There are plenty of things going on in the game/relating to it this month, so I thought I'd highlight some of them for you.
It is soooooo inexpensive to buy the game right now. Thanks to early Black Friday deals, Blizzard is currently selling the digital download of World of Warcraft (that includes all the expansions up to Cataclysm) for $4.99. And its selling the digital download of Mists of Pandaria for $9.99. Those are major savings! And perfect for those of us taking advantage of all the new Recruit-A-Friend features (more on that in a sec). Sale ends December 2nd at 11:59 PST.
Also in the Battle.Net shop right now is an adorable bundle of the Alterac Brew Pup (a pet) and the Enchanted Fey Dragon (a mount) for $30. Now it might seem silly to pay real life money for in-game gear, but this bundle goes to a good cause. Five dollars from every bundle sold (through December 31, 2013) is donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who help terminally ill children fulfill one great big life dream. So if that doesn't do it for you, also know that the Fey Dragon changes color whenever and adjusts to your riding level, and you can use the Alterac Brew Pup in pet battles. There is also a gifting option on this bundle, so you can buy this as a gift for your favorite World of Warcraft player. Tis the season after all :)
Its Pilgrim's Bounty time! November 25- December 2, you can cook up all the traditional Thanksgiving yummies as dailies, shoot rogues with your turkey shooter for achievements, and dress like a pilgrim and nobody will laugh at you (well, maybe). There are plenty of achievements to earn for this holiday, which will earn you the "the Pilgrim" title when completed and go towards the What A Long, Strange Trip mega achievement. Check out Blizzard's overview of the holiday here.
Its also WoW's Ninth Anniversary right now. From November 18-December 2 (those Blizzard guys seem to love December 2nd...) Blizzard is celebrating their WoW birthday, so log in to your toons to get the ninth anniversary achievement. Its a Feat of Strength achievement, and it doesn't cross over to all your toons like most achieves do. So if you want it, you have to log in to each specific toon to get it. A pain if you have several toons (like me), but worth it if you're an achievement whore (like me). Also, once you log in, you'll receive a Celebration package in the mail. Its nothing special, no pets or anything cool like in the past, just a buff. The buff increases experience and reputation gains from kills by 9% for 1 hour. It is reusable though, as it has a ten second cooldown. Its only good during the anniversary, so once December 2nd comes, it'll disappear from your bags.
And last, but certainly not least, the new Recruit-A-Friend (didn't it used to be called refer a friend?). Introduced in the beginning of the month, Recruit-A-Friend promised us leveling gains all the way to level 85 and eight different mounts/pets to choose from as out RAF reward. Sweet, right? The deal is, you send an email to you friend through the RAF button in-game (at least, that's how I've been doing it). Your friend responds to the email Blizzard sends them by following the instructions. If your friend pays for one month of game time, you receive one month of game time for free. If they pay for two months of game time, you get to choose one of those cool mounts or pets as your reward. There isn't a limit to how many friends you can recruit, just remember that to reap all the benefits, you need to be leveling with the person you recruit. Here are the in-game benefits as listed on Blizzard's site:
To help you and your recruit take on the challenges of Azeroth together, players who participate in the Recruit A Friend program will enjoy the following in-game benefits for up to 90 days:
- Recruit and veteran characters can summon one another to each other's locations.
- While adventuring with your linked friend or family member, you will each gain triple experience while partied up to level 85, as long as your characters are within 4 levels of each other.
- For every two levels the recruit's characters earn, one grantable level is gained. Recruit characters may then grant these levels to the veteran player's character as long as the character is lower in level than the level-granting character.
Pretty awesome stuff. So if you do recruit your friends or family, just remember that they have to accept your invitation within seven days of your sending it, or it is no longer valid and you'll have to send them another one. And right now (as mentioned at the beginning of this post), they can get the full game for $15, that's a steal! There's no better time to join the citizens of Azeroth than right now!