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The BFF Report..er.. Reports from the Worgen Starting Zones!
2010/07/29 at 1:22 PM
I finally got into Cataclysm and with it, over 800gb of in game footage that I have to somehow squeeze into these tiny ten minute segments. The first piece of coverage I'm offering up is a walkthrough of the Worgen starting zone. Besides all the bareback riding, missed opportunities for good Twilight jokes (is there such thing?), and epic phasing abuse, Blizz seems to have taken a completely different approach to creating these zones than what we are used to.
Think Westfall... probably 80% of the quests are centered at Sentinel Hill, Gilneas is the complete opposite. I found myself doing 2-3 quests at each outpost/abandoned house/street corner before moving on to the next mini-hub. This was cool and all, but I found that (besides Grandma Wahl) in the end, I didn't really care about any of them. I mean, Ill never forget Mankrik, Jitters, the fat drunk in Westfall hills, but these guys? Who cares!
*OMG SPOILER ALART!11*
It's not like I'm going to see them again anyways...
Cataclysm Beta Key Giveaway!
2010/07/26 at 7:03 PM
Would you like a Cataclysm beta key?
You don't need to say anything. We already know the answer.
is giving away a big stack of Cataclysm beta keys! All you have to do is go to the
in their forums and post what you're looking forward to the most in Cataclysm, and on Monday the ZAM team will pick winners from among the posters!
They have 50 keys to give away—and don't worry, both us here at Wowhead and the guys at
will have some of our own to give out shortly.
Click here for the full rules!
Blizzard has notified us that they're having a little trouble with the activation process. The keys are good, but it may be a day or two before they actually activate your account properly.
Remember, if you're a
member, you already have a ZAM account! If you signed up through Wowhead, your username will be <
Cataclysm: New Guild UI
2010/07/23 at 5:36 PM
In the recent Cataclysm beta build the new
has been partially enabled. The new Guild UI is only available by typing /groster currently, but presumably will have it's own menu option in the future.
Inside you'll start off with the revamped roster list. Several new panels have been added to the roster, with the default panel displaying level, class, name and last zone the player was in. A little drop down at the top will let you switch to the other two panels:
. The Guild Status panel is pretty much exactly the same as the one we currently see in-game. The real nice part about the new roster is the addition of the all-new Professions panel! The list allows you to see who has what profession, and then open up a second window to see all the patterns you have within the guild, and to view who has them.
Check out an extensive visual tour of the new Guild UI after the break! Also, be sure to check out our recent
blog for a full rundown of all the interesting new benefits you can earn by being in a guild!
Cataclysm: New Raid Frames and Reforging(?)
2010/07/23 at 1:25 PM
In a recent Cataclysm beta build Blizzard introduced
new raid frames
, to allow better testing (since there are no new raids enabled) they have enabled them as party frames. The new raid frames are vastly different from the live version. Taking some design aspects of popular addons like
I believe Blizzard has designed raid frames that I personally might not have to use an addon for!
Also added in the newest build,
has finally made its appearance. Performed by Highborne Thaumaturges in the major cities, reforging allows you take secondary stats on your armor and convert them to another secondary stat. An example used by the in-game thaumaturges is, if you have an item that increases hit rating but you would rather it increase your haste rating you can convert the hit to haste for a price.
Unfortunately we are unable to test reforging to get more exact information, as it is currently bugged!
Cataclysm Spell Updates: Armor Specializations and New Talent Calculator Interface
2010/07/22 at 8:45 PM
So not only do we have a ton of spell and talent updates for you (including the new
, we've also updated the appearance of the
to match the in-game interface—right down to the shiny glow effect on the specialization selector!
The new talent calculator interface features icons for the class roles (both on the spec selector and across the header), icons to let you know which trees are still locked and which are available, and more. We've also got a full list of the new skills available, including a complete list of the new
New abilities, talents and professions in this build
Updated Cataclysm talent calculator
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12604) 3D Models Added!
2010/07/22 at 7:22 PM
Yet another update to the Cataclysm Beta!
Here's a few more 3D models for you guys - most notable new additions include some amazing seahorses (mounts?!?!) and some extremely interesting new Grim Batol objects! I don't care what anybody else says, those seahorses are some of the best looking models to ever hit the game, hands down. Of course, if we do discover any more cool new models, we'll be sure to keep the blog updated - c'mon Blizzard, one-up the seahorses! You can check out all of our previous model posts filed under the
Check out all of the new models after the break!
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