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  • Time to Change Servers?

    World of Matticus
    Matticus
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Recruiting’s just abysmal these days. After we joined the Mythic 2/7 club the other night, we started work on Brackenspore. Three starting healers have decided to leave the game or explore other opportunities elsewhere. Haven’t called a day off yet outside of the holidays. Every week it’s a struggle where for every gain or sign of progress we make, a player calls it a career. Wasn’t this expansion supposed to rejuvenate and regenerate the player base and bring back players? Wasn’t Warlords hailed as the best all-time expansion the World of Warcraft received? Is…
  • Return of the 3rd Tank?

    Honor's Code
    Ted Atchley
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In Burning Crusade era 25 man raiding, 3 tanks were the norm. That's actually how I got my in with a Tier 6 guild. I was their 3rd tank. It wasn't a great job, especially in the days before dual spec, but it was good first rung on your way up the tanking hierarchy in a guild. The idea has returned with the penultimate boss of the current Highmaul raid, High Imperator Mar'gok."3-tank Heroic/Mythic Imperator Mar'gok"High Imperator is a crazy 5 phase fight that challenges all groups even down to LFR. Every even phase is an 'intermission' where Mar'gok becomes unattackable and the raid deals with…
  • Patch 6.1 Notes Reaction

    Honor's Code
    Ted Atchley
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Blizzard released the patch notes for 6.1. Paladin specific items were broken down into a couple of different sections but I have combined them all into this post.TalentsEmpowered Seals (Protection, Retribution) has been improved. Liadrin’s Righteousness now increases haste by 20% (up from 15%). Uther’s Insight now heals the Paladin for 2% of maximum health (up from 1%).It looks like they are trying to make Empowered Seals more attractive. Before this buff Theck and the theorycrafters at Maintankadin had worked out that:ES is still in last place post-haste-buff. Worse for survival than…
  • Doing the DPS as a Tankadin

    Honor's Code
    Ted Atchley
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I got the new “3rd Tank” set up and decided to test it out. If you recall from last week, this involved going Execution Sentence, Sanctified Wrath, Seraphim, Harsh Words, Focused Shield, Final Wrath and using Seal of Righteousness. Harsh Words replaced Shield of the Righteous in the rotation.After I set up my spec, and bought about 25 Tomes of Clear Mind, I went to the Target Dummy in my Garrison. I managed about 12k DPS, which wasn’t too terribly off from what I was doing as Ret. I decided to give it a test in the Proving Grounds. I had already completed the Silver Challenge DPS in my…
  • Dog eat dog games

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    Tobold Stoutfoot
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    Stabs is playing Magic the Gathering Online, and says: "Of course the thing about pecking order games is that those at the top become very invested while those at the bottom tend to leave so it's always a pool of players that are refining themselves by success. But dog eat dog is kinda fun, nothing like seeing people rage when they lose :)". His statement of "Magic is an extreme of competitive gaming, the game is built around redistributing assets from unsuccessful players to successful ones." is a good description of why I left. Not that I was completely unsuccessful, but the whole…
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  • WoW Moviewatch: ROFLMAO!

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Monday is upon us once again, and since we're all in need of some workweek cheer, we dug into the Moviewatch archives to find this classic from Oxhorn. Sure, this 2007 machinima looks a bit dated, especially when compared with the new models that rolled out in Warlords of Draenor, but it's still darned funny. (Much like the even older Muppet Show skit this machinima is parodying.) Go on, we dare you not to laugh. Happy Monday, everyone! Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss…
  • Patch 6.1: Shrink your bodyguard down to size

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Thank the Light. If there's one thing that keeps me from using my bodyguards, it's how they get in the way of literally everything I want to click. The problem is even worse if you play a pet class because your bodyguard tends to stay right behind you instead of to your side. While exploring my garrison on the patch 6.1 PTR, I was happy to find a vendor in my Barracks that sold me a Bodyguard Miniaturization Device for the bargain price of 250 Garrison Resources (I would have paid 10,000). As you can see from the picture, it shrinks your bodyguard down to a more manageable size that should…
  • Patch 6.1: Traveling the world in search of garrison music

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The jukebox is one of the biggest new garrison features coming in patch 6.1. It allows you to change the default music in your garrison, which is a welcome feature considering how much time I spend in there. Upon completing the simple quest to build your jukebox, you are given a selection of 7 faction-specific music tracks (known as Music Rolls) to get you started. It's as simple as clicking your jukebox and picking a new track as your default garrison music. There are many more Music Rolls to collect. One of the first I collected on the PTR was Music Roll: Faerie Dragon, which I found all…
  • The Queue: Lightning round

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today. Anne had everyone entranced with her tinfoil hat in yesterday's Queue and left us with a serious lack of questions. Today is going to be a simple rapid-fire day. Make with the asking! xeraphax asked: With the changes coming to salvaging, should I keep my crates till 6.1 or use them now?Continue reading The Queue: Lightning roundFiled under: Analysis / Opinion, The QueueThe Queue: Lightning round originally appeared on WoW…
  • Around Azeroth: I just wanna fly

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    "All other ogron make fun of Thunk at Broken Precipice," submitter Kashume of Legends of Poker on Staghelm (US-A) translates from the original series of thumping noises that constitutes the ogron language. "They said, 'Silly Thunk, you no can fly. Ogron no have wings.' Thunk know better. Thunk up in clouds where he belongs with windrocs. Now only thing Thunk not figured out; how to get down?" Want to see your own screenshot here? Send it to aroundazeroth@wowinsider.com. We strongly prefer full-sized pictures with no UI or names showing. Include "Azeroth" in the subject line to ensure your…
 
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    World of Matticus

  • Time to Change Servers?

    Matticus
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Recruiting’s just abysmal these days. After we joined the Mythic 2/7 club the other night, we started work on Brackenspore. Three starting healers have decided to leave the game or explore other opportunities elsewhere. Haven’t called a day off yet outside of the holidays. Every week it’s a struggle where for every gain or sign of progress we make, a player calls it a career. Wasn’t this expansion supposed to rejuvenate and regenerate the player base and bring back players? Wasn’t Warlords hailed as the best all-time expansion the World of Warcraft received? Is…
  • Welcome 2015!

    Matticus
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    I know I’m a few days late, but Happy New Year everyone! Warcraft underwent huge changes for 2014. We were stuck in Siege of Orgrimmar for most of us. I ended up getting pretty sick of the instance the same way I was annoyed with Icecrown Citadel and Dragon Soul. 2014 ended with a new expansion, scalable raid sizes, and a new mythic difficulty. After acquiring the Master of Apexis achievement the other week, I am so done with that. If you had to farm Apexis dailies on three different toons, you’d be sick of it as well. My garrison responsibilities have dropped significantly. With…
  • Game Time for Gold? Yes Please!

    Matticus
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Have you seen the news about game time for gold? It broke earlier today in a forum post from Bash. Aside from the standard looking ahead to patch 6.1 content stuff like flight master paths, garrison stuff, and that Pepe (which is a separate blog post altogether because frankly, I just don’t understand the appeal), they dropped this bomb: We’re exploring the possibility of giving players a way to buy tradable game-time tokens for the purpose of exchanging them in-game with other players for gold. Our current thought on this is that it would give players a way to use their surplus gold to…
  • Highmaul Day!

    Matticus
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    What an exhausting week. Running heroics, challenge modes, recruitment, and preparing for Highmaul took quite a toll. Given the option between raid launching after a week into the expansion or after two weeks, I think I would’ve preferred the former. The issue with taking the time to gear up is that everyone plays and levels at different rates. Inevitably, no matter what I do or how many runs I attempt to do, there’ll always be players who feel left out. Anyway, I won’t have to worry about dealing with five mans anymore. I’m looking forward to raid. We’re opening…
  • Talents and Glyphs for Your Level 100 Disc Priest

    Matticus
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When I levelled to 100 and started queueing into heroics, my mana regen was absolutely abysmal. I actually opted to pick up Words of Mending because of the extra passive Prayer of Mending that it would fire out. Heroics at 610 ilevel with non-existent Spirit with similarly geared tanks and DPS is truly a challenge. No one has health pools high enough to soak that kind of periodic and unnecessary damage. The damage out from the group is competing against my ability to keep the group alive long enough resulting in strategically healing the tank and the highest DPS. My mana regeneration…
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    Kinless Chronicles

  • 2014, for what it was.

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

    Kinless
    31 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Happy New Years folks.
  • About dang time! Ding, 100!

    Kinless
    26 Dec 2014 | 10:41 pm
    My first character has finally reached 100. It’s the same one that visited all the Cataclysm dungeons in order to help the wife’s level 80 Deathknight, deleted and restored, reach 85 without doing more quests than required to get an underwater mount. It’s been fun.  He accomplished a lot in Frostfire Ridge, and then journeyed to Gorgrond and Talador.  Leaving a few quests undone in Talador (and probably Gorgrond) he journeyed to the Spires of Arak.  He’s got 3 more quest chains to complete before the questing achievement in the Spires is done.  (I believe that gets…
  • Savoring the slow crawl through Draenor.

    Kinless
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    When I’m in my favorite steak house, and the steak arrives and it’s cooked just right, I take very small bites, savoring each one.  “Mmmm mmm.  That’s some tasty steak.” I’m doing the same with Draenor.  This is evidenced by having two eggs currently incubating in my bags (one on a 3 day timer, the other on a 7 day timer) and only yesterday hitting level 96 with my highest level character.  (He’s my soloist Death Knight.  And it really does feel like he’s outpacing the content.  I’ve vowed not to leave Gorgrond until I’m done…
  • Hearthstone and the Hearthsteed.

    Kinless
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    So I get this e-mail in the mail.  (My e-mail was the graphic with the steed on black, not the image below, which I grabbed off the internet.) I’m thinking “They’ll want my account info, password, bank info…” But, no, it’s legit. I saw the Hearthstone  ads.  I saw the manufactured buzz. I played MTG Online when it first came out.  (Heck, I’ve got cards from the 90s even.  When I naively opened them to actually play a live person with real cards.  Years later, the wife and I bought a couple of expansion packs current to the new decade and…
 
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    Blessing of Kings

  • Rationing Loot

    Rohan
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Most games ration the top tiers of loot in some fashion. They do this to draw out the process of gearing up, and to give people an excuse to log in and continue to play.For example, WoW uses raid lockouts combined with a random chance of items dropping. You can only do a boss once per week, and you have X% chance of your item dropping. This method is exciting, but can be streaky.The percent chance can be for the entire group or for the individual, as in the case of WoW's personal loot system. I think the entire group method is better, as it is more apparent that the reward is for the entire…
  • Verified Identities and Archeage

    Rohan
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:42 pm
    One of the major MMO stories of last year was the launch of Archeage in the West to a reasonably welcoming audience. However, Archeage was overrun by spammers, hackers, and bots to such a degree that many people gave up on the game.Many commentators pinned the blame for this on Trion, the western publishers. Trion in turn, said that they required help from the developers, XLGames, to combat these problems. Most commentators seemed to feel that this was just Trion trying to cover up for their mistakes.But what if Trion was right? Most MMOs these days need to build in anti-spam, anti-hacker,…
  • Crowfall

    Rohan
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    I saw some teasers for an upcoming MMO, Crowfall.It's just the barest of teasers so far, but they look to be creating something in the vein of Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. Trying to get back to "world" aspect of MMOs.For example, in an interview at mmorpg.com, they say:There are a ton of lessons to be learned looking at games like Star Wars Galaxies and EVE Online which had and still have success with their crafting and economic loops. From a very high altitude, crafters need to be able to: craft unique items, explore new recipes and profit from the results of this exploration, and…
  • Elder Scrolls Online Goes Buy-2-Play

    Rohan
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    The other recent news was that Elder Scrolls Online announced that they were switching to a buy-2-play model (with an optional subscription).I've seen some people saying cynically saying that this was the plan all along. That ESO was just trying to milk as much as money out of subscribers as possible before switching. As Azuriel points out, F2P has the unfortunate side-effect of engendering cynicism among the players.This imputation is probably unfair to the devs behind ESO. If anything, B2P would have been the backup plan. If ESO had stabilized at a high number of subscribers (0.5 million, 1…
  • Melee Builds and Treasure Goblins in Diablo 3

    Rohan
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    My current Crusader build in Diablo 3 is a Holy build. It's a build that has a relatively large amount of ranged damage. However, the Crusader archetype is a sword-and-shield melee fighter. So for a few Paragon levels, I tried out a build focused around melee skills and blocking, with lots of things like thorns (reflective damage).This melee build was actually a lot of fun, and effective against enemies. It was especially fun with large packs of enemies, as you just wade into the packs, get surrounded, and then everything around you blows up as you block all the damage.However, there was one…
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  • [TT] Talisman

    Zubon
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    I mentioned Talisman: Prologue over the weekend. So, what about Talisman itself? It’s a random number generator overlaid with a fantasy game skin. The flavor of Talisman is right: fantasy adventure, many classes and options, slaying monsters, gaining treasure and followers. In practice, you’re getting a random walk through all of that, where the importance of any decisions you make is vastly dwarfed by the randomness of deck and dice. You might get killed by the strongest creatures in the deck in your first turns, find half the weakest monsters an hour into the game, or perfectly…
  • [GW2] Scaled Raiding

    Ravious
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    The Vinewrath is one of Guild Wars 2 open-world “raids”. Compared to most conventional raids the mechanics/roles are pretty simple, but they do exist. For example, someone in the lane needs to keep an eye on the backline because I’ve seen slingers wreck whole lanes with rock bombards. A couple people in the thrasher champion fight need to deal with pustules. Many lane wipes have occurred from pustules. Each Vinewrath fight so far had felt full with people map having been hopping between instances of Silverwastes like locusts. Nobody appeared to know the recommended…
  • [GW2] Heart of Thorns Expansion

    Ravious
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    ‘All you, necromancers,’ Colin implied at yesterday’s PAX South Twitch stream, ‘can now be as mighty as Trahearne by using a greatsword.’ I would buy the expansion for that single feature, I decided. The Heart of Thorns website is now live along with scroll down information format. The HoT trailer with seemingly only in-game footage is amazing. Blogger compatriots respond. Dulfy in her usual form provides a breakdown of the information from the PAX South presentation. Bhagpuss writes his blog post based on the feelings and memories from the announcement. Jeromai…
  • It Came from Steam Reviews

    Zubon
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Talisman: Prologue is in the current Humble Card Game Bundle. A friend was enthusiastic about “single player Talisman.” This review stood out: But I think this one makes the better case: So you’re just playing Talisman alone? Talisman is already a game with too much RNG; now it’s just you and the RNG until your inevitable victory over no one? : Zubon It Came from Steam Reviews is a post from: Kill Ten Rats
  • Guild Wars 2 Flash Sale, ESO Switch, and Wildstar

    Ravious
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    So, before the Saturday announcement Guild Wars 2 is selling for $10. I’ve been trying to avoid the hype train until things become real (ArenaNet officialized). But, hot dang, $10 for Guild Wars 2 is… that’s Steam Sale worthy. That’s Steam worthy in the sense that I would buy the game to let it sit there. Then ESO is going to buy-to-play. It even has the synics (sic :P) slightly on board. I think that’s cool and expected. The game seemed to fall off the map too quickly. The switch went pretty well for LOTRO and TSW, and I expect about the same for this. Which…
 
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    Honor's Code

  • Patch 6.1 Notes Reaction

    Ted Atchley
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Blizzard released the patch notes for 6.1. Paladin specific items were broken down into a couple of different sections but I have combined them all into this post.TalentsEmpowered Seals (Protection, Retribution) has been improved. Liadrin’s Righteousness now increases haste by 20% (up from 15%). Uther’s Insight now heals the Paladin for 2% of maximum health (up from 1%).It looks like they are trying to make Empowered Seals more attractive. Before this buff Theck and the theorycrafters at Maintankadin had worked out that:ES is still in last place post-haste-buff. Worse for survival than…
  • Doing the DPS as a Tankadin

    Ted Atchley
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I got the new “3rd Tank” set up and decided to test it out. If you recall from last week, this involved going Execution Sentence, Sanctified Wrath, Seraphim, Harsh Words, Focused Shield, Final Wrath and using Seal of Righteousness. Harsh Words replaced Shield of the Righteous in the rotation.After I set up my spec, and bought about 25 Tomes of Clear Mind, I went to the Target Dummy in my Garrison. I managed about 12k DPS, which wasn’t too terribly off from what I was doing as Ret. I decided to give it a test in the Proving Grounds. I had already completed the Silver Challenge DPS in my…
  • Return of the 3rd Tank?

    Ted Atchley
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In Burning Crusade era 25 man raiding, 3 tanks were the norm. That's actually how I got my in with a Tier 6 guild. I was their 3rd tank. It wasn't a great job, especially in the days before dual spec, but it was good first rung on your way up the tanking hierarchy in a guild. The idea has returned with the penultimate boss of the current Highmaul raid, High Imperator Mar'gok."3-tank Heroic/Mythic Imperator Mar'gok"High Imperator is a crazy 5 phase fight that challenges all groups even down to LFR. Every even phase is an 'intermission' where Mar'gok becomes unattackable and the raid deals with…
  • More Hotfixins for Tankadins

    Ted Atchley
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    January 15 Class PaladinProtection Reduced the damage of Seal of Truth for Protection Paladins by 80%. Protection Paladins should primarily use Seal of Insight for defensive value.[Currently in Testing]Seraphim now grants 750 of each stat for Protection Paladins (down from 1000).Double post today becuase this is what happens when I've scheduled a post and the Developers put out a bit of news.I read the statement "Protection Paladins should primarily use Seal of Insight for defensive value." as basically the developers saying that Protection Paladins should always be using Seal of…
  • Paladin Loot Specialization in LFR

    Ted Atchley
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m looking at how I want to set up my Loot Specialization when I run LFR. I’m trying to build the best tanking set I can while also amassing decent offsets for both Retribution and Holy. Clearly, I’m an ambitious guy.The loot table in LFR is different from the loot table in Normal/Heroic/Mythic. If the guild I eventually land in runs Personal loot, I’ll have to figure out what to run in those as well. I've been running as an OpenRaid PUG with Casa Soma the last two weeks as a tank. They run Personal loot and I've set Protection as my Loot spec on those runs.You could do this ingame…
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    Two, and three.

  • New Stuff

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    For those of you who are still following us I'd like to redirect you over to our new blog project, www.wordsremember.com. Damm and I have embarked on artistic and literary adventures and have even opened our own etsy shop which you can find here.Thanks!
  • Dayfall.

    29 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    So when I'm writing in the evening, I listen to music.  It helps me get mentally away from the day and drowns out distractions.  And occasionally the music will create a story as the emotions wrapped in the lyrics lift me and enable me to carry a feeling through.  The following story was oddly the result of these songs:Iggy Azalea, "Black Widow"Selena Gomez, "The Heart Wants What It Wants"Ariana Grande, "Love me harder"Sia, "Chandelier"Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang"After I got done and looked at the play list I wanted to laugh.Here's my…
  • Deep breath. Begin.

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    February 22 was the anniversary of Cayden's funeral. I spent the day not thinking about it, forcefully turning my mind from memories and images. I had to do this, to keep from moving into a state of utter panic. There was a GurgleOrc waiting to be born. His due date was February 27. He was moving consistently, but I still poked and prodded him if he went longer than an hour or so without adjusting position.He was late, as all mine have been. He made his appearance on March 2. I spent the entire labor refusing to believe that it was actually happening, that what I was feeling weren't…
  • On goals, plans, Walter Mitty, Rothfuss, and babies.

    10 May 2014 | 8:54 am
    Oh and on the south pacific.  I was trying to describe to my brother today the longing.  And failing.  Terribly.  Stupid walter, mitty and stupid nim and her stupid island. Six years ago when we were first writing this blog as a WoW blog and as an experiment it trying to make friends on the internet and moving into a new internet neighborhood of blogging myself and herself were in serious talks about our dreams and hopes in life and what we "REALLY" wanted out of life and how to get it.  Very SRS-BZNS all around.   So after a bit we realized that all of our…
  • Payment Parts 1 2 and 3.

    19 Jan 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Okay wow.  It sure has been ages since I've posted anything here.I'll have to do a life-story-recap but what reminded me to post was someone harassing me about Payment a story that I wrote almost four years ago now.  So, since it has been so long I"m putting the first two bits and the latest bit together and posting it here.========================================================================Alice was 33. She was the head personal maid to her Ladyship the Duchess. She obtained this illustrious position because she was clean, organized, neat, and prompt about her duties. She…
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  • Dog eat dog games

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    Stabs is playing Magic the Gathering Online, and says: "Of course the thing about pecking order games is that those at the top become very invested while those at the bottom tend to leave so it's always a pool of players that are refining themselves by success. But dog eat dog is kinda fun, nothing like seeing people rage when they lose :)". His statement of "Magic is an extreme of competitive gaming, the game is built around redistributing assets from unsuccessful players to successful ones." is a good description of why I left. Not that I was completely unsuccessful, but the whole…
  • Recognizing the traps

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    A commenter this week said he was "burned by ArcheAge" and asked "How how much time and resource do you waste on a Free2Play game before you realise its Pay2Win?". My answer to that question is that this depends very much on your familiarity with Free2Play concepts. Whatever semantics you want to use, but Free2Play games definitively do want to seduce / trick / trap you into spending more than you intended. If you can avoid those traps, you can actually get more game for less money than in a Buy2Own business model. If you fall into those traps, you can get burned.My recommendation would be to…
  • Buying blindly

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:43 pm
    One reason why I am okay with the Free2Play business model is because I trust myself to handle it intelligently. I'm never going to spend thousands on a game, and if I end up paying as much for a "free" game as a full-price game would cost it was because I got as much enjoyment out of the game, or even more than I get from a full-price game. My buing decisions are informed, and commensurate to what I am getting out of the game. The key point is that I can start playing for free, and see whether I like the game, and gain a good estimate of the value of any virtual goods or services before I…
  • 10 minutes, twice a day

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:57 am
    Over the years I have been subscribed to various MMORPGs for a long time, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I have played them every day during that subscription period. If you don't have much time, starting up a MMORPG usually doesn't make much sense. These aren't games that usually play well in chunks of 10 minutes, as they are designed to be relatively time-consuming. Warlords of Draenor is a big change in that respect: On a day where I don't have the time to play World of Warcraft, I would still log in for 10 minutes, twice a day.The reason for that is the garrison sub-game, which is…
  • Keeping the lights on

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:19 am
    Clockwork from Out of Beta is talking about commercialization of games. Quote: "I think it comes down to the intention of the developers when they are making the choice as to whether or not include a piece of content. If the developer is genuinely out of money to dedicate and needs to release, I see no problem with cutting content that they simply can't pay for. ... However, if the developer has already finished the majority of the content piece and will have it ready for release soon after and hold it back purely to sell it for more later, then I start to get a little annoyed."Basically…
 
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    Aspect of the Hare

  • In Which Pike Returns to Make One Post and Then Disappear Again

    Pike
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    I feel that it has become a hallowed, if somewhat pathetic, Aspect of the Hare tradition that for every new expansion Pike resubs for a month or two and then unsubs until the next expansion.  This time around I’m a little behind because I don’t technically own Warlords of Draenor yet.  I do, however, currently have one month of subscription time thanks to a generous gift from a Twitter friend. Logging in for the first time in several years was initially very disorienting, perhaps like returning to a building or town where you once spent a lot of time but then moved away from. …
  • I Like Big DoTs and I Cannot Lie

    Pike
    1 Dec 2012 | 12:59 pm
    Did you know that Serpent Sting got a nice stealth buff? Cause it did! Serpent Sting’s damage has been increased by 100%, and its cost has been reduced to 15 Focus (was 25). Huh. So between that and the recent Aspect of the (Iron) Hawk buff, hunter DPS is looking okay for me. I guess Powershot is borked, but I don’t use that one. How are you guys holding up in game, friends?
  • Let’s Fix Dailies.

    Pike
    13 Nov 2012 | 5:08 am
    Yes, another post already! I don’t think I worded my last post the way I wanted to. I knew it was kind of a wonky post as I was writing it but then I hit “Publish” anyway. Ah well. The ultimate point that I was trying to make is that for a player like me, the current rep system works, but what may work for me probably does not work for everyone. Furthermore I was trying to point out that, well, dailies have always been boring. This is why we should fix the system entirely. Screw bandaid fixes. The whole idea of dailies needs to be scrapped, as far as I’m concerned. We…
  • Rep Grinds Aren’t the End of the World

    Pike
    13 Nov 2012 | 3:38 am
    Rep grinds can be a pain, sure, I understand! But I don’t get that people are quitting over them. Do you remember back in Burning Crusade when you had to be Revered with a faction just to run that faction’s heroic? Yeah. Later they changed it to Honored, but still! Remember Scryers/Aldors/Isle of Quel’Danas? That Isle of Quel’Danas got you all sorts of fancy purples. Scryers/Aldors was where you got certain inscriptions– shoulders if my memory serves me right. Other factions gave out other inscriptions based on rep. Remember Sons of Hodir in Wrath? Man, those…
  • I Am Now Officially Awesome.

    Pike
    11 Nov 2012 | 9:10 am
    Between the Demon Stalker Armor, Legionkiller, and the Shattered Sun Tabard, I can officially say I am done with transmog now. Well. Until I find something else that I want, of course. I give it about five days, max.
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    World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

  • Episode 205, "Mythic holographic trade chat"

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    WoW 10-year gift is out. Eric T3 garrison and what it took to get it. Should you go all-out with the smaller garrison buildings first? Too many pets nippin' at my heels! All about the cool things coming in 6.1 A bit off-topic, but we talk about the new Windows 10 holographic interface and what it could mean for gaming.
  • Episode 204, "Coreception!"

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:04 pm
    News: 10th anniversary event extended a week. Dark Horse Warcraft coming coming W way to get your missing followers is coming No more trap-stealing Hotfixes for January 5 Eric: Preparing for Molten Core Alliance Tier 2 garrison oh the zone and lore differences Switched the Outposts & different garrisons Inn, quests, recruiter (useful!) No LFD or LFR yet Mike: Busy holiday, not much play time. Some garrison followers up to epic. One mission rewarded Halaa tokens. Heh. (those are for mounts -ER) Spending most of my playtime doing PvP - PvE isn’t doing anything for me. Problem - tried doing…
  • Episode 203, "How much Thunderfury does your server have?"

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Eric does the Great Alliance Switch Are pro-ground mounters starting to switch? More PvP for Mike's mage. Do you really need garrisons? Hearthstone now on Android We go over the list of improvements coming in 2015. This is our last show until January. Have a safe holiday!
  • Episode 202, "Unseriously serious"

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    News: Lots of hotfixes the last few days. Garrison outpost changes coming. Hearthstone Goblins vs. Gnomes is live. "The Last of Us" bug? New Charity pet What's up with the iLvL of followers? Eric does Ashran Is it server/faction switch time for Eric? What's going on with max level garrison missions? Mages finally feel like mages. To tailor or not to tailor. PvP happened on Emerald Dream
  • Episode 201, "Turkey sushi"

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    News: Icons, Icons, ICONS! What we learned from today's WoW Developer AMA on Reddit. All about garrisons and what we had to do to get to level 3. Mike's experiences with mages and rogues What's with the crafting bottleneck? Tales from Ashran Has trade chat gotten worse? THIS JUST IN - Crystal vials only sold in Ashran?
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  • Tips for Private Jet Charter

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Why do folks made a decision to fly in this airplane that was high end when commercial flying is accessible most of the time? This kind is usually made to carry groups of the likes and also businessmen. Contrary to most people’s belief, this high end aircraft also can be found in any scenarios, for example for express parcel deliveries, evacuations, or to carry government officials or members. Most of these jets are not specially inefficient since they’re practical as well as fast, specifically for little group journeys. Typically, a private jet charter as well as private jets is…
  • Start With A Forex Demo Account

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Comprehending the significance of preparation and evaluation and getting to be aware of the changes in the foreign exchange market is a crucial measure to learn forex trading. It is wise never to jump in the forex market without adequate understanding of its own functioning. Hence it is advisable to start a demo forex account till one begins to get gains on a consistent basis. It’s extremely very important to remember that there cannot be authoritative currency trading strategies for a marketplace which is constantly fluctuating. Yet, particular useful suggestions could be considered to…
  • I started Forex Trading

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Lately I have been trading with currencies. At first I just wanted to get my feet wet with a demo account but I finally opened a real account with Varengold. They seem to be one of the best players in the market. I also love the fact that they are located in germany. I have read a lot of reviews and what I noticed is that a reliable broker is one of the most important things when it comes to forex trading. My Experience I haven`t earned much to be honest but at least I didn`t lose anything till now. I know this might be disappointing for some of you but I rather make small steps forward…
  • Becoming an Investment Broker

    admin
    26 Nov 2013 | 6:55 am
    A career as an investment broker is a very widespread job that utilizes everything from one’s social skills to their education. It is an extensive career that requires one to study in the realms of economics, business, marketing, accounting, or any similar discipline that focus on financial and investment planning. Learning in these fields is required and absolutely beneficial for one’s success as an investment broker as risks and strategies of money handling are learned. The beginning step toward becoming an investment broker is to earn a college degree in one of the educational…
  • Dating Advice For Women

    admin
    26 Nov 2013 | 6:52 am
    The world of dating can be intimidating. Don’t let that stop you from seeking companionship. Get out there, but keep the following tips in mind. Be Safe Most importantly, be safe. Online dating is becoming more successful all the time, but refuse to meet a stranger in a private place. Instead of giving a stranger your home address, agree to meet in a public setting. The same goes for blind dates set up by friends. Be sure you are comfortable with someone before you agree to be alone with them. Plan Something You Both Enjoy The first few dates with someone should always involve things…
 
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    HuntsmansLodge.com

  • My New Work Clothes

    Garwulf
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Apart from my vanilla PvP set (which is essentially an instant mog makeover), I haven’t ever farmed a transmog set for Garwulf…until now. Anyway, see what you think of my current raidwear… Those of you who are like…wtf…why are you posting this transmog fluff and not talking about huntering in WoD..?! Truth is…I’ve been enjoying the […] The post My New Work Clothes appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • Getting back into the raiding groove

    Drackmire
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    After only a few short weeks, I’m back into end-game content, running through Heroics and dabbling a little in Highmaul. The road to get there is more challenging than it has ever been in the past, from what I can remember. Getting there was a good refresher on playing as a hunter, and it helped […] The post Getting back into the raiding groove appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • A Return to Huntering in WoD

    Drackmire
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Drackmire is a pal and fellow hunter who had been absent from the game for some time, but he’s recently returned to WoW to experience the sensation that is Warlords of Draenor. He’s enjoyed sharing his experience and wisdom in the past, so I thought it’d be fun to have him write a post about what it […] The post A Return to Huntering in WoD appeared first on 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 barely a moment to spare. My ilvl 601 gear […] 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.
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    Sideshow & Syrana

  • Flashback Friday: Pondering

    Sideshow
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Here is an early shot of a young (freshly dead?) Sideshow back in 2006 pondering something while hanging out in Uldaman. He’s wearing his old Helm of Fire which I also made as a leatherworker and made my first fortune. The post Flashback Friday: Pondering appeared first on Sideshow & Syrana.
  • This post menaces with spikes of content

    Sideshow
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I spent a good 20 minutes trying to determine where and how to build a screw pump in my underground fortress so I could pump the standing water out of my first well cavern and into a new well cavern. Then I could retrieve the bodies of my fallen dwarves who fell into the cavern when the above floor collapsed while trying to build the well. And once I finally got the screw pump built, I found out that I built it in the wrong direction. I originally needed to build the well and the tunnel to the well from the river because I embarked in an area with no underground water. The problem was that…
  • Throwback Thursday: Gnaptime

    Sideshow
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    I thought I’d use the normal Throwback Thursday meme that is used so much on Instagram and Facebook and use it to post old-school screenshots that we still have. Here is one from about eight years ago on December 3rd, 2006. It looks like me, playing a Gnome Warlock of all things, with Syrana’s Dwarf. Either I’m sick or she’s watching me sleep. The post Throwback Thursday: Gnaptime appeared first on 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…
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    MMO Gypsy

  • Catching Fireflies

    Syl
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    So whaddaya know. Between speculations of ArenaNet launching a first GW2 expansion, Heart of Thorns (an event that would certainly bring me back to Tyria) and ESO going buy-to-play (an event that most certainly will not bring me back), I managed, with a little help from my friends, to re-instate my decrepit Square-Enix account and jump back into FFXIV:ARR on Cactuar, where bloggers roam. For now I am happy to smell the roses and enjoy watching my Lalafell Arcanist study her book as she hurls mighty spells at the enemy. I have trusty Carbuncle to keep me company and a world of brooks and…
  • Wot I Read: A New Golden Age of Videogaming

    Syl
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    “Wot I Read” is a new category on MMO Gypsy because I needed another one! This is where I spotlight smart stuff written elsewhere and that needs to be passed on to my fellow bloggers and readers! One of the very few online mags I read regularly on all things life, politics and culture, is the Montreal-founded VICE network which among many other things, features outstanding (sometimes highly risky) independent journalistic work in the field of video news reporting and cultural series on their youtube channel. While not dedicated to gaming in a big way, the Tech section of VICE…
  • Crowfall: False Modesty is for Nubs

    Syl
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Today, after an update by the ever-timely folks over at massively, I was made aware of a title I had never heard of: Crowfall. A new MMO with very little to herald its coming, potentially exciting given the genre’s current outlook. Of course that warranted further research and so I ended up on their fledgling webpage, eagerly looking for a vision or mission statement which turns out, is impossible to miss - WELCOME TO CROWFALL. If you’re here, it’s because you’re looking for something. Something deeper than a virtual amusement park. More impactful than a virtual sandbox. More…
  • The Great Videogame Chibi Challenge! (Win three Steam games!)

    Syl
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    UPDATE: This quiz has already been solved! If you wish to take it anyway, don’t read the comments! So maybe you know that I do quizzes on MMO Gypsy from time to time, from MMO rebuses to poetry scrabble, and every time my audience was way too fast to guess the correct answers. That’s cool though because this time around, there shall be little help from my side! Maybe some of you remember too, that I had some fun creating blogosphere avatars a while back with this chibi maker. Well, I didn’t just make avatars, I also tried to recreate some of my most beloved videogame…
  • Gaming in 2014, Worrying Trends and Great Expectations!

    Syl
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    One more for #listmas before it’s too late! Looking back on a year of gaming, I realize that 2014 was for the most part, a year of small releases for me or rather a year of indie gaming and digging through my steam backlog. There are no blockbuster titles to list, no Bioshock Infinite like last year and no new MMOs I enjoyed save one. If there’s something that has changed in 2014 for me personally, then that MMOs are more and more taking a backseat and not for lack of trying. Generally, there are three industry trends that have me concerned right now and that are expected to…
 
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  • A little review of 2014

    Zekta
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:17 pm
    There had been sometime I didn’t wrote anything on this blog. Phase3profit.net On 2014, phase3profit.net had some security issue, in which the infection had been affecting the code base. (on the WordPress CMS) I hadn’t got time to get it fixed and put it back online. While I assume no one would still looking to the old content, I’ll just let it redirect here. Work work work on 2013, I had been working in Ericsson as Project Manager (Any one who interested can me up on LinkedIn) And on 2014, I worked full time on my own company, Moongate and C4Sheep as mobile, web application…
  • 勿與天下無聊之人爭閒氣

    Zekta
    7 May 2014 | 7:03 am
    中學時期老豆教既一篇文 明顯我重係年少氣盛… 不過大家分參詳下 XD 勿與天下無聊之人爭閒氣, 應與古今聖賢豪傑爭志氣。 臨時讓人一步,自有餘地, 臨時放寬一分,自有餘味。 登天難,求人更難, 黃蓮苦,貧窮更苦, 春冰薄,人情更薄, 江潮險,人心更險。 知其難、甘其苦、 耐其薄、測其險。 可以處世矣,可以應變之, 涵養怒時氣,留心順口言, 提防忙裡錯,善用有時錢。
  • Phase 3 Profit Outage

    Zekta
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:43 pm
    There had been report on security bleach, we are currently looking into it Zekta
  • 鴞鳥吃腐鼠

    Zekta
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    (和家中漫畫書只有老夫子, 牛仔 和一本漫畫莊子有關吧) 其中一個故事我很喜歡 – 鴞鳥吃腐鼠 長大後發覺和很多現實中人一樣, 想通了也就一笑置之了 惠子相梁,莊子往見之。或謂惠子曰:「莊子來,欲代子相。」於是惠子恐,搜於國中三日三夜。…
  • The IT Turnover Idea

    Zekta
    6 Jan 2014 | 9:23 pm
    An Article I nearly 100% agreed, and come to visit from time to time, better keep it at safe http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Up-or-Out-Solving-the-IT-Turnover-Crisis.aspx
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    Cold's Gold Factory - WoW AH & Hearthstone Tips, Gifts For Gamers

  • How To Earn More Gold From Daily Quests in Heroes of the Storm

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

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

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