An Introduction or "What is a MMORPG?"
Warcraft is a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). What does that mean? Well in the simplest form a MMORPG is a game where you get to control a character through a very long period of time, similar to traditional role playing games. Your character will grow, progress and change as you play.
What is a long period of time? Well that all depends on how much and how often you play. Essentially though, many hundreds of hours to reach maximum level. This is a much longer time frame than the normal computer based RPG where the game is normally meant to be completed in 40-100 hours. A MMORPG takes much longer to complete, especially since the developer will constantly be adding new content and quests to the game.
In a MMORPG your character advances in several ways (primarily levels and professions) which we will discuss in depth later. You play this character, levelling him/her up, gaining skills and attributes, getting new equipment, and becoming much stronger. You accomplish this by defeating enemies and completing quests. In the begging you can do this on your own. As you progress through the game you will find that you need to form groups or join guilds to progress through more difficult quests.