I think I can comfortably state, unless there is a miracle of Biblical proportions, that Mists of Pandaria isn't going to launch on the date I stated it would. I could wait and hope, but the more I look at the evidence the more I come to realise I was being falsely optimistic in my assumption that late July was doable. As a result, I have a bet to consider.
The plan had been to settle it with some video, but I have the chance now to do something far better.
My twitter friend @wowmartiean, with whom I arranged the bet, has been through some tough times of late. He's currently without a job and working hard to make a name for himself in the fairly cut-throat 'video commentary' world. It occurs to me I'd like to help him out if I can, and I was wondering how I could do that when circumstances dropped a little extra money in my lap. He had joked with me via Twitter that one of his friends had suggested that if I lost, I bought him the Collectors Edition of Mists as my forfeit.
I've decided I'm going to do just that.
Joe, if you're reading this I've sent you a DM via Twitter to request your Paypal details, and as soon as I have them I'll be sending you what I believe you'll need to buy the Collectors Edition this time around, plus a little extra on top. I know how hard you work to do what you do, and I hope this will go some way towards making you realise that sometimes you just need to have faith in yourself for everything to work out just fine. I hope you'll enjoy playing the game, and you can have all the added extras on me.
I hope this means you'll let me off getting myself ganked in Orgrimmar as a result...