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November 9th, 2004


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11:55 pm - being Blizzard, you can play Poke The NPC
Well, the good news is that it's Blizzard's baby, and the game is very beautiful to look at and, I do admit, fun to play. Of course, that's all once you actually get the goddamn thing installed. It took over 12 hours to get from "Hey they have beta keys available online, let's get one" to actually logging in and being able to make a character. First we had to contend with webservers that were not ready to handle the crush of people wanting to get a key (Blizzard actually did away with unique open beta keys at the end, just handing out one generic key for everybody.)

Then we had to deal with actually downloading the 2 gigabyte game -- Blizzard's proprietary download client is actually just a BitTorrent client. That's nice in the sense that it shows people are actually using BitTorrent for things other than, say, copyrighted movies and warez. But the proprietary client wouldn't let me throttle my upload speed, which I need to do because I share the cable modem and a constant 20k/sec upload while I get 4k/sec down on a 2gig file is decidedly not fair for anybody involved. So I had to download it off of Fileplanet's servers, which meant a wait in line followed by ... well, a nice constant speed. Took two hours. Color me impressed.

And I'm coloring you indifferent at this point, I see. SO I SHALL JUST SHARE PICTURES


Here's my gnomish mage Frotz about to release a fireball of fiery fire on some poor unsuspecting low-level creature. I am happy I can make him look a wee bit like my EQ gnomish wizard. I'm also happy that he has fireballs and will someday be able to build exploding sheep.


Here's Martha the gnome warlock. I would've named her Chornya, which is Frotz's sister in the little piece of canon I like to call "HOW I LIKE TO NAME MY CHARACTERS" but for some reason I don't think the filter liked h-o-r-n-y in the name or something. Oh well. Most every character type in the game looks cool; the gnome females all look like they were designed by Margaret Keane, however. Warlocks are one of two pet classes, and Martha is able to summon an imp that helps fight and also makes snotty remarks from time to time.


The undead race looks DAMN cool. You can have a zombie with a stiff closed chin, a zombie with a jaw broken and hanging limply open, as shown here by my undead warrior Harryhausen, or you can have a zombie with a jaw ripped clean off, and a tongue dangling obscenely down from the hole where the mouth shoulda been. Now that's rad.

Currently I'm playing on Test Server 20, which I think you can get by looking thru the Eastern Time Zone offerings. I'm still not sure if I'll buy the game when it comes out, but I'm pretty psyched I'm gonna have a week or so off to just play the hell out of the beta.

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From:ooshiny
Date:November 10th, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
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Nice. I should have told my husband about the beta keys... I actually meant to but forgot about it. Darnit. He's pretty well absorbed by SWG at this point, tho.
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From:joenotcharles
Date:November 10th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC)
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That's the best name for an undead warrior ever!

Is it still possible to get those beta keys? (If they've given out a generic one, are you allowed to pass it on if they've already taken them down?) I ignored it cause I had better things to do that day and I figured I wouldn't get in anyway.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 10th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC)
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They actually listed the default beta key on the signup page when you were asked to enter in your key. "JUST DO THIS INSTEAD KIDS IT'S OKAY"

But unfortunately they've closed signups.
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From:lexinatrix
Date:November 10th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Very cool! My machine isn't beefy enough to run the game, so I'll be dorking on my boyfriend's copy. He struggled with the massive download, too. I think tonight he'll get a chance to do some character building.

Whee!
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 10th, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
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The orcs say "Zug Zug." I am happy, though I haven't bothered to play one yet. They share a starting area with the trolls, so I'm having fun with my troll shaman instead of playing an orc.
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From:ctartchick
Date:November 10th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm still downloading the game. Paul keeps making me pause the download because it's eating up the bandwidth he needs to surf coaster and political sites. ;-)

I'll get there eventually - about the time the beta is over and they start charging for the game, probably.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 10th, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Get on Test Server 20 when you can and let me know! I'll meet up and say "yo." Or, uh, "HAIL TO THEE NOBLE PALADIN." Or "zug zug." Wait, I'm not playing an orc.
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From:ctartchick
Date:November 10th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Yeppers. Of course, considering I've NEVER EVER played a game like this before, you can pretty much count on my sucking like a Hoover at it. Just so you know. I've always wanted to try one, everyone seems to have so much fun at it! :-)
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From:giantfightbot
Date:November 10th, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)

Crap!

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I knew there was a reason I wanted to bring the laptop into work today...
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From:museumfreak
Date:November 10th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)
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I didn't get in this beta :-(. Damn having a real life and having to do real life things!

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