Yes - I DID just spend the entire President's Day holiday playing World of Warcraft.
I've managed to get Grisela, the Undead Mage, up to level 15 (as of this writing). After fits, starts, and much death. (Mages aren't the most robust creatures.)
Things I've learned that may potentially apply to work:
- I get a lot more done if I have a plan going into the session. I'll spend the first couple of minutes deciding which quests I feel like tackling. Look at the maps and monsters involved then go at it. It may take me a bit longer than I would like (because I'm a mage and spend time travelling between the graveyard and the corpse), but this system works better for me than just going out into the world and doing stuff at random. I'm leveling faster this way.
- Some groups are organic. Actually, the couple of 2 person groups I've found myself in have been the result of proximity rather than a result of any plan. We are both trying to kill the same monsters at the same time. Easier to go at it together. When we are done, we disband the group. Haven't figured out how to initiate one yet. This is one of the niggly details I am working on.
- If the first strategy doesn't work, try something else. Very important with mages since they are fragile. You can't just go up to a monster and wail away at them. Being more flexible with my gameplay has resulted in more success.
- The strategy changes based on the circumstance. A corollary to the previous item. It's too easy to apply the same strategy to a different circumstance and wonder why it doesn't work. For instance, a strategy used for loner-creatures will be quite different from a strategy used for monsters that love to gang up on you. Humanoids are notorious for this, BTW.
There will be more grouping in my future as I figure out the chat and group features of this program. Still amazed at the level and number of details in this game. I feel like I'm just now (2 weeks of serious gameplay in) getting comfortable with the interface and modifications.
BTW - to the anonymous donor Paains, Grisela thanks you for the in-game gold and large bags.