughs*  Most of the time, I even hop to a new server just to check it out.  Since I’ve leveled at least one of each of the class/race combinations to at least Level 10, I know the starting zones and quests very well.

And I do have rules for Alt creation – I don’t send Gold to an alt until that alt has dinged Level 20, I don’t send mats or do enchants until Level 35 and finally, I delete the alt if it’s been more than four months since I’ve played him/her unless the alt was created for a specific purpose (to play with a specific friend or serves as a name holder for a future character).


I also find that when I hit the late teens or early twenties of leveling, I get bored and go back to whichever main I was originally frustrated with.    Currently, I’ve been unable to raid on my raiding main, a Level 70 Gnome Mage due to having multiple raiding players in the same house and a lack of care for both the elderly and the young during the nightly raids.  So creating alts that I can leave at anytime for any reason (if my daughter wakes up with a nightmare or my grandmother is wandering about), is a way for me to deal with that frustration.

Now, as far as server hopping goes, I enjoy checking out each server, their economies and the general progression on the server.  For example – Kilrogg-A is fairly end-game oriented with few to no pieces of low-level gear on the auction house and what little is there is insanely expensive.  Kilrogg-H isn’t quite as bad – more low-level gear but the prices fluctuate more.  All this while Azuremyst-A is nicely progressed, not quite as end-game oriented and is fairly inundated with low-level gear but when you reach the mid-late forties and above, the price of gear jumps almost exponentially.

What are your experiences with alts or new servers?