The game World of Warcraft is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, otherwise known as MMORPG. The game is rated T for teen, however in my adventures in this game, I have met many people from varying backgrounds, countries and even different generations. So whether you’re 13 or 60, this game is very entertaining.
The content in WoW is quite extensive as there are two expansions to the original game. It begins on the planet Azeroth with two continents: Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor. WoW has two expansions, which added two additional zones for your character to quest and explore. With the release of The Burning Crusade in January 2007, players could achieve 10 more levels and explore an entirely new and separate zone known as Outlands, which is not on Azeroth but can be accessed in-game through The Dark Portal. November 2008, almost two years after the first expansion, Blizzard released their second expansion Wrath of the Lich King. This expansion added yet another 10 levels for players and an additional continent, Northrend, on the World of Warcraft planet Azeroth. You can read more about Azeroth’s history and the events leading up to the addition of The Blasted Lands and Northrend at www.WorldofWarcraft.com.
Once the game is installed and you have all necessary expansions and patches, (patches are changes to the game by Blizzard and will begin installing automatically) it’s time to create a character! On the character creation screen, you can choose Horde or Alliance races to play. Once you have chosen your side and race, now choose a class. There are ten classes to choose from in the game. Some classes can be difficult for new players. For purposes of this article and future articles, I will be leveling a Gnome Warlock. Once you have chosen your class, now play around with the settings in the bottom left hand corner to edit your character’s appearance.
Once you have your choices made on your character, click Enter World and let’s get playing! Upon first entering, you will be placed in a starting zone for your chosen race. My character, a Gnome, starts in Coldridge Valley, a town in the zone Dun Morogh. The NPC (Non-Player Character), a character that’s part of the game, standing before you has a golden exclamation point above his head. This means he has a quest for you to complete. There are literally thousands of quests in the World of Warcraft, so many that there are achievements that your character can earn by accepting and completing respective numbers of quests on your adventures.
To make your character move, use the W key on your keyboard. This moves your character forward. The S key moves him/her backward and the A and D keys move him/her side to side. Move forward to the NPC with the quest and using your mouse, right click the NPC and a pop-up will appear. This window shows the details of the quest. Once you have read the instructions, accept the quest. You now have a link to the quest in the upper right hand corner of your screen, just below your mini map. This is how you will read and accept quests as you level.
Each new character starts with a limited number of abilities specific to their class. As a Warlock, I start with only Shadow Bolt and Demon Skin. Shadow Bolt is a casting ability that once activated hits the target for a ranged amount of damage. This initially does not kill the target. You must hit the ability repetitiously until the target is dead. Once the target is eliminated, you may approach it and retrieve any loot it has. To do this, simply right click the target and a pop-up will appear showing the loot you can take. Typically, quests will send you to kill targets and retrieve a certain amount of loot or to kill a specified number of targets.
Questing & Looting
When you have completed a quest, you return to the NPC where you first obtained the quest to turn it in. The NPC will reward you with in-game money and clothing, otherwise known as gear, for your character to wear. Generally, this clothing is better than what you have on. If a piece of gear in the rewards is red, that’s an indication that your class cannot equip, or wear that particular type of gear.
When you are killing your targets, you are undoubtedly looting them. Some will only drop the item necessary for your quest, others will drop other items. Some of those items are useful, such as food or helpful potions. Other times, it’s non-usable items known as vendortrash. You should definitely keep these items because you can sell them to an NPC vendor for in-game money. Then use that in-game money to pay for necessary training for your character.
I hope that you have found this article informative and enticing. Happy Questing!
Actual in-game content.