It's been almost 14 years since Blizzard launched the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game. You had enough time to put your affairs in order before you finally jumped to Azeroth. Don't worry, the World of Warcraft didn't miss you. You may need a little help to get started. We have you
Why play now?
Before we go over the tips, let's answer the important question: Should you play World of Warcraft in 2018? Of course you should. This article would otherwise be a huge waste of time for everyone. Why? For one thing, it's a game with over 13 years of content to explore. It's a heroic journey that takes players from Azeroth's starting zones to epic battles on distant planets. They grow from young adventurers who do odd jobs for random NPCs to legendary heroes of the realm who do odd jobs for random NPCs. It is a world full of lore, full of quests and full of interesting people, both real and artificial.
World of Warcraft is an older game, yes, but frequent updates have made the game look and feel fresh. Updates such as the 2013 single finger for player characters or the recently added adventure zones with level scaling allow players a wider choice of which zones to visit while improving their characters. In fact, recent changes in low-level experience and monster strength have made the advancement of a new character more interesting than in recent years.
You also come into the game as a brand new player with no preconceived notions of what World of Warcraft should be. Dilapidated players who return to the game after a long absence may complain about how simplified the game mechanics have become. They may miss things like buying spells and skills instead of learning them automatically, or complex talent trees full of options to fine-tune their characters' performance. Blizzard has optimized the game considerably over the years and cut off unnecessary functions, statistics and mechanics. Returning players may hate them, but all of these changes make for a very newbie-friendly game.
But why World Of Warcraft?
It has character. It has charm. If you count the Warcraft series of real-time strategy games, it has an ongoing narrative that is backed by more than two decades of lore. Although Final Fantasy XIV has a great show, World of Warcraft is the MMORPG with the most stories.
And it is easy. For some, this may not be a selling point, but if you're looking for a hassle-free MMO that doesn't require a lot of players (at least not at lower levels), World of Warcraft is perfect.
Before you start, check your computer
Before going to the store and picking up a copy of World of Warcraft, make sure you have either a PC or Mac that the game can run on. Instead of inserting Blizzard's page system requirements into this article, I've developed a simple method to determine if your computer can run the game. Just answer this multiple choice question:
Has your computer been built or bought in the past eight years?
If you answered yes, your computer can run World of Warcraft in any form. I would have said ten years, but the game requires Windows 7 or higher, and Windows 7 was not popular until late 2009.
If you answered no, damn it. You should update the thing. Not to say that it doesn't let the game run at all, but seriously. Treat yourself. Get a Walmart HP Special or something.
Buy the game
Don't buy the game. At least not yet. World of Warcraft offers a free trial that allows new players to experience the game up to level 20 (out of 110). A test account has limitations: you cannot chat in most public channels, you cannot set up adventure parties (you can still join them), or you can earn more than 10 gold. But it's still enough to get a feel for the game, the races, the jobs, and the general atmosphere. If you don't like to play the demo, you can stop. You tried. Maybe World of Warcraft is not for you.
However, if you do this or are on the fence, upgrading to the full game with almost all current expansion packs will only cost $ 20. The basic version of the game gives you access to all content up to level 100 and a free subscription period of one month. Considering that the game costs $ 15 a month, it's almost like getting the game for $ 5. Type of.
Or if you're really, really in the game and don't want to spend an additional $ 50 on the Legion expansion and then another $ 50 in September for this year's Battle of Azeroth, there's the full collection. It includes the main game and every expansion pack up to and including Battle of Azeroth for $ 90. Only get it if you are absolutely sure. There is no going back from the full collection. At least not without feeling silly.
You have the game, installed it on your computer, and can now play some of them Worlds of Warcraft. But which World of Warcraft world will you play World of Warcraft on? There are currently numerous World of Warcraft servers to choose from. Which one you should choose can depend on a number of factors.
Time zone: A server's time zone generally determines when people play on that server. If you're on a server in the east of the U.S., things get faster on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. east. Activity slows down when night turns to early morning. If you are on a Pacific server, you should call these times back about three hours. Suppose you live on the east coast but work a job that gets you home quite late. You may want to consider a Pacific server.
At least server time zones should work like this. The in-game server selection does not list servers by time zone, but only by geographic region. To view servers by time zone, you need to go to a site like Wowpedia, which has a handy list.
Physical server location: While I've never had any issues with the delay in playing World of Warcraft on servers that are far from my physical location, some people like a server close to home. That's fine as long as you're at home near Chicago or Los Angeles. All American World of Warcraft servers are located in one of these two cities. Do you want a list? Wowpedia for the victory again.
Server type: There are four types of World of Warcraft servers. Choose one.
- PVE servers are player against environment, also known as simple mode. Players complete quests and gain experience without worrying about being attacked by the opposing faction. However, you can switch the ability to kill and kill by others.
- PVP servers highlight the ongoing conflict between Alliance and Horde by letting players of different factions attack each other in the open world. PVP servers can be a lot of fun if you enjoy healthy competition or swearing.
- RP servers are PVE servers for players and guilds who like to speak in character, create their own storylines and maybe have sex with elves. Many players do not choose RP servers for role-playing games, but because they believe that the player base on these servers is less caustic. Roleplayers HATE these people.
- RP-PVP servers are the same as PVP servers, only if you are brutally murdered do you have to replace "damn asshole" with the more imaginative "damn asshole". Oh, and the people who kill you have less obnoxious names. Sometimes.
Note that in the next expansion, PVP servers will disappear in the game as part of a major overhaul of how PVP works. So enjoy them as long as you can. Soon everyone can PVP or not PVP at their own discretion.
Where are your friends: If you started World of Warcraft to play with friends, they should really have convinced you earlier. Select the server on which you are still located. This way you are always with your friends and can ask them for gold and level help.
Server community: If you have no friends (aww) and want to find new friends (yay), take some time to browse the official forums for the server you are considering. At the bottom of the World of Warcraft forum page is a series of forums that are specific to each game area. Get in and read some posts. Get an idea of what you're getting into. And should you decide on a server, introduce yourself. Everyone loves new players. Even the people who call "GOOGLE" when you ask questions in chat. Especially her.
The "war" part of World of Warcraft refers to the ongoing struggle between the human-led forces of the Alliance and the orc-centered armies of the Horde. Before you create a character, you have to make a selection. In the early days of WoW, it was an easy choice. The Horde had ugly races and shamans, the Alliance had pretty races and paladins. But now both sides have all classes, everyone has elves and pandas – the borders are blurred.
Look at the races for both sides. Do you see one you like? Choose this page. Do friends have on the side of the alliance? Choose Alliance. Do you have friends on the Horde side? Choose Allianz because these friends are bad and wrong.
Look, people have their own personal preferences. I tend to refuse Alliance in case you didn't notice, but I've met great people on both sides of the conflict. If everything else fails, create a character for both sides and find out which one you like best.
Then go with Alliance.
Create a character
It all depends. Seven races. Ten character classes. Which one will you choose? WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?
There are thirteen playable races in World of Warcraft. Six are alliance and six are horde, with the Roly-Poly-Panda breed available to both factions. Assuming you have already selected a faction, you must now choose which type of gnome you want to be. Or the other races, of course.
Every race in World of Warcraft has its own resistances, improved statistics and a special ability. Ignore them completely. They don't play a big role in the big scheme of things. There are two main problems when choosing a race as a new player.
- Do I like the look of this race?
- Can this race be the class I want to play?
Take dwarves. Dwarfs are adorable and cuddly and make funny noises. But for some reason, Blizzard denied them the ability to be druids, paladins, or shamans. Until Blizzard realizes that gnomes are a force of nature that cannot be stopped, you have to choose one of the smaller races if you want to be a druid.
Otherwise, choose what you like. Something nice. Something cool. If you're an RPG, pick a race that matches the type of RP character you want to be. If you want to dance in mailboxes in your underwear, go to the night elf. If you want to smell really bad, you can hit the undead. This is your chance to be everything you want to be. Take it .
Know Your Role
For a new player, choosing a class is not that big of a deal. In fact, part of the fun of starting over is going through the different character classes and seeing what's left. There was a time a year ago when some classes were friendlier to new players than others, but Blizzard has simplified the leveling process so much that every available class is viable. The main concern to consider when choosing a class is the role you want to play in an adventure group – healer, tank, or damage per second (DPS).
The nice thing about World of Warcraft classes is that many of them are not tied to a single role. At level 10, players choose one of three specializations, skill trails, that help define how their chosen class plays. For some classes (magicians, villains, warlocks, hunters), the different specifications are simply different ways to play the same role. For others, the choice of specification determines the role they will play.
Take my level 10 paladin, which I will never play because of my irrational hatred of blood elves. He has the choice between a holy healer, a protective armor or a vendor for retaliation damage. He can switch between these three specifications during operation, so that he never committed himself to a role. Or it can sit there and rot because blood elves are worst.
Here is a breakdown of which of the starting classes can be what:
- Healer: priest, druid, shaman, paladin, monk
- Tanks: warrior, druid, paladin, monk
- DPS: Any class because it's so much fun doing damage.
My advice? Experiment. Try every class. Play around with their specifications. See what you like. Don't make the mistake of going to the World of Warcraft forums or Reddit site and looking for "best tank class" or "highest damage per second". Take your time and find the character you want to play. Or just play them all.
This name is not available
The last step in creating a character is choosing a name. You will see this message frequently.
Fourteen years, people who choose names don't leave many options open, but keep trying. People are constantly deleting characters, so there's no telling when you'll find a gem of a name. Crunchy was taken, but my plan to create a rotating animated GIF with rejected names was thwarted when it turned out that my second choice was available.
If you have a name, click the "Enter World" button and let's go.
time to play
Now we come to the simple part. Over the years, the level experience in World of Warcraft has developed to the point that you only have to follow the quests. No matter which character class or race you choose, when you log into the start area you will receive a short film sequence, followed by your first quest.
This quest leads to more quests – fighting creatures, collecting things, talking to NPCs.
There is no real need to look for experience points. There are always quests. Thanks to the recently introduced zone scaling function, these quests are always tailored to the level of your characters. And when you complete the story / quest line in one area, another is waiting to be tackled in the next.
If you're not sure where to go next, pressing SHIFT + J will bring up a handy adventure guide that shows all zones, dungeons, and player-to-player activities available to a player of your level stand.
Don't worry if you pass on quest boxes as you climb. My level 25 warrior in the picture above has four different zones through which to search. Under no circumstances will she be able to take care of everyone. Pick one and write the others down for the next character you level up.
The first time you will miss some cool story content. The Cataclysm expansion in 2010 drastically redesigned most of the early zones of the game and areas that were previously considered skippable with rich, dynamic storylines. There are fewer quests to collect 10 skins and more quests to find the ingredients to do something, steal the plans, or explore the mysterious location. And when asked in the game to kill X creatures to collect Y items, there is generally a good reason for the story.
The only areas of the old world untouched by Cataclysm were the starting areas for the blood elves and draenei. If you roll one of these races, leave the starting zone as soon as possible.
Otherwise, ask a World of Warcraft player which storylines in the level zone should not be overlooked and you will get different answers. On the side of the alliance, I always liked the Deadmines story in Westfall with its whisper of riots and underground pirate ships. And although I'm not big in the horde, I have to admit that the entire history of the undead (Forsaken) leading players from Tirisfal Glades through Silverpine Forest to the Hillsbrad Foothills and beyond is one of the more well-realized fictions in any mass Multiplayer game.
The leveling process in World of Warcraft can be pretty lonely these days. The times when each low-level zone was filled with players chatting about disgusting things and joking Chuck Norris are long gone (no matter how hard I try to bring them back). You will mostly see other characters in dungeon finder groups that are randomly grouped by the game from a cross-server pool and will disappear when the dungeon is finished.
But you don't have to play alone. After all, this is a massive multiplayer role-playing game. There are people. You just have to find them.
If general chat channels are available, use them, preferably mature and respectful. I like to say "Hello!" when I enter a new area. Most of the time the answer is dead silence, but every now and then people start talking.
The best way to find friends in World of Warcraft is to join a guild. Often, new characters get random guild invitations as soon as they log into the game from officers who are desperately trying to fill their ranks. If their pitch is good, give them a chance. You can go at any time if it doesn't fit well.
Better yet, do you remember the server forums I talked about earlier? Go there and search for guilds that are looking for new members. Or post your own message "Search for guild". Describe the type of people you want to play with, say something about yourself, and there's a good chance you'll find your own World of Warcraft family.
Learn the Warcraft lore
It is possible to play and enjoy World of Warcraft without knowing the lore of the game. Basic concepts and characters are explained throughout the game story. While individual zone stories can be skipped, the beats of the main story remain the same. However, if you want to get the most out of the game, it is highly recommended that you read something or at least watch longer.
For a general overview of the game's lore, Blizzard's own World of Warcraft Chronicles series is highly recommended. It is a detailed look at the history of not only Azeroth, but the entire universe. No, the first volume deals with the birth of the cosmos and the powerful forces that have shaped the game world. The second covers the story of Draenor, the Orc homeworld, and the first two wars between the Alliance and the Horde.
The only problem with the Chronicles series is that it is slightly behind what is happening in the game, and it is doubtful that volume three, which will be released later this month, will catch up.
For a less clinical look at the history of World of Warcraft, there is a growing collection of novels based on the characters and events that shaped the game. I particularly enjoyed Christie Golden's contributions to WoW fiction, mostly character novels that deal with stories from characters such as the former Horde Warchief Thrall, Arthas the Lich King and the famous sorceress Jaina Proudmoore.
And if reading is not your cup of tea, there is always YouTube where Warcraft historian Nobbel87 has kept players up to date on the backstory of important events and characters for years. There's a good reason why his 40-minute video, which covers the story from the creation of the universe to the expansion of Warlords of Draenor in 2014, has nearly 3.5 million views.
Tips from players
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World of Warcraft has a dedicated community of experienced players who want to help new players gain a foothold. I went on the forums and asked some of these players for advice on starting players. Here are some of my favorite answers.
- "Be calm, go at your own pace and try things out until you find what you like." – Aeliren
- "Never accept anything, whether good or bad. There have been various parts of the game over the years that I have never tried because, based on the description of the game (or just ignorance), I assumed I would not enjoy it. Lo and behold, I didn't like some of them. Other? In the end, I really got involved. “- Brænnuð
- "Don't be surprised if you end up playing mostly at maximum level on your own. It doesn't mean that people in this game are not social. It's just that most people race through levels and don't group like other MMOs At the end of the game, however, WoW has a lot more to do than other MMOs, especially in a group. ”- Arcelia ø>
- "Don't be in a hurry to get to the endgame. Yeah, I know it's all exciting and new and what friends you have are in the top levels or whatever. But all you want to go through is content, it is tradition and it is meaningful. Read the quests. Explore the world, here and there books are scattered in otherwise empty cubicles or whatever and they have something to say. "- Cihys
- "Save your boosts (items that come with expansion packs that automatically improve a character). Level at least one character fresh from level 1 to the very top. Learn the game slowly before being thrown into the deep end with a fresh 100 or 110. "- Liaeatha
- “Remember that there will be no second chance the first time. Enjoy the novelty as long as it lasts. “Aarschott
- "Read chronicles and play Warcraft 2, 3 and the Frozen Throne!
- The game is quite old and a lot of leveling content is very dated. It is therefore very helpful to know the traditions and to understand the world through which you are moving. "- Wormsworth
- In other words, would you like us to write your article for you? How much will you pay us – Wartorch
For more information, see the entire thread on the World of Warcraft forums.
The main advice I can give a new World of Warcraft player is to just have fun. This may seem obvious, but MMORPGs can sometimes become more of a nuisance, especially in later levels where there is not much to do, but daily quests and regular challenging raids.
If you no longer enjoy the game, stop playing. Take a break. Play other things. I hear that Final Fantasy XIV is nice.