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    Tobold's Blog
    Tobold Stoutfoot
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    I bought a new PC recently. The 3-year old PC I used before I gave to my wife. Which meant her old computer, a bit over 5 years old, was to give away. Now a computer tends to accumulate a lot of personal data over the years. I don't like to just uninstall stuff and then find out later that somewhere hidden the bowels of the operating system there were still a bunch of my passwords stored that are now available to the new owner of the computer (even if we tend to give the old computer to friends or family). So what I like to do is to format the hard drive and give the computer away with a…
  • Last Week on Massively: PAX Prime 2014

    WoW Insider
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post. This week, Massively's Justin Olivetti braved the halls of PAX Prime and wrote all the things. Here's what he's tackled so far! PAX Prime 2014: ArcheAge is a go for launch! PAX Prime 2014: The mystery behind WildStar's Nexus PAX Prime 2014: Landmark…
  • 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…
  • Five 90s

    Kinless Chronicles
    Kinless
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    So far, pre-Warlords of Draenor I’ve got 5 90s. Cenotaph and Sunstriker I soloed through on my own. Msaker and Greenclaw I partnered with my wife’s Droonda and Itarilda and we quested our Horde and Alliance couples to 90. Outrageous and Ombria were mid 50’s characters that we were playing, and we picked professions we wanted to have maxed, and then took advantage of the free boost to 90 once they hit 60. (You had to be 60 to get to 90 WITH max level crafting. Boosting a less than 60 character would mean leveling it to 600 on your own.) Now we can take a little break and…
  • Gevlon's "4 fun ppl" Theory

    Blessing of Kings
    Rohan
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Gevlon has posted a very interesting, and quite insightful, take on PA's GIFT:Let me offer the "4 fun ppl theory", which explains the widespread horrible behavior and the recent research:Those we consider trolls are people with honest intention to positively socialize, but their extremely low social skills cause them to post hurtful or annoying things instead.My formula is "basement dweller + audience + lack of clear rules or authority = total f..wad".In some ways it is both a narrowing and a broadening of the GIFT formula.In my opinion, this is the most interesting thing that Gevlon has ever…
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  • Last Week on Massively: PAX Prime 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post. This week, Massively's Justin Olivetti braved the halls of PAX Prime and wrote all the things. Here's what he's tackled so far! PAX Prime 2014: ArcheAge is a go for launch! PAX Prime 2014: The mystery behind WildStar's Nexus PAX Prime 2014: Landmark…
  • Live from Azeroth, it's the WoW Insider Show

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here. Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by! Filed under: WoW Insider ShowLive from Azeroth, it's the WoW Insider Show originally appeared on WoW Insider on Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our…
  • Gaze of the Black Prince returns for the final time before WoD

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you haven't taken advantage of the buff before, or have a little bit of Black Prince reputation left to gain, then starting tomorrow you'll have the final chance before Warlords of Draenor to gain an extra 100% Black Prince reputation. The buff will run from next Tuesday through September 16th at 9am PDT. What's interesting is that the post says "before the Warlords of Draenor" expansion. It might be reading between the lines too much, but one has to wonder if some such buff will appear as a permanent feature of Warlords. That kind of buff would make sense for older content, and follow…
  • The Queue: Hard labor

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 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. Alex Ziebart will be your host today. I didn't sleep much last night and it's supposed to be a holiday here in the US. Let's just do this thing. @EctoMaster asked: Blizzard has said there will not be an alt-azeroth exploration but, what do think u think became of our world in alt-draenor?Continue reading The Queue: Hard laborFiled under: Analysis / Opinion, The QueueThe Queue: Hard labor originally appeared on WoW Insider on Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:00:00 EST.
  • Around Azeroth: They're not undead minions, they're unpaid interns

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    "When my death knight retired, she turned her swords into plowbills," writes submitter Zavannah of Eternal Exiles on Saurfang (EU-A). "Finding farmhands willing to work for a technically dead draenei was hard work, so she raised her farmhands from the remnants of countless brave but foolish adventurers who truly underestimated the power of the virmen. Alan the ghoul was too shy to step forth; that's why he hides behind his master." 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…
 
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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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    Kinless Chronicles

  • Five 90s

    Kinless
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    So far, pre-Warlords of Draenor I’ve got 5 90s. Cenotaph and Sunstriker I soloed through on my own. Msaker and Greenclaw I partnered with my wife’s Droonda and Itarilda and we quested our Horde and Alliance couples to 90. Outrageous and Ombria were mid 50’s characters that we were playing, and we picked professions we wanted to have maxed, and then took advantage of the free boost to 90 once they hit 60. (You had to be 60 to get to 90 WITH max level crafting. Boosting a less than 60 character would mean leveling it to 600 on your own.) Now we can take a little break and…
  • 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…
 
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    Blessing of Kings

  • Gevlon's "4 fun ppl" Theory

    Rohan
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Gevlon has posted a very interesting, and quite insightful, take on PA's GIFT:Let me offer the "4 fun ppl theory", which explains the widespread horrible behavior and the recent research:Those we consider trolls are people with honest intention to positively socialize, but their extremely low social skills cause them to post hurtful or annoying things instead.My formula is "basement dweller + audience + lack of clear rules or authority = total f..wad".In some ways it is both a narrowing and a broadening of the GIFT formula.In my opinion, this is the most interesting thing that Gevlon has ever…
  • Loyalty Rewards

    Rohan
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Massively asks: How do you feel about Loyalty Rewards?For the most part, I think loyalty rewards are unnecessary. The reward for subscribing is getting to play the game itself. If a game is good, it does not need external rewards to keep people subscribed.That being said, there is one situation where loyalty rewards are useful.As a general rule of thumb, you never want to make a customer feel stupid for purchasing something from you. Suppose a store sells you an item, and next week has a sale on that item. Many stores will allow you to get the discount if you bring in the receipt. Of course,…
  • 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…
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    Kill Ten Rats

  • Quick Review: PixelJunk Eden

    Zubon
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Enjoyable but cannot decide whether it wants to be stressful or relaxing. This is not a new game, but I acquired it in a recent Humble Bundle and have played a bit. It is a simple game with few commands. You fling a little “grimp” around plants, opening more plants by defeating enemies to send out pollen, working your way towards a prize in the sky. The main draw of the game is the soothing atmosphere. The music is light techno/trance. The graphics are abstract and colorful. You are swinging around plants, exploring and enjoying your little musical garden. It is soothing and…
  • Feedback Time

    Zubon
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Before the age of digital cameras, it was said that the average American family went through two rolls of film per year (summer vacation, Christmas). You probably have some good photos from your youth, but those were what was worth saving after removing two with the lens cap on, three with a thumb over the lens, four out of focus, five where someone blinked… Whatever rosy view of the past may exist, people were at least as bad of photographers back then, and almost certainly worse. If 90% of everything is crud, taking 50 quick pictures per week will give you far more good pictures than…
  • Gorgon Kickstarter

    Zubon
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Our dear friends from Elder Game are giving Kickstarter another chance to get in on their MMO Gorgon, which is in the works and not that far from completion. Development takes time, and time is money, so they need a surprisingly small amount of money to bring the project to fruition. Over at Elder Game, you can read a lot of the development discussion. I’d like to note four features, all of which are mentioned in the Kickstarter proposal: All those Kickstarter projects where they pitch before they start programming? There is a playable alpha of Gorgon today. Adjustable difficulty…
  • [GW2] Some Game

    Ravious
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Guild Wars 2 is two. Two years. I don’t even need to really look at my /age, and honestly I don’t really care. ArenaNet has made a pretty good thing. Not the perfect thing, but Guild Wars 2 is starting to get pretty comfortable. We’re at the point in this relationship where things are a nice burn instead of all hot and firecracker’y, intense and sometimes caustic.  I feel like the sophomore year of the game ended very well. I am very much enjoying Season 2. The story is good. The story delivery is good. The instances are good, and the boss battle at the end of…
  • 10 Years?

    Ethic
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    I was bored today and decided to see when I first posted here. Turns out it was in May of 2004. Has this site really been going for over 10 years? Yikes. - Ethic 10 Years? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats
 
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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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    Honor's Code

  • 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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  • Hasta la Vista!

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    I bought a new PC recently. The 3-year old PC I used before I gave to my wife. Which meant her old computer, a bit over 5 years old, was to give away. Now a computer tends to accumulate a lot of personal data over the years. I don't like to just uninstall stuff and then find out later that somewhere hidden the bowels of the operating system there were still a bunch of my passwords stored that are now available to the new owner of the computer (even if we tend to give the old computer to friends or family). So what I like to do is to format the hard drive and give the computer away with a…
  • Ethical game journalism requires the journalist not to play games

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    I tend to see the world not in black & white, but in scales of grey. So I can't give you a clear yes or no answer on the question whether I consider myself as a game journalist. Obviously my activity, writing opinions about games on my blog, resembles game journalism. I once ran around a Blizzard convention with a press pass around my neck. On the other hand that is not my job, but just a hobby. So it is somewhere in a grey area where I am in part a game journalist, and in part I am not. So the part of me that is somewhat a game journalist is interested in the issues of game journalism,…
  • DM techniques for running D&D encounters faster

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    I talked this week about the dual role of the dungeon master (DM) in a game of Dungeons & Dragons or similar tabletop role-playing game: Prepare and improvise. In this post I'm going to talk exclusively about the preparation part. Advance warning, if you aren't planning to play a pen & paper role-playing game anytime soon, this post isn't going to be very interesting to you.Me and my players love the tactical combat encounters of D&D 4th edition. We love having lots of options in each round of combat, and not just announcing basic attacks. And we love the tactical options that…
  • Investigative adventures in Dungeons & Dragons

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    I was reading this article on investigative adventures in D&D on Sly Flourish. Very interesting, especially to me right now, since in my campaign we will start an adventure like that next Monday. In the past, and with a different DM, we had adventures in which the players were supposed to investigate go wrong and stall, so this is kind of a danger zone for us. I think it helps to consider some human aspects here, starting with expectations.We've all read or seen detective stories, from Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot to Inspector Colombo. Being familiar with the format evokes a certain…
  • A gender-neutral thought

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    I totally get where this article on sexist video-gamers being terrorists is coming from. Nearly everything in that article is true. But I feel that there are two issues here, and mixing them up that way isn't all that helpful. One is sexism, which most certainly exists, and the other is video gamers behaving extremely badly under the cover of internet anonymity, which also most certainly exists. But if you drew a Venn Diagram of this, you would find that while there is a substantial overlap, the overlap isn't total.For example the terrorist accusation has as example the bomb threat called in…
 
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    World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

  • Episode 197, "The 20-year expansion comes with Ben-Gay"

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    What does ten years of expansions mean for the players that are getting older? What would Blizzard have to do to keep players interested for the next ten years, and how do you attract new players as time goes on? WoD was supposed to be out in June. Would that affect the Blizzcon announcements? Mike's experiencs playing beta last week before vacation.
  • 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.
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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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    Leafshine: Lust for Flower

  • [HOAX] 25 years for "Swatting" - how gaming changes

    Adam
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    One thing that has changed dramatically in gaming while I've been distracted has been the rise in livestreaming of games, and Twitch in particular. And with it came a new opportunity for trolling - but with horrible consequences: DeQuincy, LA — What many teenagers these days are considering a harmless prank, has landed one online gamer in more trouble than he could have ever imagined. In a Louisiana courtroom today, 15-year-old Paul Horner broke down in tears after a judge found the young man guilty on two counts of domestic terrorism and was sentenced to twenty-five years to life in…
  • WoW RSS Reboot

    Adam
    15 Feb 2014 | 11:43 am
    The problem with dropping out of WoW life for about 18 months is that certain things have just gone away. Like my guild, for example - but more on that later. Another thing that went away completely was Google Reader - killed off last year by the Big G. Luckily, I had the foresight to take a few minutes to dump out my RSS subscriptions via Google Takeout, and I had them safely stored away in my Dropbox.  So, one quick sign-up with Feedly later, and my feeds are coming in… Wrangle that XML…   The joy of OPML Now my old WoW RSS feeds are up and running again, and looking rather…
  • 15 Feb 2014 | 6:07 am

    Adam
    15 Feb 2014 | 6:07 am
    Progress is being made…
  • Whatever happened to Leafshine?

    Adam
    12 Jan 2013 | 5:24 am
    Getting wood in Pandaria - old style What the hell happened to Leafshine? Dammit, this blog is over five years old - and it missed its half decade anniversary. Silence has reigned for months, with only occasional bursts of activity. What is happening here? Well, the major reason for silence over the last six months can be summed up thus: I'm on your blog, Daddy! Yes, Dr. Leafy and I had our first child back in the summer and - while I had intial hopes that life might return to something like normal (hence the "countdown posts" that went nowhere…) - it changes everything. Free time has been…
  • 2… (speed isn't everything, Ratters)

    Adam
    18 Aug 2012 | 2:32 pm
 
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    HuntsmansLodge.com

  • These are so good

    Garwulf
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The Orc is always hilarious, but between the hunter and his pet (Frostsaber..?), those two steal the show in this series – especially in this last one. The Explosive Trap + Disengage was friggin’ great, and the Aspect of the Cheetah emote, but the Scare Beast at the end…OMG. Love it when the Troll Druid […] The post These are so good appeared first on 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.
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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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