Video Games

Aggroed, kited, and critted

I don’t know what the hell I was thinking. My WoW-loving buddy has somehow talked me into trying the full game.

He sent me another trial and I bought a 60-day playcard ($30 at Walmart). I tried to upgrade the trial with the playcard but, despite my friend’s assertions, it did in fact require the purchase of the retail box. So I shelled out another $35 for a product key and 1 more month. I’ve got until November to give it a go.

Luckily setup was a lot easier this time around. Blizzard had generosly updated the 2.5GB installer on Filefront with the next-to-latest 1.11.1 patch. My friend sent me a link to directly download all the patches so I didn’t bother reconfiguring my router for the bittorrent updater, and I blocked the behind-the-scenes P2P uploader that tried to sneak past me. I downloaded and installed the 5MB 1.11.2 patch very quickly and was up and running in record time!

So far no foul-ups in about 6 hours of play. I honestly do like this game so I hope technical difficulties don’t stand in my way this time. I’m now a paying customer (ugh) so I won’t be keeping my vocalizations to myself anymore!


I see in my logs that a surprisingly large number of people find my blog by searching Google for “WoW trial”. Surprisingly I’m currently the top listing on page 2 (#11) for this query. Mine is pretty much the only evaluative page for this query so I’m glad to have the opportunity to give people a little reality in their search for information on this game.

By brian

About Brian Damage:

Who is Brian really?
I live in Toronto, Canada, and work for an IT firm. That's about as much real-world info I'm comfortable divulging here. What you read on my blog is the real Brian, but, for the sake of freedom of speech, I feel most comfortable leaving a gulf between my cyberspace and meatspace personae.

Who is Brian at work?
My ridiculous job title is "Marketing Specialist" since I wear so many hats at work. I'm a technical writer, a specialist in enterprise search technologies, an electronic forms designer, a newsletter author, system administrator... but I'm in the Marketing department so for the time being I'm stuck with this inauspicious title.

Who is Brian at play?

Who is Brian