Better a newbie than a nub
- If you get called a nub, it’s time to work out what you are doing so wrong.
- If you are called a noob, it’s time to work out what you can do better.
- If you get called a newbie, it’s time to celebrate each and every new experience and look forward to the joyful times of learning how you can be your best while having fun and lots of it.
I was a newbie once and with the coming Cataclysm I will be again, if only for a short period of time.
I have been a noob on many occasions over the past 5 odd years and even a nub on occasion.
Probably the most important thing to know about being a newbie is that we all were once and people will be surprisingly accepting of a new player, they may even be helpful – this isn’t as unusual as it may seem.
The challenges for you as a newbie are:
- Walking the line between unimagined new experiences and getting the game given to you on a plate.
- Being a nervous beginner in your 1st dungeon, raid or battleground and being the one the other party members harangue for apparent ineptitude.
- Being the low dps (damage per second), heals or threatless tank while enjoying the game you play (yet scorned by others) or bring a competent addition in whichever facet of WoW you choose to enjoy.
Walking the line.
This is good, but only so long as knowledge doesn’t steal the magic and mystery from a wonderful game with often missed graphics, storylines and experiences.
Learn to play well, but only to facilitate the experience, not to remove it.
Going down in your 1st dungeon.
Dungeons, raids and battlegrounds require not only the skills you have used to solo your way to the dungeon finder. They require a new set of skills combining both teamwork and knowledge of the content.
This is reset with every new group and every new dungeon, raid and battleground.
The best way to approach this is to admit it straight up.
- I’m new to the game
- I’m new to the dungeon/raid/battleground
- I’m new to this class
Now that you have that off your chest-piece, you are less likely to be called a noob, or god forbid a nub, but only if you go the next step and listen, learn and act upon the greater knowledge of those you play with.
You will need this knowledge. You will be back and next time you won’t be a newbie.
Do what you do… Well!
No one minds what you do on your own time, but the moment you join a group there are a set of (often) unspoken norms, or rules that you will be expected to play within.
If you play a damage dealer, you will be expected to aim for your potential damage, your participation is essential for the parties success.
If you are a healer, you will be expected to first and foremost keep the tank alive, then yourself, then the best dps and so on.
If you are the tank, you have one job and one job only. Ensure the only person getting hit is yourself, never the healer and rarely the dps.
Pull aggro off the tank as dps, daydream rather than heal, ignore the lose mobs and you haven’t fulfilled your role.
Play your best and you will gain virtual friends for life!
Slay them all!
Many players fixate on particular aspects of the game. They aim to be the best raider, or PvPer, or role-player, or quester, or explorer, or… there is so much choice.
Ultimately it is your choice but if there is one thing I would recommend, it’s to leave no aspect of WoW unexplored.
At one point I swore I would never PvP, or go to the trouble of preparing to raid, or waste time exploring, or fishing, or questing.
Now, 5 years down the track, I wish I had begun my WoW life tasting all the delicacies of WoW. These days I gorge myself and it is hard to drag me from the table of wonder.
Taste it all not once, but often. Be a newbie in every way you can, enjoy your time and when ready get serious, slay them all, show them all…
That you are not a noob like Gnomeaggedon!
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