In the Lich King's haste to spread the plague of undeath over Azeroth, he gifted one of his greatest servants, the lich Kel'Thuzad, with the flying citadel of Naxxramas, as a base of operations for the Scourge. Consistent attacks from the Scarlet Crusade and Argent Dawn factions weakened the defenses of the floating fortress, enabling an incursion from the heroes that led to Kel'Thuzad's defeat. However, a traitor among the ranks of the knightly order of the Argent Dawn ran away with Kel'Thuzad's cursed remains and fled to Northrend, where the fallen lich could be reanimated.
The practice of buying or selling gold in World of Warcraft has generated significant controversy.[143] On February 21, 2008, Blizzard released a statement concerning the consequences of buying gold. Blizzard reported that an "alarmingly high" proportion of all gold bought originates from "hacked" accounts. The article also stated that customers who had paid for character leveling services had found their accounts compromised months later, with all items stripped and sold for virtual gold. The article noted that leveling service companies often used "disruptive hacks ... which can cause realm performance and stability issues".[144] In April 2015, introduced a means to sell in-game gold for real money. A player may spend $20 on a one-month "game time token" that can be sold for in-game gold on the auction house.[36]
World of Warcraft is set in the same universe as the Warcraft series of real-time strategy games and has a similar art direction.[10] World of Warcraft contains elements from fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction: such as gryphons, dragons, and elves; steam-powered automata; zombies, werewolves, and other horror monsters; as well as time travel, spaceships, and alien worlds.
World of Warcraft ha inspirado dos juegos de tablero: World of Warcraft: El Juego de Tablero (incluyendo las expansiones Shadow of War y The Burning Crusade)59​ y World of Warcraft: El Juego de Aventuras,60​61​ producidos por Fantasy Flight Games y editados en español por Devir. También existe un juego de cartas coleccionables, World of Warcraft Trading Card Game,62​ y un juego de miniaturas coleccionable63​ ambos producidos por Upper Deck Entertainment, a partir de marzo de 2010, cambió a Cryptozoic Entertainment.
24 oct Cromi, vínvulo entre expansiones Hablé de este tema en otro hilo y me ha parecido interesante crear uno nuevo... Quizás sea mucho anticiparse hablar del tema de las expansiones, cuando aun ni ha salido el classic... pero creo que esta idea es buena a largo plazo... A ver que opináis vosotros. Si os paráis a pensar, sacar expansiones en el wow "classic" es fastidiar el producto para aquel que desea experimentar solo de wow vanilla, ya que estas obligando a la gente a salirse de este contexto para jugar el nuevo contenido. Para evitar esto lo ideal sería que a medida que Blizzard libere nuevo contenido (todas las expansiones que ha ido sacado cronológicamente) se habiliten nuevas expansiones y puedas decidir que hacer, si seguir en classic o empezar a disfrutar de la siguiente expansión. Partimos de la idea de que wow classic es un portal temporal abierto por Cromi, tal y como se ve en el anuncio oficial de Blizzard... a partir de ese momento Cromi será nuestra herramienta de viaje en el tiempo (evidentemente solo hacia el futuro, hacia nuevas expansiones). El día que se libere la Burning, Cromi dará una nueva misión, del palo "Continuamos con la historia!: Burning Crusade". Al aceptar dicha misión abriría un portal a la gran puerta, punto de entrada a la Burning Crusade, cruzar esa puerta es un punto sin retorno, tu personaje pasará a formar parte de uno de los servidores de la Burning Crusade dejando el wow vanilla atrás. Creo que de esta manera todos contentos... muy a largo plazo cada jugador podrá disfrutar de su expansión favorita todo cuanto quiera, sin verse obligado nunca a tener que jugar en la expansión más reciente, y si se aburre pues le pides portal a Cromi y palante. Es una forma excepcional de poder experimentar al 100% todas y cada una de las expansiones. Yo por ejemplo no he jugado la Warlords of Draenor ni Myts of Pandaria, al menos no tanto como quisiera, y hoy por hoy sabéis que esto es imposible. Si mañana por ejemplo alguien se compra el wow, tendrá todo el contenido hasta Legión, así lo vende Blizzard, pero esto no es del todo así..., porque antes de que se de cuenta estará en nivel 100 sin haber disfrutado ni de un 10% de cada una de las expansiones. Se trata de tener a gente contenta nada más... lo que se traduce en ganar suscriptores y no perder los actuales, aunque pueda suponer que más de uno no compre una nueva expansión hasta que le apetezca (ahora mismo estás prácticamente obligado a hacerlo...) Bueno, espero no haberme liado demasiado =) Comentad que os parece y aportad nuevas ideas! Quien sabe, igual hasta en alguna de ellas nos hagan caso para variar xDErec9 24 oct
Intent on settling in Durotar, Thrall's Horde expanded its ranks by inviting the undead Forsaken to join orcs, tauren, and trolls. Meanwhile, dwarves, gnomes, and the ancient night elves pledged their loyalties to the Alliance, guided by the human kingdom of Stormwind. After Stormwind's king, Varian Wrynn, mysteriously disappeared, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon served as Regent but his service was affected by the mind control of the black dragon Onyxia, who ruled in disguise as a human noblewoman. As heroes investigated Onyxia's manipulations, the ancient elemental lord Ragnaros resurfaced to endanger both the Horde and Alliance.[42] The heroes of the Horde and Alliance defeated Onyxia and sent Ragnaros back to the Elemental Plane.

Más tarde con la aparición de Warcraft, el juego de rol y World of Warcraft (ambos de 2003), la tradición popular del mundo fantástico que argumenta los juegos y literatura de Warcraft se hizo considerablemente compleja, retomó para ello a varias criaturas fantásticas o razas de Dungeons & Dragons,9​ The Lord of the Rings y la mitología tradicional de varias partes del mundo, como lo tiende a hacer gran parte de la literatura fantástica contemporánea. También ha incorporado distintos lenguajes y vocaciones u oficios que determinan los modos de vida de los aventureros, así como la distinción entre las razas mortales y los inmortales.10​
The company offers parental controls[40] that allow various limits to be set on playing time. It is possible to set a daily limit, a weekly limit, or to specify an allowed playing schedule. In order to control these settings, it is necessary to log in with different credentials than are used just to enter the game. It is also possible to receive statistics on the time spent playing. Apart from controlling children, adults sometimes use parental controls on themselves.[41] The company supports this kind of protection as otherwise the potential players or their supervisors may choose to uninstall or block the game permanently.
As with other MMORPGs, players control a character avatar within a game world in third- or first-person view, exploring the landscape, fighting various monsters, completing quests, and interacting with non-player characters (NPCs) or other players. Also similar to other MMORPGs, World of Warcraft requires the player to pay for a subscription by using a credit or debit card, using prepaid Blizzard game cards or using a WoW Token purchased in-game. Players without a subscription may use a trial account that lets the player character reach up to level 20 but has many features locked.[10]
Patch 1.9.3 added native support for Intel-powered Macs, making World of Warcraft a universal application. As a result of this, the minimum supported Mac OS X version has been changed to 10.3.9; World of Warcraft version 1.9.3 and later will not launch on older versions of Mac OS X.[61] PowerPC architecture Macs are no longer supported since version 4.0.1.[62]
A principios de 2001 Blizzard comenzó a publicar novelas de sus tres universos principales, siendo la primera novela de Warcraft Day of the Dragon.7​ Estas novelas exploran importantes eventos y problemas del mundo de Warcraft, como la liberación de la reina de los dragones, Alexstrasza (en el texto citado arriba), o el nacimiento del nuevo líder de la Horda orca, el jefe de guerra Thrall (narrado en Warcraft: Lord of the Clans). En la diversificación consecuente del universo de Warcraft se comenzaron a emplear notorios elementos orientales en las imágenes y conceptos del mundo y personajes, como los cuerpos y armas desproporcionadas y la idea que tiene de los elfos de cejas y orejas muy largas.8​
While a character can be played on its own, players can group with others to tackle more challenging content. Most end-game challenges are designed in a way that they can only be overcome while in a group. In this way, character classes are used in specific roles within a group.[19][22] World of Warcraft uses a "rested bonus" system, increasing the rate that a character can gain experience points after the player has spent time away from the game.[15] When a character dies, it becomes a ghost—or wisp for Night Elf characters—at a nearby graveyard.[20] Characters can be resurrected by other characters that have the ability or can self-resurrect by moving from the graveyard to the place where they died. If a character is past level ten and they resurrect at a graveyard, the items equipped by the character degrade, requiring in-game money and a specialist NPC to repair them. Items that have degraded heavily become unusable until they are repaired. If the location of the character's body is unreachable, they can use a special "spirit healer" NPC to resurrect at the graveyard. When the spirit healer revives a character, items equipped by the character at that time are further degraded, and the character is significantly weakened by what is in-game called "resurrection sickness" for up to ten minutes, depending on the character's level. This "resurrection sickness" does not occur and item degradation is less severe if the character revives by locating its body, or is resurrected by another player through spells or special items.[23][24]

In patch 2.1, Blizzard responded to this by adding additional anti-spam mechanics including whisper throttling and the report spam function. Additionally, trial accounts are prevented from speaking in the public chat channels (although they may speak to players within range or whisper to other players that have first whispered to them), participating in in-game trades, and using the Auction House and the mail feature, among other limitations.
World of Warcraft (abreviado como WoW, literalmente en español Mundo de Warcraft) es un videojuego de rol multijugador masivo en línea desarrollado por Blizzard Entertainment. Es el cuarto juego lanzado establecido en el universo fantástico de Warcraft, el cual fue introducido por primera vez por Warcraft: Orcs & Humans en 1994.4​ World of Warcraft transcurre dentro del mundo de Azeroth, cuatro años después de los sucesos finales de la anterior entrega de Warcraft, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.5​ Blizzard Entertainment anunció World of Warcraft el 2 de septiembre de 2001.6​
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