The Kuurian Expedition
"The first Kuurian Expedition has been founded in World of Warcraft, on the Silver Hand server, Alliance side. To join, speak to a guild officer and give the secret word, which you can obtain by contacting SWI directly."
So I joined the guild and became a WoW player rather than an observer. What have I learned that I did not know as an observer? I already knew that WoW developed leadership skills , that fantasy worlds can develop new literacies, that virtual worlds are powerful tools for social research, there are big skills and conceptual age skills, that WoW could develop moral values, that raids take hours of meticulous planning, that a guild master must be adept at many skills, and that WoW has more population than Israel Denmark Finland NewZealand or Ireland.
What I have learned is that playing WoW is a continuing complex decision making process. You have to make judgements on incomplete information (or maybe the info is complete but you cant possibly remember it all) you have to decide which items to keep and trade, which quests to do and when, which attack and defensive moves to do in which order and in which circumstances, where to go and how to get there, mapreading skills, navigation skills.
I have an increased respect for WoW players