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Gamer Plays Over 30 Warcraft Characters 189

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If your significant other complains that you play too much World of Warcraft, just show them this article about a user named "Prepared." He plays an amazing 36 World of Warcraft accounts on 11 different computers at the same time. He is his own raid group. "It costs me exactly $5711 in subscription costs per year with 36 accounts on the 6 month pay schedule," he writes. "Not bad considering I'm looking at it like it's a hobby and there are more expensive hobbies out there than World of Warcraft."

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Gamer Plays Over 30 Warcraft Characters

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  • WOW (Score:5, Funny)

    by DrugCheese (266151) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @03:45PM (#25404209)

    He's the biggest nerd in the world

    ... of warcraft

    • Re:WOW (Score:5, Funny)

      by Hoi Polloi (522990) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @04:33PM (#25404939) Journal

      How can you kill, that which has no life?

    • by aliquis (678370)

      Actually the title should read 30 WOW characters, not Warcraft characters.

      Warcraft don't mean WOW.

      • by aliquis (678370)

        Even worse, if he has 36 ACCOUNTS he can have multiple CHARACTERS on each account, so it may be many more than 30.

    • Noob (Score:4, Funny)

      by MarkGriz (520778) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @05:03PM (#25405373)
      Doesn't he realize he can virtualize his 36 accounts and 11 computers into a single WoWoW account [theonion.com].
    • "How do you kill that which has no life?"

      -b

  • by fireman sam (662213) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @03:50PM (#25404259) Homepage Journal

    that he managed to get all that hardware into his parent's basement.

  • Why stop at 36? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by rotide (1015173)
    It always amazes me how much time/effort/money people will put into their hobbies. However, I'm curious why he stopped at 36. A WoW raid can be up to 40 and in the still current expansion, it's 25 (generally). If you're going to run 36 and pay _thousands_ of dollars for it, why not tack on 4 more and have a full raid? Technical limitation? Ran out of funds?

    Then again, maybe he actually wanted 4 slots open to "show off"? If I was crazy enough to do something like this, I know I wouldn't want to keep
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by fyleow (1098657)
      There aren't any 40 man instances in Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King so really he should have stopped at 25.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        but you forgot about the outdoor raid content like Doom Lord Kazzak that can be encountered by the max of 40 people raids.

        But this is of course a bit old, there have been people Multiboxing (http://www.wowwiki.com/Multiboxing) for some time now in WoW.

      • Re:Why stop at 36? (Score:4, Informative)

        by negRo_slim (636783) <mils_oRgen@hotmail.com> on Thursday October 16, 2008 @04:49PM (#25405179)

        Raids are parties of 6-40 people divided into 2-8 groups of up to 5 players. The terms raid and raiding primarily and traditionally refer to PVE raid-specific instances and zones. If you're the party leader, you can convert your group into a raid group by accessing your "Social" Panel, selecting 'Raid' and choosing "Convert Group to Raid." From then on, anyone you invite will join your raid group (up to a maximum of 40).

        Source, WoWWiki. [wowwiki.com]

        40-person: * Molten Core * Onyxia's Lair * Blackwing Lair * Temple of Ahn'Qiraj * Naxxramas

      • by Endo13 (1000782)

        He's doing it to raid Stormwind and Ironforge.

    • Re:Why stop at 36? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by EastCoastSurfer (310758) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @04:24PM (#25404795)

      It always amazes me how much time/effort/money people will put into their hobbies.

      5k/year for a hobby actually isn't too bad when it comes to hobbies. The time he puts in is probably above and beyond most other hobbies though.

      It's funny because I was just talking to a friend about a 'hobby' I and some friends do and he was floored at the cost. Got me thinking it might be time to find a new, cheaper hobby lol...

      • by TheLostSamurai (1051736) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @05:40PM (#25405815)

        It's funny because I was just talking to a friend about a 'hobby' I and some friends do and he was floored at the cost. Got me thinking it might be time to find a new, cheaper hobby lol...

        By 'hobby' I assume you mean hookers. Hookers are a hobby now? Fuck stamp collecting, I'm doing that!

        • Re:Why stop at 36? (Score:4, Informative)

          by PCM2 (4486) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @08:26PM (#25407303) Homepage

          By 'hobby' I assume you mean hookers. Hookers are a hobby now? Fuck stamp collecting, I'm doing that!

          You're being funny ... but you're right. The people who frequent escorts do call it that. [msn.com]

          • Dude, I was just kidding, but now that I've seen that, and the sites that article was talking about... damn. I don't know if you should be modded (+6, Informative) or (-11, sending me to the poor house).

            BTW, I can't say I'm surprised that some slasdotter has already modded you informative.
        • Haha...no. I sometimes fish Kingfish tournaments with some friends of mine. Luckily one of them owns his own company and can foot most of the bill because there is no way I can handle the cost alone. Quick back of the napkin:

          $200k 32ft center console boat (includes motors and electronics)
          ~$1k/fishing rod and we use 6 of them
          $100s in bait and other tackle

          We fished last weekend and used 300 gallons in gas ($900) and 2 dozen blue runners (live bait fish) that are about $15-$25 each. You can do it cheaper w

        • by T.E.D. (34228)

          Fuck stamp collecting, I'm doing that!

          I'm not an expert on stamp collecting, but I think you may have been doing it wrong.

      • by BigGar' (411008)

        Once all this is set up, he probably doesn't play all that much more, if at all than than a lot of people that single box.

      • by Chris Burke (6130)

        5k/year for a hobby actually isn't too bad when it comes to hobbies.

        Yeah compared to all possible hobbies. But it's quite a lot for a hobby that for someone only as nuts as the average MMO player costs under $200 a year. :P

    • Then again, maybe he actually wanted 4 slots open to "show off"?

      More likely he'd sell off his raid spots to people with a lot of gold seeking shortcuts to certain things. Mounts, weapons, tokens, what have you. And aside from that the hardest part of raiding is communicating and having everyone listen... Well he nixed that little problem and can probably do a lot of content with fewer than average characters. imho

    • He probably ran into that 24 hrs per day cap.

      It isn't the money that gets me, it is the time. WoW isn't THAT interesting. Just playing 1 char is enough of a time suck for me.

    • Actually, as far as I can tell, he has too many for a raid. All the 40 man raids I remember offhand are level 60 raids from before the expansion.

      However, you have to also keep in mind that:

      1. The loot you get in MC or AQ40 is less than what you get for random FedEx quests in the Hellfire Peninsula at level 58 after the expansion pack. So there's no need whatsoever to actually make them at level 60 with a 40 man group.

      2. If you're going to do them just for nostalgia or curiosity sake, you can just leave it f

  • I hope he does not have comcast cable or the download cap may hit hard 11 systems = a lot of bandwidth.

  • that's ok (Score:2, Funny)

    by larry bagina (561269)

    ACORN paid him $1 apiece to register his characters to vote.

  • Note his NT4 MCSE books underneath the console. Is this Billy Gates' gaming rig?
  • Part of me wants to say "Wow, what an impressive accomplishment!" Another part of me wants to get him some serious psychiatric help.
  • by chord.wav (599850) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @04:27PM (#25404839) Journal

    /. links to Yahoo as source.
    Yahoo links to Joystiq
    Joystiq links to gamepolitics.com
    gamepolitics.com links to gizmodo
    gizmodo links to crunchgear.com
    crunchgear.com links to ripten.com
    ripten.com links to the actual forum post: http://www.dual-boxing.com/forums/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=14611&pageNo=1 [dual-boxing.com]

    • And Slashdot, being Slashdot, will be linked as the source a thousand times more.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      And here, I believe, is a link to his guild [wowarmory.com].
    • "Working as intended."

    • What's really impressive is his computer setup. That's nucking futz. The trackball mice are brilliant - when you've got that many mice / keyboards you clearly don't have room to actually move your mouse... so the trackball is a great idea. Wonder how much he spent on HARDWARE just to fund this craziness.
  • by unity100 (970058) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @04:39PM (#25405043) Homepage Journal
    these guys were relying on elemental shaman's wrath of air totem, which gave 3% crit chance. crit chance gives the chance to do double damage. prior to patch 3.0.2, all totems' buffs for a group stacked. 5 wrath of air totem was dropped, it would increase the crit chance by an additional 15%, for all group members for example. therefore all the shamans he plays in that group had very high crit rates, and when they all shot at something they all did massive double damage.

    patch 3.0.2 made it so that buffs do not stack. so if 30 shamans drop wrath of air totems each, the group wide bonus will be only 3%. this will reduce their power approx to half in terms of firepower.

    he is called a multiboxer, and this activity was called multiboxing. now they wont be able to do it like before anymore.
  • by us7892 (655683) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @05:02PM (#25405353) Homepage
    I wonder if that air conditioner unit high on the side wall is enough to cool that room?
  • A co-worker is trying to convince me to play WOW. I keep telling him "No." He's like oh, it looks awesome! It's fun! "I'm sure you're right. That's exactly why I'm not trying it." Damn, it's like working alongside the pusher man, goddamn the pusher man.

    I'm not thinking he's wrong about the game, I'm sure he's right. And I need a gaming jones just like I need to get hooked on crack.

    • I thought this over way back. I retired from video games after MK3, just before the height of the advent of MMOs. The effort/reward ratios were changing.

      • I thought this over way back. I retired from video games after MK3, just before the height of the advent of MMOs. The effort/reward ratios were changing.

        single player is still fun, I'm enjoying the hell out of GTA4. I've tried multiplayer there and, while fun, I obviously still suck at it. That's the kind of multiplayer I'll do, the kind I can sit down for a few months and pick up and nothing's different. MMO's are too much like work.

  • by Atrox666 (957601)

    `nuff said.

  • But you know Blizzard is going to have to take some action against multi-boxing now. Five-boxers were bad enough, with 32 you can dominate any BG. With 15 shaman in a typical battleground, he can literally kill 2-4 players instantly.

    • by taustin (171655)

      I predict that the only thing Blizzard will do is continue to bill his credit card for $5,700 every six months.

      • by Endo13 (1000782)

        If he never uses them in PvP, you may be right. But looking at the increasing number of players doing 5-box teams, I predict the complaints are going to start coming in soon and the ban stick will hit. Considering that this is clearly an exploit and requires the use of third party software, it's almost surprising it hasn't happened yet.

    • How so? I think this guy is delusional. I multi-box and to be honest targeting can be a real chore when someone pops up from behind or in the middle of your group - and I only do it with 3.

      • by Endo13 (1000782)

        His entire goal is to ultimately raid Stormwind and Ironforge by himself, so obviously he's got some kind of system to do PvP. As for instantly killing several players at once, he's using all shaman. Fire off earthshock x 7 = dead player. With 15 shaman, he can do that twice at the same time, and depending on the player/class he may not need that many, allowing him to kill 3 or even 4 virtually instantaneously. And obviously he's planning on something like that or he would not be planning city raids. Whethe

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