Episode 122 – Shades of Lore

malygos This week we welcome Anne Stickney from WoW Insider aka Shade from All Things Azeroth. After a pretty epic interview (which includes quite a few off-topic tangents.. warning.. warning..) we talk about a few news things rolling around out there, introduce a few new blogs to Blog Azeroth and well, generally goof off.

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TNB Live Saturday 3/26 – Fulguralis and Fuubaar

We are pleased to welcome Fulguralis and Fuubaar from Killing’em Slowly. If you have any questions for them please make sure to send them in prior to showtime to info@twistednether.net or bring them to the chatroom!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday, March 26th at 8pm PT (11pm ET). 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. Don’t forget to register/login to UStream so you can chat with us!
  • 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. We will be monitoring the chat room and if we can we will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but we 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!

Resource Site Spotlight – L2R (LearnToRaid.com)

L2R is a recent endeavor of Kinaesthesia, you may have heard him speak of it as his “secret project” on the Circle of Healing podcast some time ago (co-starring a friend of Twisted Nether Blogcast, one Matt “Matticus” Lowe). Among the sites I have praised for being well-designed, this one takes the cake!

L2R (LearnToRaid) is a site dedicated to high end raiding, and how to get us all there. Videos, insightful articles, guides, blogs, forums, you name it. Kina is of course a member of the guild Vodka, on Alterac Mountains (US). A guild that continues to wrack up the progression raiding accolades, world firsts and the like, so the man has got the cred to pull off this project.

Well-polished doesn’t even begin to describe L2R. The videos are excellent compliments to the written articles, and the writers are well-versed in their subject matter.

If you have any inclination at raiding in World of Warcraft, you owe it to yourself to go to L2R immediately. As in right now. As in, I am telling you to leave the article I am writing, and you are reading, to go visit this site. I am that impressed. And you will be too.

A taste of the videos you will see on L2R:

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Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Totemic Grace

Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Laerith of Totemic Grace.

Laerith started her journey in WoW filling a DPS role. Finding DPS unfulfilling, she thought that she’d try her hand at tanking – and after having some sense knocked into her (see what I did there?!?!) decided that her true calling was filling those green bars from left to right! She now finds her healing passion in her Shaman, who is part of the Council of Dragons raid team, where she also has the opportunity to enjoy the game with friends and family. While you will find plenty of Shaman information over at Totemic Grace, Laerith tells us that you may see the occasional role play back story start to develop as well.

In the short time that Laerith has been blogging, she has already established a Resto Shaman Guide, as well as looked at some of the math surrounding the new Spirit Link Totem. She also helps you better understand the science behind calculating Mana Regeneration.

Not really interested in Shaman healing? (Shame on you!). No worries! You can check out some useful things that everyone should know about healing. Or just check out her perspectives on raiding in this tier of content.

Laerith is off to a really great start! And I know that the blogosphere is always looking for great resto shaman bloggers! As such, I am very happy to introduce Laerith, and give her a big welcome! I know that I’m certainly looking forward to reading more!

Welcome to the Blogosphere, Laerith!

Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings 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 email to fallingleaves51@gmail.com, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

Shared Topics: Horde: Good or evil? and Favorite Profession

Welcome to another edition of Shared Topics with two juicy, juicy topics!

The first, from two weeks ago was suggested by Ringo Flinthammer of Flinthammer Hall who invited us to take a break from all the number talk and turn our attention to the story unfolding in Azeroth, more particularly to the Horde.

For years, fans of the Horde have described them as noble savages or, at worst, misunderstood people trying to make their way in a hostile world.

But that may have changed in the wake of the Cataclysm. The Forsaken have rolled across the northern lands of the Eastern Kingdoms, slaughtering all enemies in the Hillsbrad Foothills and seek to claim Gilneas for their own. The orcish war machine is rolling across Kalimdor, unleashing fire and devastation in Azshara and the Stonetalon Mountains. Horde NPCs even argue amongst themselves about the brutality of their methods.

Has the Horde changed? Is Blizzard merely clarifying the way they’ve always wanted to portray them? Or is this merely the start of a story about the soul of the Horde?

Giving this topic the attention it deserved required a good grasp on the lore, which is why I gave it an extra week. It was worth the wait as the responses were interesting and, to the lore n00b that I am, enlightening. Participating were:

TwilliK from Arcane Envoy

Aliera from The Violet Scribe

Saz from World of Saz

Hadrimda from Hadrimda’s Blog

As for this week’s Topic, suggested by Ama of Specced for Drama, well, it doesn’t really need an introduction…

What is your favorite profession and why?

Offering their input are:

Garona from PvE Rogues (Her site’s down at the moment, I’m hoping it’ll be back up soon)

Sarindre from Through the Eyes of a Tree

Gneisha from Totally My Totem

Aliera from The Violet Scribe

Saz from World of Saz

Kamalia from Kamalia et alia

Fannon from Dwarven Battle Medic

Akabeko from Red Cow Rise

Corath from Corath’s Blog

Malevica from Type H for Heals

Kahiaau from Green Bars Spec (Who tried to hide from me)

Enlynn from Bubblespec

And coming up on Blog Azeroth, so so many exciting Topics! Next week, we’ve got another Horde vs Alliance Topic. Azeroth, is the Horde on the road to conquering it? Show off your knowledge of Azerothian politics (and maybe teach me some) and share a link to your post in the thread at Blog Azeroth.

Then get ready for these inspiring upcoming Topics:
Favourite Race
Do your alts know each other?
Weird gaming habits

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