So! It appears that
Yogg-Saron is already down
Now this makes me wonder. Does this mean that Ulduar, like the rest of Naxx's raiding scene, is too easy? 2 days is very fast to bring down Ol' Yoggy, after all (although Algalon is still undefeated).
And yet, this is how it was supposed to go, wasn't it? The regular content is supposed to be easy for the hardcore player, to be accessible for people who are still casual places. Should we be measuring based on the hard mode achievements?
I'm honestly not sure. What do you guys think, hm?
WoW Quiz in Parade Magazine
So I was approached by
a few days ago, asking me to create a World of Warcraft themed quiz for their magazine!
The quiz is now live on their website, under the
section (I'm a celebrity! Who knew?). Feel free to head on over to the
World of Warcraft
quiz and give it a shot! I tried to create some questions that non WoW players could try, leading up to a few slightly more challenging ones.
Go try it here:
Then post your score!
Ulduar Bosses (Part I)
Hello, there, eager and not-so-eager raiders and readers!
Patch 3.1 is upon us! And with it, I feel confident enough to present to you something new. For the first time in Wowhead's history, we have boss information and strategies, fresh from the PTR, as soon as the patch hits the Live realms!
Without further ado, I give you
, updated with articles for three quarters of the bosses we have
Wowhead: Talent and Pet Calculators Upgraded!
So in the process of building the code to support the upcoming profiling tool, we discovered that a few upgrades needed to be made to our trusty old
. In honor of the release of
, we've decided to release a few of our upgrades a little early. :)
Introducing our shiny new upgraded
Calculators! You'll notice a number of fancy new changes, but here are the ones we're most excited about:
Our talent calculator now supports glyphs! Of special note: we used the glyph calculator for a while in beta and discovered that, while pretty, the normal glyph icons are frequently hard to identify at a glance—so we tweaked the glyphs to actually use the icon of the
, rather than the glyph icon itself. Much easier to use!
No more "link" button! The URL of the Talent and Pet Calculators now automatically updates whenever you add or remove a point—all you have to do is copy/paste the URL, and you're there!
It's Big Patch Day!
So today is the big day! Patch 3.1 is upon us, and it's time to plumb the depths of Ulduar!
So while you're waiting for the servers to come back up, be sure to check our coverage of the new patch:
Release Patch Notes
on the subject
And check back on the blog—we might have an update of our
to announce today...just a little one. :)
Wowhead Comic #17
Happy Chocolate-and-Egg-day everybody!
We have to suffer without our bunnies and eggies for a little longer this year, but at least we get them for more than a day!
For 2009, Noblegarden will be hitting the servers soonly after Patch 3.1 is released, and will last for a week! So we'll all have plenty of time to get our pretty dresses and tuxes.
Happy Easter—er, Noblegarden
I'm off celebrating with the family this weekend, but I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a happy Easter, regardless of your religious persuasion (or lack thereof). Hope everyone has a wonderful day. :)
If you're off hunting for Easter Eggs today, I'll be joining you—my dad hides them every year, and every year they get harder and harder to find. Hopefully I'll be able to come back and post a reply with the most challenging find of the year...there's always one.
What about you guys? Where was your best-hidden egg? :)
Rest In Peace, Dave Arneson
Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of Dungeons and Dragons (with
, who died in March of last year),
died of cancer
last night in his home in St. Paul Minnesota. He passed away in his sleep, surrounded by his loved ones.
It's a strange feeling, now—it's like moving out of your parents' home. The great-grandfathers of Role-Playing Games have passed on. The future of Role-Playing Games is now in our hands. Take good care of their gift, dear readers. Dave and Gary would have wanted it that way.
Rest in Peace, Dave.
Girls Don't Game
I know I've been doing a lot of short, link-out posts lately but I had to take the time to mention this one—according to the latest article on WoWInsider, WoW is now the
most played "core" game
in the 25-54 year old female demographic.
Ladies and gentlemen, the world is changing—and it's about time.
For those of you who want the link directly to the Nielsen report, it can be found here:
So I found an article on
a little while ago that talked about the dearth of good sci-fi MMOs on the market, and postulated some reasons why this might be. I love sci-fi, I was hooked on Star Wars at an early age (sorry Trekkies), and I've often wondered about the same thing—you can see the evidence of it in earlier blogs, like
which refers to
. The article, if you're interested, is
Now there are a lot of interesting ideas posed in this article, some of which I agree with and some of which I don't. But what I really found interesting was the recently posted response on TechRadar,
Legendary Healing Mace Info on MMO-Champion
has put together a very detailed information page on the new healing legendary:
Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings
Unfortunately, we don't yet have the stats—but he's consolidated all the info we
have about the questline, about the hammer itself, and about what you need to do to get it—even a video showing the weapon animations. Go check out the information
Wowhead: New Lore and Roleplaying Forum!
I'm sure many will say that it's long overdue—Wowhead has now added a forum section for
Lore & Roleplaying
Now all of your Azerothian history discussions, story threads, and lore questions have a home here at Wowhead. Over the next hour or two we'll be moving all the lore and RP-related threads over into the new forum—feel free to use the "report" function to let us know if we missed any!
Let's do a quick time travel. Let's travel back to the hot summer and autumn months when Blizzard first started feeding us on Wrath of the Lich King news. News around the Vrykul and the Kvasir were one of the most commented topics, and the general opinion was "I love it, we are finally getting vikings in WoW!". I guess some people never liked it, but I have been a long-time fan of vikings, Norse gods and mythology, and the like. So seeing how much Northrend was influenced by the Nordic cultures and traditions made me one really happy panda. But it wasn't until a little over a month ago that I realize how much Nordic stuff is there actually in WoW.
With the upcoming release of Ulduar, we get even more references to the aforementioned cultures. I think it is about time I share my findings with you. I am not going to cover the different references in a great detail; just enough so you understand what is in the core of the idea. If you know more than what I have written, or if you have something interesting to share - fire at will, I think a lot of us here love learning new cool stuff!
So, shall we dwell in the frozen secrets of Nordic Northren
Bizarre Server Problems?
Now THESE are some weird server problems.
has posted a story about the strange server troubles Blizzard seems to have been having tonight.
Apparently there are a lot of server crashes—this is nothing new. What IS new are the instances of duplicate NPCs all over major cities, and the reports of the letters "F U" appearing outside the Violet Hold.
Could this be the work of a hacker? Has someone finally managed to crack Blizzard's security? Or is it just a strange confluence of weird server errors?
The WoW Insider story can be found
April Fools' Day
—the official holiday of the Internet!
So some of you may have noticed that our
changed designs yesterday—perhaps to something a little...
. For those of you who haven't picked it up yet, the change isn't permanent. :)
We really thought that the line about "original graphics, created by our art team" might be too much—but that didn't stop over
from sending us emails! So naturally we thought we'd re-print a few of the highlights—anonymously, of course.
Check out the emails after the break!
WoWInterface Exclusive: The WoW Addon Store
Our sister site,
, has got some breaking news on the latest major change to Blizzard's Addon system: The Blizzard Addon Store.
This is a gutsy decision on Blizzard's part—especially because adopting this business plan will make sites like WoWInterface, Curse, and UI.Worldofwar.net entirely obsolete—WoWI has already announced plans to shut down.
I encourage everyone to read the
, and to post their thoughts and opinions.
ZAM Enters the MMO Industry with TMNT Online!
That's right, ladies and gentlemen—ZAM is getting into the gaming business. The ZAM Network has announced development of its first original title:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Online!
TMNTO gives the players the choice of a number of exciting classes, including the Ninja Rat, the Reporter, the Sports Vigilante, and (of course) the Ninja Turtle. In addition to this, though, TMNTO breaks new ground in the MMO industry by not only implementing voice recognition software that genuinely allows you to speak to the NPCs—It's
the first MMO in history to completely do away with the idea of experience points. Character upgrades are purchased with "Turtle Points", bought via microtransaction at the Turtle Store, and then activated by shouting "Cowabunga" into your microphone!
For the full details, as well as some awesome screenshots, check out the full press release on ZAM.com,
So you may have noticed a few changes around here!
Wowhead has updated with a sleek, exciting new
design. We're very excited about this new phase in Wowhead's development, and we hope you are too! We think it really takes Wowhead to the next level.
Please be sure to give us your thoughts and opinions at:
Learn more about the changes after the break.
Wowhead Comic #16
Tuesday! Time for a comic!
Sorry for the delay folks, this one took me a while to draw.
Plus I had my first raid on Saturday night, so I was reading up fights for hours. ;o /excuses
This week's script was written by, and stars, Snowfi. The little pink-haired mageykins.
Without further ado, I give you
, during Tuesday Maintenance.
Those poor bosses finally get a few hours to themselves without random heroes turning up and trying to stick various spiky objects into their heads.
ZAM Interviews MDY Lawyer on Addon Policy
So our friends over at the ZAM.com news site have posted a very interesting interview—this time with a lady named Connie Mableson.
Connie is the lawyer who represented MDY (known to most of you as the company that created the infamous "Glider" program) in the legal action that took place between Blizzard and MDY. She also represented the very first business to try and make money off of the Internet, was the first lawyer to open a law office in a virtual world—in this case, Second Life. She's
an avid WoW player, and she has some very interesting theories about the motivating factors behind Blizzard's recent UI policy change.
Having read the article, I don't agree with the conclusions she's come to. But either way, it's interesting to see her opinion on a highly controversial topic.
Head on over to ZAM.com to
check it out!