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Cataclysm Beta: Deathwing voice clips {WoW}

Jul 22nd 2010 10:45PM I personally disagree with the "not mad enough" assessment... Well, not so much disagree as feel that they should take a different approach to it as what you're thinking of. I get the feeling that Deathwings madness isn't the gibbering insane madman deal, but more the remorseless sociopath. Willing to do anything and everything to see his goals fufilled, no matter the cost.

When he is winning and in control of the situation, his voice should be deep, confident, unbreaking, powerful. I keep thinking something along the lines of the late, great Orson Welles as Unicron.
When things start getting away from his master plan, his insanity starts to show, manifesting in his voice as pure, unbridled rage, his innate savagery taking over his otherwise calm demeanour.

Manga Review: World of Warcraft: Mage {WoW}

Jun 30th 2010 9:11AM There are a few things that struck me about this manga.
The first thing is that this should have been a phased quest, not unlike the wrathgate events. Running around Dalaran as it is attacked by blue dragons around you, trying to bring some order to the chaos? Yes please. And it would have filled in the level space between Violet Hold and the Oculus quite nicely (regarding the Blue Dragon War anyway). Instead we watch a rather bland apprentice mage run around doing it instead.

The second is that the story is, at it's heart, rather similar to Palin Majere's test. For those not versed in Dragonlance lore, Palin Majere is the nephew of Raistlin majere, arguably the greatest mage in the dragonlance-verse.
Abridged version: During his test at the mage tower (kind of a rite of passage for Dragonlance magi, determining what order you are placed in), Palin is called mentally to help his uncle, who is trapped within the abyss (sorta the Dragonlance hell). Though effort, Palin frees his uncle from the abyss and brings him back to the material plane, where his uncle reveals that he's now going to summon Takhisis (Evil goddess of Chromatic dragons, and the big baddie for most of the dragonlance books).
Palin is forced to face down his uncle, drawing upon all his own powers and calling upon Paladine (the Good god of metallic dragons, honour and floppy wizard hats) to banish him again.
Turns out the whole thing was an illusion for his test (Kinda. Turns out illusion Raistlin was actually Raistlin repaying his last debt. Yeah. I bet I've lost a good deal of you by now).

The details are different. But the core is the same. And Knaak is actually well versed in Dragonlance lore too, having written some novels for the series (Much better than some of his warcraft drivel). Not implying anything, just sayin'.
All in all, I felt the manga was sub-par. Not horrible, but not good either. I didn't mind the art too much... but it didn't outstound me either. if it's your first warcraft manga, don't let it cloud your judgement on whether to pick up more. The Legends series is my favourite Out-of-game WoW media thus far, and Death Knight was pretty fantastic too. Or you could pick up some of the Dragonlance Books, which are quite good reading.

TL;DR - Would have preferred the story as a phased quest in WoW. Main Character's story seems to be ripped from a similar story in Dragonlance. Spend your money on the other WoW Mangas or on Dragonlance Novels for a much better time.

Cataclysm screenshot of the day {WoW}

Jun 9th 2010 3:35AM Or it could be that the quillboar have set up another camp for themselves, and were lonely enough to bring their battle-piggies with them. :)

Around Azeroth: Kiss of the spider woman {WoW}

Jun 7th 2010 10:43AM I like BRD.

No, I'm serious.

Perhaps it's that I never really got around to heading in there much during vanilla and I don't have an alt the right level to do it again. So all my experiences with the dungeon were at level 70+ with my brother and a few good online mates of mine. We just went in there to see what was in there. And exploring it was a blast. We spent hours just exploring. Poking our nose into every nook and cranny we could. And there are a *lot* of nooks and crannys in that place. It was a lot of fun, even if we got a little tired of it after a good 4-5 hours in there.

I can imagine it being tiresome at level 55 though, especially if nobody knows the way around.

Also, let me be the first to bow down to our new Dark Iron Dwarf-Drider overlords.

Know Your Lore: Med'an, Cho'gall and the Prophecy, page 3 {WoW}

May 15th 2010 11:12PM Sorry mate. I have to disagree with you about the art being fantastic.
Half of the time I spent reading the comic was just questioning how most of the men were able to move their elbows due to the extreme amount of muscle that should have rightly impeded their movement to a shuffle.

Yes, I know. This is a (unfortunately) a western standard of art for comics therse days. And I know that the characters of WoW itself are influenced heavily by this style. No excuse, the stuff seen here is awfull even by those standards.
Take the picture of Garrosh you have on the first page here, where he's chatting up Wrynn. His head is three times smaller than his hands and he appears to have a gigantic tumor on his back. This is NOT a good look. It boddles my mind why the bones in his feet haven't shattered from his bulk.

With these sorts of physiques, a fight between Garrosh and Vrynn would end up boiling down to the two leaders bodyslamming each other, flailing their non-bendable arms around wildly and yelling garbled insults... Which is such an amazing mental image that it now needs to happen.

But aside from the art, my biggest issue is how Garonna, a character who up until now had been a fierce and capable fighter, is now relgated to damsel in distress and a maguffin for Med'an's creation.
Slayer of the Previous King of Stormwind? Bah, she's a woman, having her be awesome for more than one scene wold just ruin the manliness of this comic. Teenage man-child with phenominal cosmic powers, go save her!

Scattered Shots: Grandpappy Frostheim on Cataclysm changes {WoW}

Apr 12th 2010 7:16PM Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.

Cataclysm prologue quest data added to game {WoW}

Feb 23rd 2010 5:41PM @ Rowan

Yes, I agree. I mean, high level characters are going to get absolutely nothing out of this upcoming expension.

... Wait a minute.

Sorry for the sarcasm, couldn't help myself. But that being said, this is wrapping up a story that has been unchanging for 6 or so years now. I think that's worth a bit of work. It's also a fun event to tide us over 'til Cata comes out. As to what will come of this (new zone, new city, etc.), well, all that is speculation. For all we know, after we free Gnomeregan, the cave could collapse leaving the poor little guys out in the cold snow... again...
And it's not like new content is a bad thing, even if it may only be for low level toons. Revamping the old world was one of the big points for Cata if i recall correctly, no?

Breakfast Topic: Hi ho Silver, away! {WoW}

Feb 1st 2010 9:59AM My favourite mount would have to be the Time-lost Protodrake... Although technically, I like my brother's Time-lost Protodrake more. Sounds strange I know, but here's why.

We had been keeping an eye out for the rare Time-lost Proto for a few months, but to no avail. One night I was about to log off for the night, my brother having already gone to bed. Suddenly, NPC scan blared off at me to let me know that the Time-lost was near. I paniced, tagged the beast, and scored myself my brother's Proto. I was so wracked with guilt I couldn't speak to him for half a day. A little extreme over a game, I know, but still I felt like I had stolen from him. Once I did tell him, he was of course forgiving (although willing to tease me about it). Didn't stop em from feelign like I betrayed him of course.

I logged on later the next night, contemplating petitioning a GM to see if they'd be kind enough to take it from my toon and give it to his, when once again NPC scan blared at me that the Time-lost was up. I switched over to my brother's character and spent the next minute hunting around looking for the beast, praying that someone hadn't killed it before I could redeem myself. Thankfully, the magnificent crature sailed around the corner of Bor's breath and I tagged and killed him without issue... well, aside from my hands shaking so badly that it was hard to push the right buttons. I was literally in tears with an insane grin splayed upon my face once it was over.

Both of us on our Time-lost Protodrakes, never a more splendid sight exists in WoW in my eyes.

Breakfast Topic: In-Jokes {WoW}

Jan 23rd 2010 9:08PM My accent has become an inside joke all it's own. I'm Australian, but my speech form tends to lean a little to proper english pronounciation. All my guildmates, with the exception of my brother, are American so this leads to endless attempts for my guildies to get me to talk on vent, despite my rather adamant shy-ness.

Perhaps the most over abused use of my voice is my Guild Leader getting me to say "Enchantment". This started in back in the days of Karazhan raiding, when I asked him if he could enchant some gear of mine after the run was done. I tend to pronounce the word "en-chahnt-ment" which apparently causes my male guildmates to gasm on the spot. >.>

Not that my Brother is immune. During a rather random vent conversation our Co-guild lead (and all around amazing woman) said to him that his voice alone could turn half of the men in the guild gay, it was *that* sexy.

All the World's a Stage: A rose by any name {WoW}

Jan 10th 2010 8:16PM I always took the name that people see hovering above your character's head to be the name they prefered to go by as opposed to their first name.
You might roll your eyes a little at seeing Quickblade the human rogue, but perhaps they have a deeper reason for choosing the name. Perhaps Quickblade is simply his last name and he prefers being called by it, or it was a nickname given to him in his youth that stuck with him throughout his life. Maybe it's an alias he uses to hide his identity as heir to a noble house as he roams about Azeroth; wenching, boozing, fighting and doing a plethora of other deeds which would cause shame to his family... Hmm, that's not a bad idea for my next RP toon actually. >.>

In any case, don't immediately dismiss a character just because they have a "nounverb" name. They may have a good reason for it.