Well, I got lucky. My plan for this post was to put my money where my mouth was and announce my prediction for a Mists of Pandaria drop date: December 18. I was going to promise that if MoP came out any time before Christmas, that I would post a scary picture of myself from my Russian ID card circa 2006. Battle.net announced the date BEFORE I made it to the computer, so no psycho killer-looking ID photo for you! I hadn’t based my guess on any real data, but if the expansion didn’t come out until December, I wanted to be able to say that I was the one that called it. It’s that kind of thinking that keeps me far away from Vegas.
I assume that if you have made it to this blog that you are among the web-connected community and have certainly heard that Blizzard told the world that the fourth World of Warcraft Expansion will come out on Tuesday September 25th. The Twittersphere exploded with posts about which version everyone planned on buying: Standard, Digital Deluxe or Collectors Edition. In spite of the potentially annoying situation of going to an actual (gasp!) store to get the CE, this is my first expansion switch and I want the whole shebang. I want the artwork, I want the CD I will never listen to, I want the box and most importantly I want to stand in line with a bunch of other geeks wearing Alliance t-shirts counting down the seconds until the world can roll pandas.
I know that getting the Collector’s Edition might delay me getting into the game the moment the servers go live… but Diablo III taught me a valuable lesson about that. I told @Ottahz (That’s EJ from Girls Gone WoW) on twitter that “I took a day off for #D3 and took an #error37 to the knee”. Might as well stand in a sweaty line and get to know local WoWers. Do you think there will be costumes?
Of course you don’t have to be in a physical store to share the experience with your community. I bet a bunch of you will get in vent with your guild or keep your twitter feed up watching, posting and replying to the excitement. I’ll be tweeting from wherever I end up that evening. How about you? Which version will you pick up? Any plans to gather with friends physically or electronically?
For Monday Mischief, I have a very special contribution from Styxer. See you then!