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A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« on: August 08, 2011, 07:57:35 pm »
I just noticed that Blizzard recently replaced the Starcraft II Trial with a Starter Edition. Basically it lets you play Starcraft II for free, after you downloaded the huge game client.

Basically it's a limited version of Starcraft II where there are the following restrictions (Quoted from their site): "Starter Edition players can only play up to the fourth campaign mission, and most Challenge Missions are unavailable. Starter Edition players are also unable to use versus and co-op matchmaking, most custom maps, chat channels, and the party system. Publishing custom maps to Battle.net is also restricted, and offline play is unavailable to Starter Edition players. For single-player and custom games, Starter Edition players may only choose the Terran race."

However, the cool thing is that you can still play multiplayer against random people and most importantly, there's no trial time period, so it won't expire.

Despite the limitations and not being able to use parties/friend lists, I thought I would share this here in case some people ever thought about trying Starcraft II but did not want to buy it yet.

Here's the link: https://us.battle.net/account/sc2/starter-edition/

Available maps
Xel’Naga Caverns - max 2 player
Shattered Temple - max 4 player
Discord IV - max 4 player
High Orbit - max 4 player
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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011, 07:58:11 pm »
O.O cool
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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011, 08:03:03 pm »
Oh nice :D

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2011, 08:13:19 pm »
Now to wonder why the game client is still 6.99 GB large... (at least it's better than 12, tho)

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2011, 08:16:22 pm »
Hmm, interesting. I would download and play it, but I've got too many new games to fill up my time with right now :P
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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2011, 08:17:30 pm »
Hmm.. thanks for the info. Maybe I'll give it a try. =)

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2011, 08:30:41 pm »
Interesting. I'll have to give this a try.

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2011, 10:30:12 pm »
This is awesome!  I've got to say it's quite generous

I wonder if they'll do something like this for Heart of the Swarm...there's no need to, but I wonder if they plan on it


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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2011, 11:03:39 pm »
yeah it would be nice.

By the way it seems we can still add friends, just not create parties.

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2011, 12:11:08 am »
Btw, I saw this thread and thought it was spam at first :)  I'm glad to find out it wasn't

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2011, 12:14:33 am »
I thought it was going to be a rickroll as well :P

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2011, 03:12:22 am »
I thought it was going to be a rickroll as well :P
Me too. ;)
Might check this out, but I'm a bit discouraged by the size of the download (my connection isn't very fast :()...
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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2011, 02:30:19 pm »
I left the computer running overnight to finish the download. Totally worth it I think. XD

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2011, 12:20:37 pm »
@DJ_O:  What's your BNet name so we can find you and play?  Or is that not even allowed in the Starter Edition?

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Re: A FREE version of Starcraft II!
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2011, 12:25:35 pm »
I don't remember if it is. I know we cannot create parties but we can possibly still do the old Brood War trick of chatting on IRC telling each others which game to join then quickly trying to join the same game lobby. That could be challenging, though.

I'll PM you my gamertag/code.