Have you been reading the novels up to this point? Me? Mmm Not so much. However, if you'd rather read about it than play it, the next novel is now available.
The new Warcraft novel Cycle of Hatred is now available! Cycle of Hatred's story takes place three years after the events of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The Burning Legion has been defeated, and the eastern regions of Kalimdor are now shared by two nations: the orcs of Durotar, led by their noble Warchief, Thrall; and the humans of Theramore, led by one of the most powerful mages alive - Lady Jaina Proudmoore. But the tentative peace between orcs and humans is starting to crumble. Random attacks against Durotar's holdings suggest that the humans have renewed their aggression towards the orcs. Now Jaina and Thrall must avert disaster before old hatreds are rekindled - and Kalimdor is plunged into another devastating war...
The World of Warcraft Atlas Gift Pack from BradyGames is now available for purchase in the Blizzard Online Store. The Atlas is a comprehensive hardcover resource that includes maps of all regions and major cities as well as detailed plans of places such as Everlook and Ghostwalker Post, revealing critical locations and characters. Shrink-wrapped within this Gift Pack come eight exclusive full-color bookmarks, one for each race in World of Warcraft: Human, Night Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Orc, Troll, Undead, and Tauren. Each bookmark includes a character image on the front and has the race description and coat of arms on the back. Read more about it here.
Caption Contest! - 2/27/06
The archivists here at the RPSA have been going through many of the submissions from the past, cackling and whooping as they came up with oddball quotes describing the situations our past winners found themselves in. As nutty as our archivists are, we think you can do better! From Friday, February 27 to March 15, players can submit clever captions for any of the past RPSA winners pictured below -- we'll pick the best one for each picture! The winners of this contest will each receive a prize package consisting of a Sony PSP handheld gaming system and a SanDisk's Memory Stick PRO Duo™. Take out your rubber chickens and clown shoes -- it's time to make us laugh!
You can go here to find out more. I'd do it for the PSP. I need something to occupy my downtime while I can't get onto my server!
Something wicked this way comes.. Oh wait no. It's just a slimey fish.
They're saying that Murlocs are a mystery. I say nay. I've killed many, they're pretty common. However (draw out that r because it's mystery time) looks like something big scary and gritty is on it's way into an Azeroth near you. Read More about it.
Several indicators from the murlocs themselves point to the possibility that the fish-men are but worshippers or underlings of perhaps several deep-sea monstrosities that currently lie sleeping, or at least waiting, in the murky fathoms – and even more disturbing, that the murlocs' emergence is an indication of their incipient awakening.
If that is the case, the mysterious and somewhat underestimated murlocs may be the world's first glimpse at something far more terrifying.
Really.. I'm scared. God only knows what it could be? I'm envisioning something akin to Rosie O'donnell on a five day donut binge. *shudder*
Let me start by saying that I'm a really picky reader. I don't read alot of other people's editorials because I have so much reading to do during the day that it loses it's appeal. However, I generally tend to read what's on Gamasutra. If only because it's generally really well written.
Now, to my point. David Sirlin has written an editorial named World of Warcraft Teaches the Wrong Things. Being a staunch defender of my current game, I wanted to read this to find the flaws, prove him wrong. No such luck. He has many valid points in this article and I highly encourage you to read them.
The Black Dragonflight. The mere mention of its name is enough to strike fear in the hearts of even the bravest adventurers. The cunning black dragon and undisputed ruler of his flight, Nefarian, has begun to unfold the final stages of his sinister plan to lead his army to supremacy over all the races of Azeroth. Now, watch a courageous band of heroes challenge Nefarian in his own sanctum at the very height of Blackrock Spire in this latest gameplay trailer of Blackwing Lair!
Wow that sounds pretty sinister doesn't it? It leaves this level 27 n00b Troll shaking. You can download the trailer Here.
Looks like character transfer is the phrase of the day. If you want to move to Rexxar and you're on Suramar, Draenor, Feathermoon, or Windrunner, you need to get busy. The transfer will end on Thursday, February 16. That's tomorrow.
Now, I'm happy for all of the people who get to transfer their characters to new realms to alleviate all of that clogging. However, I'd be extra happy if Blizzard could get off their duffs and fix the lag problem on Sen'jin which is a new server. It was unplayable last night and nobody wants to pay for a game that horks you off because you can't play it.
In Newsweekly reports that Blizzard has issued a public apology to Sara Andrews. (Thank you EuroGamer)
Paul Sams, Blizzard Entertainment's chief operating officer, contacted In Newsweekly and said, "What we've done is decided to add a guild recruitment channel to the game... providing players with a designated area where they can advertise their guilds in an appropriate fashion."
This would mean that players who wish to find others to associate with will have a channel designated to finding those individuals and will not interfere with the general chat channel.
Now, I want a public apology for getting frozen out of the game so much that I logged off in a snit.
Well 'tis the season and 1up has the exclusive info on what Blizzard plans to do for this day of love and mush.
In order to make any headway in this rose-colored endeavor, gamers will need to stock up on "Love Tokens" from Innkeepers, which apparently constitutes the currency of love during the event. Blizzard states, specifically, that "In each capital, most of the guards and a couple dozen townsfolk are infected with amore. Periodically, they will become "Amorous" -- you'll know this by the floating heart above their head. An Amorous NPC is receptive to gifts of love, specifically Love Tokens (purchased from innkeepers). In return for a Love Token, they will reward the player with their own gifts. Some of these gifts are toys for players to play with, while others are "quest" items used to create Gift Collections." It gets more complicated than that though. Nothing is ever easy in the game of love, and as in real life, there is the horrifying possibility of rejection. But don't despair, where there's a will there's a way. In the event of rejection "there is a small chance when a player gives a Love Token to an NPC that he or she will be rejected. When this occurs, players will become "Heartbroken" for a certain amount of time. However, players can help their heartbroken friends by giving them a Friendship Bracelet and displaying the 'Power of Friendship.'"
Hah to Boomjack! People ARE going to be saying "Just one more friend and I'll log off." I guess I'm going to have to switch from auto kill mode to auto hugs. It's a little disconcerting.