World of Warcraft

So I’m just about ready to jump head-first into Azeroth and the World or Warcrack, having just purchased a 14-day trial version from Best Buy yesterday.

I have a few questions first.

  • Best character class?
  • I’ll withhold saying “race” because I’m sensitive like that, but I’m really curious what a newbie/n00b should do in the scant 2 weeks I have.

  • What utilities do I need?
  • Any special software or cool gadgets, gizmos or desktop widgets that would enhance my experience?

    Since I’m starting fresh, I’d love to start prepared.

  • What websites should I bookmark?
  • The official site is a no-brainer, but what other communities and sites should I use for FAQ (like these) and general information?

  • Should I write something for the Azeroth Metblog?
  • This one is a bit more philosophical, but since I’m already a Metblog author, I’m thinking of pitching Sean on the idea of a series of posts written from a beginner’s perspective.

    I’m late in joining this trend – kind of a bandwagon follower, really – but I can’t be the only one. I think it’d be instructive for the community and fun for the outsiders to report on what it’s like to start playing an already popular MMOG.

I likely won’t start playing until I have more time on the weekend, but I’m curious to see what I should be doing during the week to prepare myself.

And, yes, I’ve watched the South Park episode but I’ll probably find it funnier in the future.

10 thoughts on “World of Warcraft

  1. Two comments in one day may be overkill, but I just wanted to say that you should definitely blog about the experience SOMEWHERE. I’ve been considering that game for about a year, but can’t bring myself to try it (I’m in a strange “game glut” at the moment). So I’d love to hear what you think of the experience as a total newbie…

  2. When you get experienced to WoW and MMO controls and interfaces in general, give Everquest 2 a try. Much better graphics, much deeper lore than WoW. WoW is a great MMO if you have never played an MMO before though.

  3. Tale of the tape…

    It’s Friday and I’m lazy, so here’s a fairly rote post on my new computer a Dell Dimension E521:
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core 4200 2.2 GHz
    Harddrive: 320GB Seagate (?)
    Video: nVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE 450MHz – 512MB (?) SDRAM – …

  4. EN says:

    All the classes have strengths IMO. For a newbie, I would suggest a hybrid class: hunter, shaman, paladin or druid b/c they will give you the greatest flexibility in different situations. Unfortunately, these are less critical (or maybe there are just more of them) in party situations. They have roles to play, but you will quickly see that every party needs tanks (warriors) and healers (priests). Trouble is that these classes can take time to be good enough at to really do well because they are so specialized and they are not as strong for individual leveling (aka “grinding”) so it can sometimes take longer to level. Just my opinion here, I’m sure there are priests/warriors/etc that will strongly disagree. I’m just looking at it from a first-timer perspective.

  5. Tales of a WoW n00b…

    If the title of today’s post makes no sense, you’re not alone. Until very recently I wasn’t involved with the MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) World of Warcraft (WoW), but now that I am, I’m a n00b.
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  6. IDemise 1-70 Alliance Leveling Guide says:

    As for me Hunter is a best solo class. If your goal is to get to level 70 as fast as possible – hunter is what you need. A mentioned above, bookmark http://www.thottbot.com – this site is a gold mine for all warcraft players…

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