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So I was going to say that since my last post nothing interesting has happened because I have done nothing but play World of Warcraft.

Fortunately that's not true! I trimmed trees at both examorata and tzel's places and ate three tons of wonderful rich food - which is making my stomach very, very angry this morning. I think I just overwhelmed myself. In T's neighborhood, apparently santa rides around on a fire truck through the complex. I had never heard of this before. What do they do if they suddenly need the firetruck? Does santa fight fires?

I have plans to return to Curves, and do some mix-cd-challenge related activities, and read some MM. But I know better. All spare time until frustration sets in will be sucked up by WoW. It's quite fun. There is a leetle christmas shopping that needs to get done. I'm not in the right mood for it. :-/

And people around the office need to learn the concept of a monday morning ramp-up.

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jsciv
Dec. 13th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
Well, Santa could be a volunteer fireman, in which case, yeah, he could fight fires!

The guy who sits next to me here at work is falling behind in his life because of WoW. Oops. He was only half-joking when he said he felt he needed an intervention.

I don't, in general, have a lot of free time, so I don't have a lot of time to sink into the game, which is a double-edged sword (well, staff or mace depending on my character, really...), as it means that I don't get as much done in-game as I want, but at the same time I don't get my life sucked away...

Tonight I'm not feeling up to fencing, so I'll likely shop AND WoW. Yummy!
snidegrrl
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
I think I won't fall behind in my entire life - for one thing I can't stand filth - but I bet it will have an impact on my social life here and there. Basically it will stop me from doing the things that I consider my "productive" hobbies.
eeedge
Dec. 13th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
I looked on ebay for copies of WoW, and was thoroughly appalled to see that people are auctioning gold for real money. And getting bids for it! Now, this is me calling the kettle black because I've spend money on Neopets trading cards partly to get the codes for free items. But still...
snidegrrl
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
I am sadly familiar with the auctioning fake items and fake money from a game thing. People were doing that with Diablo II back in the day. SoJ! SoJ! (For the uninitiated, this means Stone of Jordan, which people thought was the best ring in the game for a while in 2000.)
jsciv
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
The nice thing is that Blizzard bans every account they find doing this. No, they can't stop it all, but Origin let it run rampant on Ultima Online and it ruined the game. EQ has a plague of it, too. Here, Blizzard is at least stemming the tide. And they mean it. There will always be a grey market, but I'd stay out of it. Besides, this game actually works well for the casual gamer.

And also, be wary of buying a used copy of the game: because it's an online game I don't know what the policies of Blizzard are. I'm sure it's legal, but I don't know what the account implications are (and you probably would NOT get the free starter month).
eeedge
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the warning. I was only looking at ones that claimed to be in unopened boxes, etc. But I quickly came to the conclusion that it wasn't enough less expensive than Amazon to take a chance.
jsciv
Dec. 14th, 2004 01:52 am (UTC)
FYI:

Selling World of Warcraft In-Game Content for Real Money - Block on 12/10/04
It has come to our attention that certain individuals are selling Blizzard's in-game property for cash on auction sites such as eBay and on personal websites. The World of Warcraft Terms of Use clearly state that all of the content in World of Warcraft is the property of Blizzard, and Blizzard does not allow "in game" items to be sold for real money. Accordingly, Blizzard Entertainment will take any and all actions necessary to stop this behavior. Not only do we believe that it is illegal, but it also has the potential to damage the game economy and overall experience for the many thousands of others who play World of Warcraft for fun. In order to promote a fun and fair environment for all our customers, we are actively investigating those individuals who engage in this inappropriate activity and reserve the right to take legal action against these individuals to protect World of Warcraft for all those who "play by the rules." If you are found to be selling in-game property (such as coins, items, or characters), for real money, you will lose your characters and accounts, and Blizzard Entertainment reserves its right to pursue legal action against you as well.

We also want to remind potential buyers in the game to please refrain from buying in-game property with real money. We understand the temptation to purchase better items, but Blizzard, and not the seller, does own all in-game property. In addition, we feel that characters can find ample equipment and money within the game through their own adventuring and questing. Please understand that if you do purchase in-game property from sellers on eBay and personal sites, we may temporarily suspend your account, and at the very least, delete the offending items.

Thank you for understanding our position. Blizzard Entertainment is committed to maintaining the atmosphere of fair play and fun in World of Warcraft.
y2kdragon
Dec. 14th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC)
If you contact Blizzard directly and let them know you bought a used copy, and can provide things like store and such, they are acutally quite nice about making sure your CD key works and such. Frequently, people will sell "banned CD key" versions back to a store for trade-in value, and the store has no idea the game won't work. Blizzard is good about keeping things like this under control. It's to keep the playing field more level.
niaha
Dec. 13th, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
Santa on a firetruck
They do the same thing in my 'hood. Is the Telf-inator in Beltsville? I didn't know they did it until last night when there were tons and tons of sirens loud and prolonged and Mike jumped up all excited, "Oh my god! It's Santa! Santa!" and ran out the front door. Firefighters run beside the trucks and run up to little kids and give them a lollipop. It was damn cool.
snidegrrl
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Santa on a firetruck
This was Laurel... I didn't see any firefighters but I gotta say that is pretty damn cool. Except about 15 minutes later we heard sirens again and were like, is santa back? Or is this a real emergency?
larksdream
Dec. 13th, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
Santa knows to stop, drop, and roll.
ashoemaker
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
I've been pretty good about not letting WoW suck up my whole life, though it does take up a big chunk of what would be generic "free time". It's been a while since an episode of West Wing has sat on Tivo unwatched for almost a week, and I've been willing to wait on Knights of the Old Republic II to let it be a Christmas present.

I've also reached a bit of a lull in advancement. The next things I'm excited about are something of a ways off in skill, so I have to spend some time doing miscellaneous quests and accumulating resources for a while to gain experience. I also need to track down or buy schematics for some of the cool things I want to be able to build next. It's nothing like the bone-numbing monotony trying to gain skill in Ultima Online, but it's also not the excitement of building the mechanical squirrel. :)
jsciv
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Group group group group. :)
examorata
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
Santa's ridden around on a firetruck in Bowie, College Park - and I don't think we ever saw it from Briarwood because, well, we didn't face the parking lot. I saw Santa yearly at Marymont though! Maybe you just never happened to be home when he went by there. =)
salami_salome
Dec. 13th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
When I lived in Austin, Santa headed a Harley caravan.
malkin
Dec. 14th, 2004 01:07 am (UTC)
Apparently, my ENTIRE BIOLOGICAL FAMILY, except for my Mom is playing WoW, and the only reason she's not playing is because she's trying to focus on her online forex trading. So, they're trying to get me hooked up for Christmas.
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