I mentioned that I had a set of goals for my DH, and the most basic of which was to quickly unlock world quests. To do so, I need friendly with all the factions.
It is extremely surprising how little questing you have to do in order to achieve this. I’d say even half of the main line in each zone is actually required, with the exception of Nightfallen in Suramar. My DH is 109 and skipped every quest that wasn’t directly tied to, or offered by, the main line quest giver. I’m up to Havi in Stormheim now, to finish off the gang.
And this is more of a fault of mine being goal driven than task driven. I like to achieve things, and will optimize the method to get there. The task itself provides little meaning, other than a learning experience to avoid it in the future. Now, had I set myself the goal of learning the lore, I can assure you that doing quests would be one way of getting there. The faster way would be to bookmark and scour WoWpedia.
Don’t get me wrong, the quests themselves are neat when I did them the first time. My Monk did nearly all of them, for no real purpose than completion and learning. I read that book. My DH doesn’t so much need a reminder than those kobolds don’t like me stealing their candle, certainly not a couple days after my Monk had the same experience.
I think this is why I run multiple alts over a long period of time. I usually end up with 1 or 2 mains, then I have a stale of alts at all sorts of levels, going through the content at different paces and places. I might spend a night with a DK in the 80s, or a couple hours with the Warlock in the 50s. If I’m only there for the alt experience, I won’t bother developing the character past the “get gathering professions” stage, so that I don’t feel too bad when I re-create that character later on. It’s somewhat enjoyable to come back a few months down the road, and get back into the groove again.
Which brings me back to the start. The questing experience for my DH isn’t terribly motivating right now, as it’s a means to an end. That’s not to say that it’s a poor experience, in fact, I would argue it’s a marked improvement over other expansions because it’s optional. I had more than enough headaches being forced through the zones in WoD or MoP in order to unlock various features. It’s nice to have choice here.
Once the DH does hit 110, then there’s the entire Suramar line that needs to be done, as well as the Class Hall. I think both of those lines are really solid and am looking forward to them.
I can say that given my playstyle, I am not for lack of things to do.