Welcome to the World of Warcraft thread reborn! No doubt there are a fair few veterans that will enter this thread and use it for pimping off their latest stats, kills and gears but for this first post I thought I'd make a small FAQ for any new starts that may be tempted into the game as well as making several passing derogatory comments of a Mr.SoK aka Kaioken the Tramp, much beloved and smelly contributor to the previous thread incarnation.
With that said, Letsa go!Q: What is this World of Warcraft business all about anyway?
A: World of Warcraft is a moderately entertaining Multiplayer Online game that has become rather successful due it being fun and simple to use despite it's nominal subscription fee.
You create a character on the side of a faction, Horde or Alliance and begin your adventure of questing through some entertaining and impressive storylines, slaughtering members of the opposing faction in Player Versus Player combat (PvP), advancing through difficult dungeons with in groups of 5, 10 or 25 people in search of hideous bosses and epic loot and most importantly breaking several veins in your forehead as you encounter the most terrifying enemy of all; illiteracy and stupidity found in the global chat channels.Q: Sounds interesting aside from the idiots. How would I get started in this game?
A: Getting started is simple enough. Picking up a copy of WoW is easy enough to do and can also be bought online via the official site
. Acquiring the expansion, The Burning Crusade, may also be advisable as otherwise you are restricted from playing 2 races and can only level to 60 out of a possible 70 but it is in no means mandatory.Q: So I've bought your game because you threatened to beat me if I didn't. What now?
A: Good job, no beatings for you! After registering your account and logging into the account you'll be asked which type of server you wish to play. There are really only 2 types of server (PvP and PvE) with two derivatives (RP-PvE and RP-PvP).
In PvP realms, when you enter certain contested areas usually found around level 20 or so, you will be flagged as a PvP player meaning that any member of the opposing that you spot can be killed by you and vice versa.
This has it's pros and cons in that while it is vastly more exciting for when you encounter an enemy player, there are no restrictions on player level when killing, so a vastly higher level player is free to murder you and stand there laughing and your low level corpse.
PvE realms however do not have a system like this. Instead you can choose if you wish to flag yourself for PvP should you feel the urge. Other than this, the realm types are the exact same.
As for the derivatives with the prefix RP, that stands for Role Playing and players are allowed and encouraged to develop their own player back-story via the realms of their imagination or set-up elaborate storylines and battles via the official realm forums for mass enjoyment. This however is entirely optional but character and guild naming tends to be stricter here so refrain from calling your character "Imdawinna" unless you like universal ridicule and being contacted by one of the Game Masters (GMs) about having a name change.Q: Alright already, shut up! Let me make a character you bastard!
A: With pleasure. When choosing a character you have to first decide faction, either Horde or Alliance, followed by a character class and then finally all the incidentals like physical appearance, gender and so on.
Assuming you're playing with the expansion installed, each faction has access to each of the 9 character classes but some of them will only be available to certain races because of the nature of the storyline of WoW. The 9 classes are: Mage, Warlock, Priest, Paladin, Hunter, Warrior, Rogue, Shaman and Druid. If you're playing the regular version, Shamans for Alliance and Paladins for Horde as well as the races Blood Elf and Draenei will be unavailable.Q: Wow, that's a lot of choice. Which class should I go for my first time? Help me or face strongly worded emails sent to you.
A: There is no perfect class for me to recommend to you to start with: it's entirely down to personal preference from what you read of the characters descriptions. If you must
have advice, it is generally accepted that Hunters and Warlocks make good starting choices since they are assisted by the pets/demons they control.Q: I'm interested in playing with the people found in this thread! Tell me which server and faction is necessary for this!
A: Unfortunately GRcade does not have a specific server for the people playing and are instead spread around various servers. Feel free to ask a specific favourite member you secretly adore for their server details should you wish to play with them...online.Q: So I've chosen my class and faction and have logged in. What now? Spoon-feed me the information please.
A: Adventure! Upon logging in, there are numerous in-game hints provided but really feel free to explore. Try doing the quests in the area you start in or just have a wander round the surrounding places although bear in mind to watch out for any higher level monsters that may eat you. Above all have fun!Q: One last question; Who is Kaioken?
A: Kaioken is an infamous undead mage that frequented the original WoW thread. This is him here touching a dead body’s naughty places while pretending he's looting the corpse
. Generally he's good for laughing at simply because he's hideously ugly and can't give directions for toffee.
GRCade guild is now available!
As of March 2013, there is now a combined guild of GRCade members finally gathered together in one place! All new members are welcome!
The guild details:
Realm: The Maelstrom
Guild Name: The GRcadians