Episode 118 – Patch In The Round

patch406 The 4.0.6 patch is finally out and we’ve brought together a great group of bloggers and podcasters to give it the proverbial thumbs up or thumbs down. Yes, it’s a ROUND TABLE! We’ve got Starman from World of Warcast podcast, StealthySlyth from GamingAngels.com, Kat from Gaming Worlds Collide podcast and Cyn from Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual.

If you missed them… Don’t forget to take a look at the Official Patch Notes.


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Next Week – Our guests are Daewin and Brian from The Other Guys podcast!

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Resource Site Spotlight – The Undermine Journal

It is always my intention to find resources each week that are useful to every reader. Or at the least, I try to convince you that it is indeed useful even if you do not collect pets, or participate in PvP. This week however, I care not for whether it is useful to everyone, because this resource is so good you are a fool for not using it.

First off, I need to thank a friend of mine for turning me on to this site by linking it in her twitter feed. Liala (@DiscoPriest) who is the writer/creator of Disciplinary Action, posted a tweet about todays Resource Site Spotlight – The Undermine Journal, and I have been fascinated with this site ever since. (PS. I’m still waiting for that revenge you swore upon me in photoshop form ^.^ )

The Undermine Journal (still in beta though functioning brilliantly in my mind) is a newspaper written for the player of the Auction House in World of Warcraft. It features articles and stories pertaining to the WoW economy, but most of all it boasts a feature that will allow for the searching of the Auction House on each US realm for goods and buyers, giving amazing statistics on the search queries and generating GRAPHS! Now you tell me, what geek worth her salt does not smile at the site of a graph like these:

Now, I don’t know about you, but seeing items broken down with that degree of information makes me want to log in immediately onto my bank alt (pictured in last weeks article) and get down and dirty with the AH. The Undermine Journal can provide graphs like these, and more (I didn’t want to post every image or graph, but yes there is more) for apparently every item sold on your local Auction House. Again the site still is in beta, but it appears to be functioning, at least to me, as well as can be expected.

The amazing thing is how well polished it is. I am blown away at the detail every function has been given and the fit and finish the site shows. It’s formatted beautifully, and has a better online newspaper feel than most online newspapers. I cannot help but wonder at how much better the site will get when the developers peel off the beta label.

I cannot say enough how easily navigable The Undermine Journal is, and how streamlined the entire experience feels. Even if you are a casual tinkerer on the Auction House, you can benefit greatly from this site and the amazing information it puts at your fingertips, or mouse pointer, as it were.

Take it from me, you owe it to your bank alt to use this site for your AH research, in conjunction with the ever-popular auctioneer addon of course. If the realms were up currently, I would be on there hawking my goods right now.

Again the site is The Undermine Journal, and for an even greater look at the inner-workings of this fine site you can check out the developer blog here: http://blog.theunderminejournal.com/



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Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Resto Is Epic

Hello Everyone! I’d like you all to join me in welcoming Katarnas of Resto is Epic.

Katarnas starting playing WoW just before the WotLK release, having tried it once before and being put off by the Horde (for shame!). Even though Katarnas is just one full expansion into WoW, he is no stranger to the Warcraft franchise, have been an avid player of the RTS version of the game. With a fondness for the Alliance story lines and races, he has never played a horde character in any of his Warcraft adventures. In fact, his affiliation and connection to the Alliance is something that he’s very open about.

Katarnas started out in WoW as a fury warrior with a side of tanking. However, sometime after that the healing bug bit him and he (very wisely!) chose the superior healing class (/cough), and started playing a resto druid. Katarnas is an officer with Otaku, where he has raided since Ice Crown Citadel released.

Katarnas’ blog focuses on the experiences that he has with WoW from many perspectives: a player, a parent and a guild officer. Of course – we won’t forget the perspective he offers on be a resto druid as well!

Over at Resto is Epic you will find a number of great insights. Katranas offers a Resto Druid Guide along with some thoughts on how he heals. You will also find a great write up on which trinket is right for you.

New to healing? No worries! Kat’s got you covered. You can find a primer on how to set up Healbot and the Pros and Cons of the different professions as they relate to healers.

Not into healing or resto druids? Aside from the fact that I find that impossible, don’t worry, because Kat’s still got you covered! Check out his thoughts on the new heroic dungeons. You may also find his thoughts on applicants looking to join a guild solely for guild perks interesting as well!

Katarnas is off to a fantastic start! I don’t know about you, but I sure am looking forward to seeing more! Welcome to the blogosphere, Kat!

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 fallingleaves51@gmail.com, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

Reign over the Design of WoW. What do you do?

It’s the eternal discussion: “Well, if I were in charge of the game, I‘d make it do this.”

There are elements of WoW we love and elements of WoW that could use some revamping. This week’s Shared Topic, suggested by Naithin of Fun in Games addresses just that. If you could sink your claws into WoW’s design, what would you do?

Pretend for a moment that WoW hasn’t yet been released. Or perhaps it is, but you’ve never heard of the whole SWG NGE debacle, and thus have no fear about dramatically changing how everything works post-release.

You have the original (or BC, or Wrath, or Current, your pick) design docs to start from, but you’re free to change absolutely everything if you so choose.

With all this power, what would you change? What would make WoW the dream game for you?

Sharing their ideas are:

Naithin from Fun in Games

Violet Scribe from The Violet Scribe

Tzufit from Tree Heals Go Whoosh

Saithir from The Angry Dwarfs

Casual Raider from The Casual Raider

Saz from World of Saz

Gavendo from Rapid Fire

Next week, our Shared Topic is about what to do when a usually good teammate seems to be…less good… either performance-wise or behaviour-wise. What are your suggestions to help your teammate or guildie get back on the right track? Blog about it and Share a link to your post in the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Want to know what Topics are coming up? Check out:
Future Cataclysm content patches
What is your favorite weapon?
Horde: Good or evil?

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Stormwind Bait Company

Hello Everyone!  Today I’d like you all to join me in welcoming Barklay and Marv from the Stormwind Bait Company.

Barklay and Marv started out their adventures in WoW back when you have to walk uphill both ways to get to the Molten Core entrance (in the snow, no less!) and UBRS was considered raiding.  However, this dazzling duo didn’t pair up until Wrath of the Lich King launched where they were the wonder twins of tanking for their guild (careful with the water/sponge combo gentlemen!).  As they played together and found that they had quite a bit in common, it was easy to see that they would become fast friends not only in the game, but out of it as well.

Somewhere around the time ICC launched they decided that they wanted to push a little more into the raiding scene on a limited time schedule – and they lead their team to down the Lich King just before the summer slumps made the attendance boss an unbeatable foe.  With the release of Cataclysm, the dazzling duo decided that Night Elves were for sissies and Death Knights were so last season and found themselves deciding to level up a set of new characters together.  Barklay, still having a fondness for the druid class, opted for a Worgen Druid, while Marv decided to turn completely from his tanking roots and opted for a shadow priest who enjoys a side of healing.  They both anticipate being back into the raiding scene soon, with a very limited (5-6 hours a week) raiding schedule and a team of focused and dedicated raiders who also have limited time to play.

What Marv and Barklay pride themselves on being able to offer over at the the Stormwind Bait Company is a unique perspective on relating to the casual gamer who likes to have fun and see as much as the game as they can, on a limited play schedule.  Added into that, they also display their fantastic sense of humor in daily quips of fun facts they find on their journeys through Azeroth.

You can find extremely important information, such as Dalaran Dave predicting the weather and how to acquire the most important item in all of WoW! Don’t worry! There are also great articles on Crowd Control Basics and what happens when you don’t ready said articles on crowd control basics. As well as some insights on how the 4.0.6 changes will affect Feral Druids.

If you haven’t found something in all that to tickle your fancy, I might also suggest checking out Barklay and Marv’s Journey to Two Man the Glory of the Hero achievements from start to finish. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Marv and Barklay tell us that we can expect more of their shenanigans and insights on playing WoW on a time budget, along with an occasional rant of the humorous variety. It is also their hope that everyone stay for a direbrew and a chat while stopping buy to pick up their nightcrawlers! I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t wait to read about Dalaran Dave’s next adventures…and sure do enjoy that direbrew! 😉

Welcome to the Blogosphere Barklay and Marv!

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 fallingleaves51@gmail.com, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!