Archive for December, 2009

Operation: Lowbie-Getting Started

Posted in Operation Lowbie, Pie with tags , , on December 30, 2009 by forthepie

Assuming you are new to the game, where do you begin?  For those already familiar with the world…of warcraft, this post may not be really educational.

After you setup your account and log into WOW for the first time, you are offered a server for your characters to live on.  Before you take the Recommended server, stop. Ask yourself a few questions.

1) Do I have friends or family that play WOW?  Chances are you do know someone, even if you don’t know that they do.  If you have friends or family that play, ask them where they play and what faction.  Having friends in the game isn’t mandatory, but it sure makes life a lot easier.

2) Where do I live and what time zone is my home?  Why?  Well, WOW has multiple data centers and all their US/Oceanic Servers are based in these data centers.  Just because you live in the Pacific Time Zone doesn’t mean your server’s data center does, even if it is a Pacific Time Zone server.  For information on data centers, their location and time zone and type, please look here.

Why is that important?  Well for one thing, matching your time zone and your server’s time zone can make it easier for you to group up with people. Although, most folks set their calendars to server time, but also, if you live on the West Coast and your server is on the East coast you may find that it’s harder to find groups that can play as long as you.  It’s not game breaking, but it can help.  Also, you will may notice some difference in latency if you select a data center closer to you than one farther away.  I live in the KC area, so I consistently getter better latency from the Dallas Data Center, than the Seattle one.  Your mileage may vary, of course.

Okay, so now you’ve selected your server, you know which faction you are going to play and you’ve figure out the look, name, race and class of your character.  Ready to jump in the game?

Some advice.

Watch the opening scene for your race, heck roll up all the different races and watch the opening scenes.

Also, read your quest text, look and listen to the speeches given.  Sure the 102380 time you do it, you will race through the quests, but that first time, take your time.  For one thing, if you are doing this prior to Cataclysm, that quest, that zone..may not be there when Cataclysm hits.

Lastly, make friends.  Perhaps you won’t make friends in the starter zone, but as you group with people, if they seem to be nice, put them on your friends list.  Friends are a great thing in WOW, it is a multi-player game for a reason.

If this is your first character, don’t worry about weapon or equipment upgrades.  For the most part, the game will get them to you.  Don’t go blowing your hard earned gold, silver, bronze and copper on the Auction House(AH).

Casters may want to pick up a wand, but usually you’ll find quite a few Lesser and Greater Magic Wands on the AH, due to they are something enchanters use to level up, they are usually not expensive.

The primary thing you need to gather is bags.  Bag space is a concern for the rest of your time in WOW.

OH and don’t be afraid to sign guild charters, especially if folks are offering to give you gold.  No, it’s not a scam.  In order for guilds to be created they must get 9 people to sign the charter the guild master bought.  They have to be from 9 different accounts, so you will probably see people in the starting areas and in the major cities asking for signatures in Trade or General chat channels.  A note to you veterans of WOW, offer to pay for your signatures and go to the starter or lower areas and offer these to lower characters.  10 gold doesn’t seem like a lot to you, but to a level 10 who doesn’t have an 80 or a bunch of friends helping them out, it’s a very big deal.

Okay, so let’s take stock of where we are:

1) You have your server, your faction and your character decided on.

2) You’ve watched the opening racial scene and you are now in game, armed with knowledge that the AH is a money sink and you need bags as soon as you can get them. (By the way, you don’t need to buy the biggest bags in the world, even the 4 slot bags will help you at first, just don’t go crazy at first)

3) You are standing in the starting area, staring at the NPC with the big yellow ! over their head.

4) You know this first time, that you are going to read the quests, listen to the speeches the NPCs give and you are going to enjoy the journey.

What now?

Well, join me next time as the Operation: Lowbie series splits between the hunter and the paladin.  I am not going to go step by step, quest by quest, but I am going to talk about the leveling process for each class and share with you some tips to making the road to 80 (or 85 in Cat) a bit easier.

Have a Happy New Year!


Operation: Lowbie

Posted in Hunter, Hunter Guide, Leveling, Lowbies, Operation Lowbie, Paladin, Pie with tags , , , on December 29, 2009 by forthepie

We here at For the Horde! believe in providing unbelievably helpful posts.  They may not be as often as many of you might like, but we never, ever post goofy posts.  Never, ever.  And if, by chance, one of those goofy posts sees the light of day….YOU fine readers would never make it one of the top posts in the past year.

Seriously Bonk Bonk Bonk?

Okay, apparently, you fine readers, don’t so much care if we post silly posts…just as long as we post.

But fine readers, and you too Gnomer, we are upon a new year.  A time when most of us will make a resolution and then break it…

So, what pray tell, is my resolution, well not resolution, but plan of action, for the new year?
You don’t think the title of this post was just catchy do you?


Fine readers, I am going to create two new characters this year (no Fikkle, not just two, silly Canadianian) with one thought in mind.  Creating a how to series.  One of those characters will be a hunter, because, I can be a hunter.  The second will be a paladin.  I am leaning toward making the paladin a human for a couple reasons:

1) They are not Belfs… Any long time reader of my posts or comments will know my loathing of the blood elf.  I am so much very happy that the Horde will get Tauren Paladins in Cataclysm.  Seriously, even troll paladins would have sufficed, but my second favorite race?  Woot!

2) Humans get extra rep, cuz we all know the rep grind is long…

3) Humans get that sweet Every Man for Himself, so I don’t have to invest in a PvP trinket.

Hush it right now Roz. Zip it!, Shhh,

Silence!  I keel you!

4) Blessing of Kings: who by the way sends the most traffic our way…for some reason.

(yeah you want me to roll your class, start sending folks this way…yeah..I can be bought)

Now, the major question is this.  Do I make my hunter an alliance too?  If so, what race?

Oh before we go much further, let me explain some of my ground rules.

1) Must be on a server where I don’t have characters

2) Only support should be the DK I roll on said server to provide some bigger bags.

Seriously, Blizz, increase the drop rate of bags in the starter zones or up the bag space to 20 in the backpack.  No food or water was a great step /golfclap  :rollseyes:

So, here’s my question to you, which server should I roll on.  That leaves out: Dawnbringer, Winterhoof and Gnomer’s server in the Oceanic area. (since he gaves me stuff already)

I have no problem rolling both characters as alliance, nor do I have a problem rolling one alliance and one Horde.  Realistically, I could do both on the same server.  My goal here is to provide a decent leveling guide for the new player.  Either new to the game or new to the classes.    Sure, I could roll these up on my “home” servers, but let’s be honest, I’ve got lots of alts bankrolled by by level 80’s and it’s just not the same experience.  Heirloom shoulders, trinkets, chest and weapons make the leveling process a breeze.  No recruit a friend.

This doesn’t mean that I just want to roll on a server I don’t know anyone, so if you’d like Pie to hang out with you on your server, feel free to suggest it.  I don’t want boosted through the process, which is one of the other reasons to not roll on one of my home servers.  Let’s be honest, my rogue got boosted through BFD and got the sweet bow, where I would normally have to get a group to go.

So there it is boys and girls, give me some suggestions.  What would you like to see me do?  I am not saying I’ll spend every playing moment playing these characters, but I would like to advance enough to get a few posts a month out of these characters. I’ll split them so one post will focus on the hunter and the other on the pally.

Apparently, I am not the only one who got this idea.  Go check out BBB for his project on a new bear tank!

Merry Christmas from all of us at 4TH

Posted in Holiday Event, Real Life with tags on December 24, 2009 by forthepie

Merry Christmas to you and your families.

A special thanks to those serving, at home and abroad. To those who spend this holiday season away from their families and those in harm’s way.  Thank you!

Here’s to a prosperous New Year to all of us.  Okay not so much for you alliance peoples…but just maybe a little bit.

Perhaps next week when the family isn’t in town, I’ll tell you of my embarrassing heroic run back in BC…Fellhoof, the druid Tank reminded me of said story.

O Hai Thrall

Posted in Random with tags on December 16, 2009 by Gnomeaggedon

O Hai Thrall!

I heard you are getting the shaft… Errr I mean getting a cushy diplomatic post.

Guess it was all that mishandling of Sylvanas and letting the competitive Orcs usurp your position.

I hear they are going to clean up out Orgrimmar too…

About time!

As if the smell of Orcs isn’t fetid enough without all that Tauren dung littering the streets.

Take it from me, the best Tauren is the BBQ’d Tauren. Marinated in Belf tears is best, but there’s nothing wrong with a plain old slab of Bessy on the BBQ!


I’m beginning to think your crew are already deserting you… This place is as desolate as Exodar…

Where they all go?

I could have used a slice of Fikkle Sylus Pie for Xmas lunch… Those BGs make me hungry and I have a sweet tooth.

Anyway, I think it’s time to head off… Before I do I think I’ll mark your throne… That should drive the Hunter’s pets crazy… The scent of Gnome pee… They will be gnawing on whoever sits on this throne for years to come.

If you happen to see the folks from For The Horde, say G’day to them for me…

Ohh and wish all the readers a great holiday season while your at it!

For Gnomeregan!

Gnomer and Out!

One Week Without Wow

Posted in rogue with tags , , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by sylus

Yes folks, I had almost quit cold turkey without even trying to quit wow. I hear something about if you can make it past your first week you can be home free…well folks, it’s a lie. I’ve had the craziest week ever. I ended up with several semester projects due at the end of this past week. Now, between all of the extra school work, a PS3 with blue ray player(lets face it, I’m all about the High def movies!) and the bundle of joy reaching 8 weeks old, my parents needing a hand moving, and then the general nuttyness that surrounds me, I went just over a full week without even so much as logging into world of warcraft. Very sad, I know. Then tonight I sat down to work on a drawing for a guy for Christmas (he’s gonna love it) and decided that I needed a break. It dawned on me how long it had been sense I last logged into Azeroth. I had to remedy this. So, two minutes later I’m sitting in Dal on teh ol’ rogue ready for some action. I throw the invite out to Omega to see who can hit up HTOC. Not two minutes later we’re rolling into the instance. Now, there has to be something going on. Apparently Blizzard realized I hadn’t been in game for a week or so, and wanted to lure me in. They threw every piece of rogue gear that place had to offer at me! Well, not every piece, but I had at least one drop for every boss. Now, mind you a hunter got my helmet off of the black knight…meh, on well. I did however end up with the boots and bracers from the previous two bosses. I think wow wants me back in, and they have succeeded. I must now try to make some wow time over the next few days. School has slowed down so that is a plus. My rogue will be getting more playtime, she’s a blast. Yes, I said She. And she’s a Belf, yes,  BELF! Check her out. I know she needs a ton of gear/work as she’s new to the end game of life. Catch you all in Azeroth! You’ll be seeing a lot more of me!

I leave you with the inspiration for playing a female belf rogue. The music is lacking (Fikkle would disagree, I hear he likes buble gum pop?) but the video is all win.


Need more cowbell..

Posted in Random on December 3, 2009 by forthepie

Shh don’t tell the others I rolled a gnome DK on Gnomer‘s server.

Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription... is more cowbell!