Friday, June 28, 2013

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Episode 97- Review of World of Warcraft: Dark Riders

This week Nekro and I review the newest World of Warcraft Graphic Novel Dark Riders.

Written by Mike Costa
Art by Neil Googe

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Episode 096: Interview with Varazslat of Slash 2 Podcast



This week I'm joined by Varazslat of the Slash 2 Podcast. He talks about bringing Rustee back into podcast, who he loves more Lucki or Fancybreakfast, how V thinks WoW needs more transactions, and much more.

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Varazslat 's Twitter
Slash 2 Website
The Ready Check Archive
The GeekHole

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dark riders review




  Originally Posted on Rivalcast Media 

Back on December 16, 2009, the last issues of the World of Warcraft: The Comic was published. At the time, it was supposed to mark a change in the comic. Rather than being one comic, it would be two comics. World of Warcraft: The Alliance comic and World of Warcraft The Horde, both as an ongoing series. Jump forward a few months and both the Alliance comic and the Horde comic were canceled as ongoing series, but we are given the promise they were now going to be graphic novels. Then the waiting started. I can't image many were waiting too long, since in the time it took Blizzard and DC comics to get their act together to publish this comic, they published Ashbringer, Curse of the Worgen, and Pearl of Pandaria.

If you are a  long time follower of this blog, you might remember back 2010 when I broke the story that these  books were still in production, since Jheremy Raapack,  the artist, was talking about the Horde book on this blog. However, it wasn't until the San Diego Comic Con 2011 that we got official word that both the Alliance and Horde comics were still, in fact, in the works and the had been renamed Dark riders and Bloodsworn, respectively.Then back in February when I talked to Mickey Nelson he said they were still doing the art on Dark riders. So, knowing all that on May 7, 2013 we finally get to see the story of some of the character that were introduced almost three and half years ago. Lets take a look.

World of Warcraft: Dark riders
Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Neil Googe
Colorist: Perre Matterne, Lee Loughride & Len O'Grady
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Story Consultants: Chris Metzen, Alex Afrasiabi, Luis Barriga & Micky Neilson
Cover: Alex Horley & Samwise Didier
Publisher: DC Entertainment
Cover Price: $24.99
Opening of the Story

This review will be non-spoiler, a full spoiler review will be done on Grand Old Podcast Episode 97,  to give everyone a few weeks to read it. Set before the Cataclysm,  our story begins when a young warrior named Mardigan enters the Lion’s Pride inn to meet with an Alchemist, an errand he has done many times before. Before they can finish their transaction, another man interrupts them,and our young warrior can't help but pick a fight. Marshal Dughan breaks up the fight and takes Mardigan before his father Karlain, to inform them about the fight and if it happens again the Marshal can't protect him.

It should be noted before I go on, that in Tides of War we find out who are current members of the Counsel of Six, the leaders of the Kirin Tor. Karlain is named as one of them. This book shows why Karlain might have been chosen for such a high position.

There is clear strife between Karlain and Mardigan dating back to the death of Mardigan’s mother. Rather than settle what seems to be an old fight, Karlain simply tells Mardigan to get the materials he was supposed to get on the first trip, while he took care of other business.

A little bit more:
To keep this as spoiler free is possible, I'll say the rest of the book involves the conflict between Karlain and Mardigan, the Dark riders and their search for rare artifacts. Revil Kost,the priest with a score to settle, and Brink, the gnome rogue and member of SI: 7 who has his own plans for the relics. Of course we finally find out the missing part of the story about the Scythe of Elune. There are also some nice bits in Westfall and with the Night watch of Dustwood, which remind you of how much and how little things have changed with the Cataclysm in World of Warcraft.

The Art:
There is no way getting around this. The art in this issue is highly inconsistent. I'm not sure what to chalk this up too. The long development of the book, changing ideas of characters or to much input. I would love to know more about the development story behind  this book, but for now we can only guess. The art of Elwynn Forest is lovingly done with detail on every aspect of the area. In fact, the art is done is such a style as to almost be distracting, because of its plastic look. However, this quickly falls away as we start seeing less and less detail, backgrounds become ovals and squares with few other details. If I had to guess this is based on the fact this comic was originally meant to be a monthly comic and was pained for Januray of 2010 before it was cancelled and changed to graphic novel. I would guess most of the Elwynn Forest art would have comprised the first issue. However that is just a guess on my part based on early art that released.


The other issue is lines drawn on the face of character don't equal emotion. I mean Mr. Googe goes crazy throughout this issue just covering faces with meaningless lines. I think he was trying to convey darkness, but all he really does is make his characters look stupid. The character that suffers the most for this is Karlain, who just looks stupid for much of the comic. (put in picture of his casting face) It’s hard not to compare the Karlain in Beginnings and Ends and not feel a bit disappointed to say nothing of covers not reflecting the insider art at all. Granted this has been a common theme of the Warcraft Comics

All that said the Dark riders are effectively realized but over all the art just left we wanting.

Overall thoughts
I'm a huge fan of the Warcraft: Legends anthology series, not because it has such big stories but because often the stories are small and feel like they are on the player character level of storytelling. Much of this tale feels like it could be a group of players out on a quest in Eastern Kingdoms. In terms of scale, I would put it somewhere between the manga story Warrior: United by Grace Randolph and Ashbringer by Micky Neilson. Its a big multi part adventure, but as far as overall impact on the Warcraft Universe, its minimal. We get to find out backstory about the Dark riders, and missing history of the Scythe of Elune, but other than that, this book can be passed on without fearing of missing some major story beats. It fact,I would say that is the book’s greatest asset and its weakness. Its loyal to small details of Azeroth, as a player might find them in game. But at the same time when you come out of this story you come out with a much smaller story than we as readers have gotten use to from the Warcraft graphic novels.

I would rate this 3 of 5 Doomhammers

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Episode 095: The Pineapple Serial Killer

Who is the Pineapple Serial killer? Why does he stalk the islands of Hawaii? Learn this as much more as I'm once again joined by Scott Alvarado and Porkchop.

During the show, we have a tale of two tech supports, Scott talks a bit about female serial killers. Did you know calling it a master bedroom is racist? What is bulling? A quick talk about baseball in the 90's. Tales from an unnamed Midwestern hardware store, making your own heat tape and lastly, the epic battle that is to come with North Korea secret Unicorn Army and the sweatpants covered shoppers of Wal-Mart


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Scott's Twitter
Scott's person Blog
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Photo Collection
Porkchop's Twitter 

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Episode 094: Interview with Sauce of Ventchat

Started on December 08, 2009 Ventchat was a Podcast started by Fen, Bacon and Esta. After a week they brought Sauce on board.

Our interview picks up a little over 3 years later talking to Sauce about this time on Ventchat. This is an epic journey which you all need to hear to truly enjoy.

Links
5 WoW Thing's Episode 8
Sauce's Twitter
Ventchat Website
Ventchat RSS 
Ventchat Itunes

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Warcraft Podcast activity report for April 2013



Birthdays
The Double O Podcast turns two on April 4th
ER L.O.R.E. turns two on April 11th
Warcraft Less Traveled turns three on April 12th
Power Word Gold turns two on April 15th
Twizzcast turns one on April 15th
The Azeroth Perspective turns one on April 18th
BlizzPlanet: The Week of Warcraft turns one on Aprils 20th
The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast turns one on April 20th
Spare Parts turns one on April 23rd
Follow the Leader turns one on April 27th


Warcraft Podcast Milestones for March
25 episodes

50 episodes

75 episodes

100 episodes

Dead Podcasts and inactive Podcasts

Active but no longer cover Warcraft

Updated Links

New Podcasts

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Episode 93: Lore of 5.3

This week Necro and I talk about the lore of patch 5.3. We ask the question are Alliance getting screwed lorewise in Warcraft?

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Necro's Youtube
But Wait There's Lore

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Episode 92: Review of Curse of the Worgen

This week I'm joined once again Necroxis as we review the graphic novel written by Micky Neilson and James Waugh art by Ludo Lullabi, Tony Washington Curse of the Worgen. Curse of the Worgen was first published on October 11, 2011.

For more information about the writing of this book check out our interview with the writers Micky Neilson and James Waugh in episode 88.

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But Wait There's Lore

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Episode 91: Interview with Freckleface of Hearthcast!

Started on February 17, 2009, Hearthcast is a causal podcast for the fans of World of Warcraft.  The hosts Rewt and Freckleface share their views on the game and how it affects the real world and World of Warcraft.

During my interview with Freckleface, we talk about her original fear of podcasting, how she and Rewt  create discussion topics each week and how that difficult that can be during down part of the content cycle. Freckleface talks about her love of pet battles in Warcraft, as well as how her role has changed on Hearthcast over the years, and how to balance the work load between co-hosts. Freckleface also shares the part of Lord of the Clans she found most disturbing. And much more.

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Freckleface's Twitter
Hearthcast Podcast



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