When asked whether he wanted to pick Horde or Alliance for his Pandaren Shaman, World of Warcraft player Doubleagent said “no”.
If you’ve played as a Pandaren in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft‘s latest expansion pack, you’ll know that the Pandaren initially start off neutral, then have to pick either Horde or Alliance when they get to level 10. But World of Warcraft player Doubleagent decided that he was perfectly happy staying neutral, and in defiance of both the Horde and Alliance, has leveled his Pandaren Shaman to level 60 without picking a side.
“Dungeons are locked since I’ve not completed this quest to pick a standardized faction… same with battlegrounds. PvP pet battles cannot be queued for since I’m neutral, nor are there any battle pets at all to battle in the Wild. No Archaeology dig sites either.”
Since 2012, it’s been a slow, but steady journey, as he’s had to go from 1 to 60 without leaving the Wandering Isle – the Pandaren starting zone. Anyone familiar with WoW‘s mechanics might be scratching their heads, wondering how someone can continue to level once the quests dry up and the mobs turn gray. The answer is with Herbalism and Inscription.
Herbalism grants a small amount of experience every time a herb is gathered. Doubleagent relies on the rested experience boost as his only reprive, as he is unable to send +XP heirloom gear to his neutral character.
I think it’s very interesting to see people “break” games like this. Glitches, bugs, and people doing stuff that just wasn’t intended by the developer are things that are unique to videogames, and show how gamers can try and think outside the box. Doubleagent would get along well with the folks over at r/firstworldanarchists.