Wednesday, September 24, 2008

WoW Authenticator Available In Canada ... Shipping Fixed

Looks like Blizzard has fixed the shipping problem.

I just picked up 2 Authenticators for $23.56 this includes shipping.

They originally had the shipping posted at $58.13, but the shipping is now $10.00

This is an update to this post.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WoW Authenticator Available In Canada... Sorta

An update to this story:

A shipping system change did occur!

Check out the update here.




So, after the announcement that the World Of Warcraft Authenticator was back in stock, I decided to go take a look.

As a Canadian, I assumed that the Authenticator was not going to be available because it was not allowed to be shipped outside of the US. My assumption was completely wrong, there sitting in front of me was a new product Blizzard Authenticator (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America).

Lets try to order this, and find out how much shipping was going to cost.

So, for 2 (One for myself, one for my wife) here is the break down:

2 x Authenticators @ $6.50
Subtotal: $13.00
Sales Tax: $0.00
Shipping & Handling: $58.13
Grand Total: $71.13

Hmm... $71.13 for 2 Authenticators, this has got to be wrong?

So, I phoned Blizzard.

No, according to customer service, it is not wrong.

The reason the shipping is $71.13, is because that is what it costs to ship 2 Authenticators with UPS. UPS is the only delivery service that Blizzard is using for "international" shipping.

Also, according to the customer service, it is shipped in a small envelope.

I think it is time for Blizzard to find a new shipping service.



Price comparisons using the closest the blizzard address (Doubt this is actually where it will be shipped from)... to my home.

Blizzard Entertainment
P.O. Box 18979
Irvine, CA 92623

Using Online Calculators
UPS: 40.89 USD
Fed-ex: 39.01 USD
USPS (International): 23.95(3-5 Days)
USPS (International): 9.95 USD (6-10 days)



Blizzard, I really.. really.. really.. don't need my Authenticator tomorrow. I'm willing to wait a week for it. I've been waiting months, a week does not matter.

2 x Authenticators @ $6.50
Subtotal: $13.00
Sales Tax: $0.00
Shipping & Handling: $9.95
Grand Total: $22.95

Hey, Blizzard... Could you guys please, give us a different option for shipping the Authenticators?

Monday, September 15, 2008

World Of Warcraft WotLK - November 13 2008

World of Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King will be in stores November 13th, 2008.

More information is available here.

The Collector's Edition will come in a special box that contains many exclusive extras to enhance your adventure into Northrend, including:
  • World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King on DVD-ROM.
  • The Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, a 208-page book featuring never-before-seen images from the game.
  • An exclusive in-game pet: Frosty, the baby frost wyrm.
  • A behind-the-scenes DVD containing over an hour of developer interviews, the Wrath of the Lich King intro cinematic with director’s commentary, and more.
  • The official soundtrack CD, containing 21 epic tracks from the game, along with exclusive bonus tracks.
  • A mouse pad featuring a map of the newly opened continent of Northrend.
  • Two World of Warcraft Trading Card Game March of the Legion starter decks, along with two exclusive cards available only in the Collector’s Edition.
More collectors edition information is available here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hack A Day has returned.

Well, Hack A Day has returned.

It is now available at http://hackaday.com, if it's not available at http://www.hackaday.com you may need to flush the old records.

So, flush those DNS records, and get your hack a day fix once again!

More info is available here.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

World Of Warcraft - PVE to PVP Transfers Now Open

Something that Blizzard said they had no reason to allow, they have allowed.

Blizzard has opened paid transfers from PVE to PVP realms.

"Providing a smooth and enjoyable experience for all players is always a priority for us, and we are continually re-evaluating our policies and programs to do so. As the state of the game has matured substantially since the inception of Paid Character Transfers, we will now be allowing PvE-to-PvP transfers on a full-time basis to provide players with more mobility and freedom to easily play with their friends.

Keep in mind that all of the other standard cooldowns and restrictions will continue to apply; we're just opening the option to transfer characters on Normal realms to Player-vs.-Player realms. Please review the Paid Character Transfer FAQ if you have any questions on how this service works."
More information is available here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Update 2 - Hack A Day Down... Long term.. Let's hope not

Hack A Day was doing some site maintenance.

But now, it seems to have disappeared. For the last 2 days, there has been no DNS IP resolution. The domain still exists, but it is not pointed anywhere.

Will Hack A Day return? I don't know, but I'm really hoping that it returns!

For those who don't know what Hack A Day is, this site showcases hardware and software hacks. Anything that could be old school hacked / tweaked was featured on this site.

Update - 09/10/08

It seems that they are migrating their site to a new host provider. And, they have been plagued with DDOS attacks on their new provider.

More information about the downtime is available here.

Update - 09/12/08

They are back up and running... You can get your hack-a-day fixes now.

http://hackaday.com

Thursday, September 04, 2008

World of Warcraft Bug Found!

So.. I was helping out a guildy in Winterspring. She has a 55 hunter, and I'm a 70 rogue.

Just for fun, I thought I'd try using Scroll of Stamina V (Requires Level 60) on her. The buff succeeded, and as a lvl 55 she got a lvl 60 buff of +20 stamina.

This is a major twink bug, have a level 70 buff you with 20 Stamina.

I have not tried this with other scrolls, and I will probably try it later on tonight.

I currently have a gm ticket open, and will keep you up to date on what happens.

UPDATE - 30 minutes later

That has got to be the fastest GM reply I have ever received.....

[09/04/08]

22:30 [Lygyryne]: Greetings, *****, this is Game Master Lygyryne. I just received your petition, how are you doing?

22:30 [*****]: Hey.. doing alright.. that was a fast response

22:31 [*****]:  Scroll of Stamina V can be used on lvl 55's... if you are grouped and lvl 70

22:31 [*****]: There may be other ways to use it

22:31 [*****]: And other scrolls can be effected

22:31 [*****]: *may be effected

22:31 [*****]: ***** in my group still has the buff

22:31 [*****]: (7 mins left on it)

22:33 [Lygyryne]: Hmm, give me a moment to check something, ok?

22:33 [*****]: Ok

22:35 [Lygyryne]: OK, well I do want to thank you very much for bringing this to my attention, *****.

22:35 [*****]: Ok.. so it is a bug?

22:35 [Lygyryne]: I've never heard of it before, so I'm goign to have it looked into and see if it is.

22:36 [*****]: Interesting....

22:36 [*****]: Yeah.. it sorta shocked me...

22:36 [*****]: Oh.. and I tried it twice

22:36 [*****]: So it's not just a one time.. server glitch type thing

22:37 [Lygyryne]: Cool, thanks again. Did you have anything else I should look into as well?

22:38 [*****]: Yeah.. can you get me [Schematic: Lil' Smoky] ? I've been trying to get that darn thing for the past 2 months..

22:38 [*****]: ;)

22:38 [Lygyryne]: If I could I would. ;)

22:38 [*****]: LOL.. Figured.. oh well. had to try

22:38 [*****]: heh

22:39 [*****]: Nope.. nothing else then

22:40 [*****]: If you guys need to get hold of me for anything... you can use my registered email address.. i'd be happy to help

22:40 [Lygyryne]: Thanks for playing WoW and happy hunting! Feel free to submit your feedback of our conversation by sending an email to wowgmfeedback-us@blizzard.com.

22:40 [*****]: Sounds good.. :)

22:40 [Lygyryne]: Sure thing, thanks again for your assistance.

22:40 [*****]: Not a prob

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Flintlocke vs The Horde

Flintlocke, the World of Warcraft comic, has returned.

The new comic is called "Flintlocke vs. The Horde".

You can check it out here.