Last night Blizzard launched the new World Of Warcraft expansion pack and they were kind enough to invite me down to eat their food, drink their booze and generally make a nuisance of myself with my camera phone! I went about doing just that, while noting down some interesting items and people in my immediate vicinity.
19h15:Noted PR Hero JB at Blizzard is no longer on crutches. His football days are now behind him, but at least he’s walking without steel rods. Noted that the bar has yet to open.
19h30:Noted wide screen TVs showing a countdown clock to the expansion pack’s launch.
19h45: Noted Asian ladies on stilts outside the venue passing by fans who are queued up outside the venues in the rain. Noted the ladies have umbrellas. Smart.
20h00: Noted the bar has opened. Bartender starts pouring out a Blizzard-themed cocktail created just for this event: Pandarian Punch.
In the interests of journalistic investigation, I take it upon myself to try a glass. And then another just to make sure. And then yet another to reach a definitive verdict. I decide it tastes like J2O with an alcoholic tang. Nowhere near as good as a Sleeping Dog. Time for a beer.
20h15: NotedG McAllister from GameReactor wandering around the event in total paparazzi mode. He snaps the media. Snaps the PRs. Snaps the stage filled with Kung Fu Pandas hurling Harebo at some of the punters Blizzard have allowed in. Then he snaps me. The nerve! I snap him right back.
Note that G McAllister has cut his long locks into a bob, and now looks like Jesus. Note G McAllister turns some water into wine at the bar and then resumes his pap snapping.
20h47:Noted LEGO World Of Warcraft toys. Shake head and clear out the punch of the Pandarian punches. See instead that it’s WOW Boom Blox instead, which is to LEGO as Go-Bots are to Transformers. More Pandarian Punch needed.
22h55:Note jovial host reveals to the crowd the two fans that have been queued up for this launch for the longest period of time. The person waiting the second longest apparently waited outside the venue for a day and a half. This announcement garners a smattering of applause from the crowd. The person who waited the longest stated that he’d been outside the venue for a week. This announcement is greeted with a stunned silence. I wonder out loud how this person took care of their bodily functions. Am told confidently by a fellow hack that it’s easy to shit in a phone box. Decide against asking fellow hack how they know this. Move away from fellow hack and grab a Pandarian Punch. These things are growing on me.
23h01: Doors to venue fly open and the WOW faithful flood into the venue to grab their expansion pack. I nearly get run over by a Worgen – a friggin’s Worgen!!
23h31: Decide to head for the hills with my goody-bag! Take one last snap of the fans for posterity.
24h01:Arrive home. Check out the Goody bag! Decide to be magnanimous. Who wants some swag?
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Kung Fu Panda Mists Of Pandaria and these items could be yours!