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  • Players to backers ratio

    Tobold's Blog
    Tobold Stoutfoot
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    The Crowfall Kickstarter is coming to an end this week, having reached its goal. Around 15,000 backers funded the project to the tune of 1.5 million dollars, about $100 average per backer. One of the advantages of crowdfunding frequently mentioned is that it allows to demonstrate public interest in a project. Which leads me to the question of how many backers would be sufficient for that.In today's market a MMORPG with 15,000 players would be considered incredibly niche. But we have to assume that the number of people willing to buy a game is larger than the number of Kickstarter backers.
  • Telling the future

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    Tobold Stoutfoot
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Psychochild has written a great article explaining that "Peter Molyneux isn’t so much lying as being terrible at telling the future.". For me the problem is not the difficulty of telling the future, or any specific developer being bad at it, or any specific game failing to deliver on its promises. For me the problem is gamers and game media being more interested in the future than in the present. If you want you can do the following experiment: Go to the next newsstand and buy any one random games magazine. Now count the pages dealing with previews of upcoming games and count the pages…
  • Hillary Clinton confirms she wiped her email server

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    Jon Fingas
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Members of the US House of Representatives hoping to get a look at Hillary Clinton's personal email server just got a big disappointment. Clinton's attorney has confirmed to a House committee on Benghazi that, after handing over work-related email to...
  • The Podcast and the Hearthstone Stream

    World of Matticus
    Matticus
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    We won’t be transferring servers after all. After a two-week process, I’ve come to terms with the leadership of another guild on our server and finalized an arrangement for a guild merger. This will be the third one for the guild and it’s infused fresh life into everyone. I’ll have more details about that later in the week with some behind the scenes stuff, thought processes, and all the various factors. Merging guilds is another topic of discussing in an upcoming show of the Guildmaster’s Podcast, which will be set to debut on March 24. Wil and I have been…
  • Pillars of Eternity: First Impressions

    Blessing of Kings
    Rohan
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    I was killed by a bear.In fact, I'm pretty sure this was how my first death in Baldur's Gate happened. So by that standard, Pillars of Eternity is already off to an excellent start.Pillars of Eternity is a new RPG by Obsidian, who are Black Isle veterans responsible for games like Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment. PoE was kickstarted a couple of years ago, to make an RPG like the great D&D RPGs of the late 1990s.I'm only an hour in, and so far the game looks excellent. It's very much in the style of Baldur's Gate, with the same isometric view, and similar controls. However, the…
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  • Hillary Clinton confirms she wiped her email server

    Jon Fingas
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Members of the US House of Representatives hoping to get a look at Hillary Clinton's personal email server just got a big disappointment. Clinton's attorney has confirmed to a House committee on Benghazi that, after handing over work-related email to...
  • Emvio's smartwatch will tell you when you're stressing out

    James Trew
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Smartwatches are growing ever more capable by the day. Sometimes, though, there's no harm in a little focus. Enter Emvio, a watch with one core goal: to help you manage stress. There are no message notifications or apps, instead, Emvio monitors varia...
  • Best Buy is shutting down Canada's biggest tech store chain

    Jon Fingas
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Best Buy is a mainstay of tech shopping in the US, but it knows that it's small potatoes in Canada -- it kept the country's better-known Future Shop chain going for years after a takeover, even after opening shops of its own. However, the American re...
  • AMC's channels come to PlayStation Vue

    Jon Fingas
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    If you were intrigued by PlayStation Vue as a substitute for cable TV but refused to sign up until you could watch The Walking Dead, it's time to hop aboard. Sony has added AMC Networks to Vue's channel roster, giving you AMC proper as well as IFC, S...
  • Chrome OS beta is getting a new launcher with Google Now

    Mariella Moon
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Intrepid folks running Chrome OS beta will soon get to test a huge new feature that's not quite ready for stable release: Chrome Launcher 2.0. This version looks more like a new tab on the Chrome browser than the platform's current, more traditional ...
 
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  • The Podcast and the Hearthstone Stream

    Matticus
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    We won’t be transferring servers after all. After a two-week process, I’ve come to terms with the leadership of another guild on our server and finalized an arrangement for a guild merger. This will be the third one for the guild and it’s infused fresh life into everyone. I’ll have more details about that later in the week with some behind the scenes stuff, thought processes, and all the various factors. Merging guilds is another topic of discussing in an upcoming show of the Guildmaster’s Podcast, which will be set to debut on March 24. Wil and I have been…
  • Thoughts on the WoW Token: About Time!

    Matticus
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    No doubt by now you’ll have heard of the new WoW token that’s been introduced by Blizzard. In short, it’s an alternative way to pay for game time with in-game gold. For others like me, it’s an alternate way to acquire in-game gold by buying a token for actual USD and listing it in the Auction House. This was a possibility announced a few months ago during December. I will say though that if you have stock in gold farmers, you should sell and unload that right away. The fact that it’s a safe and secure way for people who wish to exchange is the key takeaway. Gold selling sites are…
  • Prismatic Reflections Need to be Banned

    Matticus
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Okay. That’s it. I’m pissed. The first few times were funny, I’ll admit it. It’s okay if someone wants to try my transmog and appearance on for size. I do look rather dashing. But I’m not laughing anymore. That stupid Prismatic Reflection thing got me killed! I’m getting real close to instilling guildmaster decree No. 49! No more Prismatic Reflections! Oh, I’ll tell you why this thing has me all worked up. Imagine doing Operator Thogar in a pug and someone innocuously using that Reflection on you. Of course, I’m too busy doing my healing thing…
  • What’s Going on with Mythic?

    Matticus
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    Indulge me in this observation. It appears that a number of prominent guilds are starting to buckle and implode. These were once strong, proud guilds who had achieved success last tier during Siege of Orgrimmar. I can’t say for sure what the cause of breakups are, but it’s happening across the board. Starting to wonder now if we’re walking in with too high expectations of ourselves and then getting hit with a huge dose of reality. Maybe it’s deliberate though since they want Blackrock Foundry to last a while before the next tier (which if history is any indication will…
  • The Next Generation Troll

    Matticus
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    As a way to help supplement our main raids, Conquest has started fielding weekend normal raids. Our focus during the week continues to be aimed at heroic Blackrock Foundry but we still want want to build as many tier sets as we can with the stuff out of normal mode. Like most hybrid guild and pickup player compositions, the players you pick out of the group finder is completely random. Like any other queue into the dungeon finder, you don’t know which player you’re going to get. Is it going to be the guy who remains completely unaware of his surroundings? Is it the girl whose on…
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    Blessing of Kings

  • Pillars of Eternity: First Impressions

    Rohan
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    I was killed by a bear.In fact, I'm pretty sure this was how my first death in Baldur's Gate happened. So by that standard, Pillars of Eternity is already off to an excellent start.Pillars of Eternity is a new RPG by Obsidian, who are Black Isle veterans responsible for games like Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment. PoE was kickstarted a couple of years ago, to make an RPG like the great D&D RPGs of the late 1990s.I'm only an hour in, and so far the game looks excellent. It's very much in the style of Baldur's Gate, with the same isometric view, and similar controls. However, the…
  • Arathi Basin in Space

    Rohan
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Eve Online unveiled some proposed changes to their sovereignty mechanics, the mechanisms by which corporations take and hold star systems in the game.To my surprise, the proposed mechanisms remind me of nothing so much as WoW's Arathi Basin.In the current version of Eve sov you have to bring fleets to damage the station enough to put it into a different state. In the proposed version, you need a ship with an "Entosis Link". Channeling that link on the station for X minutes puts the station into the different state.The major change is that one Entosis Link is all you need. Adding extra Links…
  • Liebster Chain

    Rohan
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Been a while since the last post. I honestly did not mean to go so long without posting.Talarian tagged me with this Liebster chain, so I may as well answer it. I'll post questions and tag people in a later post.1. What is your favourite game mechanic?Hit points.HP are probably so ingrained that we don't really think of them as a mechanic. But they just work. They're very intuitive, they scale well for progression games, and they allow partial successes, and the ability to go back and forth. They allow for interesting risk/reward calculations. For example, a big weapon that does lots of…
  • The WoW Token

    Rohan
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:03 pm
    BackgroundWoW is introducing a PLEX-like item: the WoW token. A player can buy it from the cash shop and sell it for in-game gold on the Auction House. The buyer can then use the item and get a month of game time.As you know, I don't like these schemes. I simply think it is a bad idea to let strong players have a "free ride" at the expense of weaker players. WoW rests on a broad base of relatively equal subscribers, and I think that narrowing that base will end up weakening the game as a whole. As well, I don't think it's a good idea to incentivize your strong players to start gold farming in…
  • Making Space for Kindness

    Rohan
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Syl at MMO Gypsy has a post on kindness in FFXIV. I'd like to take a look at just what factors inspire people in FFXIV to be kind, using Syl's example of a dead solo player asking for a res.1. First, the game needs to give players the potential opportunity to be kind. FFXIV's death mechanic could be considered "bad design". In most MMOs, if you die, you resurrect at the nearest spawn point or graveyard. In FFXIV, when you die, your option is to resurrect at your "home point". Your home point might be set to a city on the far side of the continent, because that's usually more convenient, as…
 
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  • Good Decisions, Good Outcomes

    Zubon
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    We have discussed repeatedly over the past year that fun games let you make meaningful choices. David Henderson comments on a recent, high-profile football game and the distinction between decisions and outcomes. Usually, the best strategic choice is the one with the highest expected value (probability of outcome times value of outcome). People frequently look at solely the outcome and then attribute it to the decision, whether or not the outcome was a likely result of that decision. Winning the lottery is a good outcome for you, but playing the lottery is almost never a good decision because…
  • [GW2] Let Me Stress This: Amazing!

    Ravious
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    I was able to putz around in the Guild Wars 2 beta stress test yesterday. I think Jeromai’s comments all around, I can just echo (or see my comment there as well). It was a fun, very well polished slice. All it tells us, I feel is general direction of the upcoming PvE. It’s a good direction for sure, but not wholly indicative of the final result. There was one truly amazing thing. It blew my mind. Bleed stacks over 25.  Now since my main for years was a condimancer, who has recently switched to a powermancer to play around with daggers, I am ecstatic. I love conditions. I love…
  • Perspective

    Zubon
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    I sometimes find it helpful to make explicit the “imaginary” in front of something from a game when speaking aloud. “I’m upset because the imaginary zombie bit my imaginary warrior.” “Curses, someone else was willing to pay more imaginary gold for that imaginary sword on the imaginary auction house than I was!” Your loved ones are sometimes worried that you forget that whole “it’s just a game” thing when the game affects you emotionally. And let’s be honest, sometimes you can use the reminder. This will reassure them that you…
  • [GW2] Have We Been Beta’d?

    Ravious
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    I’ve been working on one of the rare collection achievements as a long-term goal waiting for Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns. It is a “hardcore” goal requiring a lot of commitment, and if you don’t want to go insane, a lot of community support. Luckily there’s all of that in my wheelhouse, which I will write about later this week. Anyway, I started pondering ArenaNet’s greater plan. We had years of Living World updates with new systems, new zones, and a general polishing of the entire core. Now we have an expansion coming. Everybody, facetiously, wanted an expansion. That was the…
  • Sky Saga First [Alpha] Impressions

    Ravious
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    I would never have known about Sky Saga if it wasn’t for the rage-induced community support group that the Windborne game’s Steam forums had become. Sky Saga was suggested by one player as an ointment to the afterglow of the production-stilled Windborne. I checked out Sky Saga’s website. Someone on Twitter also mentioned to me it was guided, similar to HQM Minecraft or Windborne’s quests. The suggestion to try Sky Saga was enough to sign up for the “alpha”, which is fairly open. The servers are open right now for a limited time, and I was able to play…
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    Stropp's World

  • Changing Webhost

    Stropp
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Over the next few days I’ll be changing my webhost. So if you notice the site is down, or acting a little funky, don’t worry it’s just transitioning. Normal service will resume shortly. Changing Webhost was originally posted on: Stropp's World Share This!
  • Daybreak or Nightfall?

    Stropp
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    About two weeks ago I wrote about the sale of SOE to an investment company (called Columbus Nova) and the subsequent rename of SOE to Daybreak Game Company. At the time I noted: So what does this mean for games like Everquest? Does EQ make enough to warrant keeping it alive, or will it be one of those line items that some dude in a suit will be hovering his red pen over, ready to strike out? What about Landmark? Everquest Next? Cancelled or rushed out, too early? Only time will tell I guess. Time will tell, in fact it’s already pointing that way with a bunch of layoffs at the company a…
  • Congrats! To The Massively Team

    Stropp
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:51 pm
    As I noted last week, it wasn’t a great time for the folks over at Massively. Their corporate overlords AOL had decided that niche media wasn’t their thing anymore (going back to filling the worlds landfills with unwanted disks, perhaps?) and shut down a series of their enthusiast websites including Joystiq, WoW Insider, and Massively. Well, you can’t keep a good group of gamers down. WoW Insider decided to rebrand and reform as Blizzard Watch, and the Massively crew has reformed as Massively Overpowered after running a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the new site.
  • Massively. SOE. What A Week!

    Stropp
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Wow! What a week this has been. Last week we learned that AOL is doing the evil overlord thing and shutting down its specialist (boutique?) web properties, Joystick, WoW Insider, and Massively. I know that not everyone liked Massively, and while some are rejoicing in it’s downfall (bad form considering people are losing their jobs), others are genuinely sorry that another source of MMO news is disappearing. I hope the writers are able to get together and get something else off the ground. That leaves MMORPG and Ten Ton Hammer as the only other major MMO sites (on my feed.) Neither of…
  • Not Dead Yet

    Stropp
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Obligatory Python reference. Okay. So it’s been a while. Reason being is that I picked up some work coding a Rails app for a startup (still going) as well as having to keep taking on bits and pieces of IT and other software dev work to pay the bills. But in the midst of all that I picked up where I left off with Rift way back when. When Archeage released I downloaded it, and played the FTP content for a while but the game didn’t really grab me. I keep hearing how wonderful and sandboxy it is, but still… It might have been that Asian RPG feel which is something I’ve…
 
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    Honor's Code

  • Let's Give Kromog a Hand!

    Honors Code
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    WoW has been something of a haven for me this past week as my life in the real world has been fairly chaotic. Thursday night, we started on Kromog. After much discussion on Twitter and Maintankadin, we found a suggestion that the first tank on Kromog only take one stack of Warped Armor and then the second tank would pick him up and get two stacks. Then we would rotate as stacks cleared.It was a good plan and with me starting initially, my stacks were cleared by the time the 'hands' phase was over. I only had to remember to taunt him to make sure my co-Tank didn't get his third stack. We still…
  • Blackrock Tank Trinket Choices

    Honors Code
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Progression. It is like oxygen to the raid guild. Sometimes progression is taking down a new boss, but sometimes progression takes another form as Dirty Casuals learned on Tuesday night.The night started on a positive note as a new Hunter, Savvy Mark, joined the raid. I always think of Jack Sparrow when I see his name, savvy? Mark responded to my recruitment post and it was great to have him aboard. I loved that he played the night as Beast Mastery. When I mained my hunter for a while at the beginning of Cataclysm, Beast Mastery was my favorite spec. I really need to go level that guy again.
  • 6.1 First Raids

    Honors Code
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes you'll hear a commentator on a baseball talking about how the starting pitcher just doesn't "have their stuff" on a particular day. It must be weird being a profession baseball pitcher and knowing some days you will just not have it.That's sort of how I felt on raid night. I just didn't have it. I don't know if I was tired or what and I was having a little bit of lag. My ping was around 230ms where usually its sub 100ms. That extra quarter second delay made everything feel off. I thought that maybe the lag was caused by the new patch and I turned off as many addons as I could spare…
  • US Hyjal [H] - Dirty Casuals - 5/10N T/Th/Sa

    Honors Code
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Dirty Casual Nation INFO: We are an Adult GAMING GROUP (18 and up) that is currently recruiting for our Warcraft Branch on Hyjal US Horde Side AND our Twink Guild on Burning Blade Alliance! We play multiple games together, have a closed facebook page, and are currently progressive raiding Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 9:30pm EST. CONTACT INFO: For More information and easy contact info Tweet us @TDCasuals or go to www.TheDirtyCasuals.comContact EsmeraldaSky, Kreelix, Byjaxx, Tachinori In game on Hyjal US HORDE for more info!  Apply quickly on the forums to join the gaming…
  • Tankadin Glyphs and Talents for Blackrock Foundry (Part 1)

    Honors Code
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    This post will cover Gruul, Oregorger, Hans'gor and Franz'gar, Beast Lord Darmac, and Flamebender Kagraz. I'll do another on the other bosses once I get some more experience with them. This is based upon my experiences in Normal Blackrock Foundry. If there's stuff on higher difficulties that would alter the choices I've made here let me know in the comments and I'll edit the entry (and credit you). If you think there are better choices, let me know and we can discuss it. I'm always ready to learn.I also wanted to address the idea of 'its Normal mode, do whatever you want.' We all have our own…
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  • MP3Gain

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Just a quick mention of a software that helped me with a small problem: I had bought an alarm clock which wakes you up with your favorite song as mp3 file on an USB key or SD card. Unfortunately it turned out that the volume setting in alarm mode cannot be changed, and getting woken up by music blaring loudly wasn't especially nice. I thought about buying a different alarm clock, but then I had an idea: The volume of the music must be somewhere encoded on the mp3 file. If only there was a way to easily change the volume of a bunch of mp3 files!Turns out, there is! MP3Gain lets you change the…
  • Telling the future

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Psychochild has written a great article explaining that "Peter Molyneux isn’t so much lying as being terrible at telling the future.". For me the problem is not the difficulty of telling the future, or any specific developer being bad at it, or any specific game failing to deliver on its promises. For me the problem is gamers and game media being more interested in the future than in the present. If you want you can do the following experiment: Go to the next newsstand and buy any one random games magazine. Now count the pages dealing with previews of upcoming games and count the pages…
  • Player agency and what they do with it

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    In the original Everquest, despite its name suggesting otherwise, players were not doing quests all the time. There weren't all that many quests. Most of the time a player had nobody who told him what to do, he was free to pursue whatever goal he wanted, wherever he wanted (as long as the zone was level appropriate). The consequence of that wasn't pretty, it led to what people called Evercamp: Players were most interested in gaining experience as efficiently as possible, and the most efficient method was to "camp" one location of monsters. The initial pull was the hardest, as afterwards the…
  • The Favorites of Selune - Trollhaunt - Session 3

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    In the previous session the Favorites of Selune fought their way into the troll warrens. This session started with them deciding to take a long rest, as they tend to do after every remotely challenging fight to recover their daily spells. Note to self: I need to have a mechanic like a time limit for every dungeon in the future to prevent this; respawning trolls would be another option, but then they'd just rest again. At least in this case they had found a good location for the rest, a neighboring cave in which human prisoners from Moonstairs and the prince's expedition were held. The…
  • Players to backers ratio

    Tobold Stoutfoot
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    The Crowfall Kickstarter is coming to an end this week, having reached its goal. Around 15,000 backers funded the project to the tune of 1.5 million dollars, about $100 average per backer. One of the advantages of crowdfunding frequently mentioned is that it allows to demonstrate public interest in a project. Which leads me to the question of how many backers would be sufficient for that.In today's market a MMORPG with 15,000 players would be considered incredibly niche. But we have to assume that the number of people willing to buy a game is larger than the number of Kickstarter backers.
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    Aspect of the Hare

  • Four Things I Want To See in the Warcraft Movie

    Pike
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    So the Warcraft movie, which was first announced approximately 35867 years ago, is finally coming out next year.  Surprisingly we haven’t really seen any public teasers or anything for it yet, so what we know about it is still pretty limited. It looks like it takes place during the First War (contrary to what we were initially told), and… okay, that’s all I know. Anyways, I dunno about you, but here is what I WANT TO SEE.  In all caps. 1. More Than Just “Orcs & Humans” Look, I know it’s based off of the first Warcraft game which was literally titled…
  • Check Out These Sick Polygons

    Pike
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Weird thing about playing a ten year old game: when stuff that is blatantly 10+ years old crosses with new stuff.  Example: Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat on an updated character model. “Yeah brah, check this out” Another example: flying around mountains in the old world that are textured by, like… a 10×10 pattern copied ten million times. And yes, I know, “time is money friend” and so on.  Mostly I just think it’s hilarious, to be honest! Also I couldn’t think of anything else to blog about, so you get belfies.  Because when all else fails,…
  • Hunter Kindergarten: Dungeons 101

    Pike
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    *dusts off desk* *slowly walks up to chalkboard, baton in hand* It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Pretty sure my last Hunter Kindergarten post was written back during WotLK.  Well, ladies, gentlemen and robots and all others… class is back in session. So you’re a brand-spanking new hunter in this World of Warcraft and you’ve decided it’s time to do some instances.  Awesome!  That’s the bread and butter of WoW and hopefully you have fun. Before heading in, however, you do have a couple of things to keep in mind. (Yes, long time readers: most of these…
  • For We Shall Make Them Fight For Every Last Inch

    Pike
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Recently I’ve been focusing on setting up two sets of gear: a decent PvE set and a decent PvP set.  As such, my usual WoW days involve doing my garrison stuff, doing my apexis daily, doing a quick LFR, and then doing some battlegrounds. So.  Alterac Valley. I don’t know how it is on other battlegroups – or if battlegroups are even a thing anymore (probably not) – but here on Shadowburn the Horde is truly abysmal at Alterac Valley.  Just utterly awful.  My usual Alterac Valley experience, as Horde, involves starting out okay, thinking “hey, we’re not…
  • Okay Blizzard it’s time to revamp draenei and blood elves

    Pike
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    I’m sure I’ll get some comments that disagree, but IMO draenei and blood elves have basically the best lore in the Warcraft universe. But, of course, if you roll a new draenei you get the same old “OUR SHIP JUST CRASHED!!111!1″ quests we got eight years ago, and if you roll a new blood elf they’ll helpfully inform you that ~~Kael’thas is going to lead our people to Outland~~ even though that stopped being current lore, like… halfway through that same expac. Revamp both starter zones already, Blizzard.  Make them flyable.  Make it so more of…
 
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    World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

  • Episode 208, "Soup, salad, and breadsticks"

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Blizzcon 2015 announced. All about 6.1.2 How will tokens affect the game? Heroes of the Nexus updates Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain coming Heroes of the Dorm registration ends...today! Hurry! What games have we been playing?
  • Episode 207, "Team blue and black"

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:44 pm
    We talk about all the changes that came with patch 6.1
  • Episode 206, "Buzzword bingo"

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:29 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 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…
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    HuntsmansLodge.com

  • Out with the Old: Stings

    Drackmire
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    I have been playing WoW (off and on) since its release in November 2004. Hunters have seen a lot of changes to their playstyle, and have had many of their core mechanics changed or completely removed along the way. One of these unique features that has been changed are Hunter stings. Stings are a type […] The post Out with the Old: Stings appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • The Switch

    Drackmire
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    Join the Army, they said. See the world, they said! I’d rather be sailing! So my faithful guildies convinced me to learn a second specialization this week. Up until now I have been Marks for 95% of my Wow experience. I tinkered with BM during the BRK era for a while, but then they made […] The post The Switch appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • UI update coming soon

    Garwulf
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I promise. Hopefully those of you still using my UI comp have been able to keep the addons updated and things running smoothly, but for those of you waiting on me to update things so you can try it out, I’m getting close to uploading it. There were some annoyances I needed to smooth out, […] The post UI update coming soon appeared first on HuntsmansLodge.com.
  • That moment when…

    Garwulf
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    …your followers complete a Highmaul mission with a 62% chance of success, returning with some fancy new gloves. WHEEEEE!!! The post That moment when… appeared first on 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.
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    MMO Gypsy

  • [FFXIV] A Heavensward Expansion!

    Syl
    8 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    So here I am barely on my way to level cap in A Realm Reborn and much like Belghast, I am super excited for its first so promisingly named expansion – Heavensward! As a newbie player trying to catch up and enjoy the original content, it can seem daunting to hear about expansions; what will happen to public events in the old zones for example or how do you find a party for the dungeons everybody’s gotten tired of? Luckily, in FFXIV there is no such thing as players “finishing” the world; new classes mean plenty of lowlevel characters everywhere and features such as the…
  • Liebster Leser….errr Awards!

    Syl
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    Liebster Leser, besten Dank dass Du wiedermal bei mir reinschaust…. Oh wait, that’s actually “Liebster Award” – I blame Sig for this one! While chain letters are the worst, community memes are kinda rad which is why instead of publishing that upcoming post on Valve’s zomg-Vive, I am going to respond to Sig’s questionnaire and challenge seven next bloggers to tackle my own list further below! In case you’ve never run into Sig by the way, that’s probably because he hardly ever blogs (slacker!) but he’s a great presence on twitter and…
  • Podcast: Beyond Language Barriers

    Syl
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    On the weekend, me and Braxwolf got together to talk about a vastly intriguing subject that’s sometimes overlooked when we communicate across blogs, social networks and guild chat: language barriers and cultural differences. For the most part, I pride myself to be very proficient at English and I don’t encounter any issues when dealing with native speakers online; misunderstandings are rare and funny puns or learning about colloquialisms is something I’ve always enjoyed. As for cultural differences, I always felt that on an individual level human beings have a lot more in…
  • [FFXIV] Random Acts of Kindness are Contagious

    Syl
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    “The unkindness of your own relations has made you astonished to find friendship any where.” [Sense and Sensibility; J. Austen] One of the few things that weren’t tuned down in FFXIV compared to its more unforgiving predecessor FFXI, is that dying still remains a firmly inconvenient affair in terms of getting your character resurrected. Granted, the harsh EXP penalty is gone but in lieu of graveyards or self-rez options in FFXIV, players can either return to their homepoint (which is frequently on the other side of the world because you only die on those field trips off the…
  • On Rock Paper Shotgun and “that” Molyneux Interview

    Syl
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over valentine’s weekend, the gamesphere was busy dissecting and criticizing what went down over at RPS recently when John Walker interviewed Peter Molyneux on the whole Godus debacle (for details check Aywren’s article) among other past failings. In the wake of the “ethics in game journalism debates” of last year, I was hoping to read more blogosphere opinions on the matter. Now, I will say this: I am for the most part a fan of Walker’s work at RPS and his often candid and brutally honest writing that hasn’t made him the most popular videogames journalist…
 
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    Mana Obscura

  • Mission to Foostival

    Gazimoff
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Guild Wars 2 is going through a revival. The Heart of Thorns expansion announcement, followed by a deep-discounted sale, resulted in a surge of new and returning players to the fantasy world of Tyria. But despite the renewed focus and hype surrounding ArenaNet’s MMO, it’s the tenaciously loyal fans that have kept it alive over the past two and a half years, either through feedback on game systems, or supporting it with cash at the item store. The player-run Foostival is a further example of fan involvement, with teams from across Europe organising low-key gatherings to connect,…
  • Guild Wars 2 Competition: The Winners!

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

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

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

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