World of Warcraft Tips for Beginners: Surviving the First Day

As a beginner, it does not matter what race to start with in World of Warcraft because each race begins at a specific place in the game. Each starting zone in World of Warcraft has been designed to help a beginner to learn how to play and survive. A beginner can also use the World of Warcraft website at Worldofwarcraft.com, just click here.
The first thing a beginner should take note of is the exclamation points that show up in boxes at the bottom of the screen. In World of Warcraft it is important for a beginner to click on those boxes and read the text, it will help immensely to do so. After the introductory narrative movie is done, a beginner will see a non-playing character (NPC) with yellow exclamation point over its head. In World of Warcraft, this is the first step in questing. Take a look on your minimap in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and you will see the same yellow exclamation mark. A beginner should use the minimap to locate quest-givers throughout the game, they will only show you quests that can be accomplished at your level so return to old locations once in a awhile to see if new quests have become available.

One of the many blunders that a beginner will make in World of Warcraft is, at level ten, when the players do not distribute their talent points. Beginning at level ten, all players will start to receive one talent point at every level. In World of Warcraft, players do not actually have to use these points to play the game, but a beginner will find himself at a huge disadvantage later on while trying to find a group to help get through a dungeon. There is no greater humiliation than for a beginner to be in a group with players who know how to play World of Warcraft and can tell that he is missing important skills and bonuses. Some World of Warcraft players are nice and will explain what needs to be done, others might laugh and make fun, but no one will want to bring a beginner along in a group with his crippled character. So, don’t forget to use the talent points in World of Warcraft.

Another important thing to learn quickly in World of Warcraft is what weapons a beginner should be seeking for his character. If a beginner is in a group a rogue and tries to take a mage’s staff from a World of Warcraft boss kill, he will be removed from the group very quickly.

Read the information that World of Warcraft gives to a beginner, talk to the NPCs with exclamation points, use the talent points, and learn your weapons. Follow these tips and a beginner will be well on his way to a successful and fun online gaming experience.

Runescape Money Making Guide

If you’re into MMORPGs, like me, you’ve probably heard of one called RuneScape. If you’ve played it, you know how hard it can be to make money. If you’re a non-member, then it’s even worse. As soon as you start off, all of your skills are 1 (from what I remember). It’s not easy to make money with those skill levels. So, here are some ways to start rolling in the dough.

  1. Woodcutting is an awesome way to go. At level 1 woodcutting, it still isn’t going to get you far. What you need to do is chop normal trees until 15 woodcutting. After that, you can chop oak trees. I suggest heading to Falador. In front of the main entrance to Falador, there are lots of trees along the wall. Plenty of oaks. Chop those until 30 woodcutting. Now, head to Draynor. It’s usually quite crowded, but there’s probably a world that’s not so bad. You should keep chopping these until 60 woodcutting. What you really need to do is get a membership, though. If you’re a member, go to Seers’ Village. From what I remember, if you go a little North-west of the bank, in Seers’ Village, there’ll be a small cluster of willows, which is a good place to chop them. At 60 woodcutting, if you’re a non-member, you can stay around Falador and chop yews there. If you’re a member, and you’re in Seers’ Village, because of chopping willows, head south of the bank. There should be a mansion, or something. In the front yard of that mansion, (or whatever it is) there will be 6 yews, I think. However, chopping yews can be VERY slow, thus not gaining you a lot of experience. I actually just chopped willows in Seers’ Village, until I was 75 woodcutting. So, if you’re a member, and you’re interested in just getting your woodcutting to 75 to start really making money, keep chopping willows near the Seers’ Village bank. If you’re a non-member, you can go back to Draynor and cut willows there, to increase your woodcutting faster so that you can chop yews faster. After you’ve got 75 woodcutting, (by the way, this will take you a while) start chopping those Magic Trees. When I last sold some, they were going for about 1k each. I don’t what the price is now. If you’re still a non-member, and you have 75 woodcutting, yews should be chopped a lot easier now. That’s about it, for woodcutting.
  2. Another way to make a lot of money is fishing. Fishing, in my opinion, is actually much easier than woodcutting. It doesn’t require as much attention. For starting out, I recommend net fishing at Port Sarim. Keep doing that until you have 20 fishing. After that, it’s time to head over to Barbarian Village and fly fish. You should easily be able to locate the fishing spot. Keep fly fishing until you have 40 fishing. It’s lobster time, now. For members, go to Catherby. There are tons of places to catch lobsters here. Keep catching those lobsters until you have 76 fishing. As for non-members, I think Karamja is the only place for lobsters. In fact, Karamja is where you’ll probably spend the rest of your time fishing, as a non-member. After you have 76 fishing, as a member, you can catch sharks. You may have heard that sharks take a while to get, but I don’t think that’s the case. They don’t take much longer than sword fish. Unfortunately, sharks don’t sell for as much as they used to. People also don’t seem to buy them as much. I’ve got about 3.7k (3,700) sharks in my bank that I couldn’t sell, before my membership ran out. I’ve yet to renew it and sell those. Anyway, I think sharks only go for around 800 now. The good thing is, it’s faster than woodcutting and it doesn’t require as much attention.
  3. A third way to make money is fletching. I’m not going to go into this much. You, basically, cut logs, and level up your woodcutting. If you have 75 woodcutting, and you’re just now starting to fletch, then good. This’ll make it easier. Just chop the wood for the best kind of thing you can make with fletching. Keep building up that fletching level until you can fletch magic logs. Also, if you have the money, buy willows logs. About 3k, at a time. That’ll only cost you about 100k, which isn’t bad, if you have 76 fishing or 75 woodcutting. It’ll save you lots of time.
  4. The fourth, and final way I suggest to make money, is merchanting. Basically, you buy an item for the cheapest you can get it, and then sell it for the maximum amount you can. For example, buy a dragon longword for 90k, sell it for 110k. You’ve just made an easy 20k. Lots of people make money this way. After you’ve got enough, you can start merchanting the big stuff, like Abyssal Whips. When I bought my whip, it was 1.8M. However, people would sell them for as much as 2.1M. There’s 300k in merchanting, right there. The prices seemed to have dropped, as usual, though. You could try getting one for 1.5M and then selling it for 1.7M. That’s still 200k, but that’s probably the maximum you’ll be able to get. Try going for the more popular items. It definitely helps. If you’re making enough money from these tips to merchant party hats, you’re in for some real profit.

Now, as you probably assumed, doing all these things are much easier by being a member. If you’re young, and you don’t get money very often, just type articles on here and they’ll pay you for it. So, if you become a member (or even if you stay as a non-member) and you follow these steps, in no time, you’ll be making millions.

Earn Gold in World of Warcraft (Level 1-20)

Earning gold in World of Warcraft can be easy and fun. Presently I have 10 level 80 characters on 1 server and several lower level ones on a few other servers and have picked up tricks on both leveling and money-making in game that can really help out those cash-starved low-level characters just starting out. Buying gold, begging for gold and borrowing gold from friends or guild members are, in my opinion, not even an option so we are going to leave those totally out of the discussion.
First let me start off by saying I play exclusively horde characters, but the same general rules can be used either by horde or alliance characters.

Pick a race/class combination that you like but also more importantly a race/class combination that works well together because you will probably be spending a lot of time with your character and eventually will have the character as an end-game content raider. In this example let’s pick a Tauren Druid as your first character. There are a few reasons I select this combination, the first off being Tauren Druids are my favorite of all my characters but more importantly, Taurens get a bonus to the herbalism profession. This isn’t necessary but every little bit helps.

Start off by doing your questing, the first 10 levels can go by VERY quickly if you focus on leveling up. As you will notice very quickly your backpack will get full. Fast. Don’t drop anything if you can help it, sell all grey items at the vendors, sell all food and drink you get as well. At these low levels, it’s very easy to recover health and mana on your way to the next creature to kill. Keep white item gear and especially any green item drops. This will be part of your bread and butter.

As soon as you get to the first village (in this case, Bloodhoof Village) pick up skinning from the skinning trainer and a skinning knife. Unless they recently changed it, herbalism is only available from capitol cities, so as soon as you can, make your way to the capitol and pick that up as well. Once there (Thunder Bluff, if you are a Tauren Druid) also pick up a few small bags, 6 slot since you won’t have much money at this time.

Before leaving Thunder Bluff (or whichever capitol you are in) make a trip to the auction house. Here is where you will sell your white items and (if you got a lucky drop) green items. Don’t try to post things for extravagant prices that will be unlikely to be bought. Check the auction house for the items you have first, sell yours for less than any already posted. If none are posted, sell white items for 25-50 silver each, green items for 1-2g. This may seem a high price but it is not. You, as a starting character, may not have that kind of gold but most people at your level have rich alt characters that provide funds to their new low level characters. They usually don’t care about prices, they want the best gear for their leveling character. Once you hit level 10, you can probably stop auctioning the white armor and weapons and stick to green items, trade goods (leather, herb and such) and other profession drops such as meats for cooking.

Note of caution – DO NOT buy any auction house gear for your character. It’s a waste of money and quest rewards will provide you with the weapons and armor you need as you level up.

After your auctions are posted and your bags are empty again, go back out to leveling and let the auction house do your selling. While out leveling in the starter zone make sure to skin everything and pick up every herb you come across. Low level gathering supplies sell REALLY REALLY WELL. I have seen times where peacebloom is being sold at 50 gold per 20 stack! Now that is a bit outrageous to sell it at, but there is still lots of profit to be made.

As you are questing, if your bags get full up again, head to the nearest vendor and once again sell all grey items and food/water. If you have nothing but white, green and quest items in your pack, it’s time to head back to the auction house and sell, sell, sell. Sell leather scraps, leather and herbs in stacks of 5. There are 2 reasons for this – (1) people usually need a specific amount of leather or herbs when leveling professions and don’t always buy 20 stacks and (2) the cost per stack is lower giving the buyer the illusion (s)he is saving money. Not only that, if you sell them in 5 stacks and the next person is selling them in 20 stacks even if your price per item is the same, by default your lower cost items will appear in their list first giving a greater chance to sell.

I’ll stop here to also give another secret. If a buyer in the auction house is using the default auction house frame (without any auction addons) the sort method is by lowest BID price, not BUYOUT price. What does this mean to you? It means that you can post items in the auction house for the same or buyout price as your competitors as long as you undercut their bid price. Also, never post anything to the auction house as bid only. Always put in a buyout price.

While out questing, you usually have items to choose from for quest rewards. If none of the choices are an upgrade for you, choose the highest cost item. Get into this habit because it becomes important later in levels. Questing in the the 70+ range you can get quest reward weapons that are up to 15g. That is on top of the money the quest normally awards you with.

Keep with this rotation of quest, vendor, auction and by the time you hit level 20 (time for your first mount) you could easily have as much as 200g stored up.

Happy hunting and good luck with your drops!
Stay tuned for other helpful money-making and leveling tips I will be posting.

Runescape: The Best Game Ever

If you are looking for a fun and engaging online multiplayer experience, but do not have the means to pay for a game such as World of Warcraft that has a monthly fee, then Runescape is an excellent alternative if you are looking for a fun online experience without having to pay.
If you are looking for a game with a storyline then Runescape might not be the best game for you. There is no actual story and no way to “beat” the game. That said what makes Runescape so fun is the fact that each player can set their own goals without being restricted to a story. If you just want to focus on say, mining for example, then you can just mine all day. The tutorial is also quite helpful and will explain many aspects of the game. The combat might be disappointing to some who want a more involved combat system, all you really do is just click on the enemy you want to attack and the game does the rest. A good thing about the combat though is that for each weapon there are different styles that train attack, strength, and defence. You can also train ranged and magic. The game also doesn’t require you to install any software or download anything because it runs using java and you can just use your browser. This does limit the games graphics though, but I find that I have no problem with the visuals and it doesn’t detract from the gameplay. The music is quite simple, but you can unlock different songs during your travels which is quite nice.

Runescape is probably my most favourite game right now. I guess it’s because it’s easy to access due to the fact that you just need an internet browser and that there is so much content available, even to free players. There are a total of 25 skills available to members and 16 skills available to free players. What I like about Runescape is the fact that you can basically do whatever you wants, you can choose to just improve you mining or woodcutting, or you can just train your combat skills and just kill monsters all day. You can smith your own armour, make your own runes for magic and catch fish to eat. I would recommend Runescape for anyone looking for a fun, free online experience.