Today I was levelling my new Goblin character "Wysiwyg"
As he was running through Crossroads, looking for work from the locals, he got stopped by a friendly young Orc, asking me where I came from.
And when I finally found a well payed job, collecting Zhevra hooves for Sergra Darkthorn, again someone asked about where my race originated from.
So, for all the new players on this server, I will try to explain how to go about getting started from scratch.
This guide will maybe not be for you if you have some technical knowledge or when you are familiar with installing software and patches.
I'm writing this guide from a Windows 10 machine. I don't know how different everything is for Mac or any other Operating System, but I doubt it will be very different.
If you came here looking for solutions to your technical problems, you can still read over this guide to see if you missed something.
But if extended help is needed, I suggest you create a new forum post here and click the button "create new topic" (but make sure you help everyone out and follow this guide for posting issues)
Let's skip the nonsense and help you get your Worgen or Goblin going.
A. Creating an account
To log into the game you'll need an account to play!
This step can also be done later, but I'll show you this first, because it's a vital part of getting access to the server!
To do this, simply go to the registration page and fill out the form on the page as instructed below:
When you filled all the fields accordingly, you can click "SUBMIT" and follow the instructions on the screen
Make sure you write down your username and password. You will need this at the end of this guide!
B. The World of Warcraft client
To play the game... any game, you'll need the basic game installed on your computer (or device).
Let's go grab that game files!
You can find all files at the download page, but in this guide you won't have to go there, as I will post direct links.
- Windows users need to download this WoW-Mania-2.0.4b.torrent
Mac users need to download this WoW-Mania-2.0.4-Mac.torrent
...and open the file in your preferred torrent program.
There are numerous programs for that, but I suggest µ-torrent.
- You can find µ-torrent here is you haven't got it installed on your system already!
Downloading the WOW client files may take a bit, since it's a very large download, and speed depends on the bandwidth provided by your ISP.
Now that the download is done, you will have a folder in your download folder called "WoW-Mania - Win"
Copy this whole folder to a for you convenient location (In this guide I will suggest we move it to drive C:)
Yes, I told you to copy that huge folder, instead of move. If you ever make a mistake in the process, you won't have to re-download it when you need to start over.
- Now your game is in place!
C. The WOW-MANIA Launcher
So, lets get on with the guide and get that Launcher...
- Download the WoW-Mania's Custom Launcher - Zip (1.1 MB)
Remember where you downloaded it to, since you have to go to that location to unzip.
I suggest you make an easy to find folder somewhere to place all the download files together.
- Now you browse to that zip-file.
The contents of the zip-file should be extracted to the game folder.
There are several paths to take with the similar end result, I will show the most conventional one (for windows)
- In your file browser right-click the zip file.
You should now see something like this:
From the list you select "Extract all", which will lead you to the following:
Now a pop-up has opened asking you where the zip-file needs to be extracted
There you type the path to your game folder (e.g: C:\WoW-Mania - Win)
...or you use the "Browse" button to find your game folder
The tick-box needs to be ticked, so that the game folder will be opened. We'll need that in the next step!
- Then you may click "Apply" (when you double checked the path you entered)
Now the files from the zip will be extracted to the game folder. This shouldn't take more that a few seconds.
A new window will open and you should see something that looks like this:
D. Preparing the game
The hardest part is now behind you and you're almost ready to play!
It's important that the game folder doesn't have the folder permissions set to "read-only"
- In your filebrowser to to your C: drive (or the location where your game folder resides)
Look for the Folder with the name "WoW-Mania - Win" (or the name you have specified earlier)
Do a right-click on the icon of your game folder, and choose "Properties"
A small popup will open that looks somewhat like this:
Now you have to make sure that "Read only" is unchecked.
Hit "Apply" and you done.
To play the game at this point you'll have to go into your games folder every single time
You don't want that. You will need a convenient link on your desktop.
There are numerous ways to make your game executable easily accessible in different parts if the User Interface of your Operating System
But I will cover how to add a shortcut to your desktop.
- On the last image in section C of this guide see the highlighted executable "Launcher.exe"
This is the file that needs to be run to play the game.
To make a shortcut on the desktop you'll only have to right-click that one file.
When you do so, you will get a list that's similar as we seen earlier in this guide... and it looks like this:
Another list pops up and there you choose "Desktop (create shortcut)"
E. Running the game
Now you can close all the open windows and go back to your desktop, where a new icon has appeared
Now you can click the shortcut on your desktop and the Launcher will start.
When it starts you will see this:
Sit back and relax... get yourself something to drink while the launcher downloads the patch files.
You will need those to see all the WOW-MANIA custom content. It also contains other data, necessary to have the best WOW-MANIA experience.
When the downloads are done the screen will be clean and look like this:
Now you can click the "PLAY" button on the right... and the game will start!
When the game starts, the first screen you'll see is the login screen.
This is where you fill in the username and password you chosen at the first step of this guide.
Now you are ready to go! Click "Login" and you can start creating your character....
..:: ENJOY!!! ::..
I hope to see you soon on WOW-MANIA!
- Chang's ordered list of steps you should follow when you still encounter problems
- Attaching and detaching Google Authenticator to your account
I apologize for the images being non-english ... my Windows is simply in Dutch... but I hope despite that detail, this guide will still be useful to anyone!