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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.
The Weekly Marmot - Patch 4.0 Speculation
2010/09/16 at 3:34 PM
So this week, thanks to Blizzard's timely release of the Patch 4.0 PTR, I get to talk a bunch about how this whole process is going to work based on our experiences from previous expansions. What's the difference between Patch 4.0 and Cataclysm? What kind of release timeframes can we expect? And what's the deal with "Patch 4.0.3"? These exciting questions and more will be answered (or at least have decent guesses aimed towards them) in this week's Weekly Marmot.
The Weekly Marmot - End of Expansion Raiding Options
2010/09/09 at 1:51 PM
This week, I answer a question from
Damingo, the Prairie Dog Lord
(yeaaahhhhh...) and talk a bunch about end of expansion raiding from a raider's perspective. When you really want to raid but guilds keep falling apart around you, what options do you have? Do you just give up, or is there another way?
The Weekly Marmot - End of Expansion Raiding
2010/08/27 at 12:37 AM
So this week I take a look back through my experiences with raiding in the weeks and months prior to the release of Wrath of the Lich King and The Burning Crusade to give a little insight into what exactly is happening right now that's causing so much trouble for so many guilds. Why are so many players quitting their guilds? Why are so many quitting the game entirely? And just because I'm never content to just sit around and talk about how bad things can be, I give some tips and ideas for dealing with it and making sure your guild isn't one that falls victim to the dreaded End of Expansion Blues.
The Weekly Marmot - Surviving the Cataclysm (Beta)
2010/08/17 at 6:24 PM
So, say a new build has just hit the Cataclysm beta. You're looking through the patch notes and you come across a highly controversial change to your favorite class. You immediately do one of the following:
Rage about it on the forums
Cancel your subscription, then rage about it on the forums
Cancel your subscription, murder your friends, then rage about it on the forums
Watch this week's Weekly Marmot
If you chose option 1 or 2, you should check out this week's Marmot, where I talk about how to properly handle all the weird things that happen during beta. If you chose option 3,
The Weekly Marmot - Cataclysm Healing Q&A
2010/08/12 at 2:03 PM
In this episode, I answer a handful of the questions that you beautiful people sent in. Included are: What's happening to the five second rule? What stats are healers going to be interested in? Are there still going to be "raid healers" and "tank healers"? And how did I get so
Okay, maybe not the last one.
The Weekly Marmot - The Cataclysm Healing Game (Part 2)
2010/08/03 at 11:21 PM
This week, in part 2 of my discussion on the effects that the Cataclysm healing changes have on the game, I go over how Tanking and DPS roles will be affected. Will avoidance make a comeback? How responsible are DPS for their survivability? These questions and more will be answered in this week's show!
Also, my wallpaper is amazing.
The Weekly Marmot - The Cataclysm Healing Game (Part 1)
2010/07/30 at 7:31 PM
This week, in the first of a two-part series, I begin a discussion about the changes to the way health and healing works in Cataclysm. To start, I take a little trip down memory lane to how healing worked in The Burning Crusade, as well as WoW Classic.
Also, LOOK AT THE PUPPY.
The Weekly Marmot - Talents Part 2 & Blizzard Twitter Chat
2010/07/20 at 7:18 PM
This week on the Weekly Marmot, I briefly discuss the new talents that hit the Cataclysm beta last week, and then spend the rest of the episode talking about Paladins. Seriously, Holy Power sounds amazing. Check it out.
Also, I'm being hunted by Nazgul.
The Weekly Marmot - Cataclysm Zone & Quest Design
2010/07/06 at 6:27 PM
This week, I get entirely too excited about how incredibly awesome questing is in the expansion. No longer will leveling from 1-60 just be the part of the game you try to breeze through as quickly as possible so you can get into the "more interesting" quests. Don't believe me? Watch this.
Also, my wedding ring fell off in a lake.
The Weekly Marmot - RealID in Review
2010/06/30 at 7:28 PM
This week I take some time to go over the new RealID feature added in patch 3.3.5. What's good about it? What's... not so good? And perhaps more importantly, why?
The Weekly Marmot - Cataclysm Press Event
2010/06/16 at 3:42 PM
So much to talk about! This week I narrowly squeak by inside Youtube's 11-minute limit to bring you my thoughts and speculations on the massive amount of information Blizzard released at the recent Press Event. I hope you're ready for a lot of talkingreallyfastsoicanbesuretogeteverythingin!
If you haven't seen the info I'm talking about in this video yet, it's available
right here on Wowhead
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