I have two accounts. My second account sprung from a RAF creation. I had fun for a bit with the idea of dual-boxing while doing that. Though, with my old desktop, that meant one account on the desktop and one account on the laptop. The funny part? Most of the characters I leveled that way are on servers where I no longer play. Pretty funny.
I have since updated my desktop and acquired and second monitor. 🙂 It is great for my multi-tasking needs – both surfing and dual-boxing. I still use the laptop, though, it is usually an over-glorified boombox when I am not dual-boxing. I prefer surfing on the desktop now whenever I can – bigger screen and it means not having to switch keyboards. Yah, WoW on a laptop keyboard was never all that great.
When my Monk, Ireenia, hit Level 90, I let out a audible groan when I realized: Now I have to do lots and lots and lots of dailies with her! Not only was the dailies part not appealing, but doing them in low gear all over again. I remember the rough curve Effy had when she started. Wait! Effy! I could pair them up, finish off Effy’s reputations and do dailies on two characters at once!
For the most part, this has made questing a lot easier. Effy, even in Resto gear, is geared enough to plow through dailies. The only down side? Collection quests. The bane of my dual-boxing existence.
Since the day Ireenia turned 90, she and Effy have knocked out dailies together. In the process, Effy is finally finishing off some reps I slacked on.
While grinding through quests with DK-Effy (yes, yes, I am leveling a SECOND DK to 90) I thought to myself what a shame it was she was not using her OP-ness to level another of my characters. And so, I started questing DK-Effy and my Priest, Sifaol, together.
I tell you what – mobs with you-better-move mechanics are fun with one toon, but kind of tricky when you have to move for two. lol I think I am becoming a better tank for it, though. It’s okie, Sif, you don’t have to move for Dread Webbing, I will just move the mob accordingly. Being on auto-follow does mean that whirlwind abilities are still a concern though. lol
This dual-boxing thing is unfortunately leading to a new obsession! (Me? Obsessed with something? No way!) I have started contemplating all of the leveling pairs I can make of my characters. The problem? I have discovered that at some point my two accounts became very lopsided. I have all of my story characters as in-game characters in some form or another, and I have in general two of each class on Elune. But somewhere down the line, the majority of story characters who are not really getting leveled ended up on my primary/Effy account. How did this happen?
Well anyway, I am currently working on the details, but I do think there will be more pairs coming up soon.
In fact, I think Toggle, my Gnome Warrior, and Aerora, my needing-to-be-restarted Holy Pally, are going to be the next pair. So far, though, my first two pairs have story reasons for their being together. Hmm, I wonder how Toggle and Aerora would meet up?
Can you tell I have entirely too much time on my hands right now?
I also finally, finally started pet battling again. Honestly, until two days ago, I had not pet battled since I started heavily leveling Ireenia! But I realized that since I am exalted with Cloud Serpents on Effy FINALLY, that means new battle pets were available! I had to get one of each.
Ireenia has taken a liking to the lil jade guy, whom we named Qui (Draconic for “Jade”). In fact, she decided to raise the lil guy into a Cloud Serpent mount.
The reason I bring up the whole dual-boxing thing is because I seem to be drawing some attention with it lately. I had a lengthy conversation with a young Druid last night, who was interested what it takes. Well, two accounts and the ability to somehow run them both at the same time. And some patience. I have a tendency to lose the follower on rocks and fences and hills, as well as from CRZ’s and phased areas. Having both toons moving at the same speed is fairly important, otherwise, things get more tricky. It also takes some practice to not get the follower killed as I mentioned above. And remember to loot! For a while I was passing on loot on my follower, and only picking up quest items with her, but then I realized she was not getting any Motes of Harmony that way. So I am back to looting on both.
It takes some practice and some trial and error. I don’t imagine dual-boxing is for everyone, but it works well for me. 🙂