In case you haven’t heard, Blizzard’s Rage of The Firelands WoW update brings with it the elimination of the 14-day trial in favor of a model that allows noobs to play up to level 20 before paying a subscription fee.
However, the World of Warcraft Starter Edition, as it is called, does have a few restrictions. As Gamespot notes:
…players will be able to amass just 10 gold, have their trade skills capped at 100, and will be unable to trade via the Auction House, mailbox, or player to player.
Further, Starter Edition players will not be able to access public chat channels, join a guild, invite players to a party, join parties with characters above level 20, use voice chat, transfer characters, or use Real ID features. Lastly, Blizzard will give preferential treatment to paying WoW subscribers when realms have queues.
On the plus side, if you decide to upgrade the core game plus The Burning Crusade expansion can now be had in a single package for a mere $20. Those who had previously purchased the original WoW will get a free copy.