Every player, whether old or new, should always be setting goals. Setting goals will help to keep you focused and on track. There is also a feeling of accomplishment once you reach one of these goals. As one goal is reached, another goal should be set for a new objective. Here is my take on what a brand new player should do to set and reach those goals.
From very early on you are exploring and learning, unaware of the world you have entered. This is very similar to our first stages of infancy in real life, but unlike real life, no one is assigned to help us, care for us, or watch out for us. As you begin to explore, you begin to learn. You get the feel of game mechanics, you learn where your trainers are, you learn what major city is near you, you learn where the flight paths are and where they connect. Early on you goals are just to level, learn your abilities, learn to battle, and learn where the inn is to log out.
Now you shift your focus to leveling, and gathering copper, silver, and gold. Everything costs money, but your main expense should just be on training your skills as you level. Never buy gear at low levels, you can quest just fine with what you find by looting monsters and completing quests. You should be setting a new set of goals now. The first goals you should set are for saving enough money to buy 4 larger bags, preferably netherweave bags from a tailor or the auction house in a major city. How will you afford these bags which go for anywhere from 8-12g each?
As a new character you have a wide variety of options when it comes to training professions. You can only have 2 major professions. At low levels you should ignore the crafting professions as these cost money. You want professions that will make you money. I recommend picking up Mining and Skinning as your first two professions. Herbalism is another option, but the ores you mine and bars you smelt are used by the most other professions. The hides and skins from skinning are also used by multiple professions. Mining Nodes and Herbalism plants and herbs both show up on your mini-map, but you can only see one kind at a time. Thats why I recommend Skinning as your second option. You will be able to post every item you mine or skin onto the auction house to make good amounts of cash as you are leveling up. You can worry about other professions once you understand the game more and are much higher level. You can always switch professions later, so you are not stuck with what you originally chose. So choose the money making gathering professions as gold will be needed to meet your next set of goals.
Your next set of goals is to reach level 20 and be able to purchase riding skill and a mount so that everything becomes much easier. All the skins, ores, and bars that you collect and sell, while only spending gold on training your skills up, will earn you the gold you need to get your very first mount and riding skill. Once you obtain a mount your new goal should mainly be to level up and continue to learn your character. Then once you are higher level and have plenty of funds, you can think about change professions. I highly recommend keeping both of your gathering skills until you hit the level cap, and then switch them out one at a time for a crafting profession that suits your liking.
So remember to set a goal to lead you into the right direction. A brief summary of your early set of goals would be:
- Gain levels, experience, and new skills.
- Find the closest major city.
- Choose 2 gathering professions.
- Gather, level, and sell materials on the auction house.
- Buy 4 netherweave bags.
- Get to level 20 and purchase a mount and riding skill.
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