First Night in Draenor

Blizzard advertised and pushed their new expansion for nearly a year. Blog posts, videos series about backstory, a major pre-launch patch that phased in partial changes to ease the transition. Then, launch day arrives, servers bit the dust, and those that remained standing had entrance queues six thousand people (and several hours) long.

A day and a half after launch, my brother still hadn’t been able to sign on to play his mains. So he, Pink and I decided to play toons from years ago that were sitting on near empty servers.

Two days late, a first night in Draenor.
Two days late, a first night in Draenor.

It was a fun night, but also weird to play the new content for the first time on old, forgotten toons.

So what was up with Blizzard? Well for now looks like a denial of service attack pushed Blizzard’s woefully insufficient hardware set-up over the edge. And when things held together long enough for people to actually get in the game, the introductory storyline piled them all in only a few zones, which caused the servers to crash.

Tech’s easy to get wrong I guess…

A Sad Day in Azeroth

What Hacking Looks Like
A naked gnome is a sad gnome. Especially when hacked.

Selling gold is a scheme and this is how works, best I can figure:

  1. Someone buys gold rather than earning it.
  2. The seller signs onto a hacked account, vendors all items on all toons, mailing the resulting gold to the hacked toon chosen to be the “wallet.”
  3. The wallet toon is then transferred to the server where the person who bought gold plays. This transfer is paid for using a stolen credit card.
  4. When the transfer completes, the wallet toon hands the gold over to a courier, a level one toon created expressly to complete the transaction. (My question: is the courier created on the hacked account? I bet so.)
  5. The courier carries the money to the toon identified by the person who bought the gold and hands it over.

The gold seller makes money by giving the buyer stolen good and finances the whole process with the contents of a stolen account and with a stolen credit card. It’s theft upon theft.