For posterity, this. Many people will have experienced similar, I think. My current UK guild is a bunch of real-life friends, many of whom are new(ish) to WoW (and loving it). A guildie recently wrote:
So, an idle question:
When you hit lvl 70, do you keep earning XP?
Another guildie continued:
.. and, do you keep doing quests? what do you do after 70?
To which (four level-70s) Jonathan replied:
You don't earn any more XP, no, but the XP you would earn from completing quests gets turned into extra gold instead. You'll have a bunch of solo quests to keep doing when you hit 70, for which you get more money and sometimes better equipment as quest rewards. Further progression comes from doing instances to get better equipment which then lets you do harder instances to get better equipment which lets you do raids (instances for more than 5 people, typically 10 or 25) to get better equipment which lets you do harder raids to get better equipment which lets you ..
And there goes your life.
A guildie replied:
When you put it like that it sounds so.....futile....
Another guildie responds:
You see this is the point I lose the will to live...why are we playing this again?
Which led to:
Cos it releases crack from a keyboard while you play as a reward.
Finger ingested rock...that's it, I forgot
At which point, I said,
I feel like framing this thread.
And now you can frame it. In Needlepoint.
And she was right:
She made this! And there's a how-to there as well...
Anyone any good at needlepoint?