Are you tired of your woman nagging you to take out the garbage during raid time? Do you wish your significant other was just as addicted to WoW as you? Could you use a companion for your achievement grinding? In 6 easy steps you can be on your way to a prize treasured by every WoW player: a partner who plays with you, not against you.
1. Watch the Cinematics with Her
Cinematics and game trailers are a good place to start when it comes to sparking interest in any game. Blizzard games in particular are notorious for their epic cinematics. After watching the cinematics for vanilla WoW, Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King, your girl should be intrigued enough to want to play the game. Trust me, it’ll work. I was so excited to play a druid after seeing the Night Elf in the original WoW cinematic shift into a kitty. Now I have a level 80 druid with way too much /played time.
2. Show Her Your Pets and Mounts
Vanity items like cute pets and mounts are sure to attract any girl. After all, what’s cooler than riding around on horses made of stars and adorable turtles? Some particularly cute pets are the Baby Blizzard Bear, Perky Pug, and Stinker. She can keep tabs on her ever-expanding critter collection with Warcraftpets.com. For a birthday or anniversary you can even buy her a plushy Gryphon Hatchling or Wind Rider Cub. Both of these stuffed animals come with matching in-game companions.
3. Let Her Play Dress Up With Your Epics
Your chick’s level 1 character is going to be dressed in little more than rags. Introduce her to the dressing room feature using your character’s shiny epics, and explain how her armor and weapons will look better and better as she levels. This is good incentive for her to level fast! You can also give her some gold so that she can go “shopping” on the auction house. Women will also love features like the barbershop, where she can give her character a new ‘do in the blink of an eye.
4. Level with Her
Whether you want to start a new alt that complements the class she chooses, or help her out with your overpowered main, you’ll want to help her level. She’s going to get bored and confused if you don’t help her along the way. Having two separate computers is essential if you want your significant other to play WoW with you. Don’t get her addicted to the game when you share a computer, it won’t be pretty. Before you know it, you two will be fighting over who gets to play, and you’ll regret your decision to introduce her to WoW. Already have 2 computers? Then don’t sweat it. You’re on your way to playing blissful WoW sessions with your woman.
5. Pay for Her Subscription
Money is a great motivator. If your girlfriend decides to buy vanilla wow + 2 expansions (soon to be 3), it’s going to cost her a pretty penny. If she’s never played an MMO before, then the monthly subscription fee will probably come as a shocker to her. Offering to pay her subscription fee, at least when she first begins playing, will help persuade her to play. The $15 a month (or less if you pay for more than 1 month at a time) is likely a lot cheaper than any dates you go on. Just think, next Friday night you and your girlfriend or wife could be playing WoW together instead of going to see the latest chick flick.
6. Have Patience
Patience in general is a virtue here. There’s no need to force your girl to keybind everything right off the bat, nor do you need to discourage her by groaning at seemingly endless questions. Don’t laugh at her and call her a noob, even if she insists on gearing her warrior in cloth because of how “fashionable” it looks. Teaching her about things like addons, hit caps, and diminishing returns is a gradual process. Don’t overwhelm her with your infinite WoW knowledge; take it a step at a time.
Remember not to let the game take over your relationship. Playing WoW together is a great way to have fun and learn things about your partner, but don’t let it consume you.
Are you reading this article but missing the key component? If you’re single and looking for a girl who already games, you can read my article on How to Get a Gamer Girlfriend.
Personal Experience: I’ve been playing WoW for 4 years.