Wednesday, May 2, 2012

For new WoW Players

So, you've just started to play WoW? Or maybe you're considering it?

Chances are you were recruited by someone. Contrary to popular belief WoW is a game centered around community and social interaction. Very few people play WoW by themselves. If indeed you were recruited by someone- stick with them like glue! Everything in WoW can be done with as big or as small a group as you prefer! Playing with a friend will simply be more fun, less confusing, and much easier!

If you're interested in WoW and you don't have a friend to get started with- that's okay too! But I encourage you to get involved with a guild and find a few people to hang out with! The game is multiplayer. Running around by yourself and saying nary a word to another player is a great way to ruin your WoW experience.

Now, on behalf of all current WoW players, I'd like to issue you a preemptive apology. 

Like any other internet connected space, WoW is rampant with loud mouthed 12-year-olds, trolls, and true idiots. This makes many of the veteran players (even the smart, nice ones!) grouchy and distrusting of anyone new to the game. You will get called nub, newb, moron, idiot, and much worse more than once in your first few weeks of playing. 

The real issue is that these veterans forget their own humble origins. Not a single one of us started as a heroic, shining example of our class. No matter if they started in Vanilla's beta or in the last week of Cataclysm- each and every player started as lost as you are right now. 

So again, on behalf of them, I apologize. But don't get disheartened. If someone lashes out at you, just ignore them. The jerks aren't worth your time. That said, if someone offers you help or constructive criticism, it can't hurt to listen. The true jerks are an obnoxious, very loud minority. 

Now, here are some extremely helpful links. If you can't find the answers here (90% of your questions will have answers in these links!), asking a WoW friend or guildmate (or Google!) is an excellent way to continue your search!
And, hey, if you end up abandoning your initial character at level 55 to roll a Death Knight, so be it :D

A great beginners guide (although a little bit outdated) covering some of the common language of WoW, interface basics, how questing and dungeons work, and much more. A good starting point.
Like the name implies, this is an encyclopedia of all things WoW. This includes lore, characters, spells, maps, and much more. A good reference.

This one I typically find a bit more useful. If you ever get stuck in a quest, get lost, need some information on your class, or want to figure out where you should be headed, this is a great one-stop resource.

This is a one page guide, (provided by WoWWiki) to all the areas of WoW, categorized by level. Each zone has a clickable link bringing you to a map and quest guide. Incredibly useful for leveling- just look at your level and find where you should be questing, click that link and get to it!

I'll add more links as I think of the helpful ones!

PS: get an authenticator or the authenticator app for your smartphone/ipod etc. It is technically optional, but with all the hacking that happens this is really really REALLY recommandatory! If you don't protect your account with an authenticator you WILL get hacked- it's only a matter of time. Many guilds require authenticators, to protect the guild bank.


Töki said...

Don't forget wowhead! In my opinion it's the number one resource both for new and long-time players. I also find it has an overal better feel than the wow wiki's and the player comments are often invaluable, as well as all the tools the website offers.

Kalc said...

I did include WoWHead in the

but I guess I did indeed forget it here! Thanks for pointing it out, Toki!