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I am new to this whole Warcraft/WoW world. I see there are different versions, like Warcraft, Warcraft III, World of Warcraft. I am a total newbie at this. Where should I start playing? I want to be able to play on a server as well as alone at home. I understand that World of Warcraft can only be played online. Is it so?

I want a version which I can play both online and at home. I do not want two different versions as I am not a full time gamer. Just play occasionally.

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Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. You just need to find an old PC with MS-DOS and a diskette drive –  Dan Grossman Feb 3 '11 at 7:05
    
@DanGrossman: WarCraft: Orcs & Humans had a CD version. I actually own said version of the game. –  user2974 Feb 3 '11 at 7:15
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It also came on 4 floppies, and it's much more enjoyable installing vintage games from floppies. You're going to ruin his experience. –  Dan Grossman Feb 3 '11 at 7:17
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@Dan Grossman: My current PC doesn't have a floppy drive but I do have an old Pentium II laying around in basement. Seems like a nice weekend project to revive it. –  user6809 Feb 3 '11 at 8:10
    
@DanGrossman What makes you think OP is a "he"? –  6pack kid Sep 24 '13 at 1:28
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WarCraft 1-3 and World of WarCraft are set in the same world but are different types of games.

WarCraft 1-3 are Real-time Strategy (RTS) games. These can be played standalone, or online in groups of up to 12.­­­    

WarCraft 1 was on diskette and CD and was released for DOS.

WarCraft 2 and its expansion Beyond the Dark Portal were on diskette and CD. They were originally released for DOS, but both were later ported to Windows 95/98 as Warcraft II: Battle.NET Edition.

WarCraft 3 was on CD. It was released for Windows, and is currently purchasable as the WarCraft Battle Chest (not to be confused with the World of WarCraft Battle Chest) or separate digital downloads for the original game and its expansion Frozen Throne through Blizzard's online store.

World of WarCraft is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). It can only be played online on servers with thousands of other players... and has a monthly subscription fee.

WoW and its three expansions (Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm) are purchasable in both stores and as a digital download in Blizzard's online store. Consider looking for these in actual stores, as Blizzard charges a lot for the digital versions.

The World of Warcraft Battle Chest contains the classic game and Burning Crusade.

Which you want to start with depends on what type of game you want to play.

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As I said I want a game with both online and stand alone play mode, I guess I'll be going with WarCraft 3. Thanks! –  user6809 Feb 3 '11 at 8:12
    
It's sad that does game cannot be bought anymore, I'm glad I still have my battlechest with warcraft I, II, II expansion. Sad is I don't have bnet. –  DogDog Feb 3 '11 at 17:31
    
Agreed that Warcraft III is still an excellent place to start. It gives you a great amount of the storyline and fills you in on a few details you might have missed from the earlier Warcraft games. Plus, Warcraft III is much more accessible as it can actually be installed and run on a modern computer without compatibility issues. –  Lotus Notes May 20 '11 at 20:28
    
@CarlClover: The fact that it can be installed and run on a modern Windows PC without compatibility issues is because Microsoft put a lot of effort into maintaining compatibility with it. War3 had severe issues with Vista when it came out until app compatibility updates came out. Then for a while, videos didn't work. –  user2974 May 20 '11 at 23:25
    
Interesting, Microsoft specifically did extra work so a particular game could run? Also as a side note, I recall Blizzard released a Warcraft III patch somewhat recently that was aimed at letting the videos run in newer versions of windows. Gotta love Blizzard for still patching their old games like War3 and D2 :) –  Lotus Notes May 20 '11 at 23:59
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