As always I most certainly took my time, but this time I can honestly say that I did not waste that much time in the process of writing this (well not as much as previously, but still there was some temps perdu nonetheless). As such I can finally bring around the post on patch 6.2 which was upcoming ever since I read the news on the PTR launch weeks before actually deciding on publishing this. Thing is the damned thing be almost over by now and so the info is more or less relevant (more less than more, but we’ll skip that for the sake of argument). Still there are quite a few things worth mentioning and afterwards as usual the product recommendations and some free tips and so on and so forth, if you’ve read any of my previous posts then you know the drill … If not, then you’ll be nice enough and learn!

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So then first things first. As you may have noticed on the posts popping up on the Blizzard website there will be plenty of changes and updates coming in patch 6.2 and if you thought that Warlords couldn’t get any more different from what it already is as opposed to good old WoW … Well you were wrong! Atop the new raid and changes to the raiding and dungeon system we will also get bonus events which will encourage (among other things) a better farming of apexis shards (cause we all know how much we enjoy farming stuff on a daily basis to obtain whatever we want from the vendor who sells a million useless items and that one thing that is totally overpriced!). Except for bonus shards, we’ll also get bonus Arenas, Battlegrounds and you guessed … Dungeons! A load of “new-ish” dungeons with slighly differently colored mobs and a ton of unfair abilities that have been redesigned to provide new challenges will be ready to be tackled through the time-walking system. On the plus side at least you should be able to keep the items you get from say … Coilfang Reservoir extreme dungeons and bring them to your current level (90 or 100 depending on how far ahead you are). And in case this revisting of the old dungeons isn’t for you then you might want to consider the brand new “mythic difficulty” of the higher level dungeons which is more or less instant wipe with any group that has not yet raided (at least that is what I got from the PTR testing). To put it plainly this will give even more headaches to random groups that have no idea how to tackle bosses with finesse, but for those turds who have no life and do nothing else all day except research dungeon and raid strategies for low gear score … It should provide quite a nice breeze of fresh air. And speaking of freshness …

I don’t  know if you’ve noticed, but the token system is getting overflooded with tokens and the prices go down and the best thing is that the auction system is just simply so very much different and nice (as opposed to the traditional in-game item auction system). In other words you buy variable amounts of gold for 20$ … Preferably 30k or more, but I’ve seen’em go for half or even less than that! But anyway, let’s just skip this and go past the gold guide and chinese gold farming references (that are basically rendered obsolete – as long as you have money to pay for it). Getting back to the freshness part once patch 6.2 hits the servers in full swing we will also get to go back to Tanaan Jungle and assault the brand new Hellfire Citadel (why the heck is Hellfire, should it not be Tanaan? Like Hellfire should imply the good old hellfire we’ve first seen in Outland first time we stepped through the original portal, right? No?! Then I guess it is just me …). As such we get a new raid and a new event and scenario with a nice twisted lore (Archimonde (How? Why?), Manaroth – (The reanimated version) and Kilrogg … At least he’s very much justified to be in there, but the rest?) and the Invasion events which will reward yet another unachievable achievement and more … Much more!

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As I’ve said there will be plenty of other changes and updates such as the brand new Dev Watercooler, The Pets Galore (because why not … who doesn’t love the pokemon series in the Azerothian version?) and a ton of “under the hood” changes and fixes which I will not go into details because you do not care and I do not care (that is obviously if you’re not a monk … cause they might just care a little). So without further ado let me point you towards the help websites that we all know and love such as the free database and guides provided by wowhead or the well known lore and reference wowwiki while also not forgetting the paid and much more exclusivist Zygor Guides or Dynasty Addons whose gold making component has been dealt a severe blow by the token system (or has been made a huge service, depening on what perspective you choose to adopt) while keeping the rest of the guides’n’addons all the same with the nice and cute reputation they had so far.

With this I must take my leave and leave you with good words on how to deal with your upcoming WoW midlife crisis when you just simply think you had enough, because why not once again … But just in case you are still playing and enjoying it, then let me wish you happy gaming and a good time raiding the new raid and getting the next big thing in terms of gear (that will be outdated as soon as patch 6.3 comes out … if there will even be a patch 6.3) … Nevermind the squish and the small numbers as long as you are just as effective against the monsters as you have always been, right? All jokes and rants aside, enjoy the new content and have fun playing (hopefully moderately) and I’ll be back with more posts at some point in the future on some other topic which I left hanging … Not exactly sure when, but it should happen … soon.

Sources: Patch 6.2 Preview & 6.2 PTR Patch Notes

The Babes of Warcraft (VI)

It certainly is kind of odd to get back to a topic which I was actually thinking of letting go so many times, but after all if I thought to make it a seven part post then I might as well finish it. As such this here is part six of the Babes of Warcraft series, where we review five more characters that we either loved or hated throughout the adventures we undertook in Azeroth (in this case if you only played the Alliance the second one applies). This time on the table we have the pretty greenskin taller and more fit darlings as opposed to their smaller and slightly more money hungry counterparts. Without further dealys let us get right into it and start with one of the most influential figures of the Warcraft lore, whom we finally managed to recruit and take into our custody as our first (and hopefully not last) epic follower.

Garona Halforcen

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From the good old days of the first Warcraft games, her name was always around the corner somewhere and even if for quite some time she had no notable role in the story of Azeroth she finally decided to make her long awaited return in the events that played out during the Cataclysm and obviously to the more significant part she plays in the Warlords of Draenor epic story continuation. Garona was always quite an interesting figure and a complex character that certainly made us wonder what will she do next, as an assassin and an affiliate of Gul’dan and his Shadow Council and then a lover to Medivh and finally a follower in our Garrison from old Draenor, she most certainly has many sides to her and I for one am very curious to see how will she be portrayed in the movie as well. Also I am quite certain that she will still have an important role to play in the story to come cause she just simply is that badass.

Aggra’lan

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Now this lovely lady here is probably one of the few prototypes of how women are supposed to be seen throughout Azeroth as she is a wife, mother and shaman and at the same a proper supporting cast to her husband, the green saviour himself. All through the Cataclysm she was always around wherever her hubbie went and obviously we always tagged along to help her out with whatever there was to help. As such she basically stands as an example of a woman who is involved in her husband’s affairs directly and she does all this while also being a proper mama and a housewife somehow. She certainly isn’t the warrior type, but most certainly she makes up to that with her other skills and with a pleasant presence. I mean that’s a pretty cute face for an orc.

Draka

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This here is the mother-in-law of the aforementioned lovely lady with tusks and obviously the mama of the green saviour. Now you might wonder how come she has brown skin, daddy has brown skin and the son has green skin, but to answer that would really deviate the topic so let’s get back to her tale. We only hear stories about the strong wife of the renowned Durotan up to the time traveling expansion that gets us to old Draenor, to a time and place where she and her husband still exist and are very much alive and kicking (ass … literally). As such throughout our adventures on Draenor we get to experience a little of what it meant to be a woman in the orchish clans and I for one am very much inclined to say that it is very similar to the position and role that gals had in the barbarian socities of our history (cause she’s a warrior that fights alongside her husband as well, just like her daughter-in-law). A well defined position and a good set of rights alongside a nice set a skills could easily make them not only equal to their men, but in some cases even superior and Draka clearly illustrates this by being an excellent support to the clan.

Boss Mida

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The next lady on the list is a very “tall” presence that dominates everyone in-game (including gnomes and fellow goblins) who just so happens to be the trade princess the cartel actually needs. Clearly it is quite complicated when we think of it, but Gallywix doesn’t have that much of a presence back in Ogrimmar and compared to Genn Greymane, we really have nothing even close to him advising the warchief as he gives counsel to the king (maybe cause Garrosh isn’t overly fond of anything that’s not orcish, but still), that is obviously if we don’t count “Her Tallness” who is by far the mastermind behind the goblin operations of Ogrimmar. Well most certainly we don’t get to see her anywhere else for the time being, but I have a hunch that at some point in the near or distant future she might just have a bigger part to play in the story of Warcraft cause you just don’t make such a character and then leave it be, you know? Or do you?

Sassy Hardwrench

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And finally I just simply couldn’t resist mentioning the cute little goblin lass that fills in the role of “your executive assistent” (if you play a goblin at first), then she becomes “your former executive assisant” as she moves on from serving your character or if you are anything else she’s one who just simply happens to be around from time to time around the world and give you a quest or two just for the heck of it (if you play on the Horde side, cause this is all about The Might of the Horde … Blood and Thunder! Right?). Anyways, Sassy did her job and got promoted and all that and as any good goblin I am pretty confident that she will be making something out of herself anywhere in the next two or three or even more expansions to follow. You go girl!

Now I guess I could call it a day as well and consider that I have worked enough, or maybe even overworked for the past days trying to put these words together in a way in which they make at least some sense for you chaps to enjoy. As always thanks for reading through or just watching the pictures or whatever it is your are doing here browsing my stuff and in case you do decide at some point to come back feel to take your time with it, cause I am still getting used to my new status and can only find time to post once or twice a month, maybe I’ll do stuff more oftenly at some point, but for now this will have to do. As for the babes post, I have just one more in mind and afterwards I am moving on to other games, I have no idea which, but I’m sure you’ll love those as well. For now take care and enjoy whatever sick game you are playing atm!

 

WoW Tokens and Patch 6.1.2

As I assume everyone knows by now, since there has been a lot of talk and hype about these changes for quite some time now, the new mini-patch (6.1.2) came with a bunch of extra insiginificant updates and the WoW Tokens. Again I will be assuming that you all know this so I will not go on ahead and explain your the whole process and the idea behind these items (cause Blizzard has a pretty simple and straightforward article that does exactly that right here), but I will go on ahead and discuss a little the implications of this for gaming in general and adress the more important issues of what does this mean to WoW and to you (and me for that matter) as a player.

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The whole idea of the token in a nutshell is that you are only allowed to buy them from the in-game shop for a fixed amount of cash (20$ or equivalent in local currency I think) and then sell it on the Auction House (once bought from the AH it seems that you cannot resell it). Now for the start Blizz will set a fixed price to test it, however I cannot possibly see how did they manage to do that since the whole idea takes real currency and transforms it into in-game money (gold that is) which should be able to provide good players with extra play time “free of charge” and not so good players – beginners who are in need of in-game gold for whatever they might be using the gold for these days –  with an easy way of spending their hard earned money on virtual shiny money!

There were plenty of dicsussions on the forums which placed the price of the Token anywhere between 15k to 100k, however for starters it would seem that the damned thing will be going for about 20k to 30k and then will move from here. That seems like a ton of gold coins, especially for starters, however as a veteran player I can easily buy myself one whole year of game time from my main character’s gold alone and I would still have some change left to last me through up until the next gold runs which I sometimes do when awfully bored nowadays. For everyone out there seeking ways of making gold, allow me to point you once again towards Zygor’s brand new product for making gold because quite frankly it makes the job easy enough for it to actually become boring. Or you can just use whatever other addons or guides or means you can find around as long as they get the job done if you are a cheap twerp. Still don’t expect to pay for your subscription with in-game currency pretty soon if you’re just starting out, regardless of what you are using, because it was proven time and time again that building a fortune (even if it is a virtual one) takes time and effort on everyone’s behalf.

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As such I would say that the only downside to this whole idea is that veterans and gold hoarders will be “free of charge” forever from now onwards (or at least until the tokens are taken out at some point) and people who just started playing and bearly have enough gold coins to cover their riding training will still have to pay with cash to play. Also people are talking that this  signifies the fact that Blizzard is running out of money and that they basically head inevitably to the “free to play” MMORPG graveyard, after 20 years of heritage and history, but for now I would think that this is still pretty far away and this whole Token concept must have been nothing more than a spin-off of the “level 90 boost” which apparently made a lot of high level noobs and pissed off plenty of pro-players and made a lot of dough to the company in the process. But then again I could be wrong and maybe pretty shortly everyone will be filthy rich and no one will pay anymore for the subscription, cause everyone will use tokens …

Either way I am very curious to see how everything will turn out and how this new imporovement will actually manage to change the gaming community by making beginners rich and veterans free players, certainly free used here with the basest meaning of them all from the subscription point of view at least. And as with any market the prices might go up and down from day to day or hour by hour depending on a lot of factors, but we’ll see either way.

A Clash of Clans Mash-Up

Quite frankly now, I haven’t talked about mobile games since I first ranted about Candy Crush almost two years ago and that is I guess because of the fact that I didn’t really play too many of those so I had little to no knowledge about them (except for Candy Crush, which I did have to test before writing about it). However all this changed a few months ago because of various factors that I want to underline in the following rows. Being a fellow who enjoys watching commercials since I also do a little advertising here and there myself I came across the ads for a little game called Clash of Clans and to tell you the truth I haven’t seen such awesome ads in quite some time and most certainly not for a bloody mobile game. This clearly raises the question of where do they have all the cash to run all of them successful ad campaigns, but we’ll get to that later. For now allow me to share with you this first ad that the chaps have put out to promote their creation. Also this should give you an idea with what kind of game are we dealing with in here.

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There you have it, that is the ad that stirred my interest when I first saw it. Still I wasn’t that much into it, but you know I would say it did its job as it was memorable enough for me to remember the game when I saw their other commercials. Time passed and the marketing team has made more ads in another successful attempt to further promote their game and again they succeded. Now I will not refer you to any individual video, but to their entire playlist and I will tell you that clearly the best addition to the whole ad section was the Wizard … Every commercial where we find this little twerp is an instant 30 sec success story. Whether you hate or love that little imp you most cearinly watched the bastard. So in order to get you in the mood do please check out this as well:

Clash of Clans – Revenge

Did you watch them? Did you watch them all? Have you noticed Liam Neeson in there? Well how do you think that they afford to pay that actor and then air his commercial during the Super Bowl? I mean the bloody game is free to donwload and play now isn’t it? Well it sure as hell is! Now let me get right into the meat here and present you my own experience playing this pretty little one location endless updateable game … That during the time this was written had an XP level cap of 300 a max Town Hall level of 10 and about 2.5k days of playtime to unlock it all, provided you have the money to buy the gold and purple jizz required for all of them (this does not include gems)!

The start is pretty cool, the building takes a decent amount of time and everything is nice and pink and colorful since you have a shield active for quite just enough time to fool you into thinking the game is actually cool. The graphics are decent for a mobile game and the overall playing experience is mediocre to good, however the problme is you don’t really have anything interesting to do in the very beginning. There’s a small single player campaign where you target some goblins that become exponetially difficult to tackle and which you won’t beat up until you gain a few levels and as such if you really want to see your barbarians do some damage you will probably find yourself doing the first mission over and over and over again until you are sick of it.

Once your’re leveled up and good to go … As in you have at least a evel 3 or 4 Town Hall you get to see the “real” game where you attack another random player and attempt to destroy villange (hence the defence which you clearly had no idea what the hell was it supposed to do since the goblins did not strike back). In return that player gets to attack you as well as long as you have no active shield. It is all fun up until you reach a point where you realize that your army is totally outmatched and that all the “worthy opponents” you are randomly given to beat are way, way more overpowered that you are (do please note I did not spend any money and I did manage to level up till level 5 and then I just simply had to do like Elsa and “let it go”). As with anything cool and mainstream such as this mobile app you bet your arse there’s an honest trailer for it and you can watch it right now if you haven’t done so already (if you did watch it, then just watch it again!):

Clash of Clans – Honest Game Trailer

I guess the epic voice sums it all up and I have nothing else to add. As interesting and as cool as the commercials may be, the overall gamign experience sucks (big time) simply because from a point onwards you will not be winning anymore battles regardless of how carefully you choose them unless you decide to spend some cash and upgrade faster or just simply wait and then wait and wait some more up until … Well you get the point! Anyways I sort of experienced the very same feeling when I returned to playing Hearthstone and I realized that my basic pack could no longer cope with average players who completed “The Curse of Naxxramas” and had the bloody legendaries to show for it. The new expansion “Blackrock Mountain” will clearly only add to it and all the same I would refer you again to the honest trailer for that game as well, because the review very much says it all.

And with this I assume that everything can be summed up and we can all enjoy our games knowing that whatever we play we most certainly made the right choice … As long as the game isn’t free to play or at least isn’t “pay to win” it should be all good, right? Well not necessarily, but that should be the overall main point. With these being said I take my leave and wish you all happy gaming in whatever field you are caught up right now!