World of Warcraft – Intro

Howdy gamers!  World of Warcraft (WoW) is one of the games that even most non-gamers have at least heard about.  The game was launched in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment following their 3 previous Warcraft titles.  by 2017 it had grossed over $9 billion making the Warcraft franchise one of the highest-grossing of all time.  WoW uses a subscription model and has had eight major expansions so far.  

WoW is an MMORPG, massively multiplayer online role-playing game, and it’s truly massive.  There are over 100 million accounts.  When you start playing wow you begin with choosing the ‘realm’ or server you want to join.  Realms are based on the region you live in or languages the game will be in.  For a while, realms were broken into PvE and PvP types, but now players can choose between normal realms or realms where the player tries to role-play in character while playing.

Next, most races choose between the Alliance or Horde faction, you will be able to speak to your allies but only emote to the other side.  Next, the player chooses their race which can also affect the classes you can choose. Once all these choices are made you can start to play and progress your character. 

Eventually, you will also choose two professions such as a blacksmith that makes goods, or a miner that gathers materials.  there are also three secondary skills, fishing, cooking, and archeology that all characters can learn.  To help you progress and make relationships it’s good to join a guild.  This gives you access to guild chat and other perks.  

Like most MMORPGs the majority of the time you will be questing.  Guests can have a range of objectives but they are usually defeating a certain monster, or gathering certain items.  There are non-player characters, NPCs, that can give the player quests.  There is a main quest line that will tell you the story of the game, and also several side quests that can usually be done according to your own timing.  

A lot of WoW can be played solo but the more challenging aspects of the game are often designed to be played as a group.  Team composition is often key to winning end game content, so try to choose your team wisely!

If you choose to get involved in PvP play there are a few different ways to do so.  There are areas of the game that allow opposition faction members to attack each other for free for all combat.  You can also toggle between wanting to be in PvP mode or not for certain game areas.  There are also Battlegrounds that are instanced PvP dungeons with rewards.

This just barely scratches the surface of how World of Warcraft is played  And with the addition of several expansions the game keeps getting bigger and better.  So if you haven’t yet summoned the courage to take on WoW give the trial a shot on Windows or Mac today!  For the Horde… or Alliance!