Friday, July 29, 2011

Episode 10: Review of Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects



Written by Christie Golden
July 19, 2011
Punished by Pocket Star

This week we review Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects with guests Medros and Hasteur. It was great fun to do reviews with both of these men and I hope to have them on again at some point in the future.

Each of our feelings on the book was very positive.
Scores:
Hastuer 4.5 of 5 Doomhammers
Medros 4.75 of 5 Doomhammers
Sayomara 3 of 5 Doomhammers
Overall Score 4 of 5 Doomhammers

Links
1. Amazon
2. Christie Goldens's Website

Mentioned in the show:
1. Tennyson: Ulysses
2. A Wonderful Life
3. The Prisoner of Zenda
4. Power Rangers
5. Half Blood Prince
6. Sunwell Trilogy
7. Night of the Dragon
8. Dragons of Outland

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for July 28, 2011



I like so many others enjoy the heck out of the Mass Effect games but one things that the original Mass Effect game got wrong but doesn't get talked about much because there are so many other things to complain about in ME1 is the music. Its bad in fact they give you option to play it in Shepard's quarters during Mass Effect 2 and I never do because it burns my ears so. That said I do like the ending credits. In fact looking over this list it kinda makes me smile how often it is the ending credits music that I remember and when I go back over these files for this segment that those are song that jump out at me and ask me to share them with others.

Anyways enjoy the one good song in Mass Effect.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Busy


Sorry the lack of updates its not for lack of ideas mostly lack of time. Also playing with some new ideas for the podcast see how that goes.

Just finished an update a little bit ago to Wowpedia Podcasting Page. Added nine podcasts to the list. Most old and not updating anymore but a few that look like they might stay active.

Check it out if you haven't been there in a while you might find something you like, but didn't know about.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Episode 9: Potpourri


This weeks show is again a bit random I open up with a part of an interview with Doug TenNapel from the Coffee and Markets Podcast talking about Story telling in Video Games.


This is followed up by the a short discussion of upcoming Genn Greymane and Sylvanas Windrunner Wickerman speeches. Lets just say Sylvanas is ready to kill some people.


If this fifteen minute Podcast wasn't enough to fill your Grand Old Podcast needs check out some of the other fun I have been up too.

*Episode 11 of the Middlefinger Podcast

*Episode 37 of Group Quest

*Episode 18 of 5 WoW Things


I would also like to engage my listeners to check my good friend r9sid9nt9vil Podcast Rep Grind Radio. As well check out The Mana Cooler Podcast, George does great work and its always fun to listen too.

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PS. Next week we will be reviewing Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects be ready for spoilers!



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Friday, July 22, 2011

Starting over fresh with 4.2: Step 3 Teldrassil & Loch Modan


My Druid is almost five days old and he is pushing level 29 should be 30 there next time I sit down and level some more. But right now I thought I would share my thoughts on zones I have been through so far.

So, I started in Teldrassil this is my first Night Elf ever. I know that is kind crazy but I have always been an against the grain kind of person, and back when I first started playing World of Warcraft in January of 2005 there were two things I knew were over played Night Elves and Humans. I personally have no love for gnomes my true horde heart showing thought even then so I rolled a Dwarf Hunter because of the kick ass Dwarf Hunter in the opening movie.

So, here we are in July of 2011 and I want to play a Druid. I don’t want to play a Worgen again since I have already done that, and I have heard people really hate the new Teldrassil so I figured I’m a gluten for punishment.

My overall feelings on Teldrassi the music is as still great the zone still looks good. It doesn’t have the issue of being over grown like Ashenvale or Feralas. There is a theme of purging corruption and getting water from moonwells which every time you do that you see this Shade of the Kaldorei that gives you the backstory of the Night Elves so far and a large recounting of the events of the Stormrage Novel. So much so the zones final battle is with the Bough of Corruption which is part of the corruption caused when Xavius(the tree) Branch was attacked to Teldrassis. While most of that stopped with Malfurion removed that part of Xavius from Teldrias some remands and we the players need to fight it.

I think zone suffers a bit from assuming people have a greater understanding of the lore that they do, I was would also stay I almost missed this last leg of the quest because the group right before it doesn’t send you back to quest giver. Seem odd they wouldn’t just put one more bread crump in. I was looking for the quests because I figured there was still a zone topper but if Blizzard goal is focus on speaking to new players I do wonder how week quests and story do that. It is quite a contract really the beauty and music of the zone versus story and quest which are very disjointed.

Loch Modan

Moving to the Eastern Kingdoms and since I have aren’t played the new Westfall and seen leveling videos Darkshore I decided the dwarf lands sounded best. Now if you played through the originally Loch Modan they you will most likely know most of the zone. Honestly fact the loch has been drained isn’t that big of deal in fact I was surprised there weren’t any Dark Iron Drawves dancing on the ruble of the damn since Deathwing did what they had been trying to do for ages.

So the still largely centers on Thelsamar going out and seeing what the Gnolls, and Murklocks are up too. Seems an Alliance is in the works and you have defuses it. We get some over played Firefly references which did make me smile no matter how many times I have heard them. There is also some hunting of Kobolds, Dark Iron spies Spiders, and collecting bear asses(honest to goodness). It is a bit better than the orginal quests but it’s the same spirit and thus only a shade less boring.

On the Far side of the Loch we have the Farstrider Lodge with a flight point and is now with all the hunting quest not being a boring waste of time. It was a good change honestly this is part of the zone that needed the most work and its shows the quest flow on the East side of the Loch is far better than the West side.

We also start seeing on Twilight Cultist and one of the theme of early Cataclysm Cho’gal trying to organize the Ogre. This is make all the most with tower of the Bastion of Twilight in the backdrop as you clear you this area.

My main complaint about the zone was I was never sent down to the Valley of Kings. Which the time I realized I wasn’t going to be sent down there the quests had already grayed out. That is not say I really wanted to kill more troggs but seems odd to me there was never bread crumb but as I was coming into Loch Modan from another zone I might have missed it.

Final Thoughts on Teldrassil & Loch Modan

I enjoyed both zones quite a bit but all and all they aren’t all that remarkable in terms of questing or story. I hit level 20 after 6 hours and 30 minutes of gameplay so anyone that the level 1-20 are going to be filled with people you can always go to Loch Modan. I think its also worth noting I have seen a few people complain they feel a bit to railroaded by Cata questing and I agree with that to a point If you want something a bit more traditional Loch Modan might be for you.

Thrall the idle king


Since reading Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects one thought as been in my mind more than any other, Thrall is selfish. In fact the whole book is an argument against for thought and self sacrifice. Thrall talks about being a slave to Horde and how he didn't want that responsibility. Yet encourages reluctant persons to do just that.

I made the Point in show 18 of 5 WoW Things Thrall is Tennyson: Ulysses See for yourself

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Matched with an agèd wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: all times I have enjoyed
Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when
Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades2
Vexed the dim sea: I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honoured of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy3.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breathe were life. Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this grey spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.

This my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle—
Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil
This labour, by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and through soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone. He works his work, I mine.

There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toiled, and wrought, and thought
with me—

That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles4,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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There are parts like the Wife and family which are literally true but if you take his wife as the horde and his children that members of that horde that this becomes a picture of the man he wish to walk away from it all. He wants "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

I don't know I'm just not sure if I like selfish Thrall.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for July 21, 2011



Today's music is in honor of my editor Marathanes who is currently taking a break from his own writing but tells me he will be back at it soon. So keep an eye on the side bar. Anyways last weekend when I seen Marathanes he was trying to get me to play Eve, him and a few of our other friends have started playing together and they want more bodies. I respect Eve but I have no desire to become a spread sheet hero. But I did say I might consider reviewing one of the Eve novels, at least to keep my eye open next time I'm at the used books store for some.

We will see what the future holds, for now enjoy "I Saw Your Ship."

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Why Itunes is sucks


This has been bugging me for a while but I thought I would show why Itune sucks
This is picture that shows the top 28 Warcraft Podcasts in Itunes mind. The issue is that 10 of the 28 are dead Podcasts. That is more than a third and it gets worse after this part of the list.

Now I'm not saying anyone these podcasts that are more than month out of date are bad(well other than the 1up's Podcast) but why do they come up so high? Why are there repeats? I don't know it just strikes me as poor programing and it drives me all the harder to make sure the Wowpedia Podcasting page is up to date.

I'm crazy I know.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

List of Non-English Warcraft Podcasts for July


New to this list this month is a German Site called Noez.de. A few new french podcasts Blizztalk, Le Père Bugli, Le Clair'Mag

Always glad when I can add to this list. =)

To find other Warcraft Podcasts make sure to also check out the Wowpedia Podcast page.

French (Français)
* Blizztalk NEW!
* Le Père Bugli NEW!
* Le Clair'Mag NEW!
* Le Podcast des Kaluaks
* Les Chroniques du Père Bugli
* WoWTaku
* WoW-MP news
* WoW-News
* WoW Titan
* World-News TV

German (Deutsch)
* 1 Hit
* Buffedcast
* Gadarols Podcast
* noez.de NEW!
* Ninjacast
* Xass und Vanions Podcast

Russian (русский)
* Russian World of Warcraft Radio

Spanish (Español)
* Las Aventuras de Perle
* Pastando en Mulgore
* wowsfera

Swedish (Svenska)
* Fredagsraiden

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

Podcast Review 5 WoW Things


My Podcast review of 5 WoW Things is up over at eviscerated.net you should check it out.

On a whole I greatly enjoy this show so much so I've listen to many of the episodes more than once not just as research but also as enjoyment. Its amazing what good banter can to for a show to change it from something very basic about Warcraft that literally hundreds to people to so something more of an experience.

Speaking of eviscerated.net r9sid9nt9vil new podcast with Twizzle Tank called Rep Grind Radio you should go and and support there show as well. Give them feed back maybe drop them a Itunes review sure its only the first episode and they are basically my sister site at this point but I'm happy to support quality work and everything on Eviscerated does is quality.

If you aren't getting enough of me on this site and on Eviscerated I was On Group Quest 37 over the weekend. Was a good time we talked about the Thrall books mostly without spoilers and a few others issues I had fun.

That is all I can think of for now thanks to everyone that came by the site Sunday making it the biggest day ever for Grand Old Podcast! I'm humbled that anyone enjoys my world but I do my best to make it good. So I hope new readers will stick around and enjoy the ride.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Episode 8: Reading of the Prologue to The Shattering








So this week has been bit different here at Grand Old Podcast with Episode 7 being about the Babylon 5: Crusade book and today is going to be my first go doing a reading of the prologue chapter of Christie Golden: The Shattering. I hope you all enjoy this and any feedback I can do to improve it would be great.

I want to thank Kyle McCarley for inspiring me to do this. He is a lot better at it than me but his work on "Of Blood and Honor" is nothing short of remarkable and you should all check it out.

I've also started working on getting some guests which might mess with the schedule a bit so please bear with me. My goal is to do a review of Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects as soon as I can get it read and sit down with Medros to do a review.

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Starting over fresh with 4.2: Step 2 The Druid


So, I have a my first Night Elf! I know crazy as it might seem I have never played thought the Night Elf starting areas, and considering I have already played a Worgen starting zone I'm kinda looking for something a bit more laid back. Strongly thinking about skipping Darkshore. The whole zone still feels bit a fail to me but Loch Modan has always been close to my heart from my very first Character which seemed like I spent months there(I might have don't remember). That and I can honestly say I don't think I have hear anyone talk about it. So, be fun to put down my thoughts as they come.

All and all I'm enjoying the game but at the time same time I'm not sure how long its going to hold my attention, see where we are at the end of 7 day trail.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Episode 7: Crusade Other Voices Volume 2


Welcome back to Grand Old Podcast, this weeks episodes are a bit different. I have decided to take a week off of reviewing Warcraft stories in order to review the Babylon 5 script book, Crusade: Other Voices Volume 2. However if you need a Warcraft fix I did a recording of the Prologue to The Shattering - Prelude to the Catacylysm by Christie Golden. More information about that can be found in the show notes to Episode 8.

The reason I wanted to review Crusade: Other Voices Volume 2 is because I loved the Crusade tv show in much the same way that Firefly fans talk about losing there show to soon so was it with Crusade. But was remarkable is that almost 15 years later we are getting new scripts in the Babylon 5/Crusade Universe.

Score:
4 out of 5 Doomhammers.

Here is the official writing up from B5books.com and if you think Crusade sounds cool I suggest you find the DVD's and check out the show then you can decide if you would like to spend the money on these books.
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This release completes the 2-volume CRUSADE: OTHER VOICES series.

If this book weren't already titled CRUSADE: OTHER VOICES, we could have named it "THE LOST TALES" because this volume includes THREE never-before-published CRUSADE scripts:

1) “Value Judgments,” is the infamous unfilmed CRUSADE script featuring the return of BABYLON 5’s Alfred Bester.

2) “Tried and True,” features a one-on-one confrontation between Dureena and her Thieves’ Guild mentor, Mafeek of Tripani 7 (if the name sounds familiar, it’s because he was mentioned in BABYLON 5: A CALL TO ARMS).

3) “War Story,” is the first episode of an unfinished three-part story that would have seen Dureena abducted by a mysterious alien ship after a huge battle with the Drakh.

There’s also “Ruling From the Tomb,” in which Captain Gideon and the EXCALIBUR crew seek to capture a murderer bent on derailing a conference seeking a cure for the Drakh plague. For this episode, we’ve also included writer Peter David’s original outlines, one featuring the return of a fan-favorite BABYLON 5 character who DID NOT appear in the finished episode.

If you’ve ever longed for more than the thirteen produced episodes of CRUSADE, this material will take you on a guided tour of the latter half of season one, showing you what might have been. Unrealized storylines including Lieutenant Matheson face-to-face with Alfred Bester, Dureena's life in the Thieves’ Guild and Earthforce Marines in an all-out battle with the Drakh.

Now that you've got the overview, let's get to the details:

In Peter David’s introduction, you’ll discover:

Why the Mars police lieutenant was named “Carr.”
The reason he added Max Eilerson to the story when the character was not present in JMS’s premise for the episode.
How the Joan of Arc element found its way into the story.
How a misremembered name from a Broadway musical led to the character called LeBecque.
Which beloved BABYLON 5 character shared Max Eilerson’s sense of humor.
Why Peter David was disappointed with the portrayal of Joan of Arc in the finished episode.
How budgetary restrictions threw a monkeywrench in the wheels...er...hover mechanism of a skimmer chase across the Martian surface.
Why the bomb’s countdown clock stopped at 018 (instead of James Bond’s preferred 007 or the even more cliched 001), and how that tied into the theme of the episode.
The story’s original ending, which David changed when he remembered he was "writing CRUSADE, not TWILIGHT ZONE.”

Richard Mueller’s in-depth interview reveals:

How a writer who’d had no involvement with BABYLON 5 came to write an episode of CRUSADE.
What parameters JMS established for the writing of the critical episode in which Dureena was to have been kidnapped.
What historical naval battle informed his CRUSADE story and why.
Which character he had to rein in lest they become the star of his episode.
Why his script for “War Story” exists, even though he was never given the official go-ahead to write it.

But that’s not all—in addition to the four scripts, Peter David’s introduction and the Richard Mueller interview, you’ll get:

JMS’s handwritten notes for the episode that eventually became “Ruling From the Tomb,” which featured “MIKE,” A BRAND NEW CRUSADE CHARACTER who never made it to the screen.

The premise JMS wrote for Peter David to work from in crafting “Ruling From the Tomb.” In it, you’ll learn how the cure to the Drakh plague would have been distributed once it was discovered, and why Dr. Chambers might have had a problem with the plan.

The biography of IPX archaeologist Maximilian Eilerson written by actor David Allen Brooks, as well as a trio of poems (one R-rated) that he wrote from Max’s point of view.

A May 2011 interview with Dureena Nafeel actress Carrie Dobro, where she describes her feelings about the two new Dureena-centric scripts featured in this volume that she had never seen before. Find out how she felt when she revisited the character after a dozen years.

An interview with Warner Bros. executive Gregg Maday, who served as the studio’s liaison for both BABYLON 5 and CRUSADE, where he offers his perspective on what went wrong with CRUSADE and TNT mere days before the series finished its original run in 1999. (Yes, this is THAT Gregg Maday, seen lurking in the making-of documentaries on the BABYLON 5: LOST TALES DVD.)

Three unused story ideas writer Richard Mueller pitched to JMS before landing the assignment to write “War Story.” Discover the secret of the Durkonans—a species that never gets sick—in “A Fire in the Blood.” Join Captain Gideon at a card game with potentially life-saving stakes in “House Odds.” Finally, “Mixed Blessings” finds the EXCALBUR crew stranded in an asteroid belt where Galen makes a startling discovery. These stories were never meant to be, but they’re here for you to see.

A detailed synopsis of “The Walls of Hell”— an episode to be written by Larry DiTillio, the second part of a three-episode arc begun by Mueller in “War Story” and set to be concluded by JMS in an unwritten episode. Find out what happens when the Apocalypse Box possesses Lieutenant Matheson!

And for fans of the EXCALIBUR’s infrastructure, there are FOURTEEN drawings of the bullet car, including detailed schematics of the tunnels it uses to speed through the EXCALIBUR. See exactly how much thought went into the intricate workings of this people mover. Though viewers never got to see the ins and outs of the bullet car network, now you can.

Continuing with detailed looks at Captain Gideon’s starship, there are FIVE illustrations showcasing the EXCALIBUR’s fighter bay and the fast-launch system that delivers Starfuries into battle. See how the fighters were stored and launched aboard the ship in drawings that back up well-imagined stories with realistic environments.

From tech we move to makeup with THIRTY-TWO alien makeup concepts intended to appear in the background throughout CRUSADE’s first season. Get an up-close look at the strange faces you might have glimpsed at the edge of the frame when Gideon and Dureena snuck into the Praxis Colony in “The Needs of Earth.”

There are even EIGHT concept drawings charting the evolution of Dureena Nafeel’s makeup. You’ll see everything from an eyebrow-less Human look all the way up to some Narn-inspired forehead spots...and EVERYTHING in between.

From the character files, we have a brief document written to help Carrie Dobro understand the background of Dureena’s nearly extinct species. How did they live? What did they use for weapons? Who or what did they worship? It’s all in this anthropological account that likens the inhabitants of Zander Prime to several ancient cultures on Earth.

In this volume we've also included
THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE
SIX DIFFERENT WAYS TO WATCH CRUSADE

1) The original order JMS intended to use before TNT started giving notes. See how JMS intended the series to run.

2) JMS's revised watching order created to deal with the changes caused by TNT’s notes. Think of this as the Great Maker’s Plan B.

3) The sequence TNT used on CRUSADE’s first airing because they had not produced episode fourteen. See the series as it was screened for the very first time.

4) The Sci Fi Channel ordering. For those fans who want to understand why their friends who first saw CRUSADE on Sci Fi got so confused, this sequencing will explain how the eccentric 2001 airing order came to be.

5) The EXCALIBUR Calendar's Chronological order (versus when they were written, filmed or aired), which makes sense of all the onscreen dates that appear in the series.

and for the first time ever...

6) The Ultimate Viewing Order, 2011. This sequence integrates the material in "Other Voices" Volumes 1 and 2 with EVERY PIECE of the CRUSADE storyline, from the finished episodes to unproduced scripts, outlines and notes. Following this combination of reading and viewing is the best equivalent to a complete first-season CRUSADE experience.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for July 14, 2011

The wife and I were watching Cars 2 over the Fourth of July weekend and one of the races was set in Italy. Now I haven't played a lot of racing games but I always enjoyed some of the country side courses in Crus'n the World. So in member of the classic N64 racing game I thought would drop this in this week.




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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Orcs of the interments camps

I was thinking about Orcs today as was working and it came to me they are a lot Ira Haze. If you don't know the story of Ira, he was a Pima Native American and an American Marine who was one of the six men who helped raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima. Yet after the war he had problems dealing with what he had done and people that wanted to call him a hero when he didn't think himself so. In my mind these are the Orcs Thrall wants to remember and take care of those that are willing to go to war but never recover from it. The Orcs who had no home there world thought destroyed most of there families dead. Living in a camps that were were prisons treated like animals. Its in that time between the Old Horde and new which Thrall was forged and so much of what I feel is starting to be lost with Hellscream.

If you look at Saurfangs speech in Warsong Hold much of the same ideas come out as well.

High Overlord Saurfang says: We are surrounded ... Our enemies press in from all sides, young Hellscream. The Scourge descends like locusts from the north. The Alliance holds the only secure shipping lane in this region and even that is at risk of being lost to those dreaded mists. Our only viable port for resupply is held by the Forsaken on the other side of this blasted continent! Anything our zeppelins cannot haul must be brought in by ship and travel the length of Northrend to reach us.
Garrosh Hellscream grunts.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Shipping lanes ... supplies ... You bore me to death! We need nothing more than the warrior spirit of the Horde, Saurfang! Now that we are firmly entrenched in this frozen wasteland, nothing shall stop us!
High Overlord Saurfang says: Siege engines, ammunition, heavy armor ... How do you propose to shatter the walls of Icecrown without those?
Garrosh Hellscream says: Propose? I will show you what I propose!
Garrosh crushes the figures and flag indicating Valiance Keep on the map.
Garrosh Hellscream says: There... Now we now have a shipping lane. And just for good measure...
Garrosh crushes the figures and flag indicating Valgarde and Westguard Keep.
High Overlord Saurfang says: So the prodigal son has spoken! Your father's blood runs strong in you, Hellscream. Impatient as always... Impatient and reckless. You rush headlong into all-out war without a thought of the consequences.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Do not speak to me of consequences, old one.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I drank of the same blood your father did, Garrosh. Mannoroth's cursed venom pumped through my veins as well. I drove my weapons into the bodies and minds of my enemies. And while Grom died a glorious death - freeing us all from the blood curse - he could not wipe away the terrible memory of our past. His act could not erase the horrors we committed.
High Overlord Saurfang says: The winter after the curse was lifted, hundreds of veteran orcs like me were lost to despair. Our minds were finally free, yes... Free to relive all of the unthinkable acts that we had performed under the Legion's influence.
High Overlord Saurfang nods.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I think it was the sounds of the draenei children that unnerved most of them... You never forget... Have you ever been to Jaggedswine Farm? When the swine are of age for the slaughter... It's that sound. The sound of the swine being killed... It resonates the loudest. Those are hard times for us older veterans.
Garrosh Hellscream says: But surely you cannot think that those children were born into innocence? They would have grown up and taken arms against us!
High Overlord Saurfang shakes his head.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I am not speaking solely of the children of our enemies...
High Overlord Saurfang says: I won't let you take us down that dark path again, young Hellscream. I'll kill you myself before that day comes...
Garrosh Hellscream says: How have you managed to survive for so long, Saurfang? Not fallen victim to your own memories?
High Overlord Saurfang says: I don't eat pork...
High Overlord Saurfang spits.


So in that spirt I leave you with Johny Cash's Ira Haze

Monday, July 11, 2011

Starting over fresh with 4.2: Step 1 get your free 7 days

A while back I wrote about Blizzard giving free 7 days trails for World of Warcraft accounts that have been inactive for more than 30 days.

A word of warning, if you get a return to the Warcraft in 4.2 in the email best not click on it. Below is a fake email I got last week. The image beside it is a web ad I have seen in a few places talking about the same deal to come back.




















The state of World of Warcraft hacking being what it is I suggest just going to you battle.net account directly and go under manage game you will see the screen below. At which point you can take advantage of the free 7 days without ever having to click on a web ad.



So my plan is to roll a druid level is into the Cataclysm level range feral then move it into Restoration. I have always enjoyed druid healing both in The Burning Crusade and in Wrath of the Lich King but all the changes at the start of Cataclysm made me a bit hesitant to play him and at that point I was having a lot more fun playing my Troll Death King and Undead Priest.

Coming forward 9 months and I honestly think anyone rolling a pure DPS class is a bit of a fool the game now rewards hybrids so much more than pure DPS classes even if your going to DPS your better off doing it on Paladin or Boomkin. A warrior or a Shadow Priest, its simply a matter of flexibility at max level more so on a reroll on a new server. I look forward to talking about this project more in the days again.

I play to talk about this a bit more in the days to come for be seeing your in Azeroth.

73’s

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Episode 6: The Last Guardian



Written by Jeff Grubb
December 1, 2001
Punished by Pocket Star

This week I talk about The Last Guardian I had a lot of fun hunting down audio from Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft and putting them into the show. If anyone has any issues let me know

Score:
5 out of 5 Doomhammers

Sources
1. Jeff Grubbs usenet posts
2. BlizzPlanet Interview
3. Massively Interview January 31, 2011
4. Massively Interviewer July 16, 2010

Links
Jeff Grubb's Webpage
Amazon link to The Last Guardian

Mentioned in the Show:
Warcraft Less Traveled 30
Warcraft Less Traveled 31
Middle Finger Podcast 11


Show Notes, RSS Feed, Direct Download, Itunes Feed

What I'm to Listening: July


I have a few new pick ups I would like to share since the last time I did one of these.

*5 WoW things- great show likely to get a review up at eviscerated.net soon.
*Love to the Guild Leader - Just found this while updating the Wowpedia Podcasting page this guy has a great voice and I really want to give this show some more time.
*Middlefinger Podcast - These guys sent a note into Stopcast and that is how I heard about them. So I started talking to them. So when they mentioned the Wowpedia Podcast we got talking more and one things lead to another and I was guest on there show.
*Stopcast - r9sid9nt9vil told me about this show, and I gave them a try have to say I'm very much a fan and suggest people check this out.

All of these podcast are filled with cursing but if your ok with that think you will enjoy them.

73's

Friday, July 8, 2011

Podcast Review for The Double O Podcast


I was looking at my notes and I have been working on this review on and off for almost six weeks. This is functions of after finding the show I wanted to do a review of it. Down side of that is I would never just sit down and listen to it, as I would any other non-review Podcast. I'm taking notes I'm going through audio. So this review had about 3 false starts before the one I finally ended up posting. As a review I feels it lacks the critical input, remember art is never finished only abandoned. And in my mind this review is more abandoned than finished.

That said I stand by it I do think this is best Warcraft Podcast currently in my play list, but I'm looking forward to just listening to the show rather than taking it part for a review.

The Double O Podcast
My Review for eviscerated.net

73's

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dead Podcasts for June


June was fairly quite month for podcasts fading away, but there have been a few. From what I can tell most of these shows never put out a final post, so they are just fading away. If you would like to check out the updated list Wowpedia Podcast Page.

*Puggernaut
*The WoW factor show
*Visual Guide to World of Warcraft
*Voices of Azeroth
*The Warcraft Outsiders Podcast

I'm sad to say I never listened to any of these podcast even more so since most of there websites are gone as well.

73's

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for July 7, 2011

Some people may have noticed for a World of Warcraft blog I have yet to talk about the Warcraft music. That is for a few reasons. First, I'm sick to death of most of it. Second, I don't think most of it is that remarkable. Third, it's good to talk about things that aren't Warcraft.

However, I was listening to World of Podcast a few nights back and Sam always used the Teldrassil music as a backdrop. It's hard not to let it put you to sleep when you're not doing anything else. It's just one of those tracks that doesn't get old.
73's

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Good News, Bad News


So we got the cover to Richard Knaak's upcoming Warcraft novel Wolfheart.

Good news it doesn't appear to be tied to Stormrage.
Bad news its about Varian Wrynn most likely about his duel nature and the wolf spirit Lo'Gosh/Goldrinn.

So yeah I really have no idea what to expect out of this book, I have never liked Varian but The Shattering has convinced me that Anduin, Varian son is will be interesting leader when his time comes.

You really can't help but feel Varian is headed for a bad end, unless something major changes for his character, maybe this is his turning point. We will see come September 13, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Warcraft RPG not Canon until it is.


With the Creative Development teams answers about the RPG books now being considered non-canon, I ask what does that really mean. To look at any work Blizzard has put out within the Warcraft Universe much of it is now non-canon. From Warcraft: Orcs and Humans to large parts of World of Warcraft itself. This statement just says that Blizzard isn’t going to go out of its way to make the RPG books canon not that they weren’t going to continue to use characters and ideas from the RPG books.

Take for example Perith Stormhoof. He is a character from the RPG book Lands of Mystery. His class is a Holy Strider. During the novel The Shattering he is only messenger to make it past the Grimtotem patrols to report the news of Cairne's death, going to the shaman Drek'Thar in hopes of finding Thrall who at that time was in the Outlands but that was not commonly known.

Why Christie Golden decided to use this character rather than one of her own making I don’t know but its an example of things that we will most likely to continue to see. Sure you can’t expect any character you might have liked in the RPG books to show up again but that is not really a change. Be hopeful and by thankful for the story we have.

73’s

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Deathwing destroys Stormwind.












Warcraft has come a long way. The above image is taken from the Cataclysm cinematic, where we see Deathwing flying in and causing all kinds of damage.

On a small side note, I'm disappointed that 4.2 doesn't bring a repair to the damage to Stormwind's towers and front gates, as well as progress on the front of Orgrimmar. One of the great promises of Cataclysm was the world would be more dynamic, which I honestly just haven't seen. That is a post for another day.

But consider what Deathwing destroying Stormwind would have looked like inside the Warcraft II engine. It makes you smile a bit inside, admit it.


73's

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Episode 5: An Honest Trade


Written by Troy Lewter
Pencils by Nam Kim & Studioil
Studiol Staff: AJ Ford 3, Ben Harvey & Shiwah Wong
Layouts: J.M
Inks by Matt Dalton, Kosen & Alison Action
Tones by Chow Hon Lam & Monica Kubina
Publishing date August 2008
Punished by Toykopop
Second story in Warcraft Legends: Volume one

Here in Episode 5 we talk about An Honest Trade starting with talk of Dark Iron Dwarfs and leading into why some many people in Azeroth try to make it in Booty bay.

Score:
3.5 of 5 Doomhammers

Sources:
Apr 14th 2009 WoW Insider interview
Lesley Smith October 8, 2008 Interview
Dark Iron clan
Booty Bay
Thorium Brotherhood


Links
Warcraft: Legends Volume One


Show Notes, RSS Feed, Direct Download, Itunes Feed

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy July 4th Weekend!


Just writing to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. I'm home this weekend and while I have a few posts really to go I mostly just wanted to say to everyone thanks for reading the blog and listening to the Podcast. The fact anyone listens to it, is not within my understand but thanks. Should also note I updated the upcoming shows page still open to suggestions after episode 13.

Be safe, have fun and enjoy the fireworks should you live in the USA.

73's