Ever since World of Warcraft was released back in 2004 to an enthusiastic fanbase and grew into the MMO juggernaut that it is now, there may be people who do want to play it but are intimidated by how deep the story and gameplay has become over the years. Veteran players are knowledgeable and beyond comprehension of those who have not yet played the game, so those who do want to jump in now should keep a few things in mind to get the most of the game.
Create a character with a purpose
When you've decided to make a character to start playing, you are given various choices in race and classes to begin with. If you're not a veteran WoW player yet with a goal in mind, then you might as well pick one that you'll get to roleplay best with. To roleplay a character, it is all about how much you can get into it. Your character needs a motivation to embark on the adventure, whatever it may be. The more compelling you can make it though, the more fun it will be to play with that character in the game.
That purpose has to dictate most of your character's actions, including who he talks to, what he does to other characters, how he does those things, how he fights, what he fights for, and so on. Soon enough, you stop thinking about roleplaying and the character develops by itself as you play, which is a magical process for those who have gotten into playing the game and is one of the things that has made World of Warcraft one of the best games ever made.
Interact and play with others
What has made this game successful isn't just the quality of the story and core gameplay, but also the social aspect of being an MMORPG. In fact, that's what makes the MMORPG genre such a big world all by itself. But with World of Warcraft, with the vast number of players throughout the world, the game only gets better with more and more people playing it.
With that in mind, playing WoW is better with friends. If you don't have friends to play it with you, then you make friends in the game. What makes WoW so immersive is not just its lore and gameplay, but how it lets players connect in various ways. You can join parties to go on raids together or just chat and have fun. All sorts of people from different walks of life play WoW, and that's what makes this game good, especially for new players.
Leveling is not the most important thing
Role-playing games have something in common with character leveling systems, wherein characters of higher levels are stronger and are able to do more things and wear better equipment. For most MMORPGs, this becomes the focal point, especially for those that require a metric crap ton of experience points just to level up. This makes for a lot of repetitive grinding that makes gameplay dull and tedious, which is sadly common for a lot of other MMORPGs.
In World of Warcraft, that kind of monotonous gameplay takes a backseat in favor of a lot of other activities that can help with the overall experience. there is a ton of lore behind everything in the game, especially since this is the Warcraft universe that was built up from back in the day with the strategy games. This makes for a lot of roleplaying opportunities that makes leveling pale in comparison.
Many other things like social interactions and plenty of engaging quests that uncover more of the lore makes WoW more diverse and puts leveling up further down in the priority list in favor of immersing oneself in the in-game world. There are leveling guides for World of Warcraft all over the internet that can help you take off your mind off the grueling task of grinding for hours and being unable to socialize with other players, so better check them out.
Let the game take you
A common trap that most roleplayers fall into is going down only on one path, which raises a lot of questions and debates. Some see this as necessary in playing a game to your best abilities. However, what it also does is reduce the enjoyment of the game itself since the experience is more constricted as a result of this.
Of course, you'd want to have your character specialize in stats and abilities according to the chosen character class, and that's good. But what does not merit over-prioritization is the way you play the game. So you don't just raid dungeons or just do quests, for example, and do nothing else. There are so many things that you can do in the game, so feel free to get into all of them.
Play within the world
The Warcraft universe is very fascinating and has its own rules, making for gameplay that takes you to places beyond most people's imaginations. Being able to exist wholeheartedly within that world lets players continue to roleplay, which is the point of playing RPGs in the first place.
Metagaming can certainly take your game to higher levels, but it is most helpful for those who have been playing the game seriously for a long time and are looking to boost their performance for competitive purposes. As a new player, this can only ruin the fun of the game due to its focus on aspects of WoW that is separate from what makes the game interesting from the perspective of storyline and lore. Therefore, it is not very good for roleplaying, even though powergaming is an inherent part of playing RPGs.