Cheeky Upgrade option in Character Screen

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Those cheeky fellows working in Blizzard have plonked an ad for Mists of Pandaria in the character screen you see after login.

It is not subtle or unreasonable, and after my initial reaction of “what the f?” I considered using that to purchase my upgrade.

It makes me ponder if we will see character customisation, race change, name change and such in that screen too. Heck it would even be handy to be able to buy month-by-month time as well. The user is logged in, so might benefit from it. All the special offers for pets and such could be there too.

Are you pondering that already Activision?

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MoP streamlines enchanting rods

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quick repost thoughts – MoP might bring simplified enchanting rods – nice, good idea. But hey, how about giving the upgraded versions that many characters already have some extra tweak or benefit? Like:

  • Slightly faster actions according to the level of the rod?
  • A different colour when enchanting and disenchanting?
  • Or just a decent vender value.

…the rod structure will change in Mists of Pandaria. Over the course of the last few Mists beta patches, the developers have been combing through enchanting and reducing the rod requirements across the board; it appears that the only rod you will need to perform any and every enchant is the first one, the Runed Copper Rod.

Ref: Mists of Pandaria streamlines enchanting rods.

MoP Release – Digital or Box?

I missed this when it went live, the Mists of Pandaria release date is confirmed for 25 September 2012. Seen also in the BattleNet pages.

Sep 25 is the date, and means we have a date to aim for. It also makes more sense that the PTR and beta ramp down still have time to make changes. So yay. Happy times.

mop presale promo http://us.battle.net/en/int?r=wowNow fans have to decide if they purchase the game, and if they do is it a collector’s edition or standard, and a digital download or a box?

The collector’s edition box this expansion contains the same as previous years. Pets, mounts, and some side material (see the screenie below). Frankly a physical copy is not very enticing, and digital is the way to go now. Sure, you miss out on the cardboard, mouse-mat, some misc tokens, and DVDs, but overall the cost in Australia is $60 vs $100 for the Collector’s edition. I can use that $40 difference on something else, and I also don’t have to put up with lining up late at night, or waiting, or even a store. At best I might take the digital collectors, but standard looks very appealing.

This does not mean that I’m unhappy with WoW as a game, not at all. It just means that after buying three collector’s editions and noting that I’ve used less and less of the items, I’m now resigned to getting the game, and not banners for StarCraft or Diablo 3. I don’t care what is added for SC or D3.

Aside – this is my post in a guild officer forum in mid June:

If 22 June is start of raid testing, then with a couple of beta builds and tuning – live in 2-ish months – say mid Sep. I can’t remember what the other expansion timeframes were but they will need a month to ship and hype.

Heh, called it. 🙂