Episode 98 - Metamorphosis

It’s a time for change and changes are a-coming. Along with announcing that we’re moving the live recording night to Saturday, this episode is a bittersweet one for us here at Twisted Nether. Our very own Nibuca is taking a break from WoW and feels that she can no longer co-host the show. However, Hydra from Almost Evil has been recruited by the Star League.. Oh wait.. She’s been recruited to take up Nibs Cohosting mantle and we know she is going to do an awesome job. Besides that, Hydra is our “guest” this week and we talk about, you guessed it, Cataclysm. There is a little other news and we’ve got a couple of emails and such. Changes can be difficult.

SPOILER ALERT! WE TALK ABOUT CATACLYSM!

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Resource Site Spotlight - WoW Heroes

WoW Heroes is a useful site that pulls a lot of quirky functionality into one location. It is not a cover-all site, but can be great for comparison purposes.

http://wow-heroes.com/index.php

A quick search will bring up your character, complete with gems, enchants, your raid progression, achievements, etc. If your gems and chants are suboptimal, the site will recommend better ones for you.

One tab over you’ll find the “Compare” tool, which lets you view your character side by side with another. This is great to check out guildies who might need help, compare yourself to well-known or accomplished players in your class, or just for bragging rights.

The guild tab can let you view gear scores for an entire guild (a la GearScore add-ons), and browse the guild for professions. And the Realm tab can be used in much the same way as sites like WoW Progress (featured quite a while ago here in a resource article). It tracks your boss kills and achievements, and ranks guilds within a given realm.  I found my own guild’s progress to be missing achievements from the last couple weeks, but it was otherwise up-to-date on my character and guild.

Other features such as a hit calculator and forums are also handy tools. The result is that WoW Heroes is an excellent site to compare yourself and your guild to a host of others, which can be informative or just fun.

The resource site spotlight is a “weekly” blog written by Arthemystia from warcrafthuntersunion.com, in his quest to find every useful WoW website on the internet.

Shared Topic: Classic Meta achievements

What crazy stunts do you remember pulling in Vanilla (or early Burning Crusade), just for fun? Are you disappointed that there aren’t any achievements for killing old school bosses in an alternative way? Ryyus of I Gem Crit has just the Shared Topic for you!

Mount rewarding meta achievements are here to stay, But what if achievements Look like if they were around from classic forward? So i figured, make some metas for older raids or instance clusters, Name and design some achivements puns and all and design a reward fit for them (no flying mounts in MC etc) This seems like, for one Pun GOLD also a nice way of being nostalgic without open “IN MY DAY!” talk.

Proposing interesting achievements were:

Ryyus of I Gem Crit

Relevart of Relevart’s Druid Reliquary

Natarumah of Twisted Faith

Mishaweha of Me, Myself…and all of them

PixelatedExecutioner of Pixelated Executioner

Excandersham of Excandershams Wow Guides

This week’s Shared Topic is an opportunity to pull out your RP skills, or not if RPs not your thing there’s still plenty to say, as you describe how NPCs view your character’s class. Have fun getting creative and exploring the relationships characters have with various NPCs. And when you’re done, post a link to your work in the thread at Blog Azeroth so we can all read it.

As for upcoming topics, be on the lookout for:
Group relations: how to assist/protect
What would you change in the UI with Cataclysm?
What mementos have you kept and why?

Episode 97 - All About the Sects

This week we welcome Esh and Kat from the Gaming Worlds Collide podcast and blog. In addition to an excellent interview, we also talk a little about Blizzard cracking down on Sex RP, China finally gets WotLK, the normal “what’s new in cataclysm beta” and a little PSA on Security from Bornakk.

SPOILER ALERT! WE TALK ABOUT CATACLYSM!

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Shared Topics: A Picture Tells a Thousend Words; and What Should Give Guild Rep

You get another two for one Shared Topic package deals this week!

The first topic, from two weeks ago, was suggested by Nenunial of The Rambling Draenei Death Knight. Giving us an opportunity to show off our drawing (or at least our screenshotting) skills, she proposed posting a screenshot or fanart and talking a bit about it.

You know the saying, a picture tells a thousand words? It’s true! But, for us WoW players, that also extends to screenshots and fanart.

So, include a screenshot, some fanart, or even some art that you create yourself, and tell what it reminds you of. Does it make you smile? Remember a hilarious circumstance in a heroic with some guildies? Or even mutter to yourself, “They really should nerf ___insert class here___”?

Be inspired by screenshots and WoW artwork, and blog about it!

Participating were:

Nenunial of The Rambling Draenei Death Knight

Relevart of Relevart’s Druid Reliquary

RestoDude of RestoDude

Feraltree of FeralTree

Mishaweha of My, myself… and All of Them (she cheated and did a second post too)

Ringo Flinthammer of Flinthammer Hall

Erinys of The Harpy’s Nest

Pndrev of Prime Time Casual

Anaia of Tears of a Goddess

Amaranth of Love and War in Azeroth

Anslym of Bag Overflow

Poptart of Poptartica

Aestiah of She Can’t DPS

Anexxia of Bible of Dreams

Aaand for last week’s Shared Topic, Anexxia was inspired by the new guild features in Cataclysm and asked us what we thought could increase (or decrease!) our rep with our guild.

While the details around the Guild system are being held close to the vest by Blizzard, I think we all have some opinions about what should give you rep with your guild. Or even, perhaps what should give you NEGATIVE rep.

Sharing their ideas were:

Anexxia of Bible of Dreams

Relevart of Relevart’s Druid Reliquary

Revoemag of Siphoned Life

Morynne of Marks-365

Variant Avatar of Variant Avatar

Excandersham of Excandersham’s Wow Guides

Redhawks of Redhawks’ Gaze

Psynister of Psynister’s Notebook

Zalduun of Blessing of Fish

As for this week’s Shared Topic, we’re coming up with Achievement ideas. But not just any achievements- classic WoW achievement. Take a walk through memory lane and think up some possible achievements for the bosses in the Old World Raids, for some of the more interesting quests or more! After you blog about it, be sure to share a link to your post in the thread at Blog Azeroth.

And just in case you’re curious about some upcoming topics, here are the next three:
How your class is viewed
Group relations: how to assist/protect
What would you change in the UI with Cataclysm?

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