Friday, September 08, 2006

The begining

NightElves are one of the oldest races on the face of Azeroth. Living in unity with the nature forces, as a new adventurer, one starts off in the island of Teldarsil.

The quest to become the best starts of then and there with people with the big ! mark over their heads heralding that they have to give you some work. This is a major help as you dont have to run around figuring out where to go and find out who will give you a Quest.

Some background on the type of people you will find in the game. As mentioned players are either of the Alliance or the Horde, and you are bound to one side. But apart from the players, there are a lot of computer generated characters known as NCPs ( Non Playing Characters) and enemies.

NPCs are the characters in the world you can interact with and primarliy the ones who give you quests and to whom you have to come back to hand in a completed quest. They also provide many other services like if you want to buy or sell armour/weapons/gear. Some NPCs will be specific for your class and will only help you. E.g. the Hunter Trainer is the person I go to every alternate level to get training on better abilities. So, now , I can for instance Feign Death which means that the enemy thinks that I am dead and I can save myself from dying.

Enemies are the computer generated characters whom you have to kill mostly. They are of different types and levels. Everytime you kill them, there is a chance for them to drop some loot - which can be something quite mundane to something quite cool at higher levels. Suffice to say, at this stage there was hardly anything worthwile.

In the first hour or so, I was up at level 4 or so. The initial quests are quite simple and many of the enemies dont even attack you until you start attacking them. This helps anyone who is new to the game to get to know how to play.

One thing about WoW is that the landscape is beautiful. Check out these screenshots:

First Look
Drink in the scenery. Soak up the atmoshpere. There is nothing quite like the fantastic views you will get as in World of Warcraft. Instead of making the world look like a real world, the developers decided on putting more colour and contrasts and a bit cartoony - to give a world which is just surreal in its beauty. Teldarsil is mostly covered with huge big trees, and you just get glimpses of the sky here and there through the shadows. It also makes you feel quite small :-)

Tree Ent !

In the above screenshot - you see a hulking tree like creature straight out of the world of JRR Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings. These guys move at a slow pace and patrol the world of Teldarsil and keep it safe for low level players like me . At the left of the screen you can also see another player ( name in blue identifies a player who is on the same side as you. If that name was in Red I would be in big trouble as they will most likely be of the opposite side and be after my life ! If someone has been in a PvP the name is in Yellow-Golden. More on PvP in later blogs.

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