Allow me to expound:
The curse of alt-itis
I've never been very good at what Himself calls JFDI (Just Feckin' Do It) as anyone who's heard me whinge about writing essays will know. So I've always enjoyed levelling, but I... how can I put this. I get a bit bored with my characters. Even when I was levelling to be a srsbznz raider, I ran other alts that I could snatch a few minutes here and there on just to get a break from my main. When I gave up raiding, I lost what little ability I had to focus on one character. Now I could play around with as many as I wanted - guilt free! Wheeeeeee!! Which, y'know, is grand an' all, but it means I don't ever get anything actually done. I love my alts, but sometimes I need someone to stand over me with a stick and make me actually level one!
The additional curse of having been playing for a while
I'm even worse at the moment because I'm going through a 'meh' phase with gaming. I log onto WoW, I cycle through my *ahem* 48 various characters (yep - nearly at account limit) and then I log off. I log onto Rift and I think... meh. Rift is too WoW like... Last night, Himself suggested that maybe I should play something else for a while. 'Like what?' I asked him. He shrugged, 'I don't know - why don't you give LoTRO a go now it's F2P?' So I went and looked at their website and thought... yeah it's another fantasy MMO. I'm not sure I wanna play another fantasy MMO... So Himself suggested Minecraft. Umm... nope. (Please, take a moment to feel sympathy for Himself and marvel at his patience.)
Trying to keep it fresh
This means trying new stuffs doesn't it? Hence teh challenge. Don't get me wrong, I will do this - even if it takes me until the servers go offline forever. (And I'll probably still be in Elwynn). But it's hard going. I need to be in the right frame of mind, which is one of the reasons why I'm struggling at the moment - dying to things 10 levels above me is ok if I'm in a happy-go-lucky mood (hey, stop laughing - it does happen sometimes!) but if I'm not, it just makes me cross and spitty.
- I need to do this one on rested xp only. Whilst the xp from gathering increases with level, oddly, it makes no difference whether I'm gathering herbs that are grey to me (in terms of levelling herbalism, if you see what I mean) or orange. So peacebloom gives the same xp as wild steelbloom. Basically, I could spend the next x number of years in Elwynn and get to 85. I'm not sure my sanity would be intact, but theoretically, it seems like it would be possible.
- I am booooooooooored with being in starter zones. Now I have prowl, I've expended my horizons somewhat (hello Duskwood, hello Redridge) but the death count goes up accordingly. In newbie lands I can HoT, shift back to kitty and outrun mobs. In the next zones up I can HoT but I basically still eat dirt regularly. For sheer ease and speed of levelling, it makes more sense to circle Elwynn. Oh god, I see my future writ large: cross kobolds and stroppy bandits...
- The server economy in copper ore, silverleaf, peacebloom and earthroot is utter and total incomprehensible madness. The prices fluctuate daily and I have no idea if my peacebloom is going to make 2g a stack or 20g. On the plus side, I now have over 400g at level 13. That's more than some of my characters had at level 70 (ok, minor exaggeration, but not much of one.)
- I need to play malicious 'murder, kill, death' characters as well. So I now have an orc fire mage and an undead aff'lock. She's called Thropy - which enables my FlagRSP to be set to Miss Ann Thropy. That makes me happy.