Earlier this week, the Horde completed phase one of the Isle of Thunder. I enjoyed what I saw of phase one, but the Horde needed a base on the island itself! When I showed up for my dailies that day, there was a single quest instead of dailies. This quest queued me for a solo scenario that tasked me with flying to the island, locating a Zanadalari outpost protected by a magic barrier, slaying the Zandalari inside, and taking down the barrier. It was a great of telling a story! You can watch me go through it in the video above.
With the Zandalari threat removed, Lor’themar was able to set up an outpost in the northwest section of the Isle of Thunder called the Dawnseeker Promontory. My favorite part? Well, my good friend Uda the Beast!
Uda the Beast was the Sunreaver innkeeper in Dalaran. I spent a lot of time with her during the War in Northrend because I loved her two wolves! I helped her evacuate with many other Sunreavers during the purging of Dalaran, and luckily she escaped with her wolves! Now she’s the innkeeper in Dawnseeker Promontory on the Isle of Thunder! You can see Mooglegem and me spending some quality time with her and her lovely wolves!
Five reasons patch 5.2 will pull you back into WoW, Elizabeth Harper, WoW Insider, 3/6/13.
Harper provides a nice summary of 5.2 content.
Patch 5.2 official patch notes, Adam Holisky, WoW Insider, 3/5/13.
If Harper’s article isn’t enough information for you, this might be for you.
On the Broken Battleground Scaling of 5.2, Cynwise, Cynwise’s Warcraft Manual, 3/7/13.
Cynwise looks at how battleground scaling has only made balance worse in the lower-level brackets.
Diablo 3, the Auction House, and Efficiency, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 3/2/13.
Rohan discusses the dangers of increasing efficiency too much. He also claims that there shouldn’t be shortcuts a game’s “central fun.” It’s a great idea. It also reminds me of some tweets I saw by Bennett (@bfod) who said “well, until they charged me money to skip over it, I wasn’t thinking of playing the game as being ‘grind’” and “since they’re charging money to skip it, I know it is grind. Even the developers think of it as grind. Playing it is a penalty.” He goes on to say “here’s how it works-if you pay to play more, you’re seeing play as being valuable. If you pay to play less, you’re thinking of it as a grind” (2/27/13).
Know Your Lore: Jaina Proudmoore and the Kirin Tor, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 3/3/13.
Wondering what’s up with Jaina lately? Then pay attention to the game you pay to play! Or read this.
Know Your Lore: Aethas Sunreaver and the founding of the Sunreaver Onslaught, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 3/6/13.
This guy got totally sweet this expansion. Yup.
The Decline of Rogues, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 3/3/13.
Rohan has some ideas on why rogues are on the decline.
Secret Areas of Warcraft: Where developers go to play, Sarah Pine, WoW Insider, 2/28/13.
Secrets always fascinate me.
What does legendary really mean?, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 2/28/13.
What legendary means has been changing.
Eberron and beyond: Seven years of Dungeon and Dragons Online, Justin Olivetti, Massively, 2/28/13.
Olivetti looks back at DDO.