Episode 77 – Starmancraft, The Beta

Another epic episode! We welcome Starman from the World of Warcast podcast. We talk about many things, as usual, and extract all sorts of podcasting secrets. We also talk about patch 3.3.3 on the PTR and Pets are going Plushie! An enlightening voicemail and generally awesome discussion round it out.

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General News

Starcraft 2 Beta has started (as of the 17th of Feb) [I know.. It isn’t warcraft ..] (link)

News: Blizzard: 70% of new WoW players don’t get past level 10 (link)
Only a third of new players to World of Warcraft make it past level 10 – the tipping point at which the majority of gamers will then go on to become dedicated players – making the title’s ongoing success in the marketplace five years after launch all the more impressive.

Blizzard expects the third expansion pack for its massively multiplayer sensation World of Warcraft to arrive in the “back half of 2010,” according to CEO Mike Morhaime.
Speaking to investors during an Activision Blizzard conference call, Morhaime added that the game has a “global subscribership of approximately 11.5M subscribers.”

3.3.3 on the PTR (link)
Next Raid Encounter will probably be the Ruby Sanctum –
The following is what we knew prior to getting the patch notes above.
There is a nice interview of Tom Chilton (Kalgan) on Gameinformer.com. We learn a couple of new things here, including an almost-confirmed upcoming single-boss raid encounter: The Ruby Sanctum in the Chamber of Aspects under the Wyrmrest Temple.

The Dungeon Finder tool might be extended “at the very least” to 10-person raids at some point in the future.
The next addition to raid content will probably be a single-boss encounter in the Ruby Sanctum of the Chamber of Aspects. “It’s a little too early to have a lot of details on that, but I wouldn’t characterize it as a huge chunk of content. […] I think of it more as an extension of patch 3.3.”

Battleground and Honor Changes on the Horizon !!! (this is in the 3.3.3 notes too)

The drop rate of Frost Lotus, from herbs in Northrend, has been increased by 50%. !! Woot :)

Mobile Authenticator now available on Android phones
A new Mobile Authenticator application appeared on the Android Market yesterday, it isn’t officially announced yet but the application is indeed legit.

Blizzard and UDE part ways.

Too cute for words
The Pet Store is about to go plush! Introducing the Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling, the first in a new line of cuddly, crafty critters scheduled to arrive exclusively in the online Blizzard Store in the weeks ahead. Each plush companion will come with a code for a matching in-game, non-combat, account-bound pet to fly by your side in Azeroth. Both Horde and Alliance players will be able to adopt either pet once they hatch in the online Blizzard Store. Keep your eyes on the sky — and the official World of Warcraft website — for more information.

Hot Topics from the Nether!

(via Critical QQ) Escapism (link)
(via Tree of Life) Dante’s Internet (link)

We’d like to welcome all of the new bloggers who introduced themselves on Blog Azeroth. This week we saw posts from:
– (Wow) Nobody Like You
– (Holy Paladin) The Physician’s Log
– (WoW) Late night Warcraft
– (Resto Shaman) Flow
– (Death Knight Tanking) Blade Barrier
– (resto druid) The Healz Squad
– (resto druid) Cannot be Tamed
– (disc priest) Pain Suppression
– (Death Knights) Runestrikes
– (PvE) Flairn’s PvE Adventures
– (Reminiscing on Wow) WTB World of Warcraft
– (Ret/Holy Paladin) Hand of Salv
– (Mages) Mischief, Magic and Rocket Science

Shared Topic This Week

Each week on BlogAzeroth a new topic is posted for general blogging. We encourage our listeners to post about that topic on their own blog and then post a link to it in the forum.

A Conversation with your Character(link)
If you gave your character a voice, how would a conversation between you and them go?
How would you interact with them? Would you play god? How would your character sound? Would they be intelligent, witty, or be the embodiment of the stereotypical “huntard”?

Suggested by Azryu from the Arcanery.

Next week…

Next week we are taling with Shy from Shy at Wow.

(Opening song “Monster Techno Blues” is preformed Joe Sibol, provided by podssafeaudio.com)

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