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World of Warcraft. An introduction. Origins. Released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. The story and myths continue from previous Blizzard games. Burning Crusade expansion was released in 2007 Wrath of the Lich King expansion was released in 2008 It is commonly referred to as WoW.

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World of warcraft

World of Warcraft

An introduction


Origins

Origins

  • Released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. The story and myths continue from previous Blizzard games.

  • Burning Crusade expansion was released in 2007

  • Wrath of the Lich King expansion was released in 2008

  • It is commonly referred to as WoW


Popularity

Popularity

http://www.mmogchart.com/charts/


Mmorpg

MMORPG

  • Massively – huge, persistent world

  • Multiplayer – many players all playing at once

  • Online – can only be played online

  • Role-Playing – you have an avatar that you build in experience and ability

  • Game – it’s fun, it’s objective-based, it’s emergent.

    Ultima Online was the first MMORPG (1997) and Everquest was the most notable in the U.S. (1999) until WoW was released.


The premise

The premise

  • Two primary factions:

    • Alliance (dwarves, draenei, humans, gnomes, night elves)

    • Horde (orcs, tauren, undead [forsaken], blood elves, trolls)

  • Common enemies include demons and undead [scourge]. However, it is not so cut-and-dry. There are sub-factions within the races, so you will end up fighting all races.

  • There is no “good” and “evil” here—both factions have their share of the noble and honorable as well as the selfish and power-hungry.


Role playing game

Role-playing game

In WoW, you can play one of nine classes, and most classes can be “speced” (talent specification) in different ways. There are three primary specs:

  • DPS (damage per second) – these specs do the most damage.

  • Tank – you need at least one tank; a character who can take a beating without dying too quickly.

  • Healer – you need at least one healer; a character who can keep the party or raid from dying.

    The Classes

  • Death Knight (dps, tank)

  • Druid (healer, tank, dps)

  • Mage (dps)

  • Paladin (tank, healer, dps)

  • Priest (healer, dps)

  • Rogue (dps)

  • Shaman (healer, dps)

  • Warlock (dps)

  • Warrior (tank, dps)


Resources

Resources

  • World of Warcraft Beginners website: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/beginners/

  • Wowwiki – it’s wikipedia, but for WoW: http://www.wowwiki.com/

  • Wowhead – information about items, quests, and objects in the game: http://www.wowhead.com/

  • Curse Gaming – a resource for addons (small additions that change the interface of the game): http://wow.curse.com/


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