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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

...and in other News...

  • A bunch of new Halloween masks have 'mysteriously' appeared in the latest PTR build (note to self, try and make some time to actually go play the PTR). These include Ogres (including a Female Ogre, YES PLEASE, WTB More female races in game overall), Vykruls (both sexes), Murlocs (are females orange?) plus a Dinosaur and a female Naga. I have to say I'm sticking with Boubouille from MMO on this, still reckon we'll see the Worgen and the Goblins as the new races. I smell distraction...
  • From the updated Patch Notes: Wolvar and Gorloc orphans have arrived in Dalaran and need your help! Players can find out more by visiting the Eventide District (completing the quests being offered for this event will not count toward any Children’s Week achievements). Players have a limited amount of time to care for these orphans before they take their leave. They will then return again for the regularly-scheduled Children’s Week next year. Ooh, yay! 75 pets comes a step closer for the Hunter...
  • A Blue writes: As a means to provide more flexibility to play with your friends, or move to a realm that may better serve your needs, we are reducing the cooldown of the Paid Character Transfer service from 30 days to 3 days. This should prove particularly beneficial to players who move to a realm they don't enjoy and wish to quickly move to a brand-new realm. This should also help the growing number of ninja looters and bank-strippers who will proliferate over the summer months make a clean getaway as they leap shamelessly from server to server with their ill gotten gains. I do hope Blizzard keep track of these transactions.

Question:

Sam Raimi to direct the Warcraft Movie.

YES! or NO!!!!!!!!

Well, in this space at least the Jury has retired to consider. We have the man who has just pulled together one of THE best horror movies of recent years in 'Drag Me to Hell'. It's a man whose pedigree with movie blockbusters is beyond reproach. Then I just have to say one name to you.

BRUCE CAMPBELL.

The mental image of Mr Campbell doing the Male Human dance... well, I'll just leave that with you for a moment. MmmmmMMmmmmMMMMMmmmmm.....

I'd like this to be a mix of real life and actual game footage (in a South Park stylee) I'd like to see the real world spill into Azeroth and vice versa. I'd like it to be done well and with a sense of humour.

Even though I'm not 100% sure, I think the prospect of a Warcraft movie is a heck of a lot more attractive than it was yesterday.

I mean, do I have to remind you about Mortal Kombat? Or Bob Hoskins in Super Mario Brothers... and don't get me started with Angelina and Lara...

Monday, July 20, 2009

BOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

Less of the yelling!

No, I can haz yells as we just one-shotted Freya with a Server Restart counting down in the background. Six minutes to go, and the second bit of hunter loot drops as I'm on my druid for heals.

BOO.

However, I can haz Tier Shoulders for the Druid... \o/

YAY!

Now gief us Server back so we can go do last Keeper and head for Yoggy...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Let's See if It's True!

The Isle of Quel'Danas is repackaged by the Blood Elves as a Holiday Resort... to great success!

It's offically the Summer Holidays, which means six weeks of putting kids first and EVERYTHING else second. As a result it also means very limited gametime: however, I'm going to do my best to keep ALT:ernative full of stuff, even if I'm not actually doing that much in Azeroth and beyond.

As I will have limited gametime in the coming weeks, it seems like a good idea at this point to make myself a list of Things I'd Like to Make Some Kind of Dent Into Before 3.2 Hits. So, in no particular order, we have the following:
  • Finish the 'World of Server' 3.2 Preparation Guide (coz frankly that's no good the week before the patch hits, you need to be getting yourself sorted NOW)
  • Get both the Lock and the Druid to complete the Tournament Dailes so they can both earn the Champion Title and be eligible for the new zone come 3.2.
  • Level someone else to 80. I've said elsewhere that would be the Paladin, but there's been a HUGE influx of pally alts into the Guild. As a result it's likely to be my Shaman who goes first (61 and a bit, and Blacksmithing) or the Mage (72, untalented, Tailoring) Jury is still in deliberation.
  • Knock of the last 3k of Everlook rep to make it 39/40 Reps to Exalted on the Hunter.
  • Do a bit more of the AQ Gates questline.
  • Level Blacksmithing and Tailoring to 450 (see above)
I'll be watching Blizzcon with interest at the back end of next mont inbetween sewing in name tags to new school clothing as my daughter begins Primary School in September. I also suspect I will be doing instances with my son, trying desperately to get him to understand that levelling is more important than just riding around on your Deathcharger looking cool.

It's going to be a fun summer :D

Goblins and Worgen and Maelstroms, Oh My!

MMO-Champion is always good for authorative infomation, mostly because of the nature of the source material, namely the game files. Late Friday Boubouille pulled out 4 new Halloween masks from the game files: 2 Goblin and 2 Worgen, and made the assumption from this that these were the two new races Blizzard were planning for the Expansion. As a rule he's seldom wrong, as the game files pretty much speak for themselves. WoW.com jumped on it as well. Seems to me that if two major WoW sites are prepared to add credence to this, it's worth serious consideration.

It is logical to assume that as we had a new Hero Class last time around Blizzard would go back to adding new races this time around. This would pull a lot of people back into the game to relevel with new quests and factions. It's a cracking choice of races: if the Goblins were indeed the Horde faction as is being suggested, it could go a long way to redressing the Horde/Alliance inbalance on many servers.

What makes me most excited about these races however isn't anything that's been datamined, but it's something that's been around since... well before MMO even existed. It's a list which apparently you can be banned for posting on the Official Forums. If Internet legend is to be believed, it was leaked back in the day by 'a disgruntled ex Blizzard employee' I'm betting after all these years there must be a few of those... So I will paraphrase. This list has accurately mirrored the Draenai/Blood Elves starting areas, it predicted many of the Northrend zones and if you look at a copy (scroll down that thread to find it), it has a section entitled 'Maelstrom Set' You'll find many places mentioned in that list. Here are three of them, in no particular order:
The Broken Isles
Kezan
Gilneas
We already know Blizzard have copyrighted the word 'Cataclysm' in the last few weeks. So let's take a closer look at those places (with location links via the lovely WoWWiki)

For those of you who don't know:
Gilneas is a human nation and kingdom located in the peninsula directly south of Silverpine Forest on the continent of Lordaeron. The kingdom was founded following the breaking of Arathor and is ruled by the Greymane dynasty. Besides the peninsula, the kingdom also included the island of Zul'Dare.
Ooooh, so that's a Human area RIGHT NEXT DOOR to where a load of Worgan exist. If you've done any of the Horde quests in that area (or indeed if you've visited Silverpine Hold or Shadowfang Keep) you'll know all about Arugal, who of course is ressurected in Northrend and who you have to kill all over again in Grizzly Hills. If we put aside the levels allocated on the original list, this would be an idea spot to stick a starting zone. It would ressurect a ton of Old World Content, it would mean Blizz could reinvent SFK and stick a load of new quests in it for Alliance. This list also points to Grim Batol as an update area. Huge Great big Underground Zone right there, would make a superb spot for a 80+ instance, would also bring people back to the Old World... and woudn't be much work for Blizz to spruce up. The dragons might get a bit miffed at being moved mind. Where would I farm my red dragonscale then???

So what about the Undermine, the fabled home of the Goblins?
The Undermine is an underground city located on the small island Kezan in the southern seas of Azeroth near the Maelstrom.
Ooh look, Kezan's on the List too. Now there's a thing.

Now far be it from me to subscribe to speculation, but from what I see in the Game Files and what I've seen historically, I reckon I'm confident enough to say that the new races in the Expansion are going to be the Goblins and the Worgen, and it's going to be based in the Maelstrom. It's only a month to wait now for Blizzcon.

I look forward to being proved wrong.