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A couple of days ago, WoW Insider tweeted about my post regarding Pandaren Hunter Pets. I was so excited since it’s the first time I’ve ever been linked to by their site. Not surprisingly, I received a major spike in traffic which is something I hope to experience again soon :P Interestingly enough, most of the traffic came from facebook and not twitter, so I’ve taken the opportunity to create a facebook page. Feel free to ‘like’ if you want an alternate way of keeping up with my Blog news :)
— WoW Insider (@WoWInsider) June 7, 2012
Earlier in the week, I spent a bit of time on the beta trying to locate the other Quilen models with Coolidge so I summoned my Grand Expedition Yak just for the occasion. It didn’t take long before he ended up jumping off as the ride wasn’t that pleasant; I guess he had motion sickness :P
Unfortunately we didn’t find any other Quilens but I decided to go on a bit of a road trip finishing up my Dread Wastes scenic tour.
With ore being introduced on the beta, Ghost Iron seems to be the basic form you can mine as I found a whole heap of nodes in The Jade Forest.
Woot! Exploration achievements have been added. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to working on my achievements when Mists come out. It’s a bit depressing that there’s not much to do on that front although maybe I can do some old raid or dungeon ones sometime.
It was bound to happen. There have been trolls in every expansion so far and it seems I might have found the ones in Pandaria, complete with bright red Zandalari raptors. I actually died trying to take a photo of them while they were attacking me – the disadvantage of having no bars on your screen at the time.
A funny thing happened to me yesterday. I tried logging into Diablo III but apparently there was no Diablo account attached to my Battle.net one. Hmm, that was news to me. At first I thought I might have re-entered my card details wrong following my hacking incident as I removed all methods of payment as a precaution. I also wondered if it was a side effect of the compromise itself. From what I heard, a lot of people were having trouble logging into their D3 accounts for various reasons.
I had read previously that you would lose your characters if you signed up for the Annual Pass and let the payments lapse, whether it was on purpose or not. Cool told me while he was trying to look up my problem that some admitted to trying to get out of their contracts by using up the credit on their cards so Blizzard couldn’t get their upcoming payments. Even if you were trying to do that, why on earth would you admit to it??
Of course I wasn’t as I fully intend on playing out my contract until it expires. So I sent in my web ticket and waited. I usually receive a response back the next morning and this was no different. When I checked my email this morning, I had indeed received an email back from Blizzard titled The World of Warcraft Annual Pass. It read:
Thank you for signing up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass. The subscription contract for your World of Warcraft account starts today, on 6/9/2012 and ends after 12 months, on 6/9/2013.
Ok well that kind of sucks if they lock me in for another year starting today. So I logged into my Battle.net account to check if this was the case and I saw my ticket had been marked answered. They believed that D3 being removed may have been a side effect of my recent compromise and continued on to say that they had reinstated my account but no indication about whether my character would be returned also.
Others had stated in the forums that their accounts were returned but their characters were stripped of gear or they had to start from scratch. I really wasn’t looking forward to re-levelling another character, especially since I only play with Cool but luckily when I checked this morning, my wizard was as she was the last time I saw her.
Edit: I resubmitted the ticket to see if I could get the activation date for the Annual Pass backdated and received this response 2mins later:
Your Annual Pass expiration date was backdated to 11/29/12 expiration date. This actually happens after it’s re-added and probably was no notification for that and I’m terribly sorry for any confusion it caused. If there’s anything else I can assist you with please let me know!
May the winds be ever at your back, and gently lead you to great reward!
I suppose had a good run.
This morning I received a call from Coolidge to ask if I was on my account. I wasn’t. When I logged in after changing my account password, I saw that Cymre was just standing at the mailbox in a shirt, all the gold (including the Guild bank) and some of the items had been transferred as well as all my other 85 toons – four are now on another server, two even had a faction change. Ironically, I now have 99 free spots in my bags and 11 slots are free in my personal bank. Quite a lot of stuff was withdrawn from the Guild bank but I think the most important item from there was the Gold itself. I’m kind of thankful that things like my Scepter of the Shifting Sands are worth no monetary value though =/
In seven years, this is the first time my account has been hacked. Just when things were going a little bit better in terms of game play. Not a lot has been happening in WoW for me lately due to the lack of people to do some of the larger stuff with but after what happened earlier in the year my love of the game has somewhat dwindled. I still enjoy quite a lot the game has to offer but un/fortunately a lot of it can be done through solo play. Which is where I’m still at right now but I still miss some of the things I was able to do just with even three or four people.
I’m still not at the point where I want a Guild with people per se but unfortunately for me, this meant that for some (in the process of all this) have snubbed me which makes the game more lonely. If they feel hurt, imagine how I feel for a second… even at the Dath’remar Fashion Show, which should have been an outstanding moment in my gaming history, turned out to be a pretty depressing one for me as it turned out a number of people who I knew, didn’t even acknowledge my existence, even after I offered my congratulations in a whisper to them, only two responded. I understand the excitement with being on vent, etc. will do that but in a way it was a disappointing end to what was my Birthday.
As I wrote earlier in the year, feeling devastated over the loss of the raiding team, it was a constant battle to keep raids running for the seven months while we were actively trying to keep the Guild afloat. But in the end, we regrettably called it a day as for most, it seemed like quite a few saw our Guild just as an alt guild or their skill as a player were somewhat lacking, even with offered help and suggestions.
So Cool and I needed to be anonymous for a while and drop off the grid. This meant removing everyone from our friends/RealID lists. Not knowing whether it would be a name change, Guild change or server change. In a way, it was to try and digest the last seven months that were a constant struggle to find people, get raids going, trying to placate the other members and keep progression at a steady rate. Coolidge in particular felt that this server had screwed us over too many times to make any type of effort after that.
On a side note, I make an effort to comment on a lot of blogs, etc. but it doesn’t really seem to translate to what I get in return. I do have my constant few who come back for what I have to say and I thank you from the bottom of my heart Navi, Coolidge and Tome.
In-game though, only one had made an effort to keep any semblance of a friendship going but after what’s happened today, I’m wondering if it’s all worth it. I’ve always been very careful with my account, etc. but nothing is ever really any guarantee.
At the same time, it seems like I’ve written about the same types of things lately. As I read the other day on someone’s blog, you can only read so much about ‘x’. So perhaps that’s my cue to take a break from this too but in truth, blogging has given me so much enjoyment over the past six months. I was really starting to get excited about some of the superhero posts I’ve done that even last night I had started work on the next one.
So until then, I guess I’ll read you when I read you…
Edit: Don’t miss my follow up Thank you post, in which I respond to all the comments below.