While Blizzard's World of
Warcraft continues to weather the slings and arrows of competitor
after competitor, the company isn't above throwing
players a little sum'n sum'n to stay in the game. Having announced
that it may not be releasing the game's next big update until 2013,
Blizzard's found a strategy to lure a few reformed addicts back off
the wagon: get the players to do the hard work, with the new Scroll
of Resurrection initiative.
Above: Pull a friend back down the hole, get a free ghost-horse-thing. Good deal
Activated via the game's
webpage, the Scroll of Resurrection allows you to bestow a number of
boons upon the player of your choice. Once you've cast the Scroll on
a friend, they'll get their character bumped up to Level 80, a free
upgrade to Cataclysm (including any other content released since
their last login), free transport to your realm and faction, and
seven days' free playtime.
To keep you from feeling
like Blizzard's playing you for some sucker, you'll get a free
Spectral Wind Rider or Gryphon mount for your troubles too. That's on
top of your friends' endless gratitude, of course... even if it's
phrased as, “why oh why I thought I was clean what have you done oh
lord my life.” Gratitude takes many forms.