TNB Live Saturday 6/25 – Jed

We are pleased to welcome Jed from Jed’s Corner of WoW Shenanigans. If you have any questions please make sure to send them in prior to showtime to or bring them to the chatroom!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th 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!

Shared Topic: The Consequences of Death in an MMO

I am safely home from vacation and get to breathe a little bit while waiting for the moving van to come pick up my stuff. And because I’m home, we get an almost-on-time compilation of one week’s Shared Topic. Let us all celebrate by participating in next week’s Topic!

This week’s Topic was contributed by Sharden of the blog 15 Minutes of WoW and opened discussion on the delicate endeavor that is perfecting an MMO death system:

How do you think dying in an MMO should affect the characters? In WoW we have a relatively insignificant repair cost from durability for a PVE death and no consequence for dying to another player. Do you think this is enough, too much, or needing improvement? Tie-ins to related MMO’s or multiplayer games and what sort of repricussion there is for failure there can be a good way to explain your thoughts.

Participating were:

Sharden from 15 Minutes of WoW

Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual

Violet Scribe from The Violet Scribe

Amerence from Amerence Love WoW

Oathblade from Info about the World of Warcraft from the Altaholic

Blayze from Tank Out of Water

Martha from

And this week we speculate about Blizzcon and what Blizzcon shall bring! What do you think will be announced at Blizzcon? Blog about it and link us your post in the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Be sure to start planning for these upcoming topics as well:
RP and Bliz’s Multimedia push
Tell us, oh fortunteller, about patch 4.3 …
“The most balanced it’s ever been”

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Pyromania

Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join my in welcoming Mebhy of Pyromania!

Mebhy start playing WoW just before the release of The Burning Crusade and was a “completely terrible warrior tank”. Deciding that tanking wasn’t for him, he took up the mantle of the mage and hasn’t looked back since! He raided all through wrath, and has continued his raiding in Cataclysm as an officer and class leader in his 25 man progression guild. Mebhy stared blogging as an outlet for his thoughts and to share them with the WoW community.

He hopes to cover a large range of topics with his blog, but has a primary focus on the challenges that one faces taking on a leadership role in a guild and, of course, mages! He intends to do a series documenting the creation of the new caster legenday, Dragonwrath, complete with FRAPS’d footage of the quest chain!

Mebhy has addressed some great topics already, including the importance of communication between your officers and your guild and the struggles that raid teams face when they start hitting walls (a topic near and dear to my heart!). He has also explored the effect that Rage Quitting has on not only the player, but the guild as a whole as well as musing about when it might be best, or if you should, quit your raid team.

Mebhy is off to a great start!  I can’t wait to follow his experiences into guild leadership and raiding.  Welcome to the Blogoshphere, Mebhy!

Shared Topics: Premium Services and What Keeps You Coming Back?

Greetings, greetings! I didn’t mean to fall behind again, but I’ve been backpacking for about a week and a half now, and sure enough, the inevitable happened.

I’m still really pressed for time – I’ve totally overstayed my welcome in this coffee shop – so this round up is going to be quick. Besides, I’m quite positive that these posts are read for the links, not for the fluff I add to them ;D

So the Shared Topic from two weeks ago! Corath of Corath’s Blog proposed:

What are your thoughts on not only this new feature, but “premium” features being added into the game?

Participating were:

Corath from Corath’s Blog (he even participated twice!)

Amerence from Amerence Love WoW

Violet Scribe from The Violet Scribe

Saz from World of Saz

Akabeko from Red Cow Rise

Lodur from World of Matticus

And last week’s Topic was suggested by Ringo Flinthammer of Flinthammer Hall (who always saves our necks when we run out of Topics!):

Despite a well-publicized dip in subscriber numbers, most WoW players have stuck around. But those folks didn’t leave for no reason, so what keeps you coming back and still playing?

Is it the friends? The new content? Old content still to explore? Alts? PvP? Roleplaying?

Violet Scribe from The Violet Scribe

Saz from World of Saz

The Ancient from Tome of the Ancient

Kamalia from Kamalia et alia

Amerence from Amerence Love WoW

As this week, we have a great Topic about death consequences in MMOs. Blog about it and share a link to your post in the thread at Blog Azeroth for some link love next weekend!

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – The Middle of the Forest

Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Zaralyn of The Middle of the Forest!

Zaralyn has been playing WoW since Vanilla, enticed into the game by friends who had played the Beta and had shared their experiences. She took a break at the start of The Burning Crusade, finding that the change in raid format brought forth many problems in her guild that she just didn’t have the heart to deal with. Zaralyn returned to the game mid-WotLK, and finding her guild had a shortage of healers decided that she’d level a healer to help.

At the start of Cataclysm, Zaralyn found herself in quite the predicament. She wanted to raid with her husband, but was limited by his work schedule – which required him to be awake at 3:00 am each day. The obvious solution to Zaralyn was to create her own raid team, and set her own schedule! Her raid team is part of a larger guild, which helps cut down on part of her workload, and provides her more time to focus on just raiding. She works with a group of folks who have similar scheduling conflicts, but would still like to see end game content. While they may not be setting world records, they continue to progress on content while it’s relevant and enjoy the time they spend together.

Zaralyn started her blog so that she could have somewhere to host her thoughts in more than the 140 characters provided by twitter. She discusses any number of topics from raid leading to druiding. She discusses her decision to start her own raid team as well as an in depth look at different loot systems that she has experienced. You can also find her thoughts on building a raid team and some of the different ways that trinkets can interact with innervate.

Zaralyn is off to a great start!  I can’t wait to read more about the adventures she has with her guild!  Welcome to the Blogosphere, Zaralyn!

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, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!