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FFXIV ZAM Site Gets A New Look (From Us, Kind Of)
2010/09/29 at 6:44 PM
I know that roughly 80% of you have no interest in
Final Fantasy XIV
, but since we were involved in this a bit I thought we'd take a moment to mention it.
Our design guys have been working with the team over at
to make some adjustments to the layout and design of their Final Fantasy XIV site! Between us we've tweaked the menu system, the display for advanced filters, the listviews, the news story display, and more!
If you're interested in poking around, here's the rundown:
Remember, if you want to search using the Wowhead-style homepage, just go to
Currency Calculator Online!
2010/09/29 at 6:06 PM
We've released a
In our last few blogs (specifically
), we've noted the upcoming changes to the currency systems in Cataclysm—old currencies (like Emblems) are being converted, either to gold or to a new currency called
. Likewise, old PVP tokens are being converted to honor points.
Sound confusing? Never fear! Just hop on over to our brand new
and work it out for yourself. We calculate conversions for Emblems, Badges, honor, arena points, and more! You can find it using the link below, or just select it from the
Emblems to Justice Points Conversion Update
2010/09/29 at 1:42 PM
Another short news post, folks. Some week ago Blizzard published the planned conversion rates for the current Wrath emblem currencies to the new Cataclysm points. The post listed Emblems of Triumph and Emblems of Frost as being worth 2.75 Justice Points each. This number has been updated, as well as the 2g per Emblem if you are above the cap. The
has been updated to reflect those changes, and Bashiok's post on the official forums has been included below:
We’ve revised the Justice Points conversion rate for Emblems of Triumph and Emblems of Frost. When the upcoming 4.0.1 patch goes live, these emblems will be converted into 11.58 Justice Points (up from the previously planned 2.75 Justice Points per emblem). Justice Points accrued above the soft cap of 4,000 will be converted to gold at a rate of 47.5 silver per point (down from 2 gold per point) when patch 4.0.3 goes live.
The original explanation thread (
) and the subsequent conversion math update (
End of Season 8 and Testing for Season 9
2010/09/28 at 7:10 PM
Hey, guys, a quick news post coming. Our local Bashiok just posted something exciting on the WoW forums: the next arena season is available for testing on the Cataclysm Beta and you should all go test it provide extensive bug reports and feedback! The official announcement doesn't tell much more than what I just gave you:
Arena Season 9 is now running and available for testing in the Cataclysm beta.
To help facilitate testing we'd like to ask that those interested in providing bug reports and feedback focus on playing arena games, but also participating in the rated battlegrounds. Please let us know if you find any issues or have any feedback. Thanks.
EDIT: Another blue post, this one about arena season 8 ending. It is by the lovely floating skull, Zarhym:
We are currently planning to end Arena Season 8 as early as October 12. At that point we will go through our normal process to determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards. This process should take approximately one week. It's very important
PC Gamer Interview with Wowhead
2010/09/27 at 1:20 PM
has just published an interview with the Wowhead team over on their website as part of their Community Heroes series of interviews. Both
take part in this interview and talk about subjects ranging from Wowhead's creation to things they'd like to see happen with World of Warcraft.
Cataclysm Beta (Build 13066) New 3D Models
2010/09/25 at 3:23 PM
We have another round of updates for those following our Cataclysm Beta
updates today! This time we have some
for you all to check out. In this update we have models four different colours of Tier 11 Warlock gear. There are even some new hats for you to check out and some new recolours of Djinn mobs. You can check out all this and more after the break!
Cataclysm Beta (Build 13066) New Data + Talent Calc Update
2010/09/25 at 2:29 PM
We've got another update for the mysterious Cataclysm Beta
- this time with a lot of new data! We've got several new achievements, mainly for the new heroic version of
, which includes achievements like
. A new feat of strength was also added:
WoW's 6th Anniversary
. Does this mean we'll get Cataclysm before the next anniversary? Who knows, we can only hope!
We've also included an update to our
, so it's all up to date with the latest changed talents in this build!
You can view all the new and updated spells and abilities over on our
section of the Cataclysm site!
Cataclysm Beta (Build 13066) Maps & Icons
2010/09/25 at 10:07 AM
We have a
for the beta servers, as of right now the servers haven't gone down for maintenance nor is this one actually downloadable through the client. But that doesn't mean we don't have some juicy new Maps and Icons for you! In the map area we have a few updated maps mostly with a few minor changes to the art and there is one new map this time of , which I assume is the over-world area version of AQ40.
A large amount of new icons were added in this build - everything from new icons for , Darkmoon Faire Cards, and even brand new icons for all the new currencies.
Just a quick note for everyone looking for an updated talent calculator and data for the rest of the site we should have all that updated later today, so stay tuned!
You can check out all the maps and icons after the break!
Cataclysm Beta: Tol Barad Focus Test
2010/09/24 at 5:00 PM
Blizzard Developers will be on the beta realms on Monday September 27th at 4PM PST to test . You will need to be level 85 to join the battle and the timers between battles will be sped up so several games can be played during this testing period.
We are planning to do a focused playtest on Tol Barad on Monday the 27th at 4pm PST. We would like to get as many players out there on the beta to help us as possible. You must be level 85 to join the battle. We will speed up the game timer so we can play multiple games during the test.
I will make a new feedback post after we finish the test for everyone to post in. Feedback is very important for us at this point so please take your time and try to be as concise as possible with your findings.
Thanks for the help!
Introducing Tag Specific RSS Feeds!
2010/09/24 at 2:18 PM
As you have noticed we have our blogs tagged for specific subjects such as
, and each one of those will show you specific news regarding that subject, but the good news is we added a feature where users can now subscribe to the brand new RSS feeds for any tag we use!
For instance, you can now follow all
related news on it's very own
To subscribe to any of these feeds it's very easy - in most modern web browsers all you have to do is visit the tagged page and click the orange RSS feed icon in your address bar and you're set to go!
The Weekly Marmot - Thinking Like a Designer
2010/09/23 at 1:21 AM
This week, I step back a little and examine game balance from a designer's perspective. What kind of thought process do they go through when they decide to make balance changes? What
they think about? And how does that differ from the ways in which players usually consider the game? How many times can my dog wander into the reflection on my poster in one episode? How ridiculously awful can a preview frame get?
Let's find out.
Official News: New Tinkertown Preview, and Updated WoW Mobile Armory!
2010/09/22 at 8:56 PM
The blues have been busy today!
Not only has there been an official preview released of the new Gnomish starting zone—New Tinkertown—but there has also been a massive update to the
WoW Mobile Armory
You can find the Mobile Armory on the
, and we'll have a full review with all the new features (3D models!) up tomorrow once I get the chance to play with it. IN the meantime, though, go check out the New Tinkertown preview!
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