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  • There's a New Sheriff in Town

    Honor's Code
    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…
  • Blizzard seeks targeted feedback on beta quest bottlenecks

    WoW Insider
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Questing bottlenecks plague the release of every World of Warcraft expansion -- if you were an Alliance player trying to play the night of Mists of Pandaria's release, you probably have nightmares about a certain gyrocopter. This time around, the developers are specifically seeking feedback about such bottlenecks. In the words of QA representative Zorbrix: Targeted Feedback Request: Quest Bottlenecks Bottlenecks are basically the term we use to describe situations that stop players from questing at their normal pace. Players tend to progress through zones and quests at different rates, but if…
  • Slots Games Give The Best Introduction To Earning Real Money

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    Tyler Watson
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Casino slots games are the kind of games which challenge participants to form a winning blend of symbols by spinning the reels. If a winning symbol blend is showed at the end of a spin, participants will be rewarded according to the slot’s payment structure. However, the participants are expected to place real cash bets at the start of each spin, but those who do not want to risk their cash can begin by playing the free games slots. These free games slots are available in several online sources like; online casinos, gambling news portals, approved casino affiliate sites and other casino…
  • Win a Beta Key from BlizzPro!

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    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…
  • Covering All Bases

    Kinless Chronicles
    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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  • Blizzard seeks targeted feedback on beta quest bottlenecks

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Questing bottlenecks plague the release of every World of Warcraft expansion -- if you were an Alliance player trying to play the night of Mists of Pandaria's release, you probably have nightmares about a certain gyrocopter. This time around, the developers are specifically seeking feedback about such bottlenecks. In the words of QA representative Zorbrix: Targeted Feedback Request: Quest Bottlenecks Bottlenecks are basically the term we use to describe situations that stop players from questing at their normal pace. Players tend to progress through zones and quests at different rates, but if…
  • The battle for Warsong Gulch continues in Wowcraft

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    CarBot's latest Wowcraft episode continues to focus on our Horde and Alliance friends as they battle for the flags of Warsong Gulch. This episode pokes fun at lots of the typical mechanics and behavior you'll see in a battleground--the spring boots, the rez timer, and of course those infuriating, blinking mages. The game's still afoot, however, and despite the ominious (for the Alliance, anyway) ending to this short, nobody's yet won. We'll see how things continue in part four! Filed under: Humor, Arts and CraftsThe battle for Warsong Gulch continues in Wowcraft originally appeared on WoW…
  • Know Your Lore: The Ashbringer, Alexandros Mograine

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft. Unlike other KYL's we've written here, this one's actually about two things - a person, and a weapon. The weapon is one of the most powerful ever forged, crafted by the hand of a dwarven king mourning a brother he believed slain, made with a chunk of crystal from another world. The man was a tireless crusader for his…
  • The Queue: I'm on a boat

    31 Jul 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 though I'd share what I had to do with my life yesterday. I was on a boat, on a lake, and was drinking on aforementioned boat. I lead a very difficult life. Please, pray for me when you have a moment to spare. NickJay asked: I asked earlier what the chances are of Blood Elves models being the only race to not be included at launch, and since the devs have now answered "100%", my new question is: when would…
  • Around Azeroth: Because that's where the money is

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    "Really, what's a Mad Genius to do?" asks submitter, crazy cat lady and aspiring bank robber Quadratic of Gnomeregan Forever on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "I drink the Horrific Transformation Potion, I get the Insane Angry Robot that fires laser cannons all ready to explode ... and I STILL can't manage to properly rob a bank. Really. You'd think that these pandaren are just used to us Mad Evil Geniuses trying to rob their bank." Want to see your own screenshot here? Send it to aroundazeroth@wowinsider.com. We strongly prefer full-sized pictures with no UI or names showing. Include "Azeroth" in…
 
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  • Slots Games Give The Best Introduction To Earning Real Money

    Tyler Watson
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Casino slots games are the kind of games which challenge participants to form a winning blend of symbols by spinning the reels. If a winning symbol blend is showed at the end of a spin, participants will be rewarded according to the slot’s payment structure. However, the participants are expected to place real cash bets at the start of each spin, but those who do not want to risk their cash can begin by playing the free games slots. These free games slots are available in several online sources like; online casinos, gambling news portals, approved casino affiliate sites and other casino…
  • Top Android Betting Apps: An OverView

    Tyler Watson
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    It is difficult to locate the best Android betting apps. Google doesn’t allow any apps of gambling on their play store so they are based on mobile or set up via 3th party source. The following are the best android betting apps that are found by our knowledge and resources. World Cup 2014 & William Hill William Hill is one of the top best Android apps of betting. They have a great combination of platform and some fantastic offers such as second goal scorer money back special, accumulator insurance and other offers. Besides, their layout is very friendly to users, and it is very…
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    Tyler Watson
    19 May 2014 | 7:36 pm
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    Tyler Watson
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Are you going to start a business but you don’t have any bookkeeping skills? If you never attended any bookkeeping course, cert 4 in bookkeeping will be a great and safe way before you spend money. After this course, you may choose to become a professional bookkeeper. The bookkeeping process is very important and necessary to any business. If any business has accurate and proper bookkeeping, it can be sustained and expanded because the bookkeeping play an important role in controlling the cash flow in company. In addition, it will help you know that your business is running in the right…
  • About the Best Ultra sound Technician Schools

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    31 Mar 2014 | 1:18 am
    Ultra sound is currently used all over the world, hence the high demand for associated technicians. Ultra Sound technicians are bestowed with the responsibility of using ultra sound technology to come up with detailed images of the internal structures of the human body. Ultra sound Technician Schools therefore, train individuals to understand how to use Ultra sound tools and provide data to physicians and patients. Objectives of Ultra sound Technician Schools Bestultrasoundtechnicianschools.co visits various such schools to find out all the necessary information for ultra sound technicians.
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  • 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…
  • Thok: Turning Panic into Reflex

    Matticus
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
    We killed Thok. Damn, that was a rough encounter. I had a feeling this week was going to be a good week. We set a guild record for day 1 kills by clearing from Immerseus to (and including) Malkorok on day 1. Fast forward to day 2, and Spoils ended up being Spoils that took a little longer than I expected due to some confusion on cooldown usage. In the end, we managed to get it down just after the first hour of the night. And now, the Thok Block. We haven’t squared off against an actual progression encounter with an appropriate group composition in months. In fact, our last progression kill…
 
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    Kinless Chronicles

  • 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…
  • What I’d like my office view to be

    Kinless
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    My latest creation in Landmark. Somebody let their claim expire, right next to the portal, and who was walking past?  I was.  
  • Wildstar Character Selfies

    Kinless
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Worthy, Dominion Cassian Spellslinger. Cloth wearing gunslinger.  He’s currently questing in a savannah environment. Virillustris (in full Eldar costume), Exile Mordesh Stalker.  I picked the green coloration before I got the Eldar getup.  I also like how the disease has so wasted him away that sections of him are contained in glass.  Like his abdomen, shoulders, one leg, and you can see his internal workings.  He’s currently questing in a forest environment. BillyBeau, Exile Human Esper.  They protray the Human Exiles as kind of hillbillies.  So, here’s Billy Beau…
  • Wildstar Crafting & More First Impressions

    Kinless
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:22 am
    My Gunslinger reached Level 10.  Since I’m not playing with end-game raiding in mind I figure a crafting skillset to take care of myself would be good. I picked tailoring (and since like WoW tailoring doesn’t require a gathering skill) I took relic hunting. Anyway, another character, on hitting level 10, was given a cookie crumb trail quest sending me to the zone’s nearest crafting trainer.  My Gunslinger, though, not so lucky.  He managed to have easy access via Taxi to Illium so he went there and learned his trades. First order of business, with the required materials,…
  • Wildstar Beginning Experience

    Kinless
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:55 am
    Which one? I’ve now played through two intro zones.  (Well, the 2nd intro zone after the 1st intro zone.) One with the wife employed several new techniques.  Gather up some critters, release them someplace safe. The other, without her, was a more old-style “shoot-em up.”  Go get ‘em. I was surprised how different questing in those two zones felt. And I’ve yet to start crafting, housing, riding, dungeons. Which is, cupcakes, a good thing. And the colors.  My gosh, the colors.  Whew.  It was such a relief to be past the dominions slash-and-burn and into the…
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    Blessing of Kings

  • 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:…
  • DPS Feedback Idea - Historical Meter

    Rohan
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    As you know, I am of the opinion that the reason of lot of DPS players play badly is not because they don't care, or are innately bad. Instead it is because they lack the required feedback necessary to improve.Currently, the best tool for feedback is DPS meters. But while DPS meters work, they are a very blunt instrument. They don't account for differences in gear, or fights, or even tell what number you should be aiming for.I think a better DPS meter could be made, but it would probably require the game developers to implement.Currently, DPS meters compare you to the other players in the…
  • Subsystem Depth

    Rohan
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I was thinking over how I currently play MMOs, and how I used to play MMOs. I noticed a small and unusual pattern.Back in Vanilla, I used to PvP. Not a whole lot, and not with any great degree of skill. But I did battlegrounds and eventually got Knight-Captain rank in the old PvP system [1]. Then in later expansions, Blizzard expanded on PvP, adding ratings, PvP gear, arena teams, etc. PvP used to be pretty shallow, and Blizzard made it deeper. I tried the new system for a little bit, but ultimately my response was to stop playing PvP.Before Mists, I used to collect minipets. Again, not…
  • The Achilles Heel of MMOs

    Rohan
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:27 pm
    From Reddit:I'm not exactly sure what just happened I'm fairly new to MMORPG's in general. FFXIV is the first time I've ever played one.I'm level 15, and I was on a quest called 'It's Probably Pirates: Limsa Lominsa' It involves clearing out the dungeon 'Sastasha'.For some reason I got a message right before we reached the last boss that said "You have been dismissed from both the party and the duty."So now I'm sitting here upset at having wasted 40 minutes grinding away and wondering what happened. Did I do something wrong? I don't understand.We eat our young.
 
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    Kill Ten Rats

  • [TT] Random But Predictable

    Zubon
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Randomness is rarely chaos. In games, randomness is a pick from a pool with known and computable probabilities. Roughly 1/6 of the rolls in Settlers of Catan will be 7s that activate the robber. Roughly 5/36 of the rolls will be 6s and another 5/36 will be 8s, which is why they are the most sought numbers and why there is so much groaning when there are 5 6s in a row or when there are 0 8s for 15 minutes. Some players think that still leaves too much to chance, so you can buy dice decks, giving you the exact probability distribution over 36 turns rather than knowing it works out in the long…
  • Enforced Casualness

    Zubon
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    I have been playing through Reignmaker, which is Tower of Elements with city-building. Because your abilities are gated by the city-building aspects, and the resource-gathering for city-building is a time-based mechanic, casual play is enforced. Take, for example, the pictured level. Several levels recommend the sorts of spells or items you would want for them. Researching a spell takes time. Upgrading a building does not, but gathering resources for it does. If you need 1000 wood to upgrade to level 4 (plus 500 for level 3, plus…), and your (upgraded at the cost of more wood) lumber…
  • Expensive Means Rare, Rare Means Powerful, Therefore P2W

    Zubon
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Dawn of the Dragons had a rather exceptional developer post that circuitously but explicitly said they were planning to balance content by making powerful things more expensive. It has always implicit that you buy power, as in many cash shop-supported games, but the circumstances and the PR-speak involved surprised me. DotD has always had a lottery and recently added lockboxes. Lockboxes were somewhat controversial, even if they were functionally almost identical to the existing lottery. Notably, the lockboxes contained some rather powerful equipment, as you might expect from a cash shop…
  • [GW2] Entangled Upwards

    Ravious
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Episode 2 of Guild War 2’s Season 2 (that’s a lot of 2’s) feels like rising action, a flashback, and also foreshadowing. Episode 1 was an easily-digestible story in the desert as we figured out who sabotaged the Zephyrites. Episode 2 starts adding a bit more complexity to the story. There’s good and bad, but it’s clear (especially from the teaser for Episode 3) that the picture frame is expanding. Spoilers herein. Scarlet’s Legacy Entanglement starts off where Episode 1 left off: with Scarlet. Or rather, with Scarlet’s memory and effects. At the end of Episode 1 we left Taimi…
  • Clipping

    Zubon
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Can any artists (or art managers) in the audience talk about your process for graphic fixes? Comments and links appreciated. For example, clipping is a frequent issue in games. I think of City of Heroes/Villains, which had a variety of capes, robes, and flowing garments; a variety of spikes and big shoulderpads; several weapons, which might be held or sheathed; and of course a wide variety of animations that combined them all. A martial artist in spandex had few problems, but a swordswoman sliced through her cape every few seconds, and often just with the running animation. Players would…
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    Honor's Code

  • 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
  • #Wildstar Launch Plans

    Ted Atchley
    30 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Tonight is the big night. Wildstar launches at 12:01pm PST / 3:01 am EST Saturday (which I still think of as tonight, although it's technically tomorrow. I won't get started until sometime on Saturday. My days of playing at 3am are sadly behind me.If you are going to be up and waiting for Carbine to flip to switch, you might want to check out Gamebreaker Nation's launch party on Twitch. They will start streaming at 1am eastern and carry on right up until launch. My good friend, Ghostal is one of the hosts and they are going to do a great job.My Launch PlansClassFrom the moment I saw her, I…
  • Why Wildstar’s Endgame Will Work

    Ted Atchley
    25 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    At PAX East, the major emphasis of the Wildstar team was on end game. Many people including Massively’s Wildstar writer, Eliot Lefebvre, are dismayed by the apparent emphasis on high end raids as the main PVE endgame in Wildstar.Wildstar has two raid sizes, 20 man and 40 man. If that feels a little Vanilla WoW to you it should.(cue Billy Mays voice) But wait, there’s more!They are also bringing back attunements. At level cap there is a lengthy quest chain that must be completed before you can start the 20 man raid. Completing the 20 man raid is required to start the 40 man raid. The…
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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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    Tobold's Blog

  • Our players are so unpleasant, we charge you not to play them

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Blizzard sent me a mail telling me that I'm about to miss the free Arachnid wing of the Naxxramas expansion for Hearthstone. I don't mind, I'm not a big fan of Hearthstone. Although Hearthstone has the better interface, I still prefer the more complex Magic 2015 to the dumbed down Blizzard version. But what caught my attention about Curse of Naxxramas was the business model: PvP is free, but each wing of Naxxramas costs 700 gold or $6.99, or $19.99 for the 4 wings you can't get for free. Which is pretty steep if you consider that "Naxxramas" in Hearthstone is just a series of 15 decks you…
  • Landmark sale on Steam

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    For another 9 hours the Landmark founder's sets are on sale on Steam with a 66% reduction. I decided the game has enough potential for me to spend €6.79 on it. Not sure I will play it much before they add the monsters though.Tobold's Blog
  • The use of game analysis

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    A lot of the posts on this blog are about game design: What makes a game fun? What motivates players to act in certain ways? How can good game design make a game better? Of course if we talk about video games and MMORPGs all that game design discussion remains rather theoretical. I don't have illusions of grandeur believing that game designers are reading my blog and will implement my suggestions for improvements to their games. But when we move into the domain of pen & paper role-playing games that changes the situation dramatically. Here, if you can find the strong and weak points of…
  • Less fun jobs in a group

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    In the second part of RPGMP3 video playthrough of the Lost Mine of Phandelver, the fighter in view of rather bad odds is resorting to a tactic which is probably optimal for a 5E level 1 fighter: He stops trying to hit things, but instead uses the dodge action every round. Which in addition to his protection fighting style results in every attack on him or anybody next to him being at disadvantage, taking the lower of two d20 rolls. That doesn't exactly speed up the game, the group takes 4 hours for two fights, but it results in there being no combat deaths. As advantage/disadvantage is such a…
  • Lost Mine of Phandelver videos

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    As I want to buy it at my local gaming store and not online, I still haven't got the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set. But I did find that several people, Wizards of the Coast included, put videos of themselves playing the starter set adventure Lost Mine of Phandelver on YouTube. *Spoiler alert* Don't watch those videos or read my comments if you plan to play the Starter Set as a player. As watching different groups actually play the game can give a more precise impression of the Starter Set than just reading it, I ended up spending hours on YouTube that way. Here are my…
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    World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

  • 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.
  • Episode 191, "What are littel Dranei made of?"

    22 May 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Transmog class items More WoD flavor items discovered Artcraft - Cosmetic Class Accessories Patch 5.4.8 with hotfixes Blaizzard created level 90 crash-course videos Tier 17 gear images Warlords of Draenor Alpha - Build 18297 Starcraft II hackers being sued Azeroth choppers
  • Episode 190, "Life in PvP"

    16 May 2014 | 10:42 am
    Special guest @ikrissi comes to hang out and talk to us about life on a PvP server. News: New female night elf model http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/14096397/artcraft-huntress-of-teldrassil-5-13-2014 Cloud serpent riding not needed for 6.0 Patch 5.4.8 http://www.wowhead.com/news=239002/patch-5-4-8-ptr-build-18273-new-mounts-database-updated-for-additional-item-upgr
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    HuntsmansLodge.com

  • Memorable WoW Moments: Taming Garwal

    Garwulf
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Around 5 years ago, some clever Hunter devised a way to tame a Worgen – back before they were a playable race, of course. Once I got wind of this taming exploit I naturally had to give it a try for myself. I mean, the thought of having a werewolf for a pet…how badass was […] The post Memorable WoW Moments: Taming Garwal appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • Q & A: My Key Bindings

    Garwulf
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    First off, if you’ve sent me an email that I never replied to, please do not take offense. I receive a decent amount of email now and again – mostly pertaining to my UI – and it gets very difficult for me to devote time to detailed responses, especially when things are crazy around here. […] The post Q & A: My Key Bindings appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • Cleaning house

    Garwulf
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Some of you may be happy to know that I’ve returned my attention to the site and I’m busy in the backend cleaning up spam comments and making general updates & improvements. Unfortunately, the spam tends to accrue when I’ve gone absent for months at a time, so surgically removing the bogus comments amongst the […] The post Cleaning house appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • Almost back…

    Garwulf
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    For the loyal few that still return here once in awhile in hopes of seeing something new up on the home page, I once again apologize for my sudden disappearance. However, those of you who’ve followed the site for any length of time probably also know that I’m good like that. I tend to go […] The post Almost back… appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • Memorable WoW Moments: Mist Howler

    Garwulf
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:07 am
    These days Mist Howler is nothing special, apart from him being a rare spawn, but back in the day he was a prized pup. Mist Howler was one of the few pets available with a very fast attack speed, which was most beneficial for caster interrupts in PvP. There were a handful of faster pets, […] The post Memorable WoW Moments: Mist Howler appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
 
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    Sideshow & Syrana

  • Diving In

    Sideshow
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Since the last post, I’ve spent a good chunk of Eve Online time training up my character to do some exploring. I have since spent a lot more time (almost all of my play time with that character) in low security space. My exploration character. My logic is that the badass portrait keeps weaker pirates away. I now have a T2 covert ops frigate, the Buzzard, which is a decent exploration ship, but also not a huge loss if I make a mistake and get killed in it. I have also trained high enough in Cloaking to be able to add the Covert Ops Cloaking Device II which allows me to spent most of…
  • 7 Years and 2 Ships

    Sideshow
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It’s been at least 3 and a half years since I last ventured into the vast open darkness of Eve Online’s universe. I was looking for a different kind of game to play recently, so I decided to renew my subscription and see what has changed. Since I created my characters back in October of 2007, I’ve played a bunch of Eve Online. I dabbled in a few things, but mostly industry, hauling, and mining, things I could do solo. I did play along with a few local friends, but they have since stopped playing, as far as I know. I usually had fun, but soon got bored, like I do with a lot…
  • Paying to Game

    Sideshow
    28 Jan 2014 | 11:27 am
    I thought I’d do a little experiment with my gaming cost. Since I play 90% of the games on my PC using Steam, it keeps all of my gaming information in one place. I can see how much I played a specific game and also how much I paid for it (and its DLC.) I thought I’d go through some of my games to see how much the game cost me per hour based on the basic (time/full price) equation. Skyrim: The total cost of this one was $62.46 since I also bought the Hearthfire DLC for $2.47 along with the $59.99 game price. My play time, according to Steam, is 90 hours. Though, the story behind…
  • The Usual Suspects

    Sideshow
    29 Oct 2013 | 6:33 pm
    There are a few game series that I will almost always keep buying as they release new games. The Assassin’s Creed series is one of them. I almost didn’t get the newly released Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag today. Up until Monday, I had assumed that they were only releasing it on next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and the PS4. I’m not sure how that information stuck in my head. I guess I heard them say something in an early demo video and just assumed. I was a bit sad, since I’m not getting a next-gen system right away, but I got it, it’s a business decision.
  • GTA High Five!

    Sideshow
    12 Sep 2013 | 3:20 pm
    I’m pretty excited about next Tuesday when GTAV releases. I mean, I’ve been in love with that series since playing the first, classic top-down Grand Theft Auto game back in about 1998 or so. I didn’t play too much top-down GTA2, but GTA3 just blew my mind when I played it on my Playstation. It’s become bigger and better every time. I always enjoy shooting gangsters, running over pedestrians, and “making it rain“, though only in the confines of a video game. Open world games still seem to give me a lot of mileage while FPS games and MMOs are starting to wane…
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    TyphoonAndrew's - Eye of the Storm

  • Expectations are very difficult to manage. Rant.

    typhoonandrew
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    I was reading about the Blood Elf models not making the WoW – Warlords release, and through the comments people are extrapolating from that (a) Blizzard are rushing, (b) release might be around the corner, (c) the community deserve a little more information, (d) Blizzard have had plenty of time already and they are lazy, (e) the expansion will be terrible. The variety and breadth of perspectives on the next expansion is telling of two things. The fan-base isn’t sure of many details they consider important, and that Blizzard isn’t actually served (in the short term) by being…
  • Thoughts through the quiet time

    typhoonandrew
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Now that it’s gone a bit quiet around my house, and I’ve been out of game for a while I feel like sharing some short thoughts on gaming, which touch on MMORPGS and WoW. Gaming wise, a few odd sessions of D3 and Sir, You are Being Hunted is all I’m fitting in, and that was/is mostly months ago. I finally finished the basic story of D3 and watched the lovely cut-scene/movie. Those Blizzard folks still know how to make a reasonable ending. Playing on with D3 without the expansion feels like running on a hamster wheel because the story is over. So now I either pay for the next…
  • hmm, really. A little interested now.

    typhoonandrew
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Staying away from news and distractions tends to mean that when I do see something from Beta news, or an upcoming game I can get a raw impression. I’ve not over invested or drained my enthusiasm. But I saw some loading screen art for Warlords today which I really liked. It reminded me of many years ago while playing Burning Crusade. I’m a little interested now. So much so that I’m going to crawl back under my rock and not read much more till a lot more of the details are resolved. I don’t want to be part of the whine fest, and also do not want to fan the flames of…
  • brilliant, a game in only 265 code lines

    typhoonandrew
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Doing a dev job elegantly and quickly is wonderful. It is something I rarely see. So when I read that a quasi-3d environment (by PlayfulJS - try the Playfuljs demo) had been built using just 265 lines of code I was impressed. After running around in the demo I was darn impressed. It might not be true 3d at all, but it still a clever emulation. Good enough for a game hack, yup, certainly. More please. Think for a moment about how little code that actually is. A true credit to the 6-7 folk who put this together. The geeks over at Soylent also think its interesting, which is where I found the…
  • Nagrand and Caelestrasz realm merge, on 12 June

    typhoonandrew
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:33 pm
    This time they probably mean it. Be good when I return to WoW The following US realms have been scheduled for connection on Thursday, June 12. Azuremyst and Staghelm Drenden and Arathor Duskwood and Bloodhoof Nagrand and Caelestrasz Filed under: Warcraft
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    Recent Questions :: EpicAdvice for World of Warcraft

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    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    Carpets are the most beautiful piece of art from which you can decorate your home or office or any other place. Carpets offer a warm feeling and a extra fine touch to any home. Nourison is a premier resource of luxury carpets for the hospitality industry.. Commercial Rugs Are one of the best creation of Nourison hospitality..
 
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    MMO Gypsy

  • 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…
  • Monday Wildstar Links

    Syl
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    The holidays are almost over (woe is me) so I have spent the past week catching up on my gaming in Wildstar, making it all the way to level 47 from 40. I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed the new zones as much as the fabulous Farside, Wilderrun being a dreaded jungle zone and Malgrave a navigation nightmare despite some pretty Firefly vistas. Nonetheless progress has been fun and it’s been a most productive time all around this new MMO which I’m still enjoying. Who would’ve thought? Malgrave Wildstar Wildstar Wildstaaaaar! So, Wildstar updates. I’ve finally…
  • Finding a Guild in Wildstar (and anywhere else)

    Syl
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    I remember a time when this was easy: jumping into a new MMO, meeting random people questing or selling goods, partying up for quests or dungeon runs. Then, writing their names down when the company was particularly enjoyable or adding them to a friendlist if such was available. Soon enough, you would decide this was a promising bond, once personal plans had been examined and longterm intentions seemed to match. There was potential for a common venture here – a guild. Either they already had one you could join or you would found one together, after you managed to agree on a suitable…
  • Latecomers and MMO Citizenship

    Syl
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Back from a trip to the Adriatic coast in Italy which I spent idly hanging at the beach and enjoying their wonderful food, I have been catching up with blogging neighbours and my friends in Wildstar who have of course hit level 50 while I was away. My Esper is currently still at 40 without trying very hard, so I’m in no rush to get to any endgame or attunement questchain. I still haven’t done all the 5man dungeons in Wildstar and it generally seems difficult to find a group of people interested in running them before level cap. This strikes me as weird but is probably testament to…
  • Second Skin: The perfect MMO Gear and Impact on Longterm Commitment

    Syl
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The other day, I had a bit of an argument with my significant other concerning folk who like to transform themselves with help of expressive or more unusual attire, often in their private time. The topic wasn’t so much cosplay but people generally wearing clothes that come with a certain message of affiliation or membership, to name more flamboyant members of the goth/black metal scene as one example. This type of expression isn’t limited to the rock’n rollers among us though; it can be found anywhere, even for more conservative interests such as golfing or hiking. Dressing up for the…
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    Cold's Gold Factory - World of Warcraft Auction House & Gold Tips

  • Eviscerated Gaming Podcast #100 - Livestream

    Scott Smith
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast - Episode #100Live Show Video Footage Is AvailableOn July 13th, The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast celebrated the milestone Episode #100 with a live show on Twitch TV.  The live show recording is now available on iTunes & Stitcher Radio in the normal audio formats, but the recording of the actual live streaming footage is also available on YouTube here:  EGP #100 Live Show Recording or in the embedded window below.We had a lot of fun recording the show live and hanging out in the chat interacting with listeners.  I performed an Electronic…
  • Hearthstone: Maximizing Your Match Experience

    Scott Smith
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:59 am
    How To Get More Experience In Your Hearthstone GamesEarning experience in Hearthstone is important to newer Hearthstone players because leveling your decks is how you unlock the free basic cards.  For the more experienced Hearthstone player, experience is required to unlock the golden versions of the class cards, as well as golden versions of some of the neutral minion cards in the game.  How do you earn more experience so that you can unlock your golden cards faster and get that deck to level 60?  Well, there are 4 main elements that figure into how much experience you earn in…
  • League of Legends - Player Behavior & The "It's Just Bots" Fallacy

    Scott Smith
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:35 pm
    The "It's Just Bots" Fallacy in Riot's MOBA: League of LegendsLeague of Legends BasicsLeague of Legends is a MOBA (Multi-Player Online Battle Arena) that I have been playing as my main game for the last few months.  League of Legends is an absolute blast and the game really tailors to my competitive nature as it can be highly competitive, especially within ranked play.  Before you can even think about trying out Ranked Play Mode in League of Legends, you must first get your Summoner (this is what they call player accounts in LoL) level to 30 and only then does the option of…
  • 10,000 Gold Per Hour BWL Magic Farm

    Scott Smith
    7 May 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Today's feature is a guest post from WoWNewsTeam.com.  I am still accepting guest posts, if you too would like to reach a larger audience than your normal blog.  Just contact me for details.In this farm entry, I’m bringing back one of the oldies. If you haven’t heard of it, the BWL (Blackwing Lair) magic farm is by far the best place to snag up as much runecloth as your little bags can handle. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes to get the hang of it. Plus, as a bonus, you’ll likely walk away with more than enough transmog pieces to keep the auctioneers busy for weeks.But…
  • Eviscerated Gaming Podcast #88 - "Pseudocyesis"

    Scott Smith
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The Eviscerated Gaming PodcastEpisode #88 - "Pseudocyesis"This week on The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast we talk about a variety of things including League of Legends, the Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo 3, Wildstar's new mystery bags for beta players, and a movie titled Free to Play that was produced by Valve. Episode #88 - Show Notes, Discussion Topics, & LinksPregnant or Just Obese? - This crazy news story comes from @Brohiem22Cold's Guest spot on WildStar Nation Podcast - #28 - "Hype Train Blues"WildStar Mystery CratesReaper of Souls D3 ExpansionFree to Play MovieLeague of…
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    Auction House Addict

  • Wildstar - Gold Making & Leveling in a New MMO!

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Well, it's been quite some time since I posted here but I've been suffering a bad case of the blerghs as well as having yet another operation but in between times, I've been playing the newest MMO on the block, Wildstar. I'm learning the markets and I'll be posting some gold making stuff here soon.I'm thoroughly enjoying Wildstar but I'm so slow at leveling, it's taking me forever. Apart from being distracted by the Auction House and Commodities Exchange (like the true AH Addict I am), I have been struggling a bit to find things on the map.Now don't get me wrong, I've never run out of quests…
  • Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes & Gold Making

    5 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Very late on Thursday night here in the UK, Blizzard finally released a huge post of information relating to the Warlords of Draenor expansion. The Alpha patch notes in their entirety can be found on the Battlenet site but be warned, they are lengthy, fairly detailed in some areas and very likely to cause some upset, especially with Class changes. This is a gold making blog however so I've been following my fellow gold makers, reading up on various bits in the patch notes and have a few comments to make myself.GlyphsThe main point that struck me (and many of my fellow gold bloggers like…
  • Saturday Celebrations - Dysenigrate, Hyjal-US

    11 Mar 2014 | 7:55 am
    So this week, we have a success story from Dysenigrate, one of my Clan mates in the Eviscerated Clan in Clash of Clans and I owe him an apology and to everyone for being so late! This post was due 1st March & I'm only just now remembering to do it! In my defence, I missed a few other things too as I've been super busy at work, preparing for our financial year end and also getting ready to fly out to see my fella! He's still asleep right now so I've pinched his PC to get this post out! lolIf you'd like to submit your own gold making Milestone Interview, instructions & more details…
  • Saturday Celebrations - Goldmansax

    22 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week we have a tale of big money from Goldmansax - very appropriate name there! He doesn't say which server or whether he is USA or EU but that doesn't really matter - all gold stories are different depending on server as so many of us gold bloggers regularly point out!If you'd like to submit your own gold making Milestone Interview, instructions & more details are on my Milestone Interviews page. Any milestone is suitable - whether it be 100k or 10 million, we want to hear about YOUR story. Don't be shy! You've seen what others are sending in over the last few months so come on…
  • The Accidental Goldmaker - A Challenge from the Godmother!

    18 Feb 2014 | 7:30 am
    Cute kitten pic...just because!A fair few weeks ago now, Marcus & I had the opportunity to chat to The Godmother about her adventures in WoW and her accidental goldmaking on episode 21 of The Journal of Marcus Ty podcast. She told us then that she was going to issue a challenge to the goldmaking community and soon after, she did indeed, publish that challenge.So here is my answer, albeit rather later in the day than planned, for which I apologise profusely - I've been kind of spaced out/absent due to some new medications but I'm getting used to them now so hopefully, normal service shall…
 
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