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Jan Does Minecraft

26 Jun

So I’ve been working on this  mockery of a Asian village for a while now on the Slash 2 severs run by @frak_you. It started from a picture of a Chinese wall next to a river. From that I built a wall, then a church and it just continued from there.

My villagers worship the man in black. He has a cane, so I also believe he’s a pimp. The rest of the village sprang up around this church.

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First Impressions – Tera Online

11 Jun

A few months ago I lost my World of Warcraft, 2v2 Arena partner to Tera Online. The game was amazing! he said. It’s so pretty and the game play is so much fun! he said. It’s another WoW clone I don’t care about! I thought. Well, guess who ate their words last weekend? I’ll give you a hint: It wasn’t him.

Friday night I purchased and downloaded Tera Online, a new MMORPG by En Masse Entertainment that strives to give “true action combat” to players as well as give an active and interactive community. Currently a level 22 Sorcerer, I think they’ve succeeded, though I am tempering my enthusiasm for this game after the last half-successes of Rift and SW:ToR. I cannot give my full backing to Tera Online until I’ve seen the end game content, because an MMORPG is all about the end game content.

Story

The world of Tera Online is torn by war and strife. The Argons attack for no known reason and the armies of all the races have come together to keep them from destroying their world. Unfortunately, this has left the home front vulnerable to old enemies and new threats. Recently, an island has suddenly appeared off the coasts of the two continents, never before seen and holding its own powerful secrets.

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And Ubisoft Takes the Prize – E3 News

5 Jun

E3 over the last two days has been a flurry of news and information. While it’s not over yet, all of the big press conferences are over. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, and Ubisoft held major press conferences and wowed, or bored, crowds with their presentations. Here’s what I thought stood out during each.

Microsoft came out with a presentation for the next Halo. My opinion is the game will be mediocre now that the old team is no longer developing it, but time will tell how good it really is. They also announced the release date, November 6, so we won’t even have to wait that long.

Next was the announcement of the new Splinter Cell which attempted to demo voice commands via Kinect. It didn’t come off so well. The developer playing the game knew the commands, but it’s going to take some heavy tutorials to get players using them as smoothly as a button press. The guys from Madden came in afterwards, though, and they showed how Kinect voice can really be utilized. Continue reading

Whimsyshire, or the Not So Cow Level

24 May

Diablo fans all know the Cow Level. In I and II, this was a gory, super hard level that was difficult to access, but dropped amazing loot. Diablo III’s secret level, Whimsyshire, is no easier to get into and it’s just as hard to survive, especially with four players. Unfortunately, it isn’t as profitable as the D1 and D2 secret Cow Levels, but it’s far more entertaining to run through. After discussing this place on the 5wowthings podcast, I was very lucky to be pulled into this level by my friend @lazervis and saw the whole craziness for myself.

The Not So Cow Level is full of cute monsters, gold and item drops giant pink cupcake heal orbs, random and elite bosses, and rainbows, sunshine and lollipops. Okay, not exactly, but there are rainbows and unicorns, carebears and presents, even little flowers. Everything is bright and cheerful, with green grass, flowers and lovely trees dotting the landscape.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though, everything still wants to kill you and it’s not so easy to kill them first. I went in on normal difficulty and (with four people) couldn’t kill anything on my own at level 36. Two of my companions were near level 60 and they had a lovely time massacring all the cute fluffies that were around. With just two players, it wasn’t so bad, but the non-champions will give players under level 40 a run for their money. My advice is to be careful and bring friends.

Accessed during Act One, getting into the Not So Cow Level requires five special ingredients and a plan to teach the Blacksmith how to craft them into the Staff of Herding. As was the case with the D2 Cow Level, you must have defeated the difficulty level you’re in before you can enter. So if you want to go in on Normal mode, you must have killed Diablo on Normal, etc.

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Zone Wrap Up – Kun-Lai Summit

9 Apr

The Kun-Lai Summit is located in northern Pandaria and The White Tiger, Xuen, is the August Celestial that watches over it.  Several species will be here for players to interact with: Pandarens, Zandalari, Yaungol, Hozen, Sha, and Grummles. Mount Never-Rest, the tallest mountain on Azeroth, is here and supposedly dwarfs the Temple of Storms in the Storm Peaks. Blizzard describes it thus:

High atop the frigid northern peaks of the Kun-Lai Summit looms the Temple of the Tiger, an ancient training ground protected by an elite force of martial priests, along with the spirit of the White Tiger itself.  Deeper into the mountains is the hideout of the Shado-pan: a mysterious order charged with protecting Pandaria from the dark things buried beneath its surface. When the isolated people of Kun-Lai are threatened by marauders from the west and a Zandalari troll menace invading its northern shores, they turn to the Alliance and Horde for help.

This zone is not yet open in the beta, but some people have pulled code and created the following fly throughs for us. One is of different parts of the zone and the second is of the Shado-pan Monastery where the new dungeon is also located: Continue reading

Zone Wrap Up – The Jade Forest

4 Apr

Click to zoom in; it's worth it.

Next up on the Zone Wrap Up is the Jade Forest, picked because it is the only zone on the new continent that has been opened in beta so far. That is also why there are two videos this time. The first is of an Alliance character running from the starting area, all the way to the Horde starting area. It gives a good idea of how huge the zone is, shows how areas transition and change, but it’s rather boring. The second is the Blizzard video from the press release, which is much prettier, engaging, but doesn’t show as much.

 

 

The Jade Forest is located on the far eastern edge of the new Pandaren continent and is the starting zone for both Horde and Alliance 85s. The August Celestial Yu’Lon, the Jade Serpent, resides here, along with the Jinyu and the Hozon. The Temple of the Jade Serpent dungeon is here (thanks to the August Celestial), the Order of the Cloud Serpent (those guys who help you raise/train your own personal Cloud Serpent mount). Blizard describes the zone thus:

“After a naval battle between the Horde and the Alliance leaves the survivors stranded on the beaches of Pandaria, rescue parties of those factions’ elite soldiers set out explore the mysterious, fog-shrouded island. You are among them.

As one of the first explorers to set foot on Pandaria, you’ll begin your investigation in the midst of the emerald bamboo and coastal marsh of the Jade Forest, where two of Pandaria’s most prominent races make their homes. The monkey-like Hozen and the Jinyu fish-people thrive near the rivers of the Jade Forest, and your first encounters with them are likely to be hostile. Yet, ultimately, your lack of allies and guidance in this unfamiliar land will make befriending the natives your only option”

The Jade Forest map

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Zone Wrap Up – Valley of the Four Winds

30 Mar

The second zone in my Zone Wrap Up is the Valley of the Four Winds. It is located on the southern edge of the new Pandaren continent and seems to be just a questing zone. The Tillers farm will be located here along with at least one Brewmaster scenario and the new Stormstout Brewery dungeon. Unfortunately, the only screen captures so far are from the video above, so I’ll leave you with just the video.

Valley of the Four Winds concept map

Blizzard has described it as:

A tranquil plain of lush farmland, bordered by dense mysterious jungles along the south and impassible mountains to the north. The valley is considered the “breadbasket” of Pandaria, but the year’s harvest is in jeopardy and a terrible malaise has overcome the Pandaren that live along the coast. The valley is also the home of the legendary Stormstout Brewery, where Chen Stormstout and his niece Li Li hope to journey to discover the whereabouts of their long-lost ancestors.

Unlike the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, this Valley looks exactly like I wanted the entire zone to look. Green, flowers, animals, growing things; I am more than pleased. This zone appears to be a cross between the Wetlands with water, cliffs and trees and Nagrand with its bright colors, multitude of animals, and plenty of growing things. I am loving it. Continue reading

Minor Glyphs from Mists of Pandaria

27 Mar

Once again I have scoured the blogs and information sites so you don’t have to. Why, you ask? Because I was dying to know about the silly new minor glyphs and no one has put together a list of them by themselves. So, I did it and provided images and video where I could.

I’m so interested in the minor glyphs because I feel this is a return to being able to customize our characters in new and interesting ways. When in combat, you’re not looking at the armor, but the spell effects and finally there’s a way to show off your own character. I am so making a macro to let everyone know how pleased I am at being able to bubble hearth again.

As of the blog posts this morning, this is everything I’ve found. The only one I couldn’t find was mentioned by Blizz at the press event where Mages would be teleported to the Old Dalaran crater and dropped out of the sky far, far above the ground. Sorry mages, apparently that’s not in the bata yet. Blizzard owes apologizes to Rogues, Priests and Deathknights as I couldn’t find a single interesting minor glyph for those classes. Those bastards. Continue reading

MoP Image Leak

18 Mar

Some lovely person took a bunch of screen shots and leaked them for your viewing pleasure. You can find the full Gallery here, but here are the one’s I liked best:

Here’s a picture of the Jade Temple, which I believe is one of the new instances. The talbuk wandering around are a bit disappointing (not to mention lore breaking), but I love the dragon statues, all the cliffs and trees everywhere. It does remind me a lot of Nagrand, but I loved Nagrand, so there’s no complaining here.

Holy crap, the new Pandarans look boss! This makes me actually consider rolling a Monk class. Continue reading