And The Counting Shall Be 2

anniversary Wow. I still can’t believe that we are coming up on our 2 year anniversary of the first episode! I think that was also our shortest episode ever. Way back in 2008, Bre and I had this idea. How about we create a podcast that talks about the WoW blogosphere? We took it and.. well, a co-host change, new graphics, a live show, 80+ interviews, lots of round tables, sponsors, Blizzcon and an amazing amount of the best fans anyone could ever ask for.. 2 Years later.. We’re getting close to 100 episodes.. We’ve got our second Blizzcon (well, 3rd for Nib, 2nd for our meetup) coming up in October.. And every week we get bigger and better (ok.. we try NOT to get bigger.. but.. we like to talk.. 😛 ).

So, Thank you ALL for your continued support of our grand vision! We really mean it when we say we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. You make what we do worth it.

We want to do something really special for our next couple of episodes. I’d love to get some voicemails, mp3 files, even emails if that’s all you can do from you guys.  ALL of you! If you have a blog, podcast, twitter account or are just a listener (who doesn’t have a twitter account?!?). We’re looking for “shout outs” .. Let us know what TNB has meant to you. Make it as long as you’d like. Pimp your blog/show/twitter/facebook/whatever.. Let us know where you want TNB to go in the future! (Mars, Draenor, Abyssal Maw?)

Thank you all again for being the amazing community you are. We look forward to providing you another 2 years of the best news, views and voices from across the Internether! Don’t forget to come to our next couple LIVE shows (remember on our new Tuesday recording schedule!). You never know when we might give something away!

Episode 88 - Twisted Newsday

If you didn’t remember, we moved our LIVE recording day to Tuesday nights (same time/channel). However, not only did a bunch of people forget about the change… We forgot to get a guest! OMG! It’s just Fim and Nib.. Or is that Nim and Fib? Anyway, your co-hosts spend a hefty amount of time discussing the news this week. The iPhone/Pod/Pad Application is updated with Beta AH functionality! Blizzcon Tickets go on sale June 2 and June 5. PTR 3.3.5 Is Open.. And sooo much more.. It might be shorter than usual, but it is NO less packed with vitamins and minerals! We guarantee…


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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.)