Resource Site Spotlight – Wowjuju

Like most of the articles I write for the RSS I like the attach a sufficient amount of personal experience to the resource. The personal experience I have with this site is unfortunately none, and that is unfortunate for me because in Wrath I began a quest to get exalted with every single Wrath faction, and I did, prior to the reputation gain buffs, with the only exception being The Explorers League, that I only had to Friendly prior to the buff, so that was the only reputation I was gaining in dungeon runs prior to entering ICC and working on Ashen Verdict.

What is unfortunate is that I did not know if this site prior to my rep grinds. Given this sites main focus being reputation and the gaining thereof, I am quite certain that any number of the guides here would have helped me tremendously.

At my current level of play in Cataclysm I am actually having a remarkably difficult time gaining reputation. The tabard system is still in effect, but I feel like I am struggling to make headway with the tabards alone, and I have not unlocked even a fraction of the daily quest lines because the VAST majority of my leveling was done in the LFD, and not in questing. I think the Vash’jir is the only zone in which I have completed more than 10 quests. Wowjuju is going to enable me to focus in on the reputation gains I need to make [emphasis need] in order to gear my Paladin properly to begin raiding.

Wowjuju is equipped with a feature that is seen in many resources, but with a new twist I have not seen prior. There is a character calculator, much like other sites, that pulls information from the armory; the difference is that Wowjuju focuses in only on reputations for the character. Not gearing, not item enhancements, not raid progression. It is so exquisitely simple that it necessitates appreciation.

Guides and articles abound for the achievements and gains of all the factions within World of Warcraft. Updates are frequent and with well written, concise articles.

Normally I would say here – “If you are interesting gaining reputation with any or all of the factions in World of Warcraft then head on over to Wowjuju” – but the thing is, everyone SHOULD be interesting in gaining reputation with at least the Cataclysm factions, because our gear and shoulder/head slot enchantments are directly tied into these factions, and even PvP’ers have a great deal to gain from faction reputation.

Therefore, go to Wowjuju. That’s it. Fairly simple right? (Or as our Canadian brethren would say – “Fairly simple, eh?”)

Cheers!

~Rilandune

You can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/rilandune | read my (currently nuked but coming back soon) blog – Heroically Random | Listen to the other Twisted Nether podcast, The OverLores, of which I am a cohost

TNB Live Saturday 1/29 – Kody from Curse.com

logo-curse We’re back! This week we welcome Kody from Curse.com. He does much of the content management on the web site and also ran World Of Raids. If you have any questions for our guest this week, please make sure to send them in via email or call our voicemail! Or, you can show up to our live chat room and ask them directly!

Oh, and I think he might even have a little something to give away to the people in the chat room too!


  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday, January 29th 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!

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Gavendo of Rapid Fire

TNB_Welcomeby Beruthiel – Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Gavendo of Rapid Fire!

Gavendo found himself hooked on WoW shortly after the Wrath of the Lich King expansion released. Gavendo has always played his hunter as his main character and has put extensive work into mastering the class. When he isn’t leading raids for his guild Veneficus Ex, he is chasing down achievements in hopes that he can achieve them all.

Gavendo started writing Rapid Fire at the end of the Lich King expansion hoping to cull some of the end of expansion doldrums and providing thoughtful topics for the hunter community. While Gavendo’s main focus is all things Hunter, he does admit to taking the occasional side trip for other things that interest him.

In the few months since Gavendo started writing, he’s covered all sorts of great topics. He’s given some insights on Tier 11 Hunter Gear and how you should gem and enchant your new shinies. He also has the raiding hunter covered with a great guides for Hunter consumables and professions. You will also find a great guide on Hunter Crowd Control. Heck! He’s even got all the information you need for your pet covered!

Not interested in Hunters? Not to worry! Gavendo does things other than poke bad guys with pointy sticks. You can check out his Archeology Review and his thoughts on 10 vs 25 man raiding. If those don’t interest you, perhaps some of his thoughts on some of WoW’s achievements will tickle your fancy.

Gavendo tells us that we can expect more hunter and achievement guides and updates, along with the occasional reflection about features that he likes, or dislikes, in the game. I don’t know about you, but I am certainly looking forward to seeing more!

Welcome to the Blogosphere, Gavendo!

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!

Resource Site Spotlight – WoW Professions

Even in our favorite game world, we still need to work to live. No matter what you do in the World of Warcraft, you need gold to survive. Whether or not your in-game “job” is to play the Auction House, do daily quests, or beg in the streets of Orgrimmar, you need gold to survive in the world of Azeroth. Inside this game of ours is a crafting and materials gathering system that allows for one means of “making a living.”

I know I do not need to spell out the professions available in WoW, however for sake of thoroughness here is the list…

Gathering:
Herbalism (pronounced, of course, with the first syllable sounding like “her” NOT “er”. The cool kids say the “H”)
Mining
Skinning
Crafting:
Alchemy
Blacksmithing
Enchanting
Engineering
Inscription
Jewelcrafting
Leatherworking
Tailoring

That looks a rather daunting list, does it not? Well, it is. It is nigh impossible for any one person to be so knowledgeable of the in-game professions to not need any guidelines to help in leveling said professions. For the rest of us mere mortals, there is Wow-Professions. I am uncertain how long Wow-Professions has been operating, but I do know it is a site that I have used on many occasions to help in leveling my professions.

It is a simple site, with simple guides, written very concisely (I love this) with good applicable pictures/screenshots, and the bottom line is it makes leveling professions feel far less mysterious and prevents one from wasting a great deal of time and gold. Because lets face it, certain professions are already NIGHTMARISHLY expensive to level (looking at you enchanting – at least it was for me).

I am not the type to buy a guide. Though there is nothing wrong with this, I simply do not have the disposable income for such a purchase. For me, a site like WoW-Professions is perfect. They provide a great service and I hope that my constant visits for checking things like mining node layouts on zone maps off-sets enough of their costs through the ad-sense ads they have on the site to make it worth their while.

There are many sites in the ‘verse that discuss professions guides, this one just happens to be my favorite, and has earned their respect with good information and a secure browsing experience.

For all the alt-a-holics out there (looking at you Psynister) that have given yourselves two more profession slots per character, I suggest filling those slots, and doing so with as little aggravation as possible, and WoW-Professions can help you do just that.

Cheers!

~Rilandune

You can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/rilandune | read my (currently nuked but coming back soon) blog – Heroically Random | Listen to the other Twisted Nether podcast, The OverLores, of which I am a cohost

Shared Topic: Were 5 Levels Enough?

Here’s a Topic that reaches right into our heads and encourages us to speak up on an aspect of Cataclysm that we’ve all secretly pondered: were 5 levels (as opposed to the usual 10 per expansion) a good idea?

Ringo Flinthammer of Flinthammer deserves all the credit for bringing up this great Topic:

For the first time, WoW’s latest expansion, Cataclysm, only raised the level cap by 5 levels, in addition to the other content it added. Was Blizzard right to make this call? All other things being equal — the same number of high level zones and dungeons, for instance — should they have raised the cap by 10 levels? Should the fourth expansion be a 5-level or 10-level jump?

Want to know what WoW bloggers and readers had to say about it? Read the posts by:

Fealen from Cow and Bones

Elionene from Good Morning Azeroth

Elsen from View Through the Branches

Casual Raider from The Casual Raider

Tazok from Azeroth and Beyond

Kallixta from Kallixta’s Notes

Naithin from Fun in Games

Etherjammer from Duct Tape and a Prayer

Corath from Corath’s Blog

Anslym from Bag Overflow

Squelchy from Blame Squelchy

As for this upcoming week, our Shared Topic concerns boss fights. For the common of the mortals, most raid (and even some 5-man) bosses feel chaotic the first time. It’s like being in a loud, flashy bar where everyone speaks a foreign language. But eventually it falls together and before you know it, you’re doing the fight with one hand, while doing your nails with the other and watching TV. How do you get from the initial chaos to the magic “ah-ha!” moment where everything falls together? Blog all about it and share the link in the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Want a peak at some more topics? Check out:
Digging archeology?
Reign over the Design of WoW. What do you do?
When Good Guildies Go Bad

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