Step-by-step guide on setting up World of Warcraft Classic: Wrath of the Lich King

Important

This guide is in a beta test stage. It has been tested. But there are many things that could cause problems - from missing video drivers to unsupported screen resolutions. If you experience any problems, please contact us via Discord. We will try to support you. Please find the link in the "Important link" section on this page.

For Mac users: This tutorial is for Windows users. If you are using a Mac, you can follow the instructions including the section "Installing addons and script". Everything beyond that point won't work on Mac, as the required tool Autohotkey isn't available for that plattform. You'll have to complete the remaining steps with sighted help or OCR and screen readers instead.

What to expect

This guide will enable a blind person to set up and play World of Warcraft Classic: Wrath of the Lich King (WoW WotLK) autonomously. We've developed an ingame addon called Sku for that.

Setting everything up should require 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on your internet connection, machine, etc.). Upon completing all the steps in this guide, you'll be in the game and ready to go. There's no sighted help required. But it might be helpful or speed up the process.

Our community is there to support you on your first steps. Contact us via Discord:
https://discord.gg/AzFwTDmpbk
You will find voice channels as well as text channels for questions and contacts.

There are already Sku users (blind and sighted) in different realms. Many of them are happy to support you on your first steps.
U.S. realms:

EU realms:

What we expect

Keep in mind that the Sku addon was build with a lot of effort from awesome people. Up to this point, developers, route creators and test players have spent 12 months to bring World of Warcraft to blind players. It will take several more months to finish the project.

We are happy to hear your feedback. If you would like to test the game and report bugs or problems, you are welcome to do so. However, please do not expect all content to be available. Some specific parts of the game, like PvP, will most likely not be available to you.

Please try to provide an adequate feedback. We are really looking forward to active contributions!

Installation and setup

To play WoW TBC as a blind person, the following steps are required. They are detailed in the next sections:

Create a Battlenet account

Battlenet is a general service provided by Blizzard (the developer of WoW). It is required to play WoW. So you need to create a free Battlenet account. Proceed as follows:

Subscribe to WoW

Now, on that page (https://account.battle.net/overview) you need to sign up for a subscription to the game. This is how it works:

Download and install WoW

Once you have created your Battlenet account, and your WoW account, and subscribed to WoW, you need to download and install the game:

Install addons and script

To play the game you need several addons and scripts. Those addons and scripts will add accessibility features to the game. Here's how to set them up:

Select a realm and create a character

Start the game

You need to start the game again.

Start the mouse script

Select a realm

The first step is to choose one of the available realms (that will affect which other players you will meet) and to create a character.

Create a character

Now you need to decide whether you would like to play Horde or Alliance. Your race depends on this. The race dictates the faction you become a member of in the game. Alliance includes Human, Dwarf, Night Elf, Gnome, and Draenei, and Horde includes Orc, Undead, Tauren, Troll, and Blood Elf.

Configure the game

Before you start playing, you need to configure the game settings listed below. You need to set up the default key bindings for the game via the Sku addon. This is how you do it:

Now your key bindings are set to the standard Sku key bindings. More information on the audio menu and the key bindings can be found in the next chapter.

Next you need to set up the AudioQS addon. That addon provides information on your health and mana.

With this last step, you can personalize settings in the Sku addon. The most important one is the volume:

You are done. Now you are truly ready to play.

Play

Here is a first steps video tutorial from Nils. It shows how to play the game and use the Sku addon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3SZoQeOZ7M&list=PLcLfgUsgZkMjVqBI1z_vtITlOelGDf0Aq

Help, I don't know what to do

If you have questions or problems, please join our Discord server:
https://discord.gg/AzFwTDmpbk
There is almost always someone to help and answer questions.

Here is a first steps video tutorial from Nils. It shows how to play the game and use the Sku addon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3SZoQeOZ7M&list=PLcLfgUsgZkMjVqBI1z_vtITlOelGDf0Aq

Key bindings

WoW

Movement

Activities

Targeting

Action bars

Chat

Panels

Target icons

Miscellaneous

Sku-Addon and audio menu

General

Audio menu

Chat

Quests

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