Patch Notes - Go Druids.
Blizzard has put the 1.8 patch for World of Warcraft live on their public Test Server. This is your opportunity to check it out first-hand and then rush to the official forums to complain and moan about it. Druids get a huge revamp that is sure to have 50% of the community screaming that they need a nerf and the other 50% screaming that they need to get buffed. Hey, at least druids can shapeshift into a giant chicken now. I await the KFC instance where they are dipped in a secret recipe of spices and fried for the rest of the raid.
" The test realm patch notes only apply to features that exist on the public test realms. We provide these patch notes to players who wish to know what features and changes exist in the test environment in order to more effectively test these features. "
The subscriber numbers alone are enough to WoW you!
Blizzard took its renowned Warcraft franchise into the MMO fold in late 2004 and hasn't looked back since. With over 4 million subscribers around the world and a number of new and old MMOs targetting Blizzard's success, how long will World of Warcraft (WoW) retain its title as the new crown prince of MMOs? We don't know, but we can tell you what all the fuss is about! Check out the TTH profile of genre juggernaut "World of Warcraft"!
"Spurning EverQuest 2's emphasis on established MMO formulas (in short- an emphasis on player cooperation and groups / raids instead of competition and soloing, a zoned rather than continuously loading environment, complex and involved quests within a strong storyline, and a lengthy character progression), World of Warcraft (WoW) focused moreso on heightening the individual experience.
After the typically shaky, premature launch often associated with MMOs, new players discovered that WoW always delivered something accessible, and markedly fun, to do. Like a breath of fresh air, many casual gamers found in WoW's quest systems (and adventuring experience, in general) something reasonably commensurate with the time invested. And WoW has been gobbling up market share ever since."
You can't have enough deskpaper.
Blizzard has posted some new World of Warcraft deskpaper. Although the deskpaper did not include a picture of a chili-dog, Brent Leroy still grabbed it, superimposing Oscar's head where the Orc's head should be.
" This is a test of the emergency description system. If there had been a real description you would have found it here, rather than the drivel you are reading now. Remember, this is only a test. "
Silithus, pencillin will clear it right up.
Blizzard has posted a preview of the Silithus changes on the official site. Charlie Sheen comfirmed that he once had silithus, but that with medication it was cleared up in no time. He suggested that we take and hike and read:
" Ancient forces stir in the heart of the Silithus desert - forces that have not been seen or felt for thousands of years. When the next content patch releases, adventurers will take note of a foulness that has seeped into the land of Silithus. This zone has been overhauled and is now major quest hub with episodic storylines that will send adventurers into its depths and past its borders. The redesign of this zone includes high-end outdoor quest areas for solo players, 5-man groups and mini-raids. Silithus is loaded with repeatable quests and bosses, providing a more casual alternative to dungeon raiding. Will you uncover the secrets of Silithus? "
Slash and burn.
Slashdot asked its viewers to submit their pointed questions for World of Warcraft. You can pick the questions, but unfortunately you can't pick your answers (or who answers your questions on the other side of the internet at times). Suffice it to say, CmdrTaco was none too pleased with Blizzard's response:
" A little over a month ago we asked you for your questions to send on to the World of Warcraft development team. Unfortunately, it appears that these questions were misrouted to the Blizzard PR department. Any "Answers" you read here are completely devoid of real information or insight, and instead read like press releases and FAQ-style form replies. As I am a huge fan of this game, I was really disappointed by this. We promised to print their answers, so here they are. "
A Pox on World of Warcraft.
It is rumoured that a disease is sweeping through World of Warcraft. Whether it is intentional or not is still up in the air. Get your penicillin folks. Dustin Hoffman warned everyone that this could happen, but nobody listened. He's warning them again, in a very loud voice, that sounds something like this:
"Apparently there's a plague spreading in World of Warcraft. I can't verify this because I'm back at 30,000 feet"
Wanted! A Winning Poster.
Blizzard is holding a World of Warcraft Wanted Poster Contest. Martha Stewart dismissed any claims that she may be on one of the posters stating:
" Greetings, fellow Azerothians. We here at the RPSA bring you news of the direst nature. Criminals, ninja-looters, and raid wipers have been showing up in increased numbers all over the world. It's time someone did something about it, and we charge you, the adventurers of Azeroth, with that task! What we need are talented artists to create Wanted posters depicting their arch nemeses, kodo thieves, two-headed ninja-looters, or any monster or character that has otherwise gotten on their last nerve. "
Don't accept unofficial excerpts when you can get official ones.
RPGVault has posted the World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide Excerpt #2. Martha "You don't want to see me upset." Stewart, got upset when we called her home and shouted:
" Compliments of BradyGames, an edifying overview of the guild functions and how they work in Blizzard's offering "
RPPVP on the QT for VIPs
Blizzard has released three new Role Play - PvP servers. Vin Diesel can complete Molten Core alone, with his priest character:
" "Salutations! I, Bokkle, humble tinker and Gnomeregan exile, have come to you with wondrous news! My fellow lovers of lore and spinners of stories, we need wait no longer to find a new home; the path is open to a grand new experience not yet seen in Azeroth! Come, my friends, and rejoice! Let us celebr-eeeeerk!" The troll set his spear aside and looked down upon the tiny, prone body. "Heh. Dat gnome be chattin' so loud, he not see us comin'."
"Heh." A cold smirk came to the Orc's scarred face. "The little chatterbox forgot to watch his back. No magic protects the foolish in these lands. Be on your guard -- enemies could be anywhere!"
The RP-PvP realms are live and available for play! Are you a loremonger seeking gameplay with a little more bite? Look no further! Join Emerald Dream or Maelstrom and defend the realm against your enemies!" [Ed: Another realm, Twisting Nether, was later opened.]