OK, if I break down and buy WOW what do I need to know!

I've fought off the desire to buy this game with every ounce of my being. Unfortunately, I appears that I am nothing more than a lemming and that I may have to break down and buy this life sucking software. ?

As an absolute newbie, what do I need to know.

I bought it yesterday while doing last minute Christmas shopping. We havent released yet so I still cannot play it, but in another 21 days I should get my chance

PAR

As a newbie, you need to know that we are all here to help you =)

The game itself has a TON of tips throughout the game (i''ve even gotten one at lvl 42!) that tell you what you need to know about the game. If you''ve played EQ or other MMORPGs you should be able to pick up the controls rather easily, if not, it gets easier over time.

Just talk to everyone with a yellow ! over their head ... the quests that you are given are very nice in the sense that when you outgrow one certain area, you end up with some sort of ""delivery"" quest to bring something to the next area suited for you. When you get to that area, a TON of people will want to give you quests!

Also,

Green - Easy for you
Yellow - Even
Orange - Difficult, but can be soloed
Red - Don''t try to solo

This will be the same for quests, they are color-coated. A lot of people shun away green quests, still do them on your free time, the xp that you get is awesome for them sometimes, and the quests are rather easy to do as well.

Also those quest build faction, and since becoming an ""honored"" resident of both IF and SW I get a 10% discount on goods and services in both towns (very handy for shaving those pennies for the inevitable money sinks in the game)

"DeThroned" wrote:

As a newbie, you need to know that we are all here to help you =)

The game itself has a TON of tips throughout the game (i''ve even gotten one at lvl 42!) that tell you what you need to know about the game. If you''ve played EQ or other MMORPGs you should be able to pick up the controls rather easily, if not, it gets easier over time.

Just talk to everyone with a yellow ! over their head ... the quests that you are given are very nice in the sense that when you outgrow one certain area, you end up with some sort of ""delivery"" quest to bring something to the next area suited for you. When you get to that area, a TON of people will want to give you quests!

Also,

Green - Easy for you
Yellow - Even
Orange - Difficult, but can be soloed
Red - Don''t try to solo

This will be the same for quests, they are color-coated. A lot of people shun away green quests, still do them on your free time, the xp that you get is awesome for them sometimes, and the quests are rather easy to do as well.

Hey where''d you get that ring? quest? instance? or just random blue drop

GG, which one?

Talvash''s Gold Ring (http://www.thottbot.com/?i=4166) was found in Gnomeragan. It was a grime encrusted object that was cleaned in the Sparklematic 5200.

Quest Link: http://thottbot.com/index.cgi?q=1113

The Charged Gear of the Owl (http://www.thottbot.com/?i=8472) was from Thermaplugg in Gnomeragan (drop off the last boss)

I also picked up recently the Charged Gear of Spirit (http://www.thottbot.com/?i=5091) also another drop off of Thermaplugg.

Also, check out my new helm =) It''s got 3 horns on it ... awesome look =)

Best thing to know? Play Horde! No fingernail-painting Night Elves there!

I started on Thursday without reading any more of the manual than could be read while the game installed. There''s really no need - the game tells you what you need to know when you need to know it, and is the first game to ever do so without boring or belittling me.

I''ve still not read the manual. Just looked up one or two things about races that I did not read on the build screen.

"Robear" wrote:

I''ve still not read the manual. Just looked up one or two things about races that I did not read on the build screen.

So you didn''t get the coupon for the free 17"" LCD monitor?

What you need to know: Most of GWJ plays on the Blackhand server. When you login do a /join gwj to join the GWJ channel and ask for a guild invite.

First aid is a must for almost any character. As soon as you hit level 5 and move on to the next town, ask a guard to find out where the trainer is.

First aid, cooking and fishing do not count towards your 2 crafting profession limit.

If you have no solid plans for a skill take skinning/herbalism/mining. taking a gather proffesion will allow you to get money off of fellow players for little extra work.

I recommend cooking as a secondary skill- the food you make does more for you than purchased food- especially some of the higher-end recipes (Westfall Stew, for example) which provide Spirit and Stamina bonuses (great for my Priest).

Unless you go with a mage, who can conjure their own food, albeit without bonuses but the convenience is worth it I think.

If you get fishing you may as well get cooking. The two compliment each other rather well. When you get the chance (and money) buy the 12s catfish recipe from the girl by the fish trainer in stormwind. This will take you pretty high in cooking.

The ""/join gwj"" is really the best thing. My younger brother was playing on another server hoping to connect with some of his SWG buddies but since not all of them made the switch and we''re a nice bunch of people he''s pretty much on blackhand full time now. He just wishes he could change his name.

The only other thing I''d add is check out the ''tips thread'' lots of goodness early on in there.