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World of Warcraft - The Cover Story
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Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 10:07 am
World of Warcraft


So I finally let one of my coworkers talk me into playing World of Warcraft. I got package yesterday, popped it open, took out the four CD's, and ran the installer. It started installing. It continued installing. It installed some more...

An hour passes...

Please insert Disc 2.

sigh

Three hours later...

Installation complete.

Huzzah! Time to hit the ground in Azeroth RPG-style! Create account... Login... Choose server.

There are updates available. Click OK to download.

sigh

Downloaded 16KB of 39.14MB...

Twenty Minutes later...

You seem to be behind a firewall
(Mind you, this is twenty minutes into a download)
The Blizzard downloader operates best if you forward ports 3472, 6112, 6881-6999, 10230-20000, 3.141526, e, c, sqrt(2 + 3.212i), and Arthur.

This suggestion is accompanied by the complete stop of my download (which, until then, had been clipping along at 40KB/s.) So I fiddle with the firewall, open the requested ports, and click back to the downloader.

2.00KB/s...4.00KB/s...6.00KB/s...4.00KB/s.

You. Are. Friggin'. Kidding. Me. So forty minutes later, this downloader gets it 39.14MB of flesh, and begins the actual installation process.

Installing file 1/3927

A few seconds pass...

Installing file 2/3927

cry

Fortunately, later files seemed to install faster, and by 2215 that night (Five hours after first placing the disc in the drive), I finally got to character creation. This is where things started getting fun.

I didn't want to expend the name Bronzite on a test character, and Blizzard has a rather strict Naming Policy. I chose a race of Gnomes (who get bonuses to the Engineering profession), and a class of Warlock, which is something between a Mage and a Death Knight in Warcraft II (think a wizard with primary damage-over-time spells without too much in the way of "I toss plasmified mana at you until you stop thinking living thoughts"). Warlocks are pretty much the highest total damage character (as long as they can keep their innards in while their spells slowly chip away at the baddie's HP), so I named my character Eysibium. Once I hit the gamespace, I decided to teach my character Mining and Engineering (from the get the metal, make nifty stuff from the metal school of thought), meaning he can build, equip, sell and use explosives, mechanical creatures, firearms, and all kinds of other gadgetry if he needs to. Now, what is cooler than a Warlock that can throw fiery death at at target until his mana runs dry, then haul out a couple dozen pounds of high explosives and play a rousing if one-sided game of "Thermal Detonators Taste Funny" with that Red Drake that's been harrassing town since last week?

Too much fun.


Current Mood: excited excited

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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)

It must be a conspiracy: The hardware manufacturers pay the software manufacturers to make more complicated games so that they can sell more hardware. :)


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silverdragonma
silverdragonma
Daithi Dubh
Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
review

Well now we have to wait for the bronzite review of gameplay.


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jjlc
jjlc
jjlc
Fri, Jan. 7th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)

I love your writing style.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Fri, Jan. 7th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)

Thank you! I spent a long time stealing it. (-:


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