If you know a someone who's eager to get started with WoW
, first you ought to hit them up with a Recruit A Friend invitation
-- but your next step should be to send them to Blizzard's New Player Guide. The latest installment walks newbies through the human starting zone, and though it may seem awfully basic to you and me, for a brand new player this can be just the sort of information necessary to get their gaming experience off to a good start. Especially handy are the tips scattered throughout, explaining simple -- but important -- concepts like tapping monsters, how to see your equipment, and why you should travel on roads. It even warns players about murlocs, which, having lived (and died) through numerous murloc invasions ourselves, we find a bit unfair... though we suspect newer players probably appreciate the warning.
The guide currently covers the human starting zone, broken into levels 1-5
and levels 5-10
-- just enough to launch players into the big, wide world of Azeroth, but with the tips to help newbies land on their feet.