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March Mayhem on the Escapist
2009/03/26 at 12:52 PM
So in light of all the discussion there's been about loyalty to Blizzard lately, I thought I'd make you guys aware of an opportunity to prove that loyalty. :)
is holding a March Madness, NCAA-style tournament showdown of game developers! The showdown had already begun before I got wind of it, but the
matchup is between
, makers of the Dawn of War series. As of the time of this writing, Relic was ahead by 8 votes!
So go poke around, show your support! The tournament index page is
, and the specific showdown page is
2009/03/20 at 3:08 PM
So Blizzard appears to be moving in a more unified direction! Yesterday they announced the expansion of their Battle.net service. It looks like they're setting things up so that going forward you can log into WoW, Diablo III, Starcraft II, and all their upcoming betas with a single set of login information.
This is all well and good, of course, but what I'm
excited about is the ability to keep track of your CD Keys for
games, which will let you download and play games like Diablo II and Warcraft III on any computer. Anyone who's been a regular reader of this blog will know that this is an exciting prospect for me personally. Just be careful with your account information!
You can set up your Battle.net account here:
More info can be found on the Battle.net FAQ here:
The full announcement is after the break!
UI Changes Rundown Now Available
2009/03/17 at 3:15 PM
Blizzard has released some new info on all the different upcoming UI changes! Here's the official announcement:
New User Interface Updates
There are many new additions and changes coming in the near future for World of Warcraft. Alongside the hotly anticipated raid dungeon
, several new user interface features will be debuting, and we’ve put together a
preview of them
to let you know what to expect when the patch arrives.
Check after the break for a rundown of what you can expect to see.
Mommy, Where Does QQ Come From?
2009/03/08 at 2:00 PM
A little while ago I had a conversation with a user that got me thinking.
He was talking for a bit about how he didn't want Wowhead to turn into WowSpace, and that while he granted that the forums were a great addition to Wowhead, he also expressed frustration about troll posters, feeling that they caused the Wowhead forums to bring the overall quality of Wowhead down, rather than up.
Now, I don't mean to suggest that this user was QQing. He was expressing his honest opinion and I respect him for it. But it started to make me think about the nature of people, and why we complain about the things we do.
Comic Honorable Mention - Avedral
2009/03/06 at 10:35 PM
One of our users,
just won a honorable mention at Blizzard's fan comic contest. Here is the official announcement:
Here is the next honorable mention from
comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.
Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from
Here's a link to the
, and a direct link to the
image by itself
(or just use the thumbnail to the right).
- we wish you sky-rocking success and many more notable entries, preferably - winning ones! :)
We are proud to have you as one o
Holy Cow 30 Minute Hearthstone Cooldowns
2009/02/26 at 9:35 PM
This is a short post but I had to bring this up.
According to the legendary Eyonix, 3.1.0 will be removing the ability to "ghetto hearth" using instance groups. But it will
be changing the cooldown on hearthstones to 30 minutes.
The World (of Warcraft) changes again.
I will tell you what, guys. I'll bring this up with the designers. Though the hearthstone is reasonable, since many of you have become used to "ghetto hearth" style travel, it may be deemed an appropriate change.
I can make no promises.
Update: Alright, all -- we're going to make the cooldown on hearthstones 30 minutes when 3.1.0 releases. Enjoy your sweet victory.
Thanks to those who provided feedback constructively.
The Secret Dungeon!
2009/02/26 at 1:54 AM
So by now I can imagine just about everyone has seen the preview for the new Ulduar raid dungeon.
If you haven't, you can find it here:
Once again Blizzard provides us with a walking tour of some of their most epic locations. It's beautiful work, and I'm really excited to see it in action—one of the things that I especially like about World of Warcraft is the architecture, and the Titan architecture is my favorite of all.
What really blows my mind about all this, though, is how good Blizzard is at keeping secrets.
Dual Spec Changes
2009/02/24 at 4:25 PM
More news from the blues! This time, blue poster Zarhym has announced (inadvertently?) some changes to the dual-spec system.
Characters level 40 and up may now use the dual-spec system.
The cost to activate the ability is .
The ability no longer requires a Lexicon of Power.
Switching specs has a 5-second cast time. It may not be used in combat, or in battlegrounds or arenas.
There is no cooldown on switching specs.
Good news for casual players, or those looking to do instances while leveling up! The original text of the posts, and links to the sources, are after the break.
3.1 Patch Notes!
2009/02/24 at 2:31 AM
on the PTRs!
We have a very special
page all prettied up with links, colors and tooltips, just for you! Check it out here:
This one has got some ESPECIALLY interesting changes. Not only do we have a brand new Gear Planner tool, we see the long-awaited implementation of the Dual Spec feature. There are also apparently some tweaks to the quest tracking system I'm interested to see—and mounts (or at least non-flying mounts) no longer vanish when they get wet!
Combine all of this with the class specific changes (Trap Launchers, anyone?) and I think we've got a hell of a patch coming up. Comments, questions, and thoughts are welcome!
PS: We are working round the clock to get all the new items and data up on the site for your perusal. Your new talent calculators should be ready shortly!
PTR Status (and Argent Tournament!)
2009/02/23 at 7:48 PM
Dresorull over on the official forums has given us some breaking news about the current status of the PTR.
Check out the info
Okay apparently I'm not as funny as I think I am, so I'm co-opting this post to turn it into an announcement of some information that's
interesting. Apparently the next patch, on top of the addition of our oh-so-heavily-anticipated raid content, is
featuring a brand
new world event
Official Blizzard Update: BlizzCon, Ulduar, and more
2009/02/18 at 9:40 PM
Once again, our friends at Blizzard have sent us a little note asking us to mention a few of their big announcements this week...and boy, there have been some big ones.
We have three different big announcements this week:
BlizzCon 2009 has been announced, and tickets will be available soon!
The 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament is now open for registration!
The Ulduar sneak peek we linked
is now up on the US site!
Check after the break for the official Blizzard announcements. :)
2009/02/18 at 1:01 AM
No matter whether you're Blizzard's number one fanboi, or you think they're the worst bunch of screwups you've ever paid $15 a month to—one thing can always be said for Blizzard: They know how to keep a secret. I fully intend to come up with a whole blog on this subject later.
So naturally, when Blizzard releases some info, all of us jump at the chance to go over it with a fine tooth comb. Let's get cracking, shall we? :D
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