Call for Questions: Blizzcon 2010

blizzcon20108x6For tomorrow nights show (October 9, 2010 – 8pm PDT : http://ustream.tv/channel/twisted-nether-blogcast ) we are going to be taking some time to talk about Blizzcon. “So what else is new?”, I hear you ask.. Well, this time we are going to be talking about the meta-con. Huh? Well, things like:

  • What to bring
  • What to wear
  • Who to hang out with (duh!)
  • What will be there
  • more…

What is more? Well, that’s where you come in. We need some questions. So, send ‘em in ASAP so we can get them in the show tomorrow night. Even if you aren’t going to the convention but have ideas for things people might want to know. Or.. If you have your own TIPS, TRICKS, TRAPS, etc.. Send them in too, we’ll read them on the air.

Our guest this week will be Pocket from the Slash AFK webcomic and the 3 Girl one Group Podcast. Be there or be SQR.

Episode 103 – Back on Track

back on track We’re back.. Again.. Getting back to the normal routine now, we still don’t have an interview guest but once again Daewin joins Fim (no donuts were harmed in the recording of this episode) as they talk about a bunch of new news (isn’t that why they call it news?). We’re back to running through each of our segments and, despite the short length of this show, we get through a lot of stuff!

SPOILER ALERT! WE TALK ABOUT CATACLYSM!

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Resource Site Spotlight–Plus Heal

Greetings folks!

Just a quick note here to start, my name is Rilandune and I’ll be taking over the Resource Spotlight here on Twisted Nether.  I hope to fill the role well and keep the spotlight going to the excellent standards set by Arthemystia.  I also produce the Addon Junkie segments on the podcast, so in either role if you want to contact me with any questions, ideas, or shouts of anger and dismay, you can do so by emailing me at rilandune at gmail dot com.

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“A healer heals, always.”  Billy Crystal said that in “Throw Momma from the Train.”  Actually what he said was “a writer writes, always,” which is good advice indeed.  But if you want to heal always, and write always for that matter, than you’re idol must certainly be Matticus from such things as World of Matticus and Wow.com

This weeks spotlight is going to be covering Plus Heal (www.plusheal.com), a community for healers by healers, covering all aspects of healing in the World of Warcraft.

Matt was so kind as to answer a few questions about the community, so take a read at what the founder has to say about this weeks spotlight:

1) How long has Plus Heal been active?

Matticus:  Plus Heal opened its doors around August of 2008. The community has been growing for a little over 2 years now.

2) Would you describe Plus Heal as a resource site or a healing specific community, with more active discussion than graphs and documentation?

Matticus: Its more of a healing specific community than anything else. I’ve always wanted to expand into a website front end with organized content, but I simply don’t have the time nor the technical expertise to pull it off right now with the numerous projects I’m invested in. The people in the community contribute a wide variety of advice including numbers, graphs and practical applications. Some people excel at different things and the combined knowledge from the assorted viewpoints is huge.

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

Matticus:  I wouldn’t say there’s a main focus (other than healing). We’ve got class specific forums, theorycrafting, raid strategy and some PvP forums. If its healing related, its up for discussion.

4) Would you say Plus Heal is an easy environment for the new WoW player to become acclimated into?

Matticus:  The moderation team (a wonderful crew, thanks to them for their hard work) and the rest of the community on Plus Heal do try to make things as comfortable as possible. Especially with the special stress that comes with healing, the atmosphere is fairly easy going (until you get into the math threads, in which case bring advil).

5) What Canadian beer do you prefer and do you actually live in an igloo?

Matticus:  Sleeman’s for me, and indeed we do. I upgraded to a two bedroom igloo. In fact, we just got running water and power last week. ^^

Please take a trip over to Plus Heal, whether you are a healer yourself, healer curious, or even a raid leader looking for a greater understanding of one of the core roles in WoW.  Make sure to hug the healer in your next heroic random, I promise you, they could use it.

Cheers!

~Rilandune

Shared Topics: Design your class and Games as an Art

The Shared Topics for the past two weeks were a little elaborate. As a result, we only had a handful of people tackle them. Let me assure you, though, that those who did take a go at them did an incredible job. I suggest you all check out each one of these posts, it’s well worth it.

The first topic was a suggestion of Pndrev from Primetime Casual. He started a little game: mixing and matching talent trees from different classes to create a brand new class:

It’s quite simple. We’ll do it LEGO style. Take each available talent tree (either WotLK or Cata, if you’re in the Beta). Shake. Pick three.

To elaborate: Out of all the talent trees available, if you could freely choose three to create your own, ‘custom’ class, which ones would you choose? This is something that a few small budget roguelikes or diablo clones do, and it’s fun to ponder if this would work in WoW as well.
Your starting class gives you the skills to work with. You may take for granted that all talents that enhance a class skill also automatically give you that skill. You must have at least one talent tree of your chosen starting class.

Rising to the challenge were:

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Pndrv of Primetime Casual

Sarindre from Through the Eyes of a Tree

Natalie from Pocket Heals

Violet Scribe from The Violet Scribe

Excandersham from Excandersham’s WoW Guides

As for last week’s Topic, it was brought to you by Runzwithfire from the blog Runzwithfire and touches on the controversial topic: Games as Art, is it possible with WoW?

could an MMORPG start incorporating some of the feature we take for granted in singleplayer RPGs? Rather than the “get quest, kill x number of things, hand in quest” formula, could we start seeing multiple ways to complete a quest? Could there be moral choices to be made, with an outcome that will affect both you as a player (emotional involvement) and your character (rewards/penalties). Larisa at The Pigtail Inn has already alluded to a similar idea.

Ithink I’ll pop this up as a discussion topic on my site with a full post later, but I’d love to see what other people in the blogosphere think of it. Could it be done? If so, how would you do it? What would you like to see? Would it take away from what WoW essentially is?

Offering their thoughts are:

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

Runzwithfire from Runzwithfire

Natalie from Pocket Heals

As for this upcoming week, we talk about names. Names for our characters, for our online personas. How did you choose your name(s)? What does it/do they mean to you? Blog about it and share a link to your post back at Blog Azeroth!

As for other upcoming topics, check out:
World of Warcraft secrets
WoW Voice in cross-realm dungeons

And, once again, we’re running a bit low on topics, so if there’s something you want to read about, suggest it as a Shared Topics over at Blog Azeroth!

Blizzcon 2010 Meetup

Blizzcon2010TShirtWow! It’s almost here! What? Oh.. BLIZZCON 2010! And, as we have said many times, Twisted Nether will be there in full force! We’ll be sporting our cool Blizzcon tshirts (the design of which you can see over on the left there..) and, as with last year, we’re going to have a Meetup!

We have all the info up on the Blizzcon 2010 page (link at the top of the site) but here are the details again:

When: Friday, Oct 22, 2010 9:00pm

Where: Bubba Gump Shrimp (head to the bar if you see no signs outside). I think we might be having the patio

Who: Everyone is invited! We’d love to get notification if you’ll be there so we can plan accordingly (# of people, etc)

Why: Because it will be awesome! Come meet some of your favorite bloggers and podcasters. Win prizes! Talk! Drink! Fall Down.. (ok, don’t do the falling down part please)

So, what we’re saying here is that IF you are heading to Blizzcon or will just be in the Anaheim area around the right time, we’d LOVE to have you at the meetup. We’re reserving the patio by the bar (I think) and they have some great food at Bubba Gump if you need to have dinner there. Please, if you can, let us know that you are coming so we can add you to the list on the web page!

Wait, did I say “Win Prizes” up there.. Oh yeah … If you head over to our Blizzcon page, you can see the current stuff we have available for door prizes! If you’d like to contribute to the swag, let us know! We’ll be sure to mention who it’s from and have no problem giving away stuff from podcasts/blogs/websites as long as it is appropriate..

We’re really excited that Blizzcon is so close and can’t wait to meet/greet/party with all of you!

Head to our Blizzcon 2010 page for a map to the location

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