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This isn't a flame thread; however I know by asking, I probably will be flamed..
however, I would like to know more about the lore of World of Warcraft.. but I have NO idea where to even begin.
Is there a website that starts at the beginning and goes until the end? Are there books to start off with? Let me know guys, I'd appreciate it!
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I was originally directed to the books, but they're very out of order and kind of all of the place so I wasn't enjoying learning from them. The World of Warcraft site itself has some lore, but I'd not venture to say a "ton" it seems very short compared to the amount of lore people are constantly referencing.
I truthfully have not found a "great" place to read the lore yet. I think the first place to start would probably be WoWPedia.org or WoWWiki.com.
I'm going to monitor this page though, because I'm interested in this topic personally, and I'm hoping someone with some good sites chimes in. :)
Edited by Clover on 2/4/2013 10:39 AM PST
(( If you are looking for the chronological starting place, the most in depth piece would be the War of the Ancients. There are things that happen before this like the Draenei's flight from Argus, but those events are usually not elaborated on in huge detail. Like the escape from Argus is only 1 chapter in the rise of the Horde book.
However, I feel the best place to start learning lore is the Rise of the Horde novel and reading the books up from there. The most relevant lore to the game usually stems from WC 1-3, but a lot of the lore from the first two was retconned in the books written afterwards. For example, in WC1 you just jump Medivh with a bunch of random knights. In the books, Medivh is killed by Lothar, Khadgar, and Garona. The books are considered the "correct" variation of lore and that is reflected in WoW.
I suppose it also depend on what you are wanting to do as well. If you are looking to get into RP, then reading about gnomes is probably a better place to start for your character.))
Edited by Lifty on 2/4/2013 10:43 AM PST
This is a decent read and quicker than diving into the books:
edit - hm, that used to be much longer and more detailed before the forum changes, I'm not sure where the old full length 'story of warcraft' went.
For individual races I'd take a look at a wiki page to start. You can also look at a site like wowinsider/joystiq for articles on specifics subjects:
Edited by Shozen on 2/4/2013 11:10 AM PST
A lot of lore from the earlier games has been changed, unfortunately.
Play the games. It's the best first-hand way to experience the lore. Same can be said about the books, and other some-such. Bit of a time sink though. The Story of Warcraft is a good way to get a flavor for the lore but, lets be honest, that's the most vague and diluted pile of text I've ever read.
I personally like to hear others take on the lore. It's always interesting and it gets you thinking as well. Much more invigorating than having the obvious plot shoved in your face.
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