Tales of a Wow n00b: Day 3

I should really have titled this post “General Asshattery” but I have a little more self respect than that, but only slightly.

First, I want to thank all the gracious and kind commenters on yesterday’s post. Your suggestions and advice were invaluable. As a true Wow n00b and someone who has logged next to zero hours in this or any other MMOG in the last few hours, the few simple tricks have been the most helpful.

Keep reading for my small realizations that have been a huge help.

First and foremost, the toggle for running, numlock, is a godsend. This world (of warcraft, natch) is so huge that without the ability to run I would have never gotten my purple (blue is for smurfs) night elf ass back to Shadowglen. Thanks for that. Thanks also for the whole right-click while running to steer. Fabulous.

I’ve got to say my biggest fault in Day 2 was getting myself farther afield than I should have. The world is so big and non-linear (while my first few tasks were relatively linear) that had I payed a bit more attention and stuck closer to home I wouldn’t have died almost a dozen times in the past 24 hours.

Having said that, I managed to grow from level 2 to level 5 tonight, completing 3 tasks/quests/challenges along the way, due in no small part to your help. Thanks.

I think I also finally awoke to all the many and varied icons around the periphery of the screen. Once my eyes focused on those (instead of the scenery or an enemy I was fighting) I got some more keyboard shortcuts beneath my belt fingernails. I especially like the number-mapping for different offensive attacks.

All in all, I got more “done” tonight than the previous two nights combined, easily, but I have less to say about it, because I was actually in the moment and playing instead of thinking about what I was doing. I suppose it’s like practicing any sport or skill; the more you do it the more natural and fluid it feels.

I do have one negative comment: what is up with all these folks (other n00bs) challenging me to duels? I didn’t sign up for this just to do the mano y mano thing. I came to adventure!

I’d also like to acknowledge the really excellent tool tips pop-ups that occur when you do something new for the first time. I had my reading eyes and paying-attention brain on tonight and I’m glad I did. Now that I can walk and chew bubblegum at the same time, it makes expanding my knowledge that much easier.

I know I’m still a n00b, but even this soon in, I’m feeling it less and less.

My question of the night: what kinds of online resources exist for mapping/gazateer functionality for Azeroth. I’m fairly good with cardinal directions and mapping, but the mini-map, the whizzing landscapes and all the camera controlling has me flipped around sometimes. Suggestions and razzing welcome.

And here’s my final point, I promise. I’ve been impressed with my fellow n00bs (duelers excepted) in-game. Most are helpful and exploratory and not too chatty. I’m just beginning to see the benefits of teaming up and joining a group to not only accomplish goals, but also add to the social aspect.

If you can’t tell, I’m really loving this game now! G’night!

10 Comments so far

  1. Yashima (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

    You have tried the in-game worldmap? I am not sure wether it is bound to “m” by default, but if it is not there should be a greenish button on your minimap you could klick. Otherwise check your key-bindings.

    If you feel like you need an out of game resource for maps you might want to try http://www.allakhazam.com they do have some nice – annotated (w/Spoilers?) – maps. Here’s the one for Teldrassil but beware of spoilers: http://wow.allakhazam.com/db/zone.html?wzone=9 For now the in-game worldmap should serve just fine.

    Btw I have bound the auto-running to mouse-button #4 … ever since I first found out that there is such a function.

    Have fun and keep posting, I enjoy your stories :)

  2. Kinless (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:31 am

    Regarding mapping, an in-game add-on I like is “Cartographer”. It’s “Ace based” so memory efficient. It comes with it’s own plug-ins for remembering (marking your map) where vendors are, trainers, quest givers, quest objectives, herbs, ore, etc. If you’re curious about this, and other Ace based add-ons, visit http://www.wowace.com/wiki/Main_Page and check under the add-ons section. It’s not a cheat, but more of a helper, since you’ll need to find the initial vendor/trainer/ore/herb/quest giver, etc. to get them marked on your map. (Oh, you can also ask guards for directions and that’ll be marked permanently on this map as well.)

    For duels, there is an add-on that I have called “Automaton”. Some of the settings it includes are “Automatically sell all ‘vendor trash’ to the vendor you’re at,” “Decline all duel requests,” “Automatically accept all party invites from guildmates or those on my friends list,” and several more.

    Anyway, I’ve got posted a listing of the addons I use, and where I found them, and you can see that at: http://kinless.blogspot.com/search/label/addons

    Enjoy your time as a Druid. You’ll have some quests to look forward to, coming up soon, and you’ll journey far in accomplishing them. Think fur.

  3. Oddluck (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 5:02 am

    Oh man, you’re hooked.

    Kiss your life goodbye.

  4. Miz (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 5:03 am

    You might also try:


    for a Google Earth type of view. It also shows flight paths, and items like herbs, ore, etc.

  5. Jimmy (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 5:17 am

    Not even level 10 and we’re tossing addons your way. Once you start modding your UI, it’s over. This game becomes your game and there’s no turning back. That said, visit http://www.wowwiki.com/UI_Beginners_Guide for a little intro to the UI including some verbiage on addons. WoWWiki is also a great source for other WoW info. Also, Thottbot.com is your friend. Use it often.

    Regarding mapping, I actually printed out the maps from the Cartography section of http://worldofwar.net. Very helpful for the new player. And pretty too!

    Just a note, my first addon was CosmosUI (http://www.cosmosui.org). It’s actually an addon bundle that was a great introduction to modifying the UI. As I became more experienced, I found things that were more useful for me and my character and added those. I discarded things I didn’t need or use. Btw, there is an addon that will automatically decline duel challenges. Might want to try that out…

    To reiterate what ODDLUCK said, “Kiss your life goodbye.” Good luck!

  6. Heather (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 5:47 am

    I’ll try to avoid adding to this list of suggested mods for now, because it can be overwhelming at first, no matter how useful they are! (Although I will say I did write up a list of my favorites, emphasis on those that save your hands, in case you ever want to poke around a bit.)

    I, too, hate all those duel challenges. Auto-decline mods are your friends. :)

  7. Maturin (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 6:25 am

    Hi there, nice to read your 3 days of WoW posts. Be ready for serious addiction. The most important points I can give (I’m on my first character.. level44 now) are these:

    1) Start 2 main professions NOW. Ask people what’s best for a druid but make one a ‘gathering profession’ for reasons you’ll work out later on. Possibly Herbalism and Alchemy would be good for you?

    2) Enjoy it… the strength of this game is communication and friendliness.

    3) Join a guild. If you are invited to join a guild they are great for getting advice and in game friends. It makes it nicer to log on to the game and chat with all your guildies :O)

    4) Ignore idiots… don’t respond unless you’re in the mood or a bit drunk. Just ignore them as if they are just some bug in the game… and you will come across some real pains in the behind :O)

    And next time you log in type these commands…

    Have a ball!

  8. Tal Ater (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 6:27 am

    Don’t feel bad about not knowing how to auto-run… On my first character, I actually stuck a matchstick on my keyboard above the W key, so that it would be stuck in the pressed position… That way I could go to the bathroom while my character kept running…

    lol, to be young again.

  9. Seth (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    Thanks for all the wonderful feedback.

    I’ve really enjoyed both playing WoW and writing these blog posts and will diligently try to continue doing both (as if I’ll need “try”).

  10. Dave (unregistered) on March 10th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    Yeah.. the autorun thing. I learned that about 6 months ago and that was 3 months after my wasd keys had all but been worn out. I was thinking about getting whiteout and trying my hand at painting.

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