Operation: Lowbie-Getting Started
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 battle.net 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?
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.
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!