Episode 86 - Constructively Rant-Table

Look Out Below! Blizzard dropped a raid bomb and the rants are dropping like flies. We welcome Lissanna from Restokin, Bellwether from 4Haelz and Stop from The Stoppable Force to sit and discuss, in a kind and gentle manner… Wait.. who are we kidding here? Fists Flew! The Gloves Came Off! This was no kiddie pool, baby! Ranting and Raving about the proposed changes to Raiding in Cataclysm, our esteemed group of expert prognosticators uses their most prognosticatory prognostications to tell us all about the death, and/or life of 25man raiding in the next expansion. Ok, that’s enough of that. Listen to the show, you don’t want to miss it!

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Shared Topic: Leveling 1 to 10

What do you think of the very beginning of the leveling process, those levels between 1 and 10? For last week’s Shared Topic, Guthammer from Guthammer’s Last Stand invited us to comment on that level bracket, on what we like about it, on what we like less and on what we’d suggest to improve it.

A while ago Blizzard came out with the stat that 70% of its accounts don’t ever make it past level 10. While I am sure that Blizzard can put in some great analysis of their game, I am also sure that they would love to hear more player feedback on the new level experience.

Now I realize that most of us are far from newbies and we won’t be able to get into a newbies mind set perfectly (heck I am 10 years out of newbiehood for MMOs and 5 years out for WoW), but I think we can all add to the dialog about those first 10 levels, what works for you and what doesn’t.

Participating this week are:

Guthammer from Guthammer’s Last Stand

Lissanna from Restokin

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

Glass of Water from Not So Overpowered

Cornelious from Techadin

Nebz from For Shatts and Giggles

Strumwolf from Strumwulf’s Page of Stories and Ideas

Shodaran from Shodaran’s Law

Zahia from One More Alt

Talfrund from Leveling Resto

Saga from Girls Don’t Play WoW

Anslym from Totem Tossing

Jaedia from The Lazy Sniper

Redhawks from Redhawks’ Gaze

Sindei from Six-Inch Heals

This week, as a Shared Topic, we talk about what we do when the unfortunate situation of a canceled raid occurs. What do you do when your raid in canceled? Write about it on your blog and link back to it in the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Want to join in on a different Shared Topic? Check out these upcoming topics:

The Best & Worst Cities and Towns
The Explorer Task
Helping New Players

Episode 85 - A Win Wyn Situation

It was the worst of times. It was the best of times. A time for endings and a time for new beginnings. Twisted Nether Blogcast mourns the loss of the Hunting Lodge blog/podcast while celebrating the new projects emerging from it’s ashes. Brigwyn and Daewin join Nib and Fim to recount tales of the past and reiterate hopes for the future.

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Big Crits – Week 1

logoThe first episode of Big Crits, the raiding guild web show by Stoneybaby, is available right now on their website with week 2 coming soon. Here is the description from the website:

Week 1 is about getting used to a new guild and a new group of people. Normally when you join a raiding guild you’re joining an existing group of people who are accustomed to working and playing together. Now imagine joining a raiding guild where every single person is new.

It was a good first week over all. We cleared the Lower Spire, Plague Wing, and Blood Wing, and rescued Dreamwalker.

So go check it out!

Resource Site Spotlight - Authenticators

Who among you has been hacked? Probably not a majority of WoW-users. But now let’s add a layer: who knows someone who has been hacked? In a hypothetical room of WoW players, a lot more hands just went up. Next question, how many of you have had money or materials stolen from your guild bank by a hacker? A similarly alarming number of hands would remain up.

Authenticators are cheap and easy to use. And they all but ensure you won’t be hacked. Now, the majority of us would never be hacked anyway, so what’s the worry, right? The worry is, I play WoW a lot, and if you’re online reading WoW blogs chances are you play it a lot too. The risk is too great given the amount of time and money we devote to the game.

Twisted Nether has devoted blog and podcast space devoted to raising awareness and concern about account hacking, and the potential benefit of authenticators. And Blizzard has made them accessible to obtain, even waiving shipping costs to keep the cost low.

I was among those who simply ignored the risks, but have had two guildies in less than a month get hacked, both pillaging the player and our guild bank. Blizzard is usually good about returning lost materials, but you sacrifice time and could be crippling your raid or guild bank for a number of days or weeks, and nobody wants that. I’m a dedicated WoW player and have this TN blog with which to spread this valuable message.

Here’s the link:
http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=1100000822

Mine’s in the mail as I write this. Go get yourself one, and rest easier at night knowing that you aren’t contributing to the filthy hackers who propogate gold buying sites.

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