The World of Warcraft subscription fee varies based on how far you “advance” in the game and how much time you purchase at once. The reason for this pricing structure is to entice people into the game without charging a lot of cash up front, but also to keep them playing longer. The game is pretty enticing to continue playing to the maximum level of 85, so most people who start the game and play the free starter edition end up buying the game, so that they can experience the world of World of Warcraft fully without restrictions, all the way to which ever expansion they want to stop at, and trust me, you still want more after Cataclysm. It’s a never ending fantasy world and the fun and excitement never ceases.
Playing WoW does not necessarily have to come with a World of Warcraft subscription fee. World of Warcraft is free to a certain point. Think of the pricing structure as a game-trial. If the subscriber enjoys the game, he or she can continue paying to play after reaching a certain level. You get to play a “starter edition” which allows you to play up to level 20 for free. If your connection is fast enough, you can do this without installing the full game by using Blizzard’s streaming client. If your connection is slow, or you’d like to get rid of the pauses and lags that occur while background is loading with the streaming client the full World of Warcraft client is also free of charge.
Other restrictions include not being able to get more than 10 gold, a “100” skill point limit, and significant social limitations like not being able to join a guild, create a party, or trade items with other players. You can’t even whisper to another player unless you are whispered to first. You can have multiple characters and play as long as you want, but once you hit level 20 on a character it will stop gaining any experience. You can’t really progress into the next area(s) until you can level up higher. If you decide to upgrade the account, you can do so by signing up on Battlenet to upgrade to the full version which you can buy in a downloadable version, or by purchasing the boxed version from any retailer carrying it and downloading it at home, then setting up your World of Warcraft subscription fee based on what you desire that to be.
Secondly, you should know that when you upgrade to the full version, the first 30 days are also free and your account remains exactly the same. However, now that you have decided to actually pay for the game and have that World of Warcraft subscription fee, there are two methods: pay directly from a credit card, or purchase a game time card. If you purchase using credit card, there are rates that vary by how much time you intend to play: Month to month will cost you $14.99 per month; you can purchase a 3 month block that will cost you $41.97 ($13.99/month, saving you $1.00 per month); and 6 month block that will set you back $77.94 (which will give you a savings of $2.00 per month because the cost is $12.99/month)
Sales tax does apply for a World of Warcraft subscription fee if you are a resident of certain states. These include Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington. I was pretty shocked to see my state of Illinois on that list.
If you’d rather not pay the World of Warcraft subscription fee in a way that allows Blizzard to bill you automatically once your time expires, you can purchase a 60 day game card from retailers like Wal-Mart and GameStop or online from Amazon and eBay. Standard retail price on the card is $29.99 although this can vary, unusually so, but I have seen it. That is why I never went the game card route because of those variances. In fact I prefer to be billed every 6 months for the best savings. I began with vanilla wow, but TBC was released shortly after I started to play. I knew I was hooked – I knew I wanted to get to 70 on all five of my characters then, 60 was just not enough. World of Warcraft subscription fee or not, I was hooked.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the world of World of Warcraft is a complex, rich game world. It is because of this fact that many wow addons have been made to enrich the game even more and that these addons may or may not come with a price. You can there are great addons availiable that will cost ya, but you can also obtain wow addons that cost you nothing. So remember, some addons, come with a price tag, and if you are going to utilize them you need to know that this will be an additional cost possibly. Addons can assist you in many ways and there are some that I have found that are really worth it.
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