Hot heroes from World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft takes place in a 3D representation of the Warcraft universe that players can interact with through their characters. The game world initially consisted of the two continents in Azeroth: Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. Two separate expansions later added to the game’s playable area the realm of Outland and the continent of Northrend. As a player explores new locations, different routes and means of transportion become available.

As with other MMORPGs, players control a character avatar within a game world in third- or first-person view, exploring the landscape, fighting various monsters, completing quests, and interacting with non-player characters or other players. Also similar to other MMORPGs, World of Warcraft requires the player to pay for a subscription, either by buying prepaid game cards for a selected amount of playing time, or by using a credit or debit card to pay on a regular basis. 

To enter the game, the player must select a realm—sometimes referred to as a server. Each realm acts as an individual copy of the game world, and falls into one of four categories. Realms are either player versus player, where open combat among players is more common and promoted, or player versus environment, where the gameplay is more focused on defeating monsters and completing quests. Roleplay and roleplay-PvP variants of both primary realm types are also available. Realms are also categorized by language, with in-game support in the language available. Players can make new characters on all realms, and it is also possible to move already established characters between realms for a fee. 

To create a new character, in keeping with the storyline of previous Warcraft games, players must choose between the opposing factions of the Alliance or the Horde. Characters from the opposing factions can perform rudimentary communication (most often just “emotes”), but only members of the same faction can speak, mail, group, and join guilds. The player selects the new character’s race, such as Orcs or Trolls for the Horde, or Humans or Dwarves for the Alliance. Players must select the class for the character, with choices such as mages, warriors, and priests available. Most classes, except for special “Hero classes,” are limited to particular races.