The mistakes and torment of the noob, a retrospective
Everyone starts somewhere. Those who come from a background already heavy with MMOs will slide into WoW smoother than others. Those familiar with certain kinds of combat games will find the fighting system familiar. As myself, coming from a completely different gaming background (mostly Racing games) it took me a long time to work out how WoW went. I don’t know if the information I wanted was avaliable in the manual, I certainly didn’t find it at the time. Of course, since I started, they’ve vastly improved the standard of the beginning tutorials, with pictures of the mouse and everything. However, I can remember several hideous mistakes I made in my early days.
On my hunter, my first character, I was slowly autoshooting things to death in the very starting bit (whilst not doing any quests, I don’t remember leaving them at the time, but I revisited the starting zone at 70 to find that I’d not done any of the starter quests and must have ground my way out of the earliest zone and into Mulgore proper) I’d seen two other players in my early starting zone, and from the second one I found that right clicking their portrait gave me an inspection option. Bare this fact in mind. The starting tauren place was invaded by Alliance whilst I was busy crawling around, and I didn’t recognise them as enemy players, just other players. They had yellow names, which didn’t mean anything to me. They weren’t red, however, so I knew they wouldn’t attack me. One was a Dwarf Paladin at 60 (I now know all this from screenshots etc, but I didn’t at the time.) I waved at him, and right clicked him to see what all the shiny gear was and where the glows were coming from, and where I could get some (glowing things seem to appeal to the starting player, I later picked enchanting to get access to more glows). Of course, I started auto shooting. I couldn’t work out how to even stop it, and was obliterated and camped for the next 4 hours. I had similar experiences later in the Barrens. I didn’t really understand what was going on, although I learnt how to kite players into the flight master at crossroads (the wyverns used to obliterate 60s).
Another nasty Alliance altercation came with my warlock, way after I got Ort to 70 and geared him. There’s a highly tedious escort quest north of ratchet for the Horde. It involves guiding a slow witted blood elf through long paths littered with angry soldiers. Then pirates. About half an hour after I accepted the quest, I got him right outside ratchet, 30 yards from the quest giver. And a level 50 night elf hunter drops out of nowhere, one shots my escort, laughs and spits on me. Now by then, I knew that that was a player, who’d done that unprovoked, merely for the simple stroking of his epeen that he’d angered a horde. I think I gave away my plan by simply sitting down in the path and logging out. By the time my arena geared hunter arrived, he was long gone. I checked his location with an alliance alt, and he’d fled to Stormwind. You can’t beat them all. I wish I’d made note of the name.
In terms of professions, I picked what made sense. The default backpack was only 16 slots! But lo and behold, there’s a profession that crafts bags! That makes sense to pick tailoring for, doesn’t it? Well not anymore, but it did at the time. And man oh man, cloth hoods look funny on tauren. I didn’t know one day I might wear mail. If I had, I probably would have picked Blacksmithing. (An interesting note about that profession, in TBC blacksmithing had full support for mail wearing classes who had chosen that, with Fel iron Chain wear, but that support was dropped in WotLK with only plate items crafted with the smithing.)
I’m sure I made a lot more mistakes. I dilly dallied around the zones, exploring, mucking around with my friends, helping lower levels. I didn’t level efficiently. But with every mistake made, I took a step further down the road to what I am today. We live and learn folks!