In World of Warcraft, interacting with other players is optional. You can reach the level cap without ever joining forces with another player, without even saying hello to anyone on your realm. But by going it alone, you won't be able to master some of the game's tougher challenges, you will likely take longer to reach the endgame, and you won't have access to the game's most powerful magical treasures. Most importantly, the other players on your realm will miss out on the pleasure of meeting you. Your paths will cross with thousands of other people who share similar goals, interests, likes, and dislikes with you; so speak up, it's easy to make new friends in World of Warcraft.
This chapter takes you through the ins and outs of World of Warcraft's many social play features.
Filtering out the noise
You can also create your own custom chat channels. The obvious advantage of a custom channel is privacy; only people in that channel will be able to read the conversations going on there. You can also moderate these channels, meaning that you can invite, remove, mute, or otherwise moderate chat in your channel if you want.
SayingSaying something is the most basic, fundamental in-game communication tool. When you say something, your message is only visible to players in your character’s immediate vicinity. Conversations between strangers, role-playing in public places, a funny joke to share at the mailbox – these types of interaction are frequently said.
YellingYelling is for when you need to reach out to players just outside of your immediate vicinity; things you yell can be read by players who are quite some distance away from you, but many consider it rude, especially if overused. Players often use yell to bark out warnings to friendly players that may otherwise be just outside of earshot. Say and yell are both forms of area chat, meant for communicating to nearby players.
WhisperingWhispering is World of Warcraft’s private communication tool. Whispers can only be heard by the specific player you target with your whisper. Better yet, whispers are not restricted to your immediate surroundings, so you can whisper any player of your own faction on your own realm, no matter where they are. (Yes, you can even “whisper” to someone on a different continent. Best not to dwell on this for too long.)
Parties are groups of up to 5 players; you should bring a party if you want to clear most of World of Warcraft's dungeons. Raids are larger than parties and are generally composed of 10 or 25 players; the toughest monsters of World of Warcraft can only be taken down by these large raid groups.
Free For All
Anyone in your party can search the bodies of monsters killed by your party for loot. Treasure distribution is essentially first-come, first-served, winner-take-all.
Everyone in your party takes turns looting.
Similar to Round Robin, with one key difference. Whenever the group finds special or rare items, everyone in the group can choose to roll dice, and the highest roll wins the item. If you choose to roll for an item, you can roll “need” if the item in question is suited to your character or “greed” if you want the item for other reasons.
The leader appoints one character in the party as the master looter. The master looter gets to search monsters first, and he is responsible for how the loot is distributed among the group.
Need Before Greed
This setting is similar to Group Loot, with the exception that characters who cannot use the item automatically pass.
Each player has a chance to win loot, independent of the other players.
Just like with parties and raids, guilds have rules that their leaders can adjust and modify to give the guild structure and purpose. As a guild leader, you can:
Define Guild Ranks
You can create ranks with different titles and privileges within your guild. Some players prefer strict hierarchies, others like a more… freeform style of organization. The choice is entirely up to you.
Promote / Demote Members
You can assign the ranks you’ve defined earlier to the members of your guild, moving people up or down the totem pole depending on how they’re doing in your guild.
You’ll likely want your guild to grow and gain new members, but the day may come when you will have to assert your position as guild leader and remove players who are causing problems for your guild. As guild leader, you can add and remove players from your guild at any time.
Assign new Guild Leader
If you feel like your term as guild leader has come to an end, or if your guild members are calling for you to step down after that “unfortunate incident,” you can always pass the torch on to a new guild leader who will inherit all your powers and responsibilities.
For example, if one of your in-game friends were playing StarCraft II and you were playing World of Warcraft, you wouldn't be able to chat with that friend; however, if you were both Real ID friends, you would both be able to see that the other is online, what they are doing, and you would be able to chat freely. Real ID is essentially a deeper level of friendship to connect players across all Battle.net games.