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    A fan asked if the full non-Friends and Family beta invites had begun to fly yet, and got an amusing reply from Bashiok:

    When closed beta begins there will be press releases, blog posts, twitter tweets, ticker tape parades, 30’s style boxing, confetti manufacturing and expending, spit takes, coffee manufacturing and consuming, crying, handball matches (no waterfalls), news ports AND re-ports, anger, too many emails in my inbox, too many begging threads in this forum, and potentially a few happy people.

    You’ll know.

    We were told (and relayed the estimation to you guys) weeks ago that the full Beta was set to begin on the 16th, and with any luck that’s still the plan. And yes, today is the 16th. Keep in mind that Blizzard hardly ever starts sending anything out before the afternoon, California time.

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