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Diary of a World of Warcrack addict: Part five

Our resident <em>World of Warcraft</em> addict discovered one character wasn't enough -- now he's been sucked into creating more and more

Nick Hide Managing copy editor
Nick manages CNET's advice copy desk from Springfield, Virginia. He's worked at CNET since 2005.
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I'm not going to challenge the French guy who got from level 60 to level 70 in 28 hours, and I'm not about to take time off work like someone I know, but I do play World of Warcraft more than is strictly healthy. And I'm getting more and more into it. I reached a point with my druid, at about level 28, where I wasn't seeing much new stuff, so I created a new character -- a female tauren (a humanoid cow, like a minotaur) called Fresiana. My smugometer hit Steve Jobs level with that name.

It was a terrific idea -- I got to experience a new way of playing, as a warrior, as well as a new faction, new parts of the world and new professions. Fresiana's a miner and a blacksmith, so she can mine ore from veins around the world and make her own weapons and armour.

Trouble is I couldn't stop there. I enjoyed having a new character so much that I created another, an undead warlock called Dedwina (rofl!). And a human rogue. And an orc hunter. And a gnome mage. I'm drowning in low-level characters, like an overworked virtual nanny. But they're all different and interesting ways to play and wonderfully, their professions complement each other.

Fresiana, for instance, had finished beating up a tribe of pig men (their squeals haunt me still) and had looted a load of cloth. There are only so many bandages she needs, so she posted the rest to Dedwina, who as a tailor made some snazzy new robes for herself and some handy bags, a couple of which she posted back to her bovine buddy. My rogue is an alchemist, so he can send potions to the druid, who can make him leather armour in return. It's very satisfying to loot something your character can't use and instead of just flogging it on the auction house, being able to send it to a character who will benefit from it.

Of course, I don't get very far with any of these characters because I'm swapping back and forth so much, but at lower levels you progress pretty quickly anyway. I'm sure I'll discover the ones I like the most -- already I can see why hunters are so popular -- and play them more than the others. It's a great way to learn about the game quickly and find the stuff I like best -- the easy low-level stuff. Go ahead, call me a n00b, I don't care. -Nick Hide

Level: 30, 16, 13, 11, 10 and 8. Location: All over the bloody place. Best new thing: My gnome mage can turn enemies into sheep with her Polymorph spell.