Playing World Of Warcraft For The First Time Ever Is Wonderful

Playing World Of Warcraft For The First Time Ever Is Wonderful

World of Warcraft Classic is allowing tons of dedicated and longtime fans to relive the early days of their favourite game. For someone like me who never had any experience with World of Warcraft, it’s a different sort of time capsule. It’s strange to be a total newbie to one of the biggest games in history, but there’s also joy to be had in not knowing what to do or where to go next.

I know almost nothing about World of Warcraft. I know the Alliance and the Horde, I know that Tempest Keep was merely a setback, I know Jaina’s done some questionable things recently, and I know “you no take candle.” My knowledge of Warcraft is secondhand. I picked up fragments from things like Hearthstone and that one time I saw the World of Warcraft movie with my girlfriend. WoW Classic is totally alien to me. Ever since my curiosity got the better of me and I started playing two days ago, I’ve bumbled about as a fresh-faced priestess and found myself happily overwhelmed by the game’s scale and design.

MMOs aren’t new to me. I’m an avid Final Fantasy XIV player. I played Star Wars Galaxies, Guild Wars 2, The Old Republic, Lord of the Rings Online, and more. When I dropped into Azeroth, I had some fundamentals to work on: learning the levelling process, how to get new spells, walking the path to the infamous town village of Goldshire. All of it has been a fascinating peek at a world I’ve never known.

There have been surprises — I have never in my life seen a Tauren before, so that was a shock — but they’ve been a lot of fun. And while it feels strange as a games journalist to admit my lack of Warcraft knowledge, I’m content to wander from quest to quest and observe the game’s bustling community.

Last night, I found a green quality bow while slaying a murloc on a quest. Not the highest-quality weapon and also not anything I could use as Priestess. I could have sold it and made a little more money for buying new spells, but instead, I asked in General chat if anyone wanted it. Someone messaged me asking to see the item. I linked it in chat. He passed.

“I hope it goes to a worthy hunter,” the stranger said.

My reply came quickly: “I figure why sell it if I can help someone out.”

“That the spirit of Classic,” they offered in turn. I’m not making this up; that’s just how nice this stranger was.

I’m level 10 right now, and although I don’t plan to power level, I’ll eventually get to 60 even if I only play one or two nights a week here or there. It’ll be a long, relaxing journey. I’m not going to raid in a hardcore fashion; I won’t have multiple characters; and I’m not gonna role play, even though I found a weary traveller on the road last night and struck up a quick chat. Instead, I’ll amble through Classic and finally get a chance to see what the fuss was about all those years ago.


  • Quit… quit now while you have the chance, or you could end up being trapped playing it for 15 years. Even if you quit, you end up going back… save yourself!!!

  • My reply came quickly: “I figure why sell it if I can help someone out.”

    “That the spirit of Classic,” they offered in turn.

    All of this!

    And also, all conquering 2H Enhancement Shaman owning with old school OP WF!

  • People have tried to get me into this, but it is clearly a “I don’t have anything else better to do with my time” activity. Just could not get into it at all. I tried. Just couldn’t find where the fun was supposed to be.

      • It wasnt his take on the story, but his experience with the game. Re-read what he wrote. He’s played it, and it wasnt for him, which is fine. It wasnt for everyone. It took me a couple of tries before I got hooked back in the day. And it was a “dont have anything better to do” experience for me the second time as well.

        Was burnt out on EQ, needed a break, and restarted on a different server where some friends had a guild going. But the first time I played (a month or so after launch), I couldnt find the fun either.

  • Strange, my memories of vanilla were filled with graveyard ganking (on the receiving end), always having the other monitor with a quest / crafting guide page on it and people rolling Need on anything to sell them.

    Not to mention Goldshire Inn being the home of ERP.

  • I have been playing WoW since launch, but I’ve only really been playing because it’s my “comfy blanket” game. I like to see where the story is taking the world. I thought I’d play Classic for nostalgia, but I didn’t think it would really take …

    …how wrong I was. I’m loving every minute of it. I love the rawness of it. The difficulty curve. The slow levelling. The need to carefully manage what you spend your hard earned gold on (if you want that mount at 40). Finally, an MMO feels like a challenge again. I’d love some of the graphical (texture and model) improvements, but that’s superficial over the gameplay. I’m here to stay.

  • So after playing Classic for a week I decided to roll a character on retail and…

    Gods it’s such a dead, lifeless experience compared with Classic.

    Sure, it plays better (I got from level 1-10 in maybe ninety minutes) and you get better rewards but…

    It’s so completely soulless. I just couldn’t enjoy it at all.

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