Choosing Your Server
Picking a server is the first thing that you will do when you start the game up and register. There are a few things to consider when you are choosing a server to play on. If you already have friends that play the game, you may want to play on the same server so that they can help you when you need it. Friends will normally help you with starting money, bags, and more. But, you have to be the same faction - for example, you can't be Alliance and your friends be Horde. They won't be able ot help you and you won't be able to talk to them either.
Another thing that you need to consider is what type of server you want to play on. There are different types: PvE, PvP, and RP. PvE is Player versus Environment, PvP is Player versus Player, and RP is a Role Playing server. There are also combinations of both PvE and PvP with RP servers. Now, in the RP servers, you are expected to be in character and not talk about RL (real life) in the game at all So, if you prefer this type of game play, then go for it. But, make sure that you are ready to stay in your character the whole time you are playing.
Now, each different server will have a population listed on the server selection screen. The population will be listed as one of the following: Recommended, Low, Medium, High, and Full at different times of the day. So, you want to try to set up your game at the time of day that you will normally play so you can see the population on the server you choose when you will normally be on it. The ones that list them as Recommended are the ones that will probably give you the best playing experience. Now, if all of your friends play on a server that says Full, then you probably won't be able to create a toon there, and this is probably not going to be a server that you'll be able to play on. Other servers that say Full or High will normally have a waiting time for those who are trying to get onto the server when they are full, so these are sometimes not the best areas to play when you are starting out either, especially since you cannot get on them until other people are completely logged off.
If you can find a "New" server, this is the way to go. New servers mean that they have just been created online and most of the players there will be a lower level and the population will be low. This is great for new players who don't want to get run over by tons of other players for mobs or other areas. Of course, there will be those hard core WoW Heads who will be at level 70 within a couple of weeks and there will also be transfers to the server as well, so it's best to get into a New server when they pop up.
Most new players just let the game choose them a server. Sometimes this is best, as the game will pick one that is Recommended and open on the server list at the time. If you don't already have friends in game, then it may not matter to you much as to where you go. Just make sure that you choose the type of server that will fit you best.
In the next part of this mini guide, we'll go through the different factions and the races that you can choose from.