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World of Warcraft Intro 

By Brett Ganning

This World of Warcraft Intro is designed to introduce you to the phenomenon of WoW, the highly addictive role playing game which is growing in acclaim and popularity the world over. With this World of Warcraft intro you will get a solid understanding of the game, it’s background and why millions of people all over the world simply can’t get enough of it!

WoW History

WoW or World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) designed by Jeff Kaplan, Rob Pardo and Tom Chilton, and developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It is Blizzard’s 4th game in it’s Warcraft series and is played by more than 8 million people worldwide. This MMORPG takes place in the sphere of Azeroth’s Warcraft world, two years following the dealings at the closing stages of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

WoW was announced by Blizzard Entertainment on September 2, 2001 but was not released until three years later on November 23, 2004. The Burning Crusade, which is the first expansion collection of the game, was launched on the 16th of January in 2007. The second expansion of the game, the Wrath of the Lich King, was launched on November 13, 2008.

As WoW is currently the largest and most well known MMORPG in the world with millions of monthly subscribers, it has even earned a Guinness World Record. WoW was estimated to hold 62 percent of the massively multiplayer online game market in April 2008.

World of Azeroth

WoW is set in Azeroth’s world and has the same art direction. It occurs in a three-dimensional account of the Warcraft universe in which players can intermingle by means of their characters. Three continents on Azeroth’s world are featured on the game world.

This MMORPG also features Draenor, which is a separate planet known to be the original home of the Draenei and Orc races that are currently being pertained to as Outland.

WoW Characters

Players adopt a character through which they live and journey through Azeroth. In the World of Warcraft there are two main character types:

1) Player Characters or "PC’s" (controlled by real people)

2) Non-Player Characters or "NPC’s" (controlled by Blizzard's gaming software)

WoW Factions

Obviously all players are PC’s. To create your character, your first choice is which Faction you want to pledge your allegance to. There are two opposing Factions, they are:

1) Horde

2) Alliance

Characters from the two contrasting Factions can carry out rudimentary trade and communication, but only affiliates of the same Faction can speak, group, e-mail and share guilds. A guild is formed when a group of players join together for adventure, companionship, economic gain and other benefits and opportunities.

WoW Races

Then, within each Faction are 5 races. They are:

Horde Races

1) Orc

2) Tauren

3) Trolls

4) Blood Elves

5) Undead

Alliance Races

1) Dwarves

2) Gnomes

3) Humans

4) Draenei

5) Night Elves

WoW Classes

Having chosen your faction and race, you must now choose a class. Each race has several classes you can choose from. With the release of the new expansions there are now 10 character classes in total to choose from. They are:

1) Druid

2) Hunter

3) Mage

4) Paladin

5) Priest

6) Rogue

7) Shaman

8) Warlock

9) Warrior

10) Death Knight

Each character class is very unique though and a player should choose a class thoughtfully, because each WoW class has it’s own traits, talents, strengths and weaknesses. You’ll find loads of information on this site to help you decide.

Players utilize their characters to be able to explore locations, overthrow creatures, and complete missions among other such dealings in this game world. By doing so, the player progresses through the game by gaining levels, or ‘leveling’. The aim of course is to continue leveling through the game to unleash a continuing new set of adventures.

This is page 1 of our World of Warcraft Intro. To read on and discover more in depth WoW info, WoW Currency, Transportation, Dungeons and much more, see What Is World of Warcraft?  (page 2)