Shared Topic: The Explorer's Task

Last week’s Shared Topic took a number of bloggers to various hidden corners of Azeroth after Jaedia from The Lazy Sniper challenged the blogosphere to an Explorer’s Task.

Last night, I had an idea for a shared topic that is a little bit different to your usual shared topic. I’ve posted about it here if you’d like a little more detail, but basically, the idea is to take your character out into Azeroth and Outlands, pick a few zones to visit, take a few screenshots maybe, tell us how your character reacts to their surroundings, explore the little bits of lore. It’s really quite open to your own interpretation, but it is an invitation to get out there and write about what you see.

Sometimes when levelling, we bypass things, be it the fallen Old God in Darkshore, or just the Murlocs on the coast. How often do you stop to look around and think?

Participating were:

Poneria from Fel Concentration

Zalduun from Blessing of Fish

Jaedia from The Lazy Sniper

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

Angelya from Revive & Rejuvenate

Raven1981 from

Nenunial from The Rambling Draenai Death Knight

Anexxia from The Bible of Dreams

Lunaire from Lunaire’s World of Warcraft

This weeks we’re attacking the sometimes touchy topic of helping new players. Do you help new players? If so, how? Let us know by writing a blog about it and reporting back to the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Want to know which Shared Topics are coming up? Check out:
Getting Ready for Cataclysm… or Are You?
Tell us your favorites
Conquering The Pre-Expansion Slump

Shared Topic: The Best & Worst: Cities/Towns

At the suggestion of Windsoar of Jaded Alt last week’s Shared Topic was all about the cities and towns of Azeroth, the good, the bad and the in-between.

After a long day of adventuring, where’s your favorite town to hang up your weapon, take off your boots or slippers and curl up with a glass of wine? (Or a skin of whatever swill you undead people drink.. how does that work anyway? I wouldn’t think you’d need food and water, but I see you nomming as much as the rest of us.)

What town makes you want to turn your charger around and race for the next outpost? Where you know the bedbugs WILL bite, and the slop on your plate will likely leave you with indigestion?

Be as flexible as you like! Capital cities, towns or outposts–even that little wayside moonwell in on the edge of Ferelas is fair game!

Participating last week were:

Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

Shodaran from Shodaran’s Law

pndrev from Primetime Casual

Manroth from @runtime

Anslym from Totem Tossing

Eryns from Harpy’s Nest

Larisa from The Pink Pigtail Inn (another post of hers on the topic can be found here)

Amaranth608 from Love and War in Azeroth

Khraden from Illumination

Nenunial from The Rambling Draenei Death Knight

Redhawks from Redhawks’ Gaze

Jaedia from The Lazy Sniper

Anexxia from Bible of Dreams

This week, our Shared Topic remains on the geographical side of things, but encourages us to step out of the Azeroth’s beaten paths. Explore Azeroth, take some pictures and share your discoveries on your blog! Then report back to the thread at Blog Azeroth with a link so we can all read about your adventures.

Want to take part in another Shared Topic? Here’s a sample of the next upcoming topics.
Helping New Players
Getting Ready for Cataclysm… or Are You?
List your favorites!

Our pool of upcoming topics is getting smaller, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of suggesting a new Shared Topic, now’s a great time! (Of course, it’s always a great time to suggest a new Shared Topic, but now is especially a great time.) Just post your idea in the Shared Topics forum on Blog Azeroth and one of the moderators will add it to the queue.

Resource Site Spotlight - Time To Die

Phase 3 Sindragosa is proving to be the bane of my raid team at the moment. And even my brilliant-yet-misguided attempts to get us an extra dps’er by pet tanking it (my pet can single tank it, we have to swap 2 tanks otherwise) have failed. And while this week’s highlighted add-on hasn’t helped us down Sindy, it’s been interesting and useful nonetheless.

Time to Die will track a boss’s health, your raid’s dps rates, and calculate how long it will be before the boss will die. For Sindragosa, it tells me how much longer we need to learn to exist in Phase 3 to beat her. For some dps-intesive fights, it can also tell you if you’re ahead of an enrage timer (25M timers on bosses such as Festergut and Blood Queen are still an issue for some raid teams). Paired with classic raiding add-ons like DBM that show enrage timers, it can help you see the kind of progress your raid has made, or how much it still needs to make.

(Editorial Comment: Please make sure to virus check your computer after this or any downloads onto your computer. There is no information at publication date that this site or its applications are harmful in any way, but caution should always be exercised.)

Episode 87 - FAQ U Psynister

For our last Friday recording (for a while), we welcome Psynister from Psynister’s Notebook. We talk, at length, about the new RealID information that has emerged and skim the subject of the alpha leaks. Oh, and, of course, we blame it all on gold buyers!


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Shared Topic: What do you do when your raid is canceled

Raids don’t work out every night. Sometimes, after you’ve scrambled to get all your work done for the night, after you’ve grabbed your drinks and your snacks, you excitedly log into the game only to find out that there just aren’t enough people available/the server is throwing a hissy fit/aliens have temporarily taken over your guild. Disappointed but not discouraged, you turn to your backup plan for the night. If you have one.

To make sure that, from now on, everyone will always have a backup plan to turn to when their raid is canceled, Deyndor from Swift Retribution suggested last week, that as a Shared Topic, we blog about what we do when our raid is canceled.

So I was talking with Eda on twitter tonight and she mentioned that she’s had 4 raids in the last 2 weeks get canceled. And that got me wondering, what do people do when their raid is canceled?

I’m sure there will be the mundane like farming stuff or running heroics, but I’m sure there are a lot of people with some really interesting and fun things too. Maybe you invade an enemy capital by yourself. Maybe you go play an alt. Whatever it is, share it!

Participating were:

Glassofwater-in-one-word from Not So Overpowered

Cornelious from Techadin

Qieth from Qieth’s Quips

Jyorore from Barkskin

Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual

Morynne from Marks 365

AChloryn from War(craft) of the Worlds

That Priest from Barrens Chat

Zahia from One More Alt

Anslym from Totem Tossing

Artie from Blade Barrier

Pewter from The ‘mental Shaman

Redhawk from Redhawk’s Gaze

Manroth from @Runtime

Angelya from Revive & Rejuvenate

Tryssta from The Snobby Blood Elf

Deyndor from Swift Retribution

Sindei from Six Inch Heals

This week, we go down a different path and share our crazy WoW tourist stories about the different cities and towns we’ve spent time in during the course of our adventures. We talk about the best and the worst the civilizations of Azeroth have to offer. To take part, write about the topic in your blog and report back to the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Short on ideas? Check out these other upcoming Shared Topics at Blog Azeroth!
The Explorer Task
Helping New Players
Getting Ready for Cataclysm…or Are You?

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