Win! Lich King Strategy Guide & Collector’s Wotsit!

The games, they will not end. Just as we thought we’d finally reached the end of Big Release Silly Season, tomorrow brings the second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. One or two people are probably slightly excited.

To celebrate (I love saying that, as it’s a completely inaccurate way of describing a competition, conjuring images of us all sat around wearing Warcraft party hats and waving ARTHAS ’08 flags. But still, it’s the done thing for compos), we’ve arranged to give away Bradygame’s official Wrath of the Lich King strategy guide and a special edition boxed copy of WOTLK itself to one lovely reader.

I’ve been thumbing through the strategy guide today, and my Lord but it’s got a lot of useful stuff in its 352 pages. Maps’n’stats’n’quest guides, and of course a vast amount of finely-detailed loot locators. So I’m expecting to not need to refer to Thottbot when I venture back onto the WoW servers for the first time in a year tomorrow. Also, pictures. Pretty, pretty pictures. Entry details below the cut.

This is a UK-only competition, incidentally. Sorry, colonials and continental-brethren.

To lob your name into the hat, just mail us with your answer to the following question:

How much murk could a Murloc chuck if a Murlock could chuck murk?

What pick-up line would you use on a Death Knight?

The best/funniest/most randomly-chosen entry wins the Bradgames strategy guide and a special edition copy of Wrath of the Lich King. The other entries will receive our metaphysical love.

Closing date is 30th November.

Both the game and the strategy guide are released tomorrow. More details on the latter over yonder.


  1. garren says:

    Such a tease! Then you say I can’t win the price :(

  2. Bobsy says:

    Oh christ it’s tomorrow? Gfuh. I’m simultaneously annoyed and relieved I’m in no-internet-land.

  3. cyrenic says:

    I thought all the RPS writers were too cool to play WoW anymore. I know I am.

  4. Alec Meer says:

    I’m getting sucked back in for a review. Actually quite looking forward to going back, as it’s been ages and I’m burned out on WAR now.

  5. Ian says:

    Doesn’t it go live TONIGHT UK time? I thought I read that it’s released tomorrow in as much that they’ll be switching WotLK on at midnight CET, which means 11pm for us UKers.

    Assuming I’ve understood this correctly.

  6. The Hammer says:

    Yeah. It goes live tonight.

    And here’s me, pre-ordering but picking it up tomorrow.

  7. Gladman says:


    I love the idea they they just have a massive Dr.Frakenstein sized switch labled “WotLK”

    “It’s 11am, pull the switch.”

    Then sparks come out and some cables coming out of the switch to the server boxes slowly light up from one end to the other.


  8. Butler` says:

    I’ll be getting stuck in with my Death Knight from midnight. If I can think of a remotely humerous pick up line for one I’ll enter this compo, too :p

  9. NeonWraith says:

    Ugh. Y’know, I burned out on WoW pre-BC, left for a while then went back…and got kinda bored of the BC stuff, too.

    And yet, I’m still tempted to hand over money to Blizzard, reactivate my account, and play Wrath.

    Do they put highly addictive drugs in the CD cases or something?

  10. Fede says:

    A Murloc could chuck no amount of murk since a Murloc couldn’t chuck murk.

  11. Downloads_Plz says:

    This is a UK-only competition

    I die a little inside each time I see that.

  12. Mark Stephenson says:

    Thottbot is old news due to being bought out by goldsellers. WoWhead and WoWwiki are the places to hang out these days.

  13. Acosta says:

    I’m not excited…

    Well, yes I am, insanely excited with butterflies in the stomach and everything , just now I’m preparing myself to search for shops willing to break the embargo so I can play tonight. I’m making detailed plans for my DK and really considering to make it my main and wait a little before going Northrend. I have played with my warlock since day 1, but DK fits perfectly with my favorite archetype and it really attracts me to the point of willing to wait 10 levels to see the expansion. We will see.

    And boo to UK only :(

  14. Alaric says:

    What is the UK-only nonsense? Did Big Brother tell you to exclude the evil furriners? Huh? Huh? =)

  15. Jim Rossignol says:

    We’ve got quite a big UK audience and UK companies give us stuff to give away to you guys. I wish US and Euro folk would do the same!

  16. Leelad says:

    11pm GMT tonight ladies and gents.

    I’m on the verge of explodingness

  17. Fat says:

    I actually have a copy of the guide that i mistakenly bought in error, thinking i’d preordered the game, d’oh. Do not pre-order when falling asleep and/or drunk. I know i was either or both.

  18. Devildog says:

    AHHHH! I’ve been thinking of what I’d submit for TOO long to just now see “Sorry colonials and continental-brethren.” UK BASTIDS! AHHH!

  19. Erlam says:

    One thing that rather annoys me after playing Warhammer, was the realisation that playing WoW actually NEEDS thottbot. I got to like level 30 in Warhammer before I needed help with a quest.

    But yeah, I’ll probably do the usual with WoW – play the expansion for a few months, quit, come back for the next one.

    In my opinion, paying 15 bucks a month should mean actual new content, not a new 25 man raid I’ll never see. Thus, I only play when there is new content.

  20. Iain says:

    The copy of WotLK I preordered from Play is having a Royal Mail race with the review copy that’s (allegedly) due to come special delivery tomorrow. Whichever one arrives first gets installed, the other one goes to my buddy Chris. Suffice to say I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Doubly so now that I have two level 70s to take to Northrend. And no doubt I will get stuck in with a Death Knight as well. LIKE I NEED ANOTHER ALT…

  21. Carra says:

    Can the “UK only” tag be the first thing we see, preferably in huge pink letters? I hate getting excited just to see I can’t participate. Was already thinking of sentences, meh.

    And time to play a few months of Warcraft again. Shoo other games, no more time for you.

  22. Ian says:

    @ Gladman: That’s how it works!

    They feed it mice.

  23. Erlam says:

    Holy crap, has anyone here checked the price of the expansion? Well obviously some of you have, you pre-ordered them, but 45.99 Canadian? Jesus Christ, a new game costs me 50!

  24. Tei says:

    For some reason WoW is not for me. I really tried to like it, but his feel was like a empty or uncomplete game. I have no sympaty for Blizzard, almost all of his games (But Diablo2) feel like too simple and naked to me :-(

  25. Carra says:

    Price seems ok, 25 euros where Left 4 dead cost me 32.50 euros & fallout 3 35 euros. Although if I add 15 euros to play a month, mmm…

    But I’ve got a feeling that I’m gonna spend more time with the expansion then all other games I’ve played so far this year combined so it’s worth the cost to me.

  26. Erlam says:

    Well, if I take say, Deus Ex (sorry, I have to use it), Quake 1, Close Combat, etc, I spent far more time there.

    Also, not to mention that I’m paying 46 dollars for NEW content, not the old stuff, PLUS the monthly fee.

    So really, it feels like a gyp. In fact, aren’t those 15 dollars supposed to go to adding new content?

  27. Aimless says:

    To be honest, my entry has made all others irrelevant. Primarily because it will have instilled such hatred of the written word in the RPS team that they will never read nor write again.

    The pen is more corrupting than the Rune Blade, as the saying would most likely go.

  28. Ian says:

    @ Aimless: Oh god, you haven’t sent them a DRM-related pickup line have you?

  29. Dizet Sma says:

    Scott Hamshere, from Bromley, should have been the first person in the UK with a copy of the game. He had started queuing at 6am and was the first in line. However, as the barriers were lifted, it was all too much, and he collapsed from exhaustion.”

    Blimmin’ heck – it’s hardly hard work is it, queuing? Young people today, I ask yer…

  30. Ian says:

    You know what’s better than queueing for tens of hours until 00.01 this morning?

    Pre-ordering and getting it through the door yesterday morning.