Shared Topic: Raising Awareness

This week’s Shared Topic addresses an issue omnipresent in the game: the relationship between gold selling, gold buying and account hacking. After seeing two of her guildmates getting hacked, Tarinae of A Healadin’s Tear suggested we write about the topic of gold buying and where this gold comes from:

Blizzard has been on the fast track to promoting account security lately. They all new options for when accounts are compromised, they offered pets for authenticators, they made several posted awareness sheets, etc.

But running parallel to that is the amount of gold sellers we see.

I have seen two of my guildmates hacked already this year by devastatingly experienced hackers. I was going to construct a post about the ugly truth behind gold buying. Do I know anyone who buys gold? No, but I know people who suffer the consequences. I did it once.

I want to try to make sure people are aware of what happens when a gold seller needs to fill an order…they don’t create this stuff out of thin air.

So I thought I would promote it as a shared topic so you can share any (hacking or other) experiences you have to help raise awareness. People expect blizzard to say this stuff…but we are just players….real players with real experiences.

Speaking up about this are:

Zalduun from Blessing of Fish

Morynne of Marks 365

Tarinae of A Healadin’s Tear

Krikket of So Much WoW, So Little Time

Gazimoff from Mana Obscura

Nexdominus from Death Knight Tank

Sycopat from Sycopat’s Sibilancy

Pndrev from Primetime Casual

Alamara from Almost Epic

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

Artie from Blade Barrier

Daraia from Daughter of Ravenholdt Manor

Jaedia from The Lazy Sniper

Fantastic participation as usual!

For this upcoming week’s Shared Topic, we’re going to be talking about blogging, more specifically about comments. Are they helpful or do they get in the way of us speaking our mind? Share your thoughts on your blog and be sure to report back to the thread on Blog Azeroth!

Want a taste of some Shared Topics to come? Check out:
Leveling 1 to 10
What do you do when your raid is cancelled?
The Best and Worst Cities/Towns

Resource Site Spotlight - WoW Professions

Hello again after the week off. This week’s article is about a resource that I was clued in to recently by an excellent hunter blogger, Darkbrew, over at http://thebrewhall.com that has helped me immensely.

My hunter was originally a Skinner/Leatherworker. I could support myself. But at a certain point I got anxious about the superior benefits of Jewelcrafting (currently probably the best hunter profession dps-wise), so I dropped skinning.

And now I have two crafting professions with no gathering skills. Expensive, to say the least. But with my Priest alt nearing 80, I decided that I should compliment my Hunter by picking up Skinning and Mining. Now, anyone who has ever played WoW is used to grinding. It’s a necessary evil of the game we love. But it doesn’t mean we have to enjoy grinding, nor that we should do so without help.

Enter WoW Professions:

http://www.wow-professions.com/

I am using it for my gathering professions. It provides maps of areas to farm, suggests a route that you follow through the zone, and tells you when you should move on to the next area. No wasted time. For crafting professions, it tells you what to make and when, and exactly how many mats it will cost you. It pretty much eliminates the frustrating green-colored recipes that may or may not level you up another point.

The site suggests you use the popular add-on Gatherer in conjunction with their guides, though there are other add-ons that can perform the same task admirably. Used together, however, they can save you loads of time and make grinding more tolerable.

Shared Topic: Starting Over

Say you got sucked into a time warp. Or your account vanished. Or you moved to a different server zone. Or you just wanted a fresh start. How would you go about starting all over? What would you do differently?

Pieces from Blasting Away come up with the idea of (hypothetically) starting over for last week’s Shared Topic:

If you had the chance to start all over again in WoW, but your char is already level 80, or level 1 depending on if you like to level or not :>. What class would you pick? What race? What faction?
Why would you pick that class/race/faction?

And most of all what would you plan to do with it? Raid, PvP or just hang out in Dalaran?

It just fascinates me what people would do if they would be given the option to start all over again on the highest level, would you pick the same class you play now or would you make your secret wish of playing (say) a mage come true?

Once again (yay!), a lot of bloggers spoke up on the topic:

Totalia from WTB World of Warcraft

Pieces from Blasting Away

Zalduun from Blessing of Fish

Glassofwater from Not so Overpowered

Valgav from Casual Addict

Typhoon Andrew from The Eye of the Storm

Khraden from Illumination

Razorstorm from The WoW Storm

Aleph from The Seasonal Raider

Talfrund from Leveling Resto

Dwarven Pinball from The Dwarven Pinball

Gazimoff from The Mana Obscura

Pewter from The ‘mental Shaman

Sadysm from Flash of Sadysm

Jaedia from The Lazy Sniper

Kaelynn from Azure Shadows

Erinys from The Harpy’s Nest

Angelya from Revive & Rejuvinate

Tryssta from The Snobby Blood Elf

Sindei from Six-Inch Heals

Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual

Jen from Stories of WoW

Vash from Big Bad Pauldrons

Alamara from Almost Epic

Cazenovia from Hybrid Love

Saniel from Primal Precision

Falross from Scattered to the Winds

Ophelie from The Bossy Pally and the Giant Spoon

The week we get our social consciences going as we raise awareness about buying gold and the consequences that it has on players. To take part in the Shared Topic, check out the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Not feeling inspired but still want to join in the fun? Here’s a sample of some upcoming Topics you can take part in:
Would turning off comments make us better bloggers?
Leveling 1 to 10
What to do when your raid is cancelled?

Sloof Lirpa 2010

Thank you all that “participated” in the fun yesterday! Yes, unfortunately for some, the Twisted Republic Blogcast is, at least so far, just an April Fools joke. We hope you enjoyed it.. (especially the little Yoda)

We should be all back to normal and the 2 posts we had from the April Fools stuffs are in the April Fools category now. It was fun coming up with the idea and while it was a little far-fetched I suppose, it was still fun to put together.

Thanks Again!

Shared Topic: Star Wars: The Old Republic Anticipation

Welcome to the very first Blog Naboo Shared Topic! Blog Naboo is still in its founding phase, but since SW:TOR hasn’t been released yet, that’s ok, we’ve got plenty of time to build some delightful forums! This week, bloggers around the Blogoverse took up the task of investigating exciting TOR news and sharing it with the community.

It was suggested by yours truly, Ophelie from The Bossy Jedi and the Giant Spoon.

With all the news and excitement surrounding SW:TOR floating around, I was thinking it would be cool if everyone shared a piece of news they found particularly interesting.

Unknowingly rising to challenge were:

Underlord40 of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Blog

DarthMallRat of Darth Hater

Ayane of Moon Over Endor

Shyin of Shyins: Guardians of the Old Republic

David of Toroz

This week we put our minds together as we come up with some Blog Naboo Shared Topics logo suggestions to spice up these posts! In the future, to participate, just check out the Shared Topics forum over at Blog Naboo. Until the site is finished, feel free to hang out in the community thread on the official forums!

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