Minipost: YOU CAN ONLY CARRY 1066532864

So, uh, this happened.

And it's all this little guy's fault.

A few weeks ago I was messing around on my mage Glasya, who's just on storage bank duty right now. And - I really don't know why, since I wasn't really playing her or anything - I decided to conjure up a little mage familiar.

I think maybe it was just to see if Presence of Mind works on the Conjure Familiar spellcast? (It does.) Regardless, I cast it, and...nothing happened.

Turns out my bags were full, so the spell failed. I shrugged and went on with my life, since both spells were now on cooldown and I wasn't going to wait around.

Fast forward to a few days later. I log back onto Glasya to fetch a transmog piece, and much to my surprise, what do I find but an Arcane Familiar Stone sitting in my mailbox, courtesy of the Postmaster!

I found this mildly interesting, because usually when you try to create an item when your bags are full - such as making a flask or cutting a gem - you just get an error message and the creation is canceled. (Trust me, I know this VERY WELL.) But for some reason, conjuring a familiar with your bags full just shunts the familiar immediately off to the mailbox.

Naturally, I had to test this further...

So where did that error message come from? Well, apparently the game really doesn't like it when you have a familiar stone in your bags and try to obtain another. Normally, if you have a stone already and try to cast the spell again, you just get a "You have too many of that item already" error message.

But if you try to loot a second stone from your mailbox - somewhere a familiar stone should never be found - the game freaks out and tells you that you can "only" carry 1,066,532,864 at one time.

Is this useful in any way? Nah, not at all. But I find it kind of funny to imagine this invisible NPC Postmaster who is already so busy retrieving all the misplaced LFR/Flex loot, satchels, and those stupid Rimes of the Time Lost Mariner for those of us with perpetually full bags. And how pissed off they must be to now have to also handle FAMILIAR STONES, of all things. Poor Postmasters.

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    At first I thought this was a simple binary rollover issue (like 0 − 1 = 0xFFFFFFFF sort of thing), but 1,066,532,864 is 11 1111 1001 0010 0000 0000 0000 0000 in binary, and 3F92 0000 in hex, so no obvious pattern there beyond the first 16 bits being zero. Quite mysterious!

    Also mysterious: the space between the number and the . in the screenshot – this perhaps suggests the error is supposed to contain a text string but instead text is grabbed from a random memory location which contains nonsense, interpreted as a number.

    December 30, 2013 at 5:09 AM

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    That is amusing.

    Had a friend lose 30 Primal Diamonds in the mail the other day -- he mailed them COD to me, I didn't see them in time...and they vanished.

    He was able to send Blizzard a ticket and they managed to get the diamonds back to him but the mail system is odd at times.

    December 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

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    That is pretty funny. :)


    January 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

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    What Zwingli said! Oh and how cool, my captcha word is cockatrice! Now there's a word I haven't seen in ages *turns to stone*

    January 3, 2014 at 7:52 AM