Most of the time I've kept topics on this journal based around World of Warcraft. At times I've delved into other areas including Diablo 3, Marvel Heroes and other games. Mostly trying to share little nuggets of what each of these games has taught me.
Blizzard has just dropped the closed beta to their new online card game Hearthstone. It looks interesting and can be fun. But anyone who has been a veteran of closed betas knows that you have to be careful about scams.
There are some very interesting offers for beta keys going around with different journals. Wow insider and MMO-Champion have already started offering beta keys as different prizes. It brings new readers into a journal. But one thing that always burns me is when people offer to sell their keys. And Blizzard has the same attitude.
Blizzard has always had a 'we catch you, we nuke you' policy when it comes to selling anything that isn't approved by them. Selling Characters, items, beta keys, etc. Anything that they don't approve of you selling they will nuke you from high orbit just to make sure. That includes both the seller and the buyer. On the surface it isn't that big of a deal. Great, I got banned from a little card game. But sooner or later Blizzard is going to take a major whack at these sales and ban entire battle-net accounts. That means you lose access to not just Hearthstone but also to World of Warcraft, Diablo and even future games. You start all over with a brand new email account, brand new keys etc. Not really worth it to get to play a game earlier than everyone else.
So be smart about when you see these 'sales'. Decide if it's worth the risk of everything you've built up to now just to get an early start on a game. If you feel it is, more power to you. I will continue to hope that the beta key fairies show me some love. And that they are redheaded fairies.
Good Luck and Good Hunting
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