Thanks to an SEB regular from Blizzard and Brendoman not only am I setup with a copy of The Burning Crusade and a couple of extra months of playtime, but so is my wife Anne. Seems Brendoman didn’t see the update where I mentioned that someone from Blizzard hooked me up with a free key and so he bought a copy of TBC and a prepaid game card for me. By the time he realized I’d already been hooked up it was too late to stop the order so he kindly sent me an email and told me to give it to Anne. Again I want to thank both Blizzard and Brendoman for their generosity.
So last night with our accounts upgraded Anne and I logged in to WoW and started up new Draenei and Blood Elf characters to see what they were like. They are, in a word, cool. Later I logged in with my main character, Balfour the Level 60 Dwarven Hunter, and headed for the Blasted Lands so I could venture forth through the Dark Portal for the first time. Here’s a screen shot of those first steps…
It sure is purty, but what you don’t see in that shot is the towering forty-foot tall demons that are just down the steps from that plateau beating the living shit out of everything in the area. Luckily I didn’t have to fight them first thing because they’re much higher level than I am. There’s a griffin flight point just to the left of the steps that takes you to the Alliance base out there. Horde is to the right.
So far it’s been amazing and disconcerting. The disconcerting part comes from the first few times you replace one of your treasured bits of blue armor—so called due to its rarity—with a new green piece (not as rare). Or, worse yet, replacing the first ever epic (purple) armor you ever got with a blue because the blue is better. Still, it’s better armor so I’m not really complaining. It’s just you get so attached to your Chainmail Vest of Eternal Bloodletting after awhile, ya know?