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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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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