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I haven’t posted to this blog in a VERY long time. It’s not that I haven’t been playing World of Warcraft. My ability to post was more related to a tinge of OCD or what some consider perfectionism. I could edit a post 20 times before I’d consider it good enough to live on the web forever and some times posting seems more like a daunting task. What’s changed in a year?
I have six natural level 90 characters now – 5 Alliance, 1 Horde and two unnatural level 90 characters (boosted). By natural I mean I actually spent the time to level all these characters up the hard way. My main character, Shavai, now has iLvL 547 gear instead of struggling with quest gear (and the top level of gear has gone up twice). The guild master from my old guild quit the game to focus on other things in life, but very kindly helped me transition into my own guild. Most notably, my son and his girlfriend are now both playing World of Warcraft with me.
Playing a game for over a year gives you an amazing perspective on the game and the people who play it. World of Warcraft has so much to offer in play types and places to play, yet many people want quick and instant gratification. In a game so rich with things to do and places to go, finding those who really appreciate all the game’s aspects is a rare and joyous occasion. We’ve had a few people join the guild with alts, but none who are regular players.
Currently, I own two Level 25 guilds – one Alliance on the Dalaran server and one Horde on the Gnomeregan server. My hope is to make our guilds learning guilds. I look forward to getting all my characters up to Level 90 so I can concentrate more on creating guild resources and do guild recruiting. Our goal with the learning guilds will be to provide tools and tips to everyone who wants to explore the depth of the game and more casual, less regimented opportunities to try and learn some of the harder aspects of the game such as raids.
At the end of this year, Blizzard will release a new expansion pack for World of Warcraft called “Warlords of Draenor.” If bootleg videos of people flying over unfinished lands is any indication, there will be plenty to explore in addition to being able to create your own town.
If you are new to the game and interested in trying it Blizzard offers a free trial. As someone who went the trial route and ended up playing the game I recommend just jumping in as the trial route creates two different accounts which can get confusing to newer users. You can usually find the game software on sale. I recommend buying a 60-Day play time card from your local Wal-Mart and getting a link to special perks which gives you an opportunity to get triple experience and a special “Summon” ability from the person who gave the link to you regardless of which class you are. These perks only last for a couple of months though so it’s best to make use of them immediately. You can request a special link to these perks by e-mailing email@example.com with the e-mail address you’ll be using for your World of Warcraft account. It’s important you have this link available for use before creating your account.
Chances are upon creating your first character you’ll be bombarded by requests to join a guild. Make sure you choose a Level 25 guild to take advantage of all the perks (a list of these is available on the home page of our Alliance guild web page). Don’t worry about being stuck with any one guild. You can leave at any time and switch to a guild that better suits your play needs.
You may want to find a guild that caters to newer users so you don’t suffer the wrath of players who treat new users with contempt. Unfortunately, abuse of new players has become the staple of today’s barely raised children looking for a way to feel better about themselves at the expense of others. There are plenty of mature users in the game. You just have to find them.
Playing World of Warcraft can be a fun way to keep in touch with family who are no longer physically near you. It can also be a good way to teach your child to be a responsible internet user instead of an internet abuser. It’s a great way to focus on something else when dealing with daily pain management and a great way to relax if you have smaller children who go to bed early. It allows you to socialize and achieve things all in the safety of your own home.
Now is a great time to get ready for the Warlords of Draenor expansion whether you are a new player or coming back to the game after a long period of inactivity. Hope to see you there! 🙂