No, this isn’t actually a blog about the blog by the name “Forever a Noob“, however the title and content of this post is definitely inspired by the aforementioned blog’s title.
Get on with it Gnome, you are rambling…. actually delirious is probably a better word.
I was just thinking, while listening to the TwistedNether podcasts, about how I always assume that everyone knows so much more about the game than I do (OK, with the exception of the 9 million people that don’t read or intend to improve upon their abilities beyond the talent selection screen.. assuming they know it is even there). Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say I know it all… in fact, rather the opposite.
It occurs to me that the ones “holding”, or more importantly spreading the knowledge, are also the ones that are able to acknowledge that they have gaps in their knowledge, or… are Forever a noob.
From that starting point of “I have gaps in my knowledge, and I am prepared to fill them”, one moves onto “I have questions I need answers for, and I am prepared to ask them”.
The thing is, where do you ask these questions?
I am a recent convert to the WoW Blogsphere, yet I expect that the readership is minor in comparison to other resources – and from an ex-outsider’s perspective, they feel more like one-way lecture halls, than group-discussion seminars, or think tanks.
So where else would one go for assistance?
The obvious choice is the Official Forums, but it becomes readily apparent that anyone asking a noob-like question, even if a good one, just badly formed, or perish the thought, grammatically incorrect, is TROLL FODDER. Even long time and knowledgeable posters have had their spirit crushed by the weight of the official forum trolls.
So then where else?
Well, I found it suprisingly difficult to get noobish advice for my Mage. Most wiki’s seem half formed or out of date. Most forums are full of the Frost vs. Fire debate etc. But there was one gem in the rough. One forum that turned my underpowered Mage into Gnome bursting with firey goodness.
Want to know how bad a Mage I was, yet when I posted my noob pleading for help post, I was handled with kidgloves my the likes of Twoflower, Rgirty, and Malentra. Well check out my first post here Help with underpowered mage… Don’t reserect it.. it’s old, but you will get a feel for the nature of the folk here, and how a sensible question will be met with a sensible and knowledgble answer.
A couple of other threads I still have bookmarked, that may be of interest to Mages, though they may be getting a little long in the tooth.
Anyway, I just thought I would share an awesome resource, and my coming-of-mage forum post with you.
Gnomer and Out!