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Retaliation battlegroup down again

For the second Tuesday in a row around the same time (9:00-9:30 pm EST-ish), the US Retaliation battlegroup has crashed. Blizzard has confirmed that it's performing urgent maintenance on the hardware of the affected realms, and they'll provide an update at 11:00 PM EST/8:00 PM PST. Hmmm. Makes you wonder if whatever caused last week's crash was accidentally rolled back during server maintenance earlier today.

The following are the affected realms:


Area 52, Auchindoun, Azuremyst, Blade's Edge, Blood Furnace, Coilfang, Dawnbringer, Exodar, Fizzcrank, Galakrond, Ghostlands, Grizzly Hills, Shattered Halls, Terokkar, The Scryers, The Underbog, Velen, and Zangarmarsh.
My guild's on Retaliation and has consequently found itself without something to raid for the second Tuesday running. Last week their solution was to take off to Mug'thol and do a level 1 Hogger raid, complete with designated tanks and healers, damage meters, and -- to top things off -- a bonafide ninja looter of the Malachite drop. Our server might be down, but our hallowed traditions remain.

Filed under: Realm News, Realm Status, News items

The lore flops of the Burning Crusade

The Burning Crusade has a lot going on in it. In the very first zone you run into the Burning Legion, the Ilidari, the Fel Orcs, the Broken, the Forge Camps, the Mag'har, the Arakkoa, and so much more. This is a pleasant change from so many Azerothian zones seeming very static, fighting the same type of thing from one end of the zone to the other.

I found many of these stories to be very fun and interesting, but some of them just fell flat. For one, the Arakkoa. When the Arakkoa story began with Kirrik the Awakened and Rilak the Redeemed, I was rather excited. This race was pretty cool! The Arakkoa would be the most beast-like of the known Light-worshiping races and a recent addition to the Naaru's 'Army of the Light.' The models for the redeemed Arakkoa were cool, too. A bunch of pretty birds following them around? Neat!

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Burning Crusade, Lore

Around Azeroth: The edge of Terokkar


Reader Michaud of Army of Mulgore on Kul'Tiras sends in this larger than life vertical panorama taken out on the very edge of Terokkar Forest, out on the floating islands off of the bone wastes. And other than a description of its location, I think this oversized shot really speaks for itself.

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Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Around Azeroth: Would you boycott this inn?


Dcruize of Trollbane (EU) sends in this rather dull shot of an inn in Allerian Stronghold (in Terrokar Forest) with a warning: we should boycott this inn! Why, you ask? Dcruize explains it best:

This 1-star 'inn' at the Allerian Stronghold is nothing more than an empty circular room. There are no tables, no beds and the innkeeper doesn't even let you sit on her two chairs.

Sounds like a poor facility at best -- but so long as it offers rested experience, I think I'd be happy!

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Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Around Azeroth: Moonrise over Auchindoun


Here we see the moon rising through the fog to light the remains of the Draenei holy burial ground in the middle of the Bone Wastes in Terokkar Forest. It's a haunting scene, but none the less lovely for it. Reader Astiael of <Three Day Ban> on Ysondre, who sent it to us, says it's his desktop wallpaper, though I think I'd want something a little less dismal to stare at, as often as I stare at my desktop.

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Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Around Azeroth: Fly me to the moon


Reader Daveyp sends in an interesting Outland shot taken on the border of Terokkar Forest and Zangarmarsh. Sure, sure, it's a perfectly ordinary Zangarmarsh mushroom shot (and if history tells you anything, it's that I love Zangarmarsh mushroom shots) until you look across the sky, and see the only-in-Outland image of the flying mount in the moon. It's probably not that unique of a shot, but it is, amazingly, the first such image to arrive in my mailbox.

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Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth, Mounts

Around Azeroth: The edge of Terokkar


Reader Khazak of Tichondrius sends in this incredible view of Terokkar, taken just south of the Bone Wastes, looking over the edge of the world. I'm not sure whether this particular view of Terokkar can rightfully be called a forest, though. It's more of a mid-air archipelago...

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Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Around Azeroth: Moon over Terokkar


Vger of The Inevitable on Turalyon sends in this shot of the moonrise (or moonset?) over Terokkar, with the mushrooms of Zangarmarsh just on the horizon. Vger says he was out fishing at Silmyr Lake at 4:20 in the morning when he decided that this particular view was impressive enough to snap this screenshot. And I have to agree, though it may just be because I'm still amused by the lightbulbs in the trees. (Yes, I know they aren't lightbulbs, but, really, don't they make the trees look sort of light streetlights?)

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Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Six North American realms to open for BC


Blizzard has been telling us for a while that they will be launching new realms when the Burning Crusade hits (they'd be crazy not to). But what they haven't told us was how many, which kind, and most importantly, what their names will be. Haven't told us until now, that is. I present to you the following post from Drysc:
  • We'll be launching the following six realms with the release of The Burning Crusade expansion on January 16, at 12:01 AM EST.

  • Nagrand - PvE, Oceanic - Bloodlust battlegroup

  • Velen - PvE, Pacific

  • Coilfang - PvP, Pacific

  • Terokkar - PvE, Central

  • Exodar - PvE, Eastern

  • Auchindoun - PvP, Eastern

  • The majority of these realms will be placed in a new battlegroup, the name of which has yet to be announced. These are new non-transfer realms and as such the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj will be closed and they will not be open to character transfers for six months.
Six realms seems a little skimpy to me; I think it's a safe bet that they'll be opening more either with the BC launch or shortly afterwards. The names follow the trend of BC-themed names that we saw with the European servers, which is cool. I like the new flavor they bring to my realm list. Speaking of the names, Drysc tells us that Auchindoun is pronounced "Aw-kin-dune." Good to know.

Will you be rolling on one of these new servers when you get the expansion, or staying with your old home? Me, I could never leave Shadow Council, but I'm sentimental like that.

Filed under: Realm News, News items, Expansions, The Burning Crusade

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