According to WoW Insider, Wrath of the Lich King, the highly anticipated expansion for World of Warcraft, has reached it's Alpha stage of development. For those of you who don't understand what these stages in the development of a game mean, Alpha is the first stage where testing starts. Once a game is playable, but raw, this is considered the Alpha stage. Playtesting starts, the major bugs are found and fixed, and the first layer of polish gets added to the game.
The good news is that the stage after Alpha is Beta, and with an MMO Beta means playtesting outside of the office. That means people like you get to play the Beta. That means Beta codes will soon be worth thousands of dollars.
WoW Insider: Breaking: Wrath of the Lich King is in Alpha