Earlier today I was dying to find out information about the new achievements and rewards that were being introduced with Mists of Pandaria. Having found nothing easy to shift through, I decided to collect as much information on this topic as I could in one place, then make it easy to shift through. Here you go!
When I tell people I RP (role play for the uninformed), I usually get several reactions: trolling, confusion (wtf is that?), amusement, and intrigue. Of those who think my hobby is interesting, a few always comment, “I would get into that but I don’t know how/don’t have the time.” To you, here’s how and let me remind you, there is always time.
Know Your Lore
First when you get into RP, and this goes for any game setting, you need to know the lore. It won’t matter how good a roleplayer you are, if you don’t know the very basics of the game you’re playing, you’re going to make an ass of yourself. Now, this isn’t to say you need to know that Arthas had a sister, or the specific lineage of Mograine, but you had better know that Arthas was the Lich King and he was once the crown prince of Lordaeron. You should also know that in the wide world of Azeroth (that’s the name of WoW’s main planet), it is not commonly known that Bolvar is the new Lich King, but that is on the more obscure edge of necessary lore knowledge.
Here’s some links to either refresh or inform your memory:
- World of Warcraft: Short Stories
- World of Warcraft: The History of Warcraft
- World of Warcraft: Leader Short Stories
One thing to remember: There is always someone who knows more lore than you do. Always. So if you get corrected, just absorb the information and move on. Maybe toss out a thank you, but don’t get butt hurt over it. RP’ers are a bitchy bunch, but when it comes to lore, we just want to help each other learn. If you are interested in learning more than the bare bones of the world (something I recommend) check out WoW Insider’s Know Your Lore posts. These guys have a ton of interesting articles and tid-bits about World of Warcraft’s history and characters in easy to read formats.
Maybe this isn’t enough, though. Maybe you need to know something that isn’t easy to find because you want to do something different with your character. Don’t fret, this is common and the forums are the place to go for this. My RP server has it’s own RP forum (Linked in the Twisting Nether Gazette picture at the top of this blog) and we have two sections dedicated to RP and Lore questions. Just last week we had a player wanting to roll a new character who had to wear a gas mask all the time. Why? Continue reading
I love transmogging. Besides no longer needing to carry around RP gear, I can raid in gear that actually matches! Finally! After several other MMOs implemented similar systems (Aion, Rift) Word of Warcraft patched their game to allow players to change the appearance of their gear.
While not everyone uses the transmog system, others are changing their gear’s appearance weekly. There’s even a controversy which developed over auction house prices soaring for popular, low level gear choices. Basically, a few entrepreneurial players put BoE greens up and are charging 300-1000 gold per piece. Some players think this is outrageous and are pretty peeved that they can no longer purchase cheap gear to augment their leveling process. Certainly I feel their pain; the outfit on my shaman there cost 3000 gold because I picked it up this month, well after the selling of transmog pieces became popular. The belt alone cost 1500g.
But you probably knew all about that. What you may not have known, is that because there are so many different sets and ways to customize your gear now, a new kind of blog has sprung up. These show off the sets the blogger has made and explain how other players can also get their hands on the sets. Some are sexy, some badass, others silly, and a few even mimic major lore characters. Even WoWhead got in on the action, creating a section of their site to see full gear sets easily. Continue reading