Post by Nulgar
I think the full game client, if installed only through a download, is even over 20 GB, not accounting for compression, which may shave off a small part.
Is there any possibility to get the current client from a friend that plays as well, via DVDs, an external hard drive or a laptop?
The box versions of WoW are:
- Classic/Battle Chest (now includes Burning Crusade by default, do not purchase this separately)
- Wrath of the Lich King
The most recent is of course the last one, Cataclysm, its discs have version 4.0 of the game client, and the current version is 4.3.4 - I can't tell how big the download to update this is, probably around 3-6 GB, but
thanks to the streaming feature of the client these days, the "Play" button in the Launcher should become available after only a short download (a few 100 MB, maybe a bit more)
While you're waiting for the button to become available, select Options>Downloader Preferences and uncheck "Download while playing World of Warcraft".
Now, you can simply launch the game, and depending on the race and thus starter area you choose for your characters, it may have to download a bit more data (not very much) to fully display that starter area. Once you venture away from that area, the client will download additional data for adjacent zones - the setting I mentioned above only disables that the game automatically downloads data it doesn't need yet, it will still download data for stuff that is in your neighborhood ;)
That way, you should be able to minimize/distribute the traffic WoW generates - and on the day before your monthly limit resets, simply start the Launcher and let it download, either until the limit is reached, or until the download is complete :)