Recently I’ve stumbled across a lot of new players. I guess the whole ‘free to play until level 20’ will do that to a game. Personally, I don’t mind new players. In fact I’m happy that a game this old can still attract new players.
Me, myself and I
6 and a half years ago I started playing. I had no clue what I was doing with my little druid (and I still don’t always know that with my ‘big’ druid now). I remember putting my talentpoints all over the place and collecting random gear that was green. I didn’t care for stats, or actually I didn’t know about stats. I remember being in Darkshore and finding this vendor who sold gear. It was all one set and all leather. It was a set so I had to have it. It didn’t matter that it was ‘white’ and had no stats on it. It was a set. I spend all my hard earned silver on it. I was a newbie. It’s fine, we all have to learn it someway. Later on I read some websites, chatted with guildies and I found out more and more about WoW and how stats, dungeons, etc work. There’s a lot of material out there, but even if you don’t want to go browse the internet or ask other people for help, you can still find a lot of extra information in the game itself.
The talenttrees have very good descriptions now. Telling players exactly what each talent does, the same goes for spells. Heck, there’s even an option to get a ‘newbie’ description on for your spells. I tend to do that if I pick a class I haven’t played in ages. Just to see what the spells do again in simple terms.
There is a lot of ‘help’ in the game if you are willing to look for it.
It’s not easy being green
One of my friends started to play wow a few weeks ago. He’s a really nice guy and very willing to learn. He’s finished with the starting area and now venturing into the rest of the world of Azeroth. He didn’t ask for much help, found certain things out for himself. Did he make mistakes? Probably, it’s not easy to deal with players who have played this game for so long and expect everyone else who is low-level to be yet another alt. Sometimes veteran players will have to realize that it might not be an alt running around in SFK but actually a new player. If you see them struggling, you can always whisper them and offer some help or advice. If they don’t want it, fair enough. I have to admit that I don’t have the patience anymore for players who don’t want to learn. My friend is a good guy, he’s willing to learn and take in new information. He’s very harsh on himself when in all honesty he is doing a really good job.
Then there are the players who are stubborn and don’t want to learn. They are the ones I have no patience for. They shrug off any good advice, get angry if you want to help them or call you elitist. I think the best one I’ve heard was: I just want to play the game and don’t be a geek like you all. Really? Are you kidding me? You picked up wow, face it you’re a geek and be proud of it. I sure am.
Again, yes you can play the game however you want, but don’t you want it to be fun for yourself by not dieing all the time? Or get compliments from the other people in the group instead of them screaming at you for rolling Need on everything? And if you really can’t stand that, then you can just go questing by yourself. Not doing any dungeons doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on amazing things in game (perhaps some nice gear, but questing can be a lot of fun).
I already agreed to helping out my friend in game by running some instances with him. He didn’t ask me for it, I offered. I know we’ll die a few times to silly things, but it’s all part of the learning process, both him and me since I’ll be playing another class, having to deal with new spells/abilities or even a different role. See personally I am ok with helping out people, but I don’t like it when people ‘demand’ it from me. I do not pay money so I can be your little servant. If you’d ask me nicely and I have time, I will run a new player through some instances. God knows I’ve given away lots of bags and some gold before to get people started. Then again I’ve encountered some newbies who just expect everyone to help them. Combine that with an unwillingness to learn anything about the game and you just gave me a major headache.
Bad 85! No cookie for you!
I see myself as a veteran player, but I do not think veteran = amazing skills. I can get by and if I put some research in my class I can put out ok numbers. However, being a veteran will also give you a stigma. I’ve read somewhere that some people don’t like 85’s because they are apparently arrogant or conceited or full of themselves. Or we were just lucky to reach 85 by getting help from people standing behind us whispering in our ears how to play, read all the guides on the internet about the game, or we were run through things by guildies….. I don’t even know where to begin when I hear things like that. I did get help at times and guildies were nice enough to run me through things. However, again you can just treat wow as a solo game and just quest and quest and quest. You don’t need mad skills to reach 85. For gods sake.. someone reached 85 just by mining and herbing. Perhaps people who already reached 85 on one toon aren’t as taken aback by the game any more, so it makes them a bit more down to earth. Been there, done that basically. It doesn’t mean they know everything already.
In the end it doesn’t really matter…
I know I’m all over the place with this post but my final words to all the new players out there are these: Don’t be afraid to tell people you are new. Yes you’ll encounter jerks, but you might also encounter some nice people who are very willing to help you out. Do take in their advice and learn from it. Don’t be afraid to read up on things on the internet. It might seem like mumbojumbo in the beginning, but the more you play and the more you read, the easier this game will get. Don’t think that just because a person has a closet full of 85’s it means they are full of themselves, they might just enjoy leveling. Respect is a two way thing, much like friendship and you can build up some great friendships in this game (old and new player) if you are just polite.