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I have read that when "Play as Guest" mode is selected, Starcraft II campaigns can be played without achievements being recorded to your profile.

Every time I click to the "Play as Guest" button, it tells me to authorize my game client. Then I login. Because game does not allow me to switch to guest mode I exit the game. I relaunch the game. And finally I can play as guest without internet connection.

At the moment I am sharing a 3G modem with my father so I can't be online all the time, and I am sick of doing this "login, close, open" every time.

Do you have any idea what might be wrong?

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You have to log in at least once before you can play offline. Trying to log in without an internet connection causes it to look for a profile that it can load. If it finds one, it will let you play offline with the caveat that achievements are disabled. If it cannot find a profile, you'll get the error you describe about authorizing the game client. You'll need to get internet access to create the profile before you can play with it offline.

Beyond that, the game should let you log in as a guest, log out, and log back in as a guest without having to log in. I just tested this with my laptop on a fresh install of the game. It gave the error until I logged in the first time. Then, I disabled wifi access and was able to log in several times as a guest.

A caveat: The game requires you to log in once ever 30 days to re-verify the game to ensure you're not sharing the key with other people. This has been confirmed by Blizzard.

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He has this problem every time, not just the first time. – Matthew Read Feb 9 '11 at 20:57
I just tested it here. I disconnected my internet connection and fired up SC2. It immediately went to allowing me to play offline as both myself and a guest. I then tried to play as a guest on my laptop, which had the game installed with a previous patch and no profile on it. I got the error the OP received. This seems to suggest you need both an updated client and to have logged in at least once before. I'm going to patch my laptop, then try logging in as a guest to see how that goes. – Shaun Feb 9 '11 at 21:26
Updated answer to add results of my test as well as the results of a search on the official forums for why the user might be seeing this message despite the results of my test. – Shaun Feb 9 '11 at 23:03
It requires me to login everytime I reboot my computer. – nimcap Feb 10 '11 at 14:51
@nimcap: I could not reproduce that behavior. I rebooted my laptop twice (with wifi still off) and I was able to "Play as Guest" after each reboot. If you aren't patching the game right before you play each time (which seems unlikely since patches aren't released every day), this behavior would appear to be unintended. I'd recommend a reinstall of the game (as annoying as that is). If that doesn't work (or you can't get that much access to the internet for patch updates), you should try contacting Blizzard support. – Shaun Feb 10 '11 at 15:40

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