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  • WoW Moviewatch: WoD Cinematic Redubbed

    WoW Insider
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Slightly Impressive took the incredibly orcish orc of the new WoD cinematic and attempted to redub it. While I'm sure plenty of folks will have opinions about the final quality of the piece, the redub is a famous and time-honored method of parody. The Mountain Dew connect is especially amusing to me, especially because that's a drink that's been long associated with WoW. I suppose if we had to pick a soft drink to corrupt a tribe of orcs, then it probably would be the Dew. Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for…
  • Raiding Epiphany

    World of Matticus
    Matticus
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    You know that time when you’re working on a new boss and it just seems like you keep hitting that same block over and over? For us, it was Blackfuse. We’ve been working on the guy for the past month now. We kept bringing him down to about 65% but we’d keep consistently buckling during that first magnet phase. It was a combination of fires, mines, overload, or something else that was seemingly unavoidable. Then all of a sudden, the clouds part. Sunlight shines right through. The players are struck with a wave of epiphany. Our attempts improve dramatically. We made it past the…
  • A Battle.net Queue??

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    Kinless
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    “It’s a busy day for Battle.net! To help everyone log in, you’ve been placed in a queue.” What in blazes is a queue? I haven’t seen one of those in many, many years!
  • Warlords Cinematic

    Blessing of Kings
    Rohan
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    World of Orcraft recently unveiled the cinematic for the Warlords of Draenor expansion: Still not as good as the Lich King cinematic: (Whoops, wrong video. Real trailer is is here.)In some respects, I wish Blizzard had not switched styles for the Lich King trailer. The next few expansion cinematics have all attempted to do the same thing and reach the same heights, and they have all failed.Technically, the Warlords trailer is superb, as always. The graphics are outstanding.The problem comes in the content. First, this is a very lore-heavy trailer. It shows the point where the timeline splits,…
  • [TT] Dumb Fun: Poop

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    Zubon
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    As the evening wore on at Gen Con, friends brought out a “dumb fun” game. It was a silly superhero game with lots of spirit and a chance to play as Heavy Metal Elephant. It also took more than a half hour to set up the board and explain most of the rules. That is well past my “dumb fun” threshold, and I have begun using a rule of thumb that a game with a book of rules (instead of a page) is a gamer game. Another evening, someone brought out Poop. Poop qualifies as “dumb fun,” a game with a silly theme and rules that fit on a card. It plays like a simplified…
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  • WoW Moviewatch: WoD Cinematic Redubbed

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Slightly Impressive took the incredibly orcish orc of the new WoD cinematic and attempted to redub it. While I'm sure plenty of folks will have opinions about the final quality of the piece, the redub is a famous and time-honored method of parody. The Mountain Dew connect is especially amusing to me, especially because that's a drink that's been long associated with WoW. I suppose if we had to pick a soft drink to corrupt a tribe of orcs, then it probably would be the Dew. Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for…
  • WoW Archivist: The classic Molten Core experience, part 2

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft's past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW's history? What secrets does the game still hold? In the last WoW Archivist, we covered the early parts of Molten Core: the "attunement," the grueling trash clear to Lucifron, and the weird hunter-focused mechanics of Magmadar. As we left off, the raid had just reached its first rune. To douse the rune and (eventually) summon Majordomo Executus, you had to make friends with an angry royal guy made of water. The duke of douse Duke Hydraxis, as a water elemental, wasn't…
  • Tom Chilton: "We are already in progress with our next expansion"

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    According to an interview with gameplanet.co.nz Blizzard isn't just working on Warlords of Draenor right now - they're in fact working hard on the next expansion, and have ideas for six or more future expansions they could do. We are already in progress with our next expansion. We already have zones in production for it. Our next expansion after that, we have a couple of different options that we'll be choosing between over the next several months. Beyond that, there are about six or seven different ideas for expansions that we can take elements of and say, 'You know what? Let's take that and…
  • The WoW Insider Show Episode 358

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth. Want to have your question answered on the air? Email theshow@wowinsider.com! And don't forget to join us for the live show again next Monday at 8:00 p.m. PDT! Get the podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the WoW Insider Show directly in iTunes. [RSS] Add the WoW Insider Show to your RSS aggregator. [MP3] Download the MP3…
  • The Queue: Mists is more-or-less standard now, script kiddies, and Puff / The Dark Crystal

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today. I love that I get to use the above picture in today's Queue. Read on to the last question to find out why -- really curious to see what everyone's answer is. FuzzyBunny asked: Does anyone else think that it is "shortsighted" of Blizzard to include an insta-level 90 in WoD if their goal is to attract new/returning players, and not to include the base game through Mists as part of the package, which are what…
 
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  • Raiding Epiphany

    Matticus
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    You know that time when you’re working on a new boss and it just seems like you keep hitting that same block over and over? For us, it was Blackfuse. We’ve been working on the guy for the past month now. We kept bringing him down to about 65% but we’d keep consistently buckling during that first magnet phase. It was a combination of fires, mines, overload, or something else that was seemingly unavoidable. Then all of a sudden, the clouds part. Sunlight shines right through. The players are struck with a wave of epiphany. Our attempts improve dramatically. We made it past the…
  • Win a Beta Key from BlizzPro!

    Matticus
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdxIFiYGB0A BlizzPro has five beta keys to give away and we want to hand ‘em out to you! I’ll mention how to get them in a moment. I know I don’t often plug the show here as much (shame on me). I’m going to attempt to make a concerted effort to do so. We’re steadily aiming to ramp up our content. More co-hosts have been added for a more panel discussion type of production. On the beta, I did get a chance to test most of the bosses that were up. There’s more happening later on today and I’ll try to get in on those as well. If you watch this week’s…
  • Hearthstone: Post Naxx Warlock Zoo Deck

    Matticus
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone enjoying the new Naxxramas adventure mode? Managed to breeze through the normal and class challenges fairly quickly. I’ll admit I was fairly stumped by the heroic bosses for a bit until I reconstructed my ranked decks from the ground up and made the connection that I wasn’t playing against live players. To out gimmick a deck, you must create gimmicks of your own. I’ll provide a list later of decks I used against the heroic bosses later. For now, I wanted to illustrate an evolution of the popular Warlock zoo deck with new Naxxramas cards. Lists similar to this have started…
  • Is It Time to Level Up the Guild?

    Matticus
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    Serious time. I should mention that everything you’re about to read is something I’ve been thinking about. I haven’t committed to any course of action yet. But it’s all been weighing deeply on my mind. There’s a couple of things I’m mulling over right now with regards to the direction that my guild should be going come Warlords. I’ve been wrestling with the guild’s identity for weeks now going back and forth over what I want. By many standards, the guild could be considered solid, stable, and successful. Other than that short hiccup during Throne of Thunder and the past few…
  • 3 Annoying Problems with Discipline Healing

    Matticus
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    It was a beautiful Sunday morning. Time to take this beta Disc Priest out for a spin and see what he can do in a dungeon environment. I needed a tank, but where could I find one? I happened to be idling in Shrine keeping an eye on trade chat and noticed one of my bear tanks was online! Time to con her into being my pocket tank. She agreed and we appeared on the beta servers ready to queue up. I should’ve done a quick pass over my binds and abilities to ensure everything was in place. It took until the end of Bloodmaul Slag Mines before I finally configured everything to my…
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  • A Battle.net Queue??

    Kinless
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    “It’s a busy day for Battle.net! To help everyone log in, you’ve been placed in a queue.” What in blazes is a queue? I haven’t seen one of those in many, many years!
  • Wasn’t even trying (too hard).

    Kinless
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    A while back the wife and I had an Undead couple.  She was a Shadow Priest, me a Mage.  We were both level 27.  We ran into a monster in Hillsbrad called Yetimus the Yetilord.  We didn’t stand a chance.  I figured we needed a tank.  So my Mage was deleted and replaced with a Warlock.  My wife’s Shadow Priest was sidelined a spell. I’d been playing this Warlock off and on around his rested xp status.  He’s got heirloom chest, shoulders, trinkets, and staff.  Our two-person guild is Level 9 and we get some xp boost there too.  (He shares the heirlooms with…
  • Why all the One-Monthers? (And where’s the next Ten-Yearer?)

    Kinless
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    The last post was based on something I saw over on The Ancient Gaming Noob asking (ALT:ernative survey request) about our (almost!) first ten years in World of Warcraft. Before I headed overseas a couple of times I’d been playing Neverwinter Nights on AOL with their GEOS (GeoWorks) DOS interface.  Overseas I kissed online gaming goodbye.  When I got back the new generation of games were out.  EQI was available, but seemed “old school” at the time.  I really wanted to play Star Wars Galaxies, but it wouldn’t play on my laptop.  I picked up Lineage II when it…
  • World of Warcraft, 10 YEARS :: 10 QUESTIONS

    Kinless
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    1. Why did you start playing Warcraft? Neverwinter Nights on the AOL got me started with online gaming. Warcraft on the LAN got me interested in the Warcraft universe. When EQII and World of Warcraft came out at about the same time I picked WoW because I was familiar with Warcraft. I tried EQII and the graphics didn’t appeal to me. I’d been WoWicized. 2. What was the first ever character you rolled? I’m sure I rolled a couple. My first character that became anything of note was a Night Elf Hunter I’d named Kinless. A couple server transfers later he became Arcarius. He…
  • Covering All Bases

    Kinless
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    So many games, so little time. We play Wildstar for the sci-fi scenario and the popping graphics.  (The wife thinks World of Warcraft’s are crisper?)  I’m not so sure about that.  The green vegetation is awesome.  And the game mechanics are very unlike World of Warcraft, requiring a lot of user movement to project and avoid “telegraph” abilities. But, I must admit, going back to World of Warcraft too, for the “fantasy” fix, is a guilty pleasure.  And 9 1/2 years on, it’s a pleasure I’m still happy to endulge in.  (Three 90s, two…
 
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  • Warlords Cinematic

    Rohan
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    World of Orcraft recently unveiled the cinematic for the Warlords of Draenor expansion: Still not as good as the Lich King cinematic: (Whoops, wrong video. Real trailer is is here.)In some respects, I wish Blizzard had not switched styles for the Lich King trailer. The next few expansion cinematics have all attempted to do the same thing and reach the same heights, and they have all failed.Technically, the Warlords trailer is superb, as always. The graphics are outstanding.The problem comes in the content. First, this is a very lore-heavy trailer. It shows the point where the timeline splits,…
  • Hunts in FFXIV

    Rohan
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    For a very long time Blizzard has not allowed ordinary quests to be done in a raid group. When asked, they've always said that they feared everyone always joining large raids to steam roll content. In a lot of ways, it looks like FFXIV is proving this stance correct.In the last patch, FFXIV introduced Hunts. Throughout the world, there are named monsters running around. The monsters have different difficulties: Rank B is roughly tuned for a 4-person group. Rank A is an 8-man group target, and Rank S are rare and require multiple groups.However, SE did not include tagging with these mobs.
  • 10 Years :: 10 Questions

    Rohan
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Alternative Chat is running a survey in advance of WoW's upcoming 10th anniversary. Here are my answers.1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?I was always interested in the idea of MMOs, though I hadn't really started playing any. Since Blizzard made WoW, I decided to try it out. However, it was actually sold out in stores, so I didn't get it until a few months after launch.2. What was the first ever character you rolled?My university roommate and I rolled characters on a PvP server. I made a Male Undead Warrior, and he made a priest. He stopped playing after a few months, but I kept going. I…
  • Sandbox PvP: What to do with the Losers?

    Rohan
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Last week, I posted a story from the Mittani detailing how Goonswarm  beat Test, not specifically on the battlefield, but by breaking them as an institution.While it's a clever and effective tactic, one has to wonder if it is a good tactic for the game at large. One thing I've noticed is that when a guild or group breaks from drama, a significant percentage of players just quit the game outright. I would imagine that something similar happens in Eve when a guild breaks because of meta-game tactics.Even generally, though, what should a PvP sandbox do with the losers of a PvP war? For the…
  • Spycraft in Eve Online

    Rohan
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    I came across this story from the Mittani (leader of Goons in Eve):THE WOES OF TEST RECON IN FOUNTAIN Two interesting comments popped up on my Update Dance piece:  One of the greatest troubles TEST faced during the war was information overload. There was so much to organize and so many channels of communication were dead as people went afk. Night after night it was a hairpull trying to find structures to bash. Just from alliance chat, we'd get 40-ish people in bombers with blops easy; getting someone in recon to provide the location of an SBU was the hard part. Also:…
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  • [TT] Dumb Fun: Poop

    Zubon
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    As the evening wore on at Gen Con, friends brought out a “dumb fun” game. It was a silly superhero game with lots of spirit and a chance to play as Heavy Metal Elephant. It also took more than a half hour to set up the board and explain most of the rules. That is well past my “dumb fun” threshold, and I have begun using a rule of thumb that a game with a book of rules (instead of a page) is a gamer game. Another evening, someone brought out Poop. Poop qualifies as “dumb fun,” a game with a silly theme and rules that fit on a card. It plays like a simplified…
  • Scale

    Zubon
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    One thing I may not have expressed well about Gen Con is the size of the event. There were 56,614 people there. That is people, not triple-counting people who attend several days, and it probably does not include the people who showed up but were not officially attending the conference. Origins felt like a large event at 12,902 attendees; quadruple that. I heard folks spreading the rumor that the event was going to spread into the stadium next door next year, as it has already filled a convention center and spread into nearby hotels, which is a nice idea, but Gen Con would nearly be a…
  • [RR] Shameless Conjecture

    Ravious
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    One of the big consumers of my writer’s juice has been a project I’ve been working on the for the past few months that is finally moving towards the light. I’ve been creating a line of tabletop RPG supplements mainly aimed at solo players or GM’s that need a bit more guidance. The first release is UNE – The Universal NPC Emulator – which aims to create, color, and guide the use of NPC’s, non-player characters, in RPG’s. I released it back in 2007 on a whim, but now I’m trying to do things a tad more professionally. UNE has been cleaned up,…
  • Writer’s Juice

    Ravious
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    There’s some bit of finite energy required by blogging. Unfortunately, it is the same juice used to write elsewhere, whether it be at work or in other arenas. I find that if I am active in say a G+ community or a forum, I write less elsewhere. If I write up a solo RPG session, I write less elsewhere. Note that this is not a function of time. It’s more like a function of will. There’s so much to write about too. The Guild Wars 2 community seems frustrated with ArenaNet’s communication, but then my mid-season view of the Living World story is aces. Windborne got a small update.
  • [TT] Tile Placement

    Zubon
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I saw Monster Factory at Gen Con and was immediately reminded of Starbase Jeff from Cheapass Games. Both are tile placement games with two types of “fittings” where you try to complete stations/monsters to bank points. There are some differences in the details, but the mechanics are 90% the same. Carcassonne is broadly similar. How much of gaming is that? Same core mechanic, same basic flow of play, but we are trying to find the perfect variation on the details that makes it pop, or maybe the same game with a different theme that we favor. And, you know? Sometimes that little…
 
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  • Premier Lig 2014-15 önizleme

    Kirsty
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    Liverpool girmek gibi bir taktik revizyonu yerine ince ayar ihtiyacı sezon Brendan Rodgers felsefe yerleştirilmiştir. Ama bir sonraki adım Luis Suárez olmadan alabilir misin? I. yol ana Stand Anfield adlı arkasında tüm kaplı evlerin, tuğla ve geçmişlerini 2016 yılında artış nedeniyle yeni bir 21.000 koltuklu yapımı için hazır unutulup buldozerle gitti. Yeniden yıkım takip edecek ve koyun sakinleri artı Liverpool şehir meclisi umutsuzca Umarım yenilenme yeniden takip edecek. Ne dışında Anfield öngörülmektedir içinde yansıtılmış, baret Proje lideri Brendan…
  • Şampiyonluk 2014/15: kulüp tarafından önizleme Derby County, geçtiğimiz sezon play-off gönül yarası üstesinden gelebilir mi? Ve Blackpool travmatik bir yaz sonrası hayatta kalacak?

    Kirsty
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    Birmingham FC Birkaç final günlük kaçış Birmingham’ın son dönem, ama Lee Clark’ın iyimserlik rağmen başarı bu zaman alır biraz hayal gibi dramatik hatırlatmak olacaktır. St Andrew’s iç karartıcı bir mekan 2013-14′te ve birkaç büyük gelirliler terk ederken, onların yerine Kalite söz konusu oldu. Mark Duffy ve David Cotterill, Doncaster, gelen yararlıdır ama bu uzun, zor bir yıl gibi görünüyor. Yıldız erkek -Tom Adeyemi Önemli transferler Denny Johnstone içinde (Celtic), David Edgar (Burnley), Grant Hall (Tottenham, kredi) Wade Elliott…
  • OLE Gunnar Solskjaer Cardiff üst uçuş dönmek için bir sezon var.

    Kirsty
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:57 am
    Yöneticisi küme düşme Premier League sonra onu bekliyor için kulüp sahibiVincent Tan ödemek istiyor Geçen sezon sonunda Vincent Tan Ole Gunner Solskjaer, Cardiff City Yöneticisi3½ saatlik toplantı ile oturdu. Cardiff Premier ligde küme ve Solskjaer ne olacağınıemin değildi. Tan, sahibi, onun desteğini teklif ettim ama o da hatta koydu. “Oleanlattı: ‘ devam etmek istiyorum, ama bize gelecek sezon Premier Lig gerigetirmek zorunda. Size yardımcı olacaktır. Size destek olacaktır. “” Tan yardım açısından sözüne sadık olmuştur ve destek – Tom…
  • Ne zaman onun hakkında onların kaybediyorlar Hindistan’ın MS Dhoni başını tutar

    Kirsty
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:51 am
    Old Trafford’da İngiltere’ye karşı ilgili, Basil D’Oliveira Hindistan’ın Kaptan bir dokunuş ile muhteşem gösteriyorsa’nın Hayır gidermek MS Dhoni, sadece iki tane 12 topları uzayda sabah düştü dört yangın dolapları görürdük. Mubashir Vijay görevden sonra o onun yastıkları çemberleme, onun uyluk pad ekleme ve onun kutusunun nerede olduğunu kontrol çok meşgul, Evet. 8 0-8 4 oldukça olarak ne zaman 0 4 için onların ikinci atış, ama bazı alarm kaynağı olduklarını 1952 yılında Leeds, Fred Trueman’ın ilk Test olduğu gibi…
  • Tottenham’ın Érik Lamela güçlü-e doğru unutmak için bir yıl sonra değerini göster

    Kirsty
    7 Jun 2014 | 2:36 am
    £30m orta saha uyumsuz Roma dan form ve yaralanma geçen sezon ile uğraştıktan sonra şaka popo oldu ama tüm yere bu zaman koşma vurabilir işaretlerdir yuvarlak Bu kısacık soundbite hayal ama Erik Lamela için onun sezon geçecek kapsüllemek için görünüyordu. Nisan ayında nasıl Tottenham Hotspur kayıt imzalama İngilizcesi kulüp yöneticisi, ilerliyor sordu Tim Sherwood, öfke ile hazırlıksız zekâ karışık. “Que?” Sherwood dedi. Resmi gösterilmek için Fawlty Towers hayran olmak gerek yoktu. Barcelona’dan daha fazla manuel gibi Lamela İspanyolca…
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  • WoW: Honors takes the 10 Years – 10 Questions survey

    Ted Atchley
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A couple of blogs I read regularly, including Boldly Nerd and Blessing of Kings, have posted a 10 year anniversary survey for World of Warcraft. It started on the blog ALT:ernative which I discovered through this challenge.I decided I would take it as well.I unsubscribed to WoW at the beginning of this year. I went to play Galactic Starfighter in SWTOR and then as that was waning, I moved on to Wildstar. I will be returning to WoW for Warlords and I’m currently perusing the Guild Recruitment forums looking for a good community. I hope I can find a place with cool, mature people that are…
  • Roadblock Ahead

    Ted Atchley
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    You ever read a blog and immediately felt like they were speaking right to you? Kadomi over at Boldly Nerd had a post today “Could I be any worse at blogging?” and as I read it, I found myself nodding along with her. It's been (let me check) a month (yikes! So sorry!) since my last blog. I guess I should really write an update.I find myself in a remarkably similar situation to the one Kadomi describes. Early June, I was totally stoked for Wildstar and I had blast that first week or so. Even now, when I play it, I have fun, but I don't get to play it all that often. Like Kadomi, by the…
  • There's a New Sheriff in Town

    Honors Code
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Please note: There are spoilers to the story of Algoroc in this post. You hast been warned.I barreled into Tremor Ridge. This is really where you get that "cowboy in space" Firefly kind of feel to the Algoroc zone started. The Loftite rush is such a beautiful double entendre . The Loftite Rush is a clear allusion to the Gold Rush of the Old West. But Loftite also gives you one of your first experiences with reduced gravity and super jumping, which in an of itself is quite a 'rush'.The quest lines with the crashed Protostar ship were a highlight of my time in Tremor Ridge, This is really…
  • Green Flag! Nexus Ho!

    Ted Atchley
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    My start on Nexus was delayed by a family commitment. Ideally, I wouldn't have taken vacation just as Wildstar launched but when Little Hammer made the National finals for the History Bee, we were bound for Atlanta.This proved to be a boon. I have yet to see a queue and the game has been remarkably stable and bug free as far as I can tell.I blew through the Arkship quickly as I had done it many times in Beta. What I had not done in Beta was change the default landing site. I decided to roll my Mordesh Engineer, but I wanted to take him to the Human and Granok starting zone of Northern Wilds.
  • Update! Orias or Bust!

    Ted Atchley
    30 May 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Gamebreaker has made the decision to move to the US PVE Server Orias. My old WoW guild mates are joining Gamebreaker.If you want to find out more about our guild, check out our site here.If you would like to join us, set course for Orias.Make it so!!"Join Us!" by DoranAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
 
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  • Deep breath. Begin.

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    February 22 was the anniversary of Cayden's funeral. I spent the day not thinking about it, forcefully turning my mind from memories and images. I had to do this, to keep from moving into a state of utter panic. There was a GurgleOrc waiting to be born. His due date was February 27. He was moving consistently, but I still poked and prodded him if he went longer than an hour or so without adjusting position.He was late, as all mine have been. He made his appearance on March 2. I spent the entire labor refusing to believe that it was actually happening, that what I was feeling weren't…
  • On goals, plans, Walter Mitty, Rothfuss, and babies.

    10 May 2014 | 8:54 am
    Oh and on the south pacific.  I was trying to describe to my brother today the longing.  And failing.  Terribly.  Stupid walter, mitty and stupid nim and her stupid island. Six years ago when we were first writing this blog as a WoW blog and as an experiment it trying to make friends on the internet and moving into a new internet neighborhood of blogging myself and herself were in serious talks about our dreams and hopes in life and what we "REALLY" wanted out of life and how to get it.  Very SRS-BZNS all around.   So after a bit we realized that all of our…
  • Payment Parts 1 2 and 3.

    19 Jan 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Okay wow.  It sure has been ages since I've posted anything here.I'll have to do a life-story-recap but what reminded me to post was someone harassing me about Payment a story that I wrote almost four years ago now.  So, since it has been so long I"m putting the first two bits and the latest bit together and posting it here.========================================================================Alice was 33. She was the head personal maid to her Ladyship the Duchess. She obtained this illustrious position because she was clean, organized, neat, and prompt about her duties. She…
  • A paper I wrote this summer.

    24 Aug 2013 | 1:18 pm
    This paper came from my time at AHPCRC this summer.
  • Together

    24 Aug 2013 | 9:10 am
    I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner but drawing with the kids is all kinds of cool.
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  • Speed!

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Strictly speaking a computer doesn't have any speed at all, as you measure speed in meters per second, and a desktop computer tends to be rather stationary. But of course you can measure the speed of a computer in many other ways, by setting him a task and timing how long he takes for that. There are units of measurement like megaFLOPS, but such units are more useful for scientific calculation speed than for the speed of a gaming PC.Thus when I ordered a new computer, I invested some money in 3DMark, which is now available on Steam, which makes it a lot more user-friendly to install and…
  • Still playing Divinity Original Sin

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    I spent most of this weekend playing Divinity: Original Sin, and I'm still only half way through. This is a really epic game, and that suits me just fine. In fact I find myself continually making plans on how I would make a different build and setup of characters for a second playthrough. I've been playing this first game with a relatively simple and efficient build, based on the talents Lone Wolf, Zombie, and Leech. What that means is that I'm playing with a party of 2 and can't use additional companions (the more "usual" game would have you controlling 4 characters), I don't use regular…
  • Playing for challenge vs. playing to win

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    In the "real gamer" discussion the proponents of the term linked it to challenge. Quote: "A real gamer then would be someone who sees games in general or even only a specific game not as something to just have fun with but as an actual challenge.". They see people who play for the challenge as real gamers, and those who play for fun, for the story, for exploration, for social contacts, or for a myriad of other reasons as not real gamers. But is that a useful distinction, players who care for the challenge and players who don't? One other commenter asked: "Would sombody who uses cheats on…
  • An ailing hobby

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    In many ways a tabletop role-playing game is very social. You sit around a table with friends and interact a lot with each other during hours. In other ways however the hobby is somewhat insular: Your table is the virtual world, and that world does not necessarily have much connection with other virtual worlds or players out there. Even the companies making those pen & paper role-playing games aren't quite sure how many people are actually out there playing, as any given sold rules book could either be long lost in the garbage, or be the centerpiece of a group of several people. Having…
  • Real gamers

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Advance warning: If you consider yourself a "real gamer", you might not want to read this post.Apparently there has been a heated discussion on Twitter and the games blogosphere about what defines a "real gamer". Basically there is a group of people out there who would like that to be some sort of exclusive label, some sort of badge of honor, some sort of true achievement. The discussion then starts because anybody who even wants to be included in the definition of "real gamer" then wants basically that his own level of skill/expertise/hardcoreness/dedication/whatever you want to call it is…
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    World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

  • Episode 196, "I've never been so happy to see orcs"

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Special guest @iKrissi is here to talk about Blizzard's WoD Cinematic announcement.
  • Episode 195, "Starstone"

    7 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Warlords of Draenor cinematic and release date coming August 14. WoW's 10th anniversary preview Warlords of Draenor: Illusions change your enchant effects World of Warcraft down to 6.8 million subscribers What this whole JustinTV/Twitch issue means for streamers. Batman vs. Superman movie release date changed, now competing with Warcraft in March, 2016.
  • Episode 194, "This Dark Portal goes to 11"

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Warcast turns 9! Hearthstone Naxxramus expansion announced. Bottoms up! Undermine Journal closing shop. Rob Pardo leaving Blizzard. New male models released. Blizzard to sell SDCC exclusives. Auction houses to be cross-faction in WoD. Molten Corgi pet! All about beta (so far)
  • Episode 193, "Spell of passive aggressiveness"

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:35 pm
    News: Blizzard releases a WoD Shadowmoon Valley preview. New Special Edition Armor PC series from Doghouse Systems with World of Warcraft artwork from Blizzard. http://www.DogHouseSystems.com/blizzard Patch notes for alpha. Black Prince buff until June 30. Midsummer Festival starts June 21. Eric's experiences in alpha.
  • Episode 192, "Exploring the Warlords Alpha"

    5 Jun 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Azeroth Choppers winner announced Hogs - 10th anniversary pet We're in with the Warlords of Draenor alpha, and we have a lot to talk about.
 
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    parttimedruid.com

  • Lottery Number Generator

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    There is magic and jazz that makes the fun of Lotto exciting! There are things about the lottery that not everyone is aware. The Lotto can be a double edge sword of fun and danger. This article will focus on the magic and jazz that is the know as the details that make the Lotto. It will also focus on some of the downsides of the Lotto. Lastly, it will mention points to help people playing the Lotto with smarter chances. That better investments begin with a person being knowledge about the pros and cons game of the Lotto. Lotto is and will always be glamour’s prize! Winning the lottery is…
  • Becoming an Investment Broker

    admin
    26 Nov 2013 | 6:55 am
    A career as an investment broker is a very widespread job that utilizes everything from one’s social skills to their education. It is an extensive career that requires one to study in the realms of economics, business, marketing, accounting, or any similar discipline that focus on financial and investment planning. Learning in these fields is required and absolutely beneficial for one’s success as an investment broker as risks and strategies of money handling are learned. The beginning step toward becoming an investment broker is to earn a college degree in one of the educational…
  • Dating Advice For Women

    admin
    26 Nov 2013 | 6:52 am
    The world of dating can be intimidating. Don’t let that stop you from seeking companionship. Get out there, but keep the following tips in mind. Be Safe Most importantly, be safe. Online dating is becoming more successful all the time, but refuse to meet a stranger in a private place. Instead of giving a stranger your home address, agree to meet in a public setting. The same goes for blind dates set up by friends. Be sure you are comfortable with someone before you agree to be alone with them. Plan Something You Both Enjoy The first few dates with someone should always involve things…
  • What Is Tax Return?

    admin
    26 Nov 2013 | 6:52 am
    In the United States, any individual that has received any taxable income will have to file a tax return. This means that individuals that have paying jobs through a company, self-employed individuals, and many others that receive income. If the person is unsure if they need to file a tax return should consult with a tax professional to verify. A tax return can be filed by the person that earned the money or with a tax professional. A tax professional will be able to help the individual with receiving any deductions that will help them from having to pay in taxes. When a person works for a…
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    TyphoonAndrew's - Eye of the Storm

  • What to play, what to play, what?

    typhoonandrew
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    “What class do I play?” It is one of those questions you see on forums a lot. Through-out every game the class choice is important, and in mmo games it determines a lot of what you will do in game. Now that I’m contemplating a return to WoW and have access to a free level 90 character I’m asking myself the same question. I fear asking in forums without pondering some basic questions, and here goes… So, what do I like doing in WoW? Leveling. Sometimes getting distracted by exploring. And I often read quest text and like to understand why what my character is doing…
  • WoD’s great cinematic

    typhoonandrew
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    The WoD cinematic is really good. As a semi-retired lore nerd I love seeing this stuff, just as much as I love seeing the Mage cast a Sheep spell in the first trailer, or Arthas summon an undead dragon. The MoP trailer did what it had to do (show us the Pandaren) and did it in a way which was fun. It certainly makes me think this is Orcs vs Humans … of Warcraft. Non-serious aside – It does feel like a story set to make us like killing Orcs, and as an Alliance player I don’t really care if that is the wrong view. Orcs have proven themselves weak willed, power hungry, and…
  • Should mmo have difficulty settings?

    typhoonandrew
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Single player games tend to give players the choice of a difficulty setting, which they can do because the impact of that choice isn’t shared amongst anyone else. D3 on easy is darn easy, and I think there is nothing wrong with playing a game for silly easy fun. We don’t always need to be raiding Hard modes, just like you can’t eat pizza every night. In an MMO all the players tend to be in the same “game” so the game’s difficulty tends to be controlled in strictly controlled ways. Instances, special quests, achievements, collections, and special creatures…
  • Casually playing Adventure Era

    typhoonandrew
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A nifty little game called Adventura Era by Game Insight & Krivorukoff has me a little distracted (thanks to Tobold’s post). I’m playing enough that my wife first asked “what is that you’re doing” and then “put that down”. It’s a good game, and playing it on my mobile means that I always have it around when I want to, but I can also ignore it I choose. Nothing really bad happens if you don’t play. Well, ahem, it is frustrating to come back to the game after 3-4 hours and ALWAYS find three monsters attempting to ravish my humble…
  • Well D3 was darn popular

    typhoonandrew
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    Well it seems Blizzard has more than one cash cow after all, as Diablo 3 made a fair crop of cash for the studio (Polygon article). 20 million sales of the game. The subscribers numbers for WoW have lead some folk to say that WoW is in trouble, and perhaps even the concept of an MMO is in trouble too (MMO’s are dying). I don’t buy into that because frankly I think MMOs are another arrow in the quiver of game styles that gamers like myself enjoy. D3 was popular, as was D1&D2; they’re not the same as WoW, but they represent that games are still able to make a tidy profit…
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    MMO Gypsy

  • Blaugust News and the Gaming Questionnaire

    Syl
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    The blogosphere has been busy blaugusting under Belghast’s lead, an event I have been absent from due to a very hectic August and final examinations upcoming next week. Not that I would ever have managed a daily posting schedule, anyway. There were more great things happening this month however, the birth of the 8bitkitchen among them – a brand new gamer foodies blog graciously set up by Liore, so the blogosphere has a place to blog collaboratively about the foods they enjoy cooking and eating (welcoming more recruits!). I am loving this, also for its insight into fellow…
  • [Wildstar] Of Unfun Raids. And: That Attunement just got Nerfed

    Syl
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Following up on Monday’s post about the complexities of healing Wildstar dungeons, which clearly doesn’t entice everybody, I came across this interesting link on Wildstar’s raiding being a major pita (my words) by one who seems to know what he’s talking about. Now clearly, no raider speaks for everybody but it’s rare to find one of the cool kids looking back and saying”yeah, that sucked” or “I don’t miss it one bit”. To paraphrase some of Fevir’s points in the video, raid encounters are such hectic and constant telegraph…
  • Wildstar Healing and all the Ways it’s different

    Syl
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    For the last two weeks, I’ve been on a roll with my Esper getting her through the first 7 steps of the raid attunement which includes silvering all veteran adventures. Having also healed through my first veteran dungeon last night, I’m finally back to the point where my old healer muscles and reflexes run on auto-pilot; healing is a routine and if you’ve stared at other people’s healthbars for years in WoW or elsewhere, you own the mindset that comes with playing support classes. The main reason why healing is appealing to me is the complexity of choices, not just for…
  • Wildstar Light Armor Styles and Dye Customization

    Syl
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    So you just hit 50 in Wildstar and wanna look fabulous, cupcake? You don’t have any of those shiny beta or early access sets to start off? Fret not, there are a few quick and cheap ways for the early light armor wearer to feel like a pro! Before I get to recommendations, a few words about Wildstar’s current customization: the dye system and gear management are pretty bad. Not only is there no outfitter built into the game by default, the dye menu is fussy, buggy and will make you pay each time you apply a different shade of color to your outfit. Items can only be used once per…
  • Your last MMO ever and the Troubles of Aging together

    Syl
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    I am a 30+ MMO player with a history. I don’t speak for all 30+ MMO players with a history. This post is about many things at once. Not too long ago I had an interesting discussion with an old gaming buddy reflecting much of the current MMO malaise that seems to have struck several bloggers around the blogosphere lately. The most memorable statement in our conversation was this: “Wildstar is going to be my last MMO” – something that I’ve heard several times now and keep reading on the official forums. Clearly MMO culture is in a phase of re-evaluation both on a personal…
 
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    Mana Obscura

  • Competition: Win WildStar Swag!

    Gazimoff
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Thanks to the very generous people at NCSoft and Carbine Studios, I managed to make it back from Gamescom with a sack full of delicious WildStar swag! But, rather than keep it to myself, I wanted to share it with you fine folk. Here’s what’s on offer: First Prize: Plush Rowsdower & Gamescom Loot Code Second Prize: Blank Spiral-bound Book & Gamescom Loot Code Third Prize: Rowsdower-head phone cleaner & Gamescom Loot Code Seven runner-up prizes of a Gamescom Loot Code The loot code itself contains a number of in-game perks and items, including: Fancy-Pants Top Hat…
  • Warcraft: Skip to Next Track

    Gazimoff
    8 Jun 2014 | 3:47 am
    Back in October 2013, I quit World of Warcraft. After a year or more of playing action-focused MMOs like Guild Wars 2, TERA, and WildStar, Blizzard’s MMO felt slow and dated. I’d developed a taste for a newer, more active style of combat, and felt that a return to hotkey bashing was just boring. This was actually the third time I’d quit: my first time was partway into Cataclysm, when the long wait for new content coerced me into reconsidering my subscription. I returned for Mists of Pandaria, only to quit again once I hit level cap, after I discovered an endless sea of daily quest…
  • In Memory: Judy Freeman

    Gazimoff
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:51 pm
    It seems like yesterday. After blogging about MMOs for the best part of two years, I’d landed my first paid writing gig, producing features and the occasional bit of news for ZAM. It was a dream-come-true for me; a chance to learn how to create professionally, and to put those creations in front of a huge audience. I was alive with innocent excitement. The Editor-in-Chief at the time, Christopher Tom (now doing a superb job over at Riot), introduced me to the team. Including Judy Freeman, the copy editor. I was paranoid. Would my words be up to scratch? Would my distinctly British sense…
  • Luxuria Superbia: A Fontaine Fondle

    Gazimoff
    19 Nov 2013 | 4:03 pm
    I’ve never wanted to wash my hands after playing an iPad game. That is, until I’d played Luxuria Superbia At first glance it reminded me of rhythm roller-coaster Audiosurf, although perhaps with a seedy seventies vibe. The truth, it turns out, was even more peculiar, with my fingers playing as unwitting servants to the sultry demands of a digital flower. It began innocently enough. I was tasked to nurture a garden, encouraging the various plants to grow into vibrant, proud specimens. With a few careful pokes and prods, petals changed from a lifeless white to intense red, pulsating…
  • Mister Sparkles Mini: The Winners (Part 2)

    Gazimoff
    16 Nov 2013 | 1:25 pm
    At the end of October, I asked for people to design me a golem in order to win a Mister Sparkles Mini. The response has been overwhelming, with so many incredible responses. I really was amazed by the work everyone put in, and it made choosing some winners incredibly difficult. As I mentioned before, the incredibly kind folks at ArenaNet gave me some extra codes, so I’ve got five Mister Sparkles Minis to give away. Without further ado, let me share the winners with you! Firstly, Ely contacted me with this entry. She also included a gallery to go alongside the story: To many, Rata Sum is…
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