Back to Hibernation

Logged on a cou­ple of times in my free week.

The Argent Tour­na­ment was inter­est­ing. My priest’s dual spec was fun. Play­ing along­side my wife was fun.

I actu­al­ly blocked out some time last night to take an offer up from a friend regard­ing run­ning the Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons. I was look­ing for­ward to it.

Of course, it end­ed up being patch day, and the servers were shot, yield­ing an infi­nite response after every time I tried to log in:

You have been disconnected from the server.

Wait­ed a half hour, tried again, then anoth­er half hour, then anoth­er. Gave up.

What real­ly struck me about this was that there was no offi­cial note from Bliz­zard about why it hap­pened. No win­dow on the login screen acknowl­edg­ing the prob­lem, no details on what the prob­lem was or the progress on it. Noth­ing on the offi­cial web­site, either. I found an arti­cle on WoW Insid­er with details.

What a weird way to learn about the sta­tus of a game where you pay for every minute of ser­vice. Five years in and a patch still whol­ly kills their servers for a day.

Evi­dent­ly it got fixed after I went to bed for the evening. When I tried to log on this morn­ing, my free week was over. The error mes­sage after your time is up help­ful­ly reminds you to go pur­chase more time to play. Time, like yes­ter­day?

Same issues. WoW is a great feast, with tons of left­overs. It’s just a poor snack.

My wife and I will prob­a­bly check out Cat­a­clysm. Giv­en this handy reminder of uptime and login prob­lems, we’ll pass on the launch cel­e­bra­tion, though.

Rebirth

The kind peo­ple at Bliz­zard sent me an email to let me know that they

  1. miss me
  2. would like me to come back to par­tic­i­pate in WoW’s five year anniver­sary

They did this by offer­ing a 7‑day free revis­it­ing peri­od so that I could see all the new fun they’ve added. Some­thing about Onyx­ia being dual spec or some­thing?

My wife and I often talk about return­ing to WoW. Our sec­ond daugh­ter is beyond the six-month mark, and we almost some­what have some time at night.

Return­ing sounds awful­ly tempt­ing, but we decid­ed that it was prob­a­bly not the best idea. Still so much to do apart from WoW: par­ent­ing, career, oth­er hob­bies, friends, exer­cise, oth­er fam­i­ly stuff.

But then she walked by when I had the email open.

“Is that an Onyx­ia whelpling minipet?”

“Yeah.”

Ohh­hh, well it’s a good thing that I did­n’t get an email, too.” Then she laughed ner­vous­ly.

Right, I mean lucky for us that they did­n’t extend the free week to her as well. We would­n’t play apart, so if they had offered… oh wait, there’s her email too.

Well.

I mean, free minipet, right?

It’s only one week, right?