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    Honor's Code
    Ted Atchley
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wratharion gave me the Lightning Lance and told me to thrust it into Nalak and survive long enough to absorb his power.I’m sure back when Isle of Thunder was current content, Nalak groups formed almost hourly. Now a days, the Isle is deserted. Well, the quest said to stick it into Nalak and survive long enough. I have a Bubble.Would 12 seconds be long enough?12 seconds was not long enough. I was feeling pretty discouraged at this point. I had made it through the brick wall of Lion Roars, survived a pretty tough scenario, and now was faced with trying to put together a group to kill a world…
  • Breakfast Topic: Hallow's End

    WoW Insider
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    So yeah, the new Hallow's End gives 540 rings and a small chance at a 540 plate helmet and/or 540 sword. I am not ashamed to admit that I really only care about holidays when they have gear upgrades for my alts, and that I have two alts for whom these would indeed be solid upgrades. And so, I actually ran Hallow's End yesterday. Got nothing, of course, but it was still a painless way to drag a couple of alts through some content. I know people farming for tricky treats to get pets and costumes and achievements, and these are all fine if you're interested in them. I'm not. Sorry, I know I'm a…
  • Vapor Cigarette Review – A Quick Guide to E Cigarettes

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    Tyler Watson
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    It is well known within the smoking community that electronic cigarettes are highly valued since they are clean and release a nicotine vapor that does not harm the lungs. It is quite easy to purchase a broad variety of well-designed and fully functional electronic cigarettes from online stores, and this is in fact one of the best ways to purchase them. In addition to purchasing an electronic cigarette, you will also need to buy replacement cartridges and spare batteries when the batteries run out. Disposable or Non-Disposable Disposable electronic cigarettes are made to be thrown away…
  • Things to Get Used to in Patch 6.0 – Raid Leader Edition

    World of Matticus
    Matticus
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    We had enough people to raid with last night! Didn’t have to resort to outsourcing raiders on Open Raid, whoo hoo! Despite being aware of all the different changes that were coming in, there were a few things that still took some serious getting used to. Enter Immerseus. Wiped to this fellow three times in the first hour. Wasn’t sure what was going on at first but I suspect it was largely due to players just getting used to their class changes and the loss of a number of spells and abilities. I didn’t realize how much it affected me until I started calling for cooldowns. In fact,…
  • While my client quietly patches.

    Kinless Chronicles
    Kinless
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Ah, all those years ago.  November 2004.  Fall bringing down the leaves off the trees.  A new game coming out of the box.  (Remember those?  Six sides?  Cardboard.  … Physical?  I’m dating myself, I know!)  World of Warcraft.  It was the guilty pleasure that pulled me from my tanks in Call of Duty (the wife-to-be listening to the rumble of tank engines across the house) or my hand of cards (the wife-to-be on the other end of the internet connection) in Magic: The Gathering.  But this Warcraft was something better.  Where I could play a character in a world with fun…
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  • Breakfast Topic: Hallow's End

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    So yeah, the new Hallow's End gives 540 rings and a small chance at a 540 plate helmet and/or 540 sword. I am not ashamed to admit that I really only care about holidays when they have gear upgrades for my alts, and that I have two alts for whom these would indeed be solid upgrades. And so, I actually ran Hallow's End yesterday. Got nothing, of course, but it was still a painless way to drag a couple of alts through some content. I know people farming for tricky treats to get pets and costumes and achievements, and these are all fine if you're interested in them. I'm not. Sorry, I know I'm a…
  • What is BlizzCon and how can I keep up with it?

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you're new to the game or play casually, you may be wondering just what all the fuss is about BlizzCon. So just what is BlizzCon and what does it mean to you? We'll start at the beginning: BlizzCon is a convention held by Blizzard where they announce new games (and expansions), hold panels with developers, let the best players in the world show off their skills in tournaments, offer hands-on demos of just-announced games, host costume and talent contests, and other fun Blizzard-centric activities. The con is held in sunny Anaheim, California on a standard Blizzard "when it's ready"…
  • The WoW Insider Show with Matt, Anne, and Adam goes live

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 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 ShowThe WoW Insider Show with Matt, Anne, and Adam goes live originally appeared on WoW Insider on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please…
  • Last Week on Massively: Drifting back to World of Warcraft

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 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, World of Warcraft saw subscriptions rise to 7.4 million ahead of its long-awaited pre-Warlords of Draenor patch. Meanwhile, news rolled in from EVE Vegas, where CCP and players discussed the ships of the Rhea update, the allure of spaceship…
  • Did you miss in Pandaria?: BFFs with Huggalon

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Looking to build toward 150 toys for the Toymaster achievement? There's an easily obtainable toy in Townlong Steppes, but it's quite hidden, and also ... kind of disturbing. In the caves beneath Niuzao Temple lurks an ancient watcher, apparently from the same Titan brand as Archavon. His name is Huggalon the Heart Watcher. He looks just like the Wrath-era raid boss, if you ignore the giant purple bow on his head. And you should. To find him, enter the caves on the west side of the island. Take the first right and follow the right-hand walls. Just before you pass through an entrance lit by…
 
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  • Vapor Cigarette Review – A Quick Guide to E Cigarettes

    Tyler Watson
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    It is well known within the smoking community that electronic cigarettes are highly valued since they are clean and release a nicotine vapor that does not harm the lungs. It is quite easy to purchase a broad variety of well-designed and fully functional electronic cigarettes from online stores, and this is in fact one of the best ways to purchase them. In addition to purchasing an electronic cigarette, you will also need to buy replacement cartridges and spare batteries when the batteries run out. Disposable or Non-Disposable Disposable electronic cigarettes are made to be thrown away…
  • BEST VETERINARY TRAINING SCHOOLS 

    Tyler Watson
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    On the off chance that you have dependably had an energy and solid yearning to tend to creatures, chances are you’re looking into broadly for authorize veterinary technician schools in Michigan ensured to provide for you the accreditations important to have a long, satisfying profession working with pets from all kinds of different backgrounds. Notwithstanding, before making the plunge the profound end, you must research the profundity of the waters you’re going into. Michigan is viewed as one of the best states to get authorized for due to it popular field.   Veterinary Tech…
  • 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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    19 May 2014 | 7:36 pm
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  • Things to Get Used to in Patch 6.0 – Raid Leader Edition

    Matticus
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    We had enough people to raid with last night! Didn’t have to resort to outsourcing raiders on Open Raid, whoo hoo! Despite being aware of all the different changes that were coming in, there were a few things that still took some serious getting used to. Enter Immerseus. Wiped to this fellow three times in the first hour. Wasn’t sure what was going on at first but I suspect it was largely due to players just getting used to their class changes and the loss of a number of spells and abilities. I didn’t realize how much it affected me until I started calling for cooldowns. In fact,…
  • Introducing the Guild Masters!

    Matticus
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Say hello to the Guild Masters. Today I wanted to take a moment to announce the start of a new blog project. The idea came about after browsing through the Warcraft Guild and Leadership forums. Ran into questions and problems that guild leaders and officers were struggling with. And you know what I realized? There is no single place for guild leaders and officers to ask questions or gain support for common issues. How should a guild leader handle drama? How does an officer say no? How do you “raid lead”? What elements constitute a solid guild website? Thus, the Guild Masters formed. I’m…
  • Half a Year Later, Relieved at no Chat in Hearthstone

    Matticus
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    That certainly took a while to reach. Yes, I’ve managed to accomplish one of my goals for Hearthstone: Reaching Legendary status. Now I can relax some and experiment with other decks and classes before the next great hunter nerf. The deck I used was the one I linked to in my last post for Hunters. I can now begin focusing on trying my hand at tournaments. I was quite surprised to see that Legend players make up a really small percentage of the population. I guess that makes sense with around 20 million players but how many of them engage in the ladder, I wonder? I’m not a fan of…
  • Hearthstone: Post Naxx Face Hunter

    Matticus
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I’ve been piloting the hunter deck throughout the month of August and peaked at rank 3. With a little more time, I think the deck would’ve been able to reach legend but I ran out of gas at the end. Here’s the deck list: Face Hunter by Matticus Class: Hunter Hunter (20) Hunter’s Mark x2 Flare x2 Tracking x2 Webspinner x2 Explosive Trap x2 Starving Buzzard x2 Eaglehorn Bow x2 Animal Companion x2 Kill Command x2 Unleash the Hounds x2 Neutral (10) Leper Gnome x2 Undertaker x2 Haunted Creeper x2 Ironbeak Owl Mad Scientist x2 Leeroy Jenkins Here’s the win rates and percentages by…
  • 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…
 
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    Kinless Chronicles

  • While my client quietly patches.

    Kinless
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Ah, all those years ago.  November 2004.  Fall bringing down the leaves off the trees.  A new game coming out of the box.  (Remember those?  Six sides?  Cardboard.  … Physical?  I’m dating myself, I know!)  World of Warcraft.  It was the guilty pleasure that pulled me from my tanks in Call of Duty (the wife-to-be listening to the rumble of tank engines across the house) or my hand of cards (the wife-to-be on the other end of the internet connection) in Magic: The Gathering.  But this Warcraft was something better.  Where I could play a character in a world with fun…
  • I can’t complain about my luck.

    Kinless
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I remember Msaker getting the Green Protodrake with his first egg there in Sholazar Basin. I worked my butt off and got the Brewfest Ram on Msaker as well. And tonight, fifth (or sixth) visit to Coren Direbrew I got the Great Brewfest Kodo to drop.
  • My Shaman on another server

    Kinless
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    I remember, way back, seeing the “others” come from another server.  Seems they’d left their overcrowded home world and came to ours.  With names like Hammerclaw (a PvP Paladin.  A Paladin??!?!!) and gear like “Who are those guys???,” me and mine felt very provincial in comparison to these “big city” types with their sophisticatitude. Then came the battlegrounds, where these “others” stayed on their own servers, but joined us in the fray of Alterac Valley because now my humble little RP server belonged to a Battle Group.  Just so…
  • What if they made a game you couldn’t play?

    Kinless
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Not really sure how good a business model that would be. I wasn’t sure the loader program was working yesterday, the start, I believe, of the free-to-play ArcheAge.  Glyph just sat there, appearing to be doing nothing.  But when I went to close it, it asked “Are you sure you want to cancel the patch?”  Ummm, no.  You’re patching? So I let it run all night, and tonight I was going to check it out again.  Oh, about 5pm or so I fired it up and found the queue.  I was 3,700, give or take a few hundred, next in line to join the server.  They were all red, and…
  • ArcheAge, a Neverland

    Kinless
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    I kind of knew what I was getting into, but it became very jarring after playing 10 levels over ArcheAge’s Open Beta weekend. I knew the character models would be “asian.”  But, aside from the occasional use of some gray haired NPCs, and some other anomolies, every NPC (and every Nuian) was a youthful 16-18 year old.  Farmer Grady, Maid Jenny, Mayor Bob.  I think the cad who attempted to become king by trying to solve the palace maze (or something like that) had a moustache painted on his upper lip with shoe polish.  This is the utopia from Logan’s Run. Nobody is…
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    Blessing of Kings

  • Proactive vs Reactive Stories

    Rohan
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    This post contains entirely predictable spoilers for the Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor stories in The Old Republic.In both the Sith Inquisitor and Sith Warrior stories in TOR, there comes a point where your master betrays you. You survive the betrayal and ultimately defeat your master. This seems like a very traditional part of being Sith.Except that's not quite how the Sith tradition goes. The apprentice is the one who betrays her master, not the other way around.In the class stories, the betrayal is flipped. This is because the game cannot force the player to take action, to betray her…
  • Republic Makeb Thoughts

    Rohan
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    It's almost time for a new expansion in The Old Republic, so I've finally finished the Makeb story line on a Republic character. I completed it on my Jedi Knight (Sentinel).The new GSI buff stations that boost your gear level make Makeb much easier. I once accidentally logged out in the middle of a mission far away from a station, and when I logged back in I did not have the buff. The rest of the mission was much harder. I had to switch from a dps companion to a healing companion to finish it.It's pretty clear that the Republic story line should be done first. It comes earlier, and a lot of…
  • FFXIV Expansion Announced

    Rohan
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    FFXIV announced it's new expansion, Heavensward, today.I really like how FFXIV embraces its killer mechanic, class changing on the same character, in its trailers. Apparently that warrior started as an archer in 1.0, then switched to warrior at the end of 1.0 and start of 2.0, and now is going for dragoon.Dollar for dollar, I think FFXIV is the best value in the MMO market today (at least for themeparks). Every 3-4 months they drop a substantial content patch.In fact, there's one patch (2.4) scheduled for the next few weeks, and maybe even another patch (2.5) before the expansion. 2.4 has a…
  • Abilities Per GCD in FFXIV

    Rohan
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The discussion in the previous post brought to mind how FFXIV handles abilities and GCDs, which is slightly different from the norm.GCDs in FFXIV are longer than other games, 2.5s instead of the standard 1-1.5 seconds. However, FFXIV expects every class to hit a button each GCD in their main rotation.For classes with instant attacks, like melee classes, this usually means that the actual attack takes up a slice of that GCD, and gives the player a small amount of time to move their character. This is important, because melee characters need to move between the back and flank of the target…
  • "Player-sexual" NPCs

    Rohan
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    At the New York Cantina Event, Bioware announced that the romance arcs in the upcoming Shadows of Revan expansion will be "player-sexual". Bioware defines this as: "if you are a player no matter your gender you can romance [the non-player character]."I disapprove of this.Oh, I don't care if the NPC is gay or straight. If Bioware wants to include a gay NPC, that's fine by me. If the romance is heterosexual, that's fine as well.What I object to is defining the NPC's characteristics in terms of the player. An NPC's characterization should exist independently of the PC. Otherwise, the NPC feels…
 
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  • Selective Quoting

    Zubon
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Featured review on the Steam page for Eador: Masters of the Broken World: “Eador’s design is worth your time – a testament to its strength.” If you follow the link to the review, you see that is the second half of a sentence. “Despite its often-disastrous implementation…” It seems like a fair assessment. The ideas underlying the game are great. The implementation is poor, from the frustrating controls to the useless battle difficulty estimates to the strong randomness that can swamp strategy and leads many players to recommend save scumming. “Worth your…
  • Roguelikes

    Zubon
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    I have been trying some roguelikes and games with roguelike elements. Roguelikes seem shaky on the concept of a difficulty curve. They tend to have difficulty cliffs. Start, maybe a tutorial, good luck. And you know I’m all about the new player experience; creating an unwelcoming experience for new players is just poisoning your game, making sure it dies except for a dozen grognards who populate the last forum about the game and curse out new players looking for help as lazy idiots who should go play Angry Birds because they’re not willing to put in the time to learn how to play…
  • [RR] D&D 5th: Classes

    Zubon
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    The first thing that strikes you about the 5th Edition classes is how many there are. As with races, 5th Edition has embraced the expanded core, with barbarians, sorcerers, and warlocks all in the base PHB. You expect editions to add and subtract from the core classes as experiments did or did not work, but 5th has leaned towards as many “add”s as possible. Previous posts in this series have mentioned my brothers’ reactions; they started back when there were four core classes, and they seemed ambivalent between whether these were a variety of exciting options or an excess of…
  • Quit Curves

    Zubon
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    The corner of a difficulty curve often becomes a quitting point, partly because it is a change in the game, partly in the way an extreme one feels like a betrayal of the relationship the game had been establishing, and sometimes because it indicates the developers are not very good. While Portal perhaps goes too far in making the first half+ of the game a gradual tutorial, it does have that transition into “and here are some harder puzzles, and now you’re on your own.” Do you have a favorite example of a game that says, “here are some tutorials, and now we’re…
  • Quick Reviews: PC Ports

    Zubon
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Another weekend of “meh” from Humble Bundles. Deadlight is a side-scrolling zombie survival platformer. Run away from the zombies, sometimes shoot or chop them, climb walls, and jump from ladder to ledge to avoid the electrified ground. The atmosphere is nice, and I found any plot incoherence appropriate given that people make bad decisions in crises. I played the first third of the game but stopped there due to dodgy controls. I presume it works better on a controller; someone must have tested the PC port but been ignored when they explained that it is a horrible idea to have a…
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    Honor's Code

  • More Legendary Frustation, More Kindness Of Strangers

    Ted Atchley
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wratharion gave me the Lightning Lance and told me to thrust it into Nalak and survive long enough to absorb his power.I’m sure back when Isle of Thunder was current content, Nalak groups formed almost hourly. Now a days, the Isle is deserted. Well, the quest said to stick it into Nalak and survive long enough. I have a Bubble.Would 12 seconds be long enough?12 seconds was not long enough. I was feeling pretty discouraged at this point. I had made it through the brick wall of Lion Roars, survived a pretty tough scenario, and now was faced with trying to put together a group to kill a world…
  • To Forge a Hero

    Ted Atchley
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I entered the week with 13 secrets and by the time I entered Pinnacle of Storms, I had 18. I knew Le Shien was guaranteed to drop one so as long as Iron Quon or the Twins gave one up, I was golden. Iron Quon cooperated, and I was thrilled when the Twins gave one up as well. I had my 20. I knew Le Shein was guaranteed drop for either Runestones or Secrets, but I didn’t have the quest for Runestones yet, so I dropped group so I could come back and get a Runestone off him this reset.I headed back to my good buddy Wratharion and gave him my Secrets and he asked me to meet him on the Isle of…
  • Not Your Typical LFR

    Ted Atchley
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy Patch Day! I'm assuming 6.0.2 will drop today.While you wait for the servers to come up, let me tell you a story.There were two bosses who were basically the bane of my existence when I left WoW: Tortos and Durumu. Tortos was because of the bats that he summoned. I was a 10 man raider for most of my WoW career. 25 is a lot more people and that’s a lot of bats to try to corral. I queued as Ret for that one. Then we have Durumu the Forgotten. This is another one that I like to queue as Ret for. It’s not fair to the other 24 poor saps that get in a group with me to have one of their…
  • Honor's UPDATED Guide to the 6.0.2 Changes for Protection and Retribution Paladins

    Honors Code
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    It's official. We will get Patch 6.0.2 Tuesday, October 13th. Mists of Panadaria is effectively over and we are in that weird time when we aren't in the new Expansion’s content yet, but under all its new systems and rules.What follows is a cliff notes version of the changes coming for Retribution and Protection Paladins from a primarily PVE point of view.10/14 UPDATE! I wake up this morning and found that Theck has also written a fantastic guide to Patch 6.0.2.Tomorrow everything is going to change. The World (of Warcraft) will never again be what it is. All the stuff that is going away in…
  • Finish What You Started

    Ted Atchley
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When the instances reset, the Glory group reformed with the expressed goal of finishing what we started. We went back to the Tolvir. I stared down Siamat and said “So, Siamat, at last we meet again for the first time for the last time.”(Bonus Hammer points if you get reference)Our Warlock devised a strategy that ensured we all got the achievement this time. He laid down a nice hard nuke (don’t ask me what it was, I know zero about Warlocks. It was all green and firey.) We marked each Servant and killed the Minions. Gru would be so mad! We blew up each Servant in order. Once the third…
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  • Does McDonald's make the best hamburgers?

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Azuriel argues that things contain a mythical factor called "quality", that reviews should somehow reflect that mythical quality, and that consumers are all idiots because they rarely choose the best thing available. I believe that consumers are quite rational, and that they make choices on a highly complicated multi-factor analysis. Thus McDonald's isn't more popular than other burger joints because they make better hamburgers. It is that in the needs of the consumer the quality of the hamburger plays just a small role. As long as the hamburger is sufficiently good, and not more unhealthy…
  • Still undecided about ArcheAge

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    I am generally interested in MMORPGs which have a strong virtual world element, where I can have my own property with actual activities, and where there is a player-run economy with crafting. Given that ArcheAge has all this, that people repeatedly tell me that at least at the start I could be safe from ganking, and that it is possible to try the game for free, I should be all over this. But then the kind of people who tell me that PvP isn't so bad in ArcheAge are the same kind of people who think that Darkfail is a game perfectly suitable for carebears like me. And in my newsreader I…
  • Cured?

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    Sometimes MMORPGs in general, or specific popular MMORPGs like World of Warcraft are described as being "addictive". So I was wondering whether I have been miraculously cured: I'm reading about the big changes to WoW with patch 6.0 this week in preparation for the next expansion, and I feel no desire whatsoever to resubscribe or buy that expansion.If the miracle cure explanation isn't the good one, then the alternative explanation I have is that I expect WoW 6.0+ to be not fundamentally different from all the previous versions of World of Warcraft. Sure, there will be some new content. But…
  • Just a link

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    As I have nothing to add which isn't already said in Belghast's excellent post about the experience of a PvE player in a PvP game like ArchAge, I'm just posting a link to that article.Tobold's Blog
  • On the relevancy of video game reviews

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    The news this week was that Destiny has 3.2 million players on average every day on the servers, a month after release. That information clashes somewhat with Destiny's bad Metacritic score of 76, which doesn't suggest that the game would still be fun to play after a month. Which leads to the interesting question in how far a review score answers the question "Is this a fun game to play?".The trope for movie reviews is that nobody wants to see the critically acclaimed movies, while the box office hits get bad reviews. That isn't 100% true, but Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the highest…
 
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    World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

  • Episode 199, "6.0 knockin' on your back door"

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Special guest @ikrissi joins us. News: WoW back up to 7.4 million subscribers Patch 6.0.2 The Dark Portal event (no spoilers) Void storage - more bag space! All about the Toy Box Some addons work, some don't The new UBRS Talent resets And other interesting tidbits about the new patch
  • Episode 198, "How much is your chopper?"

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    News: Horde Chopper on PTR. Upgrading from the digital to physical Collector's Edition. Brawler's Guild going away in 6.0.2 until WoD comes out. Legendary cloak quest going away in 6.0.2. New UI changes. Lords of War Part 3 up. Mike's comments on reputation when working on "The Insane" title.
  • 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.
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    HuntsmansLodge.com

  • Greetings, Fellow Hunters!

    Garwulf
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Thought I’d go after the unique Hydra skin, but apparently I’m not the only hunter with that idea… Not shown are the 2 additional hunters that were behind me on the map. Not seen anything like this since the Loque’nahak & Gondria days, which is a good sign. Seems my quiet little server may be […] The post Greetings, Fellow Hunters! appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • Transmog Happy

    Garwulf
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Been absent from the blog, but I have been poking around in-game. My latest project has been leveling a Warrior alt that’s lay dormant for nearly 7 years. After leveling a Paladin this past year I discovered that I really enjoy tanking (who knew..?!), so I figured why not dust the Warrior off, throw some […] The post Transmog Happy appeared first on 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.
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  • Today’s Google Search page game

    typhoonandrew
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    A nifty little WASD shooter is on the Google search page today. I sucked at it but enjoyed it. Filed under: Entertainment Tagged: game, google, search, shooter, wasd
  • Patch 6 around the corner

    typhoonandrew
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Well well, the new “shake it up and see how it flies” patch hits this week – and me still unsubscribed to WoW. Darn if home life isn’t getting in the way of a bit of fun. In previous expansions the pre-patch for the main event has always been fun. New special content for those still hanging around, and all new stats and powers to play with as combinations. I’m in no rush as yet, and even on release I think I’ll stroll rather than run into the world, take my time to have a look. Without the pressure of a raid team every game is entertainment in my preferred…
  • 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…
 
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    Decoding Dragons

  • Games As Art // Art Shouldn’t Be Passive

    Pewter
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    I didn’t mean to go quiet for quite that long. Oops. In any case, I would now like to blather about something. So blather I shall. In my free time, instead of gaming, I am studying, and this studying is mainly concerned with Art History. It’s been a fantastic journey so far, but when I need a break from thinking about Sacred Art, I start thinking about the various models of ‘Video Games as Art’, or I even try and apply the principles I’m learning about to video games directly. The current two chapters (it’s an online course) that I have just engaged with…
  • Wildstar // Ubiquitous Addons Post – RP Edition

    Pewter
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    There have been a number of fabulous addon posts about the blogosphere recently, but I feel compelled to join in. I’m not hugely into the RP scene these days. My priority is keeping my general mental health happy, and sometimes that means not logging in, so the idea of making appointments to roleplay becomes a bit of a burden for me. I hate inconveniencing others, so I just don’t sign up to stuff. However, I do like RP out in the wild(star). Anyway, there are two main addons available for RPers, plus a chatfix addon that seems mildly against the rules. These are PDA, Hotspot and…
  • Cosmotronic CSS Competition// Wildstar EU Guest Passes!

    Pewter
    15 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    I have 3 guest passes for the EU region to give away! I’d also like to improve the look of my blog. If you suggest an easy to implement #css edit that will make a difference to the look of my blog, you can have one of three EU Guest Passes, to use yourself or give away as you chose! To enter, simply post your suggested code in the comments below. I’ll pick my three favourite edits (and use them). Competition closes Sunday 22nd June Midnight London Time This competition is now closed!
  • Cultural Cartharsis

    Pewter
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:43 am
    If you haven’t already, you should go read this piece over at Strifeblog about virtual conflict in video games, and it’s ‘interaction’ with real wars. Great piece from a venue that doesn’t normally cover this topic.
  • Art Notes // Influences come back to haunt me (or why dragons need decoding)

    Pewter
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:28 am
    I’m doing a degree in Art History in my free time. Currently I’m supposed to be writing an essay, but between this awesome post by my partner and the re-discovery of a pivotal moment in my teen years has distracted me. So, this blog is called ‘Decoding Dragons’. When I was in  secondary school, I loved English Literature classes. At one point, we studied this wonderful poem called ‘Not My Best Side’ by U. A. Fanthorpe. The poem itself is three stanzas long, with each stanza being the voice of one of the characters in Paolo Uccello’s Saint George And…
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    MMO Gypsy

  • Three future Kickstarter MMORPGs the World almost forgot

    Syl
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Or maybeee it’s just me but really, what’s going on with Shroud of the Avatar, Camelot Unchained and that Pathfinder MMO? Are they still happening, where are they in development and who’s holding their breath? Let’s have a look at some status quos! shroudoftheavatar.com Shroud of the Avatar The assumed comeback of Lord British was successfully funded on Kickstarter in April 2013 and has since raised a total of $4,852,936 according to the official front page. For a while after Kickstarter, there wasn’t much to look at except for some worrying ingame “footage” of its…
  • Introducing: The Gaming and Entertainment Network

    Syl
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    There seems to be a natural transition of the gaming blogger into other venues, such as streaming, vlogging or podcasting. The MMO blogosphere has seen a good portion of its longterm residents take up new projects over the years, sometimes leaving altogether to write for bigger sites or then, creating their own independent channels and collaboratives. For a while now we’ve seen an increase of great MMO podcasts hailing from our own neighbourhood, some of which I feel closely related to. I am therefore very excited to announce the launch of The Gaming and Entertainment Network – a…
  • [Wildstar] Now Raiding

    Syl
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    So I started 20man raiding in Wildstar last week and have downed a couple of mini-bosses as well as X-89 in Genetic Archives thus far. It took my guild of jolly freeform raiders several wipenights to get a team of 20 people fully accustomed to the drill, something that players already need to learn during the dungeon attunement: individual performance matters. Even if some veteran 5mans get easier over time for a seasoned group of well-geared folk, many fights require every member in the party to be familiar with fight mechanics. Wildstar combat is a dance more than WoW ever was,…
  • So, why is Wildstar not doing better?

    Syl
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Yesterday, Rohan tried to put a finger on why Wildstar isn’t doing so well only 3 months into launch. Wildstar the great AAA-hope of 2014, the polished, cartoony WoW-esque holy trinity, theme-park MMO that appeared different yet similar enough to accommodate the mainstream. I agree with Rohan that WS has a higher difficulty level than WoW, although the leveling process never struck me as hard or tedious on my Esper. WS is packed with some fun quests and a very linear, well-paced progression to level 50. I’d happily place bets on FFXIV:ARR being grindier than WS, only FFXIV is so…
  • Where all the Hate comes from

    Syl
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This is a very personal post. If you’re unaware of the events around gamergate or lack feminism’s 101, you won’t be educated by me here.  After an intense discussion of the events around gamergate for an upcoming CMP round-table, I got talking some more about the internet mob and general hostility directed at women like Anita Sarkeesian with the excellent Roger and Sean. The comment that really kicked this off was Roger pointing out how Sarkeesian never actually condemns anyone for enjoying the games she’s covering; neither does she claim you’re a horrible…
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    Mana Obscura

  • Guild Wars 2 Competition: The Winners!

    Gazimoff
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Remember this competition? After the craziness that has been early October, I’ve finally had a chance to chose some winners and send out some prizes! Apologies for the delay with this, but hopefully the winning entries will more than make up for it! First prize goes to Foxfire Daye from Gunnar’s Hold, with this fantastic Aetherblade combination! Second prize goes to Grizabella, with this haunting screenshot. Despite being from the EU, Grizabella plays on Tarnished Coast for the roleplay. Aetriess, also from Gunnar’s Hold, looks fantastic as a princess, and wins third prize!
  • Death of a Super-Genre

    Gazimoff
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    The time of the full-fat feature-packed MMORPG is at an end. They are ridiculously expensive to produce, and are regularly met with scorn and disinterest by an increasingly cynical audience. The market has spoken very clearly – these are not the games people want to play. Blizzard’s decision to cancel Titan – an upcoming MMOFPS that didn’t have their full confidence – just goes to show how tough this is. Publishers and developers are paying attention. Just take a look at the MMORPG release schedule for 2015 – there’s nothing for the traditional genre fan. It’s something I…
  • Competition: Win Guild Wars 2 Swag!

    Gazimoff
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Firstly, an apology. I meant to get this competition up several weeks ago, but things at Chez Gazz have been absolutely manic. Anyhow, thanks to the generous folks at ArenaNet and NCSoft, I have a small collection of Guild Wars 2 swag from Gamescom that I wanted to share around! Here’s what’s on offer: First Prize: Guild Wars 2 blank hardbound notebook, Living World mouse mat, and Mini llama item code. Second and third prize: Mini Llama item code. How do you win? Simple. I want you to take a screenshot of yourself and a Mini of your choice, looking completely co-ordinated.
  • The Value of Opinion

    Gazimoff
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    There’s a whole bag of controversy raging around the internet of late. Of subjectivity versus objectivity, of fact versus opinion, of divergence versus convergence. Who should write about games, what should they be allowed to say, what should even be considered as a game. There’s also been an incredible backlash that has pushed people out of gaming completely, and it’s been horrifying to watch. Anyone should be free to have an opinion on a game and share it publicly – you, me, anyone. The tools are cheap or free. Websites should also be free to hire who they want for those opinions.
  • The High Price of Founding

    Gazimoff
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I have a concern, and it’s about the high price of MMO ‘founders packs.’ For a strong title that’s still early in development, it’s a great way to raise funds and bring in eager gamers to test the game out. But the status of being an early adopter comes with a cost, and it’s usually measured in dollars. I’ve seen studios charge as much as $150 to get into the alpha of a free-to-play title. Fundamentally, that feels wrong. With an unseen and un-previewed title, the risk for buyer’s remorse is huge. More importantly, however, I don’t think it’ll result in the right mix of…
 
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    Cold's Gold Factory - WoW AH & Hearthstone Tips, Gifts For Gamers

  • 5 Best Men's Halloween Costume MorphSuits - 5 Fandom Fridays

    Scott Smith
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    5 Fandom Fridays is designed to work like a blogging carnival or blogger topic sharing initiative. Each Friday will be a post dedicated to the geeky topics chosen by The Nerdy Girlie for all participants of 5 Fandom Fridays.  If you are interested in joining as well, just head over to her site and check out the topics.5 Fandom Fridays: October 17th TopicCharacters I'd Love To Dress Up As For HalloweenWe do have a bit of liberty to expand upon the post topics. I've never been one to dress up for Halloween as a specific character or ever wanted to make a cos-play outfit, so…
  • Gifts For Gamers: Cthulhu Art - Call of Cthulhu Posters

    Scott Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Gifts For Gamers:  Call of Cthulhu Art & PostersCthulhu Art & Posters make great gifts for any fan of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth video game, or the Cthulhu Mythos. The Dark Lord Cthulhu is the iconic symbol of the Cthulhu Myhtos, created by HP Lovecraft.  Any Cthulhu fan would proudly display the Great Old One Cthulhu on their walls in the form of art or posters, so these are great gifts or stocking stuffers.  Here is a collection of some of the best Call of Cthulhu Posters & Cthulhu Art to help you find a nice…
  • Get Evolve Big Alpha Access with Evolve Pre-Order!

    Scott Smith
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Get Big Alpha Access To Evolve With Your Evolve Pre-Order!The game Evolve by Turtle Rock Studios (creators of Left 4 Dead) is one of the highly anticipated games of 2015. The Evolve game has been winning many awards at various gaming conventions and tradeshows. Evolve was the first game in history to win "Best of Show" at both E3 and Gamescon! The game looks pretty nice and polished already and the Evolve Big Alpha event will be starting soon. I know I can't wait!It has recently been announced that you can get access to the Evolve Big Alpha, if you pre-order your copy of the Evolve game by…
  • 5 Fandom Fridays: 5 Geeky Clothing Items I Must Own

    Scott Smith
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    5 Fandom Fridays is designed to work pretty much like a blogging carnival or blogger topic sharing initiative.  Each Friday will be a post dedicated to the geeky topics chosen by The Nerdy Girlie for all participants of 5 Fandom Fridays.  If you are interested in joining as well, just head over to her site and check out the topics.5 Fandom Fridays: October 10th TopicGeeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet ImmediatelyThis week's topic for 5 Fandom Fridays has us looking into our favorite geeky items that we would love to buy for ourselves. Of course these would also make great gift…
  • 5 Fandom Fridays: Fandoms That Helped Me Develop My Inner Nerd

    Scott Smith
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Well, hello again!It's been a while since I've posted anything with a regular consistency, since I got completely burned out on Warcraft and no longer play the game.  I've written some posts here and there on various games, but have been wanting to get back into a bit more regular blogging.  With winter coming and more down time at work, I've got a bit more available writing time on my hands and have been itching to get the blog posts rolling again.  I've started to get my creative juicing flowing again and have decided to participate in a new community building project…
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  • 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…
  • 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…
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