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Blizzard has cross-realm dungeoning in the works for World of Warcraft

Last summer, I gave my response to the World of Warcraft Real ID system. Earlier today, World of Warcraft Community Manager Nethaera posted an announcement on the WoW forums that unveiled Blizzard’s plan to introduce functionality within the game that would allow players on different servers to group for dungeons. There has been some speculation within the community for awhile that Blizzard may roll out with this at some point. It is certainly something that players have wanted and hoped for. While all of my friends (when we consistently played) were on Shadow Council, I do have many friends from another guild on Durotan that I would love to have played with at some point. This feature, which would be available as part of the Real ID functionality, would allow a group leader to initiate invitations to players on other servers and go through dungeons.

As this is a fairly complex service to develop, we don’t have a release date to share quite yet. It’s important to note that as with some of the other convenience- and connectivity-oriented features we offer, certain elements of the cross-realm Real ID party system will be premium-based, though only the player sending the invitations will need to have access to the premium service. We’ll have more details to share with you as development progresses — in the meantime, you may begin to see elements of the feature appear on the World of Warcraft PTR.

~Nethaera

This is all of the information that has been released about this so far. Nethaera did say that only the player initiating the invitations would need to have the paid service, but do we really need to pay for this? Will they bundle it in with our normal subscriptions? Hopefully we’ll get some more news soon. I have the PTR downloaded so I may check it out at some point. Thankfully, you do not have to have an active World of Warcraft subscription to play on the PTR. Many players were gifted 7 free days of play time last week and I used that so now my account is frozen again. While I do not have plans to resubscribe any time soon, I’ll keep everyone up to date on the news.

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New info on #FreeGaryGannon

There is new speculation among Gamebreaker.tv fans as to the party responsible behind our beloved ginger’s disappearance. Some are saying that Coco himself wanted Gary taken out. Others are saying that Darnell, host of BlizzBlues on Gamebreaker.tv, is responsible. Others on the Gamebreaker.tv forums are referencing a countdown on the screen behind MikeB. Could that be countdown to Gary’s kidnapping? Could this have been an inside job?

A #FreeGaryGannon campaign has been set up to urge Blizzard (or whomever is responsible) to release Gary from their clutches. There’s a tumblr page and you can follow along on twitter by searching #FreeGaryGannon. Also check out the feeds of @akamikeb, @devolore, @irljasmine, @gamebreakertv.

Legendary 27: Free Gannon

User @Rhonyzul tweeted me this: “@bardicmelody http://tinyurl.com/6z6r8dc I think we’ve found Gary.” There is apparently a new video which implicates Darnell. Unfortunately, the network I’m on now will not allow me to access youtube.

Latest Battle.net forums post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2483748474?page=1

Stay tuned for information as it becomes available. Let’s just hope that the hair is still in tact and they’ve allowed him to keep an argyle sweater for warmth. If he’s in Pit of Saron, it might be pretty cold.

Is Blizzard to blame for Gary Gannon’s disappearance?

I’ve been following Gamebreaker.tv for a few months now and I enjoy watching their web shows This Week in MMO and Legendary, which covers World of Warcraft.

Even though I’m not playing Warcraft right now, I like to keep up on the news and events. Legendary’s hosts Gary Gannon, Mikeb aka Fony from Zam.com‘s BFF Report, and Josh Allen aka Lore from Tankspot‘s Weekly Marmot and PST, represent three major demographics in WoW today, casual player, PvPer and hardcore raider, respectively. On Legendary, the guys cover topics such as upcoming patches, class changes, and sometimes even their own speculation as to the future of World of Warcraft and Blizzard in general. But has this speculation finally raised the ire of Blizzard Entertainment? Is Bashiok, Community Manager for the World of Warcraft forums, responsible for Gary Gannon’s disappearance? Before we get into that, let’s talk about what happened during the Legendary live broadcast on Tuesday night.

Legendary, the World of Warcraft show, tapes live on Justin.tv weekly at 9:30 PM Pacific Time. Gary, Mike and Lore broadcast from their respective locations, but in particular Gary is live from the brand new Gamebreaker.tv studio. On May 3, at around 45 minutes into the broadcast, the live feed suddenly went dead following Gary’s statement that World of Warcraft was growing too “fat.” This came after the trio discussed the Bashiok’s claim that there is a lack of resources for new raid content and that Patch 4.2 will only bring the 7 bosses of the Firelands raid.

Just about half way into the show, the feed cut out. I was thinking, Well, maybe I should just reload the page. No dice. The chatroom was going crazy. Jasmine was trying to calm everyone down as they figured out where Gary was. Then, the speculation began. Blizzard didn’t like Gary’s comments and decided to take him out. Just two days after the announcement of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, many folks in the chatroom said that Blizzard staged an invasion of the Gamebreaker.tv studio. It turns out that Gary’s internet was cut, but then later it was announced that the power was out too.

Mike and Lore were eventually able to bring the feed back up briefly and they were donning their tinfoil hats, the significance of which is so Blizzard can’t read their minds. Groups of players went in game and staged rallies in Garrosh’s room on server Arthas. Since I’m not in game right now, I couldn’t attend, but I followed along in the chat room for awhile.

A #FreeGaryGannon campaign has been set up to urge Blizzard to release Gary from their clutches. There’s a tumblr page and you can follow along on twitter by searching #FreeGaryGannon. Also check out the feeds of @akamikeb, @devolore, @irljasmine, @gamebreakertv.

As a witness to the atrocities of 5/3, I can just say that I am scared for Gary’s safety. I’m not sure what kind of dungeon Blizzard has Gary in, but if it’s anything like Halls of Stone, he’s in for a lifetime of pain and misery.

Legendary 27: Free Gannon

***UPDATE***

Shortly after I posted the link to twitter, user @Rhonyzul tweeted me this: “@bardicmelody http://tinyurl.com/6z6r8dc I think we’ve found Gary.”

The link contained within the tweet is to a youtube video. This youtube video:

I will keep everyone up to date on the events surrounding Gary’s disappearance.

Latest Battle.net forums post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2483748474?page=1

Gods & Heroes — Beta Testing Initial Thoughts

I’ve been playing the in the Beta for Heatwave Interactive’s new game Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising for a week or so now. As the title suggests, it is set in the world of Ancient Rome and incorporates not only historically accurate enemies such as Etruscans, but also enemies from legend such as Minotaurs and Gorgon. The game is classified currently as an MMORPG, but I have yet to see a system of naming conventions or the like for true Role Playing. I haven’t seen many PCs in game, but the ones that I have seen have been very generic and akin to names that one would see in World of Warcraft today, e.g. Zombieassassin.

Character Creation

When you sit down to make your own hero, as is the case in many games, you first have to pick your class. There are four options available on the Beta: Mystic, Priest, Gladiator, and Soldier. It looks like two classes will be available when the game hits shelves, Nomad and Scout. Upon picking your class, you are then presented with two options, which will serve as factions in G&H. You are to decide which god or goddess from Roman mythology you will serve. For example, Gladiators serve either Fortuna or Jupiter. The choice of god or goddess helps to determine what some of your abilities will be. Mars grants a “purifying flame” and the ability to summon a fiery bird of some sort (assuming it’s a Phoenix type creature.) I’ve only experienced Jupiter’s “Wrath” ability so far. It’s pretty cool.

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius...

 

The third part of the character creation process is appearance customization. Your options here are fairly broad. There are several base faces per gender that you can choose from. Within that, you’re able to completely customize each face. You can create any human race of your choosing. My first Beta character was a female gladiator named Katryona. I’m a big stickler for hairstyles but didn’t see many that I actually liked. For Kat, I ended up with a low bun. It didn’t really scream “gladiator,” but it worked. What impressed me most was the facial features. The faces were pretty realistic, even if the hair left a bit to be desired.

Game Play

As previously stated, the game centers around the comings and goings of wartime Rome. You begin on the shore and you find out that your villa (Latin for village house) has been attacked by the enemy. Through a quest chain, you bring some of these foes to justice and find out about those who can aid you to face them. One part of this game that I find really interesting is the Minion system. The minion can function almost as a combat pet, essentially. There are apparently up to one hundred minions you can use to help defend yourself, as well as go on the offensive. It’s definitely a unique system and you can earn minions through loot or quest rewards.

It’s beta, so things were kind of slow, but I was fairly impressed with the quests that I’ve done so far. There was a great story and what drew me in was my love for Roman history. To see elements of Roman life in this game was pretty awesome. I’m not going to reveal any spoilers about the game, but I have been giving favorable reviews for the quests I’ve been completing based on the story aspect. Aside from the standard “Go see this person.” “Go kill X number of bad guys.” “Okay, now go collect X number of things.” quests, it’s been steady and has flowed well. Throughout the early questline, you make your way from one side of the island to the other.

Parting thoughts

I assume that this game will have a subscription upon release. Granted, I haven’t played the entire game, but if I were right now to compare it to World of Warcraft, I would say that I would not pay for a subscription versus the fifteen dollars monthly for WoW. This game has its nice qualities, but it is not at this time, anywhere near comparable to games such as WoW, Rift or even Everquest. I would love to play it again on a free trial when the game is completed. I’m sure things will run more smoothly and there will be even more awesome things added in.  Please let me know your thoughts on the game!

Gods and Heroes Beta Testing This Week

I am going to participate in the closed beta for the new Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising, a new MMO being developed by Heatwave Interactive. I created my first character last night and was kind of impressed with the character creation process. It was very detailed oriented and you could customize facial features really well. I will keep everyone updated on the beta testing and give other thoughts about questing and gameplay. I need to see if it’s okay to post screen shots of the game, so as soon as I find out I will post the screen shot of my character.

I’m entering month two without World of Warcraft, but it’s nice to pick up a new MMO and help the developers come up with a great game. Will Gods and Heroes be another “WoW killer?” No, I don’t think so. The concept, however, is neat for me because I absolutely love Roman mythology and have studied classics for several years now.

 

I will say one thing though. The UI is very familiar. Even the keybindings. I was able to instantly get acclimated to that aspect of the game.

I’ll play a bit more tonight and write an update!

Like a phoenix from the ashes…

The prodigal blogger returns to Kentucky Geek Girl. My friends, I do apologize for my absence the last few months. Real life (the kind of real life I’m not going to talk about on this particular blog) caught up with me in the worst way. And I’ve been dealing with a lot of sickness, sinus infection and bronchitis and gross stuff like that. Like, I’ve been helping fund college educations for the doctor’s and pharmacist’s kids. Anyhoo, I’m back! I’m better than ever! I’m !

In my absence, several things have happened in the world of geek. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 came out and World of Warcraft Cataclysm was released among other things. I downloaded Cataclysm and made my Worgen from the outset. She’s a lovely little warrior in on Shadow Council-US. I’ve also been playing a Gnome Mage and of course my one and only main, Aleksondra. Since it’s my only video game right now, I’ve been playing it a lot. So much so, that I’ve hit a brick wall and am feeling some extreme burnout.

So, I’m quitting the game for an indefinite amount of time. I’ve met some great people on the game and I’ve had a great time the last 3 1/2 years. The guild that my best friend created has done so well and it breaks my heart to leave, but I just have to focus on other things right now. I’m going to post here more often about news and all things geeky and I might pass along some things about WoW that I hear, but I’m just going to step away from the game for awhile. It’s just not in my budget right now to spend the extra money on WoW, but maybe it will be again soon so when that time comes I’ll log back into Azeroth. Everyone needs a break though, right?

I hope everyone has been doing awesome the last few months. I’ve been keeping up with most everyone via twitter. Work and a funk has just kept me away from writing a bit.Though I’ve also begun posting in my other blog. Follow my my journey to health and happiness there.

Until next time!

New computer win

Gentle readers,

I come to you from the glorious hamlet of Flatwoods, KY, which just so happens to be my hometown. Oh, and the hometown of some guy you may have heard of, but that’s neither here nor there. I am home this week because I work in the school district and it’s fall break! I’ve been here since Tuesday and will return to Lexington on Monday morning in time for work. It’s been really rather relaxing to be here for the last few days, even though I’ve had a sinus infection since I got here. I hate getting sick, but my mama has been taking great care of me.

As I believe I mentioned before, there was talk of me getting a new laptop. Since that post, I canceled my cable subscription, upgraded my internet to the 2.0 package and convinced my grandmother that a new laptop (and subsequently no Christmas presents) was a good idea. After talking it over with my mom, who at first was indifferent, and then got in my corner when we saw how great the laptop was, Grandma caved decided to buy it for me. I had a Wal-Mart gift card from taking back a few items last week, so I even got a new USB mouse! I really like it.

Being home has really allowed me to be introspective. I have been giving a great deal to my goals, including my 101 in 1001, which I have made very little progress on. I am committed to changing things and getting back on track. If I have learned one thing from the past couple of months, things can change in an instant, but positive thinking really works wonders. It also helps when you have wonderful people in your corner. I must remember not to take those people for granted.

As I have been home the last few days, I haven’t been online that much. I’ve been playing some World of Warcraft, but I haven’t been on Twitter or Facebook very much. My Google Reader was even at 51! Yikes! So, I’m working my way reading through everything. I hope everyone has been doing well. I’ve got WoW installing through the Battle.net game download and it’s at around 30%. I’m so excited to be playing on a laptop again. Eventually, I plan to have the hard drive of the old machine backed up so that I can save everything that was on it. That’s a plan for down the road, as I am not in any rush.

Windows 7 is taking some getting used to. I’ve seen it in practice, as the elementary school where I work has it on all of the computers in the school. So, if Kindergartners can use it, I think I can adapt. I’ve been using Linux so long now that I was craving some Windows. Scary, I know. Interesting tidbit, when I was researching laptops, I read that Acer will be allowing for dual boot of Windows 7 and Android-OS on its netbooks.

I’ll part with you all for now, just wanted to share my good news that I (finally) got a new computer. I was really needing one, and it was great of my Grandma to help me out like she did. I owe her one.

Oh, before I go, here is my new toy:

HP G72 with Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor
Windows 7 Home Premium
17.3″ screen w/ webcam and number pad!

The list goes on, but I looooove it!

Take care, y’all.

P.S. When installing World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King, the Arthas story runs out LONG before the installation is complete. Boo.