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News Roundup: Ghostcrawler Blogs About Stats, Social Warcraft and Community Site 3D Models
2010/12/09 at 12:02 PM
More interesting World of Warcraft news for you guys! Things are finally starting to quiet down a bit, but we've got an interesting blog by Ghostcrawler discussing primary and secondary stats, and the balance thereof in gear itemization. We've also got some community oriented Blizzard posts, including links to the official Warcraft Facebook page and Twitter page and extensive details on the workings of the new 3D character model feature on the community site!
Check out the blue posts after the break!
Blizzard Product Schedule: Leak or Hoax?
2010/12/01 at 1:08 PM
A very interesting image is circulating on The Internet regarding a supposed leak of Blizzard's product schedule. The image is below, as well as the official response from Blizzard, an analysis of the source, and a general review of the info contained therein.
So, is this legit? Let's review!
Darkmoon Faire Your Fortune Awaits 50% Unlock Now Available
2010/11/28 at 1:03 PM
Things have been relatively quiet since the release of The Shattering. Not gonna lie, I've been enjoying the temporary calmness before the impending Cataclysm, kickin' back and doing some of the new quests on my main and new alts! Blizzard's Darkmoon Faire feature is still going strong, with many new
contest entries available for your vote!
Our latest efforts have unlocked two new musical pieces, The Drums of War and A Call To Arms, as well as two excerpts from
novel. Be sure to check them out at the
Darkmoon Faire site
The 50% progression unlock is now available, an excerpt from the Cataclysm cinematic "Making Of" video, which is included on the Cataclysm Collector's Edition DVD! Enjoy!
The curious continue to flock to the Darkmoon Faire,
Darkmoon Faire Website Featuring Awesome New Wallpapers
2010/11/20 at 11:11 PM
Tonight, both the Horde and the Alliance have unlocked new content on Blizzard's
website! Two awesome new wallpapers are available!
The Horde (currently at 22%) have unlocked a piece titled 'Pride of the Horde' featuring Garrosh Hellscream.
Proud members of the Horde, you have rallied ahead of the masses of Alliance in the ongoing battle to discover your true fortune! Continue to spread your message of strength in the face of Sayge's dark visions to unlock additional exclusive content from the Darkmoon Faire!
The Alliance (currently at 20%) have unlocked 'Jailor of the Damned' featuring Bolvar Fordragon.
Honorable races of the Alliance, it is clear you will not be outdone by outcasts like the Horde, many of whom are now at odds with their own Warchief, Garrosh. You have courageously searched within to learn from the grave prophecies told by Sayge at the Darkmoon Faire. Now, continue on in y
News Roundup: Patch 4.0.3 on PTR, Explorer's League Journal, Red Shirt Guy
2010/11/17 at 8:02 PM
More assorted World of Warcraft and Blizzard-related news around the web that we thought might interest you guys!
'The Shattering' (Patch 4.0.3a) Now On Public Test Realms
The patch we've all been waiting for, 4.0.3a, which will activate 'The Shattering' event with the destruction of Azeroth, is currently live for testing on the
Public Test Realms
. With Cataclysm's release date getting closer, there is much speculation on when this event will hit the live servers.
Blizzard has stated that The Shattering is
"scheduled to be released shortly after patch 4.0.3"
) which probably means we'll be meeting Deathwing within the next two weeks!
World of Warcraft Explorers' League Journal: Entry II
Blizzard have just posted a new edition of the
Explorers' League Journal
World of Warcraft community spotlight column, featured on their
snazzy new website
Blizzard Offering 7 Free Days To Expired Accounts
2010/11/13 at 5:40 PM
In preparation for the Cataclysm, Blizzard has been sending out emails to owners of cancelled or expired accounts. They are
offering 7 days of World of Warcraft for free with reactivation of the account
, no credit card or payment method required! This is a good opportunity for players who may have been taking a break or stopped playing for any other reason to get back into the World of Warcraft and see what they've missed (before it all gets destroyed). The offer is valid until December 1st.
If you're planning on taking advantage of this offer, be sure that you check the sender and content of the email so you are not taken advantage of yourself! This email is confirmed to be sent from
with the subject "Name - Return to Azeroth with 7 Days of Game Time." The link provided in the email will take you to
- DO NOT enter your details anywhere other than a confirmed World of Warcraft / Battle.net URL! Get back into the World of Warcraft and see what you've missed! :)
Looks like EU players get some love too! The of
Blizzard's New Explorers' League Journal of WoW News Goodness!
2010/11/09 at 8:19 PM
Blizzard have just posted the first of a great news summary that will (hopefully) become a staple feature of their
brand spankin' new site's
blog. This new feature, the
Explorers' League Journal
, explores (hah!) Blizzard's latest developments and other important news from the World of Warcraft.
What I like the most about this new blog is that it spotlights not only blog articles (such as their recent post regarding the
) but it also features links to important threads made by Blizzard posters on their own World of Warcraft Official Forums. Check it out!
Well met, travelers! Welcome to the first entry in our ongoing Explorers' League Journal. Together, we'll embark on frequent journeys through the fascinating World of Warcraft community and investigate the latest developments and topics of interest being discussed throughout the lands. It wouldn't be a proper start without drawing your attention to the exciting live preview and impending official launch of the brand-new World of Wa
Battle.net Dial-In Authenticator
2010/11/09 at 4:17 PM
Blizzard announced a new tool today for security conscious people: the
Battle.net Dial-In Authenticator
. For those who don't have access to a smart phone capable of running the authenticator software, or those unable to get a token authenicator, users will be able to sign up for this new service. It's free and (currently) only available to U.S. Residents. How it works is pretty simple: you will authorize a specific phone number and make a phone call to verify it. After that every time something unusual happens with your account, such as logging in from a foreign location, you will be required to make a phone call from the registered phone number and enter your pin which will provide you with a single use security code much like the normal authenticators.
You can read more about the Dial-In Authenticator on
Blizzard's Support Site
Battle.net Introduces New Privacy Features
2010/09/30 at 11:44 AM
posted a rather big announcement that will hopefully please a lot of people who didn't like Real ID when it launched. Blizzard has introduced
new privacy options
to Battle.Net, including the option to opt-in or opt-out of the controversial "Friends of Friends" feature and the "Add Facebook Friends".
We'd like to make you aware of the new Real ID-related privacy options we've introduced to Battle.net. These options provide Real ID users with additional tools for customizing the service based on their preferences, enabling the ability to opt in or out of the Real ID "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features or to turn off Real ID altogether.
Real ID offers an optional, convenient way for keeping in touch with real-world friends you know and trust, whether they're playing World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or one of our future games. The "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features provide you with even more options to stay connected while you play by making it easier for real-life friends to locate each other on Battle.net. You can easily enable or
Blizzard Introduces Automated Account Recovery
2010/09/22 at 2:40 PM
Blizzard has announced a new feature part of their Battle.net website -
Account Recovery Form
. This new form will hopefully expedite your recovery process after being hacked by asking you some questions that only you may know the answers to and then proceeds to automatically attempt to recover your account! This new process will also issue you a password reset via email, and automatically enter a GM ticket for you. You won't see this ticket visibly in-game, but you will receive an email with the ticket number and any other information.
You can check out the new form on the Battle.net Website and you can read the original announcement after the break!
Answers to Common Community Questions About Real ID
2010/07/16 at 6:27 PM
The Real ID system, which we were introduced to a little while ago, was one of the most controversial things Blizzard has done in a long time. The feedback from the community varied from extremely negative to extremely positive, with all the points in-between. Not only has the community been divided in its opinions, but it has been quite vocal with them as well. Just a little while ago a post appeared on the official Battle.net StarCraft II blog; in it Blizzard answers common questions and addresses concerns about the Real ID functionality, features, and plans.
Check out the full article on the link below, or read over the highlights further down.
You will be able to remove yourself from your friends' Friends List. So if I and
are Real ID friends, he will be able to remove himself from the list of friends you see when you look up my profile.
Battle.net Facebook integration will allow StarCraft players (and later on, customers from other Battle.net games) to search their Facebook's friends list and easily send
In the Future, All Posts on the Official Forums Will Show RealID
2010/07/06 at 1:00 PM
According to a post Nethaera just put up on the official forums, future posts on the official WoW forums will be posted by RealID, rather than by character name. This means that when you post on the official forums, you will be identified by your first and last name.
Nethaera has posted a thread in the official forums detailing the reasons for this change. Most important to note is that it will
not be retroactive
—previous posts on the forums will still be printed the same way. Only
posts will be converted.
This is an interesting change. I admit I'm concerned a bit—partially about privacy issues but mostly about security. But honestly, my first and last name are up all over the Internet already. I have a blog at
, so anybody who happens to be curious about my personal info can find it there. What I'm
curious about is to see how this affects flaming and trolling on the forums. Would you behave differently on the forums if anybody who read your post knew your real name? Time to find out!
The blue posts are after the break!
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