Well, I took the plunge and just bought the download for the new WOW Lich King expansion. If anyone would like to adventure with me, my server is UTHER and my characters are (horde) Anaximander and Berylindia and (alliance; seldom played) Pipple. I think I will be making a death knight, though!
You can also let me know what your characters are named if you want to party.
That's true, though I like to think of it as reverse discrimination. Most humans have no problem killing a zombie or orc, for instance, so the reverse should be true as well. :)
The death knights do get a bad rap at first because they're under the control of the evil lich king. However, eventually they break free of his power and join the horde or alliance.
I'm sorry the trial account experience was so horrible... I'm a bit puzzled by the complaints of long downloads... Getting the whole client, certainly, it's several gigabytes. But with the patches, I installed the WotLK client from the DVD and the patching up took less than an hour on my broadband connection. I am in Seattle, so maybe I just have really good Internet...
Stu, sorry to hear you got veto'ed on an account. I know what your wife was thinking though... when I'm really in a heavy gaming curve, a lot of tasks fall by the wayside, like laundry, proper cooking of meals that are healthier than quick take-out...
Matt, I will be sure to make a Horde character on Uther and look you up. I usually stick with Alliance... the lore pretty much makes the Forsaken and Blood Elves "evil", and I find the quests to go off and slaughter Alliance towns repugnant. (Yeah yeah, I've heard all the indignant complaints from Horde players... point is, there are NO quests on Alliance side that require you to go into Horde villages and kill people.) Death Knights are even worse, you're actually ordered to murder innocent villagers, who beg and plead for their lives...
I had discs for everything but Lich King, which I had to download. All the upgrades, patches, and what not took several hours to get installed even with high-speed broadband. It'd probably be faster just to use that client you're using, Mark, since even if you had the discs, all the updates and patches would take just as long.
I finally got my death knight out of Ebon, so he can travel around now. If we get a few more people I'll start a new level one character so we can adventure together properly.
Ok, after downloading about 6Gb I need to patch yet again.... Aaaarrghh another 651 Mb update trickling in überslow. That's it. I am quitting this crazy stuff. I have downloaded over 10Gb of worthless data and I am not able to even run the real game.
The trial-client-software is too limited - it won't allow me to meet up with my friends to see what that is like. The trial environment showed me a world with a lot of other newbies - not much 'real' interaction going on apart from people making obnoxious remarks. The first quest I went on was boring. I would have loved to be on it with some of my friends.
My machine is pretty capable of handling the trial-client though. The experience I get from WOW-trial is too limited for me to justify getting a full account though - meeting up on a US server like Matt suggested is not possible without forking out dough for the real deal. Then there's all this EU vs US server stuff I read on the website - I guess it is not possible to use a US server when you are located in the EU.... Ah wait - that's only when you want to move your EU character. It's not posible to "move" from EU realms to US ones. Blizz apparently offered the option of exchanging an US account key for an EU one for those Europeans who bought the game when it first came out in the US but wanted to change later. Not the other way around though. So, to be able to play WoW US you will need a US account which means you will have to create it with a CD key from a US game box. Lastly, character migration between EU and US databases are completely impossible and you would have to start from scrath essentially.
Hmmm. I guess GAME OVER
I'll give this sort of game another chance though - just not the WOW series.
I download the free trial which is like 1.5mb which logs you in + creates an account. the big download is when you enter the game for the first time once you pick your character as it downloads the world. that took about 10 minutes on my slow DSL.
my download looked nothing like your screen. I get some kinda parchment type drawing with characters on it and a status bar on the bottom.
-- Stu --
It seems that the downloads 'non paying users' are presented with standard are noting but slow tricklers that take forever to download and is in fact a horrible stack of patch after patch scenario like I wrote about earlier. Of course the easily accessible Trial client is very limited. I want to see if it is possible to use the full client with the trial account. I want to meet up with AA folk - for me there is no point of online gaming with strangers with this type of game. Just like in the good old D&D days where you'd sit across from your friends in a sparsely lit room with on the table some graph paper and a map drawn on it - talking about the game being played. So I just got to give the Full client a go or for me it's GAME OVER with WOW. The trial client - which actually stated it is outdated and needed to be upgraded when I installed it - doesn't allow me to select a server so I won't be able to meet up with AA folk.
After loggin in on the website and navigating down to the download options - somewhere hidden below the trial client software is the full software InstallWoW.exe file and this gives access to downloading three clients. From Yakumo's post I figure it is possible to use a trial account with the WotLK version of the game and I choose that. This would mean I actually get to meet up with some of the WOW folk logging on at AA!
I figure that there must be fewer patches to download after the first install so I may actually get to play the game today as the download - instead of the other versions - comes in at full speed which is 1.5Mb/sec on my internet access. Nice dramatic music playing in the background.
Things are looking better than they did last night!
Well, my wife came over and said 'what are you playing' last night, so I installed WotLK on her XP machine and set her up on the 10 day trial, she LOVES it. But she has an addictive personality. She choose a good elf chick so I couldnt see her on my friends list. ohwell.. And straight away she friends some other player whom kills stuff for her and she just collects loot...
after playing for about 5 hours she says 'we cant pay for this' (yeah we didnt clean the kitchen last night... too busy playing wow)..
I did kinda meet up with Matt, I created an undead dude on Uther, but Matt was somewhere else in the world. I died like 10 times because I wandered off the road and kept getting killed, every time I recovered my corpse I took two steps closer to the road and would get attacked again.. eventually I made it back to safety.
This undead dude is more fun than the orc dude at any rate (the trial doesnt let you pick death knights so I have to start at level 1).
My 10 day trial is I think coming to an end pretty soon, and the wife has already vetoed paying for a sub... oh well.
-- Stu --
Right the download failed and will not properly restart. Resorted to de-installing it alltogether from my Vista system. I am contemplating on installing it all to my Windows XP Pro system but the amount of time it takes to get this up and running is just insane.
I've tried to find if I could download a full up-to-date-client directly without having to resort to Blizzard's peer-to-peer download solution but I cound not find anything. What I did manage to do was login to the WOW Blizzard website and I have downloaded the full-client setup disks - it actually gives me the option to install one of three versions of WOW - including the latest addition Matt has acquired. Somhow I doubt wether this will actually function with my free-trial-10-day account. Has anyone tried this with a Free account?
If you're playing trial accounts, that means that you will likely not see a lot of the new content that's in the latest expansion. Unlike the last expansion, nothing new was really added to the old areas.
One exception: Stormwind Harbor. The ship that used to sail between Auberdine and Menethil now sails from Auberdine to Stormwind. This is very nice for Alliance characters, as in the old days, any night elf (and later draenai) who came over to the eastern continent would have to run across a level 20-30 zone to reach the other two capital cities, often a suicide run being chased by high level monsters. Now all three Alliance capitals are easily accessible with no risk by a low level character.
More good points of the old game now changed:
- Mounts at level 30, and cheaper. This is really nice to get across zones faster, and more affordable. The cost has been changed as well so most of the money is for the riding training; the mounts are cheap, so you can have several different mounts.
- Pet/mount controls are through the character now, no more taking up an item slot.
- Gold inflation. This is great for starting characters, as it's very easy to make money now if you have even one gathering skill. Mining is still the best; I've sold stacks of 20 copper ore for up to 3 gold, and with inscription (new skill added in WotLK) requiring herbs, peacebloom and silverleaf can be collected for good profit. (Don't be surprised to see nasty grim death knights running around collecting daisies... they have to level up their gathering skills from 0.)
- Faster leveling curve. You used to hit 20 and slow way down, now you continue at the same pace all the way to 60. For WotLK, the leveling curve from 60-68 has also been flattened; you don't have to do every quest in every Outland zone to get to 70. In fact, it's in your best interest to go to Northrend as soon as possible.