As I mentioned yesterday, I have a friend who tried out the game but found it to be â€œboring. And I died alotâ€?. I talked with her, gave her our information (server/ventrillo) and suggested she log on with us for a while.
I also sent her my short description of the game and the classes. She logged in last night and made a new female dwarf hunter, Kikee, on a trial account.
– You can’t give anything to trial accounts. Not money, not gear.. not even lowbie gear. It’s hard to help someone learn the game when you can’t even hand her the level 2 leather pants that would be an upgrade from her newbie starter pants.
– The easiest way to help someone new is to make a toon of their same class and play with them for a while. I did this and found that it was nice to be able to say “this thing you just trained in .. it works like this”. Much better than guessing what they just got.
– Fiancee jokes that I don’t play the game anymore.. I just play my addons. In a way it’s true. Making a new toon is always painful because I have to tweak all my addons to get them to play nice on the new toon. It’s also hard for me to conceive what Kikee’s screen looks like since I have very little of the original game UI left on my screen.
– I know there are people who play the game without any addons.. but there are a few I can’t imagine living without.
EquipCompare – When you mouseover an item it shows the tooltip for that item side-by-side with your currently equipped item to make it easy to compare the two.
Omen – I don’t think it’s “critical” until you head into instances.. but if you’re playing a pet class this can make it much easier for you. This helps you to make sure you don’t pull aggro off your pet.
TBag – Inventory Management. This addon arranges your inventory automatically. It groups grey items together, soulbound items.. reagents.. everything in its own little group. Shefki picked up development on this after the original author wandered off. Look for his update to the addon.
Kikee played for about 2 hours. At then end of it she said she’d had a lot more fun with us. I’m hopeful that we’ll see more of her.