Originally Posted by dj_mocok
Never played this game before (because you gotta pay monthly), just wondering, is it still worth it? Or is it too late?
How many head-fiers are still actively playing WoW? Any Head-fi guild?
Any reason why should I play it or why Shouldn't I play it?
No. BTW: Cliff Notes on the bottom. More edit since I read you bought the game already...pointers.
Take it from someone that played WoW. Once you hit level 60, there are two end games. PvP or raiding. If you're casual, there is nothing else for you to do besides PvP or the occasional public group raid...because the real raids require a highly coordinated effort of dedicated gamers. A raid, by the way, is a larger party of people that go into a dungeon to collectively take down a boss that drops very rare items. You won't get public groups doing hard raids because they are not friendly on casual gamers that aren't geared with 'raid gear.' A raiding guild has the time, resources, and equipment to pursue those raids. Usually, a raid that those guilds can do becomes accessible to public groups/casual players long after those raiding guilds have moved on to harder dungeons. By that time, Blizzard tones down the earlier instances, or releases mini-instances that gear up casuals just enough to where it becomes less difficult to run what used to be a difficult raid.
PvP is of course player versus player. Horde versus alliance faction to be exact.
Example of raiding: Molten Core and Onyxia were the first two raids implemented into the game. I was in the top raiding guild of my server, and started playing WoW(I have quit over a half a year go btw). Molten Core had 10 bosses, and it took us about 6 months to be able to clear the first 9. The last boss of any dungeon, is usually far more difficult than the previous encounters. We finally beat the end boss. Since then there have been 3 or so changes to the endboss to make him easier to down for casual guilds just getting their feet wet. Check this. The first few runs after we could clear the dungeon took 5-6 hours. Yes...laugh at me. I actually stayed on the comp that long to clear it with the guild. It now takes us less than 2 hours and 30 minutes(because of gearing up from higher dungeons). When I quit, we stopped doing Molten Core entirely except as a benchmark for new guild recruits...but we discovered the seasoned players made it far easier for the recruits to mess up. So we decided to skip it and go to the next dungeon that was released after Molten Core, Black Wing Lair.
There have since been two more dungeons.
Also a raid used to be 40 members, which made it difficult for casual groups because of difficulty in finding that many. Now, to make another point. Casuals really did need every last spot, especially the beginning raiders. For a raiding guild, we could get by with less. I recall us clearing Molten Core with 12 members. Anyway, Blizzard cut the raiding size down for any raid to 20 or 25. Don't remember...this was after I left. So it's even more difficult for casuals to raid...because 20 makes it more difficult because of lack of numbers, whereas before, you at least had the luxury of having up to 40.
Some people don't care about items in game. However, eventually most of the players do. It's a persistent game. Everyone wants to look the best. The best items come from raiding and can't be crafted.
There are two extremes for items. Raiding gear which is the most powerful and difficult to obtain because drop rates are low AND you have to be able to take down bosses. After that is PvP gear...which I dare say is even more difficult to obtain than raiding gear, and actually less powerful. PvP gear puts you on a ranking system. You have to rank up 14 times to unlock PvP armor/weapons. Rank 14 people, High Warlords(Horde) and Grand Marshal(Alliance) make up something like 5% of the game population.
Oh yeah...raids reset every few days. The small ones I didn't name reset every 3 days or so. The real raids which used to be 40 man, but are now 20 or 25, reset every 7 days. So there is no beating boss 5 and trying months and months and months on boss 6. After the reset is up, if you didn't beat any one you have to start from the beginning.
CLIFF NOTES: Don't buy it. Don't look at it. Don't play it...'cause really beyond level 60, unless you're raiding you won't have anything else to do but talk to people.
EDIT: Someone mentioned /played as the actual number of days a character has logged in game. By the time I quit I logged somewhere of 130 days played. That was about average for a raider that just logged in for raid times(we had a schedule as most raiding guilds do...raiding guilds are elitist jerks. Don't meet the schedule or suck playing the game...we kick you or you don't get in in the first place).
No, I don't look like a fat couch potato. http://www.harkamus.com/bicep5.jpg http://www.harkamus.com/81.jpg
<---custom dumbbell I had made 3 years ago so I could add more plates. 15 inches of total sleeving for weights.
EDIT 2: You bought the game. Goodbye to your friends, family, lovers, cats, dogs, goldfish, hygiene and everything else I forgot. Kidding of course. Anyway, you'll need gold in game for repairs and eventually a mount. Do yourself a favor and pick up a profession. Enchanting is the most profitable. Alchemy is also profitable if you can cater to the raiding guilds by selling them potions. You wanna pick professions when you're low so you can level those up while you're leveling your character. Otherwise, at level 60, without a profession, the only way to make gold is to kill endless waves of mobs to pick up actually bits of gold. You sooo don't wanna do that. I was too lazy and too hardcore to do a profession so that's how I funded myself pre-raid days. I actually killed enough mobs to have over 2000 gold at one point, just months after the game was out. That was a lot back then. It's not so much now. I hear ppl walking around with 20k+. Anyway, I ended up borrowing gold from guildies. Just a little tangent.
Funny...I quit WoW after I got a girlfriend. I don't regret it. I realized my gf would dump me inevitibly if I played this much. Since dropping WoW I increased my lifting intensity. Lifting is my other and longstanding hobby. Been 6 years since I've started. I realized how stupid WoW was and fueled my pissed-offedness into the weights.