So, I have a bit of an announcement to make.
For the next few months, I’m going to be insanely busy. As a result, I’m going to have to stop doing my weekly Melting Pot roundup.
I really enjoy reading around the community and assembling the best bits for you; however, I’ve got some major work opportunities coming up that I need to focus on.
BUT – and this is a big but – The Melting Pot won’t be going silent.
Firstly, if anyone fancies doing a roundup of their own, I’ll cheerfully post it here! Mail me at [email protected] .
But the main reason that the Melting Pot won’t be going silent is this: As many of you know, my main career is filmmaking, specifically Machinima (in-game) filmmaking.
(For those of you who don’t know – amongst other things, I founded the Machinima network.)
Some of the projects I’m working on are directly connected to WoW and the MMO community. They’re also somewhere between “pretty interesting” and “goddamn huge”.
I figure that most of you will be interested to hear about them – so I’ll be sharing updates on them here, as soon as I can.
So, look for the first bits and pieces coming out later this week, and rising to a steady stream from then on!
In some of the best news for the MMO community I’ve heard in ages, I’m very pleased to say that the Newbie Blogger Initiative is back!
Started by Syp, the Newbie Blogger Initiative started last year, aiming to get new blood into the MMO blogging community. It succeeded wildly, spawning a huge number of new blogs, many of whom are still updating.
This year it’s back, run by Doone of T.R.Redskies and Roger of Contains Moderate Peril. If it’s anything like last year, it’ll be a blast for readers, experienced bloggers, and new bloggers alike – definitely take the time to check it out and get involved!
With Patch 5.4 having just hit (you’ve seen our Quick-Start Guides, right?), there’s lots going on in World of Warcraft right now.
From new topics like the Timeless Coin random reward chests to old staples like nerfing of raid content, here are some of the discussion highlights from the last week:
Everquest Next is still a long way away from our screens, but the unusually open development process is keeping the blogosphere debating its choices.
Today, we’ve got two really great, lengthy discussion posts – if this sort of debate keeps up, it bodes very well indeed for the game.
We’re opening up the week this week with a random links post – just as a bit of a difference!
So, if you fancy something short and interesting to read (or in one case watch), read on!
Yes, it’s that time again – the time that the Melting Pot team burn the midnight oil to produce quick-start guides for every class and spec in a new World of Warcraft patch. This time it’s Patch 5.4 and Garrosh going mental.
Apologies these took a little longer than usual – busy week!
As always, if you have questions, comments or suggestions to improve these guides, please do say! These are quick-start guides – we link to more detailed guides at the bottom of each quick-start!
And if you find one of our guides useful, please do link to these quick-starts on your blog, on Twitter or on Facebook. We’d very much appreciate it!
Here we go, then – Patch 5.4 in all its glory…
Hope they’re useful!
Sorry about the slow updates this week! I’m working through the 5.4 Quick Start Guides for WoW, but unfortunately don’t have the time to do them all in a solid day like I usually do!
Still, tanks and healers are done, and mages should be finished by the end of the day too!
Normal service resuming next week, I hope.
There’s a surprise new hit in the making in the MMO world – or so it seems.
Yes, after the failures of recent Final Fantasy games, a lot of people (including me) had given up on the franchise. But the reviews coming out of the latest installment, the MMO A Realm Reborn, are startling – it seems like Final Fantasy might, indeed, have risen from its own ashes.
Should you give it a try? Well, here’s the latest…
Yep, WoW’s Big Final Raid for Mists of Pandaria has arrived, and everyone’s either beating on Garrosh’s minions or running around the Timeless Isle grabbing coins like WoW’s a ’90s platformer.
But what does everyone think of this huge final installment for MoP? Is it a win or a meh?
Let’s go to the blogs…
Note: if you’re struggling to get acclimatised, I’ve also collected a bunch of survival guides for classes in Patch 5.4 at the end of this post!
Class Survival Guides
The Melting Pot will be quiet next week as I’m AFK for a week actually playing games rather than writing about them!
If you see anything you think we should feature, Tweet me or comment below and I’ll pick it up when I get back.
We’ll be back with all your regular MMO goodness the week after!