The third expansion pack to the World of Warcraft franchise, Cataclysm, will be coming out this year. Everything that players have known and loved for the last 5 years is on the table for a re-write, from how characters work to the virtual places and hangouts where players have spent their time for half a decade. It's Blizzard Entertainment's way of rebooting the franchise, changing up how it will work, and theoretically giving them room to continue growing the franchise.
From a story perspective, the virtual world of Azeroth is going to be struck by a massive disaster that will shatter it, completely changing things and causing a lot of mayhem. Here's what's different about this disaster: we all know it's coming some time this year.
Some people are preparing by gathering up materials in game to sell later, anticipating shortages. Other people are touring the world of Azeroth as it is now, taking pictures and recording their favorite spots, many of which will no longer be available or will be changed beyond recognition. Some are running through dungeons and other parts of the game they've missed or never gotten to in five years of playing. Some are trying to maximize their characters' gear and abilities so that they're ready to experience all the new parts of the game the moment it hits the shelves.
So here's the food for thought part: if you knew with 100% certainty that a major disaster was going to befall this world, the real life world, in the next 5 months (but probably before November), and that you'd survive and have access to the basics like food and water, what would you do now to prepare? If you knew that everything from favorite restaurants to the mountains and seas themselves would be different somehow, what would you do differently today to get ready?
Unlike World of Warcraft, we don't get the luxury of a grand creator notifying us in advance of a major disaster (or allowing us to beta test life in it).
Now that you've got an idea of where you'd go and what you'd do, how much of that is stuff you could do today?
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