[Originally posted on 6 July 2013. This is a recovered reposting.]
So you’ve decided to roll a mage. Congratulations!
If you haven’t played a particular race before (or if it’s been awhile since you last leveled a character from level one), it can be a lot to handle. The first thing to do is take a deep breath. Don’t panic. Gnomes and Worgen have a lot happening when you first arrive. Goblins are fairly busy as well, but they are on par with the Human starting zone. Comparatively, the other races are fairly sedate.