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Breakfast Topic: What if you knew the day WoW would go offline? {WoW}

Aug 13th 2009 8:19AM Actually - I'd hope for something really cool; Open-sourcing their code.

Think about it; even at this stage there's server emulators out there running on generally buggy and out-of-date code. If you open-sourced WoW at the end of it's commercial life, it could in fact be a new era.

An example would be Warcraft III. People are still making new customised maps for it, new styles of map, and taking it to places it was never originally intended. I mean, DoTA? Tower Defence? Pr0n?

Okay, perhaps that last one was a bit of a bad example.

But can you imagine a community-driven content process? where guilds could choose what custom-made raid to add? where fans could update onyxia a bit more frequently than every 5 years.

Of course there'd be "infinite gold" and "one-shot-yogg" servers - but the true comunities would, i imaginge, stick together.

That said, blizzard is still updating warcraft, and it (RoC) was game of the year in 2002 - so we'd presumably be looking at another 2 years of suppot at least. If you go off Diablo II - that's almost a decade of running battle.net.

I think WoW is safely corporate for now - but oh what dreams we could share!

Class Q&A: Druid {WoW}

Jul 15th 2009 12:07AM I love that they "like the look" of the armour, so they don't want the casters to wear cloth.

Like I ever see what a druid is wearing. SHAPESHIFTING - duh!

WoW, Casually: Making the most of holidays {WoW}

Jul 5th 2009 7:05PM I actually got my alt from level 77 to half way through 79 doing all the flame warden activities.

It is insanely good if you have recruit-a-friend running - and all the flames would have netted you a significant number of levels

Officers' Quarters: Hot-headed healers {WoW}

Jun 29th 2009 1:49PM I can't emphasise the "meters don't matter" part of this debate. Meters have nothing on pulling the tank out of a hairy position, blowing cooldowns at exactly the right time, lasting the tough fights and getting as many people as nessecary through.

I do of course raid disc at the moment, where meters are generally pretty useless at assessing actual ability. Spamming heals over the top of hots on players not taking active damage is a waste of heal. Cross-healing when there is not a damage spike is a waste of heal. not having assignments not only reduces survivablity, it means PLAYERS ACTING AS ABOVE ARE MAKING OTHER HEALERS LESS EFFECTIVE. If there's a big timely heal about to drop in 2 seconds and you hit your instant heal - that a waste of heal.

If they're really acting so bad, perhaps ret is more their style?

World of WarCrafts: From Naxx to Pinky Street {WoW}

Jun 29th 2009 1:30PM Testor's Dull coat is a good matt finish for these kind of things

Patch 3.2 gives Wintergrasp a queue {WoW}

Jun 20th 2009 12:10PM Quote:
Trying to enter Wintergrasp during an active battle for which you have not been chosen will teleport you out. Please note that, as you are now able to fly over Wintergrasp, you will only be teleported out if you try to land and join the battle.

Well, at least we can fly over rather than around?

Okay, no, this sucks. Surely they could have seen if Isle of onquest lowers the pressure on good old WG. But I generally HATE PvP with a passion (probably due to leveling in stranglethorn vale when DK's came out) and even I find it enjoyable. But it's as much from running up to those stairs and seeing the better part of seventy players standing between you and the glowy ball as anything else.

WoW Rookie: 20 tips for PvP realm leveling {WoW}

Jun 17th 2009 6:48PM Recently I've found that the Peggle addon significantly reduced my ganking deaths.

Seriously though, having gone 1 - 80 on a PvP server this year i've found the best addons to be Carbonite for "punks" and FriendsWithBenefits so that your alts can automatically call for help from all your high-level friends.

But nothing frustrates a camper more than sitting there without getting to kill you - and knowing that you are online (there's a mod for that too, which tells you if the player has logged or if still floating around) - and a good round or two of peggle is usually enough.

Maintenance extended two hours {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2009 4:00PM Second

Maintenance for Tuesday June 2nd {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2009 2:14PM Actually, it's a valid point and really doesn't make much sense.

Of course people don't schedule raids on tuesdays - that doesn't mean that it's fair to be blocked from our favorite addiction for essentially an entire night. And when these things get extended, they even take out the daily quests-before-work as well

As to the "the server farms are in the US so suck" argument there's two reasons that's silly.
1 - If you have a large network to service, it is often easier to stagger the rollout, meaning you can use less resources in total
2 - Software-wise it can be done - regular server restarts sometimes run like this

However the real problem is probably that as soon as the US servers are down, everyone will roll a level 1 gnome on our already overcrowded servers just to "get their fix" at 3:00am.

Why oh why can't we have a server farm in oceania? /sob

World of WarCrafts: Black Jelly {WoW}

Jun 1st 2009 7:05PM Recipe for "Bad Clams":

Raid composition:
- 1 Dozen Fresh South Australian Pacific Oysters (opened) - these will be the tanks for this encounter
- 1 Lemon - Shadowpriest FTW
- 3 Tbspns Tomato sauce, any garden variety melee sauce will do
- 3 Tbspns Worcestershire sauce - original is still the best. Much like warlocks, just don't ask what goes in it

Adds:
- 100g Shredded bacon
- Shredded cheese (hard mode only)
- Coarse Salt (Hard mode only)


The encounter:
Phase One:
- Spread the tanks evenly over a the coarse salt be, or in "easy" mode, on an oven tray lined with foil
- Pull aggro by sprinkling the bacon over the oysters
- The tomato sauce and wostershire sauce must do the "heigan dance" until evenly mixed. once this phase has passed, a small amount should be placed on the tanks, the rest reserved for the final phase

Phase Two
- At this point the entire raid should be place in the grill for about ten minutes, until the bacon adds are cooked. This may be difficult on the healers when the raid moves, be sure to wear fire resist gear
- To activate hard mode, simply sprinkle grilled cheese on after the bacon has been cooked but before moving the raid to phase three

Phase Three
- As the entire raid moves to phase three, lemon wedge adds will join the fight. this is a simple grab - n - squeeze onto the tanks.
- the reserved DPS sauce may be used at this phase

Associated Achievements:
- Oh so saucy - share this raid with a member of the opposite (or same) sex
- Not Again! - Serve this to someone who's never had oysters before, and watch the explosion!
- Oysterfest! - Complete this, the Clammette Surprise (Oysters natural), the Clammette magnifique (Oysters with Shallots and red wine vinegar) boiled Clams (Poached Oyster) and Goblin Deviled Clams (Fresh with lime juice and chillis) Within one Dinner Lockout Period


Recipe inspired from http://www.abc.net.au/sa/stories/s495488.htm