If you like the game, buy a subscription + BC expansion, but play it in moderation.
As long as you are willing to take a break and play the game in moderation, it's really not that difficult to stop playing the game.
What you need to keep in mind, is that people here exaggerate how addictive the game is...It's really not that bad.
<---- 3 level 60s, 1 level 69 and still have time for a job and university (full time student)
well im not planning to play all the time , i have no intentions of ending up like the south park players
for the most part it just to hang out with irl friends and to see how much gold i can get without trying
but my question is what is the first hting to do, all i do is hang round and talk to people like some hobo , id pan handle if i could ahahhaha
Don't listen to people acting like its the root of all evil.
Get some of your friends or people at work to start playing. It's a lot of fun to talk about your character and what you and your friends did on the game last time you played and what your goals are.
That way if you're too busy to play all the time you can still talk about it at work and such.
World of Warcraft is a must play experience. It is terrific. You have to be aware of a few things, however.
First, it is time consuming. There is plenty to do in World of Warcraft, but the best sights, sounds, and gameplay are in "instances" where you fight in a coordinated group of five people or so. Some of these instances take an hour plus to complete, and it is hard to leave because if you leave in the middle you more or less screw the other members of your party. It is an incredible journey though.
Two, it never ends. There is more content in WoW than you can possibly take in and they add more all the time. You can't win.
Three, enjoy the journey and not the destination. In other words, play it for the gameplay, not for the character building and item collecting. Don't worry about catching up to people who are higher than you, or leveling up, or getting that next item. If you obsess over those kinds of things the game will turn into a grind without you realizing it. But if you just play at your own pace and enjoy the sights/sounds and the actual combat and have a good time you'll find that you naturally build your skills, collect items, and discover new territory.
You have to understand that there is always going to be a better item, or a new dungeon to explore, or something to do next. It is like trying to travel through a universe that is constantly expanding.
The key is explore and have fun. What gets people into trouble is that they get involved with guilds and groups of people who don't necessarily have their priorities straight, and in order to keep up with those people you have to play more than you want to/really should. Some of these people are to gaming what professional hot dog eaters are to food.
Just keep some perspective and don't forget how much your time is worth in the real world.
no offense, I have no problem with anyone playing wow casually (too many people take the game and themselves way too seriously), but Kara is not raiding. It can be pugged very easily and is only a baby step above 5 mans. There are no casual players in BT.Well said.
I just want to add that it is entirely possible to raid casually. I have 2 70's, a warrior tank and a warlock, and both are geared in kara and other epics. I only do kara 2 nights a week, tuesday and wednesday, for about 4 hours each and we usually clear it except NS. Thats 8 hours a week to raiding, and I will play a bit on the weekends to make gold and get rep and stuff.
We have started gruuls and that is only another hour each week, and we want to progress from kara to ZA but not until everyone is geared from kara with everything they want, and that will replace the time I spend in kara and not add to the time I spend raiding.
I am in college, a CS major, and I am graduating in a few weeks. I have a job as a software engineer, and I raid casually in World of Warcraft.
no offense, I have no problem with anyone playing wow casually (too many people take the game and themselves way too seriously), but Kara is not raiding. It can be pugged very easily and is only a baby step above 5 mans. There are no casual players in BT.
Oh, one more thing. Don't let people who are a lot higher than you run you through stuff. It makes it harder to level up because you don't get as many experience points and it also spoils the game and turns it into a grind.
Try and play with people who are close to your level.