My wife has been talking about starting a new character in World of Warcraft and I decided it would be fun to join her. Our past duo was fun, until she left me in the dust around level 40. She kept on going to 80, and I switched over to LotRO. The first question in my mind was, should we take advantage of the Refer-A-Friend deal which would give us triple XP or should we do the Scroll of Resurrection deal which would give her a free month? Or, should I just reactivate and go? Well let’s think about that some.
I have 2 accounts available to me, one has Burning Crusade expansion and one has Wrath of the Lich King on it. The BC account is pretty old, and would meet the “90 day inactive” Scroll of Resurrection requirement. The Wrath account has not been inactive long enough. Looking at the Refer-A-Friend deal, we decided that paying $80 for the game and both expansions was too much so we ruled it out.
We decided to have her send a Scroll of Resurrection to my BC account. I click on the link to activate it and then hit the “confirm” button and nothing happens. Page refreshes and there it sits, “confirm”. Off to do my own customer support I guess. After an hour of googling and searching forums, it looks like I already used a Scroll of Resurrection on this account and cannot use another. Strike One for Blizzard not actually putting that error message up when I tried to confirm. Yes, it was buried in the FAQ, but we only saw on the Scroll invite page that you can send 3 invites to the same person over time. We assumed that meant you could use 3, guess not. Getting grumpy.
I check on the time for the Wrath account to see when it would become eligible for the Scroll. Still 3 weeks or so on that. But then I accidentally come across a forum post that says you must not already have the Wrath expansion if you want to use the Scroll. Strike Two, frustration building. Lets look at the Refer-A-Friend option.
We figure it will only be $20 for the original game, oh why not. Certainly we don’t need the expansions right away and besides the first 10 days is probably a full access situation like with the Scroll, right? Wrong. We sign up and I create a brand new account. My wife has created a Blood Elf Priest and I want to play with her. Wait, Blood Elf is not active for me because I don’t have Burning Crusade installed. However, we read that she can summon me to her in game, so let’s just create an Undead Mage and away we go! I add her to my friend’s list and invite her to a group. Trial accounts cannot invite people to group. Sheesh. Fine, she invites me to group and then summons me. But wait, I cannot get any of the quests in the area either because I’m Undead or because I don’t have BC. Frustration is getting really high. I can’t imagine how much fun this would be if I was a totally new player instead. Probably would have walked away by now.
OK so I decide to pay for the upgrade so I’m not a trial account any more, and we can trade items and such. It turns out that it takes up to 72 hours to switch my account off of trial even though I paid for a full account now. Oh man I’m getting steamed now. Well, let’s run to the store and get Burning Crusade so we can at least play Blood Elves together in the same area. Travel to store, travel back, add BC code to account. $40 gone. Log in, start new Blood Elves and start to play. Still can’t trade because it thinks I’m a trial account. Maybe Monday. Nope still trial. This is just not a good system here, I’m shocked Blizzard has it so messy. Heck even the expansions are messed up. Why do you not offer the previous stuff in the latest box like almost every other MMO for the sake of convenience? Ugh.
Can you tell I’m not happy?
On the positive side, we did have a lot of fun going from 1 to 12 in about an hour. Of course we don’t have enough money to buy our skills and we have to find the next higher leveling area because we have passed the quests available too quickly. Although I think I can live with that.
Just before posting this, I did finally get the email telling me my account is no longer considered a trial account. Glad that is over.