Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Now that World of Warcraft's second expansion Wrath of the Lich King has vacuumed up millions in sales since it hit stores in mid-November, they're looking to ensnare all of the recovering addicts and other Johnny Come-Lately's with a free trial for ten days. Curse you, Blizzard.

To be eligible for the trial, you'll need both the full version of World of Warcraft and the first expansion The Burning Crusade. The offer is only extended to current or past subscribers to WoW; you can't just use the trial account you created for Burning Crusade. Additionally, you have to have a character that's at least level 55 (in order to try out the new Death Knight class) or level 68 (in order to travel to the new continent of Northrend). For obvious reasons, you're limited to only one free trial per account.

All gold/items you earn during the trial can be kept but you won't be able to return to Northrend or play your Death Knight character without purchasing Lich King after the free trial. Also, you'll stop earning experience once you're one experience point below level 71; the point of that rule is to prevent people who haven't bought the expansion pack from experiencing all the cool new abilities achieved in levels 71-80. Also, they don't want people coming back to WoW, quickly grinding up to 80 to see the new content and then quitting without paying them any money (not that any of us were considering it...).

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