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Welcome to World of Warcraft

- Block on 11/22/04
Blizzard Entertainment proudly welcomes you to World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on the award-winning Warcraft universe. The events in World of Warcraft take place three years after the conclusion of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, as the forces of the Alliance and the Horde brace themselves for a new struggle for dominance. Great challenges face the denizens of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, but great rewards abound. Azeroth is now open to receive its first heroes; we hope you enjoy your time here.

Be sure to check back often, as we'll be updating the news regularly moving forward. In the meantime, we've posted some tips below to help you get started on your adventures.

To register your account, find your World of Warcraft authentication key, which is located either on the slip cover that holds your four game discs (Standard Edition) or on the front cover of your game manual (Collector's Edition), and go to our Account Creation page.

To start playing World of Warcraft, you must first create your character. To help you learn more about the various races and classes in the game, please visit the following links:

Races of World of Warcraft
Classes of World of Warcraft

To find out more about how to play World of Warcraft, please visit our Getting Started page.

Thank you for your interest in World of Warcraft; we look forward to seeing you online!

-Blizzard Entertainment

New World of Warcraft Wallpapers - Helcon on 11/22/04

To help celebrate the launch of World of Warcraft, we've just posted six new wallpapers and a collection of the latest fan art submissions, which you can view by clicking on the links below:

New World of Warcraft Fan Art - Sun on 11/22/04

To help celebrate the launch of World of Warcraft, we've also just posted six a collection of the latest fan art submissions, which you can view by clicking on the links below:

End of Beta Event - Ordinn on 11/22/04

Azeroth trembled before the might of the Burning Legion. Human and Orc alike fled before the massive infernals summoned from the chaos to wreak havoc upon the hapless populace. Countless adventurers, driven to protect their homeland, fell before Dreadlord and Doomguard, Giant and Dragonkin. Though the defenders achieved small victories in the defense of their cities, there was no end to the monstrous army that bore down upon them. The damage was devastating. Strangest of all, witnesses swore they could smell roast chicken...

World of Warcraft's Open Beta ended with a bang (or cluck) last Thursday! The Burning Legion launched an attack on the major cities and locations of Azeroth. Fearless adventurers banded together to in a vein attempt to repel the invasion. There were also unconfirmed reports of characters and monsters suddenly and inexplicably turning into chickens! Click here to check out screenshots from the event.

The World of Warcraft open beta test has now come to a close. During the beta test, over 500,000 players adventured through the lands of Azeroth and helped World of Warcraft on its way to becoming one of the largest massively multiplayer online games in the U.S.! The beta test community has been a tremendous source of information and feedback for the development teams, and we wish to thank our beta testers for participating in the beta test process. When the final version of World of Warcraft hits stores on November 23rd, you'll see the culmination of your hard work. The entire World of Warcraft team is now focusing on a smooth launch, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts about the game. Thank you again for your continued support with this project; we look forward to seeing you on in Azeroth.

Once again we'd like to thank all of the testers who participated in World of Warcraft's beta test. Your contributions helped create a fun and exciting game that will entertain players for years to come!

World of Warcraft Midnight Store Signing - Indoflaven on 11/19/04

The Blizzard Crew lined up to sign boxes at last year's launch of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
Come meet the developers of World of Warcraft at the Fry's Electronics store in Fountain Valley, CA on Tuesday, November 23. Starting on Tuesday morning at 12:00 AM PST, Fry's Electronics will open its doors to local gamers and give them the chance to be among the first to purchase a copy of the game and meet the developers in person.

The festivities will begin at 10:30 PM on Monday night, and the line to enter the store will be cut off at 1:00 AM, so be sure to get there early. We will be raffling away Blizzard recommended NVIDIA BFG GeForce 6800 video cards and backpacks, lift tickets to Bear Mountain ski resort, as well as a complete Alienware Area 51 computer. Local radio station, KROQ, will also be there to play music at the event, and food and beverages will be available.

If you'd like to attend, please be sure to visit:

    Fry's Electronics
    10800 Kalama River Avenue
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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