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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Not Going to Blow my WoD

World of Warcraft: Warlords of DraenorI am as excited for Blizzard's new Warlords of Draenor (WoD) World of Warcraft expansion as the next guy but I am not getting suckered-in to buying it at full-price when it debuts. While I have all sorts of reasons for this, and I'm certain to get my money's worth from the expansion no matter the price I finally pay for it, I need only point to the fact that I paid full-price for Mists of Pandaria (MoP) at a friend's behest and, to this day, I feel I paid too much for it! ***

Now, don't misinterpret me: I love MoP and have loved playing it. But even though I have gotten my money's worth out of it, I paid seven times more for it than those who did not cave-in to peer pressure and waited a few weeks to purchase it did. If I had it all to do over again, I would have waited for the lower price - just as I'd planned on doing with MoP, just like I'm going to do this time.

It probably wouldn't even have been a source of contention, had the price not been dropped to a measly $5.00 just a month or so after its release! That's right: MoP was on sale for $5.00 within a month, maybe two, of its release; it was $40.00 pre-purchase. That wasn't just like "rubbing salt on a wound," that was like "pissing on an open grave!" I have forced myself to play WoW more often than I care to admit just to "get my money's worth" - not exactly the attitude with which one wants to approach a freaking game!

However, comparing MoP to WoD is a bit unfair:

Kung-fu Pandas are cute and shit but I need my own castle and bodyguards - need. I'm hoping like all get-out that Hunters can have animal bodyguards and minions; Demonologists can have a few fiends; Magi with Water Elementals; and so forth. I wonder if we have to fight for Warlord amongst one another in existing territories (the Outlands, perhaps?) or build our own strongholds, possibly on a newly-discovered continent. Will our new castle grounds include more farmland and will we have serfs to tend those crops?

I'm terribly excited for this expansion (and I know many of my questions are likely answered somewhere, since WoD was playtested earlier this year) but I'm still going to wait for the price to drop because I just can't fit $40.00 for a video game into my budget right now, despite the number of hours I spend playing World of Warcraft. Expansions are usually a mess until after the first patch anyway.

Instead, I am going to tend my garden and stock my new Reagents bag; stack fat gold until JP/VP returns or however that's going to work; work on my 90th-lvl. Mage's ilvl; and maybe level another toon or two. For now though, I'm setting a little aside each month and keeping my eye on the promos...

*** I actually didn't pay for MoP at all; the friend who insisted I pre-purchase it so he didn't have to adventure alone bought it for me. I was supposed to pay him back but it was right between my birthday and Christmas, and we both knew it would be a while before I could get it back to him, so it became a sort-of present. After all, I'd planned on waiting for the price to drop then, too! I tell this in the interest of full disclosure but it doesn't change my position on the issue.

Copyright 2014, The Cyberculturalist

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