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  • Holiday music exclusive battle: Apple/Eminem vs. Tidal/Lil Wayne

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    Richard Lawler
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:37 pm
    While many in the US are relaxing for the July 4th holiday, the folks at Apple Music and Tidal are hard at work trying to push their respective subscription music services. Apple has already announced plans for a Dr. Dre radio show on Beats 1 that wi...
  • Garrisons, gold, & gliding.

    Kinless Chronicles
    Kinless
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    I’ve been playing WoW daily, still.  If anything, I run through the followers on each of my level 90+ characters. I’m not gathering the resources anymore, and I’m not bothering to try and sell an i630 axe or staff anymore for the once astonishing 10,000 gold. I’ve been making gold, and picking up i655 and i670 gear, just running the little money-making machine called my garrison. Every time I got close to having 200,000 gold (!) I went and did a mega-purchase. The first was the Vial of Sands so I can turn into a FLYING taxi for my wife.  (I actually picked it up for…
  • Garrisons, Part I: Phasing

    Blessing of Kings
    Rohan
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Garrisons are the signature mechanic of Warlords of Draenor. They are also a failure, and have hurt the game more than they have helped.However, I don't think garrisons were that far from being a good mechanic. It feels like a few more iterations or tweaks could have brought garrisons to a much better place. As well, a lot of the problems with garrisons are long term problems that really only develop into serious issues after a few weeks of play.In this series, I hope to take a look at different facets of the garrisons. To try to see where Blizzard went wrong, and what changes could have…
  • [TF2] Gun Mettle

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    Zubon
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I am pondering the new Team Fortress 2 update. It sounds like they added weekly quests for cosmetic loot, and you pay for the ability to pick up those quests. : Zubon [TF2] Gun Mettle is a post from: Kill Ten Rats
  • What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms

    phantomella
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Read What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms Now you can Enjoy book What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms with detailed description: Product DescriptionWe all know we should eat better, exercise more, get better quality rest, and so on. Tell us something we don’t know, right? After all, every statistic we have about Americans and our health proves that no matter how good our intentions are, we are failing to change the habits that undermine our well-being. But how do we achieve our healthy living goals when they’re so daunting? Who has the time,…
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  • Holiday music exclusive battle: Apple/Eminem vs. Tidal/Lil Wayne

    Richard Lawler
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:37 pm
    While many in the US are relaxing for the July 4th holiday, the folks at Apple Music and Tidal are hard at work trying to push their respective subscription music services. Apple has already announced plans for a Dr. Dre radio show on Beats 1 that wi...
  • The new Bubble Wrap is losing its pop

    Nick Summers
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Bubble Wrap is one of mankind's greatest inventions. It protects our online orders from becoming rubble in a delivery van, but more importantly, it doubles as pure, joyous entertainment. Pop, pop, pop. There's nothing quite like it. That's why we wer...
  • Solar-powered plane completes five-day journey across the Pacific

    Dana Wollman
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:37 pm
    The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered plane that has been flying around the world since March. Back in May, it was set to make its most ambitious journey yet, a 5,061-mile trip from Japan to Hawaii. Unfortunately, though, Pilot Andre Borschberg's in...
  • Xiaomi's next low-cost wearable will monitor your heart rate

    Matt Brian
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has made a name for itself by delivering premium devices at budget prices. As well as phones and tablets, Xiaomi also sells accessories, including the Mi Band fitness tracker. After almost a year on sale, China's biggest mo...
  • NASA dropped this Cessna 82 feet... for your safety

    Steve Dent
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    If you survive a plane crash but your emergency locator transmitter (ELT) doesn't, it'd be a cruel irony if rescuers never found you. But NASA, of all agencies, has crashed a light airplane to make those devices stronger and better. "It's not obvious...
 
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    Kinless Chronicles

  • Garrisons, gold, & gliding.

    Kinless
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    I’ve been playing WoW daily, still.  If anything, I run through the followers on each of my level 90+ characters. I’m not gathering the resources anymore, and I’m not bothering to try and sell an i630 axe or staff anymore for the once astonishing 10,000 gold. I’ve been making gold, and picking up i655 and i670 gear, just running the little money-making machine called my garrison. Every time I got close to having 200,000 gold (!) I went and did a mega-purchase. The first was the Vial of Sands so I can turn into a FLYING taxi for my wife.  (I actually picked it up for…
  • WoW is amazing.

    Kinless
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    A couple of days ago my screen started blacking out.  The system was running, but the screen would just go black.  Then it started happening on boot up.  System running, no screen.  Even the bios splash screen wasn’t showing. Obviously a bad graphics card.  So I pulled out the not that old GTX760 and plugged in a GTX750 I found at Best Buy. The GTX760 has two connections to the power supply.  The 750 gets it’s power from the PCI slot.  The box says the 750 expects 400W power supply.  And I’ve got a 650W unit. Then the 750 started doing the same thing.  I could boot,…
  • Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!

    Kinless
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    WoW Insider, may she rest in peace, has returned as Blizzard Watch. My daily fix, with clean, uncluttered articles, to see what’s going on will continue without a hitch. I like the name too.
  • Wow, these are some changes afoot.

    Kinless
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:10 pm
    AOL is shutting down WoW Insider, Joystiq, and Massively.  A great pity.  I went to WoW Insider pretty much every day for years and years.  Even if I wasn’t subbed, like I was in a war zone or something, I could go visit and keep tabs on my favorite game.  (Things like WoW Insider was probably keeping AOL modern and relevant.) I read WoW Insider for the guides, the upcoming things, the funnies, and tips to some pretty fun wow videos.  Like The Lament of Capt. Placeholder. And over at my Landmark beta, Sony Entertainment Online has been sold to an investment company and has renamed…
  • 2014, for what it was.

    Kinless
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Ah, 2014.  Coming back from a year overseas I was about to get my life back.  And that included a little gaming. Landmark.  The wife had gotten interested in something called, back then, Everquest Next Landmark.  I got my own Founders Pack as soon as I had a machine again that could play it.  I was in on the final weeks of Alpha, and have been playing in the Closed Beta since then.  “Playing” is probably overly broad.  “Logging in and paying rent,” is a more apt phrase.  For building buildings, it’s great.  And the ones really devoted to building can do…
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    Blessing of Kings

  • Garrisons, Part I: Phasing

    Rohan
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Garrisons are the signature mechanic of Warlords of Draenor. They are also a failure, and have hurt the game more than they have helped.However, I don't think garrisons were that far from being a good mechanic. It feels like a few more iterations or tweaks could have brought garrisons to a much better place. As well, a lot of the problems with garrisons are long term problems that really only develop into serious issues after a few weeks of play.In this series, I hope to take a look at different facets of the garrisons. To try to see where Blizzard went wrong, and what changes could have…
  • A Better Community Through Natural Selection

    Rohan
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:08 pm
    It is becoming common wisdom that FFXIV has a better community than WoW. I'm not really sure how true that is. But I did have an interesting experience yesterday that is causing me to wonder, and connect the dots with other common complaints about FFXIV.Ravana Primal ExperienceA guildmate was at the Ravana primal 8-man fight. I play a tank, so queues are instant for me, and I had beaten the fight earlier. I grouped up with my guildmate and we queued up. We got into an instance where everyone except me and the other tank were new. The other tank seemed relatively hardcore. He took charge, gave…
  • On Steam

    Rohan
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Steam is essentially reverse piracy. Instead of playing games you didn't pay for, you pay for games you'll never play. - Nemarus, from Reddit
  • FFXIV: Heavensward Early Access

    Rohan
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Early Access for FFXIV's new expansion, Heavensward, started on Friday. I had put FFXIV on the back burner for the last couple months, but I jumped in and had a look around with my paladin.I had already done the Main Story Quest from the 2.1-2.5 patches. FFXIV requires them to unlock pretty much everything in Heavensward, save for the new race. However, I believe they've added gear to the Main Story Line that prepares you for the expansion, so you can skip the gear grind of the 2.0 endgame.I've mostly been going through the Main Story Quest. I've completed the first zone so far. So far, it's…
  • Legendaries Are The New Attunements

    Rohan
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:08 pm
    I just realized the other day that Blizzard brought back attunements in Mists of Pandaria. Only, in classic Blizzard fashion, they flipped them and made them driven by rewards, rather than by punishments.The purpose of attunements is to provide a guide through content. Something that tells the player if she is ready for new content. In The Burning Crusade, that role was played by attunements. You couldn't go to Kara until you had done the quest chain, same with T5, and T6 required defeating the bosses in T5.Now, you can jump ahead if you want, but if you follow the Legendary questline, it…
 
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    Kill Ten Rats

  • [TF2] Gun Mettle

    Zubon
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I am pondering the new Team Fortress 2 update. It sounds like they added weekly quests for cosmetic loot, and you pay for the ability to pick up those quests. : Zubon [TF2] Gun Mettle is a post from: Kill Ten Rats
  • [TT] Necessary Complexity?

    Zubon
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:04 pm
    I have an oft-stated fondness for elegant rules mechanics, which give rise to games that are easy to learn and have surprising depth. Checkers is more “simple” than elegant; chess is pretty elegant, because you know almost all the rules if you know how the pieces move. Settlers of Catan is elegant, a classic strategy game where most of the important information is contained in the little card that lists costs. Games that come with books of rules are rarely elegant. The Awful Green Things from Outer Space is being re-released. In my youth, this seemed really awesome for its lack of…
  • Steam Sale Reviews and Views

    Ravious
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    Here’s what I picked up from this summer’s Steam Sale and Zubon posts. Evolve Okay right away I lied. I bought this from G2A.com. I was very apprehensive, but after two Moscow Mules I decided a $20 gamble was worth it since I did miss the Steam sale on Evolve. I was not disappointed. Anyway, this is a game from the makers of Left 4 Dead, and it keeps some of that design, namely in amazing chatter and the FPS aspect. Otherwise it’s 4 humans* vs. an evolving monster. It’s really interesting because it is a game of very biased engagements. The monster at Stage 1 can…
  • [GW2] Lion’s Arch: The Mnemonic Connection

    Ravious
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    This morning I had my coffee while doing my daily. As usual, I do my last 1-2 daily achievements in World vs. World. The exit portal from that eternal battle heads in to Lion’s Arch, where I usually log off now. It’s just a nice place to be. A place with history. When I logged on – in Lion’s Arch – I had an NPC on a broomstick floating by. Other days I see Suriel the Blazing Light jogging through the city to train for her next fight. The city feels alive, but more important than activity, the city feels personable. I know friends who have bought the gem store broomstick so when Mr.
  • Rollers of the Realm

    Zubon
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    Pinball-RPG hybrid. You have a standard RPG story: start from humble beginnings, collect a motley crew of allies, realize your initial foe is part of a scheme to take over the world, save the realm. You have RPG character advancement, whereby you can level up, select new party members, and upgrade them with equipment. The twist is that each map is a pinball table. Instead of standard RPG combat, your characters are pinballs that bash your enemies down. Each character has a special ability and different stat mods, so the knight breaks things and has a shield, while the rogue does more damage…
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  • What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Read What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms Now you can Enjoy book What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms with detailed description: Product DescriptionWe all know we should eat better, exercise more, get better quality rest, and so on. Tell us something we don’t know, right? After all, every statistic we have about Americans and our health proves that no matter how good our intentions are, we are failing to change the habits that undermine our well-being. But how do we achieve our healthy living goals when they’re so daunting? Who has the time,…
  • Motivate from Within: A Young Adult's Guide to Shooting for the Stars

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
    Best Motivate from Within: A Young Adult's Guide to Shooting for the Stars Now you can Read Motivate from Within: A Young Adult's Guide to Shooting for the Stars with detailed description: Product DescriptionDeal with the past. Aspire to the future. Live the life of your dreams. Popular culture tells us that our childhood and teenage years should be easy and carefree. But the truth is, even when we’re young, we’re not immune to hardship. Life is a long education in learning to work through it. We all face challenges, but we all have the innate capacity to succeed in spite of them.
  • Inspirations by Judy Kay: Take Time To Listen

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Best Inspirations by Judy Kay: Take Time To Listen Now you can Inspirations by Judy Kay: Take Time To Listen with detailed description: Product DescriptionThis book is in short story form of poems. Each Poem was created behind something over my life, my families' lives or a friend's life that targets the story. Some are very gray and others are very happy and heart-warming and filled with fun and love. Some of the poems may target anyone of my readers to remember something in their life. Pick out one relating to something that's happen to you. Romantic, fears, or happy times! We all have…
  • High Heels and Higher Expectations

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    Read Book High Heels and Higher Expectations Now you can Read Book High Heels and Higher Expectations with detailed description: Product DescriptionRefusing to settle, unyielding ambition, and the constant search for fresh opportunities– these are the defining characteristics of the most powerful and successful women in the world. In the book High Heels and Higher Expectations, it aims to highlight the power of positive role models and motivational mentors, all while delivering general leadership wisdom and knowledge. The reality of it all, is that you can do whatever set your mind to…
  • Resonate: The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Living Inside Out) (Volume 1)

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Best Resonate: The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Living Inside Out) (Volume 1) Now you can Read Book Resonate: The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Living Inside Out) (Volume 1) with detailed description: Product DescriptionWhat do you really believe about who you are? Many of us might not even be sure how to answer that question. We are often driven by the desire to draw conclusions on every event, memory, or encounter. We then organize those into one of two piles: good or bad. Is it possible that it could be less about those experiences being "good" or "bad" and more about the story we will believe…
 
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    Honor's Code

  • [Hearthstone] Defeating Chromaggus (Normal)

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

    Honors Code
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    I always love the opening nights of a new Raid. Balance issues are still being tweaked, you can't navigate the place blindfolded or say the boss emotes before they do.Trash is somewhat a mystery. Sure you can find Boss strategies from the PTR, but rarely do they cover trash. Even with the PTR videos, there is still a period of adjustment of adapting those strategies to the strengths and weaknesses of your own raid.I was running a little late (again) but I managed to get into the zone before the first boss, Hellfire Assault. This boss encounter reminded me a bit of the old days of Mount Hyjal…
  • [Hearthstone] Defeating Vaelastrasz (Normal)

    Honors Code
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The next boss standing in your way is none other than the red dragon Vaelastrasz. I have to give props to the voice actor's on the entire Blackrock Mountain adventure. The characters are all well done and as an added bonus, I'm learning the correct pronunication of names like Drakkisath and Vaelastraz.Every Boss encounter is heavily influenced by that boss's hero power and Vaelasstraz is no different. Her hero power causes each player to draw two cards making her fight similiar to playing someone on the ladder with a mill deck. I went with a low mana Hunter deck and focused on playing as many…
  • [Hearthstone] Defeating Razorgore the Untamed (Normal)

    Honors Code
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    We open up Blackwing Lair with Razorgore the Untamed. The Razorgore fight is all those eggs ('bout them eggs, no trouble). He summons 1 egg per turn. Its a zero attack minion with 1 life. Each turn it grows by 1 life. If it reaches 4 life, it hatches.You don't want those eggs to hatch because if they do, it spawns a 7/3 minion.  The trick is knowing when to attack the eggs and when to attack other minions and Razorgore himself.I didn't realize it at the time, but Razorgore incorporates a mechanic that I saw over and over again as I progressed through the Blackrock Mountain adventure…
  • Welcome to the [Tanaan] Jungle

    Honors Code
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    I got on later than usual due to some real life stuff. We got some potential good news on the house front, but now we enter into a holding pattern to see if its all going to come together. Fingers, and toes crossed.When I finally logged on, I got right to work opening up my Shipyard and getting to Tanaan. At the same time, I had designs on getting into a Mythic Skyreach group to get the new epic gem cutting recipe that drops there. Unfortunately, due to my late arrival, groups had already formed and despite having both a tank and healer we couldn't find enough people online to put a group…
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    Tobold's Blog

  • Decreasing relevancy

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    While I was writing my previous post I was struck by the thought of how it was of very little relevancy to the majority of my readers. Not only is the general interest in MMORPGs declining, as can be traced by the Alexa ranking of MMORPG.com, or the popularity of the search term on Google (see graph below).But in addition of being already a niche subject, the MMORPG world is now increasingly fragmented. When I started there were just 3 major MMORPGs on the market, Everquest, Ultima Online, and Asheron's Call. Today there are hundreds, and many of them big enough to be discussed on various…
  • Bug or feature?

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    One of the new features that patch 6.2 brought to World of Warcraft is weekend events. There is a guy standing next to the main building of your garrison that gives you a new quest every Friday, which is valid for that weekend. This weekend is apexis weekend, and the quest is to do five of those bonus objectives that give apexis crystals. Which is in itself already pretty brilliant, because you already need to do three of those per day if you are reputation grinding in Tanaan Jungle to get flying.But what was even more surprising, and I'm not sure whether it isn't a bug, is that the quest…
  • DPS : Healer : Tank ratio

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    In a different thread today the discussion turned to the long wait times that you have if you sign up for a LFR group. That is "long" if you are a DPS, "short" if you are a healer, and "instantly" if you are a tank. The tool does nothing but wait for enough players for each role to sign up, and then starts a group. One problem here is that there is very little feedback: You are told the average wait time, but not the reason why. If the tool showed the number of players in the queue (which would look something like 1000 dps, 100 healers, 1 tank), the effect of roles on wait time would be far…
  • Garrison sharing

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Rohan thinks that garrisons are too lonely, and wants a system where they are shared with people who have the same garrison setup. I think he identified the problem correctly, but ended up with a bad solution. It would be good to share garrisons, but not based on a complicated system of meeting strangers based on which buildings they chose for their garrison. I think I have a better idea:Garrisons could be shared between all members of a guild. Everybody who logs in and visits his garrison will see his guild mates there if they are in their garrison as well. But everybody sees *his*…
  • Milestone reached

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:44 am
    Yesterday I made a strategic error in World of Warcraft. I had reached revered with 2 out of 3 factions in the Tanaan Jungle, and was just missing the Order of the Awakened. But they only have one daily quest to gain reputation, and it is one I didn't particularly like: Kill 10 rares or find 10 treasures. I had already run out of treasures. And apparently the arena in Fangri'La had been fixed to not count more than once per day for this quest. Only the champions of Hellfire have premade groups made for them, so the other rares is a question of camping or running around trying to find one that…
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    Aspect of the Hare

  • Super Serious Search Studies #1: Kael’thas Withdrawal

    Pike
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    So today someone got to my blog by searching for “Kael’thas Withdrawal”.  Do not fear, my friend– I, too, occasionally suffer from Kael’thas withdrawal.  But do not worry!  I am here, to help you sate your desire for images of Azeroth’s most beautiful, gorgeous, and stylish elf. Starting with some Stormpunk Kael. And moving on to Kael’thas being a sexy beast in this loading screen: (Disregard Illidan, we all know that Kael is the real center of attention here.) He got ripped in three weeks thanks to Heroes of the Storm! And now we move on to Pike,…
  • Three Raids, One Expac

    Pike
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    In a move reminiscent of that “No flying” announcement we got a while back, Blizzard decided to drop a bombshell via a fan interview again.  Today’s bombshell?  6.2 is it! No more raids after this! What are my thoughts on this?  Well, I’m thinking about a couple of things.  Firstly I’m thinking don’t be surprised if Blizz drops a sudden mini-raid like they did at the end of Wrath, because Blizzard.txt.  Secondly, I’m thinking, um… Blizzard… you guys do know you haven’t announced a new expansion yet, right?  Which I’m…
  • It. Finally. HAPPENED.

    Pike
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    I really wasn’t expecting it to.  I was just going through the motions, really.  Running Sunwell again because, hey, that’s just what I do. But then… Then… Then it happened. IT dropped. And it is wonderful, and I can’t wait for Timewalking to come back so I can take it into a dungeon. And I am a happy, happy Pike.
  • Oh Timewalking… I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

    Pike
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    I have this problem and the problem is that I can’t not like timewalking.   I just have this big ol’ smile on my face while doing it.  I did Arcatraz yesterday and the group sucked and there were a couple of wipes (yes, in 2015) and I didn’t even care; I didn’t even care one bit because it brought me back. I love it.  I love it so much.  Best thing Blizzard has done in forever.  And according to MMO-Champion they’re planning on adding even more old instances!  I don’t care about Cataclysm dungeons but I DO care about the other TBC and Wrath…
  • These Are The Two Things I Don’t Like About 6.2 So Far

    Pike
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    Overall I’m happy with the patch.  I think it added just about the right amount of new stuff without going overboard or anything.  There are two things that are less than perfect, however, and those are: 1. WHATEVER THE HECK BLIZZARD DID TO MY POOR SALVAGE YARD – Oh yay… more scrap to sell for 50 silver or whatever… and 2. BOAT MISSIONS THAT TAKE TWO DAYS.  – I get that Blizzard is trying to be “realistic” here but come on.  Two days, really?  Especially when I only have seven boats in my fleet?  I love boats and I want more of them and I want…
 
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    World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

  • Episode 212, "See ya 'round"

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Our last show! Thoughts about the last 10 years, and some details about the new show that Mike and Eric will be launching on August 8! …and Infernal Bill!
  • Episode 211, "Step on a butterfly"

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Patch 6.2 and our big announcement.
  • Episode 210, "Hail, Warchief Raynor"

    14 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Our take on the 2015 Q1 numbers. Patch 6.2 Heroes of the Dorm Warcraft movie now pushed to 2016 Should WoW use newer gaming technology to bring people back? Mystic Runesaber mount! 100,000 people banned from WoW
  • Episode 209, "Too many exclamation points!"

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Blizzcon tickets went on sale. Next batch on the 18th. Warcraft trailer set to debut with Jurassic World Children's Week coming up. Practice your PvP! Hearthstone is out for phones! All about Patch 6.2
  • Episode 208, "Soup, salad, and breadsticks"

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Blizzcon 2015 announced. All about 6.1.2 How will tokens affect the game? Heroes of the Nexus updates Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain coming Heroes of the Dorm registration ends...today! Hurry! What games have we been playing?
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    MMO Gypsy

  • Mobile Gaming 4 U (and me)

    Syl
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    After much consideration (I am cheap), I finally became the owner of a shiny Samsung T800 Galaxy Tab (10.5) this last Tuesday. Aside of being able to watch clips and movies as well as read and chat with more ease thanks to a much larger screen, owning a tablet means mobile games! I partly got this tablet so I could return to the frantic fun that is Cook Serve Delicious (which you should totally own) but I am also set on discovering more casual games to take to Italy with me next month. Yes, that’s what I do while sunbathing at the Adriatic coast (don’t judge). In my head,…
  • [FFXIV] Happy Heavensward Launch and the Evolution of Me

    Syl
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    This fine Tuesday June 23rd, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn got its very own, first expansion, an event which begs for a moment of recollection. For such a long way this title has come: this ship that had almost sunk into the morass of disastrous MMO launches, somehow managed to do the nigh impossible and turn its course around, establish ARR as a brand new title with over 2mio subscribers to date, and release an expansion packed with new content. It may have been a rocky road, yet across the finish line shines a title rivaling all other fantasy-themed MMOs currently on the market.
  • NBI Screenshot Safari: Horizons

    Syl
    31 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    For the very last day of this May’s #NBI2015Safari, I decided to do the impossible and go with the “landscape” theme which proves quite the challenge for someone with too many screenshots on her hard disk. After spending an hour browsing all the prettier MMOs – Guild Wars 2, Tera, LOTRO and FFXIV, I decided to break with tradition and go with a non-MMO screenshot instead. I have spent around 50 hours of gametime on the Witcher 3 so far, to say that I’m loving it would be an understatement. Even if you’re not into the series however, you gotta admit the game…
  • Today in P2W: Gamers are getting older and that’s okay!

    Syl
    29 May 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Today I came across this passionately one-sided opinion piece over at Massively OP which makes a somewhat poor case against the ever-rising pay-to-win model for videogames (yeah, am still reading about MMOs and stuff!). I admit it was a disagreement between Isarii and Scree on twitter that made me aware of its existence, so like every curious MMO blogger I was drawn to the drama – and there is always drama when players discuss pay to win. Now before I address the Massively article, I’ll say this: I am personally not a fan of P2W games. I don’t play any and they tend not to…
  • NBI Screenshot Safari: FFXIV Selfie

    Syl
    19 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    As my The Witcher 3 download is approaching the finish line, I decided my second entry for Murf’s #NBI2015Safari shall be a recent FFXIV selfie. I started leveling Sylberry the Lalafell and adore her still, but halfway through the Crystal Tower raids I acquired Scylla’s outfit which looks decidedly better on a full-figure character with some degree of sex-appeal (cleavage is kinda silly on Lalafell). Since I finally also managed to acquire the shiny Bogatyr’s robes last night in Keeper of the Lake, it was time for another epic shot together with my favorite companion,…
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  • Heroes of the Storm Tutorial: Earn An Easy 1000 Gold

    Scott Smith
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    How To Earn An Easy 1000 Gold In Heroes of the StormHere at Cold's Gold Factory, I've already given a lot of tips on how to earn quicker gold in Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's newly launched MOBA. I've also covered the quest holding strategy to maximize gold earned from HotS daily quests. Today we will talk about a simple, and often overlooked, way of earning a quick and easy 1000 gold for free in Heroes of the Storm.Get 1000 Gold From The Tutorial In Heroes of the StormSince the Technical Alpha period was so long for testing Heroes of the Storm, many of us had already completed the tutorial…
  • Heroes of the Storm Shirts & Buttons

    Scott Smith
    4 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Heroes of The Storm Inspired Shirts and ButtonsI've been busy lately playing Blizzard's MOBA, Heroes of the Storm on PC. I've also been designing and selling Heroes of the storm Tee Shirts and buttons in my Heroes of the Storm Swag Shop on Zazzle. These Heroes of the Storm tees are based off of individual in game heroes, maps, or hero quotes.  These are just the first round of Heroes of the Storm inspired clothing and accessories. I will be adding more, so be sure to follow the link into the store. The store is NC-17 because of the mature language on some of the HotS shirts and buttons,…
  • How To Earn More Gold From Daily Quests in Heroes of the Storm

    Scott Smith
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Heroes of The Storm Daily Quest Gold StrategyGold Gain in Heroes of the StormThe amount of time you will spend grinding for gold earnings to unlock heroes in Heroes of the Storm will be insane if you plan to spend no money on unlocking heroes. As I discussed in my previous post on Grinding For Gold In Heroes of the Storm, there is a nice chunk of easily obtainable gold that is earned from both leveling up your account and leveling each hero to level 5. However, once those 1 time gold gains are exhausted, you are left with only per match gold rewards and daily quest completion as your two…
  • We're Running a Giveaway Over at GiftsForGamersandGeeks.com

    Scott Smith
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Want a Shot at a Free $20 Amazon Giftcard?Gifts For Gamers And Geeks is the site where Nev (of Auction House Addict & She Rides Dragons) and I have been writing articles and recommendations about Gifts Ideas for Gamers, Nerds, Geeks, and More.  We've been busy posting articles, compilations, and item reviews and now we are starting to grow the site. We will be doing more giveaways for Amazon Gift Cards in the near future for other social media sharers, but this first giveaway is for Pinterest users.It's super easy to enter and you can enter up to 4 times.  Contest runs…
  • How To Earn Gold In Heroes Of The Storm

    Scott Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    How To Earn Gold & Unlock Heroes For Free In Blizzard's Heroes Of The StormHeroes of the Storm is Blizzard's newest game currently in the Technical Alpha Stage. This MOBA style game is free to play, but there are additional skins, heroes, and mounts that are able to be purchased with cash or gold in the store's in game shop. Just like you can earn gold in Blizzard's game Hearthstone, you also can earn gold in Heroes of the Storm. Grinding for gold within Heroes of the Storm will allow you to unlock mounts, skins, and heroes without spending any cash. Sure you can eventually unlock many…
 
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  • What's Been Selling This Week? 30th June 2015

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

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

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