I've already discussed my fascination with games that allow me an alternate, pacifist route. Therefore, it's hardly a surprise that one of my friends showed me this World of Warcraft thread by Everbloom, who managed to reach level 85 with 0 kills and only 1 quest completed (the 1 quest was the "Invitation to the Argent Tournament" letter, which apparently autocompleted when she opened it--something she's appealing Blizzard changes). She accomplished this by focusing on her crafting skills, starting off mining and herbing, and then later with archaeology.
As the thread shows, many questions pop up instantly in the minds of WoW players. For instance, how much time did she spend in total? 10 days 19 hours 10 minutes, which is quite a few hours. How much gold? About 12,000, largely because she wasn't focusing on money (she has quite a few alts), and near the end-game content, she started giving the materials to her higher tier toons. How many deaths did her toon have? Twenty-five. Then, of course, why would she do it?
As she outlines in the very first post:
If you like to explore, and enjoy a challenge I really REALLY recommend this, I have been playing since day 1 on other characters and I even have an original Loremaster (you know, back when it was hard) and I saw so MANY new things with Everbloom that it really made it worthwhile for me to continue on with this character, and each level was a major achievement!
She plans on transferring her toon now to Antonidas, to join the guild [Peace Corps], which focuses on such goals, which seems to focus primarily on 0 kills. Considering the ever-changing field of MMOs, and Blizzard's own addition of achievements, it does make me wonder if this sort of player-fielded challenge will have any acknowledgment. Regardless, as long as there are players who want to try something new and set their own limitations, these manner of challenges will be present.
Of course, it should be taken into mind that her particular race/class choice was particularly useful, as a Night Elf Druid has both Shadowmeld and flight forms. There's also the fact that, as the thread further discusses, she has entangling roots to escape any aggroed mobs.