If you are new to the game, we recommend you take advantage of the in-game help system. By clicking on the flashing exclamation mark icon that appears at the bottom of your screen, you can learn about the basic elements of the game such as starting quests, initiating combat, and training your character. We highly suggest you take the time to read your World of Warcraft manual and buy cheap WoW Gold . It was written for new users and contains many things not mentioned in this guide. Now that you have created your account, you can enter the game and begin playing. Once you start the game, you will be prompted to read and agree to our Terms of Use Agreement and End User License Agreement. At the log in screen, enter the account name and password that you chose when you created your account. First you need to select your realm (also known as a "server"). You will need to contact your friends and pick the same realm so that you can all play together; characters on different realms cannot play with each other. In the world of Azeroth, the Horde and the Alliance are opposing factions locked in a struggle for control of the land - and neither side is backing down. Horde and Alliance players can battle each other, but they are unable to group together, trade, or even talk to each other. Thus, if you wish to play with your friends, make sure you select races that belong to the same faction. You can create both Horde and Alliance characters in a Normal realm, although they will be subject to the same restrictions such as not being able to mail something from an Alliance character to a Horde character that you both own. On Player vs. Player realms however, you can only create characters from one of the two factions. The first step in creating your character is to choose his or her race, gender, and class. It's a good idea to do some research before making this choice, either by reading your manual, clicking the class and race links above, or both - one's race and class are the defining traits of your character. The gender of your character on the other hand is purely a cosmetic feature and has no impact on that character's abilities or statistics. You can customize various aspects of your character's appearance. All characters will have selectable hairstyles, hair colors, and skin colors. Other features such as facial markings, earrings, horns, and facial hair will be specific to certain race and gender combinations. If you find this takes too much time, simply click the "randomize" button to randomize your character's appearance. You can continue to push this button until you are satisfied with the results. The World of Warcraft forums are a great place to learn about the game, and share your experiences with other players. You can access the forums at http://www.wowgold2k.com .