Shared Topics: World of Warcraft Secrets and Voice Chat in Cross Realm Dungeons

I hope you’re all recovering from Blizzcon far better than me… I fear I’ll have to sleep 14 hours a day for the next month to catch up. And I’m quite positive that my voice is destroyed for good (Fim wasn’t the only one!) But it was all worth it. Definitely worth it.

So, because I spend the weekend before last fretting over Blizzcon, I didn’t get a Shared Topic post out, so this week you get another 2 for 1 deal.

Two weeks ago, Syl of Raging Monkeys suggested we share our WoW “secrets”, elements from the game that we think are awesome and that few people know about.

[…] some small and unexpected things in WoW can delight you and be something you will remember forever. not the big questlines and NPCs blizzard makes sure nobody will miss or every guide makes sure to mention, but the more hidden places or special characters in the game that still offer something unique or entertaining to those that can find them. I would absolutely love to read about more such secret places or NPCs in wow, I have a feeling that there’s quite a few I’ve missed! :D this could be a very interesting topic more bloggers might enjoy(?)

[…]i wouldn’t want to restrict the topic to NPCs only, but ask generally: what wow secrets have you discovered on your long journey through the world of warcraft? what unexpected, surprising or delightfully ‘pointless’ things have you chanced upon that add something special to the game for you?

Sharing their secrets were:

Syl from Raging Monkeys

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Erinys from The Harpy’s Nest

Aliera from The Violet Scribe

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

Syrco from Syrco Owl

Natalie from Pocket Heals

Zahia from One More Alt

As for last week’s Topic, Azryu of The Arcanery, after playing around with the in-game voice chat, wondered what would happen if the feature worked in cross-realm dungeons.

It was just the other day when I took the time to read the second half of the menu button “Sound & Voice”. Immediately I wanted to toy with it. It was after a few minutes of messing around when a thought stuck my mind: does this work in cross-server dungeons?

To my dismay, it appears it does not. But….
what if it did?

Giving their thoughts were:

Azryu from The Arcanery

Blacksen from Blacksen’s End

Aliera from The Violet Scribe

Natalie from Pocket Heals

This week’s Shared Topic is all about belonging to your class. What items, achievements, quest lines or other, would be essential to saying “I’m a true *insert class here*”? Write about it and share a link to your post over at Blog Azeroth!

Want a sneak peak at other upcoming topics?
Home Sweet…
Fringe Benefits of Bringing Classes to Raid

And we’re always looking for new topics, so if there’s something you’d love to see discussed around the Nether, just suggest a Topic over at the Shared Topics forum at Blog Azeroth.

Blizzcon – The End

P1010914Well, another Blizzcon has come and gone and this one was a BLAST! In the con was a lot of fun. The meetups and parties were awesome! All in all we had a great time this year. We need to thank Blizzard, of course, for throwing an awesome weekend for us. We need to thank all of the TNB family for all the help they gave us over the weekend too!

P1010913Today was a wind-down day after the hectic weekend festivities. Sleep late… Hang out until people started to head out for their rides home. We had a little TNB family get-together over at the Tangerine restaurant and it was loads of fun to just get to sit around and talk about wow, blizzcon, podcasting, blogging, everything! Hydra was totally awesome and made us these cool clocks (see the pic of Brian holding it!).

We’ll be having a little round table discussion about this year’s Blizzcon this Saturday at 8pm PDT as usual in the usual place. I’m busy putting up a few of the pictures we took over on our Flickr page. If you have a picture from the meetup, the Raid prescreening and after party or just a cool one from Blizzcon let us know and we’ll see about including it in our Flickr stream if you want. Especially pictures with Fim in them of course… Most of them won’t be going up until I get home, but I stuck a few up there for now.

We’ll talk to you on Saturday (hopefully I get my voice back by then)…

Blizzcon 2010 – Day 2

Whoa, MrBryo is CRAZY!Wow, Day 1 was a BLAST at Blizzcon 2010. We had a cool announcement about the LAST class in Diablo 3, the Demon Hunter and there was a very cool a/v ear exploding version of the Cataclysm Cinematic. Not a lot of new information, really about WoW except for the stuff coming up in 4.1! I’m still excited about Cataclysm and their already showing 4.1 stuff! Also they went over what they are doing to make the dungeons and raids more interesting and fun for 4.0.1 and beyond.

Now it’s time for day 2! Today there are two Q&A sessions I’m planning on going to and then do some more wandering and taking pictures. It’s great fun hanging out with everyone here and I have to say that’s my favorite part of the convention! Head over to the Day 2 Liveblog Page to follow all the “action”!

Speaking of hanging out, the Second Twisted Nether Blogcast Blizzcon Meetup (STNBBM) was a HUGE success. We had a ton of people show up to our little porch at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. and gave away some amazing loot including a Murloc Stein courtesy of Blizzard themselves (thank you so much to Kat Hunter for her awesomeness). We helped close the place down and it seemed like everyone had a great time. Thanks to all who showed up. Unfortunately our livesteam of the festivities didn’t work out so well because:

  1. My internet connection was being somewhat flaky
  2. We never got a chance to plug in the power and so my laptop shut itself down…

Thanks to everyone that showed up in the chatroom to try to hang with us! We’ll get you guys some givaways when we can! Make sure you show up to our Blizzcon recap show next Saturday night!

Don’t forget to head over to our Flikr page to see SOME of the pictures I took on Day 1 and at the TNB Meetup. I’ll put up more when I get home and after other people get me the ones they took (especially of the meetup).

Blizzcon 2010 – Day 1

It’s here! Blizzcon 2010 has arrived and you roving reporter (that’s me.. Fimlys) is on the scene.. We’ll be LiveBlogging all the events over at our Day 1 Liveblog Page. We’ll be trying to keep up with what’s going on over there. Hopefully there will be some cool and interesting stuff to keep you appraised of.

Last night was pretty cool with lots of goings on including the yearly Badge/Swag linecon and WoW Insider’s Meetup. Below are a few pictures but remember to head over to our Flikr page for all the pictures each day.

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Resource Site Spotlight – Just My Two Coppers

The Cataclysm is quickly approaching, you know it, I know it. The earth (well Azeroth) is shaking, there are whispers in the corridors of Ironforge, and suddenly I am infused with Holy Power… up to a limit of three charges that is.

And what, pray tell, does the Cataclysm entail? The old world being torn asunder? Deathwing rising up to take hold of the land? Goblins and Worgen living among us? No. (Well yes, actually, but that’s not the point of this article).

What great disaster awaits us this December? True economic apocalypse! What you were selling on the Auction House for 5g a stack will now cost 80g!! Mayhem! Pandemonium! Fortunes won and lost! For any player of World of Warcraft who has been here throughout any expansion change, they know just how drastic the in-game economy is changed by an expansion. Cataclysm will be no different.

I need to do more dailies...

In this weeks Addon Junkie Segment on the Twisted Nether Blogcast I spoke briefly on Auctioneer, the legendary WoW AH addon. I promised that I would be providing a write-up here in the Resource Spotlight on the blog and community “Just My Two Coppers” and so I sat Marcko (the creator of JMTC) down to do a little interview. JMTC is a gold-making community for the World of Warcraft with guides, tutorials, daily blog posts, and forums dedicated to making money in the Auction House and doing it well. This will be a vital read for anyone wanting to capitalize on the chaos that will grip the Auction House in the coming months.

Read and enjoy and please visit Just My Two Coppers to get the latest in market trends and tools to ensure your in-game fortune will grow. When you are zipping around old Azeroth on your Mechano-Hog, you can thank me.

1) How long has Just My Two Coppers been active?

Just My Two Copper has been around since Nov 17th 2008 when I wrote an article about
Making Gold at Level 9
. Little did I know it would be the start of a long and incredibly enjoyable journey where I’d meet so many diverse people and become the owner of a site many deem to be the #1 place for wow gold knowledge.

2) Would you describe Just My Two Coppers as a personal blog with a WoW economics focus, or a community of people with a common goal of playing the internal market within the game?

JMTC started off as a personal blog about how I made gold in world of warcraft, in particular my story of going from relative nub to millionaire gold guru. What it became over the years both shocked and amazed me. As I started getting commenters ineterested in what I thought and emails started to pour in with questions I decided that the site needed another outlet for communication to take place between readers. Thus the JMTC Forum was born and the community where players are focused on helping each other succeed at making in game gold took off. I focus most of my efforts now adays on bringing more and more people into the community and I see my blog, twitter, facebook, newsletter, podcasts, blogging carnival and IRC channel as a way to attract new members. Sure I try to give the best damn tip I can every day on my blog at 8:00 AM EST but the community is what defines JMTC, not me. I like to say that the wow gold making community could go anywhere they wanted to, but they chose JMTC as their primary home.

3) What are the main focuses of the community, if any?

I would go so far as to say that the best part about JMTC is how NICE the people are. They are focused on helping each other make gold and relishing in each others’ successes. I have never seen a kinder group of people towards noobs anywhere else in the wow community. There are people constantly chatting about new strategies, patch speculation, every profession, farming… you name it. Basically, if it has to deal with making gold, you’ll find it at JMTC. Another factor in what makes the community so great and helps to maintain the positive focus is the amazing group of admins who have all volunteered to help at JMTC. Most if not all are millioniares or close to it, addon writers, popular members of the wow community, etc. I couldn’t ask for a better crew.

4) Would you say that Just My Two Coppers is an easy environment for the new WoW player to become acclimated into and to read and understand?

The tutorials section is exactly what a new player needs to read at the JMTC blog. You’ll find everything from addon walkthroughs to major strategy guides. After that I would suggest heading over to the JMTC forums to ask more specific questions and flesh out their gold making strategies.

5) Is there any truth to the rumors that Warriors wear nothing beneath their plate pants?

I can neither confirm nor deny these rumors for all warriors. However, I can tell you that Prot Warrior Gladiators like myself do not. I hear arms warriors wear cups (sissies) and fury warriors prefer no pants btw.

Cheers!

~Rilandune

**As always if you’d like to contact me my email address is rilandune at gmail dot com. I can be found on twitter at twitter.com/rilandune and you can check out more of my rantings and rumblings at Heroically Random! my World of Warcraft blog.**

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