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.
“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.
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!
Wow! 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
||Hydra is off tending the spawn this week. So, Fim welcomes a special guest to keep him from being lonely. This week is almost all Fim rambling.. Well, that and a bunch of news. There is of course cataclysm news and ptr news and maybe even some cataclysm and ptr news… Oh.. the special guest? Well, that just happens to be one Daewin formerly of the Hunting Lodge Podcast and one of the cohosts of Polygamerous and some other podcasts..
SPOILER ALERT! WE TALK ABOUT CATACLYSM!
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As we wrap up the expansion that kept us entertained for the past two years, many of us are stepping back to think “What did I like most? What did I like least? What do I hope to see changed?” This week’s Shared Topic was another oppertunity to reflect, this time on the most positive aspects of Wrath, as Relevart of Relevart’s Druid Reliquary asked us what, according to us, was the best of Wrath.
With talking about what is left to do in WotLK a few weeks ago, I figured we could take a look back and reflect upon what we liked most about WotLK. I left this wide open to interpretation. You can choose a quest, dungeon, raid, profession change, achievement, mount, PvP fight, arena, battleground, loot, particular boss, or anything else that I might have missed. Just choose one thing and really flesh it out and sell it to your readers. Explain why this was the best _____ for you and if you haven’t done ______ well you’re really missing out.
Want to see if you missed out on Wrath? Check out the opinions of:
Violet Scribe of The Violet Scribe
Elkagorasa of Elkagorasa the Casual
Manroth of At Runtime
Windsoar of Jaded Alt
Cubrooski of Warcraft Action
Jason of WoWphiles
Saniel of Primal Precision
Natalie of Pocket Heals
Amaranth of Love and War in Azeroth
Just as a friendly reminder, when participating in Shared Topics be sure to include in your post a link back to the thread at Blog Azeroth or, at very least, to the person suggesting the topic.
As for this week’s Topic, we play a little game, taking one of the three talent trees of our favorite class, then adding two talent trees from other classes, as to design a new, custom class. Which talents would you pick? What would be your end result? Blog about it then give us a link to your creation at Blog Azeroth!
Want to know about other upcoming topics? Check out:
Games as Art – Could it work in WoW?
What’s in a Name?
We’re almost out of topics, so if there’s something you’d like to see discussed across the blogosphere, let us know!