|Not long now... ^^|
There is no escaping the inevitability.
Twitter is awash with excitement. Guildies are buying their CE Packages. We have a levelling event up that starts 10.59 pm GMT Tuesday. The countdown calender on the Blizzard website's is getting close to being at 3 days and counting.
It's the last weekend before Pandaria.
Yes, I am looking forward to what next week brings. You won't find me getting overly enthusiastic however, because after four expansions I'm of the mind that the first week can be pretty much atypical of the entire Expansion experience. Those of you currently swearing at iOS6 will know only too well what its like to be the first wave of early adopters: it doesn't work quite how you expect it, lots of stuff just goes Pete Tong and frankly you wonder why you bothered with the expense in the first place. I updated my ancient first gen iPhone today to an iPhone 4, safe in the knowledge I may be behind the curve but everything will work when it gets here. I'd like to think that's the way it could be with Expansions, but I'm a realist.
Cross Realm Zones went live on my server this week (look for the special post on that over the weekend assuming I get the chance) and frankly, its a cause for concern. Lots of freezes, NPC's vanishing or being unwilling to buy your crap, and all my general chat IN TRIPLICATE is not filling me with enthusiasm. Even if we don't get CRZ in Pandaria, the server population increases next week I feel might yet catch Blizzard out. Lots of people I didn't expect to see returning AT ALL have repopulated my friends lists this weekend, and at the back of my mind... I can see a repeat of Diablo 3's opening few days. I REALLY hope Blizz is ready for this.
I'm also promised a radical new development this time around: no more logging out. I can be online at 11pm and the starter quest will just magically appear in my quest log (yes I've removed one of my 25 dailies to accommodate, thanks Seph for the reminder :D ) and my XP bar will reactivate. No staring at login for 45 minutes like the previous expansions... I hope. I've been promised a lot in the past, but if this feature works first time without an issue I reckon Blizzard are off to a good start. After that: the jury is most definitely out. I know what to expect, I am aware of what is coming, but there is a lot of difference between beta and live. I'll pass judgement once I make it to 90, I think, because there really is so much to consider this time around...
Take it easy this weekend, folks. Sleep well, eat healthily and get some exercise before Pandaria, because you will need it. Let's hope that nothing disastrous happens before Tuesday evening...