Thursday, June 30, 2011

Opening the door to improve numbers

There is a theory that perception is reality. Take for example, the news that World of Warcraft has lost 600,000 subscribers, many people take that as a sign of the end times; others feel that Blizzard will just find more players. Either way, a 5% loss in players over three months after a new expansion is not good.

Now we know that number, 11.4 million subscribers, was taken in March of 2011. We don’t know if that was an average for the month, the absolute high or the absolute low. But since this was number presented to stock holders I don’t think it would be unreasonable to guess that this number was either the average or the high for the month of March.

Now why does this matter? Well, for a few reasons. First, it’s three months later and new numbers are most likely being taken for the second quarter(Q2) financial report. Blizzard no doubt wants to improve on those numbers so they don’t have another host of articles of about how World of Warcraft is dying (granted, I think it is dying but not in way people talk about).

To help those numbers, Blizzard is releasing a new raiding tier, which has been cut down from original plans because “fire and water themes don’t go together.” I call bs, and say the higher ups didn’t want all of Q2 to go by with only rehashed dungeons that people are already burning out on.

Second, Recruit a Friend, the system that allows one account, new or old, to help a new account out, now helps players level to 80, whereas before the cap was at 60. I expect this is a change that is happening because not as many people are leveling new characters as were expected. For all the talk about how new and cool the redone old world is, it’s just not getting the play. If a player already has half a dozen max level characters and you can race change them to goblins or worgen why relevel?

Third, I’ll just quote this “Haven’t yet ventured beyond the Dark Portal? Beginning today, June 28, players will be able to get both the original World of Warcraft and the game’s first expansion set, The Burning Crusade, for only $19.99 as part of the new digital Battle Chest now available in the online Blizzard Store.

In addition, anyone who owns the original World of Warcraft, regardless of when they purchased the game, will automatically be able to access all of the content and features from The Burning Crusade expansion at no additional cost. It’s time to set forth from Azeroth, adventurer -- Outland awaits!”

For the ‘hell its about time’ file. I’m honestly not sure why they didn’t just throw Wrath of the Lich King into the mix. If they want new players to make it Cataclysm why make them buy three games why not just two? Package Original WoW, TBC, and Wrath together, Then Catclysm can be its own thing. I know Blizzard wants to make money off gold farmers having to rebuy everything, but if they want to keep people coming into the game they need to just move the whole game onto one box with every expansion and if you buy the current expansion as a new player you get everything that was put out before: simple and to the point.

Finally, trial accounts are no longer limited in time and players can spend an unlimited amount of time on them. The level cap (20) and other restrictions still apply. It will be interesting to see where this goes, but it sure looks like Warcraft is making the first steps into a Free to Play model.

So what does this all add up too? Well, not a lot, other than Blizzard trying to keep its subscription numbers up. I have no issue with that. But my feeling is many people that are still subscribed to World of Warcraft are not playing it anymore. Those of us that have left the game don’t hate it, but at the same time I just don’t feel I have anything drawing me back in. I do think on the next seven day free trial, I’ll pop back in but I have no other plans than that. In any case, it should be interesting to see what World of Warcraft numbers are reported in August.


Small update, after I finished writings this I noticed Blizzard is also offering another 7 day trail to those have have been inactive for more than 30 days.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for June 30, 2011

I've been looking over the list of games which I have covered and I will admit I do enjoy 8-bit music and that might not be something that everyone else enjoys. So this week figured I would pull something from the Halo Reach soundtrack, which is mostly fine but largely forgettable. But I really like this track called "The Pillar of Autumn" It stands out from the others. All music is of course subjective, so enjoy it if you dare.

Monday, June 27, 2011

World of Warcraft: Horde Incoming!

Many moons ago, in July of 2009, at the end of the original Warcraft Comic run Blizzard announced that they would be breaking the comic into two lines: World of Warcraft: Alliance and World of Warcraft: Horde. Special Issue 1: Beginnings and Ends has Algalon narrating and looking at the world basically introducing all the characters. Not long after that, both comics were canceled as ongoing series with the promise of two graphic novels instead.

Moving forward two years, at the start of 2011, I started doing some follow up research to see where the comics were. Some people claimed they had been canceled; other sources were unclear. It was then I came to Jheremy Raapack, a Brazilian artist credited as working on World of Warcraft: Horde. You might have noticed his name in my list of Warcraft twitter people. Around July of 2010, as part of ComicCon 2010, Jheremey put a dozen images online of his the World of Warcraft: Horde art he was working on, but no other details.

Now come to last week. Not being able to sleep and not wanting to edit Episode 4 of Grand Old Podcast, I was going through links and came to Mr. Raapacks blog and found this.

‘Enquanto isso eu trabalho arduamente na GRAPHIC NOVEL WORLD OF WARCRAFT : HORDE o trabalho está no seu ápice, com lançamanteo previsto para final ou inicio do ano que vem.

Tem muita coisa legal como páginas, esboços e concepts que adoraria postar no DEVIANTART ou mesmo no BLOG acerca de Warcraft...mas chegará o momento.

Aguardem não irão se descepcionar.’

Translated via Google
‘Meanwhile I work hard at GRAPHIC NOVEL WORLD OF WARCRAFT: HORDE work is at its highest, with lançamanteo planned for the end or beginning of next year.

There's so much legal as pages, sketches and concepts that would love to post on DeviantART or even BLOG about Warcraft ... but the time will come.

Descepcionar will not wait.’

It’s amazing something was that was originally planned to come out in early 2010 is still in production, and this doesn't say a thing about World of Warcraft: Alliance. But knowing something is coming in this vein by the end of this year or early next year (I would bet on next year, Blizzard being Blizzard) is still cool. I’ll keep you updated as I find more information.


Update: thought I would add this interview with Doug Wagner writer of World of Warcraft Horde done by Newsarama back on December 9, 2010

Nrama: Doug, what’s the big project front and center on your plate right now?

Wagner: For almost the past year, my primary focus has been the upcoming World of Warcraft: Horde graphic novel from DC Comics and Blizzard Entertainment. I’m finishing up the final chapter right now. Jheremy Raapack is the artist and from what I’ve seen so far, his work is going to blow everyone away. He’s making me look like a genius!

Yes, almost a year. This is my first graphic novel, so it’s been a bit odd to work on a book for so long and not see anything hit the stands. That can be a bit discouraging at times. However, I’m always under the ever vigilant and all-knowing team of Hank Kanalz and Sarah Gaydos. These two, joined by the fine folks at Blizzard, keep my spirits up while constantly pushing me to write the best work possible. I can’t say enough about the team behind this book.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for June 23, 2011

One of the things I enjoy are webcomics, and despite its horrible update schedule, I keep reading VG Cats. Anyway, he linked to this video, which made me smile a fair bit both because I have beaten most of the games in it and how on point it is.

So here is the original ending music for Super Mario World

And here is Classic Ending Credits WITH LYRICS(NSFW)


Tuesday, June 21, 2011


When I put out Episode 2 of Grand Old Podcast and I was making show note I wanted to have a link to the Day of the Dragon audiobook. What I found was that the book was no longer easy to get on the market. Now, the internet being what it is, you can find illegal copies easily enough, but if you wish to follow proper channels it seems either you can't get the book or it's limited to libraries. The website is somewhat unclear.

Knowing that Medievaldragon of had done interviews with Dick Hill when the audio books were planed I sent him an email in the hopes find out something useful. To Medievaldragon credit he was quick to respond and I would like to share his response.

I keep in contact with Richard A. Knaak since our first interview back in 2003. He presented me before some blizzard licensed companies at the New York Comic Con as his best cheerleader [tries not to picture self on a skirt, not that there is a-n-y-thing wrong with scottish wearing skilts] -- ok bad joke off Seinfield.

Richard A. Knaak was who let me know the Audiobooks were in development, and encouraged me to contact Dick Hill (the narrator), who I interviewed. He managed to provide me with some mp3 samples.

As soon as I noticed the Warcraft Audiobooks no longer appeared in Tantor Media's website, I contacted Tantor Media.

I just double-checked my email logs and a Tantor representative emailed me on March 30, 2009. He told me at that point I could inform fans there was a delay in the release due to rights negotiations and thus until they could iron out the issues they had pulled the warcraft audiobooks from the website.

It seems they were never able to iron out the issues with the rights.

Medievaldragon was also kind enough to email a link to an article he wrote on the subject. Which pointed out in addition to the Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans there was also a planned audio book for World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal Which I not seen before.

So, where does that leaving us with warcraft audiobooks? It would seem that we will not be seeing the Tantor audiobooks anytime soon but if you would like a Warcraft audiobook you can get a whole of the Richard A. Knaak Story Stormrage which was published in 2010.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

List of Non-English Warcraft Podcasts for June

Few updates this month, Azeroth.FR the podcast most English speaking people would know Patrick Beja who used to run as the guy that who did the mod of the week segment for The Instance up til 2009. Azeroth.FR has come to an end. The final post can be found here.

New finds this month include Gadarols Podcast a German Warcraft and gaming Podcast and a French Warcraft Podcast called WoW-MP News.

Still looking for help tracking down Warcraft Podcasts in Chinese and Korean if you know of any or can help me find some leave a comment or contact me.

This is update is for active podcasts. If you are looking for inactive Warcraft podcast check out the Wowpedia Podcasting page.

* Les Chroniques du Père Bugli
* Le Podcast des Kaluaks
* WoWTaku
* WoW-MP news*New*
* WoW-News
* WoW Titan
* World-News TV

* 1 Hit
* Buffedcast
* Gadarols Podcast *New*
* Ninjacast
* Xass und Vanions Podcast
* Russian World of Warcraft Radio
* Las Aventuras de Perle
* Pastando en Mulgore
* wowsfera
* Fredagsraiden


Note: The Photo at the top is the work of my buddy Scott and more of his work can be found here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Episode 3: How to Win Friends

Episode 3: How to Win Friends

How to Win Friends from Warcraft: Legends Volume One
Written by Dan Jolley
Pencils by Carlos Olivares
Inks & Tones by Carlos Olivares, Marc Rueda, Janina Gorrissen
Aug 2008
Published by Toykopop

In this podcast, I talk about Kharanos, Gnomes in Exile, True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Aristophanes. It pains me a little bit that I recorded this days before the faction leader story for Gelbin Mekkatorque came out, because I think it would have added to the discussion of gnomes in exile and gnomes living with dwarfs, but so it goes.

Many thanks to the Taverncast crew for letting me use their old intro to start my show. As a long time fan, I'm glad I can continue to highlight their great work.

Score: 2.5 Doomhammers of 5

April 15, 2009 Dan Jolley interview
July 19, 2009 Dan Jolley Interview
Thunderbrew Distillery
Oglethorpe Obnoticus & Osborn Obnoticus
True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Dan Jolley's Site
Dan Jolley's Twitter
Amazon Link to Warcraft: Legends Volume One

Show Notes, RSS Feed, Direct Download, Itunes Feed

Update: I fixed the audio levels should be much better now.

Taking it easy

I'm home for the first weekend in a month and rather than write posts, which I enjoy doing, I'm going to take it easy for a few days. Show notes will be posted Sunday as per the new normal. Summer is starting and it's time to enjoy it a bit.

I leave you one my favorite Merle Haggard songs - Daddy Frank

Check it out and have a nice weekend

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for June 16, 2011

I love my Megaman music. But some times it doesn't even work in the games. Today we have the most sleep inducing Megaman music ever from Rock & Forte.

How I didn't pass out every time I turned on this game is really remarkable to me. I guess I was younger then. Just preview the music to write this article I almost fell asleep. And talk about not working outside the game. Well as something other than a sleep aid. I do like the game but the music I would leave at the start of the boss level.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Show music

If you have ever wondered what my show music is, the introduction song is "1979," by 37Hz

My outro, which is a lovely ballot by Diana McCorry, is called "I Blame You! (for the smile upon my face," which I picked because the opening notes remind me of "Monsters Inc" and it's just a positive little bit. How can you not be happy listening to it?


Monday, June 13, 2011

Warcraft Creative types on Twitter.

I’m a fan of twitter, and I’ve noticed there aren’t any listings of Warcraft Creative types on Twitter. While most of the people on this list worked on the Warcraft Manga there are a few authors and musicians here too.

If you are looking for follow some of the been that have helped make Warcraft what it is here is a list in no real order.

Neil Googe, is the drawer of World of Warcraft: Alliance

Mike Costa is the author of World of Warcraft: Alliance also wrote for some of the World of Warcraft: Comics #26

Jheremy Raapack is the drawer of World of Warcraft: Horde

Doug Wagner is the author of World of Warcraft: Horde

James Waugh is a Blizzard Entertainment senior story developer and writer. Waugh co-wrote the World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen, and wrote the short story Lord of His Pack.

Tony Washington is the colorist of World of Warcraft: The Comic and World of Warcraft: Ashbringer

Paul Benjamin is the author of Shaman (manga)

Tim Beedle is the author of Blood Runs Thicker in Warcraft: Legends Volume 4.

In Bae Kim did the art in '''Family Values''' is the fourth story in Warcraft: Legends Volume 2, and Warrior Made parts 1 & 2. In Warcraft Legends Manga 4 & 5 respectively

Aaron Sparrow is the author of '''Family Values''' is the fourth story in Warcraft: Legends Volume 2.

Grace Randolph is the author of Warrior: Divided and Warrior: United

Dan Jolley is the author of How to Win Friends, Miles to Go, Crusader's Blood, Bloodsail Buccaneer, and World of Warcraft: Death Knight

Aaron Rosenberg is the author of Tides of Darkness, and Co-wrote Beyond the Dark Portal

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of Cycle of Hatred

Russell Brower is a music composer who created music for Warcraft III, World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

David Arkenstone is a composer who has contributed music and themes to World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

Upcoming shows

Here are my up coming shows for those who have asked to be able to read ahead if they want too. After show 12 I'm open to suggestions I'll most likely try to review Stormrage before Wolfheart comes out. But other than that I'm completely open. That said I would like to review like with like. For example I'll most likely do Of Blood and Honor before I do Ashbriner. Or the First Guardian and Warcraft Comic Volume 4.

Here is the plan for now.

Upcoming shows

Episode 3: June 16, 2011 How To Win Friends of Warcraft: Legends Volume 1 by Dan Jolley
Episode 4: June 23, 2011 Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden
Episode 5: June 30, 2011 An Honest Trade of Warcraft: Legends Volume 1 by Troy Lewter
Episode 6: July 7, 2011 The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb
Episode 7: July 14, 2011 Warcraft Comic Volume 1 by Walter Simonson
Episode 8: July 21, 2011 The Shattering by Christie Golden
Episode 9: July 28, 2011 Thrall Twilight of the Aspects by Christie Golden
Episode 10: August 4, 2011 The Sunwell Trilogy part 1 Dragon Hunt by Richard A. Knaak
Episode 11: August 11, 2011 The Sunwell Trilogy part 2 Shadows of Ice by Richard A. Knaak
Episode 12: August 18, 2011 The Sunwell Trilogy part 3 Ghostlands by Richard A. Knaak

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Episode 2: Day of the Dragon

Episode 2: Day of the Dragon

Written by Richard A. Knaak
February 2001
Punished by Pocket Star
Also can be found in audiobook form
narrated by Dick Hill
Published by Tantor Media Audiobooks

Here on Episode 2 of Grand Old Podcast, I look at the very first Warcraft novel published, Day of the Dragon. In the course of the review, I discuss everything from Deathwing to the role of nobles in the human lands. It’s a fun show and I hope you enjoy it.

If you would like to leave written or audio feedback, send it to or send me a note on Twitter at SayomaraV or GrandOldPodcast and you can of course leave a comment below.

Score: 4.5 Doomhammers of 5

Blizzard Goes License Crazy
Richard Knaak's Usenet profile
Dick Hill Interview about Day of the Dragon
May 23, 2001 Planet Diablo Interview with Richard A. Knaak
Molok's Copper CoinThe Hero's Journey

Richard Knaak's Website
Dick Hill's Website
Amazon Link to Day of Dragon book

Mid Show Clip From:
Babylon 5, Season 2 Episode 5: The Long Dark

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Podcast Review: Liquid WoW

Being a fan of Inside Azeroth I was sad it was going away but also happy that Steve was starting a new show Liquid WoW. And while I think it started off slow its one go to podcasts each week. Longer I'm around the WoW podcasting community the more I tend to be drawn to Podcasts with a unique voice.

Anyways check out my Review of Liquid WoW over at


Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Story of Ulduar

I find one of the worst ways in World of Warcraft for Blizzard to tell a story is through instances. However even then it can be lacking. The following is the work of Atraira as she takes you though Ulduar. While its does put her character in the center of the story its done so well who could fault her. After watching all of this tell you think blizzard did a good job telling this story or not. In my mind they did an ok job but she really brings you into instances more than you could ever hope to be playing.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for June 9, 2011

Last Thursday I talked about how much I felt that music of Chrono Trigger doesn't work very well outside of the game. On the other end of things is the music from a game I have never played Wild Arms 2: Opening 1. The trumpets god I love the trumpets and it almost always brings me to the point of tears. It stirs my soul and makes me want to just go hug someone.

And let it be said that Wild Arms 2: Opening 2 almost as epic, doesn't have the same level of emotional impact if you ask me. Its great for getting you into the mood to play a game though.

But are great I love both these songs, and from what I have heard of other Wild Arms games all the music is of a very high level, but these two intros are some my favorate music of any kind.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

War of the Ancients Raid Patch Part 2

So last week, I talked about art from the Collectors edition of the DVD and what it might be showing us about the coming the War of the Ancients Raid Patch. Today I’m going to talk about the in game hints which Blizzard has been giving us.

People who have done Archeology in Kalimdor have no doubt come across a Night Elf site called the Ruins of Eldre'thar in Stonetalon Mountains. This is a new area with Cataclysm. It isn’t the area that makes it interesting, but rather who is there and what they are saying.
Allendril Fallcreek says: Illyanna, why do you spurn me? I would weave a web to catch the sun, if you were to ask me to do so!
Illyanna Stonewood says: Then why don't you go and do that? My friends and I have better things to do!
Allendril Fallcreek says: Oh, Illyanna, I love you!
Illyanna Stonewood says: Away from me, lowborn scum! Perhaps you did not notice my boot in your face the first time!
Allendril Fallcreek says: That was the greatest moment of my life...

Allendril Fallcreek says: Oh, Illyanna, your eyes, they are so beautiful.
Illyanna Stonewood says: Yes. They are even more beautiful without your reflection in them.
Allendril Fallcreek says: To hold you in my arms would be the fulfillment of my dreams. Come down from there, let us travel far away from here!
Illyanna Stonewood says: You go ahead and start your travels. I'll catch up with you right after I finish tending to my hair.

This first group of quotes seems to have a very Romeo and Juliet feel to them, she is even above him standing on and arch with some other highborne, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable that we might be seeing one or both of these characters in our WotA raid, perhaps turned to demons in some kind of larger Romulo and Julianne. It might just be joke, but I think its interesting to at least look at what is being setup here. If nothing else this shows the conflict between the Highborne, Azshara and her followers, those that would become High/Blood Elves and the Few unchanged Highbornes who have returned to the Night Elves of late. The first rule of storytelling is show don’t tell. This is showing the divide in cultures as it was 10,000 years ago.

Guardsman Belothiel says: By orders of the Queen, all possessions must be inspected before entry into the city is permitted.
Guardsman Belothiel says: Please show me your documents before proceeding.
Guardsman Belothiel says: Patience, patience. We will be with you shortly.

Here we have hint at where at last least some of the WotA Raid will take place. If you look at the map, the Ruins of Eldre'thar are right across the border from Desolace and the lost city of Sargeron. In the city of Sargeron, the followers of Elune have powerful gems with were said to have been given to them by the goddess herself. Is it this holy city’s ties to Elune that cause Azshara to limit travel here? If so, will we see its fall in the WotA raid?

Lady Benel'derath says: I heard Lord Xavius left today for his tower in Ashenvale.
Lord Ro'minate says: Oh? Do you think his promise of an even greater source of power will come true?
Lady Benel'derath says: As one of the greatest of the Highborne, he will succeed where others have failed.
Lord Ro'minate says: I'm still wary of the risks. While I agree that Malfurion and his dirt-loving brothers are quite mad, this Lord Sargeras must have another agenda.
Lady Benel'derath says: Shush! Quiet... before the others hear you.

If the name Xavius doesn’t mean anything to you that is understandable; he is a key player in the WotA novels, and makes a return in the Stormrage novels as the Nightmare Lord. Lucky for us, Malfurion learned the spirit bomb technique from King Kai while he was asleep so that he could defeat the Nightmare Lord (You think I’m joking? This is way closer to the truth than it should be). Xavius is also the father of all satyrs in Azeroth. What is interesting about this, is the mention of Xavius having a tower in Ashenvale. Now that would make sense that the WotA raid would largely take place in Kalimdor, granted, there is nothing saying it couldn’t be in Northrend or the Eastern Kingdoms, but from a story telling point of view, it easier to tell a story in a group of zones like Desolace, Ashenvale and Hijal that are all right against each other, than it would be in zones that are far apart.
So the question becomes what part of Ashenvale make sense? While Ashenvale is literally covered in Night Elf ruins, there is only one place that seems uniquely satyr, which is Satyrnaar. While there is nothing here today that looks like a tower the site is remote enough relative to Ruins of Eldre’thar that it would be of note to the people there. It would also be on the road back to Zan-Azshera assuming that part of the geography still holds. This location also makes sense because at the lowest point for the Night Elves and there allies, was when they were pushed to the edge of Mount Hyjal. If Xavius had a base nearby, it would make it much easier to work him into some kind of encounter. It was during this low point that Xavius fertilized the seed of jealously and resentment in Illidan that would result in Illidan’s betrayal.

Merchant Kendra says: Browse my wares to your heart's content! From the finest in enchantments, to the latest in fashion, you can find it all here.
Merchant Kendra says: I recommend you buy like there was no tomorrow. Who knows how long it will be until you find deals this good again.
Merchant Kendra says: All I'm saying is don't be caught dead in those outdated fashions!

This last one is most likely only a joke about the end of the world and Highborne vanity, but still kind of amusing, if Blizzard were going to unlock a few zones in the past in order to see the events we have talked about so far, there will no doubt need for vendors.

Until next week with part 3.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dead Podcasts for June

As readers no doubt know one of my hobbies is keeping up the Wowpedia Podcast Page. But part of that sad duty is saying when its time to call a podcast dead here is the list of those that be being moved to the Podfade Area.

Ask Buxley-Long time segment on The Instance is calling it a day. Its funny this a new segment when I stopped listening The Instance when I started to realize many of the after show segments were better than The Instance itself.

Azeroth.FR-This was once the French show of another Instance segment matter Patrick Beja. The Show has since been taken over by others sadly by French isn’t very good so I can’t give you whole story but the Website is still up seems like they have not put out a podcast in quite a while and finally desided they just weren’t going to.

Gaming World Collide- Esh and Kat haven’t put out a show since December when they talked about Winter Veil. A little digging, shows there twitter account is gone so what happened I don’t know but always said to see Podcasts go way without a word.

Women of Warcraft has been inactive since last summer but I have let it say active a while longer than normal because of the long standing nature of the show and that Molly said that she was break. Sadly so breaks people don’t return from.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

World of Warcraft: Thrall, Twilight of the Aspects

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The next Warcraft novel due out is World of Warcraft: Thrall, Twilight of the Aspects Which is a direct sequel to World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Book One of Cataclysm

If you have been following spoilers on the PTR then you know there is an Epic quest chain talking about Thrall.

If you don't want to watch the whole video basically Thrall is broken into four pieces and you and Aggra save him and at the end Thrall proposes to Aggra so they can become mates.

If you are clear on those first two steps here is the Description
The Hour of Twilight. She’d spoken of it at the meeting, tried to warn the others of it, but the warning had gotten lost; a little bright fragment of . . . something . . . had been briskly swept away like a broken bit of pottery beneath an industrious broom. It was—

She gnawed her lower lip, thinking.

It was the greatest challenge the dragonflights would face, but she did not know against whom they would be fighting. It might come soon . . . or aeons from now. Could it have something to do with the return of Deathwing? Surely it had to . . . did it not? This breaking of the world was one of the worst things that had ever happened to Azeroth.

How could she persuade others of the direness of the situation when she herself could not articulate it? She uttered a little noise of annoyance and frustration.

One thing she knew for certain. There were many pieces missing from this puzzle, but there was one core piece that was necessary before any of the others could fall into place. It was a very strange piece, an unlikely one at best, and she was uncertain as to how he would fit in. She only knew that he had to.

Ysera had seen him, floating in and out of her dreaming. She had thought she understood his role in things, but now, peculiar as it seemed, something—some inner certainty that even she did not fully understand—was leading her to think she had not seen the full breadth of his contribution to Azeroth.

He was not a dragon. But he had the interests of the dragonflights in his heart—whether he knew it or not. He straddled worlds—but did not seek to rule or command or destroy them. He was unique.

She tilted her head, let the wind play with her long green hair. Perhaps that was why he fit in. Even the Aspects were not singular beings, although each had unique abilities. Not one but five there had been at the beginning, when the titans had come and shared their power for the good of Azeroth. Four there were now, but there would soon be five again, when the blues determined how to choose the one who would lead them.

But there was only one like this being.

There was only one Thrall.

What does this tell us that we didn't already know? Well not much but it is nice to see Ysera play a key role. Despite Stormrage being set in her element "The Emerald Dream" She didn't do much in the book. Then again she might not do much here, hard to say. But it looks interesting and rumor still has it that there is one more Thrall book after this one.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Totalbiscuit Vs Jesse Cox

Over reacting and reason

I have talked about Totalbiscuit in the past, and how that while I think he is a bit of tool that he holds blizzard feet to the fire in ways with the majority of highly fanboy podcasts do not.

I have also talked about in ranters pieces from a few days ago is one of the trademarks of good ranter is they go all in on a subject right or wrong.

If you would like to some of the greatest overacting I can remember since the Real ID non-sense and Dave from Inside Azeroth comparing Blizzard to Nazi’s. I give you Totalbiscults “rage quit” over raid nerfs.

Now you might be wondering why I used the “” there, well to be honest I think TB really doesn’t care that much about the nerfs but he hasn’t really be playing WoW since January but still he's putting out a daily show about it. I think he just wants to focus on other things. Starcraft, his non-blizzard game coverage. And let him live and be well doing what he enjoys but that doesn’t make his outrage any less fake and when points are claimly rebuttal by Jess Cox of OMFGcata you can see how silly almost everything TB say is. And before I get comments I know Cox and TB are friends and Cox’s video isn’t meant to be a direct rebuttal of TB. However TB fans were clearly going about and spreading the gospel of Totalbiscuit as if it had just been handed down from on high, and so Cox's video is a response to those argument of Totalbiscuit.

And in fit of high class On Blue Plz from May 27, 2011 Totalbistcuit said paraphrasing. Jesse has to take the side of World of Warcraft he(Jesse) would like to my warcraft subscribers. I love him to death but I didn’t watch the video.

Of Course Totalbiscuit says don’t take anything he says seriously in that very episode of Blue Plz I guess he is doing his best to make sure people don’t. Which is to bad I enjoyed his take down of Matthew Rossi article about TB which was stupid in a whole host of other ways.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Podcast Review

I've started writing Warcraft Podcasts reviews for r9sid9nt9vil site

My first review is of The Overlores Podcast. I'll be honest I'm a bit hard of them, but I stand by it the show puts me to sleep and I only listed to twelve long boring episodes of it to make sure I could give it a right and proper changes to change its course.

Anyways you be the judge.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Episode 1: The Journey

Episode 1: The Journey

Story by Troy Lewter & Mike Wellmen
Written by Troy Lewter
Pencils by Mi-Young No
Backgrounds by Mi-Jung Kang
Inks by Mi-Young No & Mi-Jung Kang
Tones by Hu-Hon-Yook & Soon Shik Hong
Publishing date August 2008
Punished by Toykopop
Second story in Warcraft Legends: Volume one

Episode 1 of Grand Old Podcast we give a detailed look at The Journey from the farming conditions of the Western Plaguelands to history of Andorhal. It’s a fun show and I hope you enjoy it.

If you would like to leave written or audio feedback sent it to or feel free to leave a comment below.

Score: 4 Doomhammers of 5

Apr 14th 2009 WoW Insider interview
Lesley Smith October 8, 2008 Interview

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for June 2, 2011

If you haven't played Chrono Trigger, why not? Released and re-released at least five times by my count. As for the music, I found myself trying to find a track I think really sticks out. And to be honest unlike much of the music I have shown in this series I the most of Chrono Trigger music falls flat outside of the game. That isn't say I don't like it, I do. But as music that can be taken on its own and put into the world I just don't think it works.

All that said Schala's Theme has nice quality about it. It would also be noted that much of the music of Chrono Trigger has been done by orchestra which I think further takes away from music. But you my reader might enjoy it.