Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Trustyn from Zap!

tnb-welcome2Welcome to Trustyn of Zap! – The Elitist, Hardcore Blog!

This guy does a lot. In asking him for some background information for this post, I received a decent shock at just how much this author has on his plate, and how much he is doing. Besides his blog (which I will get to officially in a moment), he has a podcast, youtube channel, is writing a book, collaborating on a comic book, and is going to university to be a teacher. And, of course, he plays WoW. Not only that, but he’s a “hardcore” raider, which implies his investment in the game is much more serious than many.

Trustyn has been playing since shortly after release in 2004, and has raided everything from Molten Core to the original Naxx to Sunwell to every WotLK heroic achievement but Immortal. Despite his title (and the title of his podcast, The Elitist), he’s actually against the stereotype of the “social outcast jerks” stereotype about hardcore raiders. He’s played a rogue, paladin, warrior and his current main is a shaman.

He talks about addons and preparations for finding a guild, as well as his own shot at love, and so many others. He’s been blogging since February, so he’s very new to the game, but it seems to be going swimmingly so far. He does his own podcast every week covering WoW news, and it’s worth checking out. I can’t wait to see where this blog goes next.

Welcome to the Blogosphere, Trustyn!

Every Friday, Bellwether from 4 Haelz is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an e-mail to 4haelz AT gmail DOT com with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

The Blog Azeroth Shared Topic

Hi! For those of you who don’t know me, I am Saresa from Destructive Reach. However, I am writing here (thanks Fim and Bre!) as a moderator of the Blog Azeroth forums to reintroduce the Blog Azeroth Shared Topic, a great concept that has been around for a long time, but has fallen by the wayside a little bit. Fortunately, the Shared Topic has been revived and will be just as interesting and exciting as ever.

To quote Phaelia’s original post, the Blog Azeroth Shared Topic is a wonderful innovation of the Blog Azeroth Community for the following reasons:

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the idea of a “Shared Topic” it’s a pre-designated subject upon which writers are encouraged to post. All those individual posts are then collected into one place for easier access by all. It provides several benefits:

  • Helps struggling bloggers overcome the occasional case of Writer’s Block (Blogger’s Block?)
  • Increases exposure, especially for newer or less well known bloggers
  • Further promotes a sense of community among blog authors

Each week on a Thursday I will post the current Shared Topic of the week, as well as some links to the responses so far. As the Shared Topic has only just officially re-started, this week does not have as much content. However,there is plenty of time to get on board for this week’s post.

This week’s Shared Topic is brought to us by Skarrde of Tank 2 Heals, and concerns the Addon Developer Strike. Bloggers are asked to discuss their opinion and perspective on the controversial change to Blizzard’s addon policy and the addon developer’s reaction. Here is some of what Skarrde had to say:

WoW Insider brought to my attention that Blizzard has changed their policy on addons. And while I would like to compliment them in a way on this I can also understand why authors would have a problem with it. I hate the idea of having to pay for addons and there are a few of them out there that have enhanced versions of their addon like Carbonite and Wowecon. I personally would never bother with getting the enhanced version but if they take the time to come up with these and then go to the trouble to market it, it is in a sense a sign of free enterprise.

Athryn from Athryn’s Tier has come back with a different perspective to most, shown in this extract.

I don’t think many people really understand the work that goes into writing a good mod, or even a small one. I watched my SO work for most of a weekend, just to create a simple mod that would summon a pet for me. Some of these authors have 2nd jobs that are basically dedicated to their mod.

This is a contentious and interesting development, and certainly something that many blog authors feel passionate about. If you would like to see how this Shared Topic is developing, or perhaps even would like to submit one of your own, visit the forum post at Blog Azeroth.

Episode 38-Where in the WoW is Bre

question_mark2 This week Bre is found…sort of and we are joined with a special co-host Nibuca from Mystic Chicanery. Oh, and lots, and lots of babble…you have been warned.

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“The Fifth Network”

A Mediaweek article describes gaming as the “the fifth network” and suggest that based on a report by Nielsen PreView called The Video Game Handbook the time spent playing games is quickly overtaking the time spent viewing large TV networks. Although the article says that “TV doesn’t feel threatened” .. maybe it should.

Twistin’ The Night Away

As an adjunct to Bre’s post/reminder about the Live interview tonight, I wanted to announce a new Achievement available to all past and future live interviewees… Twisted Nether is proud to announce our new 25 point Achievement:

We hope you all can participate in helping our guests succeed in this! Don’t forget! Set your alarms!

( All of you who have been interviewed by us in the past are welcome to post this achievement proudly on your blog.. Since we just started the live interviews again, anyone who has been on the show is grandfathered in)

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