Originally Posted by AsheMan
I have great memories of Vanilla WoW. I remember how cool it was to run my mage around and AoE groups of murlocs. It was a simpler time before everyone was obsessed with raids and purple gear. I doubt I'd go back and play, but how can this server be up and running? I would imagine Blizzard would squash it immediately.
This is exactly why I liked Vanilla WoW too - it really was a decent little game that started to get obssessd with raids/purple around patch 1.8 and just plain boring with patch 1.11 (Gnomish mind control nerf was around here) as Blizz prepared for the release of TBC.
As for squashing it. You know I wondered the same thing. I googled it and apparently there are literally thousands of private WoW servers one of which has like 20k players on (fwiw right now Rebirth seems to average about 150 at primetime right now ;-) - but most are pretty low level). Most emu serers run TBC or WoTLK and it looks like someone wrote an open-source server code that can run different variations of WoW.
There is at least one other major Vanilla server (Fenix) with a lot more people than Rebirth but it looks like they're already progressing to TBC. The Rebirth devs seem pretty open to a true Vanilla experience (save for the combat normalization of patch 1.8
Anyway it appears that Blizzard really doesn't care or they would have gone after the big Emus.
So, if you're bored waiting for TOR and you can't find your WoW CDs there's a link to a download of the client on the site (for obvious reason I won't link it here). This might be the only torrent I'd ever mention even indirectly because all of us own the original CDs but they're collecting dust in some random box in the attic so it's the one case where it really is just a backup file of a previously bought product.