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:
Do your alts know each other?
Weird gaming habits
** The above image is not from our spotlight site, Ask Mr. Robot, but I thought it was just too durned cute not to add it ^.^ **
On the request of the big boss man, Fimlys, and by recommendation of my fellow OverLore host Nibuca, I am reviewing Ask Mr. Robot this week for the RSS article.
I have said it before, throughout Wrath I was a hardcore min/maxer. I used a vast array of websites, spreadsheets, and even java script based gear and talent optimizers. In fact my extreme love of these tools lead me to be Murloc Rolled on GroupQuest, one of Medros‘ shows on Dawn Forge.
[If you haven’t noticed, I’m in a bit of a pimp-a-licious mood today, but I’ll keep the remaining pimpage to Ask Mr. Robot]
Ask Mr. Robot, or rather Mr. Robot’s World of Warcraft Gear Optimization and Theorycraft Website!, is one such site that I will assuredly be using in my Cataclysm min-maxing, and also for making choices in dungeons to run for gear acquisitions and reputation priorities as well. Like all gear optimization tools you cannot bank on these being 100% accurate. That’s impossible. There are very complicated soft caps and hard caps at play, as well as constantly changing mechanics that require a full time job just to keep with for one class and spec, let alone 30. However Ask Mr. Robot is a very well crafted site with an easy and intuitive UI that every player of World of Warcraft can find useful and should use to make their gearing and enchanting/gemming choices.
Once at askmrrobot.com start by selecting the “Gear Optimizer” and import your character by inputing your realm name and character name, then start plugging away at gear pieces and enchantments. There are some good advanced features, but even the most casual user will be able to use the site to great affect.
I found several adorable robots while searching for the header image, and I feel it would be a disservice to not include them, so I will close out the post with these adorable robot pictures. Whether you like it or not.
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||This week we welcome Whalen from Curse to the show. He talks about his job there, wowstead and, of course, playing WoW! Not a lot of news but we do talk about the iPad 2 (why?) and go over the shared topics and new blogs.
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— Continue reading Episode 121 — Whalen Caverns —
||We are pleased to welcome Anne Stickney of WoW Insider aka Shade from All Things Azeroth. If you have any questions for her please make sure to send them in prior to showtime to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to the chatroom!
- When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday, March 19th 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:
- 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.
- 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!
Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Elfi from World of Elfi!
Elfi started her WoW adventures back in 2008 at the behest of her brother. While she has always loved games of all types, WoW is her first MMO experience. Even though Elfi has been playing WoW for 3 years, she is devoted to her main character, Elfindale. As the release of Cataclysm was approaching Elfi spent a good deal of time reading blogs, learning about new blogs, and generally just enjoying the WoW blogging community. Before she knew it, she was writing about her own adventures through Azeroth!
Elfi is an avid pet and mount collecter, has a penchant for fun screenshots, and can work the Auction House like nobody’s business. She’s also a very chatty, happy-go-lucky person who loves the friendships that WoW gives us. If you ask her, she might even tell you about how she deleted Elfindale the day after she hit 85! (Purely by accident, but still!). Elfi enjoys blogging about silly things that happen in game, tossing in a rant here and there (because, c’mon, you can’t blog and NOT have a rant once in a while!). You will find the she blogs much the same way that she approaches WoW, lighthearted and fun.
If you venture over to Elfi’s World, I recommend checking out how she uses her worgen to channel Madonna, or perhaps take a gander at her weekly screenshots. She offers some great advice on ways to improve your game time while offline and believe it or not, uses Shakespeare to talk about WoW!
If none of those catch your interest, perhaps you can mourn for Darnassus along side Elfi. Or perhaps empathize with her guild struggles (we all have them now and again!). You can also play the sometimes game with her, as we all have wishes and desires! If nothing else, be sure to check out the strangest floating cat head that is completely randomly found in Uldum!
Oh and before I forget! Fun Trivia Fact: All of Elfi’s posts start with “The One Where…”, which is an homage to one of her favorite TV shows, Friends.
I don’t know about you, but I sure am looking forward to hearing more from Elfi!
Elfi is off to a great start, and I can’t wait to see where her adventures take her next! So raise your floating cat heads, and give cheers to Elfi as she joins the Blogosphere. Welcome, Elfi!
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 email@example.com, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!