I love pushing PvE progression, I love raiding, I love that feeling you get when killing a boss for the first time. That being said, due to time constrictions, I've not been able to play at the level I've always wanted to, but that's not the point of this post. Because of those time constrictions, I've always enjoyed having a second or third character leveled up and geared out to the best my time will allow. I don't obsessively level alts, but I enjoy playing a few different characters at a time.
Now that you all have some context, let me get into the meat of this post.
I know it has been said a million times, but Mists of Pandaria is currently very difficult on players who enjoy having a distinctive main with various alts. For me, and I say me because I don't want to speak for any other players out there, the thing that hinders me most from playing and leveling different alts is the time it takes to cap out valor points during the week. I want my Main to be as competitive as she can be, so I work hard to make sure I get to my 1000 valor points per week, which leaves little time for leveling alts.
Now it's time for my suggestion, for those of you who have stuck it through this far.
What if Valor Points were BoA (either full account or realm specific)? Let me lay it out a little bit more. Imagine you are a raider who raids Tuesday, Wednesday and Monday, you finish up your raid Wednesday night, your character is exalted with all the factions, and you just want a break from playing him or her until the next raid, but you know you need valor points for that upgrade that will help your guild get its next kill. What if you could log over to an Alt, and queue up for a dungeon to help him or her gear, or do dailies to progress his or her rep with them, and the valor points you earned from that were shared across characters.
Here's why I think a system like that would work.
If players could work through solo content on characters that actually need to work through that progression, it would be great. It would encourage playing multiple characters, and all in all it would keep people online more. MoP has already laid out a very good policy on the way Valor Items are purchased, so a fresh 90 would have to do some solo content before they were in Rep epics, so that potential problem is already laid out in the game design.
Sounds too good to be true?
Obviously there would have to be some limits. This is where my thinking stopped, and I would love to hear some feedback. My idea is that only a certain number of points are allowed to be spent per character per week. This would discourage obsessive hoarding.
Anyways, I appreciate anybody who has taken the time to read through all of this, I've been pondering it for a couple of weeks now. I would love to continue this discussion, please feel free to leave your opinions!