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  • My Warlords Weekend

    Honor's Code
    Ted Atchley
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    I had heard about the issues and the DDoS attack on Thursday during the day and didn't even try to log on Thursday night. I did try Friday and found myself in a huge queue. After five hours, it was after midnight and I called it a night. This repeated on Saturday and I opted to not even try again on Sunday.I haven't even stepped through the Dark Portal yet. There's a feeling of everyone else being at a cool party, but I'm stuck outside. After being behind the curve for the last month or so, I was really looking forward to being current again. Now, most of my friends are already Level 100 and…
  • Post BlizzCon Highlights and Warlords Levelling Tips

    World of Matticus
    Matticus
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Back from BlizzCon! What a crazy weekend. Biggest weekend ever with the announcement of Overwatch and several new game features coming to Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone. Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft were silent this year for obvious reasons since Reaper of Souls had already debuted and we have the Warlords expansion launch tonight at midnight. BlizzCon Highlights I held it! The strategy guide that I mentioned I was working on the other day? Brady Games had a booth set up and they happened to have a few copies to give away during a random draw. I went…
  • Only 5% of my neighbors are convicted criminals

    Tobold's Blog
    Tobold Stoutfoot
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Would you boast about only 5% of your neighbors being convicted criminals? Probably not. In fact such a rate of criminal behavior in your community would probably be enough to lower house prices and see many people packing. So I agree with Tremayne that it is somewhat curious that League of Legends is proud that 95% of their players haven't received official disciplinary action last year. Not only is 5% of people that are behaving so badly that they get various forms of bans far too much, but it also is indicative of a far greater number of jerks who simply aren't caught, or who behave badly…
  • Checklist of Things to do at Level 100 for Raiders

    World of Matticus
    Matticus
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    I could not stop myself. After levelling up my main Priest to 100, I had to level another one to provide additional resources and support. Ended up reaching level 100 on my Paladin on Saturday so I could tank on our alt raids on the weekends. Plus I’ll be maxing out it’s support buildings like the herb garden and the excavation mine. Apexis Shard Farming Once you reach level 100, your garrison will offer two sets of dailies for Apexis crystals. These things are currency for gear. Plus you can use them to upgrade the same items that you’ve purchased for later. Right now, it…
  • Innovation through core-shell design

    Tobold's Blog
    Tobold Stoutfoot
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I have in the past repeatedly talked about my general model for modern games: A core gameplay that is frequently repeated (e.g. combat), with a shell of other activities (e.g. quests, story) binding those core gameplay elements together. One of the interesting things of this model is that if you look at many different games, you'll notice that the core and the shell are not very strongly connected; you can switch out just one of them to get to a new game, while keeping the other identical. One example would be MMORPGs which generally work like World of Warcraft, but which substituted the WoW…
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    WoW Insider

  • The WoW Insider Show Episode 368

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth. Want to have your question answered on the air? Email theshow@wowinsider.com! And don't forget to join us for the live show again next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. PDT! Get the podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the WoW Insider Show directly in iTunes. [RSS] Add the WoW Insider Show to your RSS aggregator. [MP3] Download the…
  • World of Warcraft on sale for $4.99

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    World of Warcraft is now on sale for $4.99. If you're thinking about getting someone into the game, or are looking at picking up a secondary account for yourself, this is a good opportunity to do so. The sale only goes until next Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PST, so you'll want to act fast if you're intending to pick it up. This is the base game that's on sale -- that means everything up to and including Mists of Pandaria. You'll need to purchase Warlords of Draenor separately to gain access to the features in the current expansion. Filed under: Blizzard, News itemsWorld of Warcraft on sale for…
  • The Level 3 Storehouse will be mine on January 31, 2017

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    As we play through Draenor and start getting a closer look at things, we're able to better tell how the systems will play out. One of the more interesting, and new, dynamics in the game is the garrisons -- they're giving advancement paths that haven't existed in WoW before, and as with anything, the first release of these advancement paths tends to be a bit... bumpy. Take, for instance, the level 3 Storehouse. For those of you who haven't looked into this building yet, it provides you with bank access and +5 work orders at tier 1, guild bank access at tier 2, and finally transmogrification…
  • The Queue: Garrisons, garrisons, some other stuff, and garrisons

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 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. Garrisons continue to be the hot topic around these parts. With Warlords of Draenor leaving so much unexplained, confusion is rampant. dshiryu asked: How do one trigger garrison invasions? We already kill dozens of mobs from an opposing faction daily to get apexis, how many more must suffer to cause retaliation? THOUSANDS?Continue reading The Queue: Garrisons, garrisons, some other stuff, and garrisonsFiled under: The…
  • Around Azeroth: The NIOSH report is forthcoming

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    "Keegan Firebeard did not think things through while stabling my mounts in the garrison," writes submitter Amrasillias of BiS on Eonar (EU-A). "Ten out of ten firemen would not recommend putting a Flameward Hippogryph next to a single stack of hay, let alone two stacks of hay. Long story short: I had to rebuild my garrison. Firebeard is fired, of course." (For the 99% of you who don't read the NIOSH fire fatality reports, you're welcome to check them out here.) Want to see your own screenshot here? Send it to aroundazeroth@wowinsider.com. We strongly prefer full-sized pictures with no UI or…
 
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    Insurance Experts

  • The Paleo Burn System & Easy Tips for Easy and Natural Weight Loss

    Tyler Watson
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Eliminating excess weight isn’t merely the easiest job on earth. Investing too much time at the gym only to have that six pack abs is not necessary. Nonetheless, if you would like to attain a healthy weight loss, just don’t forget this: 80 percent diet and 20 percent workout. Be assured, you will shed pounds through this proven combination.So as to begin with your weight loss program, you should find what are the healthy diets are. Don’t anticipate to obtain fat loss if you’re eating too much fat and calories in the first place. If you wish to have a healthy way of…
  • 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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    World of Matticus

  • Checklist of Things to do at Level 100 for Raiders

    Matticus
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    I could not stop myself. After levelling up my main Priest to 100, I had to level another one to provide additional resources and support. Ended up reaching level 100 on my Paladin on Saturday so I could tank on our alt raids on the weekends. Plus I’ll be maxing out it’s support buildings like the herb garden and the excavation mine. Apexis Shard Farming Once you reach level 100, your garrison will offer two sets of dailies for Apexis crystals. These things are currency for gear. Plus you can use them to upgrade the same items that you’ve purchased for later. Right now, it…
  • Alliance First Level 100!

    Matticus
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Elapsed time, 10 hours and 5 minutes. The servers opened up at 11:45 PM Pacific a few minutes early. Turned in all my dailies and started my pre-planned route on the way to level 100. At around 9:50 AM the next day (Thursday morning), I turned in my final quest and hit level 100. All in all, my run took me around 10 hours and 5 minutes. My personal best on beta was 9 hours and 33 minutes but you factor in the periodic disconnects and you can see it adds up. Being on a PvP server and being ahead of the curve means almost no one tries to gank you. All the higher level players know and we have a…
  • Post BlizzCon Highlights and Warlords Levelling Tips

    Matticus
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Back from BlizzCon! What a crazy weekend. Biggest weekend ever with the announcement of Overwatch and several new game features coming to Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone. Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft were silent this year for obvious reasons since Reaper of Souls had already debuted and we have the Warlords expansion launch tonight at midnight. BlizzCon Highlights I held it! The strategy guide that I mentioned I was working on the other day? Brady Games had a booth set up and they happened to have a few copies to give away during a random draw. I went…
  • BlizzCon: Day 0

    Matticus
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    Left cloudy and slightly rainy Vancouver, arrived in sunny and blistering heated Anaheim 20 minutes ahead of schedule on the Wednesday. Picked up by a guildie and we headed back to the convention centre and began planning our activities for the rest of the week. The guild’s advance team was slated to come in a little later in the afternoon. We picked up our consumables. Shopping here for alcohol never ceases to amaze me in terms of affordability. Once we settled in, we set up shop at the Anabella and just hung out there for the rest of the night while the rest of the team and friends…
  • Announcing the Warlords of Draenor Strategy Guide

    Matticus
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    Before I get to BlizzCon, I wanted to make a quick note of a special project that I and a few of my friends and colleagues around the community have been working on. A few months ago, I was approached to help work on the Priest section of the Warlords of Draenor Strategy Guide from Brady Games. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) put together an all-star team to help get you started in Warlords of Draenor when it goes live next week. I borrowed the full list from Alaron himself, Druid extraordinaire. He’s also giving away a complimentary copy of the guide. Death Knight: Magdalena…
 
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    Kinless Chronicles

  • An awful lot of goodness, this WoD.

    Kinless
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    There’s so many changes with this latest expansion, it really does feel “all new.”  Honest.  (And ten years on, it’s still an enjoyable game.) The introduction quest for Warlords of Draenor introduced all the major players, you included, along with a run to the boats to escape.  A combo quest-cinematic.  The graphics of each major villain, introduced with a marquis and subtitled trash talk, was very cool. I’ve spent the past few play sessions in Frostfire Ridge, and it’s a great feeling place.  (And a couple of epic followers, an epic drop, and some…
  • Welcome back, Pointers.

    Kinless
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I am so going to the Argent Tournament for a little while longer. And so I try again tonight… no connection possible.  Absolutely unable to connect to anything Blizzard related.  No WoW, no forums, nothing. Patience was rewarded.  And the wife got in as well.  We sent our Orcs to go help Kadhgar and Thrall and disappoint the Iron Horde’s invasion plans.  Portal destroyed.  Forward Operations Base underwater.  Portal back to Orgrimmar created. Mmmm.  What’s the problem?  Oh, you want me, *me*, to create my own garrison here among the Frostwolf Clan?  Sure. ……
  • Best loot drop ever: Ding, Level 90!

    Kinless
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    My DK slugged through Panderia on his own.  As did my Paladin. A Warrior went through the land along with my wife’s Shaman, and my Druid with my wife’s Druid.  From the Jade Forest to the Dreadwastes.  We tromped a lot of miles. We also managed to avoid Panderia by boosting two 60′s, my Warrior and my wife’s Warlock, by pre-ordering. But, otherwise, I can say I’ve seen plenty of Panderia. (And there is a lot that’s very enjoyable to see.) But that left a few more characters yet I needed to take care of.  I’m thinking now’s the time to…
  • A Pre-expansion Exposition

    Kinless
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Ah, the upgrade to 6.02. A pruning of abilities.  New character models. It’s been good.  When my Warrior partied up with my wife’s Shaman, she granted me a Mastery buff, and I granted her a Vengeance buff, both done automatically it seems.  We were synergizing by grouping, not clicking on buttons. I *think* I’m missing a few buttons that I used to use, but I’m not missing them.  There’s enough left that give me something to do.  (And top the damage chart on the Headless Horseman fight with my Warrior.) The character model changes are a mixed bag.  The…
  • 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…
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    Blessing of Kings

  • Gorgrond Questing, Garrisons, Sub Numbers

    Rohan
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Gorgrond QuestingI was out of town for most of last week, so I have not advanced much farther. I did finish Gorgrond. I'm not sure what I think about choosing one quest path based on which outpost you build. It felt like you only got half the story.I chose the Sparring Ring and ended up being sent to the north. Overall, Gorgrond was decent but not really memorable. I did like seeing alternate-Rexxar and his animals.GarrisonsI really like Garrisons. I like them a lot more than housing in other games. For me, I really like the way different parts of the Garrison work together to produce things.
  • Warlords of Draenor Launch

    Rohan
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Warlords of Draenor was released on Thursday. As is tradition, the servers promptly melted. Thursday and Friday were pretty bad. The few times I was able to get in, the lag was so bad it was nigh-unplayable. However, the server maintenance Saturday morning seems to fixed most issues. Aside from queues on the high population servers, everything seems to be going well now.All in all, it just emphasizes that one should never take time off work for the launch of an online game.My paladin, Coriel, is level 93 now, and I've done the first Alliance zone: Shadowmoon Valley. It was a pretty good zone…
  • Mists of Pandaria, in Review

    Rohan
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Overall, I thought Mists was a pretty good expansion. It never quite pushed over the line into "great" though. This was one expansion that I really did not do a lot in. I never raided seriously, and I ended up leaving WoW at the beginning of this year.The Good:Initial questing - I thought all the initial zones were very well done, and quite interesting.The Pandaren - Everyone expected a joke race, but the pandaren turned out surprising well.Patch 5.1 - I really like the way the story was woven into the dailies in this patch.Thunder Isle - Another good zone.All Raid Instances - All the…
  • Jedi Consular Done!

    Rohan
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    This post contains significant spoilers for the Jedi Consular storyline in Star Wars: The Old Republic.I finished the Jedi Consular story yesterday. I played as a Light Side female Jedi Shadow tank. I used the 12x promotion, so I leveled strictly by class missions.When you see most rankings of the TOR stories, the Consular story is often near the bottom. I disagree with this. So far, the Consular story is my favorite Republic story. It's not as good as the Agent story, but it's solidly in that second tier with the Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior.However, I can see why some people don't like the…
  • Thoughts on Overwatch

    Rohan
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    At Blizzcon, Blizzard unveiled their latest game: Overwatch. This also marks the first new world from Blizzard in 15+ years. Thank God.So here are some quick thoughts on Overwatch:The key element to take away from Blizzard's new world is that in the future, the moon will be populated by intelligent gorillas.This new world is not dark. It's fun, vibrant, maybe even joyful and hopeful. I think that's a very good approach to the FPS scene. Most FPS games are on the darker side. Even "funny" FPS games like Duke Nukem, Serious Sam, and Team Fortress 2 go for more cynical, mordant humor.I really…
 
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    Kill Ten Rats

  • Challenge Selection Paralysis

    Zubon
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I have gradually been getting started on Dishonored (yes), and the achievements for the game are giving me ideas of how I might go about playing. Several amount to challenge modes like “play it as a pure stealth game,” “don’t kill anyone but your target,” and “don’t kill anyone” (I presume you can defeat the bosses without killing them yourself). But I have been finding myself somewhat paralyzed by wondering what closes doors and which achievements are mutually exclusive in ways you will not find out until half-way through. Some are obviously…
  • Variability

    Zubon
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    I have been using some terms idiosyncratically, so it seemed worth defining what I mean when I refer to “variation” and “uncontrolled randomization” as things apart from “randomness.” None of these are fixed dichotomies with hard edges, but I think they work as radial categories. While I might argue that the general public misunderstands “randomization,” in a gaming context, it seems relatively clear. You roll a die, draw a card, shuffle tiles, pull something from a bag, etc. What I characterize as “variation” may include…
  • Quick Review: Gone Home

    Zubon
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Gone Home is an interactive story, not a game. I loathe visual novels but I enjoyed Gone Home a great deal. It is a small story, about which not much can be said without spoiling it, but the comments are open for spoiler-filled discussion. Gone Home has a short play time, around two hours. There are no monsters nor puzzles nor combat, just exploration and discovering the story at your own pace. You arrive home from the airport to find the house deserted. Go inside and find out what happened. Two things made the game for me. First, Sarah Grayson’s voice acting as Sam. She’s great,…
  • [TT] Kingdom Builder (First Impressions)

    Zubon
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    I have played my first few games of Kingdom Builder. My first impressions are very favorable, but I have not played enough to speak comprehensively. I also have not tried any of the expansion content. My “big box” came with two expansions and three mini-expansions, so I have a lot to explore. Kingdom Builder is the Spiel des Jahres “Game of the Year” from 2012, designed by Donald Vaccarino, who also won it in 2009 for Dominion. Like Dominion, this is a simple-to-learn game that you can play with non-gamers, with components that vary by game to extend replayability and…
  • Family Sickness Fun Time

    Ravious
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Well, it sucks I’ve been out of touch. We’re on round two of sickness in our family. Now everybody is on antibiotics. Hopefully that’ll do it. I still game. Have to be bedridden not to, practically. Shadow of Mordor I sold my friend on the game this weekend with the help of another one. He was interested to begin with, but it became apparent how great the game was when neither me nor my another friend seemed to agree on the best way to play. He liked doing the whole ninja thing, which I found cowardly, and I liked using the zipline shadow strike where you basically use an…
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    Honor's Code

  • The New Face of Justice!

    Ted Atchley
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    After all my struggles, I managed to faction transfer and move to a lower population RP realm where one of my former guild masters had landed. My first order of business was setting up the bank mule. I elected for a Blood Elf since Silvermoon was always relatively quiet and a short walk from the starting area. I didn't count on the fact that I forgot where everything was, but eventually I found the bank and the auction house.Next up, I had to get Honors switched over. He’s now a Tauren. This is the new face of JUSTICE!From here on out, this a going to be pretty spoiler filled but I’m a…
  • My Warlords Weekend

    Ted Atchley
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    I had heard about the issues and the DDoS attack on Thursday during the day and didn't even try to log on Thursday night. I did try Friday and found myself in a huge queue. After five hours, it was after midnight and I called it a night. This repeated on Saturday and I opted to not even try again on Sunday.I haven't even stepped through the Dark Portal yet. There's a feeling of everyone else being at a cool party, but I'm stuck outside. After being behind the curve for the last month or so, I was really looking forward to being current again. Now, most of my friends are already Level 100 and…
  • Haven't Seen That In a While

    Ted Atchley
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:39 pm
    I'm debating a couple of different options for my new Warlords home, but all of them include some level of risk.Wish me luck!
  • Free Agency

    Ted Atchley
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm come to something of a fork in the road.I've been trying to keep the guild stuff on the blog to a minimum. It’s the kind of post where I can too easily say too much. With due caution in mind, let's continue.When I came back to WoW, the guild I had been in when I left WoW was gracious enough to offer me an invite. Months and months prior to my return, the raid team I had been running with when I left had dissolved and the surviving members got absorbed into another team. That team’s schedule didn't fit well with my schedule and they didn't really have any spots open. The guild had one…
  • DatOrangeDoe

    Ted Atchley
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I went back to the Inn and Wratharion sent me to the Timeless Isle. After we had our little chat, I had two quests: "Secrets of the Timeless Isle" and "The Emperor's Way". I had the coins for "Secrets" as soon as he gave me the quest. But I was once again frustrated when I saw "The Emperor's Way".On my server, we have a slight faction imbalance. The Timeless Isle is pretty much a Horde zone. Lucky for me, it's a PVE server, but groups for the Celestial's form rarely. In fact, I don't recall seeing an Alliance group on my server since I arrived (not that I was paying real close…
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    Tobold's Blog

  • Only 5% of my neighbors are convicted criminals

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Would you boast about only 5% of your neighbors being convicted criminals? Probably not. In fact such a rate of criminal behavior in your community would probably be enough to lower house prices and see many people packing. So I agree with Tremayne that it is somewhat curious that League of Legends is proud that 95% of their players haven't received official disciplinary action last year. Not only is 5% of people that are behaving so badly that they get various forms of bans far too much, but it also is indicative of a far greater number of jerks who simply aren't caught, or who behave badly…
  • Dungeons & Dragons edition 4.5

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Disclaimer: The title is a joke and a deliberate exaggeration.My current 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign is scheduled to end soon, after running for 3 years. I am planning on a big, new campaign which will also be basically 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons, with some modifications from 5th edition, which is why I call it my 4.5E campaign. But maybe we might first run a few session of the 5E starter box, just to give everybody the chance of an informed view of which edition is most suitable for our group.A real D&D 4.5 taking a 50-50 mix of the best of the two editions in my…
  • Innovation through core-shell design

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I have in the past repeatedly talked about my general model for modern games: A core gameplay that is frequently repeated (e.g. combat), with a shell of other activities (e.g. quests, story) binding those core gameplay elements together. One of the interesting things of this model is that if you look at many different games, you'll notice that the core and the shell are not very strongly connected; you can switch out just one of them to get to a new game, while keeping the other identical. One example would be MMORPGs which generally work like World of Warcraft, but which substituted the WoW…
  • The Ubisoft formula versus the Blizzard formula

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    This year there has been some discussion in gaming circles about the "Ubisoft formula" for making an open world game. It is basically a recipe that is shared by various Ubisoft games, from the Assassin's Creed series to Watch Dogs, and which has become so well-known that even open world games that aren't from Ubisoft, like Shadow of Mordor, have been shown to conform to that formula. Meanwhile a lot of pundits seemed somewhat confused about what to make of Blizzard's latest announcement of a new brand, Overwatch. Why is Blizzard making a multi-player shooter? Blizzard isn't know for making…
  • State of the blog address

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    This used to be "Tobold's MMORPG Blog", but I dropped the "MMORPG" a good while ago. Nevertheless until this year I still considered myself somewhat as a MMORPG player. I don't know if it is just me or the state of the genre, but this year made me lose interest in MMORPGs in a big way. I found the Elder Scrolls Online (played beta) and Wildstar (played beta and release) hugely disappointing. Blizzard sent me 7 free days of WoW earlier this month, before WoD came out, I logged into the game, and found my guild screen saying that on a Saturday night I was the only character out of 586 guildies…
 
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    World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

  • Episode 200, "Time for your space bar break"

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    All about Blizzcon 2014 and our first impressons of Warlords of Draenor.
  • 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.
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    Too Many AnnasToo Many Annas

  • Very First Impressions

    Anna
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    So I haven’t finished the intro quests yet (the server queues from the reduced server capacity due to the DDOS attacks meant I only got about an hour to play yesterday), but I’m finding that Draenor is pretty cool so far. Khadgar is a badass I like having a Draenei as a main character – both Maraad and Yrel are pretty cool I like that the elite attack force that goes through the portal is extremely diverse. There are elves, dwarves, etc. I don’t remember any gnomes, which makes Annie Mae sad, but still – it’s not all humans, which is a huge improvement.
  • A Girl and her Dog

    Anna
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across Willum and then up Irandun’s way. Roger treed a squirrel at one corner, and read his dog-mail at every mailbox and fence post. At Rose’s Lane they turned north, and the sounds of smithing rang out over the street. The Silver Shield sat on the corner with Irandun. Aely opened the shop door with…
  • Counting down to Warlords

    Anna
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    What a long strange trip it’s been. I’ll be the first to admit that, at the beginning, I wasn’t sure Pandaria was going to be for me. I’ve made clear my dislike of daily quests, and that seemed to be an integral part of the game at launch. (And really throughout the expansion.) It was, and is, gorgeous content – thematically beautiful, with good music and interesting zones. But that wasn’t keeping me interested really. However, by the end of things, I’ve found I’m quite fond of this little pandaren island. A lot of cool stuff happened there. I…
  • Elevation

    Anna
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Squire Benjamin William Sullivan stood in the middle of Light’s Hope Chapel in his underpants. Actually, it was white linen pants and a shift, but the effect was approximately the same. The little chapel was warm, on the edge of being stuffy even with the windows open, and the walls and pews were lined with assorted paladins, clerics, priests, and a small gaggle of nervous-looking people, several of whom bore a striking resemblance to the young man standing in the middle of the room. Aely had known for six months that he was ready for this. He knew pretty much everything she could teach…
  • Introducing the Newest Anna

    Anna
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:39 pm
    So I’m not really in a position where I should be creating alts. This, of course, does nothing to deter me from making alts when the inspiration strikes. I’ve been really enjoying my Alliance hunter, and she’s my raiding main right now, so I thought … what about a Horde hunter? They’re fun to level, easy to work with, I know the class… And then I upgraded both my accounts to preorder for Warlords, and realized I’d have an auto-90 for my second account. Which has only low level Horde characters on it. (My primary account auto-90 went to Annorah, my Shaman, and I used one for…
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    Leafshine: Lust for Flower

  • Warlords of Draenor: first impressions

    Leafshine
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Exclusive: And yet, rather popular and filled with hoi polloi when you finally get in… OK, I admit it, things are a little better now, but I’m still vaguely surprised that my garrison isn’t filled with a couple of hundred of my closest acquaintances every time I login. And I do spend a lot of time in my Garrison. Possibly too much. This happened today: Yup, Following Up. My first follower has hit 100. And I’m still… 93. I bet my followers avert their eyes as I walk past… (And besides – what sort of moron puts Leafy in charge of a garrison? I ask you…)
  • The following has occurred…

    Leafshine
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Change. And not a moment too soon… Goodbye, Typepad! You were great once upon a time, but you just didn’t move with the times. Hello, WordPress! Yes, Leafshine.net joins the rest of the WoW blogging community on that platform, thanks to a migration via TP2WP Adios, Feedburner – because if Google no longer cares about you, I probably shouldn’t either. Bonjour, FeedPress – because you’re looking pretty sweet. Hey, while I was away, mobile devices became A Thing. So let’s have a sweet, minimal responsive theme from Theme Foundry. And while we’re at it,…
  • A 6.0.2, ma’am? Very popular with all our clients.

    Leafshine
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Before: Sooooo 2013, madam. After: So very chic. So very now. It’s almost enough to get me blogging again…
  • [HOAX] 25 years for “Swatting” – how gaming changes

    Leafshine
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:59 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…
  • WoW RSS Reboot

    Leafshine
    15 Feb 2014 | 4:43 pm
    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…   Now my old WoW RSS feeds are up and running again, and looking rather magazine-like: WoW Blogs in…
 
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    HuntsmansLodge.com

  • Proving Yourself: Gold Damage

    Garwulf
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    This was one of the more challenging things I’ve done in awhile, and what fun! After quite a few failed attempts – which usually had me frantically mashing buttons during the final seconds of the 10th wave – I finally managed to down the last Sha with seconds to spare. My ilvl 601 gear consisted […] The post Proving Yourself: Gold Damage appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • WoD is Exceeding Expectations

    Garwulf
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    There’s no UI update or new posts around here because I can’t log off long enough to work on the site. Blizzard over-delivered with this expansion, IMHO. I’ll try to get the UI comp packaged and uploaded with the week, however. And if any of you haven’t seen this treasure mod yet, please give it […] The post WoD is Exceeding Expectations appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • Gar UI Compilation Update

    Garwulf
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    …is on its way! Expansions are usually a time to vet addons since they often determine who’s keeping a project alive and who is not. A few of my core addons went stale, so I had to make a few changes, but I’ve got things just about situated and error-free. Right before the opening of […] The post Gar UI Compilation Update appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • Hunter Macros Updated for WoD

    Garwulf
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:17 am
    I updated the Hunter Macros page so that everything is now current with Warlords. I removed all of the obsolete macros with retired abilities – including one I found in there with Wing Clip o.O – and I even added a few new ones that I’m using. Next up… Gar UI update for WoD. I […] The post Hunter Macros Updated for WoD appeared first on 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.
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    Sideshow & Syrana

  • Battles and Brotherhood

    Sideshow
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    I have to say, I’m really enjoying the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Like someone on Twitter said the other day, this one feels very “Warcraft” compared to the last one, Mists of Pandaria. While I definitely enjoyed parts of MoP and it was gorgeously designed, I never really felt like I was part of it. It felt like a weird spin-off of everything before it. It felt odd, as my Undead Rogue, to be standing in the sunny, lush lands of Pandaria with its blowing flower blossoms and bright colors. I never felt at home there. This one feels like it’s all come back home.
  • Munchin’ on Some Grindage

    Sideshow
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    To all you young kids out there, that’s a quote by the greatest star of the 90s, Pauly Shore, from one of his greatest movies, Son in Law. It also describes my relationship with World of Warcraft again. I’m back. Though, I never said I would be gone for good. I’ve been away long enough that everything is new to me again, which is pretty enjoyable. This is also how I looked when I loggedinto WoW for the first time. I popped in finally late on Friday, and compared to a lot of people, I had no problems getting in and playing on Eitrigg. I’ve learned through my many…
  • Diving In

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

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

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

  • Slowly leveling, very impressed

    typhoonandrew
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I’m about 5% away from level 93 now, and still loving Shadowmoon Valley. As a zone it is well put together. The rares spawn often, they drop interesting and sometimes useful things, the monsters are squishy enough (especially if you overgear the zone), and the travel time between hubs and quest locations is enough to get you “into” the zone and exploring without being tedious. There are the odd special things found along the way, like the quest to kill animals for steaks, or the special events for the garrison. It is also a little morbid to look at this zone and think about…
  • More WoW Round-up

    typhoonandrew
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Subscriber news – Polygon is reporting that WoW is back over 10 million paying players at the moment. That means Warlords of Draenor has returned WoW back to The Burning Crusade subscriber numbers. Fantastic. More players means more diversity and options. 3.3 million sales at launch. Observation – Local Australian severs have made a huge difference in the game to me in terms of latency. No longer to monsters infrequently “stagger-jump” or rever to a place slightly when they are fighting. I love it. Observation – It appears that the massive login queues are…
  • Quick WoW round-up

    typhoonandrew
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Fair to say WoW is aborbing my thoughts and time again, so here are a few things which happened recently. A WoW periodic table of personalities, because re-thinking organisation of these personalities is kind of fun. Good stuff. Subscribers have been gifted 5 days free from Blizzard for the launch issues, which is a nice way of saying thanks and sorry. Good on them. I want to say to that the posts and comments everywhere ranting about how this is “expected” or somehow not enough make me a little ashamed to be the same species as the whiners. Just a little. Garrisons are fun, even…
  • Wow ain’t dying.

    typhoonandrew
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    WoW Nagrand oceanic. Position 3642 in queue, 126 mins. Dead? Right. I’m kind of happy it’s like this: we have players everywhere. Perhaps the Ddns attack affected times, perhaps it’s all the returning players. A bit of realm maint and the odd tweak we might see more capacity. I’ll wait. The content isn’t going anywhere. Updates: Position and time flings around a bit; from 45 mins to 450 minutes. Yikes! 2 hours later, still a 2+ hour wait estimated. 3 hours later, 45 min to 1.5 hours to wait. And I think the queue is going down because we all need to go to bed to…
  • WoW subscriptions and resubscription

    typhoonandrew
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    After a day of chatting about WoW to the nefarious gamer who first recruited me to World of Warcraft; I’ve resubscribed. It took a day to break my will, which means one of my favourite sayings by Oscar Wilde applies totally, “I can resist everything except temptation”. Last night I ran Karazhan’s first boss five times to try to get the mount, UP once, and solved the archaeology Horn which makes your character bigger. It was great. Related old news says WoW subs have increased again too as players return for Warlords (MMO Champ 14 Oct). We’ve seen this increase…
 
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    MMO Gypsy

  • December Blogosphere XMAS Countdown – Get your Date and Calendar!

    Syl
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Over the past two weeks bloggers all across the MMO and gaming blogosphere have signed up for the merry December blogging countdown and I am happy to confirm a total of 44 people are participating! I have spent the better part of this weekend finalizing a calendar-like page, randomizing dates and working out the last bits and pieces – but more on that later! While the original post already contains most of the infos and ideas behind this event, a very brief summary of what you need to know so you can start writing and planning ahead: The topic of your post should revolve around…
  • Honey, I’m Home!

    Syl
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    So I did this… Still there after all these years. …and I’m a horrible person and I have no integrity. You have official permission to mock me. Forever.
  • A December Blogosphere XMAS Countdown – Sign up!

    Syl
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    December is a special time in small countryside communities around here where it’s customary to not just buy advent calendars stuffed with chocolate and toys for children, but to turn an entire town (for reference) into one big calendar with a different house participating every night until Xmas. Participants draw a number and decorate a prominent and visible window on the house they live in, to be lit through the entire night when it’s their turn in December (and onward from there until the 24th). It is a wonderful sight on a cold winter’s night to walk through such a town…
  • Creating your own custom Avatar

    Syl
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Avatars are kind of a big deal to online gaming folk – we use them online and offline, as identities on social media, mascots for our blogs and forum handles. Some players switch avatar for every game, others stick to a random sprite or custom image shaped in their real likeness and never change it. If you’re after your ingame characters, tinkering with either screenshots or other programs such as a WoW model viewer is usually required. I’ve used my own custom priest avatar in WoW over the years and have made a similar thing for Wildstar; I tend to disregard those MMOs which…
  • QOTD: Completionism, No Thanks!

    Syl
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    I am blessed as a player of MMOs in that I have not one tiny jot of the Completionist gene. If I’m not enjoying something I can easily stop, leave and never come back. I don’t feel any nagging pressure to finish anything in a video game. If it isn’t entertaining me it can go die in a ditch. [Bhagpuss] I want to say amen to a sentiment expressed by Bhagpuss yesterday about his relationship with completionism in MMOs. As a fellow explorer and potterer, I have given up such past ambitions after realizing three things about my own completionism-monster back in vanilla WoW: the…
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    Cold's Gold Factory - WoW AH & Hearthstone Tips, Gifts For Gamers

  • 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…
  • My Top 5 Horror Movies For Halloween

    Scott Smith
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    5 Fandom Fridays: October 24th TopicMy Must See List Of Halloween MoviesThis week for 5 Fandom Fridays we are picking our Top 5 Must Watch Halloween Movies. I've hand selected a list of Halloween appropriate movies for the Halloween season. Included in this list we have some favorite horror movies that are just perfect for Halloween movie watching. My Top 5 Halloween Horror Movies in no particular order are:Trick Or TreatSomething Wicked This Way ComesThe ThingSaw - The Complete SeriesHouse of 1000 CorpsesTrick 'r TreatTrick 'r Treat is my absolute favorite Halloween movie ever created. Sam…
  • 5 Best Men's Halloween Costume MorphSuits

    Scott Smith
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Characters 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 I'm going with my Top 5 MorphSuit Costumes For Halloween.Scary Clown MorphSuitThere are a lot of people that are creeped out or afraid of clowns. I'd be sure to scare the hell out of them with this Scary Clown MorphSuit. This skinsuit has so many scary clown faces and in the oddest of places. With the trippy patterns and wacky colors, this one would also be the perfect…
  • 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…
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