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The Bellinghman
Date: 2005-02-10 09:41
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WoW has arrived. Quite a solid little package, with 4 CDs (about par for the course, though Half Life 2 more sensibly came on a DVD), and a 200+ page manual.

I can see myself taking the manual off to Basel for light reading. I've yet to finish HL2, though I suspect I'm nearing the end, and I'll probably want to finish that before registering WoW and getting into the free first month WoW subscription.

One thing I note - the packaging for WoW is a nicely produced shrink-wrapped velcro-tab-closure box. Inside is a shrink-wrapped plastic case containing the CDs and the manual. Presumably, in a few months when the game becomes cheaper in the shops, they'll just drop the outer box to bring the packaging cost down.
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Rillaith
User: rillaith
Date: 2005-02-10 07:14 (UTC)
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Apparently the guys I'm being nagged to join on the same WoW server haven't decided which they'll be on yet, but will be putting it up on www.iogaming.com tomorrow.

'Course, they *are* 'sow plz kk thx la~~' people, but the ones I know are all right, actually, and heck, that's where *i'll* be at least ;)

On an entirely unrelated note, when are you off to Basel? And can you bring me back some Spaetzli? I have (4) people to feed it to...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-02-10 07:28 (UTC)
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sow plz kk thx la~~'?

We fly from Stansted on Sunday, back on Friday. I'm not sure if we'll get the chance, but I'll try to remember if we're in Migros or Global or whatever.
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Zenistar
User: zeni
Date: 2005-02-10 10:21 (UTC)
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You heading to Tizers guild on the PVP server with Tual?
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Rillaith
User: rillaith
Date: 2005-02-10 10:51 (UTC)
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Pete's been trying to get me to join him there, yeah. I'll probably dabble on that PVP and WA'S PVE and see what takes my fancy.
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Zenistar
User: zeni
Date: 2005-02-10 10:54 (UTC)
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My PVP experiences in US and Euro beta have not been good, lots of ganking and corpse camping.

PVE with optional PVP ie Battleground zones is the way forward in my option.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-02-10 11:09 (UTC)
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PVP? PVE?
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Zenistar
User: zeni
Date: 2005-02-10 11:20 (UTC)
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PVP - Player v Player (In order words, you see a member of the opposite faction, you kill them and then if your of the camping ilk, you sit on their corpse and kill them each time they come back to ressurect until they get fed up and log off)

PVE - Player v Environment or often now called PVM - Player v Monsters. (You can not attack a member of the opposite faction unless they have done something to flag themselves as PVP - either set the option, attacked an NPC or within a duel).

PVP servers have traditionally attracted the younger gung ho types and you often feel your playing on the same server as every american kinder garten child.


Within WoW, playing on a PVE server allows you to explore the entire continent without worring that behind ever rock there is a rogue stealthed that is 30 levels higher than you intent on ruining your evening, while still allowing you to take part in PVP when ever you like, either by dueling or by heading over to the opposing factions areas and attacking their shopkeepers and other non player characters.
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Zenistar
User: zeni
Date: 2005-02-10 11:22 (UTC)
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Forgot to mention, Bliz are implementing Battlegrounds (even on the PVE servers), these are entire zones that are flagged as PVP areas, if your in the zone you can attack or be attacked.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-02-10 11:42 (UTC)
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Ah, I'm a PVE sort of guy. I'm inclined to feel that PVE with PVP areas is indeed the way to go.

Many, many years ago (1988), I played Shades on Micronet, eventually getting to Wizard level. It was a real pain that the best way of gaining EPs was to kill other players, and that being killed lost you half your own points. On the other hand, playing on a BBC micro with common command sequences preprogrammed onto the function keys, and having a 2400 baud modem (when most were on either 300/300 or 1200/75), certainly helped.

Once you did get to Wizard level, you were unkillable. At that point, you got to design your own little area, and you had the ability to go invisible, teleport, attach yourself to items, and generally confuse the hell out of unsuspecting players. Talking swords was a favourite.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-02-10 07:48 (UTC)
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As I said in my last post, if you don't know what WoW stands for, then you may ignore these posts.

Though I'm quite impressed at Blizzard getting Microsoft to ship wowexec with Windows.
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User: knell
Date: 2005-02-10 08:04 (UTC)
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Mine, too, has arrived. I've been passing the time until the game servers are actually, like, available (release day's tomorrow, innit?) by installing it on my G5. And my PowerBook (I knew that getting the spiffier video hardware in that machine would pay off eventually). And, er, well, the introductory movie and the login screen are very pretty...
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Zenistar
User: zeni
Date: 2005-02-10 10:21 (UTC)
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Mine will be arriving with Swiss Express Post tomorrow :)
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