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Potential for another PvP season before 6.0?

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As discussed earlier today on Twitter, PvP Designer Brian Holinka responded to an inquiry by saying there may indeed be a chance for an additional PvP season before Warlords of Draenor comes out sometime next year.

Speculation on what "if we feel like we need it" means aside (no points for "if WoD is longer in development than expected"), I'm sure another season would be a welcome opportunity for those PvPers looking for one more chance for their shot at earning their moment of PvP glory. At least before we all have to re-learn our classes again!

Filed under: News items

No talent overhaul likely

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If you're interested in WoW design and discussion, but don't yet follow twitter, you might want to reconsider. A lot of the developers are regularly active there. For example, yesterday our own Adam Holisky had a nice little chat with Ghostcrawler, Bashiok, and some other folks about WoW's talent design, and wondering if there was another big overhaul being considered for the next major expansion. The answer, bluntly, is no. Blizzard seems content with the current system.

Player Mihaly Ducz replied that three choices every fifteen levels feels kind of thin, but I have to admit that I kind of agree with Bashiok's response on that one: there are already plenty of spells and abilities in the game; I am perfectly content to have fewer of them, or at least more passive options so I don't have to agonize over how to redo my bars again. How about you? Are you content with the current talent system? What might you like to see changed or modified in the future?

Filed under: Blizzard, Mists of Pandaria

WoW Insider's Twitter "1 year of WoW" giveaway

WoW Insider is giving away a year's worth of WoW game time to one lucky individual. All you have to do is retweet our Twitter message and be following us by April 11 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Not following us on Twitter? Don't know what the message is?

Join our Twitter community and find out!

This contest is only for North American servers, and anyone in United States and Canada can apply (excluding Quebec). You can read the official rules for more information.

And just to be crystal clear: This is a Twitter-based giveaway. DO NOT enter by leaving a comment on this post. You won't win anything but a /facepalm for leaving a comment here!

Update: Old style or new style RTs are both okay. You can enter as often as you want, but be kind and don't spam your friends!

Filed under: Contests

Join WoW Insider on your social media of choice

WoW Insider has a lot of ways to keep you abreast of the latest World of Warcraft news. Of course we have our main page here and our RSS feeds, but we're also on all the different social media platforms.







Please stop in and join us at both! You'll often find writers taking questions for The Queue (because for some reason, talking about Friday on a Tuesday leads to lots of comments about Black), soliciting feedback -- even giving away some stuff now and then.

Filed under: WoW Insider Business

WoW developer Twitter chat transcript, sorted by category

The World of Warcraft Twitter developer chat is now done, and we've compiled the list of answers for you. Answers are sorted into categories, with the latest answer appearing at the top of the category. Much like the last twitter developer chat, this one is full of new information that will be affecting everyone in the coming months.

This chat is being tagged teamed by the dynamic duo of Greg "Moose" Street and Cory Stockton. The chat lasted an hour.

Table of Contents Note: The double answers are how they're giving them. One answer is from Cory Stockton, the other from Greg Street.

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Filed under: News items

How Blizzard can improve the next Twitter chat

Coming up tomorrow at 5 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. EST is the next Blizzard Twitter chat with J. Allen Brack and Greg Street. Both of these guys have done plenty of panels before and are veterans in community interaction. They can easily answer and dodge any question they like; and if Ghostcrawler sees fit I'm sure he's got a few quips to hand out to the attempted troll as well.

But despite the two figureheads at the top answering questions in the Twitter chat, it's important that we look back at the last chat and make a few critical, yet fair, observations:

Target Audience and New Information

The people following Blizzard on Twitter and paying attention enough to participate in a developer chat are going to be well informed individuals. There might be details here and there that they don't yet fully understand -- but that's the nature of a game as huge as WoW. Nearly every questioned answered in the previous Twitter chat was also previously answered at BlizzCon in one way or another. All of that information is widely accessible on sites like WoW.com and through the forums. The targeted audience of the Twitter chat, by the very nature of its medium and community involvement therein, should have been people already aware of the basics of upcoming changes; not people who want to know if Goblins are going to come with a new dance.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Pandaren Brewmaster Figure now on sale

The @warcraft twitter account has been posting a few carefully taken pictures of something the past couple days, and today it's been reveled what the object is -- a Pandaren Brewmaster Figure that you can buy from the Blizzard store. The little guy is "on sale" for $50, and there are limited quantities available. Everything is first come, first serve, so if you want one I suggest getting getting it quickly.

The figure is of Chen Stormstout, who left his Pandaren home world to find better ingredients to make his brew with. These figures are usually of pretty high quality, and by the looks of it this one is exceptionally detailed. It's also not a small figure. It's over 8 inches tall and 4 pounds in weight, which makes it quite a nice desk statue.

Should be a good collectable for this who want it!

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

What's @warcraft up to?

We're not sure what this is. Hell, we're not even sure this is about Warcraft. But it came across the @warcraft twitter this afternoon with the tag "It's Coming - 11/25."

That's Wednesday, so I gather we'll see either the next image or the answer to it then.

This isn't the first time Blizzard has played the image game with us -- back in 2008 there was a huge deal over the Diablo 3 runes that were appearing on Blizzard's site before the Worldwide Invitational. Could this be something like that again? We're not sure. It's legitimate speculation, but this is Twitter and not a big PR/Marketing rollout, so who knows. Then again, it's possible Blizzard is learning how to correctly use social media and we're feeding into their marketing campaign, doing all the work for them. In which case, well played.

Tune in Wednesday for more on this oddity.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard

Tweetcraft lets you tweet from Warcraft

Twitter is all the rage right now -- it's the easiest, quickest way to let anyone interested know what you're up to, and because it's so popular, it's also no surprise that we've seen quite a few Twitter and World of Warcraft mashup apps. wowTwitter is a separate update service just for news about your characters, WoWHorn is a script that lets you Tweet when you hit certain achievements, and though services like PlayXpert have let you Twitter from the game before, TweetCraft appears to be the first standalone application designed to do just that. After installation, it works the same way as an addon, though it's actually not -- addons can't directly connect to the Internet, so TweetCraft instead uses an outside script to read and write tweets into settings files, which the ingame addon then reads to get and send your tweets. It gets complicated, but you don't need to know all that to install and use it -- when you run the setup app, it'll put everything in the right places for you.

As with all third-party applications, you should install and run this one at your own risk -- the FAQ has more information if you're wondering how things are stored or whether the app is secure. The app is completely open source, which means anyone who wants to can read the code, so if the author of the app was doing anything sneaky, we'd know about it. And yes, right now the app is not violating the ToS, but of course that's enforced according to Blizzard's whims, so again, use it at your own risk. If you're not interested in using this app, you can always update your status here on WoW.com using our own addon -- it's not Twitter, but it will let your friends keep track of you in Azeroth!

But TweetCraft does look to be a clever, solid way to access and post to Twitter from right inside your World of Warcraft game. If you've been looking for a one-stop solution like this, there you go. Do be sure to follow us over on Twitter, too, if you haven't yet -- you never know when we might tweet something you'll want to see.

Update: Apparently the app on default tweets all kinds of things you probably don't want to (like changing zones). There is probably a settings switch somewhere, but as always, user beware.

Filed under: Fan stuff, Odds and ends, Add-Ons

World of Warcraft trends big on Twitter video games

TweetMyGaming is a site started up by our friends over at gamerDNA (they routinely contribute to our sister site Massively, including sharing some great information on WoW's demographics), and while the site is designed to track all mentions of video games on Twitter, one game has more or less dominated the discussion since the site debuted about a month ago. Well, actually, it was The Sims 3 -- apparently as big as World of Warcraft is, it still can't stop EA's Sims series for sheer popularity (or top the series in sales). But still, WoW is sitting at a respectable number two in tweets, and watching the feed go by over on the game's page lets you in on all the different slices of the game's community, from the hardcore raiders to the folks just trying to grab some time to play.

Of course, all of the values on the site are constantly changing, and we're sure they're still tweaking the formula of how games move up and down the list -- The Sims 3 is coming hot off of its release a few weeks ago, and while WoW has a vibrant twitter community for sure, the news about mounts and the new patch 3.2 information last week probably helped keep it up on the radar (just wait and see what happens over BlizzCon -- I wouldn't be surprised to see WoW-related topics trending over Twitter at large).

But WoW is definitely a game that people talk about no matter what's in the news lately. Interesting, but not surprising, that it's holding its own even among the trendiest games on Twitter.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Odds and ends

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