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The State of the Warcrack
Well, mjperson asked about it on Tuesday, and since the 10 day guest pass that jcatelli gave me just ended about an half hour ago, now is a fine time for an update.

So, I like the game. I'm officially hooked. The graphic are much better than the ones that drove me screaming from Warcraft III in less than an hour of play time. Of course my poor elderly Mac is supposedly too old and slow to run the game. I'm actually pretty fine when I'm in a sparsely populated area. When there are other PCs aroung, though, things can get bad. One or three is fine, but much more than that and I have severe lag problems. I can tell from the thrashing sound coming from the box that its at least partly an issue with my computer. Happily bonuses are due out on the 15th, and Warren seems open to the idea of me getting myself a Mac Mini, even though we won't be able to write it off.

I've noticed a couple of bugs. They're mildly annoying, but as a person who writes code for a living I'm not appalled by them. I can play around them.

As of this morning I have four characters. Eranna is my main character, she's a 15th level night elf druid. Aleanor is a character I made so I could play with one of twe's alts; she's currently an 8th level priest. Moraga is a 5th level dwarven hunter, and she's a blast. I've also made a human rogue named ElspethFern, but she's not been played yet.

I'm wondering what the artists were thinking. Normally I'm the type who loves to play elves, and the druid looked cool, so my first character was a no-brainer. On the other hand, I love the way Moraga looks. OK, she's short and heavy, but the way the body looks, she's not fat. Sure, her thighs are big, but they look big in the same way my thighs are big -- the way that says I can leg-press nearly three times my weight. The elves, on the other hand... between the purple skin and the ears I'm a little less thrilled with them.

Speaking of less than thrilled, I went to manage my account last night and discovered that since I'm on a guest pass, I can't just buy more time. I have to go out and get a physical copy of the darn thing of my own. That's annoying. It would be much easier if I could just pay for more time (maybe with an activation fee thrown in, if necessary). I mean, I already have it installed, most of my friends have the CDs if I had any need to reinstall, why send me out to purchase the actual media?


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twe From: twe Date: March 3rd, 2005 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Guest Pass Annoyances

Yes, that happened to me too. We wound up calling all around to try and find someplace that had a copy of the game a week before Christmas. Try Target and the Apple Store.

I actually think the female dwarves are kind of freaky-looking, though I'm with you on the elven-donkey ears being stupid looking. Somehow I find the elves different enough that they don't seem so wrong. The gnomes just look like kids to me.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: March 3rd, 2005 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Guest Pass Annoyances

I got my copy at Microcenter, if you're looking for options.

I'm disappointed with the female dwarves; they just look mostly ugly to me. Not due to body structure; I like the way that Gerjann looks like she could swig her Guinness and her mace with equal ease. It's the facial structure.

Elves just remind me of too-tall people in normal life. They just look odd. :)

Gnomes are just adorable. Esp the way they kinda dance when idle.

15th druid, eh? Maybe I should wake up Vaed soon and rampage around with you. (Vaed's 17, and I've been musing about getting her to 20 so she can learn Portal.)

Have you ever been in an area with a Horde raid going on? That is a great meaning of pain. :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 3rd, 2005 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Guest Pass Annoyances

I have a copy now, will enter new key when I get home.

I admit that the dwarf female faces aren't great. I found one that I kinda like though. Besides, I mostly see the character from the back, where what I notice most is hair I would kill for. Really, the hair on the dwarf women can make even jcatelli look like she lacks volume.
mjperson From: mjperson Date: March 3rd, 2005 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Dangers of a Guest Pass

So, has anyone tried the whoel guest pass thing and verified that you do in fact get to keep your characters? I'm sort of worried that the 10 day thing gets your account wiped since you can't just add money, and need a new CD key...
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 3rd, 2005 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dangers of a Guest Pass

Lets hope not, I don't want to lose Eranna, she's had some serious time invested in her. Really, doing that would defeat the purpose of the guest pass. You get a new customer, then you piss them off right away is not a brilliant business model.

We'll see tonight. I've obtained my very own copy of Warcrack. Its good to work less than 10 minutes away from the Burlington Mall.
twe From: twe Date: March 3rd, 2005 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dangers of a Guest Pass

I had a guest pass. I got (well, got given) a copy of the game for real andjust put in the key off the box and logged right back into my same account and same charcters.
jcatelli From: jcatelli Date: March 3rd, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


I had a serious computer crash yesterday, so I'm not playing Warcraft (or anything else for that matter) until all is fixed. Woe! I'm going to have to bring the thing in to see a computer doctor, since I can't seem to make it work again. Sigh.

But this does solve the "serious addiction eating all of my available time" problem, at least temporarily. And I was almost 30th level, too... I guess I don't get to catch up to my mob of friends in the low 30's after all.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 3rd, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Withdrawal

Woe! You poor, poor thing. On the bright side, perhaps I can manage to catch up to you. (OK, this is more of a bright side for me than for you.)

I should probably get your copy of the game back to you at some point, especially as I now have my own. Are you by anychance competing at Harvard, or otherwise planning on being in the area any time soon?
jcatelli From: jcatelli Date: March 4th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Withdrawal

I'm not sure when I'm coming to Boston again. I may come as early as next weekend, but we'll see. John and I are going down to Regionals this week to keep the option open for Nationals. We pretty much suck right now, as our practice time over the past couple of months has been vanishingly small, but oh well.

I didn't realise that the guest pass required you to go out and buy the CDs when it expired. Sorry. I should probably try to retrieve my disks relatively soon because my computer malady may require me to reinstall everything. Hmm, another excuse to show up in Boston (not that I really seem to need one. :)

greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 4th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Withdrawal

OK, well just let me know and I'll get them to you. I'm not sure if we're up for driving out to you just to drop the CDs off. Warren would enjoy the drive, but we'd have to come up with four hours of free time to do it in. If you want them more quickly than you next Boston trip, though, I can send them to you via priority mail.
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