I have been playing World of Warcraft (WoW) now for about two years, and it seemed like a good time to write a quick guide for people that might be new to the game.
I realize on the surface it might seem odd to be writing a newcomers guide to a game as rich in history as WoW — we did just celebrate its 10th anniversary after all — but with the recent expansion I imagine there are quite a few who are creating their very first characters and jumping into Azeroth (or at least considering it).
For those unfamiliar, WoW is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (or MMORPG) created by Blizzard Entertainment that allows you to create fictional characters and adventure in a massive digital world. It is in many ways the digital equivalent to Dungeons & Dragons or other similar table-top role playing games. It was not the first game of its kind, but it is the largest and currently has a base of somewhere around 7 million active players.
WoW is a game of near endless scope and scale, one that offers an amazing variety of activities and supports a rich array of gaming styles. But for someone completely new to the game this freedom can be daunting.