So, Joi sent me a copy of World of Warcraft for the US servers last month. I’ve been playing on the EU servers for some time now, but when I tried to install the US version it wouldn’t have it. I considered renaming the folder and putting in a new copy altogether but at over 5gb each I thought I’d look to see if there was a more elegant ‘hack’ first…
Here’s what you do:
1) You have to sign up for your new account (in the EU or US)
2) Open your World of Warcraft folder and look for ‘realmlist.wtf’ (without the apostrophes) – open it up in a text editor
3) You’ll see this -> set realmlist eu.logon.worldofwarcraft.com (or us.logon.world…. if your copy is a US version)
4) Change the ‘eu’ or ‘us’ to the one you want to login to the next time you run the game
5) If you’re on different game servers on the EU and US version (like me – stormrage in EU and Eitrigg in US) you’ll be initially presented with the new character roll screen. Just choose the same server settings that you did originally (so, out of ‘normal’, ‘pvp, etc etc and the same language) and hit ‘Suggest Realm’ – the resulting pop-up screen will suggest your originally chosen realm – click ok and then you’ll have your existing character list load up.
6) Select you char and ‘Enter World’!
When you want to switch back just do the same steps but change back the ‘eu’ or ‘us’ and you’re sorted.
I can’t see how this is against Blizzard’s terms of service but I’m sure they’ll invent a way soon – they tend to be a little bit like that – but if you have a paid-for account on both geographical areas then surely it’s cool? Ah well, we’ll see.
See you in Azeroth!