If Orgrimmar is the Horde capital, is Las Vegas the who... nevermind.
We begin a new series of quick takes on World of Warcraft's most popular and most travelled cities and regions today with a veritable tour guide for Orgrimmar at WoW TenTonhammer. A little bit of the city's history, how each of the Horde races can get to Orgrimmar from their starting areas, an easy-to-read map (no little numbers), and a quest listing for the city, sorted by level. It's all here!
A much easier way to find your way around town is to talk with the guards, the Orgrimmar Grunts. They'll mark many popular locations right on your minimap and full map, and point you the way. However, note the reagent vendor and orcish mount (wolf) vendor. These are two sought-after locations that you can't ascertain from a guard. (Troll mounts can be found at Sen'jin Village in southern Durotar.)
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!
Messiah talks about his experience with World of Warcraft as played on his nifty new Apple iMac courtesy of an Intel dual-core processor and Blizzard's decision to release WoW in Universal Binary.
Graphics-intensive gaming? On an Apple? Wha?
Everyone knows Macs are not for gaming. Macs are for tree huggers,
hippies, academia, free spirits, and graphic artists. No serious computer
person would ever use a Mac, never mind play a video game on one, would
they? To many using a Mac for games is almost as bad a scenario as Luke
Skywalker turning to the Dark side of the force! It just isn't right!
Now that the basic premise is laid, let me go back and paint the full
picture. Let's take a look at Apple, my very limited experience with
them, and how why anyone would actually want to game on one.
Apparently Apple isn't just for your iPod anymore. Check out Messiah's article on the happy marriage between iMac and WoW at WoW - TenTonHammer.
Memnok gathers some feedback from players regarding World of Warcraft's ongoing Ahn'Qiraj event:
With the new content release of Ahn'Qiraj (bugs, bugs and more bugs, for all those who haven't been following the large scale war efforts!), players, both Casual and Raiders have been both anticipating and fearing it's release, along with a lot of the new patches, and eventually, the implementation of the Burning Crusade Expansion. High tensions on forums and in game play is very noticeable inside the world of Kalimdor and Azeroth, boiling down to the players in the game who; live to raid instances and conquer all new content and items, those who are there to enjoy themselves and have fun, those in small guilds who love smaller instances, and those average players who have great ambitions, but little time to play. In this new Ten Ton Hammer interview, we will take a look at the thoughts and concerns on Raiders and Casuals, the new Tier 0.5 armour quests and the new content of Ahn'Qiraj!
Pay for the box, subscribe to the game… but unless hardcore PvP is your style, no North American servers for new players? It's a silent problem that affected as many as 15,000 new players since the new server lockdown late last week; 'silent' because new players tend to lack the old timers' ... shall we say, forwardness? TenTonHammer has your back, novice nukers and fledgling fighters!
Will Blizzard make timely improvements as locked servers continue to burst under the strain of concurrency, or simply continue its tradition of lip service and haphazardly adding less-than-popular PvP realms that to fix old problems? Enquiring minds want to know.
And to make matters worse, French conglomerate Vivendi Universal Games (the parent company of Blizzard Entertainment and a handful of other developers) reported income last year in excess of $762 million (at current Euro => $US exchange rates, source), a 35% increase over 2004 earnings due in large part, as Vivendi readily admits, to World of Warcraft's international success. This kind of money is unheard-of for any MMORPG developer to-date. Hardware lead times notwithstanding, most players fail to understand why there seems to be so little tangible investment in better server infrastructure and code optimization, especially since Blizzard has repeatedly offered its apologies about performance over the game's entire lifespan. Many believe that a simple solution is to merge lower concurrency PvP servers and use the spare resources to enhance or increase the number of 'normal' ruleset servers.
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 WoW @ TenTonHammer team is proud to announce that the Onyxia guide is now complete and ready for use! We now cover all the quests to become attuned to the instance and complete detail on how to deal with her once you gather a party to fight her. Here is a clip from out tactics guide:
Phase One Strategies
Phase one starts the Onyxia fight. When you reach her lair you will see her resting on the ground. Take this time to buff everyone and ensure that everyone has full health and mana. When everyone is ready have the main tank (MT) charge in with everyone else following about 2-3 seconds behind. The main tank should run straight past Onyxia pulling her to the far north side of the room so that she faces the wall. The best positioning takes a little practice and is a few steps in front of the wall. This is so that the MT's back is to the wall to limit the effectiveness of her push back ability and so that the MT is the only one in front of her when she breathes fire.
Messiah, site lead at WoW @ TenTonHammer, shares some lesser known facts about World of Warcraft. For example, did you know that the likeness of Brad Pitt makes a cameo appearance in Undercity? That you can find the ersatz cast of Star Trek in Booty Bay? All this, plus a detailed look at the weekly / monthly festivals in Azeroth!
Blizzard has provided within the World of Warcraft an incredible amount of "Fluff", better known as the content that is inside the game for the players to enjoy, but recieve no experience benefit from, (all the fun stuff!!). World of Warcraft is filled to the brim with crazy, creative, wild, funny and exotic content for all ages and types of gamers to enjoy, so sit back, relax and let me explain to you some of the funnest events in the game, that most players are too busy to enjoy!