Happy World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Day!

This morning at midnight on the West Coast (that’s 3am EST), the new World of Warcraft expansion went live in the United States (after launching earlier for European servers). For the hardcore WoW players who are itching to get their raid on, their Cataclysm experience might have started with dashing over to the new zone of Mount Hyjal to see the new world and start grinding toward the new 85 level cap. Or for those not in as much of a hurry, the bigger draw might have been rolling new characters of the two new races – Worgen for Alliance (translation: werewolves) and Goblin for Horde. And if you’d like more info than that, you can find pretty much anything you’d like to know over at WoW Insider’s Cataclysm page.

Though I can’t help but feel a little sorry for college student WoW players who are probably right in the middle of finals right now. Of course, if you’re playing hooky from work, watch out for those sick day bounty hunters!

So if you’re a WoW player who already has your hands on the expansion, what do you think? And what was the first thing YOU did once you got it installed?

My verdict?  With the hour I had allotted to try it out, I can say that the Worgen starting area is neat (if incredibly crowded for the time being), and both the Worgen and Goblin female dances are adorable.  Also apparently Goblins are from Brooklyn and Worgen are from London.

And in closing, here’s a nifty new machinima video to commemorate the event:

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5 Responses to Happy World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Day!

  1. First went into Mount Hyjal (wasn't too crowded because I was still working at launch time, selling people their own copies at EB Games) did a couple of quests there. Unlocked the first dungeon.
    -You now have to visit the dungeon entrance before you can unlock it for a random…

    Visited the underwater zone Vashjir.

    Levelled Archaeology (it's actually a LOT of fun, and you get experience from doing it)

    Started a goblin and reached level 3.

    Then I crashed at about 4am…

  2. Installed it… went to bed.

    Worked for 8 hours, took daughters to dance class (Irish), then my oldest had a basketball game. Got home shortly before 8:30 p.m.

    Worked on my main's skinning skill to get it up to par and went to Mount Hyjal.

    At least my sister got a realm first for fishing.