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Jame's picture

As you all know, the next World of Warcraft expansion pack: Cataclysm, is going to be released by the end of the year 2010.

And wow-pro intends to publish Cataclysm Leveling guides before the release date, so that all of you crazy speed levelers can get to level 85 in the blink of an eye while also exploring each zone fully and getting the zone quest achievements.

We almost managed that in Wrath of the Lich King, but not as much as I would have liked to, I couldn't finish all the zones before the expansion went live. The problem is that I worked entirely by myself on the WotLK leveling guides, which was a bad idea.

But now that the wow-pro community has developped so much and got so many great guide writers in its ranks, I think it's time to take this to the next level...

More Cataclysm Leveling Guide information after the break

Therefore, I will be gathering a team of motivated guide writers and guide testers which will help me write the Cataclysm Leveling Guides during the beta. Everything will be coordinated by me and the wow-pro moderators. And we will need help.

Here is what we will need:

  • Cataclysm Beta Keys - We'll need several of them and as soon as possible. The sooner we can access the Cataclysm beta, the sooner we can start working on the Cataclysm leveling guides. So if you're a fan of wow-pro and want to help with the release of the guides, finding extra beta keys for the wow-pro guide writing team will be HUGE. We're counting on you.
  • Guide writers - Under my guidance, a few other wow-pro members will work on specific zones and write the leveling guides, which I will then test and adapt to my standards (if necessary).
  • Addon writers - Each part of the guide we'll have ready will need to be converted into our addon format.
  • Guide testers - We'll need people to try the guide, find bugs or things which need clarification, and report them to us. Both for the paper version and the addon version.

If we get enough help in every of the above fields, we'll be able to release a full Cataclysm guide, covering all the zones, both in written and addon format, and already bug free and thoroughly tested, before the release of the expansion!

Sounds amazing, doesn't it?

Want to be part of this projet? Think you can fit in one of the above categories and will have some time to spare during the Cataclysm beta (which should be somewhere in the middle of this year)?

Sign up here. Reply with a comment and say which category you'd like to help us with (Guide Tester, Guide Writer, etc.)

NOTE: We'll try to get as many beta keys as we can, but make sure you go to your's account management page and opt in to their beta program. That way you have a chance of getting a beta key on your own!



Hello Jame's i really want to help whit guide writing pm me Smiling

mtibbs's picture

Beta Testing

I would love to help in any way possible!! I have signed up for the beta key, so that I could hopefully help with the Guide Testing. I have not written any guides, however I would be willing to help proofread if needed. These Guides are the greatest, I have leveled a number of Horde Chars and a few Ally ones, so I would love to give back in any way needed!!

I would gladly provide any

I would gladly provide any kind of testing or writing services. I don't know much about addon design or anything but I am rather good at writing concisely and quickly so could help out in that capacity if beta keys are short on hand which I'm sure they will be.

WOw Guide testers

Heya Nice to see people working hard!
Can i be 1 of the Testers of the LVLIng guide Smiling
// Christiaan

Jiyambi's picture

Press Beta Invites Starting! just posted an article stating that beta invites for members of the press have been sent out! I'm not certain if this means real-world press (newspapers) or online WoW bloggers, etc. What we DO know is that this means the Beta is likely coming sooner than we thought, and that they may be skipping the normal friends/family Alpha altogether.

We can only hope that this means Jame will also soon be receiving and invite.

For details:

DreamReaper's picture

RE: Press Beta Invites Starting!

The normal friends/family Alpha has already been reslesed, at least, that's what I heard.


Jiyambi's picture

Yeah, that was the

Yeah, that was the conjecture in the comments on Either it didn't happen or it happened and just wasn't leaked like last time Eye

solitha's picture


Not technically beta invites... the press got emails inviting them to register for beta invites. I think it was Neth on the official forums that said that there was no date yet for press invites to go out.

From something GC said, it sounds like they're in F&F stage now.

Malorajan's picture

Oh man I wish I had a way of

Oh man I wish I had a way of receiving one Jawdropping!

Jiyambi's picture

Hopefully the normal beta

Hopefully the normal beta invites will start soon Smiling

Drudoo's picture

I would like to help with

I would like to help with addon + guide test Smiling

I am more than happy to test

I am more than happy to test out both the guide and the addon on a bunch of characters. I also think I could do a good job of writing a guide.

Sign Me Up

I'll write guides and test addons and ive opt in to try to get my own beta key

P.S. me and Sarok friends felt like embarrassing him =D

Sarok's picture


|Please Disregard his "P.S." Puzzled

sweet, put me down for an

sweet, put me down for an addon/guide tester. This'll be great fun

zachwithnok's picture


I will have upcoming free time the Beta Testing phase and would love to contribute in anyway possible. I intend on leveling and re-leveling characters through the same content throughout the Beta in order to adjust to new class mechanics and learn as much about the next expansion as possible. For example I will likely be leveling several different hunters alone whenever a major change is introduced to the class. For this reason I will constantly be interacting with newly implemented changes and will have characters at all levels across the board to test with.

I am willing and would rather enjoy helping with the testing of both the written guides and their add-on counterparts. Since I also intend on recording all of my experiences throughout the beta I would also like to volunteer my services as a guide writer as well, or to at the very least offer my experiences to those already working on them.

tommyhales's picture

i wont mind testing the

i wont mind testing the guide, written or addon i think it might be fun to do

zachwithnok's picture

More than happy to

With the upcoming delay in courses and my new job situation, I would be more than happy to volunteer with the Guide Writing, Testing & Add-On Testing as needed.

Add on tester here

Will be more than happy to sing on as an add on tester. Busy testing the horde levelling guide for a lowbie now.

Brune's picture

Happy to test and also

Happy to test and also possibly write, although my only previous foray into anything approaching levelling was my sons of hodir guide...

DreamReaper's picture

Addon/Guide Tester

Hi Jame,

I've been using your guides for a while but have not created an account until now, i'd be happy to be a guide tester and/or an addon tester, which ever suits you best.


hey jame! put me on the

hey jame!

put me on the list for: guide testers/addon writers!
perhaps i could provide one ore more additional beta keys but dont rely on it...

so long

Jame's picture

Wow, this is even better a

Wow, this is even better a response than what I expected.

We gonna have a huge team on this project. It's gonna be Legend... wait for it...DARY!

scoot2112's picture

Put me down for Guide

Put me down for Guide testing, Add-on writing, and Add-on testing.

Hairbo's picture


I'm willing to do whatever you need me to do. I can write guides, or test the guides/addon.


Dubbeltje's picture

I'd be happy to write and

I'd be happy to write and test guides for you, so count me in Sticking out tongue

wkjezz's picture

I'm always game

I have enjoyed your guides on multiple levels, (Basically only have a Warlock and Rogue left to level to 80)

I would be glad to help out in the testing and/or writing process. process.


Malorajan's picture

You can definitely put me

You can definitely put me down as Guide/Addon Tester by the way :] .

Guide Writer?

Hey Jame, still need addon writer's?, If you do then ill help out Smiling

Rob's picture

Just as many others have

Just as many others have already said, I am willing to help in any way, shape, or form. I hear that beta testing is to start in April, so I'll be on the look out for the opt-in page.
I've been using your guides constantly for the past 3/4 years and I'd love to 'repay' you by helping you write another set of amazing guides.




"I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature."

Jiyambi's picture

Rob - You can sign up right

Rob -

You can sign up right now to opt in for any future betas for games set in the Warcraft universe (and for Diablo and Starcraft games, as well). The option is on your account page. You might have already known this, I just wanted to be sure you knew you didn't have to wait for the beta to actually start before being able to opt in!

Thanks for the support!

Rob's picture

Thanks for the advice - I

Thanks for the advice - I didn't know you could do that Shocked
I see there's a list of jobs, and people assigned to them; Feel free to add me to the guide tester and addon writer lists Smiling



"I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature."

Malorajan's picture

I'd love to do anything

I'd love to do anything especially since I have been using your guides since I started playing over 2 years ago.
Unfortunately I didn't get accepted into the beta for WotLK so I'm really hoping to make it into Cataclysm beta.

Beta Keys bind on pickup


Sorry for hijacking the post above, but I think this could be important.

With all the new account system and the application for beta-profiles I think you'll only receive beta-keys bound to a specific account!

I'll give you my best support for the project !!


Jiyambi's picture

For beta keys received

For beta keys received through the opt in process, I believe this is correct. I'm assuming Blizzard has some other system in place for beta keys received through conventions or other means (such as those given to valuable community members), but I honestly don't know first hand.

I don't know what a Beta Key is

If I knew I'ld give all I had.

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Jiyambi's picture

A Beta Key is simply a code

A Beta Key is simply a code that allows you to log into the beta test. Blizzard gives them out to people at random (as long as you "opt in" to their beta program), but with consideration to their computer's specifications - they want to make sure that their new games work on a wide range of computers. They are also sometimes given to active community members in the larger WoW community, such as blog authors, site administrators, etc. Additionally, they are sometimes given out as rewards or prizes at events such as Blizz Con.

Sarok's picture

I'll Help

I've been using the WoW-Pro guides for quite a while now. Being a veteran "altoholic," I've even found ways to improve many guides I've used wile leveling. I would gladly write guides or test the addon out! Smiling

Sarok's picture


Sorry, I meant to say I would gladly write and test guides. Sorry Shocked

I'd be glad to help in

I'd be glad to help in writing the guides as well as writing Addons. I have some experience in Lua and I'm rather confident in it, as well as the fact I'm a very fast leveller. Smiling

Lycander's picture

Happy to help

Jame, I'd be happy to assist however I can. I may be able to help convert the guides to add-on format, depending on how it's done. (I don't know code, but I did convert a couple guides to the other addon back when we were deciding format.) As long as the instructions for how to enter the info is there, count me in to convert too.

Guide Tester

Dear James & wow-pro team

It would be a great honor for me to do the testing for this expansion.
I've silently followed & used your guides since vanilla wow, and have not lvled 1 single toon to 80 (got 13 of 'em, lol.. i call myself a true altoholic) without following your guides, or atleast find inspiration in them.
So i find this chance to perfect & secure the best lvling guide possiblem to be too great to let go.

best regards,


Spitt's picture

Guide Tester

I am very good at finding bugs and reporting on them.

I also have 4 level 80's which should help to make the guide more rounded.


i would love to test the guides.. ive been using the current ones to level all my toons.
and the wrath guides made leveling from 70-80 a breeze (sadly not server first.. stupid job..)

Guide Tester

Been away awhile but returning for this expansion so abit rusty. More than happy to kick in as a tester or to assist a writer...

I would gladly help converting to addon format

I have been thinking of starting to help with converting current guides into addon format but with the uncertainty of the tourguide based addon i have held off.

I am more than happy to convert the guides to addon format, and i have some (limited) programming experience so it will be less of a learning curve for me =)


Im a big fan of WOW-PRO and the guides that you and the community has helped me alot. I've only been playing for a short while but would like to help anyway I can...unfortunatly I havn't written a guide before but would be willing to test any alliance guide. Thanks. PS...gonna see about getting a key!

JamesL85's picture

I'll Help!

I'll do what I can also.


solitha's picture

Guide Testing

I would be happy to help test guides, "paper" or addon.

IIRC I have my own beta code (from Blizzcon 08). I was kinda planning on using it for Cata, so I might as well put that time to good use.

Kuismar's picture


I got a Wrath Beta Key and barely used it, if I get a Cata one this would make it worth using. Have leveled my last few toons from 1-80 with the guides and plan on leveling a few new ones in Cata (Troll Druid, Goblin Rogue) so would love to test those guides.

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