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The Things We Do...
2009/09/20 at 3:41 PM
It has been almost one year (probably a bit more, right) since the achievements system was introduced to the game. And with the achievements system - one very particular achievement.
. Now that Brewfest is back around the corner, many of us are finally getting our chance to finish the trip and be rightfully awarded with a beautiful
(that flies at 310% speed, but we want it for the beauty, of course). But how many of you stopped while doing all those achievements, and thought "
Man, what I am doing is a complete absurd! I have morals, I should not be doing this for some drake!
" Yea, I didn't either...
But now that we are almost done with our lovely trip, I thought I would put a list of all the weird things we've done over the last year, trying to get the Violet Proto-drake. Read on, and enjoy the (long, strange) trip!
2009/09/19 at 3:40 PM
I know this has nothing to do with anything. But I just wanted to point this out, because I think this is my new favorite comment on the entire site.
The comment is from the
Fiery Warhorse's Reins
, the epic land mount that drops from
Attumen the Huntsman
in Karazhan. Posted by
, it details the precise reasons why Midnight is superior to all other mounts.
The comment can be found
, and the full text is after the break.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Addiction King!
2009/09/02 at 2:58 PM
Once upon a time, there was a Wowhead user who had a hard time managing his schoolwork because of World of Warcraft. But, as he had been playing WoW for over three years, he was reluctant to cancel his subscription. After a week of contemplation, he finally found enough strength to cancel. He even e-mailed Malgayne to have his Wowhead account banned too, hoping it would help his attempt to quit WoW.
The account’s next billing payment had been due in a week, so he figured that it would be a good time to cancel the recurring subscription. After that week had passed it was official: his WoW account was no longer active and his Wowhead account was banned until his return. Unfortunately, this did not stop him from continuing to read both the official forums and Wowhead’s forums. The urge to resubscribe was growing bigger by the day, but this user was determined to quit anything WoW-affiliated altogether until he could get his life back under control.
Fast forward to sixteen days after his WoW account became frozen. He was home sick and had nothing to do, and he was starting to feel better that day. With just WoW on his min
BlizzCon Day 1—and Wowhead Quest!
2009/08/21 at 12:23 PM
So I'm in my hotel room, packing my stuff up and heading down to the convention floor. I'm going to use this blog post to write down my random thoughts as we go on through the day, just in case some of you may be bored enough that they want to hear MY running commentary on their DirecTV broadcast. :P
Don't forget that for more immediate news and pictures—the kind I don't have to run up to the press room to publish—you can follow us on Twitter:
For those of you who are actually attending the convention, Wowhead has a quest for you!
If you manage to find one of us on the convention floor—you'll know us by our Wowhead T-shirts—then you get a card for a free month trial of
The updates will be coming after the break!
More BlizzCon Info!
2009/08/21 at 4:15 AM
Our sister site
has their own editorial coverage of Blizzcon going up this weekend, and they already have a few posts that are looking pretty awesome.
Specifically, the ones I wanted to bring your attention to were these:
Diablo 3 demo run-down
Fansite Summit recap
Photo gallery and goody bag contents
The full list of Blizzcon posts will automatically update as new ones are added, and can be found here:
Fansite Summit Recap!
2009/08/20 at 6:57 PM
So now that I've gotten to sit back down at my computer and actually do some typing, I'm going to elaborate a little on some of the thoughts I mentioned in the previous
, and on
. I wasn't made for
—I talk too much. :(
I'm also posting the (admittedly meager) gallery of photos I managed to take, though the majority of the time we were restricted from using cameras.
Patch 3.2: Call of the Crusade Review
2009/08/15 at 3:01 AM
So 3.2 is upon us, and the Argent Coliseum is live! There's been a lot of coverage leading up to the new patch, and a lot of coverage now that it's out, but I thought you guys could use a single rundown for everything—which means that you are about to get a full-blown review of the Call of the Crusade, and all its awesomeness!
First, let me just give you the link to the official patch notes, if you prefer to read them there - and then we move on to the review!
We're going to lay this out for you: for every section, we'll have the patch notes first (click the title to see them), and then the reviews of that section of the patch notes. Then the patch notes for the next section, and so on and so on...
MMOs: Not Just For Kids!
2009/07/30 at 6:36 PM
So here I was, reading through the official forums, when I found a thread that looked interesting. I'll spare you the unnecessary details of the thread, but the person who wrote the thread claimed to have been eighty-eight-years-old when it was written back in April of this year. You read it correctly—an
year old, and I'm not even kidding.
That thread reminded me of an experience I had back while I was leveling my paladin during Burning Crusade. Intriguing? Read on!
Goblins and Worgen
2009/07/17 at 5:50 PM
: New set of masks was released in Build 10128 - MMO-Champion was quick to capture them again
I know many of you use
for news, quick references, and other goodies. I do too. And, chances are, you have noticed (or will soon notice), a pretty bold title on the front page:
Goblins and Worgens are the new races of the Expansion
. I know threads about it will start popping like
. So I thought I'd make a blog about it and keep the comments in one place. I am so handy!
If you haven't read
's justification on the "new races" (it is by no means confirmed by Blizzard), read on after the break!
New Icons in PTR Build 10083
2009/07/10 at 6:00 PM
Build 10083 of the PTR was released today. In it were some small updates to spells, but nothing extravagant. I was about to end my day in The Datamines when I came across a rare boss: Iconus! As you know, you almost never see Iconus unless a new version of WoW is on the horizon, so when I saw him I was eager to take advantage of the opportunity. The skull beside his portrait worried me, but I had leveled many times since our last encounter and I figured I could take him down by myself.
I was wrong.
I gathered as many guild members as I could and we went back into The Datamines. 42 wipes, 250g in repairs, and plenty of cursing later, we downed Iconus. Nearly salivating, I looted his corpse... and found
new icon. :(
Furthermore, it was not an upgrade for any of us. However, it is Bind on Equip. Who wants it?
Dusting Off Those Retired Characters
2009/06/24 at 11:42 PM
Because of Blizzard's recent announcements that
other speed-boosting forms
will be attainable at lower levels, I have finally found the motivation to do something I probably haven't done in a very, very long time: Log onto World of Warcraft and level up some characters which I thought were going to be in permanent retirement.
That's right. Up until recently, I haven't been playing World of Warcraft mainly because of school, but also because I haven't found the motivation. With the exciting upcoming changes, however, it looks like that long-lost motivation has finally come.
World of Critcraft
2009/06/10 at 7:09 PM
Okay bear with me, guys—this one takes a little while getting in.
Secret of Mana
, two of your three characters have magic, up to a maximum of 99 magic points at a time. Your offensive caster has an MP absorb spell, but aside from that, the only way to restore your magic points mid-dungeon is to use a Fairy Walnut, which restores 50 MP. You can only hold a maximum of four.
By limiting the selection of mana-restoring items to one item type, which only restores mana in one large chunk, the game has rendered it almost pointless to increase your maximum mana above 50.
Are you with me here?
You, Summer Vacation, and WoW
2009/06/04 at 10:50 PM
Hey, guys. I've been so busy since last week studying for finals that I haven't had any time to post blogging entries. Now that school is almost over, I'll have a little more time to post entries and keep you excited users busy!
Anyway, moving on...
I've been playing World of Warcraft for over three years. That's three summer vacations I've been through since I started playing. Considering I have two parents who work full time, I usually spend about three days a week home alone. With very little things to do while my parents are at work, what I usually end up doing is playing World of Warcraft.
The Next Expansion
2009/06/03 at 1:19 PM
Blizzard once said that they would like to release a new expansion every year or so and this has gotten people thinking, "After Arthas, what comes next?" Don't get me wrong, I personally feel no need to rush the release of the next expansion—I mean, we still haven't defeated Arthas. But after Arthas, what will our 1337 characters all pimped out in Frozen Throne purples do next?
Making Those Tough Decisions In-Game
2009/05/29 at 5:00 PM
Recently a user, who insisted on anonymity, approached me on IRC and asked me for in-game advice. Not knowing what he was going to ask, I blindly agreed and he explained the situation to me. Basically, he was having a hard time contemplating as to whether he should purchase an heirloom bow to benefit his level 40 hunter or if he should save his valor badges to upgrade his level 80 Death Knight's gear. Bear in mind that his level 40 hunter was his first character ever and that he plans on leveling him up to 80 at some point, and his Death Knight is his main character that's well-geared.
Much to my surprise, I was able to give him what he called the "best piece of advice someone could ever give" in spite of the fact that I have very little experience with WoTLK content.
Taking a Break Can Ease Challenges
2009/05/20 at 11:47 PM
Have any of you taken a
recently? I know I have. Sometimes you need some time away from things to clear your head. Maybe catch up on a few chores or errands you put off recently. I remember last playing World of Warcraft a few months ago. I was working on an
which was timed. I thought it was really fun, but it was kind of hard at the time, too.
Whether I'm trying to pull off a huge combo in a skateboarding game or trying to solve a riddle in a role-playing game I feel as though my work would be complete if only I could achieve that one special goal. Of course, it seldom happens that way for me.
2009/05/16 at 12:54 PM
So here I am, writing a blog post when I should be studying for a chemistry and physics final for next week.
I've got a question for you all who go to school, or even those who go to work (wait, those things don't happen if you play WoW!): How do you balance WoW (or another video game of your choice) with the obligations you have in real life?
Not Enough Hotkeys? The Secret Art of Palm-Pressing
2009/05/14 at 6:36 PM
Wishing you had a way to get more keys in-game? I had a tough time managing key binds over the years. Eventually I developed a method I like to call
. Through this technique, I am able to multiply the amount of buttons my fingers push. Interested?
Religion in WoW
2009/05/13 at 5:23 PM
Some of you may have wondered, what are the different religions in the world of Azeroth? Well, in this blog I will discuss a few of those religions. There are seven major religions with a few more minor ones. The seven major religions are
Church of the Holy Light
Worship of Elune
Mystery of the Makers
Followers of the Old Gods
Cult of Forgotten Shadow
...with the most prominent of these religions (probably) being the Church of the Holy Light.
Follow us after the break for a little lore-lesson!
Maintenance Complainers: Justified?
2009/05/12 at 1:09 PM
Every single Tuesday on North American servers and every single Wednesday on EU servers, Blizzard takes down their servers for maintenance. Sometimes it's for full maintenance, and other times it's for rolling restarts. Since this has been the normal routine for over four years now, one thing really confuses me. It's not the fact that Blizzard even
maintenance in the first place; rather, what confuses me is the fact that players still complain about it. It makes me wonder why they complain about in the first place, and if they've not found a way to cope with the 6-8 hour inconvenience.
Let's venture into the realm of possibilities!
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