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Warhammer Online – The Final WAAAGH is on Us! November 2, 2013

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Warhammer Online.
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I mentioned previously that EA has announced Warhammer Online will be closing down on December 18th of this year.

I did approve of their stance on elves...

What is engraved on that blade?

As part of the run up (or down) to that terminal date, the WAR team has convinced somebody at EA to allow them to let everybody play for free for the last month and a half.  And by “everybody,” they mean everybody who ever had an account in good standing, which I gather meant that you were a paid subscriber.  From the official site:

A Parting Gift
Posted by From the Devs | 2013 Nov 02 04:00 -0400 GMT

Greetings Warhammer players,

Effective immediately we will be turning off the ability to apply one month subscriptions and game time codes to Warhammer Online accounts and removing the ability to open new Warhammer Online accounts.

To give Warhammer Online a proper sendoff we are opening the game to anyone free of charge that has or had an account in good standing starting October 31st, 2013.  We will be adding new NPC’s to the game in order to power up your characters as well as other unique experiences for everyone to enjoy as we say goodbye to Warhammer Online over the next few weeks.  So please join us and help say goodbye to Warhammer Online in one last big WAAAGH!

See you soon!

Warhammer Team

So there it is.  Anybody who played now has the ability to go back for one last look at the game before it closes down for good.

If you can remember your account details.

I have been tempted to go back for a look myself, nostalgia hound that I am, but I cannot for the life of me remember anything about my login or password.  That was five years ago and I am not quite certain what I had for lunch yesterday.

Anyway, if you can remember your account, then enjoy your shot at nostalgia.  Meanwhile, back to my stack of notes from 2008.

Hat tip: Omali at MMO Fallout

Addendum:

I actually figured out my account login fairly quickly and managed to coax the system into sending me a password reset.  After the password reset I was able to log into the account management tab, though I was forced to associate the account with some other EA account that shared the same email address.  Once in I was able to verify that it was, in fact, the correct account.  It had been created in August 2008.  It showed the following features:

All that CE stuff...

All that CE stuff…

And the account showed as active, so everything looked good.  I downloaded the client installer, ran that, and attempted to log in.

And the client refused to accept the very same credentials that logged me into the account management site.

So, if nothing else, the WAR team seems to be successfully replicating some of the 2008 Warhammer Online experience I vaguely remember.  Ah well…

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1. Winged Nazgul - November 2, 2013

Thanks for the heads up. The patcher was doing the same thing to me after going through the same hoops as you did.

I finally got in after changing my WAR account password and even then it took a couple of tries before it finally accepted it. Patching now…

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2. Wilhelm Arcturus - November 2, 2013

I tried the password change, but I still get the same issue. There is some sort of cross-account merger thing that has messed it up I think. The admin page only lets me log in now with the account name (an email address) of the merged account, while the client rejects that account name out of hand. The client tries to authenticate when I use the old login, but fails on the password check I am guessing.

Well, it isn’t like I don’t have other games to play. I’ll tinker some more later then toss it.

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Winged Nazgul - November 2, 2013

Yeah, after merging the accounts you can only log in with your EA master account and password to the website. But after you do, there’s an option to change the passwords of your old Mythic accounts. I just changed the one that had my old subscription and characters and used that to login to the patcher. The patcher will only take the old Mythic account name and password not the new EA one.

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3. C. T. Murphy - November 2, 2013

That’s depressing. As soon as I read that they were opening accounts again, I was excited, but like most people, completely lost as to what my account credentials are anymore.

Still, the thought of playing my Dwarf Engineer one more time would be grand. Despite the game being a muddled mashup of bad and worse, the Engineer is still one of my favorite MMO class designs.

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4. bhagpuss - November 2, 2013

My EA account works fine but apparently none of the various Mythic/WAR account names I have written down are valid. I seem to remember the reason I stopped playing the unlimited trial was because of something to do with that.

Oh well, I’ve managed without playing WAR this long…

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5. afterdarkgaming - November 2, 2013

Reblogged this on After Dark Gaming.

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6. Genda - November 2, 2013

What feels good about beating your head on the wall?

When you stop.

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7. Stabs - November 3, 2013

It’s perhaps rather unfortunate that in addition to being the sound made by manly hairy chested barbarians as they charge across the battlefield waving axes, WAAAGH! is also the noise made by bad-tempered babies as they spit their dummies across the room.

At this stage in the proceedings it’s a little difficult to see which meaning was intended.

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8. HarbingerZero - November 3, 2013

I had the same problem with passwords and accounts. Once I got my WAR, Mythic, and EA accounts all lined up it worked. This comes just in time for me…my free two weeks was almost up and I was trying to decide if it was worth the money to keep going. And the answer was mostly – no, not really.

Free power ups…so I might finally hit Rank 40 and see the world?!?

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9. Anonymous - November 3, 2013

how to hit Rank 40?

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10. Robert Basler - November 11, 2013

I’ve found that 3/4 times the patcher errors out with CORRECT credentials. And no, its not that I’m a bad typist. ;)

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