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7-10-2011 @ 7:54AM
At one time, I didn't think I wanted to play WoW but enjoyed watching my friend play. One day, as I stood behind my friend, watching his Paladin pummel things with a hammer or something in Northshire, we saw something . . . this bright orange streak racing across the screen in the background of the dark, forested area. We both just stared at it and said "WOW!! What was THAT??" THAT was probably a rank 1 fireball, cast by some lowbie mage killing a wolf or Kobold, probably. But to us it looked so . . . . POWERFUL. I said "Well, IF I ever decide to play this game, I want to do THAT!"Not long after, I rolled my first toon . . . a fire mage. And over 4 1/2 years later, that is still my main, my favorite. And I haven't regretted it.I think many of what Christian has to say is good common sense for ANY new player. Loot everything, don't buy new gear in the AH, and choose some professions. When it comes time to train for new skills or get a mount, you won't be tempted to stand in the major city begging (in trade, general, with yells, says and whispers) for gold, winning a nice spot on many ignore lists. I read a similar advice years ago, about only visiting the AH early on, to SELL things, and when I hit 40, I had the 100 or so gold I needed to train for my riding and get my first horse.One thing I have to caution about instancing. Keep your chin up . . . some of the random instance groups you get into may be filled with impatient elitist people who can't fathom anyone NOT knowing the perfect rotation, not knowing boss fights (and expecting that EVERYONE knows how and where to look up boss strategy and should do homework before queueing up for random). They may leave group at the first wipe or if each pull takes longer than they deem acceptable. They may belittle you, yell at you, vote-kick you. They are jerks. New players need a chance to learn and experience content. You might want to team up with a friend or guildie for some moral (and maybe gameplay) support. But don't worry . . . not everyone is like that. There are plenty of nice people in the game, many who will point you in the right direction on not only how to succeed at various goals in the game, but help you have fun. Explore. Learn the game, learn your class, but do it at your own pace. Make friends. Learn teamwork as well as some self-sufficiency. Mages are awesome. If you die a few times, don't give up. Later on they become quite powerful and VERY enjoyable. Besides, who DOESN'T like to port all over the place?
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