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WOW Leveling Guides - What to Look For When Buying a World of Warcraft Leveling Guide


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The Idea of a WOW leveling guide at first may seam a bit tacky. Who really needs a guide to show you how to play a game. . . especially a game as simple as World of Warcraft? It's not rocket science after all. . . or is it.

No it's not rocket science. . . but at times the World of Warcraft can be a very convoluted place filled with many wonders and yes at some times even headaches. I've been playing for quite some time now and I can attest to the great enjoyment I've had playing with friends and family, discussing strategy and meeting people from all over the world. I can also attest to finding myself at level 45 on my fourth character and not having a clue as how to level without grinding, which is the simple act of killing NPC's for experience and can only be described as pulling teeth meets MMPOG. Nobody likes to grind, bottom line. Killing foe after foe with no real goal in mind beyond getting a few experience points is hardly anybodies idea of a good time, but really what are the alternatives and is there a better way?   Without a doubt questing is the preferred method of leveling as you accomplish two things.

  1. You get large amounts of experience for completing quests which can range from killing 10 monsters, to talking to 10 people, to juggling fire batons during certain holidays. Far better than grinding, questing actually has a point.
  2. You can get cool weapons, armor, trinkets, etc, etc. Most characters are only as good as their gear and most gear worth wearing is obtained through quests.

The downside of questing is that it does require some planning; well it does if you want to do it effectively. By this I mean questing in a zone allowing yourself to complete several quests in an area as opposed to completing them one at a time. This can be just as tedious as grinding if you find yourself completing a quest then realizing that  had you gone another 10 feet you could have completed 2 more quests. Oh the countless times I've been questing and gone to turn in a quest then come to realize that the next quest on my list was right next to the quest I had just completed. Now my time to complete both quest doubled and the amount of experience per hour had gone completely out the window along with my keyboard.  

There is a rather large market aimed at helping people avoid the above scenario. This market is the WOW leveling guide market. This market is just as saturated with garbage as it is with solid, valuable guides providing useful information regarding how to level in the World of Warcraft. From WOW leveling guides that provide simple basic information, “don't jump off of cliffs it kills you", to wow leveling guides that give you step by step detailed instructions.   While there is really no clear WOW leveling guide that does everything there are certainly different guides that are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.  

Below is a small list of essential items to look for while choosing what guide you want to purchase. . . I will say purchase because hands down the guides you have to purchase are worth 10 times what free guides are as the authors generally have taken the time to do the job right. Top things to look for in a WOW leveling guide
  1. Updates. World of Warcraft is an ever expanding game. New patches, new quests, adjustment to quests, different dynamics in the game, different zones and instances, the list goes on and on. If you are buying a guide you want to make sure the guide stays current. Many WOW guides are simply one time creation efforts which never change. Guides like this are only good until the next update when half of the information changes. Be sure to get a guide that is constantly updated.
  2. Ease of use. Most people don't realize that 80% of the guides out there are simple eBooks with photos and words. While many of these are updated regularly and provide good information they are like antiques. In this day and age if your guide doesn't interface with WOW then you're really just sitting on a book. Interface. . . by this I mean does your guide interact with WOW? Or do you have to stop your gaming and switch screens to read a 2 page synopsis of a quest route? Sounds like fun right? No. Make sure your guide has “add-on" capabilities. An add-on is a program that sits atop your WOW interface and allows you to access the guide within the game. . . rather than having to switch between screens.
  3. Effective. So your guide is updated regularly and it ahs the add-on functionality, but is it effective. Have your quest routes been optimized? Are you getting the very best out of your guide for what you've paid? The only real way to test this is to use a pretty standard benchmark of leveling to 70 in 6.5 days play time. If your guide can't do this then you have the WRONG guide. Check to see how quickly your guide can get you to the promised land of 70. . . or beyond depending on when you read this as WOW is ever expanding.

These three things are crucial to buying an effective Wolrd of Warcraft leveling guide.   So do you really need a WOW leveling guide? No you don't need one, but in all honesty you'll always wish you had one. WOW leveling guides do not take anything away from the game and in fact eliminates the few things that are wrong within the World of Warcraft. I highly suggest you get a guide, you're paying $14.99 a month why not enjoy the time you have, after all it's you're dime.

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