World of Warcraft's Scroll of Resurrection has been revamped. The original scroll was basically Blizzard's referral program, a way of offering perks to people who quit World of Warcraft in the past in order to get them to re-subscribe. If the recipient accepted the scroll, then they got ten days of free playtime, and the person who sent the scroll got rewarded with a free month of game time.
The new-and-improved scroll provides players with a bunch of freebies, like new mounts, and it also allows the returning player to instantly level up to level 80. Not only that, but the scroll also supplies returning players with a free upgrade to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, seven days of free game time, and free realm and faction transfers so that they can play with friends no matter what server or faction they're on.
Sending Scrolls to your friends is free, and if they choose to accept your Scroll and pay for 30 days of play time, you'll get a special faction mount as a reward. To send a Scroll of Resurrection while in World of Warcraft, open your Real ID friends list or guild roster, and any characters or account that are eligible to receive a scroll with have a button next to their name. If you click it, you'll generate an e-mail invitation to your friend, with the option of adding a personal message. You can also send a scroll via your Battle.net Account Management page.
Some people are saying that this moves reeks of desperation on Blizzard's part, but I have to disagree and say that it's a pretty genius business plan. If people have fond memories of their time in Azeroth but never had the time to grind out levels, then with this new scroll you can dodge that and get right back in to the fun.
On the other hand, with this new perk a lot of newbies will be running around on high level characters and won't have any idea how to play. That's a risk Blizzard was willing to take though, I guess. If you want to learn more about the revamped Scroll of Resurrection, head over to the official World of Warcraft website.
If someone offered you a Scroll of Resurrection, would you take it? For more info on what's coming next to World of Warcraft, check out our World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria overview.