Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Undeads are sooo Cool!

I've gone WoWed and been loving every minute of it. I participated in the 3 days open Beta at the end of last year and was thoroughly smitten with Azeroth. Yeah, we did played the RTS of Warcraft 3:Reign of Chaos and the expansion set, Frozen Throne 2-3 years back and totally forget about the whole storyline, plus I cheated and finished the game in a week. ;P I bet if Blizzard ever come out with the books, it would sell like hotcakes. We anticipated WoW to be released earlier this year but were quite dissapointed when it was on US-based. We went through 'extra' length to get gameplay by getting it from Singapore and Australia at RM200+ for the boxset and even use Aussie proxies to falsify our IP indentities to get into US servers. Now it's throughly legit and we're set to venture into the virtual world of Azeroth thanks to our Malaysian franchaiser who totally fucked us up. Most of the boxsets you see displayed on shelves are from Singapore or Australia, brought through friends or relatives. Even the top-up cards are brought in too. A fellow 'Horde' who went into WoW earlier(April) even have to register 'Aussie' address to play and I'm pretty sure Blizzard basically turn the other cheek to let us poor Asians into their servers! Thanks Blizz. You see, there's the software copyright laws which prohibit countries who doesn't have any 'licensed-partner' in these countries to use their software. Let's say your kind auntie in the US of A sent you this little boxset for Christmas, you won't be to use it 'legally' in a country such as ours because there's no official appointed 'distribuor' here, yet. Hey, you can buy softwares in the net only to find out it doesn't ship here. I'm sure the North Koreans are not that eager to get into WoW since they're too busy trying to survive. Since North Korea is sanctioned by the US, it includes softwares, even if it's meant for saving lives(Medical, transportation, etc). Like the Kim the Dictator gives a shite. I heard he owns a fleet of US-customed Cadillacs, wonder where he gets it?
Countries bickers, we bite the bitter-end as results. ;(

Anyway, back at WoW, I was quite surprise with the quality of prints and packaging of the boxset. Sturdy, beautifully embossed and a nice '10 days trial' besides your 1 month free play. Yup, you're given a '10 day free tril which you're suppose to introduce a friend into WoW or you can do the next smart thing, buy the boxsets together with your buddy and swap each other's '10 day Guest account' pass. Play the first 10 days on the trial account and 'upgrade'(using the boxset authentication ID) your account after the 10 days expired. The reward for your friend is another 1 month free play which you will get once he upgraded his account. 10days + I month(from boxset) + 1 month(for introducing a 'friend') = 2 months and 10 days play + a BIG smile! Say goodbye to your social life or whatever that you do!

I'm now an 'Undead'. I'm nocturnal so I Role-Play an Undead. We're the Forsakens. Our leader is Sylvanas Windrunner the Banshee Queen. She was the stubborn Night-elf Ranger Leader who defended Quel'Thalas form the Scourge led by Prince/Death Knight Arthas under The Lich King, Ner' Zhul. She and her small group of resistance elf-rangers were quickly defeated and killed by the the Death Knight. As an example of mockery to her stubborn resistance, Sylvanas was bought back as a Banshee, a mindless scourge slaved to Arthas. She regained her self-awareness during one of The Lich King's attempted to enslave Arthas using the Frostmourne sword. From that moment, she secretly plans and ambushed Arthas at Lordaeron but he was saved by the evil-mage, Kel'Thuzad. Once Arthas is outha picture, she rebuilds Lordaeron into her city, now called the Undercity. cool!

Currently the Forsaken's Royal Apothecary Society is engineering a new plague(sounds familiar?) that will not only wipe out the remaining humans in Lordaeron, but the Scourge in Northrend as well.

Now let me go and help my Queen with her cause!

"Beware of the Living!"
~ Forsaken NPCs regularly quoted. Like humans who are afraid of Undeads, we Undeads fear all living things! Ha... during Hallowean, we get 'Tricks or Treats' gags, some of us got turned into Humans/Elves/Dwarves and even Gnomes, that's a new low... spooky!