Episode 109 – Shattered Marks

We talk Hunters and Cataclysm with Morynne from Marks-365 this week! In our first show post-shattering we spend some time talking about getting WoW at a discount, the removal of certain mounts and items and a little about the new Darkmoon Faire Fortune site. We also had a couple of emails (keep em coming!) and a LARGE list of new sites from Blog Azeroth. Don’t miss it!

SPOILER ALERT! WE TALK A LITTLE ABOUT CATACLYSM!


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Resource Site Spotlight – Wowpedia (Formerly WoWWiki)

A World of Warcraft resource site by any other name… does it still pwn as sweet?

Yep, badly botched William S. quote/joke there. Sorry, won’t let it happen again.

WoWWiki was a long-standing resource site that read similarly to, yet distinguishably different from, WoWHead, enough to be of equal value but with a different feel and flavor. I personally went to WowWiki more for information on in-game characters, stories, lore, the backend and reasoning behind quests. WoWHead for me was always more of a raw data site on quests, items, locations, etc.

Recently WoWWiki switched their format to the “Wikia” style, because the site was part o the “Wikia” network. Nerd-rage ensued, the masses cried out, shouting from the rooftops of Booty Bay, “We want our WoWWiki site back to the way it was!!!” And behold, the fine folks at WoWWiki responded, and created Wowpedia. It is a mirror image of WoWWiki in terms of content, but the layout is purely old school WoWWiki without the “Wikia” styling and formating.

I know, this isn’t the most exciting spotlight, however it is certainly worth mentioning as WoWWiki has always been an invaluable asset to the community and the fact that they handled the nerd-rage incident with such grace and elegance was certainly newsworthy.

Head on over to Wowpedia.org for all your lore and knowledge needs. Make sure to bring the kids, they have pony rides. Not really. *Insert requisite Ghostcrawler Pony joke here*

Cheers!

~Rilandune

***********Each week you can hear Rilandune rambling on about his Addon and Mod addiction in the Twisted Nether Blogcast, usually at the end of the show where Fimlys and Hydra put him in hopes that everyone will stop listening by then. Just kidding. Well it’s kinda true. You can also read his ramblings at Heroically Random and follow his frequent musings on twitter (Twitter.com/Rilandune) Make sure to follow him, he needs all the friends he can get. Poor guy.***********

TNB Live Saturday 11/27 – Marks 365!

http://marks-365.morynne.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/morynne.png We are back from stuffing our stuffs with stuffing with our fellow Americans.  This week we’re welcoming Morynne from the Marks 365! We’ll talk about the Elemental Invasion, patch 4.0.3a going live and so much more. Join us live and be a part of the party!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday,  November 27th 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: Your Autoblogography

Last week’s topic was an idea by yours truly (from Bossypally dot wordpress dot com!) of a blogging meta post (because I can never read too many blogging meta posts!) of looking back at our blogs and on some of the more significant moments we’ve experienced.

Lets write our autoblogography!

What pushed you to start blogging? What challenges have you faced? What are you favorite posts and why? What are the stories behind them? How has blogging affected your gaming?

Those of you who enjoy writing in character could write feature your character reflecting on how they’ve changed since day 1 and about their favorite adventures.

If you’re a new blogger, you can write about your experience so far, about what you hope for the future.

Writing their autoblogography were:

Ophelie from The Bossy Pally and the Giant Spoon

Ardol from WoW Philosophized (also this post)

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Violet Scribe from The Violet Scribe

Caster DPS from Caster DPS

Saniel from Primal Precision

Essencenchanted from Gamer Girl Confessions

Janyaa from Muradin Musings

Saz from World of Saz

Niq from The Grove

Syrco from Syrco Owl

Anexxia from Bible of Dreams

Sil from Human Moose

Next week’s Shared Topic is a creative one: Invent the perfect weapon for your character. It can be based on looks, equip abilities, stats…or all of the above! Describe it (or better, draw it!) in your blog and post a link to it in the thread at Blog Azeroth.

As for other upcoming topics, check out:
Design your Evil Boss
Real life intruding on game life

Resource Site Spotlight – World of Wargraphs – PvP Statistics and Rankings

Player versus player.

PvP.

I love it, you love it.

Don’t give me that QQ line that you hate PvP, you know you do. You know that you just crave that rush you get every time you engage in pseudo-mortal combat with another player, locked in a gladiatorial fight to the end, vying for field advantage, looking for every opportunity to unleash your deadliest onslaught of attacks to best your opponent.

Seriously, who doesn’t love all those times in Storm Peaks when you were killing Jormungar worms for the Sons of Hodir dailies and that same Shaman would drop out the sky, Earth Shock your unsuspecting bum and blast you to the Spirit Healer on the top of the mountain 3 miles away? (I’m looking at you Vegen, you dirty rat)

Ok, so maybe that was just me. But still, PvP is a big part of World of Warcraft, and for the longest time it was nearly unquantifiable how good a PvP player truly was. Reputation was the only means for a person to make a name of themselves. With the changes that have rolled out to the Wow Armory site, clever individuals have created sites to glean some amazing data and in the past that was held to the raiding environment for the most part.

In comes World of Wargraphs

It’s in beta now, but it looks to provide some very interesting statistics on PvP and the players that engage in this activity for every realm.

More so than anything, it is a competitors scoreboard. A ranking system.

It is very interesting to see how well a particular player is rated on your realm that just so happens to gank you daily outside of Ice Cream Citadel.

Read, enjoy, eat, be merry.

Cheers!

~Rilandune

EDIT: Trebonius contacted us to let us know that World of Wargraphs has been updated for Cataclysm, and even includes Rated Battlegrounds rankings. So make certain to check out the updated statistics and site rankings.

***Each week you can hear Rilandune rambling on about his Addon and Mod addiction in the Twisted Nether Blogcast, usually at the end of the show where Fimlys and Hydra put him in hopes that everyone will stop listening by then. Just kidding. Well it’s kinda true. You can also read his ramblings at Heroically Random and follow his frequent musings on twitter (Twitter.com/Rilandune)**

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