Warcraft movie will not be directed by Sam Raimi Raimi took the job helming Oz: The Great and Powerful and had to leave the Warcraft project. It's good to hear that the project is still alive, but everyone's wondering who the replacement will be.
And the dungeons keep on shrinking We'd noticed that the revamped Scarlet Monastery 5-mans on the MoP beta were, while great experiences, not quite the epic forays they'd once been. Rossi thinks there's an argument to be made for larger scale of classic 5-mans and, as he says, "(This is) my long, rambling tribute to long, rambling dungeons."
Grandpappy Frostheim on dumbing the game down "I've said it before and you can bet on the balls of the Titans that you'll hear me say it again, but kids these days don't know how good they got it. In fact, they got it so good that after years and years of complaining about every little thing, these days the kids are actually -- get this -- complaining that they have it too good."
Attunements and why they must never return Doing an attunement chain once on a character can be, if not necessarily fun, at least a rewarding experience. Doing it on multiple characters gets old fast. And heaven help the guild that has to recruit for more advanced content from the relatively small pool of people who can access it instantly. Reading this brought back very unpleasant memories of my Burning Crusade guild's nightmare of having to "key" new recruits for Mount Hyjal and the Black Temple.
Arts and Entertainment
WoW Moviewatch: Time A gorgeous series of snapshots on the ingame life of a character and her journey. Tough to describe, but beautiful, both to listen to and watch. Some of the best machinima we've ever seen just does a simple narrative very well, and this is among them.
Learn how to machinima with Bloodvein As Gray notes, the techniques and technologies behind machinima have grown so complex that trying to get started can be very intimidating. Fear note -- Bloodvein has a great set of tutorials on how to do what you see on Moviewatch.
Classes, Raiding, and PvP
A PvP glossary of comps, cleaves, and colloquialisms A lot of people don't bother to get involved in PvP because even the lingo seems like an impenetrable wall. Reading this won't instantly make you an amazing PvPer, but you will at least understand what PvP players are talking about. (Also, the existence of the "Kanye West cleave" -- lots of interrupts -- cracks us all up.)
World of Warcraft and personal revelations "I proposed to my wife during a Molten Core run we were both in. The way she tells it, I walked into the room while she was pet pulling Baron Geddon to Garr's room and said 'Hey, I think we should get married.' I'm a suave devil." One of Rossi's more personal outings, and I wonder if our staffers could be persuaded to run a series on this.
Team Matticus takes on the updated Pet Battle System Blizzard had only enabled pet battling on the beta a few days earlier, and this was among the earliest looks. It's a great article on its own merits, but I think it was mostly an opportunity for Matticus to brag about running an undefeated team.
WoW Archivist: The most painful attunement of all Two weeks after Rossi's editorial on why attunements were bad for the game, Scott decided to walk us through the Horde-side Onyxia attunement quest to show the unintiated just how bad it could really get.
Addon Spotlight: Guide to TradeSkillMaster part one, two, and three I'm cheating as the latter two were actually published in August, but this was a comprehensive guide to using a fiendishly complicated addon, and one that I'd personally avoided for that reason until reading this. So good that the TradeSkillMaster project site featured it as a beginner's guide.
World of Warcraft skills in the workplace IBM had once run a study on MMO players and concluded there was valuable skill transference, particularly for people in positions of leadership. A wonderful observational piece from Robin on how to build on what you learn about people and behavior (including your own) while playing. Doesn't mean we think you should put it on your résumé, though.
Know Your Lore: The mystery of Morgan's Militia While playing through the revamped Burning Steppes and Blasted Lands, Rossi noticed "a few mild discrepancies" in the timeline and started digging. His conclusion? A seemingly minor NPC may be a lot more important than she looks, or may even be dead without realizing it. (Or, as more pessimistic commenters point out, it might all be an error on Blizzard's part, but that's less fun.) This reminded me a lot of an article that Dawn wrote two years ago, The loose ends of Arko'narin, on a similar NPC whose quest line hinted at something truly creepy.
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