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The Lunch Break Blog

For those of us who would rather be leveling right now.

Author: cmagoun

WAR Beta (or The Long, Long Line to the Bandwagon)

Posted by cmagoun Thursday September 11 2008 at 7:48AM
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Though I am still enjoying my time on CoX, I admit that I have recently felt the pull of WAR. I have read a bunch of reviews and it seems like they took the PvE formula of WoW, mixed in their experience with DAoC and added a touch of innovation. It just so happens that some of that innovation has a lot in common with some of the concepts I have envisioned for years (and have written about in early entries on this blog) and so naturally, the game intrigues me -- I really want to see what they have done.

So, though I had decided to pass on WAR... goodness knows I don't need another game... I just as quickly decided to go grab a pre-order box and try my hand at open beta. Last evening, after work, I tore open the pre-order box, applied the beta code to my Mythic account, and tried to get my download started.

Ugh... FilePlanet

I'm not sure why I hate FilePlanet so much. I know their subscription model is justified. I know they have to pay for their bandwidth and their file servers. I know they deserve to make money like everyone else. Still, I can't quite bring myself to hit that "Subscribe Now and Skip the Lines" button... just what I need, ANOTHER subscription service. Add that to the CoX accounts and the XBox Live and the cable hookup. No thanks, I'll just wait in line.

"You are 999 of 999 in line. Estimated time 660 minutes."

10 hours!!!!!???? Geez. Maybe there's a torrent out there. Even if it's not the latest version, it should patch, right? I'll do some searching and...

Quick tip for the family man: don't search for torrents while your wife and kids are awake and if you do, for God's sake man, don't click any of the links on any of those pages :)

So, after 14 hours, I have 5 hours left on the torrent and I am something like 58 in line out of 1450. I have my wife on alert to check on the official download and to pause the torrent (since I am thinking the official download has a better chance of working than a random torrent) when it starts.

We'll see how it goes. Tonight I will rush home so I can gleefully start...

...patching. Ugh. Talk to you then.