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Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

Bonus rest XP is a lie!

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:35 am

OK, illness I need to do some checking up, sick but several times I’ve seen comments about how rest XP is to help players who only play once or twice a week, or possibly to encourage players not to play quite so long.

I tihnk I’ve seen it suggested as a “benefit” to players who only play at the weekend allowing them to gain levels faster so they can keep their levels up with their more obsessive mates.

And that’s is totally not true! A player who plays 3 hours a day every day gets 88% as much rest XP as one who only plays 3 hours a week. So the difference is a mere 12% extra rest XP for the very casual player.

Not much of a bonus really.

The flip side of the coin is to maybe discourage over playing. It does have more effect here, once you’ve burnt through your rest-bonus you are back to the 1:1 ratio. Which considering that about half XP is earned through quest turn-ins means it’s not really a huge penalty, certainly not enough to stop people playing too much.

I think that maybe this “bonus” is a hangover from the olden days… I remember reading in some leveling guides that you should kill everything in your sights, and more! There were even suggestions about going to certain areas and just getting through a level by grinding away on mobs. I guess in those days the bonus XP looked pretty enticing, that and anything to reduce the grind must have been considered worthwhile.

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