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3-23-2012 @ 11:08AM
"Pandawans" LOLQ4tQ:I got the AP but wasn't really considering doing the beta, but recently I've been thinking I may give it a go. I've never beta tested anything and didn't know how some of the nuts and bolts worked. When you get the invite, do you have a specific time frame in which to participate, or do you have access until the testing period is over?
3-23-2012 @ 11:34AM
Betas work differently for different companies.My last experience with Beta testing in WoW was that once I got the invite and could log in, it was pretty much set for the duration of the beta.There are a few things folks need to be aware of:1) Beta is beta. It is not a finished product. There are going to be hiccups and glitches. You help the beta a lot by simply reporting the errors. That's what beta is there for - to report that your Goblin's eyebrow is floating 6" above his head.2) You may or may not get access to certain things. For instance, right now, level 85s can't go to Pandaria. Also, things may change every build. A zone you can get to may no longer be available. A talent you like may be gone. Your Goblin's eyebrows may disappear.3) You cannot keep anything you get, you cannot preserve any toon. Once the beta servers are shut down, everything you have done in beta is gone. Everything you do in beta will have to be done all over again in live. You'd be surprised by how many people keep asking if they get to keep their beta toons.A lot of folks go into beta thinking they're simply getting "early access" to the finished product, and that's not what beta is at all. The best you can take away from the beta is experience.Now, if you want to contribute feedback as far as game play and class mechanics at a time when Blizzard is still refining, then getting in early is a good thing. If you just want to test drive the game when it's mostly done, but not yet golden master, then you'll probably be happier towards the end of beta when Blizzard is stress-testing.
3-23-2012 @ 11:45AM
And please, please, please, please know that the servers can and will go down alot. Every 5 minutes is not an exaggeration sometimes.It's annoying when you see player after player complain about that on the official forums. "What the hell is this shit? I can't play for more than a few minutes? Why are the servers going down? I want to play! How can they expect this to work when the game goes live, if they can't even get the beta to work right?""No, you moron, the servers are going down BECAUSE they are working on it. It's a beta, that's the point."Too many people go into a beta thinking "early access demo", and this chain of thinking isn't helped by companies like EA that do "beta tests" which involve a two-week period prior to a game's release which is only to help build hype, and has almost zero actual beta testing (and when that game comes out, and bugs exist which were widely reported in beta. it just confirms it.)Remember the list above, and you will be pretty set.
3-23-2012 @ 12:13PM
Just to back up Drakken here, SERVERS WILL AND DO GO DOWN OFTEN, especially early in a BETA. When Testing FF XI Online (Both JP and NA) and STO (Star Trek: Online) in the beginning, I spent more time offline then online testing. There were continuous server updates and changes during the beta's. Though I found FF XI Online (NA) to be the most stable throughout the process. This will be my first WoW Beta. Can't wait to get in to find the bugs. ;) I love breaking games sometimes. Shinanji
3-23-2012 @ 12:29PM
Since we are giving beta tips, here is a good one.If you plan to buy anything at the AH in Beta, such as gear, gems, glyphs, enchants, transmog, mats, or anything, expect to pay 10 to 20 times the normal price. Before you transfer a character to beta. you can send him all your gold from other characters. You can repeat this process with each character to increase your funds. Resist the urge to transfer all your characters at once. You may find later that you wish you hadn't used up all your transfers.
3-23-2012 @ 1:05PM
Puntable is right. I didn't think about that.Beta/PTR AH users seem to be insane. When Glyphs were introduced in the 4.0.1 beta/PTR, you couldn't even get them for the most part because people were pricing them at 10,000g-20,000g. Blizzard had to step in and put a vendor in that sold them cheap (at least for the beta, PTR never got it.)"Lol, I got a stack of peacebloom cheap, only 500,000g!" And they can't even take it back to their live characters. When EVERY single item on the AH is insanely overpriced, it makes testing professions and such hard.To expand on Puntable's post, if you plan on leveling any profession to test something out, stock up on the mats first, then transfer over.
3-23-2012 @ 1:35PM
Characters can and will get stuck, drop through the world and fall forever, materialize trapped inside a rock that wasn't there when you logged out. GMs are helpful but will not always be able to retrieve your stuck character and you'll need to roll another one or use up one of your character transfers to start again.
3-23-2012 @ 2:27PM
First thing I'm doing when I get access to Beta is reporting how CLEARLY OP Goblin eyebrows are, and that it must be a bug.
3-23-2012 @ 2:55PM
READ THIS AMAZING BETA GUIDE:http://tinyurl.com/87xrljo
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