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Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 9:37AM (Unverified) said

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I know your a US based site, but is there any chance of doing this for Europe as well?

There seems to be a lot of unanwsered questions about the CE pre-order just now. GAME are taking pre-orders, Amazon don't even have the regular edition listed, neither does Zavvi, the official UK retailer.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 10:00AM (Unverified) said

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I got mine from amazon didn't even know about the codes till i read this article! thanks a bunch!

one question though they gave me three codes do i need to add all three? or can i give the other two codes to my family members? thanks again

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 10:02AM (Unverified) said

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One of those codes is your head start code, one is your in-game goodies code, and the last one is your open beta code. Go add your open beta code to your beta center account on the Warhammer Online website, and hold on to the other two for later.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 10:04AM (Unverified) said

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Ahhh thank you sorry coffee still kicking in my brain ;-)

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 12:09PM Pagan said

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Has anyone successfully gotten a Rave card from Gamestop (brick and mortar)?

ANYONE?

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 12:20PM (Unverified) said

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Excellent use of the Ghostbusters line :)

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 5:43PM (Unverified) said

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I'm wondering how the headstart program works if we're ordering the game online (which really is my only option, since I'll be heading to grad school in the fall and don't have the choice of pre-ordering in a store near me). Clearly if we get into the beta we'll have some form of the game available pre-release, but do we think that would be sufficient for use during the headstart? I seem to recall having some issues with that in the last headstart-type promotion I was part of (LOTRO? Vanguard? I'm drawing a blank).

Basically, I'm loath to shell out $80 in part to get the privilege of an early start in what for me is one of the most anticipated games ever only to end up starting days late because I chose Amazon but didn't want to shell out the $18 or whatever in shipping to have it overnighted.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 2:05PM GreenArmadillo said

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A minor bit of perspective - "Only 60K CE's in North America" sounds like a small number, but remember that 600K customers would make Warhammer the number two North American MMO. That number would allow 1 in 10 customers to obtain a CE, and I'm not entirely convinced that 10% of potential Warhammer players are really going to want to plunk down an extra $30 for early access and some in-game trinkets.


A few words on Best Buy in-store pre-orders (based on past experience, no guarantees that it will work this way this time):

Pay very close attention to see whether they're actually distinguishing between pre-orders for the regular edition and the CE. With past MMO launches, your $10 pre-order gets you whatever is in the pre-order box, and $10 off whichever edition of the game is still in stock when you arrive to claim it (hold on to your receipt, it is your only proof that you paid). Note that this also allows you to get into the beta for the $10 deposit and forfeit it if you hate the game instead of having to put down the full purchase price in advance. (As far as I'm concerned, Best Buy earned the $10 I paid for my Hellgate London preorder as a commission for saving me from wasting $50 on the full game.)

In the past Best Buy has NOT taken any steps to reserve copies of the CE for pre-order customers (making it a good place to camp on launch day if you couldn't pre-order elsewhere). They may have to do so this time around if the pre-order codes are only good for the CE and not the regular edition, OR it may be possible to get a pre-order code AND not have to pay the extra $30 for the CE. Make sure you find out whether the deposit guarantees you a reserved copy of the CE, and, if it doesn't, whether they will give you a refund, apply your deposit to the non-CE, etc, etc.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 9:08PM (Unverified) said

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Like hammer, I would really apreciate a writeup like this for the eu retailers.
I realise the situation could be entirely different over here but i havn't heard anything about beta keys or rave cards since i ordered mine on play.com

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 5:07PM (Unverified) said

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I got mine on Amazon without ANY problems, and got all my codes after about an hour. Woot!

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 10:54PM whiskeymancer said

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Thanks for the heads up...I preordered my CE from Gamestop on monday and was not told about the rave card, so all I walked out of there with was a receipt. I went back today and was told that they had not gotten any of the cards yet and that they would call me when they arrived...we shall see

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 7:31PM (Unverified) said

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I originally tried to pre-order from Walmart online. They showed as having the Collectors edition "with Rave card". After preordering I got no confirmation nor codes. I emailed their support and got a large "WTF" back. I told them to cancel it, they said they put in a request and I'll receive a confirmation email when it goes through. It's been a week or so since then and still no confirmation email. (Actually, after logging on I notice that it shows it was canceled now).

Never use Walmart. I made a mistake and wont again.

Not finding the spot where your codes are on amazon is a lame excuse. At least you can GET them from Amazon. Which I pre-ordered my CE from and had the codes in seconds.

Best buy had no idea about the Pre-order boxes here in Oklahoma either.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 9:08PM (Unverified) said

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greene498 i'm fairly sure they will be using digital distribution for the beta.

Posted: Apr 2nd 2008 9:38PM (Unverified) said

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+1 Amazon.com. One warning, though: If you order more than one copy, the codes from the second copy may overwrite the codes from the first copy. Don't panic! All it takes is a quick e-mail customer service and they will be happy to fix the issue.

I ran into this exact problem. The Amazon.com customer service rep was actually familiar with the promotional offer before contacting me, and they even copied the codes into their response e-mail on the off chance that something went wrong with the website again.

Compare this to the experience I had trying to pre-order at EB, (I need two copies, and I was trying to get different rings on them) where I was given a runaround full of lies by their clueless store rep and finally stormed out in anger after he tried to hit on me instead of answering my questions. I later found out that the local EB and GameStop stores were giving out the cards with a pre-order of ANY edition of the game, and had therefore run out too soon, but were telling people EA hadn't sent them enough as a way of covering their own asses.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2008 1:23AM (Unverified) said

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Just found this on the EU warhammer site guys.
"Q : Where will I find the codes if I pre-order online?
A: The codes are printed on a leaflet which is included in the pre-order pack. If you have ordered it online, this will normally be delivered to you by post.
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Source: http://www.war-europe.com/#/news/?lang=en&id_news=en47
Panic over!

Posted: Apr 4th 2008 10:25PM (Unverified) said

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EAstore has sent them and they work, so gtfo with your "OMG EASTORE IS TERRIBLE" propaganda

Posted: Jun 14th 2008 8:59AM (Unverified) said

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Just one quick Note or update Gamestop is now isueing codes via email i recived mine fine they must have fixed the problem.

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