Tigole revealed that Maraudon Orange zone will be hotfixed soon or will be fixed for Patch 1.60. The Larva spewer should be interactive allowing players to destroy the spewer to stop the spawning of Larvas. This is not the case, and the bug is affecting gameplay to all players:
I checked this out today. The Larva Spewer should be interactable so that players can turn off the spawned Larva. This is not currently working on the live servers. We identified and fixed the bug today internally. Hopefully we can hotfix this in the next few days or fix it for patch 1.6.0 which is just around the corner.
Apologies for inconvenience.
Another change to be included in Patch 1.60 is the availability of Blood of Innocents at the beginning area of Scholomance. This is going to be a great change for those who need Kirtonos:
There is a change coming in Patch 1.6.0 (live on the test server right now). There will be a mob in the first room in Scholomance who drops the Blood and allows you to summon Kirtonos. Kirtonos will be the first named NPC you encounter now.
Gnomes got some love this week with their own Wallpaper revealing the Shield theme for the Gnomish Kingdom. Download it here
Tigole was kind to set a time-frame for both Ahquiraj and Zulgurub.
Zul’Gurub will be in content Patch 1.7.0.
Ahn’Qiraj is a *massive* zone with both interior and exterior elements. It will be instanced.
The zone will most likely go live in Patch 1.9.0 although things are always subject to change.
We’ll provide more information on this zone as it gets closer to release
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Another Real-life holiday has been included within World of Warcraft, celebrating the Independence Day on July 4th. Although the Goblins are far from celebrating any independence day, the Goblins are out to go Kaboom-palooza!
Deep within the cavernous halls of Undermine, goblins labor and toil over their strange and fanciful engineering creations. When they are not constructing powerful devices of destruction, they find making fireworks a diverting pasttime. They work tirelessly over strange chemical concoctions used to produce precisely the right color and, of course, spectacular explosion. It is an artform that comes naturally to those who find great pleasure in making things explode in a variety of ways. Competition is fierce among the engineers as they strive for perfection within their pyrotechnics.
Since holding an exhibition indoors—particularly within range of a goblin engineer’s workshop—is completely out of the question, it was decided by the Tinker’s Union that a day would be chosen wherein the pyrotechnists would go out into the world and share their creations with the world (for a modest fee, of course). For one glorious day, the sky would be alight with the fantastic creations of engineers throughout Azeroth.
Whether Alliance or Horde, these pyrotechnists are more than happy to help you set the sky on fire during the Engineers’ Explosive Extravaganza! (Just remember, point all incendiaries away from the face.)
Computer and Video Games has an article about Hellgate: London and few screenshots describing the storyline and the weaponry.
According to Eyonix, Black Lotus will be finally made Bind on Equipped in Patch 1.70—the next future patch after Blackwing Lair is released, which means Black Lotus will be now available on Auction House for profit. It will allow Alchemists to make more Flasks. If only the Scholomance Lab requirement was removed, sighs!
Eyonix While I’m not sure of the original reasoning behind the Black Lotus herb being made bind-on-pickup, I do know that this is going to be changed for patch 1.7, which is the patch scheduled to release sometime after the next content patch. If your desire is to sell them for profit, feel free to hang onto them until that time.
Source: Official Forums
Gamasutra has an article where many representatives of different Game Developing and Computing Science Companies are talking about World of Warcraft, its success and whether World of Warcraft is Mainstream or not. Find out for yourself, and read what the experts have to say about this popular MMORPG for casual and hardcore gamers. Here is an excerpt from
WoW is absolutely reaching the mainstream market. I’m in a guild in WoW where there are many players who are playing their first MMO, and beyond that, playing their first video game ever! For example, my girlfriend plays and she would’ve never thought to buy a video game until trying out WoW. She works at a medical device company, and her female co-workers talk about playing WoW. But then again, WoW is the best MMO out there for hardcore and casual gamers alike. World of Warcraft is a great license also, but to most casual gamers, Star Wars or the Matrix are more notable names. It’s not about the license, it’s about making a great game.
-Tony Dormanesh, Midway
Jason Hayes, Blizzard Music Composer, created a Music Composition for a Coca-Cola TV Commercial in China featuring World of Warcraft. Blizzard created a 3D rendering of an orc to fight three beautiful Chinese girls disguised as Night Elves. The Commercial shows a Chinese man discussing Music Album advertising strategies with three young women. He says, “Girls, Sexy is what sells!” while holding a photo of a blonde girl wearing sunglasses and a short fur clothing that reveals her body from her lower chest down to her waist. The three chinese women are watching a World of Warcraft Cinematic on a laptop computer, and the man resumes saying: “You get my drift?”. To this the three women answer: “No”, while drinking an iCoke.
The chinese man rises angered asking: “What do you mean, no?”. The man turns into an angered Orc, while the three women mark in a challenging tone: “No, means no!”. The women turn into three exotic Night Elves. A mage, a Sentinel Archer(Hunter) and a Warrior.
The three women battle the orc who breaks the warrior’s sword, while the other girls cast great special effects against the Orc which is slammed against a wall by a Multi-shot. Finally the girls make the coupe de grace killing the orc. They open a chest treasure revealing a full loot of iCoke and ice. They pick the iCoke and drink it with pleasure before the World of Warcraft colorful horizon and the sunset. Back to reality, the women finish drinking, and the chinese man ends up naked in underwear. In short, Sexy is not what sells, it is the product what sells. Coca-Cola and World of Warcraft are very successful simply because the product is so great it sells itself. The commercial was synchronized with the official launch of the World of Warcraft China Center. Blizzard has expanded to the Chinese market to deliver World of Warcraft.
Glynnis Talken, voice actress of Starcraft Kerrigan, thanks all the fans that visited her at the San Diego Scottish Festival and informs she won’t have book signings on July due to an Awards event. She will be at the National Convention of Romance Writers of America in Reno, Nevada where she was nominated in three categories by the Hearts Through History contest for her medieval romance books. Beside a voice actress, Glynnis is a medieval romance book writer. She was nominated to the following categories:
- Best Medieval book
- Best Western book
- A Hero for All Time book
Glynnis is preparing to write a new book trilogy featuring three Medieval hero ladies. We will update more of her new project as soon as we get more details. Her book writer name is Glynnis Campbell. If you wish to take a look at her book titles, visit her website at http://www.glynnis.net/books. Read the newsletter below . . .
StarCraft has been updated with the newly released patch 1.13. This revision addresses a few well-known bugs that were used to perform in-game exploits, corrects display issues with the Korean Font and makes adjustments to the Player’s in-game minimap. To see a copy of the patch notes, please click here.
We hope this patch makes battling within the StarCraft universe a little more fun, so feel free to join Battle.net once again to reengage in the epic struggle between the Terran, Protoss and Zerg! Load your game and connect to Battle.net to auto-download the patch.
According to Gamers.com, XFire was recognized as one of the top 100 Private Companies of the year for their innovation and potential. Blizzplanet has chosen XFire for future downloads of all Blizzard Games related files and media, modding tools, mods/campaigns, and fan-made movies. Download XFire 1.41 here. XFire allows you to:
- See when your friends are online & what game they’re playing
- See where they’re playing and join them with one click
- See what games the friends of your friends are playing
Gamers.com: Recently, Xfire revealed that they have been chosen by AlwaysOn to be one of the Top 100 Private Companies. Five criteria were apparently considered by AlwaysOn’s editorial team: innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation. The AO 100 list was whittled down from over 1,000 companies selected by venture capitalists, industry analysts and investment bankers.
Gamepro has an article titled MMO Journal: Are MMORPGs only for Hardcore Gamers? discussing Instanced 5-on-5 PvP battlegrounds, Quests/Dungeons, Solo instancing and comparisons with Star Wars Galaxies and Guild Wars.
Eyonix revealed that Weather System is in development, but there is no official release date to implement the feature in any near patch schedule. When more details are available, it will be announced by Blizzard:
Eyonix: Weather is still being worked on, and you’ll be happy to know that the progress of effects looks phenomenal. Once I have additional details to provide, or am able to show off a preview of such, I will do my best to share with the entire community.
The Season Two solo gateway tournaments were played this past weekend and winners have been determined for the completed matches. Congratulations to the three gateway winners who have already claimed victory:
- Northrend: internationale (aka: SK.HoT)
- Kalimdor: PhoeNix_ReMinD (aka: WE.Remind)
- Lordaeron: Fuji[SpeeD] (aka: 4K.Fury)
See the full report, brackets, and download replays from the Season Two webpage here.
Blizzard vs BNETD case is still in development in the courts for presumable violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Electronic Frontier Foundation is following up on the case and has posted an article wrapping up what has happened so far in the courts. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has made available an MP3 of the audio of Oral Arguments before the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals that took place on June 20. You can download the audio here.
Gamespot has an article featuring Dave Chappelle, who after his leave from Chappelle Show visited South Africa for some a while. Now back in the states, he reveals that he loves World of Warcraft.
White-Wolf and Swords & Sorcerers announce the release of World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game now on sale for $39.99 based on a d20 system. You can download a PDF Preview of this book Here. This preview requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
Enter a World of Adventure!
In a world ravaged by conflict, age-old enemies struggle to rebuild society amid a tenuous peace sparked by flares of violence as threats new and old clash in an endless conflict. Heroes battle undead and demons, explore strange and dangerous lands, uncover powerful magic, develop fascinating technological creations, and return glory to great cities and civilizations. They stand at the cusp of a new age – an age they shall forge by their allegiances and their exploits!
Calling All Heroes!
World of Warcraft the Roleplaying Game translates the hugely popular computer game setting into a pen-and-paper roleplaying game. Published under the Open Game License, it features complete rules for play that are 100% compatible with revised 3rd Edition rules and the d20 System. Everything you need is now in one book – from character generation to 10 races and 12 core classes, from extensive technological creation rules to a wide variety of spells, from combat rules to details on generating settlements and cities! Also compatible with existing Warcraft RPG game material. Full Color Hardcover.
Warcraft RPG books are published under license with Blizzard Entertainment and utilize the Open Game License.