Creating higher level characters
For my gaming session last night, my normal GM was too tired to run the game, so one of the others volunteered to run some encounters on the spot.
We set about creating some new characters and had them all set up at first level, then he decided to experiment a bit and had us boost them up to level 9. This process was fairly quick and easy in 4th edition, and only took a few minutes to pick some powers and four feats, and recalculate hit points.
My question is, how long would it take to do the same thing in 3.x or 2nd edition.