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. "
"We got spirit, yes we do... we got spirit, we'll gank you!"
The "spirit" of World of Warcraft PvP is the topic of this Op/Ed piece. If you've ever wanted to know more about how player vs. player action works in the worlds most popular first-person MMO, and get a tour of PvP efforts in MMOs to date, take a looksee.
" In conclusion, is the World of Warcraft PvP system perfect? No, there are plenty of loop holes to exploit. Is the game fun? Yes, like any other online game you get out what you put in. If you are disappointed in the Battlegrounds, try going to an area and starting trouble, create your own fights, or join a guild that randomly PvPs all the time. I hope we see more improvements from Blizzard in the future with respect to rankings and Battleground availability. "
IGN Reviews WoW "RP-PvP" Ruleset Servers Consider it a "no tresspassing" sign for brats, morons, and their ilk.
IGN takes a look at what makes a WoW roleplaying server a nice alternative to the gank-a-rific flame-fest that gave WoW PvP servers a skanky reputation. Arnold Schwarzenegger, after being terminated one too many times in Molten Core (and using his gubernatorial powers to have the perpetrators summarily executed), recently made the big switch. He quoted this excerpt from the article in a press conference:
"When it comes down to it, "RP" is more of a special tag that keeps out the jokers, letting those who play well with others do their thing without much hassle. In general, it seems to be a more mature crowd full of people who genuinely enjoy the game and enjoy socializing within it. I've been playing the game since closed beta in April last year (with a few gaps, mind you), and I've experienced my share of hair-pulling aggravation that only a dedicated asstard can generate, so it's nice to come across what looks like a fresh change of pace."
BlizzCON gets expanded.
Blizzard has announced that BlizzCON attendees will be able to play a "sneak peek" portion of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. Michael Jackson agreed to discuss the announcement with us, but we didnt' want to talk to him, instead we'll pretend he said this:
" The World of Warcraft development team has confirmed that BlizzCon attendees will be able to go hands-on with a playable sneak peek of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. For those who won't be able to attend BlizzCon, please note that gaming magazines hitting newsstands in different regions of the world around the time of the event will feature in-depth previews on the new content we have in store. "
Blizzard has put some new BlizzCon tickets on sale, this time they are "Exhibit Only" and will run at $85 plus website surcharge. After hearing the rumour that Adam Sandler would be dressing up as Thrall and running around the show we phoned him, only to hear the following message on his answering machine:
" Don't miss your chance to attend the inaugural BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, from October 28-29, 2005! "