Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for September 29, 2011

Sometimes asking people what there favorite video game music is like pulling teeth. I recently asked R9sid9nt9vil of Rep Grind Radio what he enjoyed. He said "Megaman" ok that doesn't really narrow it down. So since my computer is asking up here is the crash man music from Megaman 2.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sad computer is sad

Might be a bit of delay in getting tonight podcast up. Had a power outage right before I left for work, and when I get home it was sad. I'm not overly worried about the data I should be able to pull that out slaving it to another hard drive but not sorry what the issue is. I have some other issues to attend too but if you don't see a podcast up tonight that is why.

Sorry for any delay.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Episode 18 - Wolfheart Crossover

In what I hope to be the start larger discussion of the Wolfheart novel I joined Medros on Group Quest to create a joint podcast between our two shows. We were joined by Hasteur and Moogyver as we plumbed the depths of Wolfheart.

Written by Richard A Knaak
Published on September 13, 2011 by Gallery

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Lore is good for the soul

Part of my goal is to help spread the word about people who enrich our community mostly with audio but also in other media. One of the people I think deserves special addention is Lady Illidarian. Starting out on Epic Dolls podcast, then on Inside Azeroth and now part of Liquid WoW. Its great we can have so many different points of view and people doing lore is there own ways.

Here Lore Segments can me found on here. While her main blog is here. She's a good person and I suggest people check out here stuff.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for September 22, 2011

It's a strange thing but I enjoy many other just hate. One of those I think get hit harder than is fair is Super Mario Sunshine.

I'm hard pressed to figured out what people don't like about the game. Sure the water can be a challenge but that is half the fun of it.

/shurg enjoy the music

Monday, September 19, 2011

List of Non-English Warcraft Podcasts for September

It makes me happy when I'm updating this list monthy, when I can say there are new podcasts added to this list granted there is also one going away. New to the list is WoWCast a German podcast, and Shen Fm a Spanish podcast both have a respectable library of episodes and seem to be doing well. Sadly it looks like the french podcast World-News TV has gone inactive.

If anyone knows of any other Warcraft Podcast's made in these languages, or others please leave a comment where to find them or add them to Wowpedia Podcast Page.

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

German (Deutsch)
* 1 Hit
* Buffedcast
* Gadarols Podcast
* Ninjacast
* WoWCast*NEW*
* Xass und Vanions Podcast

Russian (русский)
* Russian World of Warcraft Radio

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

Swedish (Svenska)
* Fredagsraiden


Note: The Photo at the top is the work of Scott and is used with premission. More of Scott's work can be found here.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Episode 17, The Sunwell Trilogy review, Part 3

*Note: Part 1 of of this review can be found as Episode 14
Part 2 can be found in Episode 16*

This week we start the beginning of the end of the Sunwell Trilogy review, but not to be out done Deathstance and I spend almost 3 hours talking about Ghostlands and related issues. As such I've broken the final part of this review into two parts. Its conversations like this one that make doing this podcasts so much fun.

Written by Richard A Knaak
Art by Kim Jae-Hwan
Published on March 7, 2006 by Tokyopop

Richard Knaak's Website
Kim Jae-Hwan
*Note if your looking to buy a single volume of Ghostlands you can buy it from the Blizzard store, plus you can only buy volume 1 Dragon Hunt digitally from cryptozoic however you can't buy Volumes 2 or 3 from Cryptozoic at this time. I suggest you buy World of Warcraft: The Essential Sunwell Collection its really the best value for money, and you can get it for about the cost of a single volume.*

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for September 15, 2011

I was talking my good friend Scott last night and I was reminded that when was asking for people suggestions for favorite video game music a few weeks back he suggested the Zelda 2 music.

Now I didn't play Zelda 2 when it came out in fact I didn't play til I got to college almost 15 years later but if your a lover of 8-bit music like myself hard not enjoy this music.


Monday, September 12, 2011

What I'm Listening to: September

After a almost two month Podcast malaise I've starting listening to a few new podcast as well as some old ones.

*Call to Auction is a gold making podcast. While never really having issue with money in Warcraft of the current batch of Warcraft gold podcast this is my favorite.

*The Warstomping Grounds podcast is short show kinda like the Mana Cooler. You got to love a guy that love tauren right...

*5 WoW Things, I know BGO has been going through some hard times of late but I can't say enough how much I enjoy this show.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Non-spoiler Wolfheart Review

One of the main focuses of Warcraft novels since they were first published in 2001 has been the Night Elves. Starting with the War of the Ancients Trilogy, the Night Elves were revisited in Stormrage and now are ready for a new adventure, Wolfheart.

Wolfheart is set around six months after the Shattering. The Horde are planning a new attack offensive in Ashenvale. Meanwhile, Tyrande Whisperwind and her husband Malfurion Stormrage are trying to formally bring the Worgen of Gilneas into the Alliance through a summit of its leaders. But since nothing ever goes according to plan, someone has started killing Night Elf Highborne while the summit is going on.

Wolfheart draws on what makes fantasy writing so enjoyable. I personally enjoyed the politics and political maneuvering of nations that don’t exist and a murder mystery in world filled with magic. The dynamics of the epic battle are of a magnitude that would make Norse mythology proud; it’s all weaved into Wolfheart.

My personal highlight of the book was the secondary characters, Jarod and Maiev Shadowsong, coming together again as long estranged brother and sister. But there are many others. The unfortunate truth to a book like this is that the main characters (faction leaders) tend to be largely unmoving; you know none of them are going to die because that doesn’t serve the game. So the real drama comes from the secondary characters and in that regard they are fantastic.

The biggest drawback to the book was the pacing; the middle of this book feels like the characters are doing the same things over and over again. What’s that another murder, another attack? While these serve the plot and do build to its conclusion, at the same time it is hard not to feel like the plot is spinning its wheels. It just feels like a major hook or revelation is missing.

All in all, this is a good book. There is no big deus ex machina at the end; the ending feels earned and well set up. All the voices are true to what we have come to expect from Warcraft novels and games. It should be noted that while this is a VERY Alliance heavy book, the Horde is treated with respect and never written as dumb or somehow less than the Alliance. With that said, if you’re coming to this review as a non-Warcraft III or World of Warcraft player, I think it’s hard to recommend this book to you.

This is Richard A. Knaak’s best Warcraft novel since Day of the Dragon, and I would encourage all people to check Wolfheart out if they are able.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Episode 16 - The Sunwell Trilogy review, Part 2

*Note: Part 1 of of this review can be found as Episode 14*

A bit tired I and Fimlys of Twisting Nether Blogcast review the second Volume of The Sunwell Trilogy Shadows and Ice. We have a lot of fun taking about everything from Scooby Doo to the Sword of Truth books in the context of the this volume.

Written by Richard A Knaak
Art by Kim Jae-Hwan
Published on March 7, 2006 by Tokyopop

3.5 of 5 Doomhammers from each of us.

Richard Knaak's Website
Kim Jae-Hwan
*Note if your looking to buy a single volume of Shadows and Ice you can buy it from the Blizzard store, however you can only buy volume 1 Dragon Hunt digitally from cryptozoic however you can't buy Volumes 2 or 3 from cryptozoic at this time. I suggest you buy World of Warcraft: The Essential Sunwell Collection its really the best value for money, and you can get it for about the cost of a single volume.*

Mentioned in the Show
Death Knight Manga
The Sword of Truth
The Tale of Beren and Lúthien
Day of the Dragon
Orb of Ner'zhul
Trag Highmountain
Dar'Khan Drathir
Valimar Mordis

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Why do Blood elves and Night evles have differnt mounts?

I was asked the question why do Blood elves and Night elves have different mounts by Bryterside on twitter. Honestly it is not a question I had given much thought too. But it is interesting so here is my best answer though I don’t claim any of its canon.

10,000 Years again was the War of the Ancients where the Highborne elves lead by Queen Azshara tried to use the Well of Eternity to bring Sargeras into Azeroth. While at this point all elves were basically the same, Highborne were your upper class/ruling class while those that we think of as Night Elves were mostly soldiers and commoners. There was some cross over but not much.

Seeing that Azshara was crazy Dath'Remar Sunstrider helped Tyrande Whisperwind escape Azshara dungeon thus earning the Highborne a pardon for saving Malfurion Stormrage’s future wife.

After the war some Highborne became druids while others secretly still practiced arcane magic. After almost blowing up Ashenvale Forest, Malfurion said. Listen kids if you want to blow yourselves up your not doing it here, and he exiled them.

So you’re asking me what the fuck does this have to do with Kitties and chocobos? If you go back to the War of the Ancients all the Nigh elves including Highborne are riding Night Sabers . The same mount used the Night elves today. So why Highborne /High Elves keep using cats, as mounts after there they got to Eastern Kingdom?

The simplest explanation might have been they had planed to but the Night Sabers were all lost in there crash landing in Tirisfal Glades. The site at least one of there boats crashed at can still be seen. The crash taken with the fact they were force out of there first settlement by some madness, no doubt left the High Elves short on resources.

That still doesn’t answer the question why no cats? With druids and skilled hunters in there ranks you would think that the High Elves could have been able to tame the local lynxes to server as mounts. My thought on this is that if you look at the trolls in the area you see they have catlords. The High Elves might have wanted to distances themselves from cats as mounts seeing them now tied to there cousins the Night Elves as well as there enemies the Trolls.

So where do you get a Hawkstrider? A Hawkstrider is part of the tallstrider family, but tallstriders aren’t native to Eastern Kingdoms. So once again go back to the exile of the Highborne. Logically if there are no Hawkstiders other than the ones the Blood Elves have it’s a good bet this might be a rare breed of tallstrider taken by the High Elves from Kalimdor to Eastern Kingdoms as part of there exile.

There are of course other possible reasons but lets go along this line of logic for a while. If you go to the Hunting trainer in Silvermoon you will see a large stuffed tallstrider. Where did it come from?
The best bet is the tallstriders which came with the High Elves to the Eastern Kingdoms were breed for color and shape much the same way dogs are. This gave the High elves a mount wholly different from that used by either there cousins or there enemies.

So, there you go Blood elves are still basically holding a grudge against all the kids that wronged them in high school, and thus will only drive Honda’s err ride Hawkstiders.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thursday Video Game Music for September 8, 2011

Back in episode 9 of Grand Old Podcast I featured part of an interview with Doug TenNapel the mind behind Earthworm Jim.

Since then his web comic Ratfist has ended.
So in honor of the man and his work. Here is a bit of music from Earthworm Jim.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Dead Podcasts for August

The ending of August seeing many podcast podfade into night.

*World of WoW put out by the Dead workers Party Network seems to have gone inactive. And while it might have the least creative name of any Warcraft podcast ever. It was a good show and even did a few good interviews I would point you do interview they did with Breanni of Warcraft Pets.
Started: November 2006, Ended: February 2011

*Total Cataclysm one of the many new podcast started up in the wake of Cataclysm. Bosting some of the same host as Postcards from the Old World, the show never really got off the ground.
Started: January 2011, Ended: February 2011.

*Call to Auction The oldest Warcraft Gold making podcast. Seems to have podfaded. With no clear work what is going on. Duffus on twitter tells me he mentioned something about in episode 7 of The Double O Podcasts but I haven't gotten back to re-listen to it to make sure.
Started: October 2009, Ended: March 2011.

*The Troll Feed is your classic to guys talking about Warcraft and gaming Podcast. Born in the wake of Cataclysm the show podfades like so many others.
Started: January 2011, Ended: March 2011.

*Wipe Rinse Repeat home to a few WoW radio staff after the station broke up. In the wake of break up I think many people wanted to prove they could make it on there own. Many did others didn't yet its good this still stands to be noticed and remembered.
Started: November 2010, Ended: March 2011.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Episode 15 - Hellak Darkhorn

Looking to the future this week is do a reading of a short story about Hellak Darkhorn from Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, then do talking about how this story ties is reflected in the lore.

Score: 4 of 5 Doomhammers

Published July 28, 2003 by Arthaus

Amazon link for Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game

Mentioned in the show:
Trag Highmountain
Bloodhoof Runespear
Jevan Grimtotem
Southern Barrens
Thousand Needles
Cenarion Circle
Twilight's Hammer
Burning Blade
Cult of the Damned
Assignation of Durotan and Draka
The Shattered Hand
Aiden Perenolde
Grand Magister Rommath
Archbishop Benedictus

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Undead and the trolls

Undeath is a subject that most peoples in Azeroth would rather not deal with. Be they human or goblin and most races in between. Yet one race in embraces the undeath and has for 100’s of years and that is Trolls.

If you quest in The Hinterlands you will notice something interesting happening the Forsaken and the forest troll tribe of Revantusk tribe have started working together to fight common enemies the Wild Hammer Dwarfs, Vilebranch tribe and Witherbark tribe. Together they handle threats in this area alone that neither side could handle.

But Why? If your looking look to Eliza DarkGrin. “The trolls are quite accepting of my kind. After all, they spoke to the dead for centuries before the Forsake even existed.” Looking at writing dating back to the Gurubashi Empire talk about connections to spirits.

The first recorded human undead was created during the Troll wars . Meryl Winterstorm now know as Meryl Felstorm was one of the early human mages that helped the High elves and Humans defeat the Amani Empire. At a key point in the battle Meryl was mortally wouded rather than die he used this mage to put himself in a state of undeath.

In more resent times groups of trolls have been willing to throw there lot in with Scourge. The betrayal of Drakuru of this fellow Ice troll’s to the Lich King is strong example of just how willing trolls can be to work with the undead. Most resent lore accounts say the actions of Drakuru taken with the events around the deaths of Ice troll Loa have left all but a hand full Drakkari alive.

Even the Darkspear talk to the dead, Nimboya Bubbling Cauldron has seen skulls of many races in it . These heads are often as demanding in death as they were in life. Yet we see here one more example undeath used by a living troll as not much a desperate means to get information but rather just another part of there culture.

Cataclysm is filled with trolls coming back to life. From the work of Zanzil who is asked to bring High Priestess Jeklik and High Priest Venoxis back to life. To Bloodlord Mandokir who not only comes back to life but also brings his favorite raptor back too, Ohgan. But my favorite dead defying troll is Tony Two-Tusk. When you kill Tony in Thousand Needles his spirit decides to haunt you until you go to his ex-wife to have him resurrected. Ajamon Ghostcaller has moved has moved onto other spirits but she agrees to help Tony.

Its amazing that you and find stories inside the Warcraft canon about almost every group of trolls dealing with the undead in one way or another. Yet it’s my hope that we see continued tightening of bonds between the Forsaken, and other horde trolls. I mean deaths just another beginning.