Blog a Day 62of365: World of Warcraft Beginner’s Guide

It’s been an interesting day with mostly nothing going as planned. A lot of it turned out for the better at least so can’t complain! I was meant to be at work tonight but my boss phoned and ‘offered’ me the night off. I could really do with the money but unfortunately when the boss says ‘do you want the night off?’, it’s a rhetorical question.

Anyway, this means I’ve had more time which means this entry will be a bit more interesting in theory. I’ve managed to encourage a few MMO newbies to try out World of Warcraft so this is a very brief ‘newbie’ guide.

First of all, it’s going to seem rather intimidating.

Your first choice will be what server to go on. It’s entirely up to you of course, but a few pointers/jargon busters.

PvE: These servers are Player versus Enemy, there’s no chance of a real person killing you (unless you decide to duel them for a laugh) and the server type I prefer at the moment.

PvP: Player versus Player. This means other players that aren’t on your side (Alliance and Horde are the two sides) can kill you. Personally I find this can get a little irritating when you’re in the middle of something and some annoying person decides to repeatedly follow and kill you. Others however will find this much more thrilling than standard servers. All depends on your personality I guess and what you find fun.

RP: Stands for RolePlaying. I’d love to say RP servers means everyone acts in character but it doesn’t really seem to happen. I have found a slightly better class of people on RP servers though but maybe that’s just me.

After you’ve figured out what server to choose, there’s the choice of what race/class combination!

To put it simply, both Alliance and Horde is fun and the same can be said of all the various classes. It’s a personal choice. For example, I absolutely love playing Night Elf Hunters. I love the independence (I’m quite an anti social MMORPG player it has to be said!) and the fact that my pet can tank for me while I fire arrows from a distance. However others quite rightly prefer to tank outright as a warrior, be a powerful mage or be a friendly all healing priest type. It’s entirely up to you.

It doesn’t take long to level up to level 10 or so, so I’d suggest trying all of them and see which one works for you. The same is true of which race, although do accept that if you choose to be a gnome, people will laugh at you! It’s the law 😉

Take your time, figure out the early quests. Go talk to everyone with a yellow exclamation or question mark above their head. Most of all have fun! Don’t worry if everyone else seems to know what they’re doing, they probably do. It’s a 5 year old game after all so genuine newbies are fewer on the ground than they used to be. Everyone’s got to start somewhere though 🙂 Do try to be polite though. Others may not be (all online games are plagued by idiots) but it’s friendly to be nice and doesn’t cost anything. 🙂

WoW offers a nice benefit in the form of add-ons which you can download to help you in your efforts. I wouldn’t recommend too many at first while you’re learning the game but once you’ve got the basics sorted, download QuestHelper. It’s brilliant and saves so much time! Try not to be too focused on the grind though, make sure you have fun getting to the high end game after all!

On a security note, I’d suggest only getting your add-ons from trusted sources like Curse. There are a few tales of dodgy add-ons so stick with sites that look major. 🙂

Another fantastic resource is Thottbot. It’s as old as WoW and it’s great if you’re stumped as to what to do next in a quest.

That’s all that comes to mind at the moment. The main one to take on board is enjoy it! Oh and try not to get too sucked in. I never have but I did the addiction thing with Everquest so maybe I’m immune :p But if you’re feeling yourself wanting to put off important things like work or sleep or your kids in favour of the game, then take a step back and re-assess things. 🙂

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments and I’ll turn it into a future entry.

2 thoughts on “Blog a Day 62of365: World of Warcraft Beginner’s Guide

  1. Daniel Lipscombe

    I would certainly explain to the newbies what “tanking” is, as you referred to it and it’s a common term. Same with DPS and such too.


  2. Haly Post author

    And such? Not sure what else there’d be other than tanking or DPS :s

    Tanking = standing in front of the enemy and absorbing all the damage and keeping the enemy interested in you, so that the weaker classes don’t get hurt (i.e. the wimpy mages)

    DPS = damage per second is the literal meaning but people tend to refer to DPS classes which are classes that inflict lots of damage quickly, such as rogues and hunters.

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