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BFF Report Episode 29: Guide to Cataclysm Pre-Launch Events
03/06/2010 alle 01:19
By now many of you have seen the BFF Report, but did any of you know that before I got sucked into this never ending cycle of reviewing craptastic games, I was an
? Sure, I may not have started out by playing the game as it was intended, but I did eventually manage to make it to the (LOL)end. And it's a good thing too, because now, this bald, creepy, pale white gnome is going to be
beta... assuming I can get my hands on a key that is.
Unfortunately, for now all I can offer is a spoiler laden walkthrough of the two pre-launch events that are currently on the available on the PTR... and some RUN DMC.
Reminder! First Batch of BlizzCon 2010 Tickets on Sale Today!
02/06/2010 alle 13:33
Just wanted to make a quick post to remind you guys that the first batch of
go on sale over at the
today - Wednesday,
7 PM PST
! (you can check a
time zone converter
to find out what time they go on sale where you live)
BlizzCon 2010 will take place
October 22 and 23
at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost
each. This will be the first of two opportunities to purchase tickets to this year's event, and tickets will definitely sell out fast. Another batch of tickets will go on sale Saturday,
10 AM PST
. Pending ticket purchases will be put in a queue and transactions will be processed in the order they are received - I was late 2 minutes last year at getting on the site and throwing tickets in my cart, and I was already 24000+ in queue (and didn't get tickets), so try not to be late! And as for the wait—don't worry,
is still t
Blizzard Changing Vote Kick Option in Random Dungeons in 3.3.5
02/06/2010 alle 12:10
Blizzard has many changes in store for 3.3.5 and Zarhym has revealed a minor but interesting change that will be made to the existing Vote Kick option when in a random dungeon. They have made many changes since the Dungeon Finder's release, and their newest rework of the option to remove problem players sounds like it could be a sure hit, but that will depend on how people use this new power.
For players who use the Dungeon Finder and do not use the Vote Kick tool often, there will no longer be a cooldown on kicking a player. This will allow users who are doing many random dungeons and not abusing the tool to easily be able to remove problem players without hitting this "You must wait blah blah blah" limitation. For players who often kick players / abandon groups, the cooldown will be reinstated. Blizzard has not yet released any details on exactly what sort of internal timeframe this decision will be made on, but Blizzard does state that the limitation will deteriorate over time allowing a player who previously frequently kicked players to work their Vote Kick cooldown back down to nothing after time of "good be
Impressions from Zalazane's Fall
01/06/2010 alle 19:18
After visiting Dun Morogh to see Operation: Gnomeregan in action (see my recently whipped-up blog,
Impressions from Operation: Gnomeregan
), I wanted to check out what the Cataclysm pre-launch event looks like for the Horde side. If you weren't able to keep up with the flood of information about the pre-launch events, be sure to check out the quick summary we have on the
As a quick recap, the
are plotting to reclaim
, their irradiated city lost to
. At the same time, the
plan to retake the Echo Isles, their former home taken away from them by
. The mysterious Twilight's Hammer Cult will also take advantage of the situation to agitate for their teachings, bewildering common citizens.
Enough with the babble! Let's explore
If you don't like spoilers, stop here. Otherwise, let's continue after the break!
The Weekly Marmot - Raiding With a Life
01/06/2010 alle 17:34
Hello, Wowhead! I'm devomorph, also known as
. I make the Weekly Marmot, a weekly video show in which I give tips and tricks, talk about current issues, and otherwise discuss the World of Warcraft. Thanks to the magic of the internet and our new friends at Wowhead, I'll be bringing it to you here as well!
So, you've got a busy schedule. Work, family, friends, whatever it is, you've just got too much on your hands to possibly have any time to get into raiding. That's just for the guys who can afford to spend 40 hours a week in front of their PC, right?
Well, maybe not. This week I take a look at the actual time commitments necessary to participate in a successful raiding guild, and what you can do to get started and fit it into your busy life. Check it out, you might be surprised!
Our Real Life "Adventures" Spotlighted in Avatar Days
01/06/2010 alle 15:08
So a particularly unique World of Warcraft machinima video was linked to me this morning, and I believe that it stands out so much from the typical game-themed videos that I wanted to share it with you guys.
is a short film completed by a small group of talented Dublin residents, several of which are World of Warcraft players just like you and I. The video follows short "day in the life of" sequences which are each narrated by a different player, with his avatar performing the various, mundane tasks of the daily lives which many of us follow. This film was completed in an astonishing four days in entry for Ireland's
Darklight Film Festival
. Check it out for yourselves - it's interesting to stop, think and realize just how many World of Warcraft players are out there in that "real world."
New Contest: Dolby Audiophile Giveaway!
01/06/2010 alle 13:16
Are you an audiophile?
If so, you just might be interested in our
This one is a two-week long extravaganza, and we're giving away some fancy new
Dolby-powered surround sound headsets
, as well as subscriptions to their new
service, and even a few
Head on over to our contest page to sign up!
Patch 3.3.5: One Week Wait Between Regions
01/06/2010 alle 12:19
With the testing of the upcoming
going smoothly on the PTR, Slorkuz has announced something pretty unprecedented on the official forums.
In order to make the smoothest implementation of the new Battle.net RealID system, patch 3.3.5 will be deployed first on North American realms followed with Europe, Korea, and Taiwan one week afterward!
In patch 3.3.5, we will be introducing our new Battle.net system, which opens up new communication options for World of Warcraft players and lays the groundwork for integration with future Blizzard games, such as StarCraft II. In order to ensure that the implementation of this major new system goes as smoothly as possible, we plan to release the patch to North American realms first, with Europe, Korea, and the region of Taiwan following approximately one week afterward.
Impressions from Operation: Gnomeregan
28/05/2010 alle 19:18
The Cataclysm pre-launch events are currently being tested on the PTR, so I decided to go ahead and look around. If you haven't been keeping up with all the details though, I recommend checking out the
To recap, the
are preparing for a mission to reclaim
, their home city once lost to
, while the
are about to launch their own conquest to retake the Echo Isles, taken from them by
. On top of that, the Twilight's Hammer Cult will be meddling with all these affairs, too!
Having said all that, let's proceed to the details about
If you do not like spoilers, stop here. Otherwise, let's continue after the break!
Spoiler: Lore Behind Troll Druids
27/05/2010 alle 21:10
With the release of
on the PTR we have finally found out some interesting information on where
s actually are from and how they are connected lore-wise.
if you don't like spoilers I suggest you skip this blog, but if you're curious read on after the break.
BFF Report Episode 28: Heroes of Newerth vs League of Legends
27/05/2010 alle 14:48
Is anyone shocked that developers are trying to cash in on the massive success of the Warcraft 3 mod/map, DotA? I suppose there is that sweet spot in time where you can offer a game that is pretty much a straight copy with updated graphics, a dash of new features, a pinch of support, and still be accepted as something
(I'm looking at you, BeatHazard).
In this episode of the BFF Report, I got to checkout the two newest heavy hitter entries into the MOBA genre,
League of Legends
Heroes of Newerth
($30 retail). Is either one worthy of being crowned the unofficial successor of DotA? Are you gonna pass and wait for the SC2 mod? Bloodline Champions? Do you like cookies?
Operation: Gnomeregan and Zalazane's Fall on the PTRs
27/05/2010 alle 14:17
For those of you who wish to get a sneak preview of the upcoming
reclamation of Gnomeregan
, and the
retaking of the Echo Isles
for the Horde—now is your chance!
announced on the forums
that these events are now open to PTR players. Go and create a PTR character if you want to give them a try yourself!
Remember, you can find the quest information in the
section of our
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