(crossposted from OO, since this subsection could use a shot in the arm
Throughout most of my gaming life, I actively avoided MMOs. I could never wrap my brain around the idea of paying for a game, then paying per month to play it. I'm also not a social person by nature, so playing with others didn't hold much appeal for me. Guild Wars 2 completely changed my mindset, and I came away from that game entirely fascinated by the genre. I played GW2 for the better part of a year, then I jumped into the beta for Final Fantasy XIV. Three years and 1,500 hours and counting of FFXIV later, I find myself quite in love with MMO's. I've tried all of the major ones, capping out toons (at the time, anyways) in GW2, FFXIV, Neverwinter, SWTOR, ESO, and Tera. I play exclusively PvE, and mostly play solo unless the game requires grouping, something FFXIV does a lot
Oddly, however, I never really got into WoW. I gave it a half-hearted effort a couple times, but the highest I ever got was level 12. I've always been completely fascinated by the lore and the overall world that WoW created, but jumping into a well-established MMO 10+ years into its lifespan is an incredibly intimidating prospect.
Looking through the upcoming release schedule and realizing that there really isn't anything coming out that I'm terribly excited about until September (Final Fantasy XV), I have decided to spend a month or two and give WoW a dedicated effort. If nothing else, just so I can say I did.
Rolled a Draenei Hunter on the Dalaran (high pop) server, and ran up to level 7 last night. It's actually quite fascinating to see the foundations of the game - both good and bad - in the starting zones. Even though the questing was very basic and the graphics are rough around the edges, the overall aesthetic and world are still stunningly beautiful. I plan on taking my time leveling up, as I'm in no rush to get to the cap. My playstyle is far more about the journey than the destination when it comes to MMO's, and I'm quite excited at the prospect of diving into such a richly developed world. I know there's an expansion coming out soon (August?), but I'm not concerned about getting to cap before then. If I'm still interested by the time it comes out, I may give it a shot.
If there's things you think I should know, I'm all ears. I'm also not opposed to jumping to another server, if folks think there's a better place I should start. Will post a few thoughts here as I go, if anyone is interested in hearing what a complete WoW noob might think of such a well-established game.