Monday, January 30, 2012

Mists of Panandara - Scenario: Alcaz Island?




I was burning down some old podcasts from last summer and one of them mentioned Scenario: Alcaz Island. Now at that point we knew nothing about Pandaren or Pokemon battles. But we have the gift of hindsight and thus we can see this might be one of the Scenarios promised at the 2011 Blizzcon as part of Mists of Panandara. If there was going to be a Scenario here there is a history of Alcaz Island being used for events. Back in the bad old days following patch 1.9 the Scepter of the Shifting Sands questline required people to come to this island and retrieve part of the scepter. Before that Varian Wrynn was first put into the game on Alcaz Island. No doubt at that point it was meant to end the missing diplomat storyline that Blizzard never really finished in game but did finish in the Warcraft Comics.







The other possibility is that this might play some role in the Theramore destruction story promised to ignite the war between the Alliance and Horde. I don't have the answers we can only really look at what the island is being use for now which is nothing and see if we can figure out what it might be used for in the future. With all things I'm sure time will tell.

I leave you with Bebe thoughts when this was first published on July 3, 2011.

"It looks like the zone will be instanced at some point, and available as a "Scenario". I couldn't find anything else on "scenario" in the game files but it's very unusual to have an additional information such as this one in the name of the Map. The only exception is "Transport:" maps and we could potentially be looking at a new type of instance here.

The "Expansion" field of the Map.dbc is set to "3" and seems to point to Cataclysm content but there's also the slight possibility that it's early data from the next expansion that got mislabeled."

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Episode 36 - Fiasco Sizzlegrin


This week we mix it up a little bit with new Introduction and Outro by apsana. Many thanks to her, I think these gives the show a bit more of a lore feel I love. The main subject is another in our letters series Fiasco Sizzlegrin.

Topics
*Fiasco Sizzlegrin
*Initiate Goldmine
*Merciless one
*Battlemaiden Quests
*Faceless one's




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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lor'themar Theron:In the Shadow of the Sun


The short story for Lor'themar Theron: In the Shadow of the Sun by by Sarah Pine has officially been put out. Now this story won the writing contest a few years ago and is no doubt the reason why Sarah Pine has continued write other great short stories in the Warcraft Universe and it sounds like we are going to get at least one more from Miss Pine call Quest for Pandaria.

No idea on when I'll do a podcast review on this one honestly was expecting the Velen story first. But if anyone has any interest in talking about this let me know and we should be able to work something out.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Summary of Warcraft Podcast archiving for January


First update of 2012, full list of wow podcasts can be found here

6- Months or more inactive Podcasts
*Blue Plz
*CataCast Podcast
*Circle of Healing,
*End game
*I Hearth Geeks
*Society of Lore
*The Other Guys Podcast
*The Shade's Podcast
*WoW Misfits

Non-English Podcasts
Found some Portuguese warcraft podcasts
*Los Murlocos
*NATION SHOW


Newly found Podcasts
*Lore whores
*Oxhorn Brand movies
*The Azerothian Podcast

Inactive podcasts that have become active again
*Call to Auction
*Taverncast


Warcraft Podcast Milestones for January
Birthdays for January
*Team Waffle Podcast is one on the 2nd.
*Ascension of the Phoenix Podcast is one year old on the 5th.
*The Instance is six years old on 6th
*Horde for Life is one year old on the 8th
*BlizzCast the official Blizzard podcast is four years old on the 10th grats on 4 episodes a year.
*Purecast is one year old on the 10th
*The Other Guys Podcast is one year old on the 10th
*Rawrcast is three years old on the 11th.
*The Hunting Party is three years old on the 12th
*All Things Azeroth is five on the 15th
*The Overlores is one year old on the 16th.
*Auction House Junkies is one year old on the 17th.
*Blizz Blues is one year old on the 18th.
*The Grey Council is one year old on the 26th

Milestones
Twenty five episodes
*Convert to Raid hit 25 on 12/24/11

One Hundred Episodes
*HearthCast hit 100 on 12/19/11

Finally an updated to my list of warcraft podcasters on twitter
CtrlAltWow
Ashayo
*Aprillian
*Jeppy


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If I missed anything this month let me know
~Sayo

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for 1/26/2012

This one might be cheating a little bit, but with all the Transformers games that have come out in the last few years, many of which were very good. It only seems right that I should have best song ever to be used with the Transformers.

This one goes out to you Rodmas Prime

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fangs of the Father, Part 2


So, I decided to spend some time and get as deep into the Fangs of the Father lore as I could without being a rogue. To be honest it still a bit disappointing. I know this is supposed to be showing off all the way rogues are cool but honestly other than one pick pocket there really isn't anything here that almost any other class could do if given a cloaking mechanic. That doesn't mean its a horrible story by Warcraft standards its solid B however when the only point of this is so Blizzard can bring Black Dragons back again the future villain makes me wonder was all this set up really worth it for that?

Always here some videos by a few different people to be honest the voice acting is not in this as much as you would expect and the fact they took out Fermion and the Dalaran infiltration mission makes me really doubt how well thought out this whole thing really was. /shurg

This is first part of the quest chain lets you see how to do the quest as well as the main plot points


This second video takes you though killing Creed


This one deals with killing




This final part you need to go to about 30's in to where you need to start watching

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fangs of the Father lore wanted


The death of the Lich King is one of the most interesting events in Warcraft lore and while I'm not a fan of the "there must always be Lich King" shit its hard to argue how effective the story event started as part of Shadowmourne/Sealed Chest are at moving the characters and putting an end to many of the stories of Wrath. I was reminded of this reviewing Edge of Night last week. You can clearly see the items and dialog move the story forward. In the Case of Sylvanas it sets up the events of Edge of Night and the new Undead areas.



While we don't know all the details of the Fangs of the Father legendary I've seen no signs we are going get this kinda of story moving quest at the end of the chain. In fact I honestly think the Dark Prince is little more than set up right now for game much further down the line. See Garrosh Hellscream in Burning Crusade. I would just hope that in the future blizzard remember what they have done right in the pasted and not ignore it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for 1/19/2012

I like many people around the age of 30 no doubt owned one of the original grey gameboys. In fact I still have mine and it still works after almost 20 years which is more than I can say for my Nintendo and Super Nintendo. But one of the games I play the heck out of as a kid was Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. While it might not be widely known now but this was the first game Wario got to be the Hero. With his first game being Super Mario Land 2.

So enjoy the music from the ending credits and a extra video here showing some of hte boss fights and the "Best Ending"

As always if you have suggestions for Thursday video game music feel free to put them in the comments.

73's



Monday, January 16, 2012

List of Non-English Warcraft Podcasts for January



This Month the list of non-English Warcraft podcasts shakes up quite a bit. The first big news is I found two Portuguese podasts. Both are currently only on youtube. But I hope we will see some more traditional podcasts soon. We also see three French taken off the list because of inactively. I hope he updated list is helpful to everyone.

~Sayomara

Czech (čeština)
* WoWfan.cz Podcast

French (Français)
* Blizztalk
* WoW-MP news
* WoW-News

German (Deutsch)
* Buffedcast
* Gadarols Podcast
* noez.de
* Manaflask*New*
* Ninjacast
* WoWCast
* Xass und Vanions Podcast

Portuguese (português)
* Los Murlocos *NEW*
* NATION SHOW *NEW*

Russian (русский)
* Russian World of Warcraft Radio

Spanish (Español)
* Pastando en Mulgore
* Shen Fm
* 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.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for 1/12/2012

One of the reasons I stopped doing this weeks selection was because I don't like to post songs I don't personally enjoy. And right now I really like the sound of the Mass Effect music. But I've covered that before and Mass Effect 3 is still two months off. So I'm running into the problem that nothing sounds good to me. I know songs are good but they just aren't moving me in any meaningful way.

This is often my problem with World of Warcraft music I don't think its bad but there is nothing exceptional about most of either. I few pieces stick out and Warcraft Podcasters will use them to death as background music. See Howling Fjord music. I know I'm not the only one that gets into a certain feel for music and then everything falls away until you burn yourself out on this new music.

So rather than giving you a song from a video game rather I'm giving you a song that should be in EVERY VIDEO GAME.

O Fortuna, by Carmina Burana =)

As always if you have a suggestion for Thursday video game music leave it in the comments and I'll make sure to check it out.

73's

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dead Podcasts for December


So we come to the first dead podcast of 2012 post and you might look at this list and say wow, a lot of shows are ending, but its important to remember most of these podcast ended in June of 2011.

Blue Plz
, one of the best known Warcraft podcast decided to cut back updating after 4.2 raid nerfs. But no more updates ever came so after 6 months I'm calling this one dead for now.


CataCast Podcast, put out 5 episodes over the course of 6 months with 4 being in the first month and one last death through in June of 2011. Its a good name but sadly I think its missed most of its ideal window.


Circle of Healing, was a great healing podcast, then in shadow of 4.2 they just stopped updating. I think they planned to come back but seems it just never happened.


End game, another good idea that didn't get far 3 episodes then it was over. To bad but it does seem to be the way of things.


I Hearth Geeks, A weekly podcast that never really got the weekly thing down. Podfade in june.


Society of Lore
, another short lived Lore podcast. Seems Warcraft lore podcasts, last a month, a year, or never die. Sadly this seems to be the first.


The Other Guys Podcast, a good podcast that ran about six months and decided to end there show. I do like it when a show decided to know when to walk away.


The Shade's Podcast, this podcast put out two episodes in 3 days then stopped. I don't know why


WoW Misfits, this podcast only put out one show, but they had some great art.

For more information about which Podcasts are active and which are not go to Wowpedia Podcasting Page

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Episode 33 - Message in a Bottle


Welcome to the first new podcast of 2012. We are continuing our letters from the Art of Cataclysm series. The show is filled with goblins, plans, and generally sleepiness. I'll be honest its a bit rough but its important not to let deadlines slip to much.

In some other news there is a new Lore Podcast out for people should check out Lore Whores. Its only on youtube right now but if they get an website I'll make sure to add a link to it.

I finally got around to listening to L.O.R.E and its Great I highly recommended them for Lore as well. If you every listened to the old Hearthstone Tavern RP Podcast many of the same people are involved in this podcast. Check it out yo.



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Friday, January 6, 2012

Warcraft Podcasts on Twitter update for January



Since I created the list of Warcraft Podcasters on Twitter I have started to add to that list. However rather than having you guess which people I've added over time I figure I'll just write a quick update each month with a list people I've added. Last of all here is the Twitter version the list

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*Aprillian
*Jeppy


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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for Janurary 5, 2012

Its back, after my talk with Georgewow a while back he reminded me that sometimes you don't always post things for yourself but some times you post them for others as well. I'm going to keep doing musical pauses from time to time but I'm not going to limited them to Thursdays because that is when we do Video game music.

So after two month off and 2011 defeated in a pile of ashes seemed like a good time to play the Final Fantasy Fanfare. Funny thing, I don't really like most of the longer cuts of this song. But I think I found a video that does what I want. Honestly I loved when Big wigs the boss mod would like this music when a boss died just seemed right.

If anyone has suggestions for a Thursday video game music leave them I them in the comments or I'll just keep reliving my childhood and college years...

73's



PS I like IV the best

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Warcraft Podcast Milestones for January


Birthdays for January
*Team Waffle Podcast is one on the 2nd.
*Ascension of the Phoenix Podcast is one year old on the 5th.
*The Instance is six years old on 6th
*Horde for Life is one year old on the 8th
*BlizzCast the official Blizzard podcast is four years old on the 10th grants on 4 episodes a year.
*Purecast is one year old on the 10th
*The Other Guys Podcast is one year old on the 10th
*Rawrcast is three years old on the 11th.
*The Hunting Party is three years old on the 12th
*All Things Azeroth is five on the 15th
*The Overlores is one year old on the 16th.
*Auction House Junkies is one year old on the 17th.
*Blizz Blues is one year old on the 18th.
*The Grey Council is one year old on the 26th

Milestones
Twenty five episodes
*Convert to Raid hit 25 on 12/24/11

One Hundred Episodes
*HearthCast hit 100 on 12/19/11

Monday, January 2, 2012

There be dragons here




My wife is awesome for many reasons but one of the reasons I would like to talk about here is she finds cool stuff like this for our daughter room. This crimson whelp sits on here dresser and protects my little pirate from harm.

Whats funny is my mother hates it, and its one of the reasons that she thought we were having a boy rather than a girl, but I think that is a generational thinking. To me, my wife and many of our friends a red dragon isn't a boy a girl item but just something cool that I hope inspires her.

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