*meant to publish this yesterday!*
I have this awful relationship with the ‘Create new character’ button on the character select screen. If it is usable I have an itch to create a sparkly new shiny alt… if it is greyed out I start worrying that I haven’t got the right 12 (yes…. 12 :P) characters and that one MUST BE DELETED JUST IN CASE. Just in case of what I am not entirely sure 😉 So I delete a character, resist the call of the clickable button for a while, and then give in. Create a new exciting alt that I am going to level PROPERLY this time (you know, keep fishing skills maxed, don’t race ahead and forget about AA etc) and I am back at square one with it greyed out again 😉 Of course with my new little alt I never do keep my fishing skill maxed and then level them up too quickly 😛
Its silly but I do like this cycle of deleting and re-creating. There are times when you just want to switch off completely, escape RL and just noodle about in the lovely safe environment of the starter areas and a new little alt is just what is needed for those times. I know a lot of these I will never level up seriously. I’ve found that its handy having a few different alts between levels 20 to 60. Very handy to have a couple for mentoring for AA for our higher level characters or to be able to take out a right level alt to help a guildy (as mentoring can make the zones stupidly easy and boring for everyone who comes out).
The time is gets difficult is when you have invested a lot of time into your character but really they could do with being deleted. Take Oaphepia, my level 52 Paladin & level 70 Tailor. I don’t really play her (though a spot of occasional tanking is fun) but she is one of my oldest characters and I can’t delete her as I have also invested a lot of time and effort into her tradeskilling – I am considering renaming her though 😉 Or there is my newest baby alt (which inspired the post), Fizzi my lvl 14 ratonga illusionist – she has a great name, looks cute, the class seems fun and I have just gone through the betrayal process with her – I think I may enjoy this one though 🙂
I think given the amount of work needed to make sure your chars are equipped properly at level (epic quests, shard armour and a hefty amount of AA), plus also the fact that you need to be able to play your character *properly* and know your class well for the TSO instances, for me personally I don’t think I could manage more than 2 or 3 (at the very most and I am never as confident on an alt as I am with Suzita). On the other hand, messing around with alts also depends upon having the time to mess around… The 2 or 3 months after TSO came out and our Guild was busy I was out doing instances pretty much every night and alts didn’t get a look in 😉