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!