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2010/12/29 at 2:57 PM
How's the Cataclysm been treating you guys so far? The expansion added a ton of new things to do, including new dungeons to run, quests to complete, raid encounters to defeat, items to craft and otherwise acquire. Despite all of those substantially more "important" things, a new secondary profession was added, available to players who have purchased the expansion.
lures players to spend the substantial amount of time grinding out digsites and completing artifacts with promises of odd, quirky and even downright amazing blue and epic quality items. Other secondary professions offer an expected, substantial benefit, such as the valuable food buffs obtained by
, and who doesn't love being able to bandage? But
is a bit different.
Read on for Archaeology information, including lists of all of the rare artifacts, and my own personal impressions of the profession!
Character Transformation: Thrall, Then and Now
2010/12/28 at 5:29 PM
Blizzard has just posted the first in a series of blogs about the transformations key characters have undergone over the past few years, especially the most recent changes with the Cataclysm. This first blog looks at the orc hero Thrall, former Warchief of the Horde.
We will see more articles in the future about other key characters' transformations, including Garrosh, Anduin Wrynn, and Magni Bronzebeard and possibly others. Check out the full post about Thrall's amazing metamorphosis from noble war hero to shamanistic savior of our kind after the break!
Creative Development Team Answers Your Questions
2010/07/01 at 1:20 PM
A few weeks ago Blizzard asked for questions you'd like answered by the
Creative Development Team
in their very own
. Now the reply back from developers is here with some juicy lore tasty bits like whatever happened to Frostmourne after it was shattered. They also explain how the "Light" works and how the Forsaken manage to wield it.
for the heads up on this!
There are a lot of other questions answered as well , which you can read after the break!
Spoiler: Lore Behind Troll Druids
2010/05/27 at 9:10 PM
With the release of
on the PTR we have finally found out some interesting information on where
s actually are from and how they are connected lore-wise.
if you don't like spoilers I suggest you skip this blog, but if you're curious read on after the break.
ZAM Interview with Richard Knaak
2010/04/21 at 7:18 PM
Cody Bye, the Director of Content of ZAM, has just interviewed
, one of the most famous writers of novels and short stories for not only World of Warcraft, but a number of other fictional worlds. Knaak's "Blizzard" bibliography includes novels like
(the latest official Warcraft novel on the market), 3 standalone Diablo novels,
The Sin War
War of the Ancients
trilogy, as well as 2 standalone novels other than
. In addition to those, he has an impressive number of Dragonlance, Dragonrealm, Conan, individual novels... not to mention his short fiction pieces and the manga.
Sadly, this interview didn't quench my thirst for lore (could anything?), but it was an interesting read nonetheless. The interview is after the break!
Giants of Lore: Anduin Lothar
2010/03/30 at 6:06 PM
Welcome back once again to our next installment of Giants of Lore! In this session, we'll be taking a look at the man, the myth, the legend - Anduin Lothar, the Lion of Azeroth.
Blizzard Introduces the Story Forum
2010/03/30 at 3:44 PM
Blizzard yesterday introduced a new board on the World of Warcraft official forums, aptly named the
. In it players are urged to discuss storylines from throughout the Warcraft universe, including the ones told in game as well as through the novels, manga, comics and short stories that Blizzard publishes.
The most interesting portion about the new Story Forum is Blizzard plans on using it as a way to let users
the stories they will publish. With this Blizzard hopes to give us a direct line to story developers, so they can get specific examples of what we like and don't like to make the story better for us all.
You can read the original announcements after the break, or check out the official forum
Algalon vs. Arthas?
2009/12/18 at 7:32 PM
You know, I've long since glossed over the concerns of various power levels of bosses in WoW. The fact that
somebody caught in the hills of Northrend can kick the butt of
stopped bothering me a long time ago, so I don't think that's the problem I have with the placement of the
So, with the fight with Arthas finally on the horizon, I've been thinking a lot about the road leading up to it: specifically Ulduar, and the fight with Algalon the Observer, and something about it just rings false with me.
The Story of the Ashbringer
2009/12/06 at 2:16 PM
If there is one thing that really defines me as a WoW player, it's my admiration for the paladins and forces of the Light. This being said, I can't go away without mentioning one very special name: Alexandros Mograine, the
. I should probably toss Tirion Fordring in there too, but Mograine is the one I wanted to talk about today.
If you browse online WoW comics, there is one particular comic you might have noticed lately -
. It's a relatively new comic that I really enjoy - it's very entertaining, and the quality of the art is better than what you normally see in online comics. It's not updated as much as I would want, but I think it's normal to keep you wanting more and more of something you enjoy a lot. After all,
Looking for Group
is merely updated twice a week, and I think that's not often enough either ;)
Now, you're probably wondering how I am going to tie the Ashbringer and a young WoW comic. Rather simply: I am going to forward to you a blog entry fro
Tier 9 Compendium
2009/11/19 at 4:58 AM
Icecrown Citadel knocks on the door, Arthas is likely getting dressed like Santa, and a new Tier set is coming out. Looking at the names of the sets, they don't seem anything
- so I thought* it's probably a good idea to post some extensive explanation about the
Tier. Why? Because it is actually interesting from a Lore perspective.
Remember, back when Tier 9 was released, how a lot of people were excited about Alliance and Horde not only having different sets, but having those sets named after famous members of the respective faction and class? I don't know about you, but I was really excited to be a part of the lore on that level. And because of this inspiration, this blog was born - a compilation of relatively short summaries of all those heroes' and villains' stories. Read on!
*Not really. Read the note after the break.
2009/10/20 at 3:34 PM
Do not read this blog if you do not wish to learn about spoilers!
Ladies and gentlemen, more spoilers!
So, apparently the first quest in the Shadowmourne quest-line was obtainable by players upon zoning into the Icecrown Citadel Raid instance on the PTR, and one of the objectives was completable. The first objective of the quest is to obtain Arthas' old mace, Light's Vengeance, from Frostmourne Cavern in Dragonblight. Seems like an easy task, but there's a surprising setback that you
need a few friends to help you out with
can overcome solo if you're an overpowered class. I am excited to see the progress of the Shadowmourne quest-line as it progresses on the PTR, even though I don't play an axe wielding class. This patch just seems to be oozing with lore, and I can't seem to get enough!
Gadgetzan Times Update
2009/10/09 at 10:10 PM
"Get 'yer Gadgetzan Times! Get yer' new Times! Fresh out of the
Gnomish Magician's Quill
! Only ! Get it while it's hot!"
That's right! The new issue of the Times has been released, and here's what Nethaera has to say about it:
Brought to you straight from a printing press deep in the frozen hills of Icecrown, the new edition of the Gadgetzan Times has hit the stands and is packed full of Azerothian goodness. In this issue:
You No Take Candle!: A new kobold poem that is all the rage
The Airstrip: A tale of a warlock down on his luck, but seeking new frontiers in Northrend
The Heart of Battle: A priest wins the day in the hotly contested Warsong Gulch
New Holiday-Themed Crossword Puzzle
Fresh classifieds hot off the presses
Have a tale to tell or need to get the word out in a classified ad? Submit your stories and new classifieds
If you wish to read the new edition, go
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