Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for March 31, 2012

I'm been hearing a lot about Chip music lately and just how game music has changed since you can just lold in some MP3's and create a full traditional sound track. It is intresting to think of how much game music has changed from those early generation consoles.

Enjoy the music of Super Mario World some of my favorite Video Game music of all time, and one my wife has been wanting me to post for ages.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Twisting Nether Blogcast


It was my pleasure to a appear on the Twisting Nether Blogcast 168. Where we talked about Grand Old Podcast, Warcraft Podcasting in general and of course lore. We even talked a bit about episode 16 where I had finlys on. There was also a bit of lore and bit of news. TNB also just celebrated there 4 year anniversary last weekend and if you missed I'm sure they would still love to hear from everyone.

Check it out, and send in your thoughts.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Give away!



As part of my one year celebration I'm giving away a copy of Lord of the Clans. All to you need to do enter is leave a comment on the blog between now and June 20th and I"ll draw a name at random and mail you this copy of the book.

Thanks for everyone support over the last year.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Episode 48: HoWP Class of 2011 - Bryterside


As celebration of one year anniversary of Grand Old Podcast I interviewed Bryterside of Stopcast. We talk about how he first started listening to Warcraft Podcasts to how he finally became a host.

Its a journey that goes from The Instance, Pugcast, and Slash2 all the way to the current day.

The thoughts the failings moments great and small its a great look into the man known as "Lord of the Trolls."

I hope you all enjoy the interview
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Grand Old Podcast: The Coming of Shadows

One year ago today I put out the first episode of Grand Old Podcast. Since that time I have reviewed novels from Warcraft, Babylon 5, Mass Effect, and Diablo. I have not just covered novels but RPG short stories, Manga, web short stories, and comics.

48 episodes in the books. Its remarkable to me anyone listens but thank you all.

As we move forward into the second year my new project talking to podcast hosts past and present about Warcraft, podcasting and everything is in between is kicking into high gear. So to cerebrate this joyous time. I'm putting out my 2rd episode for this week. An interview with Bryterside Co-host of Stopcast.

I hope you all enjoy it.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Starcraft Novels

Originally Posted on Eviscerated.net on May 22nd, 2012.

If your looking to get in on StarLinkcraft novels you have a lot of options and unlike Diablo books your used book store out of stock. Starcraft novels is likely in stock. If your looking for a good place to start and I suggest The Starcraft Archive: An Anthology which includes Liberty’s Crusade, Shadow of the Xel’Naga, Speed of Darkness, and Uprising. This is only way to get a print version of Uprising. So keep that in mind.
The next thing to keep in mind there are two different trilogies in the Starcraft novels. The first is three of the four books in The Starcraft Archive.

  • Liberty’s Crusade
  • Shadow of the Xel’Naga
  • Speed of Darkness

The second Starcraft Trilogy is Dark Templar books

  • Firstborn
  • Shadow Hunters
  • Twilight

The rest of the Starcraft books are more or less stand a long. If your looking for good stand alone books Nova by and Keith R. A. DeCandido is well liked. Judging from his horrible Mass Effect novel I might say away from Heaven’s Devils by William C. Dietz(if you want to know more about Mr. Dietz writing check out my review of Mass Effect: Deception). Other than grabbing the Starcraft Archive I suggest you read stories that sound interesting to you. Hard to go wrong that way.

If you have any questions let me know.
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StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres by Nate Kenyon (Sep 27, 2011)

Dominion ghosts epitomize the height of terran evolution and physical conditioning. Augmented by technologies that harness their innate psionic potential, these lethal operatives use telepathy and other superhuman powers to isolate and destroy the enemies of the Dominion. But when the hunters become the hunted and ghosts start disappearing without a trace, even the most dangerous human soldiers in the Koprulu sector have something to fear…

Enter Nova Terra, a ghost of unparalleled ability. On orders fromEmperor Arcturus Mengsk, Nova embarks on a secret mission to find her missing comrades. As her investigation leads down a maze of dark corridors, painful memories of her pre-ghost years begin to surface. Soon, Nova learns that there might be a connection between the missing agents and her past, a discovery that will pit her against both the shadows ofher youth and a terrifying new breed of psionic warrior: spectres.

Starcraft II: Devils’ Due by Christie Golden (Apr 12, 2011)

The year is 2494. Almost five years ago, Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay were members of the Heaven’s Devils, an elite Confederate marine unit praised for its nerves of steeland combat expertise. After making a stand against their corrupt commanding officer, the two men were forced to go AWOL or risk being unjustly prosecuted and resocialized.

Now, Raynor and Findlay are outlaws hounded by an unyielding interstellar marshal. Life, however, has never beenbetter. Each day is another chance to pilfer more credits from the Confederacy’s deep coffers. Each night holds the promise of spending their hard-earned profits in bars, brothels, and gambling halls. But a man can only run so far before the law—and his past—catch up with him. . . .

Devils’ Due recounts an unforgettable period of Jim Raynor’s life as he descends into the Koprulu sector’s criminal underworld alongside the street-savvy Findlay. Here, far from his humble upbringing on the fringe world of Shiloh, Raynor will face some of the most trying challenges of his life. The decisions he makes will alter his destiny forever and put his father’s oft-spoken wisdom, “A man is what he chooses to be,” to the ultimate test.

Starcraft II: Heaven’s Devils by William C. Dietz (Apr 6, 2010)

For the poor, hardworking citizens of the Confederacy’s fringe worlds, the Guild Wars have exacted a huge toll. Swayed by the promise of financial rewards, a new batch of recruits joins the fight alongside a slew of mysteriously docile criminals — and a few dubious military leaders. Eighteen-year-old Jim Raynor, full of testosterone and eager to make things right at home, ships off to boot camp and finds his footing on the battlefield, but he soon discovers that the official mission is not what he’s really fighting for.

For the first time ever, StarCraft enthusiasts will learn the origins of the enduring friendship between the young upstart Jim Raynor and the streetwise soldier Tychus Findlay. Watch as they battle on the front lines of a fierce interplanetary war and bear witness to the Confederacy’s rank corruption — corruption so reprehensible that it rains immeasurable death and destruction upon the government’s own people.

Starcraft: Twilight (The Dark Templar Saga, Book 3) by Christie Golden (Jun 30, 2009)

After the seeming defeat of the dark archon Ulrezaj on the protoss homeworld of Aiur, Jake and Rosemary become separated as they flee through the newly repaired warp gate. Rosemary finds herself with the other refugee protoss on Shakuras, while Jake is catapulted elsewhere. But Jake does not have long to live: their enemies are regrouping, and Zamara’s essence must be separated from Jake’s mind before time runs out.

I, Mengsk (StarCraft) by Graham McNeill (Dec 30, 2008)

Sixty-thousand light-years from Earth, the corrupt Terran Confederacy holds the Koprulu sector tightly in its tyrannical grip, controlling every aspect of its citizens’ lives. One man dares to stand up to this faceless empire and vows to bring it to its knees: Arcturus Mengsk — genius propagandist, tactician, and freedom fighter.

A monstrous act of bloody violence sows the seeds of rebellion in Arcturus, but he is not the first Mengsk to rail against such oppression. Before Arcturus grew to manhood, his father, Angus Mengsk, also defied the Confederacy and sought to end its brutal reign.

The destiny of the Mengsk family has long been tied to that of the Confederacy and the Koprulu sector, but as a new empire rises from the ashes of the past and alien invaders threaten the very existence of humanity, what will the future hold for the next generation…?

Shadow Hunters (Starcraft: Dark Templar, Book 2) by Christie Golden (Nov 27, 2007)

Driven by the living memories of a long-dead protoss mystic and hounded by the Queen of Blades’ ravenous zerg, archaeologist Jake Ramsey embarks on a perilous journey to reach the fabled protoss homeworld of Aiur.

Seeking a vital piece of protoss technology, Jake finds that Aiur has been overrun by the zerg. Descending into the shadowy labyrinths beneath the planet’s surface, he must find the sacred crystal before time runs out — for him…and the universe itself.

Yet, what Jake discovers beneath Aiur is a horror beyond his wildest nightmares — Ulrezaj — an archon comprised of the seven most deadly and powerful dark templar in history….

Firstborn (StarCraft: Dark Templar, Book 1) by Christie Golden (May 22, 2007)

Jake Ramsey — an unassuming, yet talented archaeologist — has been given the chance of a lifetime. Hired to investigate a recently unearthed Xel’Naga temple, he knows this latest assignment will open up whole new possibilities for his career. Yet, when Jake discovers the remains of a long-dead protoss mystic, his hopes and dreams are irrevocably drowned in a flood of alien memories. Bonded to the spirit of the dead protoss, Jake has become the sole inheritor of the protoss’s total history — every event, every thought — every feeling.

Struggling to maintain his own fragile identity amidst the raging psychic storm in his mind, Jake soon realizes that he has stumbled upon a secret so cataclysmic in magnitude — that it will shake the very foundations of the universe.

Nova (Starcraft Ghost) by Keith R. A. DeCandido (Nov 28, 2006)

Four years after the end of the Brood War, Emperor Arcturus Mengsk has rebuilt much of the Terran Dominion and consolidated a new military force despite an ever-present alien threat. Within this boiling cauldron of strife and subversion, a young woman known only as Nova shows the potential to become Mengsk’s most lethal and promising “Ghost” operative. Utilizing a combination of pure physical aptitude, innate psychic power, and advanced technology, Nova can strike anywhere with the utmost stealth. Like a phantom in the shadows, she exists only as a myth to the enemies of the Terran Dominion.

Yet Nova wasn’t born a killer. She was once a privileged child of one of the Old Families of the Terran Confederacy, but her life changed forever when a rebel militia murdered her family. In her grief, Nova unleashed her devastating psychic powers, killing hundreds in a single, terrible moment. Now, on the run through the slums of Tarsonis, she is unable to trust anyone. Pursued by a special agent tasked with hunting down rogue telepaths, Nova must come to terms with both her burgeoning powers and her guilt — before they consume her and destroy everything in her path….

Queen of Blades (Starcraft) by Aaron Rosenberg (May 23, 2006)

Former marshal-turned-rebel Jim Raynor has broken away from the power-crazed Emperor Arcturus Mengsk. Enraged over Mengsk’s betrayal of the powerful telepath, Sarah Kerrigan, to the ravenous Zerg, Raynor has lost all faith in his fellow humanity.

Yet, in the aftermath of Mengsk’s treachery, Raynor is plagued by strange visions of Char — a deadly, volcanic world haunted by horrifying alien creatures. As the nightmares grow in intensity, Raynor begins to suspect that they may not be figments of his imagination — but a desperate form of telepathic contact. Convinced that the woman he loves is still alive, Raynor launches a hasty mission to rescue Kerrigan from Char. But deep beneath the planet’s smoldering surface, Raynor finds a strange chrysalis…and is forced to watch in horror as a terrible, all-too-familiar entity rises from it.

Before him stands a creature of depthless malice and vengeance…

Sarah Kerrigan: the Zerg Queen of Blades.

Speed of Darkness (StarCraft #3) by Tracy Hickman (May 21, 2002)

All Ardo Menikov ever dreamed of was to live in peace on the verdant colony world of Bountiful. But when the vicious Zerg Swarm attacked the colony and annihilated his loved ones, Ardo was forced to wake from his dream and accept the brutal realities of a war-torn galaxy. Now a confederate marine, charged with defending the worlds of the Terran confederacy, Ardo must come to terms with the painful memories of his past — and the unsettling truths that may dominate his future.

StarCraft #2: Shadow of the Xel’Naga by Gabriel Mesta (Jun 26, 2001)

Bhekar Ro: a bleak, backwater world on the fringe of the Terran Dominion, where every day is a struggle to survive for its handful of human colonists. It is a veritable wasteland — one speck of dust among many in the vast, dark sea of space. But when the most violent storm in recent memory unearths an unfathomable alien artifact, Bhekar Ro becomes the greatest prize in the Terran Sector — the Holy Grail of the Zerg, the Protoss, and Humanity alike — as forces from the three great powers converge to claim the lost secrets of the most powerful species the universe has ever known.

Liberty’s Crusade (StarCraft, Book 1) by Jeff Grubb (Feb 27, 2001)

Danny Liberty was a good reporter…too good. When his investigations struck too close to the heart of the corrupt Terran Confederacy, he faced a simple choice: continue his current series of exposés, or take a hazardous new assignment covering the Marines on the front lines of the Koprulu Sector. It didn’t take him long to decide….

Behind the attacks of the Zerg and the Protoss lies the story of a lifetime, but every piece of information blurs the mystery further. Thrown into the middle of a war where the outcome will determine mankind’s very survival, the only thing that Danny Liberty knows for sure is that the only person he can trust to keep him alive is himself.

Starcraft: Uprising by Micky Neilson (Dec 18, 2000)

Far in the future, 60,000 light-years from Earth, a loose confederacy of Terran exiles are locked in battle with the enigmatic Protoss and the ruthless Zerg Swarm. Each species struggles to ensure its own survival among the stars in a war that will herald the beginning of mankind’s greatest chapter — or foretell its violent, bloody end.

She is the Zerg Queen of Blades. Her name has become legend throughout the galaxy, and that legend is death for all who stand against her. Yet once, long ago, Sarah Kerrigan was human — the unwilling subject of an insidious clandestine experiment. She was forced to serve as a merciless assassin for the Terran Confederacy until a twist of fate propelled her toward a destiny none could have foreseen. This is the untold tale of Kerrigan’s shadowy origin…and the war that was fought for her very soul.

The Starcraft Archive: An Anthology:

Includes Liberty's Crusade, Shadow of the Xel'Naga, Speed of Darkness, and Uprising.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for May 24, 2012

During my interterview with Sam/UncleThursday in episode 47, one of the subjects that came up was the music of Warhammer. So I bring you this week "The Aftermath of War."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Founding of Durotar

One of the coolest parts of Warcraft 3, was The Founding of Durotar bonus campaign. This is also important because it sets up much of between Durotar and Theramore which was still can issue in books like Cycle of Hatred is coming to a head in Mists. In enjoy this bit of Warcraft history.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Episode 47: HoWP Class of 2005 - UncleThursday

This week, I start a new series of interviews where I talk to Warcraft Podcasters past and current, getting their perspective on why they podcasted about Warcraft and how they feel the game has changed. It's a chance to see how different people see Warcraft and Warcraft Podcasting. I hope you will all come along for this ride with me.

The first of these interviews is with Sam, UncleThursday, who was the man behind World of Podcast. Check out Sam's video game reviews on UTGR and his Youtube Channel.

I hope you all enjoy it. And if people have suggestions for other people I might interview please leave them in the comments or contact me via email or twitter.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Diablo books

Originally posted on eviscerated.net on May 15, 2012.

Since the year 2000, there have been ten books published in the Diablo Universe. Each has help fill in the world of Sanctuary. The following list has all of the back of the cover details of each Diablo book as well as when they were published. If you are looking to get into the Diablo books you couldn’t have picked a worse time. I can only speak for my area which is a college town after all. But all the used books stores which used to be filled with Diablo books, now seem to be had there inventory of Diablo books cleared away. Moon of the Spider which I reviewed on my Podcast is going on Amazon for $40 US. That is not to say you can’t get it cheaper. Only that is what it is going on Amazon.com right now.

If you want to pick up some Diablo books here is what I suggest. First pick up the Diablo Archive. This book includes LEGACY OF BLOOD, THE BLACK ROAD, THE KINGDOM OF SHADOW, and DEMONSBAN. There are no other collections of Diablo books. Some like Moon of the Spider are out of print but you can still order them from the blizzard store. It is not always the cheapest option but they seem to keep many of the out of print books around. I would also note that if you don’t want to drop any money of these books make sure to check out your local library and see if they have any Diablo books in stock.

Good luck everyone in your hunting. Coming soon from me, I just got my review copy of The Order today so I hope to have a review up in a days until I hope everyone enjoys Diablo 3

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Diablo III: The Order by Nate Kenyon (May 15, 2012)

Deckard Cain is the last of the Horadrim, the sole surviving member of a mysterious and legendary order. Assembled by the archangel Tyrael, the Horadrim were charged with the sacred duty of seeking out and vanquishing the three Prime Evils: Diablo (the Lord of Terror), Mephisto (the Lord of Hatred), and Baal (the Lord of Destruction). But that was many years ago. As the decades passed, the Horadrim’s strength diminished, and they fell into obscurity. Now all of their collected history, tactics, and wisdom lie within the aged hands of one man. A man who is growing concerned.

Dark whisperings have begun to fill the air, tales of ancient evil stirring, rumblings of a demonic invasion set to tear the land apart.

Amid the mounting dread, Deckard Cain uncovers startling new information that could bring about the salvation—or ruin—of the mortal world: other remnants of the Horadrim still exist. He must unravel where they have been and why they are hiding from one of their own.

As Cain searches for the lost members of his order, he is thrust into an alliance with an unlikely ally: Leah, an eight-year-old girl feared by many to carry a diabolical curse. What is her secret? How is it tied to the prophesied End of Days? And if there are other living Horadrim, will they be able to stand against oblivion? These are the questions Deckard Cain must answer . . .

. . . before it is too late.

Diablo III: Book of Cain by Deckard Cain and Blizzard Entertainment (Dec 12, 2011)

Since the dawn of time, the Eternal Conflict has raged between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells. If the Prophecy of the End Days holds true, mankind will soon find itself trapped in the middle of this never-ending war.

Here renowned scholar Deckard Cain has combined excerpts, illustrations, and firsthand knowledge to pen a history of the world of Sanctuary. His writings depict the insidious Prime Evils (Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal), shed light on Tyrael and the other archangels of the Angiris Council, and illuminate humanity's hope and enduring heroism in the face of overwhelming terror. Revealed also are the untold mysteries, from the origins of mortals and the secrets of the nephalem to the gathering darkness of the End of Days. So take heed, dear reader, and bear witness to the truths that lie within.

*The Veiled Prophet (Diablo: The Sin War, Book 3) (Bk. 3) by Richard A. Knaak (Sep 25, 2007)

Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in the Eternal Conflict for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now spilled over into Sanctuary -- the world of men. Determined to win mankind over to their respective causes, the forces of good and evil wage a secret war for mortal souls. This is the tale of the Sin War -- the conflict that would forever change the destiny of man.

The demon-backed Triune has fallen. All that now stands in Uldyssian's path to freeing humanity is the Cathedral of Light and its charismatic leader the Prophet. But the Prophet is actually the renegade angel Inarius, who sees the world he created as his uncontested domain. Facing a cunning foe that would just as readily see Sanctuary destroyed than let it slip from his grasp, Uldyssian is blind to the others who would possess his world. Both the Burning Hells and the High Heavens now know of Sanctuary...and their warring hosts of demons and angels will stop at nothing to claim it.

*Scales of the Serpent (Diablo: The Sin War, Book 2) (Bk. 2) by Richard A. Knaak (Mar 27, 2007)

Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in the Eternal Conflict for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now spilled over into Sanctuary -- the world of men. Determined to win mankind over to their respective causes, the forces of good and evil wage a secret war for mortal souls. This is the tale of the Sin War -- the conflict that would forever change the destiny of man.

Bent on destroying the evil cult of the Triune, Uldyssian does not yet suspect that Inarius -- secret Prophet of the Cathedral of Light -- has been subtly aiding his quest. Obsessed with restoring Sanctuary to its former glory, Inarius has been playing Uldyssian against the two great religions in a reckless attempt to topple them both. But another player has slipped back into the equation. The demon Lilith, once Inarius's lover, seeks to use Uldyssian as her own pawn in a scheme to turn humans into an army of naphalem -- godlike beings, more powerful than any angel or demon, who could overturn all Creation and elevate Lilith to supreme being.

*Birthright (Diablo: The Sin War, Book 1) (Bk. 1) by Richard A. Knaak (Sep 26, 2006)

Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in an eternal conflict for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now spilled over into Sanctuary -- the world of men. Determined to win mankind over to their respective causes, the forces of good and evil wage a secret war for mortal souls. This is the tale of the Sin War -- the conflict that would forever change the destiny of man.

Three thousand years before the darkening of Tristram, Uldyssian, son of Diomedes, was a simple farmer from the village of Seram. Content with his quiet, idyllic life, Uldyssian is shocked as dark events rapidly unfold around him. Mistakenly blamed for the grisly murders of two traveling missionaries, Uldyssian is forced to flee his homeland and set out on a perilous quest to redeem his good name. To his horror, he has begun to manifest strange new powers -- powers no mortal man has ever dreamed of. Now, Uldyssian must grapple with the energies building within him -- lest they consume the last vestiges of his humanity.

*Moon of the Spider by Richard A. Knaak (Dec 27, 2005)

Driven by nightmares to the ruins of a mysterious tomb, Lord Aldric Jitan hopes to awaken a terrible evil that has slept since the fall of Tristram. Drawn by the growing darkness in the land, the enigmatic Necromancer, Zayl, stumbles upon Jitan's plot -- unaware that one of his own brethren has set these dire events in motion. Now, as the celestial Moon of the Spider rises, the nefarious demon, Astrogha, prepares to unleash his minions upon Sanctuary.

*Kingdom of Shadow (Diablo #3) by Richard A. Knaak (Jul 30, 2002)

Since the beginning of time, the angelic hosts of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in a struggle for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm...and neither Man nor Demon nor Angel will be left unscathed....

Legend speaks of a long-dead city known as Ureh, thought by many to have been a gateway to the High Heavens. It is believed that every two thousand years, when the stars align and the shadow of Mount Nymyr falls upon the ruins, Ureh is reborn -- and all its lost riches are revealed to those brave enough to seek them out.

Now, after a lifetime of research and intense calculation, the Vizjerei sorcerer, Quov Tsin, has come to witness Ureh's rebirth for himself. But that which awaits Tsin and his hired band of mercenaries is nothing like what they expected. They will find that the dream of radiant Ureh is, in fact, a twisted nightmare of horror -- one that will draw them inexorably into the Kingdom of Shadow

*The Black Road (Diablo, Book 2) by Mel Odom (Apr 1, 2002)

Darrick Lang is coming home. Years ago he left the town of Bramwell to walk the wide world as a soldier of fortune and champion of the realm. But Bramwell is not as he left it. Something dark and terrifying has ensnared the townsfolk, something very old and very patient, tangling innocents in a web of malice and profaning the very earth itself. Now that same power calls to Darrick and his only hope may be to walk the same perilous path of damnation. Darrick Lang is coming home. Years ago he left the town of Bramwell to walk the wide world as a soldier of fortune and champion of the realm. But Bramwell is not as he left it. Something dark and terrifying has ensnared the townsfolk, something very old and very patient, tangling innocents in a web of malice and profaning the very earth itself. Now that same power calls to Darrick and his only hope may be to walk the same perilous path of damnation.


*Legacy of Blood (Diablo, No. 1) by Richard A. Knaak (May 1, 2001)

Since the beginning of time, the angelic hosts of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in a struggle for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm...and neither Man nor Demon nor Angel will be left unscathed...

Norrec Vizharan has become a living nightmare. While on a quest to find magical treasure, the soldier of fortune discovers an artifact beyond his wildest dreams: the ancient armor of Bartuc, the legendary Warlord of Blood. But the mysterious armor soul. Now, pursued by demons who covet the dark armor for their own devices, Norrec must overcome a bloodlust he can scarcely control and learn the truth about his terrifying curse before he is lost to darkness forever...

*Diablo: Demonsbane by Robert B. Marks (Oct 31, 2000)

What was to have been a victorious last stand against the demonic invasion of Entsteig has instead become a massacre. Only Siggard remains, a warrior unable to remember the final hours of the battle, driven by the carnage he experienced and the void in his mind to avenge those slain by the army of darkness. As he hunts the demon lord who butchered everything dear to him, Siggard also pieces together the truth of that terrible battle...and finds that his nightmare is only just beginning.

*Diablo Archive by Richard A. Knaak (Jul 8, 2008)

Book includes LEGACY OF BLOOD, THE BLACK ROAD, THE KINGDOM OF SHADOW, and DEMONSBAN

Originally posted on eviscerated.net on May 15, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for May 17th 2012

Lets be honest how many game trailers have used Requiem for a dream? Would it be easier to answer how many haven't? Its great music much like o fortuna its used all over the place when you need a really driving melody behind something. It almost to good.

I hope everyone's Thursday is just a bit more epic.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for May 10th 2012

In the same spirit as last weeks Video i bring you the greatest Warcraft Music video of all time. And while Oxhorn is a remarkable video maker this is still far and away my favorite of this work.
So I give you ROFLMAO.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Who could be the next Warchief?


So, news has come out Garrosh Hellscream, son of the late Grom Hellscream, will be the last boss in Mists of Pandaria. This has, of course, got many people wondering who will take over as leader of the Horde after Garrosh meets his end. Some people believe Vol'jin will take over because of what he says at the end of the Troll starting zone. Others feel that Baine Bloodhoof would avenge his father’s death at the hands of Garrosh and take over leadership of the Horde. A few souls want Sylvanas Windrunner to take leadership of the Horde so they will do what is needed to defeat the Alliance once and for all. I've seen that Jastor Gallywix has turned off authentication for political donations to his website in order to raise enough money for his upcoming campaign for Warchief. Personally, I think the best hope for the Horde among the current Horde leaders is Lor'themar Theron. Few others have bought back their civilization to the extent the Blood Elves have under Lor'themar, and even with the betrayal of their prince they continue on, always true to themselves. That is something the Horde could use.

However I don't expect the next leader of the Horde to be a Troll, Tauren, Undead, Goblin or Blood Elf. It will be an orc. So I figured I would give you guys a list of orcs that we could see as Warchief

Thrall’s shattering speech about leaders of the Horde "" From this we see that we need someone show isn't part of the old guard.
His first thought was Cairne. His oldest friend here in Kalimdor, Cairne and he thought alike on many things. He was wise and ruled his people well. But Thrall, like Cairne himself, knew there were those who thought him old-fashioned and out of touch with what was needed. If there was slight unrest in the form of the Grimtotem in Cairnes’s own city, then there would surely be unrest and murmuring if Thrall appointed an elderly tauren to lead the Horde now
No, Cairne would definitely have a part to play, but it could not be the role of leader. An orc would be better. One the people knew and like already.
Thrall sighed deeply. The perfect choice was one he could not have, Saurfang the Younger. Youthful, charismatic, and yet wise beyond his years, he had been the brightest star in the sky of the horde warriors before the Lich King had slain him. His father, though not quite broken, had been emotionally devastated by the recent events. Too, the orc was too old, as was Cairne, as was the deeply trusted Eirtigg. (The Shattering p. 97-98)
In recent days Blizzard has added more fuel to the fire to suggest that Thrall might not be coming back as Warchief.
Question: Erm...He's going back to being warchief of the Horde. Which apparently isn't supposed to bother all the alliance that have been working with him for the last few years.
Blizzard: I know what was said during the press tour, but don't be so sure yet that you know who the next warchief will be. The information provided during the press tour was... not entirely accurate.
I don’t claim to know whether this means Thrall is coming back or not, but let’s look at some of the orcs, who might take over for Garrosh if Thrall does not come back?

1. Warlord Zaela:
Zaela is the current leader of the Dragonmaw orcs, part of the group of Dragonmaw that was left on Azeroth after the closing of the Dark Portal. She came to power, overthrowing Overlord Mor'ghor who was on the run from Illidan after letting the Netherwing operations get out of hand. She helped defeat Cho-gals top general Skullcrusher the Mountain. Of the younger Generation of orcs, she has to be one of the stand outs who is likely to come to the forefront in continuing years, and if she does not it will be a horrible missed opportunity for Blizzard.

2. Rehgar Earthfury
Rehgar Earthfury has been many things in his life: gladiator, shaman, advisor and battery. In a Horde show shaped by Thrall and his desire to return the orcs to Shamanism, Rehgar is arguably one of the most powerful orc shamans alive. His place alongside shaman of the Earthen Ring like Muln Earthfury and Farseer Nobundo speaks to his skills. However, much more than anyone else on this list, he keeps the "War in Warcraft" since he owned Varian Wrynn. It’s clear from Varian’s speech to Thrall in the Undercity that he still is VERY angry about his time as a slave gladiator. The other thing Rehgar has working for him is the fact that he was member of the New Council of Tirisfal. With Jaina playing a larger role, his connection to her through this organization might creating some interesting plot elements.

3. Jorin Deadeye
Jorin Deadeye is the son of the late Kilrogg Deadeye, the chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow clan. Jorin has the honor of being left in charge in Nagrand after Garrosh left for bigger and better things. However, Jorin, despite the fact his father was much more evil that Garrosh's father, didn't suffer from the same emo nature. Some would say it is not a good idea to draw from the same pool when the last leader from there was so bad. However, I think the brown orcs still bring a healthy restraint to the Horde and reminder of who the Orcs used to be that they could use now and again.

4. Thura Saurfang
If Blizzard wants to make their fans happy, the best way they can do that is by making a Saurfang leader of the Horde. But if you look back at the speech by Thrall above, you will see the problem Thrall faced was Varok Saurfang was both old and grieving of the loss of his son Dranosh Saurfang. Thrall even goes so far as to say Dranosh would have been his first choice to be Warchief if he had not been killed. This is where Thura comes in; we know very little about her. However, she did play a key role in helping to defeat the Nightmare lore. She also carries the axe of her other Uncle Broxigar. Her rise to Warchief would allow Varok to come back as the old trusted as adviser while at the same time giving the Horde a bit less experienced Warchief that needs to grow into the role. From a story telling point of view it would be a great choice.

5. Ariok
Ariok, son of Eitrigg for many of the same reasons as Thura above, Ariok does have the problem that Blood and Honor short story says he doesn’t exist and then he just popped out of thin are with Cataclysm so one has to wonder is this one of the Orcs we expect to play larger role in the future. I do think it be interesting to see Eitrigg guiding his son as leader of the horde while at the same time having to deal with conflicts that would likely create with his old friend Tirion Fordring.

6. Garona Halforcen
There are few Orcs other than Thrall himself who have affected the history of Azeroth more than Garona Halforcen. The daughter of some unnamed orc who raped the sister of Maraad. Garona was used as tool by the shadow counsel first against the other orc tribes and later against the humans. In the time she was herself in tower of Karazhan she became friends with Khadgar. At some point conceived a child with Medivh.
After Medivh death she because friends with King Llane Wrynn. Under the control Gul’an she killed Llane in front of his son Varian. After this time Garona faded into the shadows of Azeroth and had a child Med'an. While she let others watch over the child Garona was never far from her son.
Around the time of start of the Wrath of the Lich King she was capatored by the Twilights Hammer lead by Cho'gall. Cho'gall was the last member of Shadow Cousel that knew how to control Garona as they had planned to use Garona to Kill King Varian Wrynn. While that plan failed Garona and her son were bought to for front of the battle against Cho’gall who now had be powered up by C'Thun. In the finally battle Garona even went into the body of C’Thun to recover part of staff of Atiesh so that Med’an could use it against Cho’gall.
In the Cataclysm, Garona shows up in Twilight Highlands looking to get rid of Cho’gal once and for all. Garona gets close to personally taking out Cho’gal but he retreats into the Bastion of Twilight. This leaves Garona to deal with Skullcrusher the Mountain to destroy her, however with the Warlord Zaela and another the day is won.
With Cho’gal now dead its not clear what path Garona should take. She is based on of one of Chris Metzens own D & D Characters so you can never really expect her to not play a big part in any story which she is involed. Her mixed hertate is likely to mean that she will keep looking young long after orcs that are about her age(Eitrigg & Varok Saurfang) are long dead. If Blizzard really wants a leader of the Horde that knows the worse of its pasts but is willing to defend what they have built its hard to think of someone better than Garona Halforcen.

Other dark horse orcs that might make the cut include but are limited too, Gorgonna, Nazgrel, Legionnaire Nazgrim, Warlord Krogg. And while all of these characters are interesting orcs, I don't think they have hooks that would make them likely for blizzard to turn them into a Warchief. I could be wrong honestly I think Blizzard could go in any number of directions but the least interesting thing they could do is bring Thrall back as Warchief for almost 7 years he did nothing as the leader of the Horde it was only after he left that role that character was able to move on I think the rest of us are ready to move on as well.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Dead Warcraft Podcasts for May


Not much to report this month being that I was so late getting last months post up. However I've held back a few things til I could confirm some podcasts were over.

P.O.W. W.O.W.- I think people really enjoyed the POW WoW podcast even if it was often over the time. It had a good sound, and hosts that enjoyed what making the show. Sadly Joe no longer wanted to be part of that and thus the Darkmoon Herald was born. Which I dare say is better than the original.

Rep Grind Radio- Long time followers of blog and podcast know I have worked with Rez going on two years. We both have about the same taste in Warcraft Podcast. When I heard he was starting a podcast on Ventchat I was really happy since more Rez is better. I had no idea who this Twizz guy was but the pair seems to work well. Sadly nothing lasts forever. I think its a testament to how good the show was that people are still talking about it and how much its missed. Will Twizzcast & The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast ever be Rep Grind Radio? No but they will bring there own something to the Warcraft Podcast community. I rise a glass to best Warcraft Podcast to come out of 2011.

The Darkmoon Podcast- Started to fix some of the problems of Warcraft tradechat. The Darkmoon Podcast was small guild podcast that was always fun to listen too. I talk to Georgewow last week and he says they might be back but given the lack of content not much point in Podcasting right now. Something I think all Warcraft Podcasters understand all too well.


That is all for this month. As always if you know of any mistakes let me know in the comments and complete list of Warcraft Podcasts Active and Inactive can be found over at Wowpedia- Podcasting.

73's

Saturday, May 5, 2012

No Podcast this week


Sorry to say no podcast this week. Life is just getting in the way. That said I promise a review of the Diablo Novel: Moon of the Spider which I'm loving so far and hoping the ending holds up the rest of the book.

73's

PS if you do need Grand Old Podcast fix for the week check out Episode 57 of 5 WoW Things where I was a guest this past Thursday. It was a lot of fun and we rambled on for almost 3 and half hours. Not sure how much will make the cut.

PPS. This is my second appearance on 5 WoW Things if the first was Episode 18. Its strange to look back that far but also fun.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday Video Game Music for May 3, 2012

How far Warcraft has come since 2005. I'll be honest when I heard about transmog I was hoping Big Blue Dress dude would be happy now. As someone who has always liked his mage in pants rather than robes I couldn't agree more with the video. So I leave you with Big Blue Dress a classic in warcraft Music.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Warcraft Podcast Milestones and Birthdays for May




Birthday's
*Middlefinger Podcast Turns one on the May 4th
*But Wait! There's Lore turns three on May 9th
*The Obscurecast turns two on May 15th
*Grand Old Podcast turns one on May 26th
*Twisted Nether Blogcast turns four on the May 27th

Milestones for May

Fifty Episodes
*The Middle Finger Podcast had its 50th show on April 8, 2012

If I missed anyone let me know in the comments or via Email.

73's

Thanks


I don't understand completely why but people keep listening to the Podcast. All I can say is thanks last month was our biggest month yet, and it seems slowly but surely we keep growing.

Its my hope that in the coming months my life is a bit less crazy if nothing else a bit more manageable and let me do other things with the podcast. Til that time I'll just keep plugging away with reviews. Short stories novels who knows what else is to come in the second year of Grand Old Podcast.