TNB Live Thursday 7/23 9:30pm PST – Mike Schramm of WoW.com

wowcom Join us Thursday evening at 9:30PM PST as we talk with Mike Schramm of WoW.Com (the site formerly known as WoW Insider) and other projects. Join the fun in our live chat room!
  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Thursday July 23th at 9:30pm PST (12:30 am EST). Not sure what time that is for you? Use this handy-dandy time converter!
  • Where do I go? To participate on the live show, you will need to go to the TNB Live Show page to connect with the stream. See, totally easy. If you are having issues then go to the Ustream page.
  • Some general ground rules:
    1. Be nice. If you say very inappropriate things be aware you will be kicked from the room. We are doing this to have a great time, come with a beer, come during a raid, come how you wish, just don’t come to cause trouble.
    2. You may ask questions to the participants during the show, but we reserve the right to use them if and when we can. I will be monitoring the chat room and if I can I will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but I will have to weave them in. Even if it isn’t asked, we all appreciate your questions

Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!

Shared Topic: What Does It Mean To Be Horde/Alliance?

This week Spinks asks us to consider what it means to us to be a part of the Horde or the Alliance.

I got this idea from the paid faction changes, and I was trying to list out some things I thought you had to do in game to be a real Horde.
Then I figured this might be a fun shared topic. What does it mean to you to be Horde/ Alliance?

Contributing patriotically this week are the following Blog Azeroth Bloggers

Solomonx from Magetable: “I found myself with a newfound respect and loyalty to the Horde”

Kirei at A Gamer of Sorts: “not only do I play both Horde and Alliance, but I realized that I do actually think differently of both my characters”

Darkpurple from Druidic In Nature: “I see Alliance as proud and sophisticated, giving great value to intellectual pursuits”

Plague from Cataclysm’s Edge: “The olden days world PvP was something to be proud of and I dare any player from them times to not get misty eyed when “Southshore” gets mentioned.”

Nigiri from Adventures of a Priest: “Help Abercrombie get his wife Eliza back, only to realize you were vastly underpowered for what was about to come your way”

Saresa at Destructive Reach: “I just wanted to be pretty”

To contribute to this weeks topic, or to suggest one of your own, head on over to the Blog Azeroth Forums!

Episode 52 – Stabled Pets Can’t Attack (SPCA)

We’re still trucking along! This week we talk about the Tome of Cold Weather Flying, coming in 3.2. We also discuss how to blow up your blog, make Warlocks just a little bit more evil and we welcome Brajana from Mend Pet in to discuss lots of huntery goodness and her SPCA Charity Drive!

SPONSORED BY: Buff’D – Player Powered WoW News (Contest Info)

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Resource Site Spotlight: Charpool

Screenshotty goodness!Hi folks! Today I discovered a very interesting site called Charpool (site, tour, wiki entry). Basically, it’s used to keep and share a timeline of your character. You can sign in with many existing accounts you might have (such as OpenID), or you can create an account there. Once you’re logged in, you can claim a character, and then start playing with it. Most people use it to track achievements, notable screenshots, and leveling, as well as keep a journal and keep track of their friends and guild. An example of a typical page is the site creator’s character page.

One of the niftier features is its ability to hear your tweets if you tag them appropriately. You have to tell it what your account is, and then tag any tweets you want it to listen to with #wow and #1. They will appear in your timeline automatically. You can also create a note (like a blog post) and upload photos (screenshots, etc).

Tune in next week!

The resource site spotlight (aka wiki tiki utility posts) should happen every week, is written by Euripides from outdps.com, and endeavors to fill your favorites bar with an unmanageably large quantity of WOW resource sites. So much knowledge that it hurts. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.

Shared Topic: What If There Were WoW Lobbyists?

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This week at Blog Azeroth we get all political!  Euripides of OutDPS muses upon the following point

The US hunting and gun lobby is quite powerful. The US Fish and Wildlife Service says 12.5 million people hunted (in real life) in the US in 2006. The number of WOW players has reached 11 million globally, over half of them US based.
Here’s my idea for a shared topic: How would our lives change if a lobby representing the interests of US WOW players had as much clout per capita as the hunting (and long gun) lobby?

Would President Obama have photo-ops with him rolling a Paladin? Raiding Naxx? Would politicians have to try to balance their message so they attract people who are partial to both Horde and Alliance?

 

Rising to the challenge is MomentEye from NoobSaysWoW, with a highly entertaining look at the possible strengths (and weakness!) of the WoW player base in the political scene.  I take a more… Warlocky view of the situation at Destructive Reach.

What do you think?  Could WoW players really influence global affairs?  Have your say by linking your post on the Blog Azeroth Forums, or suggest your own Shared Topic!

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