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ZAM Rolls Out 'Free Realms' Site
2009/04/29 at 3:53 PM
So I know it's not always kosher to post non-WoW-related news up here, but I thought I would take the time to mention this one, because I'm personally kind of excited about this game.\r
For those of you who haven't heard yet, it's called Free Realms, and it's the most recent game from Sony Online Entertainment\u2014the makers of the Everquest series, among several others. Free Realms is one of the first forays by a major US MMO publisher into the free-to-play space, and it actually looks pretty interesting. For once, here's a brand new major MMO that's NOT just trying to do the WoW thing in a different way\u2014and since it's free, and it downloads and installs remarkably quickly, there's really no reason NOT to try it out. :)\r
Of course, when an awesome new game comes out, the folks here at the ZAM Network have to cover it, so ZAM has just rolled out it's brand new Free Realms site!\r
The announcement on ZAM.com\r
2009/04/29 at 12:02 AM
Wow. That is all.So Malgayne has finally succumbed\u2014and given me POWAH! Behold my fearsome wrath! All shall tremble before my might! Or...at least...my...blogging? *cough* Anyways, moving on to the actual post:\r
I would like to introduce a man to you, known as "Pascal." He is a "papercrafter" and has recently done an interview for Blizzard EU which can be viewed here. Some of his models he has created include: Thrall, a Kodo, a Gnome, an Abomination, and a golem. It's really amazing stuff that he does. The Thrall model, for instance, required 32 standard size pages. Imagine how long it takes to make these! This guy certainly has my respect.
Taking an MMO Vacation? Come Back Soon!
2009/04/27 at 6:34 PM
Where's my pic-a-nic basket gaiz?Did you know over 11.5 million people were subscribed to World of Warcraft before the Ulduar 3.1 patch was released? Imagine how many more players have come back to the game since. It never ceases to amaze me how many people share in our joy playing what has become, apparently, the top massively multi-player online (MMO) game in the world. What is it that attracts so many people for so long?\r
I'm not really sure myself. I love the atmosphere, the lore, and the friends I've made in-game. No matter what time of the week, month, or year I can always find something to do in Azeroth. In fact, I'm so Azeroth-ed out that I actually think I need an MMO vacation. Of course, I know whenever I get bored or a new patch is released, I always seem to come back.\r
Has the game ever gone stale for you? Been bored or took a break? What is it that keeps you coming back (or do you just love visiting Wowhead)?
Noblegarden 2009 (Apr 26 - May 2) - Quest Guide + Information!
2009/04/25 at 11:00 PM
Noblegarden's noble ladies!It's time yet another hunt for phat loot in World of Warcraft, this time in the form of brightly colored eggs! We join together to "share the joy of life and friendship" all the while meticulously hunting carefully hidden eggs and nomming tons of chocolate!\r
Eggs have been hidden all across the places of our youth (namely, the starting areas for the Alliance and Horde races) for both young and old to discover and perhaps even be rewarded with a fabulous prize! Simply head out to one of your faction's starting areas, grab some quests, and get out there and hunt eggs! Maybe you'll even earn some achievements along the way!\r
Noblegarden begins on Sunday, April 26th at 12:01 AM (server) and ends on Saturday, May 2nd at 11:59 PM.\r
Argent Tournament Guide
2009/04/25 at 8:30 PM
The Argent Tournament GroundsUpdate: Patch 3.1.2 introduced new mounts and reduced costs for existing mounts! See the Rewards section for more details!\r
The cold winds of the north blow over the frigid icy glaciers of Icecrown. The sun barely reaches the frozen lands with its rays. The Lich King gathers his power, his Scourge minions planting destruction everywhere. Bloodthirsty Vrykul shout promises to eviscerate adventurers too foolish to enter their lands. Yet, in the northernmost corner of the great glacier, something defies the self-proclaimed true king's threats. Workers' sweat flows like rivers, as hired hands build a Coliseum. Mounts scream in pain or triumph as their riders - men and women representing all the peoples of Azeroth - fight to prove their worthiness to members of the Argent Tournament and their own war factions.\r
Despite the imminent danger of the Lich King, despite the hatred between King Varian and Garosh Hellscream, and despite the weather for which "harsh" would be a soft word, the heroes of Azeroth battle to determine who will face the h
Val'anyr, Hammer of the Ancients Kings
2009/04/25 at 3:30 PM
A little while ago we gave you a blog about the new Legendary Healing Mace. Now we feel ready to give you something more - the actual
Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings
As we feed on dataz, you will be fed on information. Here is what we know about the Hammer of the Ancient Kings:\r
Val'anyr is only usable by healing classes - druid, paladin, priest, shaman. No hunter loot!\r
You need 30
Fragment of Val'anyr
to start its short quest chain.\r
Fragments of Val'anyr have a chance to drop off all the bosses in Ulduar, on Heroic difficulty only. This means you can only obtain the Hammer from Ulduar-25.\r
Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings
, the final quest, you will be given an item called Shattered Pieces of Val'anyr. You will need to throw those in Yogg-Saron's mouth while he is casting
. You also need to fight and defeat Yogg-Saron with 3 or fewer Watchers assisting you.\r
Obtaining the Hammer of the Ancients Kings awards not only the legendary item, but the feat of strength [url=\/?achieve
Wowhead 101 - Using Weightings!
2009/04/24 at 8:49 PM
I touched on this a little bit on my first post 'Wowhead 101 - Using Filters!', but weightings are so powerful they need a post of their own.\r
What are weightings?\r
Weightings, simply put, are similar to a ranking system. They allow you to assign "point multipliers" to each stat type on an item.\r
How do these "point multipliers" work?\r
Well I'll give you an example. Say you have a filter like this (I've added a some custom filtering as well so it only shows 2 results). You can see that the 'Score' is identical for both items. You can play around with the multipliers I've given to see how it affects the score. For example, you could assign a better weighting to stamina over raw health, which is really useful if your class has a talent that affects stamina.\r
2009/04/23 at 8:45 PM
I was writing a bit recently on the nature of memory, and something occurred to me.\r
You remember that Level 60 Troll Warrior that gave you the last couple of gold you needed to buy your mount back when you were level 40?\r
I sure do, but the sad part is, I'm sure he doesn't remember you.
My Problem with Varian Wrynn
2009/04/22 at 8:21 PM
Bolvar FordragonVarian WrynnAs someone who "grew up" as Alliance, Bolvar Fordragon (shown here in his old digs at Stormwind Keep) was something of a fixture in the Alliance and generally his storyline, quests and dialog seemed to be pretty well-written. Aside from that, many of us appreciated how awesome he was when we first saw him fighting off the Onyxia's Elite Guard that were hiding in the keep, surrounding Bolvar.\r
These days, we're looking at Varian Wrynn instead. I didn't think too much of it when Wrynn first showed up, but then I read up on his lore and I found myself rather unhappy with the general nature of the story and his background. My gut reaction was to dismiss the lore behind him as being simply badly written. I wouldn't have a problem with him if the story didn't have the somewhat perplexing sense of an attempted shoe-horn of a new character into WoW. I use the word perplexing because the word was used by the loquacious, frenetic and n
2009/04/21 at 8:42 PM
A little while ago, as some of you may know, I was at GDC San Francisco (Game Developers Conference), and while there, I learned a lot about gamer culture.\r
Now, E3 is and always has been a press event\u2014an event where game companies get to show off the new cool stuff that they're doing to the public and to each other. GDC, though, is an industry event\u2014where it's mostly about meeting other people in the industry, awarding innovation in games, and the new middleware type stuff that's out there. Being someone who works in the game industry, and only a short drive away from San Francisco, I just had to be there.
We Made The List!
2009/04/20 at 8:41 PM
So I Heart Chaos has named us one of the 100 Best Websites of the Past 100 Years!\r
I don't know how stiff the competition was, since I can't think of too many websites that were around 100 years ago, but it's still flattering to be named. :)\r
Here's what they had to say about us:\r
With over 10 million World of Warcraft players, there's a huge need for tips, maps, articles and information on items and abilities. Thottbot used to be the standard, but Wowhead appeared and suddenly made searching for anything any everything WoW-related easy and intuitive.\r
Crossover Circus! With Prizes to Boot!
2009/04/20 at 7:30 PM
Age of Conan!Many of you are familiar with many, many MMOs. From EverQuest to Dark Age of Camelot to The Matrix Online and everything else in between. Oh, and Warcraft! Others of us, however, are only familiar with a few, if even just one.\r
Zam.com is hosting an Age of Conan contest called the "Venture into Hyboria." To enter, you visit their forum thread and write a short back story explaining how your MMO avatar made it to Hyboria. It can be serious, funny, or silly - some of you who are more inclined to back stories and RP might get a kick out of it! One lucky grand prize winner will get a GameRigs custom desktop gaming PC system in an Age of Conan case! \r
"Age of Conan", what?! Well, sort of. The idea of the contest is that your character from your favorite MMO (WoW, DAoC, whatever!) ventures into Hyboria, a setting for Age of Conan. Think of it as a cameo appearance by your character in another game!\r
Here's a direct link to the Zam.com forums. You want more
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