GamePro weighs in on the World of Warcraft expansion madness in the first BlizzCon article that doesn't look like it was written on a cold expo hall cafeteria floor. Flyable mounts, new spells for everyone level 40+, and a new tradeskill class- Jewelcrafting- made an impression on GamePro.
The new Blood Elf race is based in a new region of Quel'Thalas with areas for level 1-10 and 11-20 characters. Although originally the noble High Elves, the Blood Elves became corrupt in their insatiable hunger for arcane power. This is reflected in their racial attributes, which gives the race two exclusive abilities: Mana Tap and Arcane Torrent. Mana Tap (20 yard range, 10 second cooldown) is a stackable ability similar to Rogue's combo points that drains 50 mana from the target, which is then converted into arcane energy. Stackable three times, the power then can be unleashed with Arcane Torrent (8 yard range, 2 minute cooldown), which converts the energy into 5 Rage per "combo point," or 140 mana per point. The known class choices so far for Blood Elves are Warriors, Warlocks, Mages and Priests. Will there be Blood Elf Rogues that can convert mana into energy? Blizzard has yet to finalize the class choices, so that remains to be seen.
My EQLive Ranger was a bloodied elf, but I guess Blizzard is talking about a different kind of Blood Elf
Blizzard's official site coverage of the just-announced World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade features pics, information on new epic weapons, crafting and enchanting updates, and of course the introduction of the Blood Elves race for the Horde and the raising of the level cap to 70.
New Player Races: New allies will join the game, expanding the story line and allowing players to develop powerful new characters within the world.
Higher Level Limit: The game’s level cap is being raised to 70, and every new level will offer meaningful spell, ability, and talent upgrades for each character class.
New Lands and Battlegrounds: Explore the magical realms of the Blood Elves, journey through the Dark Portal into untamed Outland, and visit dungeons and battlefields previously inaccessible to players.
Flying Mounts: In Outland, players will gain access to unique airborne mounts that will allow for smoother travel over some of that region’s more hazardous terrain.
Jewelcrafting, Socketable Items, and More: Crafters will be pleased to know that the expansion adds an all-new profession to the game: Jewelcrafting. With Jewelcrafting comes the advent of socketable items in World of Warcraft, which will give players additional variety in how they can customize their gear. In addition, existing professions will be enhanced to take advantage of the increased character-level limit.
New Quests, New Monsters, and New Challenges: As the boundaries of World of Warcraft are stretched farther than ever before, there will be exciting new quests for players to undertake and new monsters to confront. And with greater challenges come greater rewards….
More burning questions crusade around us.
AtomicMPC has posted a World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade preview mentioning among other things, auction houses in every city.
" It's safe to say after that Blizzard is on the right track with its first expansion to World of Warcraft, one of the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Attendees were shown a preview of the game at the inaugural BlizzCon, a celebration of Blizzard's games. "
A quick look at The Burning Crusade, without the religious fervour and piles of burning lumber.
1UP has posted a preview of the World of Warcraft expansion, The Burning Crusade. The preview focuses on the new Horde race, the Blood Elves. Now all the men hiding their female side can play a more attractive female character. There is your Halloween scare.
" The first thing you notice about Sunstrider Isle is that it feels a lot like an Alliance town. There's lots of foliage and animals and green and blue and so on, unlike Horde starting areas which are liberally covered with black and brown. Also, because BlizzCon is the only place to check out the expansion, there were a ton of blood elf characters -- so much that in any quest that involves killing things, the time it takes for a creature to respawn is longer than usual due to everyone else killing the same creatures you're going after. The gameworld was set to night time, which made Sunstider Isle look a bit like the Night Elf regions (and not as color crazy as the screenshots in our news story earlier today), but, just as the Horde finally has a "hot female" race to play as, it now has a picturesque little zone to hang out in as well. "
It's massive. It's multiplayer. It's a boardgame.
You can now pre-order the World of Warcraft board game. I guess you play this on Tuesdays when the game is down for patching. An interesting note, is that the board game costs more than the video game.
" Adventure across Lordaeron, vanquish terrible monsters, take home incredible treasures, and fight for the honor of the Alliance! ...or the Horde. Pre-order your copy of World of Warcraft: the Board Game today! Not only will you get your game immediately upon its release, but you'll get special limited-edition goodies free! "
WoW! More Realms.
Blizzard has added more realms to the World of Warcraft universe. At this point they have so many they are just stringing random letters together to name them.
" The World of Warcraft team is excited to introduce the opening of three brand new realms! Cho'gall (PvP), Kael'thas (PvE), and Kirin Tor (RP-PvE) will be available to newcomers beginning their journey in Azeroth for the first time, and players who wish to start anew on a fresh new realm. All are welcome! Here is an opportunity for players to pioneer their way into untrodden territory, to shape the balance of power between the Horde and the Alliance, to make their make their mark on Azeroth! To seek out these new realms, login into World of Warcraft and look for the "New" label in the Population column. We hope you enjoy, and see you in the game! "
The not-so-secret secrets.
GamingGuides.com has posted a lengthy article titled, "Secrets of Massively Multiplayer Farming". I'm not sure these were secrets to anyone who has played World of Warcraft, but the article was an interesting read.
In the past several months, I’ve become friendly with a number of the professional farmers on my server. I had no special motive in doing so; I certainly didn’t befriend them so that I could study them. Nonetheless, during the course of our teaming and chatting together, I gained glimpses into their lifestyles and learned things that I’ve found to be interesting and that I would like to share. The odds are that if you have access to the venue where this document is being published, you’ll find them interesting too. "
The new patch is here, and with it the moans and cries of 4 million players.
The new World of Warcraft Patch is out and about, weighing in at a mere 252 MB and calling itself version 1.8. Most notable of the many changes are the revamped Silithus zone for 60+ players, the Four Dragons outdoor raid zone and the talent revamp for druids. We asked Jet Li if he had ever met the Four Dragons, or even stayed at a four seasons, but he abruptly chopped us in the windpipe and mumbled:
" The arid sands of Silithus are shifting. Something is awakening beyond the wall to the south... Aid the Druids of the Cenarion Circle as they delve into the mysteries of the desert. Seek answers behind the Twilight Hammer's presence. Discover more about the alien creatures known as the Silithid as you explore their hives. Many new endeavors await the high-level adventurer! "
The Ultimate in PvP
A lot of folks were reporting compromised WoW accounts over the weekend, with the source traced to a trojan horse that broadcasts account names and passwords. In at least one case, the account was reportedly sold to an Asisan "gold farmer." While there's no indication from Blizzard of what the root of the problem is (outside of offering some common sense advice), independent sources trace the "syssmss.exe" trojan to a rogue ad displayed on a fansite which infiltrates unsuspecting computers when viewed in IE.
The good news? TTH is, was, and always will be virus-free, leaving you to enjoy your MMOs in peace.
" With the recent rise in reports of compromised accounts, we felt that it would be in the best interest of the community to bring this topic into the spotlight. This is an effort to educate our customers about what can be done to should your account become compromised and most importantly, what you can do to prevent it from becoming compromised. "