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  • Largest plane in the world to perform test flights in 2016

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    Mariella Moon
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started planning to build the largest plane in the world in 2011, along with several partners like Elon Musk. Now, that plane called Stratolaunch is already under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Cali...
  • Archimonde 2.0

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    Matticus
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    I remember the first time my old guild breached the Mount Hyjal raid back in Burning Crusade. It was breathtaking to play that iconic mission finale of Warcraft 3 from an MMO perspective. Instead of being the base commander, I was in a position where I had to repel the attacks as a character. We faced hundreds of wipes during the period working on Archimonde. Every time, we started our initial position on that little rocky outcropping facing west where Archie was. We lost a ridiculous amount of time because players would sometimes forget to get their tears. I’m glad that…
  • Computer Troubles

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    Rohan
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:09 pm
    It looks like my computer has died on me. There was a pop, the machine shut down, and I could smell the acrid stink of burning electronics. Amusingly, this is probably a common experience for those of us who game on PCs.I'm trying to write this from my phone. My kingdom for a real keyboard. I don't really write a lot on my phone, so it is an interesting experience. It's actually kind of impressive how much of the load the auto-complete can handle.In any case, I am trying to decide what I should do next. Should I get another Windows desktop, a Windows laptop, or a Mac laptop. A laptop might be…
  • [MtG] Duels: Origins – Pain and Gain

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    Ravious
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    There’s a new Stainless produced Magic the Gathering game out on Steam and Xbone after having started earlier in July on fancy i-Things. It no longer follows the earlier naming conventions of Duels 201X, and now it is simply called Magic Duels. Even watching hipster Magic players get to romp around a few weeks before me, there has been a lot of salt that has hampered a really good trajectory that Stainless is taking the game. The Free-est MtG Magic Duels is free-to-play. Of course you are instantly wondering where’s the catch or paywall. In Magic Duels, which slightly mirrors the…
  • Where I’m At

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    Stropp
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:13 am
    It’s been a busy few months for me. I’ve done little gaming, turned 50, and I’ve been busy developing a cloud service for a client, which is why you haven’t seen too much of me. Celebrating my 50th was interesting. It felt a little like a mid-life crisis on the lead up to the big day. I can be introspective, being an introvert and all, and got a bit thoughtful. When you think about it computers have been following Moores Law all my life (the prediction was made in ’65.) I was four years old when the Eagle landed. There have been a few wars, the Berlin Wall fell,…
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  • Largest plane in the world to perform test flights in 2016

    Mariella Moon
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started planning to build the largest plane in the world in 2011, along with several partners like Elon Musk. Now, that plane called Stratolaunch is already under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Cali...
  • EFF is building a stronger 'Do Not Track' browser setting

    Andrew Tarantola
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Despite "Do Not Track" being a standard option on Firefox, Chrome and Safari (but not Microsoft Edge), many unscrupulous advertisers are still secretly tracking the browsing habits of internet users. That's why the Electronic Freedom Foundation has...
  • Xbox Live and ID@Xbox indie games coming to HoloLens

    Timothy J. Seppala
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Microsoft's promise of unifying its disparate platforms with Windows 10 has even more going for it with some surprise announcements ahead of this week's Gamescom show in Germany. We knew that Xbox Live was coming to the desktop -- for free, even --...
  • 'Guitar Hero Live' is a karaoke simulator

    Jessica Conditt
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    This October, prepare to bring the house down with wild guitar riffs and your mad karaoke skills in Guitar Hero Live. That's right, it's official: Guitar Hero Live brings singing back to the franchise, alongside the new guitar and all of the fresh...
  • What's on your HDTV: 'Innerspace' Blu-ray, 'True Detective' finale

    Richard Lawler
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    This week season two of HBO's True Detective is coming to an end, plus a few oldies on Blu-ray with Innerspace and Free Willy. In gaming, there's a Rare Replay pack of oldies on Xbox One, Submerged on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and some new DLC for the l...
 
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  • Archimonde 2.0

    Matticus
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    I remember the first time my old guild breached the Mount Hyjal raid back in Burning Crusade. It was breathtaking to play that iconic mission finale of Warcraft 3 from an MMO perspective. Instead of being the base commander, I was in a position where I had to repel the attacks as a character. We faced hundreds of wipes during the period working on Archimonde. Every time, we started our initial position on that little rocky outcropping facing west where Archie was. We lost a ridiculous amount of time because players would sometimes forget to get their tears. I’m glad that…
  • Recruiting Tiers

    Matticus
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Not to be confused with recruiting tears (which sounds common for many guilds out there right now). At present, we’re 11/13 normal and 5/13 heroic. I did manage to find a skilled pug on the weekend to get the normal Manneroth kill and the heroic Gorefiend kill just to get my quest going. Difficult getting consistent progression with three healers and a rotating fourth every raid night. The creation of multiple tiers of raiding is great for the game, no doubt. Players and guilds can pick and choose the difficulty they want to progress and see the rest of the game at. This has a natural…
  • The Magic of Server Transferring Guilds

    Matticus
    26 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    In the last story, you listened as the budding guild leader had finished a guild merger. Things were looking good for a while. Bosses were going down cleanly. But it wasn’t going to last because the attrition boss reared it’s head again. Something is up with this expansion causing guilds to collapse. My suspicion is that guilds that used to cut it during heroic came to the start conclusion that Mythic just wasn’t in the cards. Players that excelled in heroic suddenly couldn’t execute at the level demanded in Mythic and lacked either the perseverance or general skills…
  • Case Study: Guild Mergers

    Matticus
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. There’s no real science behind it. It takes hard work and the desire from everyone to keep things going. If there’s players not interested or coasting along, then it’s highly unlikely that merges will work. Our new core of players has managed to continue raiding and stave off server transferring, for now. The updated roster managed to defeat Blackhand and put us within 5% of defeating Mythic Beastlord. He’s so close to dropping. Or rather, he was. Fast forward to present day and we now have half the original roster that defeated…
  • The Podcast and the Hearthstone Stream

    Matticus
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    We won’t be transferring servers after all. After a two-week process, I’ve come to terms with the leadership of another guild on our server and finalized an arrangement for a guild merger. This will be the third one for the guild and it’s infused fresh life into everyone. I’ll have more details about that later in the week with some behind the scenes stuff, thought processes, and all the various factors. Merging guilds is another topic of discussing in an upcoming show of the Guildmaster’s Podcast, which will be set to debut on March 24. Wil and I have been…
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    Blessing of Kings

  • Computer Troubles

    Rohan
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:09 pm
    It looks like my computer has died on me. There was a pop, the machine shut down, and I could smell the acrid stink of burning electronics. Amusingly, this is probably a common experience for those of us who game on PCs.I'm trying to write this from my phone. My kingdom for a real keyboard. I don't really write a lot on my phone, so it is an interesting experience. It's actually kind of impressive how much of the load the auto-complete can handle.In any case, I am trying to decide what I should do next. Should I get another Windows desktop, a Windows laptop, or a Mac laptop. A laptop might be…
  • FFXIV: Heavensward Review

    Rohan
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    This post contains minor spoilers for the Heavensward storyline.I've finished the main story in Heavensward, and am in the gearing up for endgame phase. So I thought it's a good point to review the expansion so far.The main story quest is solid. It's pretty much what you want from a fantasy story. It's ironic, but it's the Japanese MMO known for catgirls which has given us a more classic western fantasy story about knights and dragons than any of the western MMOs. There are twists and turns, and the mythos of FFXIV is expanded on. It's very much a story for the fan of FFXIV, and builds on the…
  • SWTOR's Plans for Operations and Flashpoints

    Rohan
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:56 pm
    SWTOR released a post today, detailing the plans for Operations and Flashpoints in Fallen Empire. I am really not sure what to think.For background, SWTOR is the only MMO that I am regularly raiding in. I've been raiding twice a week with the same group of people for about the last two years.FlashpointsA bunch of important story Flashpoints (Black Talon, Revan, Malgus flashpoints) are getting a Solo mode. There will be level-scaling so it's the appropriate difficulty. I'm not sure if there will be a GSI "Jesus" Droid or not, as that would pretty much remove all difficulty.Many flashpoints are…
  • Garrisons, Part III: Followers

    Rohan
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    I like the basic design of garrison followers. I liked recruiting them, leveling them up, and improving their gear. However, as with everything else, I think followers had some issues.Mission PlanningMission planning was just too complicated and tedious. There's a reason everyone used Master Plan, and that there was such an outcry when it stopped working with the 6.2 patch. Maximizing rewards by assigning followers to missions was an easy thing to automate, so it was automated.I think Blizzard would have done better to make this simpler. For example, one thing they could have done is limit…
  • Garrisons, Part II: Professions

    Rohan
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    For the most part, the WoD professions design worked pretty well. Having a separate building for each profession, generating a limiting reagent through work orders, and allowing limited access to a profession you don't have, all worked reasonably well.The major flaw with professions and the garrison were the mine and herb garden. Granting free access to these resources for everyone led to a lot of busywork. The mine and garden are the leading cause of the "chore" feeling of garrisons. This design also devalued the gathering professions.By default, it would have been better if the mine and…
 
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  • [MtG] Duels: Origins – Pain and Gain

    Ravious
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    There’s a new Stainless produced Magic the Gathering game out on Steam and Xbone after having started earlier in July on fancy i-Things. It no longer follows the earlier naming conventions of Duels 201X, and now it is simply called Magic Duels. Even watching hipster Magic players get to romp around a few weeks before me, there has been a lot of salt that has hampered a really good trajectory that Stainless is taking the game. The Free-est MtG Magic Duels is free-to-play. Of course you are instantly wondering where’s the catch or paywall. In Magic Duels, which slightly mirrors the…
  • Shopping

    Zubon
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    The vendor hall is one of the big draws at Gen Con. See the latest games, get the latest games, look for discounts or stuff you did not know you wanted but now desperately need. I seem to be unusual in that I can say, “I should not spend money on this,” and then I do not spend money on it. For my friend group that attends Gen Con, the vendor hall is more or less what they do. You can spend all day playing demos with the developers. You can learn classic games you have not played, try the latest releases, and even try games that are still in development. Last year we loved Asmodee…
  • Changing Trends

    Zubon
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Either the market for zombie-themed everything is so saturated that few new zombie-themed games came out this year, or the market for zombie-themed everything is so saturated that I do not even notice zombie-themed games anymore. This year’s trends that I notice at Gen Con are sequels and saturating the options. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like there are more expansions, add-ons, and otherwise building on previous successful games this year. I know, that is always happening, but it feels like the balance this year has shifted somewhat more towards building on existing games…
  • My People

    Zubon
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    I am not much of a con-goer, but there is something special about arriving at Gen Con and seeing my people. Most of you are on the other side of your monitors, and I game with fairly few people in person, whereas Gen Con has 50,000 nerds. I appreciate enthusiasm, and there are few more enthusiastic than nerds. I have decided that I am more excited about outfits than costumes. Some people are dressed up as characters, but you have more who look just a bit unusual, because this is the sort of place that embraces that. Fox ears? Celebrated, not mocked. Steampunk hat with goggles attached? Many,…
  • Shifting Balance

    Zubon
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Playing Town of Salem in Chaos (any/all) has felt pointless since the last update, but I don’t know if that is the effect of the new scrolls or just a run of bad luck. The new scrolls let you pay for better odds of getting a particular role. Here is what I am seeing this weekend: fewer Town in any/all. I have not counted in games where I am not Town, but my four games as a townie today have had 6, 6, 6, and 5 Town. That is out of 15, and Town’s odds drop towards zero when Town is less than half the population. I have won as a 3-person town, but you’d be a fool to bet that…
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  • Where I’m At

    Stropp
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:13 am
    It’s been a busy few months for me. I’ve done little gaming, turned 50, and I’ve been busy developing a cloud service for a client, which is why you haven’t seen too much of me. Celebrating my 50th was interesting. It felt a little like a mid-life crisis on the lead up to the big day. I can be introspective, being an introvert and all, and got a bit thoughtful. When you think about it computers have been following Moores Law all my life (the prediction was made in ’65.) I was four years old when the Eagle landed. There have been a few wars, the Berlin Wall fell,…
  • If You Had Me In Your Feed, You Might Not Now

    Stropp
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:59 pm
    A few weeks ago I changed my webhost. There were a couple of reasons, but mostly Hostgators support really, really sucked. (I had been hacked and was sending out tons of spam from Christmas day which meant that in between cooking for the family, I was trying to work out how to fix this. I lodged a support request that took a whole 4 weeks for HG to get back to me, saying that they had changed the password after I had figured out the problem two weeks earlier.) Then I received a bill with only a few days to pay and decided to move. Ahh, the joys of self-hosting… It mostly went okay. The…
  • Changing Webhost

    Stropp
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Over the next few days I’ll be changing my webhost. So if you notice the site is down, or acting a little funky, don’t worry it’s just transitioning. Normal service will resume shortly. Share This!
  • Daybreak or Nightfall?

    Stropp
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    About two weeks ago I wrote about the sale of SOE to an investment company (called Columbus Nova) and the subsequent rename of SOE to Daybreak Game Company. At the time I noted: So what does this mean for games like Everquest? Does EQ make enough to warrant keeping it alive, or will it be one of those line items that some dude in a suit will be hovering his red pen over, ready to strike out? What about Landmark? Everquest Next? Cancelled or rushed out, too early? Only time will tell I guess. Time will tell, in fact it’s already pointing that way with a bunch of layoffs at the company a…
  • Congrats! To The Massively Team

    Stropp
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:51 pm
    As I noted last week, it wasn’t a great time for the folks over at Massively. Their corporate overlords AOL had decided that niche media wasn’t their thing anymore (going back to filling the worlds landfills with unwanted disks, perhaps?) and shut down a series of their enthusiast websites including Joystiq, WoW Insider, and Massively. Well, you can’t keep a good group of gamers down. WoW Insider decided to rebrand and reform as Blizzard Watch, and the Massively crew has reformed as Massively Overpowered after running a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the new site.
 
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  • Hearthstone Season 16 (July)

    Honors Code
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Hearthstone's 16th season wrapped up and I'm happy to announce I made a new personal best rank this month. Previously, my best rank was Rank 17, but this month, I hit Rank 16.I realize no one cares what happens at Ranks 15 or above, but I'm pretty pleased with it. If we compared Hearthstone to WoW Raiding, Ranks 25 to 20 would be like the LFR level of Hearthstone. Ranks 19 to 15 are Flex, 14 to 6 are Heroics and Ranks 5 to 1/Legend are Mythic.I used a couple of different decks to climb this month. I try to keep one deck of each class so I can always do the daily quest to get gold to buy…
  • [Hearthstone] The Grand Tournament

    Honors Code
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    Hearthstone announced a new expansion called The Grand Tournament. It looks like it would be fun and I've been playing a more Hearthstone lately. The fact that I can play on my Phone at lunch or when the kids are on the computer is a big help.Blizzard has also announced a preorder bundle where you get 50 packs and an exclusive card back. You can buy the packs with gold and 50 packs would take 5000g to purchase. I have almost 1100g saved up, and I could probably save more in the 3 or 4 weeks before it goes live.I'm still considering buying the preorder bundle with cold, hard cash and then…
  • [WoW] Stepping Down

    Honors Code
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    I got assigned to an extra project at work that requires me to put in about two hours during my normal 'off hours' in the evening. The good news is I'm being compensated for my time. So, woot, IRL loot. The bad news is that I now have two less hours of free time each night. I still would like to eat dinner with my family and spend a little time with them each night. My time reading bedtime stories and tucking my kids in each night is sacrosanct. It's my gaming time that I will be forced to cut back. I'll be on the project for a minimum of two weeks, but it could go as long as two months.The…
  • [Hearthstone] Defeating Lord Victus Nefarious (Normal)

    Honors Code
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Nefarian is the final boss of the Blackrock Spire wing, but I had much more trouble with Chromaggus than I did with Nefarian. You are aided in your battle with Nefarian by none other than Ragnaros who gives you an additional card each turn from his own deck. His cards are powerful and make more of a difference than whatever deck you might be running.As I usually do for a first pull on a new boss, I went with my Bloodlust Shaman. Ironically, it is the very deck I used to defeat Ragnaros himself.Earthshock x2Forked Lightning x2Vitality TotemWhirling Zip-o-matic x2Powermace x2Feral SpiritHex…
  • [Hearthstone] Defeating Chromaggus (Normal)

    Honors Code
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Chromaggus is the last boss standing between you and Nefarian. They adapted his 'curse' mechanic for the game by having him put various 1 mana cards in your hand that either do damage to you or buff Chromaggus in some way like heal him, or make his minion or spells cost less as long as you hold them in your hand. You have to "play" them which burns your own mana. His deck consists of many Druid cards like Swipe, and Claw. One particularly troublesome minion he has is the Chromatic Dragonkin. This minon gets +2/+2 every time you cast a spell and those nasty debuff cards Chromaggus gives you…
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  • Concentrating on the core

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:13 am
    I rarely play a game just for the story. Game stories rarely reach the quality of a good book, and if you play for the story the game doesn't have much replayability. So I am far more interested in gameplay. And most of all I am interested in the core gameplay mode, what I call the "basic repeating unit" of the game, the one thing you do over and over and over. In a MMORPG that would typically be combat. For me to like a role-playing game, I need to like the combat system. And if the combat system is flawed, I typically won't play the game for long.One prime example for that is Lord of the…
  • World of Warcraft : The Dark Prophet

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
    On the World of Warcraft loading screen there is the announcement that there will be an announcement of the next expansion on August 6th. Personally I find those "we announce that we have something to announce" things a bit silly. Furthermore there is apparently a leak, which might or might not be complete fiction. I once made up the announcement for the second WoW expansion that I called The Freezing Jihad, and got a surprising amount of things right, from the new level cap to the ice theme. The monk I predicted got added later in Mists of Pandaria.So for comparison with the real…
  • Warhammer 40,000 Deathwatch Tyranid Invasion

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    Competing today for the title of the game with the silliest long name is Warhammer 40,000 Deathwatch Tyranid Invasion, made by the same people who did Warhammer Quest, but currently on iOS only. Like Warhammer Quest, Deathwatch is a tactical turn-based game, in which you level up a squad by gaining experience points and gear from missions. But the similarity ends there. While Quest was fantasy and had random dungeons, Deathwatch is in the 40K universe with you playing a squadron of space marines fighting aliens in a series of 40 hand-made missions. More importantly the combat feels very…
  • Heroforge

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:37 pm
    I originally wanted to write an article like this one about Heroforge, with photographs. But frankly I just don't have the photographic skills. And I still need to persuade one of my players to paint them. So I'll stick to my traditional medium of just the written word and refer you to the above linked article for photographic examples.Heroforge is a service, launched via Kickstarter, that provides 3D printed figurines for tabletop roleplaying games. The website works a bit like a character generator from a MMORPG: You create a character in one of several different settings, choosing his…
  • Player interaction

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
    Ravious and Bhagpuss kicked of an interesting series of discussions about player interactions in MMORPGs. Bhagpuss states "There's nothing amazing any more in joining with dozens of people of all ages and races and genders and religions separated by thousands of miles and an infinity of experiences, coming together to imagine killing a giant dragon or a destroying a titanic spacecraft. Happens all the time.", while Ravious thinks we prefer to play alone, but in a crowd.While I do think that Bhagpuss is onto something when he thinks that familiarity breeds contempt, I do wonder in how far game…
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  • Do You Min/Max Your Fantasy Races?

    Pike
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    Discussion of racials and their effect on PvP is all the rage right now if MMO-Champion is any indication.  This brings me to my topic of the day: when you roll up your fantastical fictional race (or normal human, if you swing that way), do you take things like racials into consideration? Because I don’t.  Not in the slightest. In World of Warcraft, I tend to be drawn to races that I like for various personal reasons.  My love for gnomes and goblins comes from my love of technology, robots, and SCIENCE! in general.  My love for the tauren is because Mulgore reminds me of where I…
  • Good Games That Are Good: Endless Legend

    Pike
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    I’ve had this game sitting around for a while (like some 300-odd other games on Steam), but I didn’t actually install it until a few days ago.  You see, I was feeling a 4X scratch that needed to be itched, and since everything I’ve heard about Endless Legend has been overwhelmingly positive, I decided to try it out. It’s only been a few days and I’m already confident that this is probably the best 4X since Civ IV. Endless Legend is vaguely set in the same universe that Endless Space was.  The main difference is that Endless Legend gives us more of a fantasy…
  • I Have a Secret And I’m Not Telling Blizzard (Shhh)

    Pike
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Okay.  Do you guys see this thing?  This thing right here? I got it for the Fourth of July or whatever the Warcraft Universe equivalent is (Fireworks Spectacular or some such.)  Anyways it’s pretty neat because it gives you slowfall and the cooldown is only five seconds so you can give yourself slowfall basically as much as you want. You will notice that it says “Duration: 1 day”.  That’s because one day after the fireworks show was over, the mug became empty and I couldn’t use it anymore.  So I tossed it. The next day I logged in and it was, mysteriously,…
  • What If… There Was A New Class That Was “Almost” Hunters?

    Pike
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We’re getting a new expansion announcement in a week and, of course, the rumors are flying.  One rumor that I’ve seen in more than one place is the idea of a new class that uses ranged weapons but is not a hunter.  Demon hunter?  Ranger?  Scout?  Who knows? Let’s talk about this idea, though.  A non-hunter hunter.  What would that be like?  I imagine they probably wouldn’t have pets, and I feel like a new ranged weapon class would focus more on magic than on physical damage to further differentiate themselves.  Maybe a sort of… gun-wielding spell…
  • You Know What This Whole Draenor Pathfinder/Flying Thing Reminds Me Of?

    Pike
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    It reminds me of attunement.  Good old fashioned attunement.  Remember when that was a thing?  It looked like this: Stuff was gated behind even more stuff and it took forever to get into anything you wanted to do.  I mean, it was kinda fun… in a masochistic sort of way… but yeah.  It all basically went away by the end of TBC. But now we’ve got this thing, courtesy of Wowhead, which tells you how close you are to being attuned for flight. Look at all this.  It seriously reminds me of old-school attunement.  I ain’t even mad, just kind of… amused, I guess. …
 
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  • #Blaugust 3: Irresistible, futile player housing

    Syl
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    Last night I finally rid myself of a 300k gil in FFXIV to acquire a private chamber in our guild house on Cactuar, mostly out of curiosity to see how SE handled the housing feature. Five hours flew by in which I found myself in a familiar building and decoration frenzy until I was pretty much “done”, browsing web databases and the auction house included. Significantly lighter in the pocket change department, I had to ask myself: what’s it all for? It is the age old question of the MMO player and the future still hasn’t arrived. Welcome to the cosy SPA! Maybe…
  • #Blaugust 2: Blogroll Updates!

    Syl
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    As my second act of #Blaugust, I am in the process of re-viewing and rejuvenating the blogroll. While I’ve never had the world’s shortest blogroll, I have always kept a well-tended list of handpicked blogs on my sidebar since my blogroll is also really my personal reader. Love your blogroll! As part of the NBI in 2013, I wrote a longer post on how I handle my blogroll and why I think it’s an important feature for anyone looking to engage with blogging communities. As an MMO blogger, you’re part of a niche inside the greater gaming world and most of us don’t…
  • Blaugust Kickoff: Happy Street Gang

    Syl
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    So Belghast initiated another round of #Blaugust for this August 2015 and in one last-minute act of madness, which was totally not instigated by other bloggers on twitter, I decided to join the crazy company (you can still do so btw!). I always said blogging on a daily basis is not for me and since I usually end up doing the things I say I won’t do (like never joining twitter or playing Tera), I might as well lose whatever credibility I got left. Twitter is where your resolutions go to die. I figured this is a good opportunity for me to get back to a more frequent posting schedule and…
  • [FFXIV] High Adventure #2

    Syl
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    Over the years, I have spent a good while searching for perfect screenshot moments in MMOs but it’s rare for a scene to come together this well, all by itself. When my black mage entered Matoya’s cave for the first time in Heavensward, no stage designer nor dramaturg could’ve conceived the scene better; the strange magician with her pointy hat speaking to the resident frog servant, with tomes of magic piling up in the background and animated broomsticks sweeping the dusty floor. For a moment, I was the magician’s apprentice rather than a wayward Au’Ra, chasing…
  • [FFXIV] Welcome to High Adventure #1

    Syl
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    This journey through Heavensward has been a spellbound tome of wonders for this fairytale child. I have found myself philosophizing with the goblins, negotiating with old witches and their chatty broomsticks and conversing with dragons, fighting for dragons, flying on dragons – so many dragons everywhere. What a delight this expansion is. The dialogues, the locations, the magical creatures may as well spring straight from the pages of the Grimm’s Tales or Edda or Tolkien’s works. As always, Square Enix are borrowing everywhere but brewing their very own enchanting…
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    Auction House Addict

  • Making Gold with the Garrison Auction House

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    As I get back into my stride with goldmaking in WoW, I'm finding all sorts of nice opportunities to make gold on the Auction House. One of my newest earners is flipping the parts that make up the Garrison Auction House or the Ancient Trading Mechanism.Take a look at the Undermine Journal page above - it's for my server so yours may be very different but I'm sure there will be the same opportunities for you as there are here for me.The first thing I look at when using the Undermine Journal is to compare the current prices with the mean prices. You can see that on some of the component parts,…
  • How and Why To Price Your Primal Spirits

    12 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    There are multiple sources of Primal Spirits in World of Warcraft, some of which are free so why would you need to work out a price for them? Well, Primal Spirits are one way of increasing your supply of the bind on pick up crafting materials like Burnished Leather or Hexweave Cloth which are used to craft the highest quality armor and weapons as well as the item upgrade essences. You can also exchange Primal Spirits for the Sorcerous Air, Water, Earth and Fire that you need for crafting as well as Savage Bloods.If you are going to craft any of the high end gear or upgrade Essences, you need…
  • What's Been Selling This Week? 30th June 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    This week, I've been busy leveling my main but I've also been clearing out some of my alts banks too. I'm still very focused on leveling and am only just beginning to get my gold making machine running but as this was always a popular post in the past, I thought I'd give you a peek at what's been selling this week.As you can see from the screenshot, I've been selling a wide range of random stuff but the nicest surprise for me was the sale price for the Pyrite Ore - that's an average price of 759 gold for a stack of just 20 ore! If you're a bit short on gold, it might be worth checking out…
  • 5 Reasons You Might be Struggling To Make Gold in World of Warcraft

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    5 Mistakes Players Make When Making Gold in World of WarcraftToday we're going to take a look at the top reasons why you struggle to make gold in World of Warcraft. Marcus and I came up with a few more than 5 once we got chatting about it on the podcast but they are all linked to these top reasons so read on to find out where you might be going wrong and how to fix it!Are you...Not Playing the Auction House?Not Selling Items That Are In Demand?Spending Too Much?Undercutting Too Much?Inefficient?Once you have these five points sorted out, you should be able to make WoW gold easily and afford…
  • Warlords of Draenor - The Iron Tide Pre-Patch is Here At Last!

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    The time has finally arrived for the excitement and build up to the release of Warlords of Draenor, the pre-expansion patch a.k.a patch 6.0.2 and I have succumbed to the hype and re-subbed. Well, when I say re-subbed, I've bought a 30 day timecard so I can decide whether I even want to buy the expansion.Over the summer, I've spent a couple of months in Wildstar and more recently, a week or two in ArcheAge but although I've enjoyed them, neither has the initial addictiveness that World of Warcraft had for me way back in 2009 when I first started playing. To say 'I'm back!' is probably a bit…
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