This week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic was suggested by Spinks of Spinksville, and asks us to dig back to our school skills and deconstruct our favourite quest.
"Go on, choose any quest from WoW and explain what it’s saying. You say you can see behind the curtain: show us. I want the art, not the craft."
So the topic is: talk about your favourite quest, questline, or zone and why you love it so much. Is it the theme? The way it eases characters from one hub to the next? The atmosphere? The cute? The story?”
Spinks wrote two posts addressing this (for extra credit!), and was originally inspired by this post from Massively.
And this week’s contributors are!
Belghast from Tales of the Aggronaut
Nigiri from Adventures of a Priest
Saresa from Destructive Reach
Have a Shared Topic you would like to suggest? Got something to contribute to an existing one? Make sure you visit the Blog Azeroth forums!
Next week’s Shared Topic is: Non Healer’s View of Healers (and vice versa!), suggested by Nigiri.
||This week we talk turkey, well.. really healing and stuff, with Anea from HolyDiscipline. We also discuss the “Ferraro Fiasco” and the “Right Way to Blog”.
— Continue reading Episode 46 — Holy Bubble Spec —
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We are still looking for your questions for Honor. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @TwistedNether and get your questions asked in the show.
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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!
Okay, so, I’ve got this idea. What if we combined Facebook’s recent activity feed, Twitter’s ability to tell anyone what you’re doing at any given time and list of followers, and your WoW characters? And then we made it all available in an addon that records all that stuff automatically?
Wait, what do you mean it’s already been done? Oh yeah, it has – it’s this week’s Wiki Tiki Utility, WoW.com Profiles!
Formerly known as WoW Insider, the new WoW.com brought with it an unexpected feature besides the usual rebranding and redesign – social networking! WoW.com Profiles are sort of like Twitter, Facebook, and a blog all wrapped up in one. You can sign up with your AIM or AOL username (WoW.com is owned by AOL, after all) and get started right away.
Taking full advantage of WoW.com Profiles also requires you to install their addon and associated application. These two work together – the addon collects data, keyed to a unique key in your profile settings, and the application parses them and turns them into activity posts. WoW.com has a pretty thorough guide to getting started!
Here’s a whirlwind tour of available features (and feel free to browse my profile while you’re at it):
- Feed Notes and In-Game Blog Posts: Available both outside the game (from the “Post a Feed Note” box on your profile) and inside it (using the /note command or the WoW.com Addon minimap button), this is basically Twitter for WoW, without the character limit. If you’re about to head out for a raid, want to share ongoing activity with your loyal profile followers, or simply want to say “urgh Death Knights are so OP why are we losing this AB????” then the Feed Notes are there for you! Feed Notes can also be filtered to show posts from your friends or your guild – how cool would it be to have your whole guild on here, chattering away even when you’re not inside the game?
- Blogging: That’s right, your WoW.com Profile can also double as your own blog! Granted, I haven’t done a whole ton of it (only a few posts here and there), but if you wanted a blog with basically zero setup, WoW.com Profiles has you covered. No RSS feeds for blogs yet, unfortunately, but keep in mind this is basically just an impressive first draft – that feature could always be coming down the road! The editor’s easy to use, and basically covers what you need – text formatting, pics, links, the foundations of an actual blog posting tool.
- Photo Gallery: Yep, you can add photos too! It’s got an upload limit of four at a time, and is what feels like the least stable part of the site at the moment (I got lots of out-of-memory errors trying to upload all four screenshots at once, and one of my screenshots seems to have a perpetually broken thumbnail), but it’s there and it’s at least mostly functional. It does automatically create a nice slideshow-type feature for you in your galleries.
- Followers: No social networking site would be complete without a list of people who think you’re actually interesting, and WoW.com Profiles are no different. Granted, I only managed to accrue 3 followers (one of whom was Alex Ziebart – hi Alex!), but if you wanted to, this could easily be your main “home” for WoW players!
- Individual Character Pages: While your profile does contain info about all your characters, it turns out each of your characters gets their own pages too! As you can see, my warrior’s been pretty busy.
There’s probably even more that I missed, but that’s probably enough to get you started with your WoW.com Profile. Go on over and check it our for yourself – and follow me. I totally need friends!
Mondays are Wiki Tiki Utility days here at TNB! Stop from The Stoppable Force highlights a resource from the Twisted Nether Wiki’s Big List of WoW Utilities, hopefully giving you a nice boost to your Intellect – or at least your skill at World of Warcraft. If you’ve got a utility you’d like to see listed on the wiki, or one you’d like to nominate for the Wiki Tiki Utility post, please send an email to stop AT twistednether DOT net with the subject “Wiki Tiki Utility”!
Gnomer from Armaggedon’s Coming came up with a fun and entertaining Shared Topic for the Blog Azeroth Community this week: the <insert class here> tard.
We have all heard of the term Huntard, and we all know what it means, and know one of them. However, what about the people who do not ‘know how to play’ in the other classes? What do they look like? What do we call them? How can we identify one of these players who is so heinously bad that we need to come up with a name especially for people like them?
Responding to the call this week were the following (with some excellent ideas of their own… except maybe for that last blogtard there on the list!)
Shopshopshop at Runeforge Gossip with ‘How Not to be a Fail Knight’
Nigiri at Adventures of a Priest with ‘I Feel like a Priestard’
Aeltyr at Runed Death with ‘Deathtard’
Myself at Destructive Reach with ‘Did You Just Spot that Locktard?’
Keep the Shared Topics coming folks! Next week’s Shared Topic challenges you to deconstruct your favourite quest, and was suggested by Spinks of Spinksville. If you have an idea for a Shared Topic, or wish to perhaps write about one on your blog, remember to visit the Blog Azeroth forums!