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WoW: Achievement System, Recruit-a-Friend Program Launched
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

New information about Blizzard Entertainment's popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft is now available. The first, an article from MTV Multiplayer, explores WoW's planned Achievement system, scheduled to go online with the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. The second is Blizzard's announcement of a Recruit-a-Friend program which will give existing players in-game rewards for signing up new players to the game.

WoW Achievements:

Another new feature that comes with the Achievement system is the ability to track numerous gameplay statistics. While players had already been able to track certain PvP stats, Kaplan said they’ve “really blown out the system” and players will be able to see a complete host of stats in different categories (wealth or social, for instance) that are both relevant and irrelevant to gameplay, such as what emotes characters have done, how many rats they’ve killed in the cities, how much damage their character has ever done or which bosses have killed their character the most.

In fact, because such stats have been recorded, a slew of old-world Achievements from the original game and “The Burning Crusade” expansion will be applied retroactively to characters. Kaplan said one of his max-level characters, who he played “pretty actively,” received about 40 Achievements upon start-up for things such as world exploration, professions, dungeons, raids, PvP, reputations with different factions and certain quests. “We retroactively track any quest Achievements or any Achievement for an item which is either on your character or in your bank,” he said. “There are a lot of Achievements based on stuff like honorable kills or reputations. We have all that tracked.”
What is "Recruit-A-Friend"?
Our new friend referral system allows you to recruit some of your friends to join you in World of Warcraft by sending them an invitation email containing a trial activation key. With this key, your friends will be able to set up their own trial accounts.
To start this process log on to the Account Management section and click the Recruit-A-Friend button. This will take you to the actual friend referral page, where you can enter a friend's email address and name one at a time. If you want, you can also enter a message that will be included in the invitation email.

How can I earn the exclusive in-game mount?
For each person you refer who upgrades to a retail version of World of Warcraft and purchases two months of game time, you will be able to give a character on the account you sent the invitation from an exclusive in-game zhevra mount. This unique mount can be claimed through the website, is only available to Recruit-A-Friend participants, and can only be applied to a single character.

What in-game benefits do we get while the accounts we play are linked?
1. Characters on both accounts can summon each other once per hour.
2. While adventuring with your linked friend/family member, you will each gain triple experience.
3. For every two levels the new player earns, the new player can grant one free level-up to a lower-level character played by the veteran player.
Visit the links provided below to read more about recent WoW developments.

MTV Multiplayer: WoW Achievements
WoW Recruit-a-Friend FAQ
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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