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World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collectors Edition Announced

In addition to the WoW Classic launch date being announced there was also a news item about a World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition.

WoW at Fifteen

While the box won’t be available until early October, you can pre-order it today for $100, because of course you can.  And when I say box, I mean box, as this appears to be focused on physical items.

Things you get

The list of items for the CE are:

  • Ragnaros Statue
    Behold Ragnaros, he who is ancient when this world was young! Bow, mortals, before this 10+ inch immortalization of the Firelord himself.
  • Onyxia Pin
    Add to your pin collection and adorn your home with the head of Onyxia, Broodmother of the Black Dragonflight.
  • Map of Azeroth Mouse Pad
    Gaze upon the realms your character has explored these past 15 years while you prepare for the next adventure.
  • Fine Art Prints
    Reach into Azeroth’s vivid past with eight frameable fine art prints.
  • 30 Days of Game Time
    Extend your stay in Azeroth with 30 days of game time to aid you on your next adventure.
  • Alabaster Mounts
    Take to the skies with these majestic alabaster mounts—living stone tributes to a pair of familiar flying creatures.

    • Alabaster Stormtalon for Alliance characters
    • Alabaster Thunderwing for Horde characters

While I am fond of collector’s editions for WoW (I regret not getting the original one) I am not really big on physical items, save for maybe the sound track.  At my age I am already carrying too much baggage when it comes to little nick nacks and dust collectors, so a ten inch tall Ragnaros doesn’t thrill me.

The mounts… maybe.  I’d prefer battle pets, but mounts are still good.

The Anniversary Mounts

But Blizz has me covered.  If I want just the mounts, they will be available on their own in the Blizzard shop in August.  If you buy them there then buy the CE you will get a $25 credit in the Blizzard store to cover the overlap.

And if you don’t want to spend any money on this, Blizz has plans for in-game anniversary gifts for the 15th anniversary for all subscribers.  We’ll get both a mount and a pet.  Blizz had put up a video of them.

So, in addition to WoW Classic, we have some things to look forward to later this year.

 

The EVE Online Second Decade Collector’s Edition

A couple weeks back Jeff of Lewis PR dropped me a note asking me if I wanted a free copy of the EVE Online Second Decade Collector’s Edition.

I naturally assumed that this was some sort of scam because, EVE Online.  Right?  I ignored it.

Trooper that he is, Jeff persisted in trying to give me something for free, and around the third note from him I finally responded with my suspicion that this was a scam.  By that point I had looked up the company, which turned out to be up the freeway in SF and did, according to its web site, represent CCP.

He said that suspicion was not an uncommon reaction.  Once we got on the same wavelength he got my address and the very next day a big box dropped on my doorstep containing the whole big thing.  It is heavy.

All the stuff

All the stuff

And it is heavy because it has a ton of stuff in it.  The first things you see are the big things, all nicely tucked into the box.  There is the model of the Rifter, probably the most recognizable ship in the New Eden, which is also a USB hub.  I am not sure how many people will actually use their Rifter model as a hub… just having the Rifter model itself seemed like enough for me… but you have that option.  Me, I am leaving my free of cables so I can run around the house with it and strafe the cats when the situation calls for it.  (I like that the official YouTube video about the USB Rifter got about a third as many views as the video of somebody “flying” their Rifter through the CCP offices.)

There is also a copy The Danger Game, which was the first product that CCP created.  I am not sure what I can really say about this, except that this was the first product CCP shipped, and it brought in the money to bankroll EVE Online.  So it has that going for it.  There is a fuller story narrated by CCP Guard on YouTube.

And then there is the the book, EVE – Into the Second Decade.

This is the meat of the “big” items in the box.  Coming in at just over 190 pages, it describes the birth and evolution of the game EVE Online.  While heavier on illustrations than details, it does take a pretty extensive look at the first decade of EVE Online.  It is coffee table book comparable to the 10 year celebration tome that SOE put out to celebrate 10 years of EverQuest.

The Books Compared

The Books Compared

The books are quite similar as the both describe the foundations, the launch, and the arc and developments of the respective games, leading looks forward to the future, with EverQuest Next figuring in one and DUST 514 in the other.  Where the EVE volume differs is how much more focused it on the players.  There are little tidbits that mention things like Hulkageddon, Burn Jita, and the boot.ini episode.  That is sort of like SOE bringing up Planes of Power bugs, the Mystere incident, and Fansy the famous bard as part of their memories of EverQuest, something that just wouldn’t happen.

And when the chapter about the Incarna expansion hits… entitled The Long Walk… CCP is pretty clear that the player base was in revolt.  The follow on chapter that picks up the story… after a detour into DUST 514, is Redemption Arc.

Add in the guest essays from various people in and around the game and this is something to have, not a detailed history but a trail of images, impressions, and emotions that really evoke a sense of connection to the game.  Good stuff.  The best of the big items and something I really wanted.

And then there is the little box within the big box.

The first thing in the little box is the music from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra’s performance of some of the music from EVE Online from Fanfest back in April.  I missed this performance because, like so many CCP events, it happened while I was at work, but I have been dying to hear it.  So now I have a new twist on a series of tracks that are among the most played on my iPod.  The songs on the CD are:

  • Stellar Shadows
  • Below the Asteroids
  • Shifting the Balance of Power
  • Rose of Victory
  • I Saw Your Ship
  • All Which Was Lost
  • A Surplus of Rare Artifacts
  • It Ends Here
  • The Jovian Front
  • Smoke from Down Below
  • Merchants and Looters

Tucked in around the the music CD are the game code cards.  There is one for EVE Online, the contents of which CCP has detailed on their site.  Implants, cosmetics, a special ship and some blueprints come with the code.

The Nefantar Thrasher was pre-order only, sorry

Then there is a code for DUST 514, which is part of the EVE Online universe… though not a part in which I participate.

There is a 60 Day new account code that you can give to a friend… or use to create another alt.

And then there is the Collector’s Edition Mystery Code which was… for a while… a mystery.  Then they announced some of the items, which included a PLEX, more in-game cosmetics, a special ship in the upcoming EVE Valkyrie (which looks a lot like one of the EVE Online drones), and some of what they call in-game collectables.

Templar Fighter

Templar Fighter

I think that, like some of the entries in the collector’s edition book, the in-game collectables give some insight to how CCP views the game and the players.  They could have dropped in a bunch of things that celebrated game milestones like expansions and such.  Instead, they are focused on player achievements.  There is a set of tokens for each of the alliance tournaments celebrating the winner.  And there are a bunch of one-off items, like ticket stubs for the premier of Clear Skies.

Premier of "Clear Skies"

Premier of “Clear Skies”

Others include notable events from the history of the game as created by the players.

These are actual in-game items.  They do not do anything within the game, but you can sell them, trade them, or store them away for another day.  Like the implants and other in-game items you get with the collector’s edition, they are not locked down to your account.  You are free to do with them as you please.  I have seen the “golden pod” implant, which goes in a special socket and survives clone jumps and being podded, on the market for several billion ISK.

So what to make of all of this stuff.

If you are a hard core EVE Online player… well… you probably already own a copy of this.  But if you somehow missed it, you can still get one via the EVE Store or Amazon.com.  The list price is $150, but Amazon has had it available as a flash sale for as low as $99 at some points.

Is it worth the price?  Hard to say.  For me, yes.  I wanted the book and the CD, which are probably worth at least $45 right there.  Add in the PLEX and a substantial bit of the cost is covered by tangible items of value.  I am not sure what I would have paid for a Rifter model… I would have paid quite a bit for the LEGO Rifter, which gets a mention in the book… and The Danger Game isn’t much of a draw for me.  And the rest is digital, stuff made of ones and zeroes and accessible to me only as pixels on a screen.

It was worth it to me.

At this point you are probably thinking, “Well of course it was worth it to you, you got the damn collector’s edition for free!”

Well, I did get a copy for free.  But I had already pre-ordered the whole thing before it came out.  So I speak from the perspective of somebody justifying their expense, not as somebody who got something expensive for free.  Or something.  I paid for a copy and am content with that.

Collector’s editions always carry some controversy.  If you don’t like them, they can seem a naked cash grab.  If you do like them, they can be a way to own something extra, something special, from a game you enjoy.  I can go either way on the topic, depending on the game and what is being offered.

Now I have to figure out what to do with this other copy of the collector’s edition.  I promised I wouldn’t turn around and sell it on eBay.  No fun in that anyway.  I think bits of it might serve as prizes for a contest.  Maybe something after the holidays, when things settle down a bit.

I already know somebody who is interested in the USB Rifter.  I owe him for some home made salsa.

Star Trek Online Options We’d Like to See

Star Trek Online.  It’s coming.

Okay, so the myriad of pre-order and special edition options that Atari and Cryptic have announced so far (are they done yet?)  have certainly made the task of what to buy a little more challenging than is common for an MMO launch.

Still, we all have another choice here.

We can complain about how Cryptic and Atari have apparently gone off the rails on the bonus item front.

Or we can embrace change and encourage it towards it ultimate silly destination.

(Personally, I plan to do both, but that is another story.)

So in the interest of embracing change, I have begun to formulate a list additional pre-order, special edition, or other purchase option bonus features that I think Cryptic and/or Atari should look into.

That is what I have come up with so far.

What other options should Cryptic and Atari consider?

I’m sure I can think of more.

Or maybe I’ll go watch that fleet action video yet again and try to forget this.

Star Trek Online – More Desicions on What to Buy

We have already been exposed to the variety of pre-order options that Star Trek Online offers.  To get the item you want you have to purchase your pre-order from the right vendor.

Now Atari and Cryptic have announced another wrinkle in the decision process with their press release regarding the Collector’s Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition of the game.

ATARI PRESENTS STAR TREK™ ONLINE COLLECTOR’S EDITION AND DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

Special Packages Contain Exclusive Content, Collectibles, and Game Access

New York, NY (December 11, 2009) – Atari, Inc., one of the world’s most recognized videogame publishers, and acclaimed MMO developer Cryptic Studios™, announced today a Collector’s Edition and a Digital Deluxe Edition of Star Trek Online, available for purchase on February 2, 2010, for a limited time only. Both packages include exclusive content, collectibles and game access.  Right now, the $79.99 Collector’s Edition can be pre-ordered at GameStop.com and the $59.99 Digital Deluxe Edition can be pre-ordered at Direct2Drive and STEAM.  Both special editions are also available at Atari.com.

“True Star Trek fans are sure to appreciate the exclusive features the Star Trek Online Collector’s Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition boast,” says Jim Wilson, President and CEO of Atari, Inc.  “With extended content and one-of-a-kind collectible items, Star Trek fans and gamers alike can experience the full extent of the Star Trek experience.”

The Star Trek Online Collector’s Edition adds to the experience with such bonus features as:

  • Deluxe Packaging: Futuristic 3dX holography set in a high quality brushed aluminum finish.  Heavy duty construction with magnetic closures and nested compartments for all components.
  • Deluxe Manual: High-end, hardbound, art book, manual and disc case in a single, elegant package. “HD Printing” on over 40 glossy pages highlights exclusive art from the Star Trek Online universe.
  • Communicator Badge: High-quality cast-metal design based on the in-game badge model. Fully 3D sculpted with recessed burst and curved contours.
  • Guest Passes:  Credit card style buddy passes to invite three of your friends for a three-day trial of Star Trek Online.  Codes can be transmitted digitally or physically.
  • Red Matter Capacitor (in-game item): A unique item that charges up and delivers extra energy to all of your ship’s equipment for a short time.
  • “Star Trek: The Next Generation” Uniform (in-game item): Uniform Options from “The Next Generation” Series.  The timeless look worn by Picard, Data and Riker.
  • “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” Uniform (in-game item): Uniform Options from the “Deep Space Nine” Series.  Gray shoulders on a black uniform, just like Sisko, Worf and Dax.

The Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Edition offers such bonuses as five exclusive in-game items as well as the ability to play as a “Joined Trill” – a symbiote that grants you several lifetimes of experience.  The five exclusive in-game items include:

  • Original Star Trek Uniform Set: Three uniforms from the original series (blue, red, yellow).

  • Exclusive “KHAAAN!” Emote: An unforgettable moment from the second Star Trek Film.  This exclusive emote allows players to relive Kirk’s unforgettable moment of fury, with the timeless cry… “KHAAAN!”

  • Exclusive Klingon Blood Wine Toast Emote: Raise a glass like a Klingon!  Greet other players with an exclusive Klingon gesture –the blood wine toast.

  • Unique Registry Prefix: Give your ship the coveted NX prefix, seen only on a handful of elite Starfleet vessels like the Defiant, 22nd century Enterprise, and Prometheus.

  • Unique Ship Item: Automated Defense Battery. This Tactical Module grants any ship a passive 360 arc attack power with a short range.

In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe will appear for the first time one a truly massive scale. In this massively multiplayer online game, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation ship or become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. Players will visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, travel to unexplored star systems, and contact new alien species. Every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the hero. Immerse yourself in the future of the Trek universe as it moves into the 25th century: a time of shifting alliances and new discoveries. As the Captain of your very own ship, it’s up to you to lead your crew on missions that span the galaxy.

Star Trek Online is a licensed product from CBS Consumer Products.  For more information, please visit: www.startrekonline.com

Now I had seen in various places most what came with the Collector’s Edition, though the Red Matter Capacitor is a new twist. (And perhaps skirting a bit too close to the last movie.)

The Collector's Edition

But the Digital Deluxe Edition?  A “Khaaan!” emote?  And I don’t get it with the Collector’s Edition?  And the uniform set from the original series?

What are they thinking, making the original series ship and the original series uniforms essentially mutually exclusive?  Did somebody pass out these bonus items by drawing them out of a hat?

I need that “Khaaan!” emote right about now.

And this is only going to get worse I bet when we find out what the European distributors are going to be handing out.  You just wait until we find out the French are getting a Joan Collins “City on the Edge of Forever” bridge crew member or some such.

I suppose we will all be able to identify who bought which version where on day one.

Cryptic, you’re making me crazy.

Dwarf Collector’s Edition Head

One of the perks of getting the Warhammer Online Collectors Edition is that you get a special… um… head.

Yes, you get a custom head, available to nobody else… who did not buy a Collector’s Edition.

The Empire version is a grim mask of death, too horrible and/or ugly for me to apply to my Witch Hunter.

Seriously, no screen shot here.  I could not do it.  I’ll have to find somebody else who put the thing on.

I know, when did *I* suddenly get standards?

I do not have any elf characters, so I have not seen that one.

But I do have a couple of dwarves!

The male dwarf model is quite acceptable, the key point being a keg of ale inserted into his beard.

Dude, my eyes are up here

Dude, my eyes are up here

Of course, somebody in the group said I looked like a St. Bernard.

That went straight into the Book of Grudges, let me tell you.