It’s a Cata Party!

I was going to take a nap before the expansion goes live at 4:30 am (there are advantages to living in a weird timezone!), but I’m too excited to sleep.

My original plan was just to download the digital version and have an easy night. But then I discovered that a bunch of my classmates were getting together for a midnight release party. Oooooh yeah!

It was so much fun! Us Newfoundland gamers don’t have many opportunities to get together. Plus, our “island in the middle of the Atlantic” status makes it difficult to attend conventions or other large scale gaming events. So it felt like a mini Blizzcon in the mall, with about 150-200 of us chilling on the floor, listening to each others’ epic kills, guild drama and pet collecting habits.

I don’t think EB Games was quite expecting such a huge crowd. After all, it was the smallest store out of the 4 in the area that were having midnight releases (I actually had no idea WoW was so popular here, St. John’s is a very small city and way more artsy than geeky). But I suppose the fact that we were in the mall (Newfoundland this time of year is snowy/rainy/coldy and waiting outside is near impossible) added to the fact that we don’t get the chance to congregate often convinced us all to step out into the night. Even though I was 30ish or so in line and near the front, I still didn’t get my copy until well after 1 am.

But it was worth it, so totally worth it. I love hanging out with other WoW fans, strangers or no. And there’s nothing like bonding with classmates over tales of geekness.

I’m already looking forward to the next expansion!

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4 Comments on “It’s a Cata Party!”

  1. Janyaa Says:

    Wow! 150-200 people? That’s awesome!

    I had a great time getting my hard copy, too. First time I’ve ever gone for the midnight release. It was a lot of fun. 🙂

  2. BrainDrain Says:

    I remembered how the last WoW release for WotLK at both the Avalon and Village malls went with lines of 75+ each and decided to do what I did last time – Walmart! They’re 24hrs at the moment so I just walked in at 12:05, waited for two people ahead of me to decide if they wanted the collector’s edition or not – which they had a lot of – and walked out at 12:12. Simple.

    • Ophelie Says:

      Another Newfoundlander! I spent all Monday night complaining that there were no other WoW players from Newfoundland on the greater internet. I’m all excited now!

      I *wanted* to see a crowd, so the mall was the best choice. And I was served! I didn’t bother with the collector’s edition, so I would have just gone with digital download otherwise. (I was actually tempted to go to the mall just to hang out but buy the digital version to avoid having an extra game box cluttering my room.

      • BrainDrain Says:

        As you found out there’s actually quite a lot of us out there – especially considering the small area. I personally know of at least five on Lightninghoof alone and a couple more on Eonar.
        I figured I’ve done the line thing before when I was younger and after that it lost it’s appeal. Now I just want to either get in and out or just skip it all together.
        As for the collector’s edition – paying more then double for a pet and a few extras just doesn’t intrest me – I’ll leave them for the people who really want it.

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