Bits Of Mists

It’s Day 2 of Mists, and we will indeed do another big “impressions so far” roundup soon. However, today we’re focusing on a few posts that are taking a different angle on Mists of Pandaria.

From farming to the reality of Pandaria’s space utilisation, these bloggers take a look at some aspects of MoP that you may not have considered yet:

  • The Godmother has leaped whole-heartedly into farming – and I don’t mean ore. She gives a detailed overview of her Tiller experience so far“There appears to be a fair bit of misinformation on exactly how the Tillers work, so lets try and use this first (of what is likely to be many) ‘I Own a Farm’ Reports in clearing up some key details”
  • Killed In A Smiling Accident’s Zoso satirically reports on the FURY around the, well, lack of fury about Mists, Pandaren, and so on““I just don’t understand it” said keen WoW player Ian Keenwowplayer; “after the rage that greeted the announcement of Pandaria at Blizzon 2011 I was sure we were in for a maelstrom of all-caps fury, but it’s been a real let-down. “
  • Big Bear Butt looks at Pandaria, and finds it astonishingly real and lived-in as a simulated world“The big thing to me, the thing that feels RIGHT, is it feels like a land people actually LIVE in!”
  • And Keredria gives us a detailed overview of what she’s starting to believe could be a real competitor for raiding time – yes, Pet Battles“There was boasting, there was swearing, there was crying after losses and celebration after wins. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were hearing us fight some dungeon or raid boss.”

What little nooks and crannies of Mists are you exploring?

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Siege of Niuzao Temple Heroic Quick-Read Tactics: Vizier Jin’bak, Commander Vo’jak, General Pa’valak, and Wing Leader Ner’onok

It’s action time! Yes, unlike old WoW’s mostly static dungeons, in Siege of Niuzao Temple you’re leaping right into the middle of a big world event, as the Mantid army assaults the Temple. Which doesn’t make that much sense given we’ll still be doing this in a year and half, but hey, it’s pretty cool. If you need to know how to stop the Siege’s bosses in this level 90 Heroic Mists of Pandaria dungeon, here are quick-read, quick-copy tactics for Vizier Jin’bak, Commander Vo’jak, General Pa’valak, and Wing Leader Ner’onok – no added apostrophes needed!

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Contents

Vizier Jin’bak

Kill globules before they reach pool. Jump into pool for a SHORT while to make it smaller. When he casts Detonate, party will take damage depending on size of pool.

[copypastaparty]Kill globules before they reach pool. Jump into pool for a SHORT while to make it smaller. When he casts Detonate, party will take damage depending on size of pool. [/copypastaparty]

Commander Vo’jak

  • P1: Avoid bombs, use caustic tar to slow adds.
  • P2: use Caustic Tar to remove buff on boss, get out of whirlwind, target of Dashing Strike will take lots of damage.

[copypastaparty]P1: Avoid bombs, use caustic tar to slow adds. P2: use Caustic Tar to remove buff on boss, get out of whirlwind, target of Dashing Strike will take lots of damage. [/copypastaparty]

General Pa’valak

Kill adds by picking up bombs and throwing them at them. If you can’t click a bomb, get away from it. When boss throws sword, get away from it.

[copypastaparty]Kill adds by picking up bombs and throwing them at them. If you can’t click a bomb, get away from it. When boss throws sword, get away from it. [/copypastaparty]

Wing Leader Ner’onok

If you get Quick-Dry Resin, jump to remove it. When he flies to other side of the bridge, get to him using walls to get in the way of his winds and Pitch puddles to prevent you moving, and interrupt him.

[copypastaparty]If you get Quick-Dry Resin, jump to remove it. When he flies to other side of the bridge, get to him using walls to get in the way of his winds and Pitch puddles to prevent you moving, and interrupt him. [/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Scarlet Halls Heroic Quick-Read Tactics – Houndmaster Braun, Armsmaster Harlan, and Flameweaver Koegler.

It has happened, as promised: Scarlet Monastery has been reincarnated as a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon in Mists of Pandaria. It’s also been totally redesigned into two wings: Scarlet Halls, which we’re covering here, and Scarlet Monastery. Confused yet? Don’t worry – here are quick-to-read, simple-to-understand tactics to get you through Houndmaster Braun, Armsmaster Harlan, and Flameweaver Koegler.

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Contents

Houndmaster Braun

Spread out, make sure no-one is between you and the boss. Tank pick up and kill adds. Healer watch for enrage at 50%.

[copypastaparty]Spread out, make sure no-one is between you and the boss. Tank pick up and kill adds. Healer watch for enrage at 50%. [/copypastaparty]

Armsmaster Harlan

Tank pick up adds. Don’t stand in front of boss. Dispel enrages on boss if you can. When he leaps to the middle of the room, get to the stairs, and jump off as he comes toward you to avoid him.

[copypastaparty]Tank pick up adds. Don’t stand in front of boss. Dispel enrages on boss if you can. When he leaps to the middle of the room, get to the stairs, and jump off as he comes toward you to avoid him. [/copypastaparty]

Flameweaver Koegler

Move away from burning books. Don’t stand in flame beam. Don’t stand in front of boss. When he casts Dragon Breath, everyone including tank stand behind him. Interrupt whenever possible.

[copypastaparty]Move away from burning books. Don’t stand in flame beam. Don’t stand in front of boss. When he casts Dragon Breath, everyone including tank stand behind him. Interrupt whenever possible. [/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Quick-Read Tactics: Scholomance Heroic – Instructor Chillheart, Jandice Barov, Rattlegore, Lilian Voss, and Darkmaster Gandling

Here’s one for the old-school players – the Scholomance instance, probably the hardest of the Vanilla WoW dungeons, has been completely revamped and updated to a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon for Mists of Pandaria. But have no fear – we’ll take you through the tactics for Instructor Chillheart, Jandice Barov, Rattlegore, Lilian Voss, and the Headmaster, Darkmaster Gandling himself. And we’ll do it quickly, too – no watching a 10-minute video for a single boss fight!

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Normal mode vs Heroic Mode – These tactics apply to both Normal and Heroic versions of this dungeon – Heroic version bosses simply have more health and do more damage.

Contents

Instructor Chillheart

  • P1: Don’t touch ice wall. Spread out. Tank pop CD on Touch of the Grave. Avoid ice patches.
  • P2: Dodge bombs, get out of fire, blow DPS cooldowns.

[copypastaparty]P1: Don’t touch ice wall. Spread out. Tank pop CD on Touch of the Grave. Avoid ice patches. P2: Dodge bombs, get out of fire, blow DPS cooldowns. [/copypastaparty]

Jandice Barov

Skull mark Jandice at start of fight. Stand behind her (except tank) and get out of purple. When she creates images, ONLY DPS the skull-marked one.

[copypastaparty]Skull mark Jandice at start of fight. Stand behind her (except tank) and get out of purple. When she creates images, ONLY DPS the skull-marked one. [/copypastaparty]

Rattlegore

Click bone pile at start of fight and if you get hit by bone spike. Don’t stand in blue fire. Tank periodically kite boss to let Rusting buff on boss drop off.

[copypastaparty]Click bone pile at start of fight and if you get hit by bone spike. Don’t stand in blue fire. Tank periodically kite boss to let Rusting buff on boss drop off. [/copypastaparty]

Lillian Voss

  • P1: Spread out. When pulled in, run around until fire ends. Avoid fire.
  • P2: Spread out. If Fixated, kite boss.
  • P3: Both P1 and P2 at the same time!

[copypastaparty]P1: Spread out. When pulled in, run around until fire ends. Avoid fire. P2: Spread out. If Fixated, kite boss. P3: Both P1 and P2 at the same time! [/copypastaparty]

Darkmaster Gandling The Headmaster

Tank pop CD on Incinerate. Kill adds when he casts Rise. When you’re teleported away, kill adds and come back. Healer: dispel adds when teleported to make killing them easier. Also, watch out for Immolate on players and dispel it.

[copypastaparty]Tank pop CD on Incinerate. Kill adds when he casts Rise. When you’re teleported away, kill adds and come back. Healer: dispel adds when teleported to make killing them easier. Also, watch out for Immolate on players and dispel it.[/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Running World Of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria under Linux / WINE: Fixing Agent.exe failed and other update errors

For Linux users, using WINE to upgrade World of Warcraft after the release of Mists of Pandaria has proven a bit tricky. If your update is crashing, you’re having problems with DNSAPI.DLL, or you’re hitting the dreaded ‘Agent.exe failed‘ message, don’t worry: here at MMO Melting Pot we’ve compiled a series of tweaks, fixes and solutions to get you up and running again.

Last updated: 26th September 2012 for Mists of Pandaria

If your installation isn’t playing ball, try the following steps, in order:

Step 1: Consider reinstalling from scratch

A fresh installation of WoW is often a good idea when a new expansion is released. If you have the time and the bandwidth, consider reinstalling World of Warcraft completely. By far the best way to do so is by using the online installer. You can download the installer from your Battle.net page. Then, just run wine World-of-Warcraft-Setup-enUS.exe (substituting the correct name of the installer if yours is different, obviously).

If you’d rather not go through the hassle of a complete reinstall, keep reading for a few tricks that might save your bacon (and your bandwidth).

Step 2: Rename your configuration folders

The chances are good that the configuration folders automatically created by the Blizzard downloader are not working correctly for your installation. Luckilly, if the download can’t find these files it will recreate them automatically. So, let’s deliberately remove these files, to force the downloader to recreate them.

Rather than permanently deleting the files, we’re going to just rename them – that way, we can always put them back later if we need to. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open a file browser (use Nautilus, or whatever file browser you normally use).
  2. Navigate to your Home directory (/home/<<your username>>/).
  3. Press ‘Ctrl+H‘, or choose ‘Show hidden files’ from the View menu. You’ll now be able to see all the ‘hidden’ files and hidden directories in your home directory – those are the files whose name starts with a period (.).

    • The directory you’re looking for is called .wine. Once you find it, double-click it to open it.
    • Navigate to ~/.wine/drive_c/users/Public/Application Data/.1 You’ll see a directory called Battle.net and a directory called Blizzard Entertainment. Don’t worry about any other directories – they’ve just been created by other programs you’ve run under WINE.

      • Rename Battle.net to Battle.net.Cataclysm. Rename Blizzard Entertainment to Blizzard Entertainment.Cataclysm.2 Don’t close the file browser just yet.

Step 3: Run Wow.exe and watch it crash

  1. Now open a Terminal, and run
    wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe.3 The WoW updater will open, start to download something, and then after a short while it will crash. Don’t worry: this is what we actually want to happen at this stage.

    • Check the Terminal from which you launched WoW. The Launcher will have printed a whole bunch of information and error messages. You can ignore most of it: the specific line we’re interested in will look something like this: err:module:import_dll Library DNSAPI.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\users\\Public\\Application Data\\Battle.net\\Agent\\Agent.1363\\Agent.exe") not found<br /> err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\users\\Public\\Application Data\\Battle.net\\Agent\\Agent.1363\\Agent.exe" failed, status c0000135.

      Ugly, huh? The important bit is the Agent.1363. Your error message might well contain a different number than 1363. Whatever the number, take a note of it: we’ll need it soon.

      • No Warcraft-related programs should be running right now, but just to be sure, let’s manually run commands to stop them. In your Terminal, type the following commands one after the other: killall Agent.exe
        killall Wow.exe
        killall Launcher.exe

        • In your file browser, check that the directories Battle.net and Blizzard Entertainment have been recreated.

Step 4: Fix DNSAPI.dll

  1. Run the WINE configuration utility, either by clicking Configure Wine in your applications menu, or by running winecfg from a terminal.
  2. Click the Libraries tab.
  3. Click the drop-down list under ‘New overrides for library:’, and choose ‘dnsapi.dll.
  4. Click ‘Add’.
  5. Cick ‘Edit’, and change the Load Order to ‘Builtin (Wine)’.
  6. Click ‘OK’, then click ‘OK’ again to close the WINE configuration utility.

Step 5: Profit! Run Agent.exe with a special flag

We’re almost done.

  1. Back in your Terminal, run the following command (you’ll need the number you noted down earlier): wine ~/.wine/drive_c/users/Public/Application\ Data/Battle.net/Agent/Agent.<<your number>>/Agent.exe --nohttpauth &
    Note, that’s two dashes (–) before nohttpauth.

    • Wait a few seconds, just to make sure the Agent.exe tool has had a chance to kick in. Don’t worry about the text being printed to your Terminal.
    • Run
      wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe.3

The World of Warcraft updater will launch again, but this time it won’t crash! Once it’s downloaded the update, the proper WoW Launcher will open and will start to download the new patch. Once it’s done, congratulations: you’re ready to play!

Troubleshooting

I’ve got the Launcher working, but it won’t download anything!

WINE can sometimes have trouble with the peer-to-peer technology used by the Launcher. Try disabling Peer-to-Peer transfers. You’ll find it in the Launcher, under Options > Downloader Preferences > Enable Peer-to-Peer Transfer.

I’m on a 64-bit system, and WoW runs really slowly / times out constantly

Try forcing WINE to run WoW in 32-bit compatibility mode. Use the following command:

setarch i386 -3 -L -B -R wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe

I’ve got a decent graphics card, but WoW runs slower than I’d expect

Try forcing WoW to run in OpenGL mode. Just append --opengl to the end of the command, like this:

~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe --opengl

I have a different problem, which is not covered by your useless so-called Troubleshooting section!

Make a comment on this post. I’ll try to help you out if I can. Alternatively, have a read through the World of Warcraft entry on WINE’s AppDB site. There’s some pretty good tips on there.

Credits

The information in this post has been compiled from the expert knowledge of the MMO Melting Pot staff, along with tips and tricks shared online by many WINE-using Warcraft players, particularly the great community at WINE’s AppDB site.

1 If your installation is in a different location than .wine (if you’re using a different wine prefix, or you’re running Vineyard or Crossover or PlayOnLinux, or you just like being awkward), navigate to that directory instead.
2 You can choose any name you like here – the .Cataclysm suffix is just what I choose.
3 Or whatever command you normally use to run WoW.

Have you spotted a mistake? Did the tips in this article work for you? Do you have any tips to share with other Linux users? Let us know in the comments!

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Mists of Pandaria First Impressions

It’s day one of a new expansion in WoW – so, with no further ado: what does everyone think?

  • Spinks, ironically enough but very sensibly, cautions against placing too much stock in first impressions“It is tempting to go with a first impression, or start making broad predictions quite early on in an expansion, before you’ve played through all of the PvE. Be careful if you try that with Mists of Pandaria, because each zone I have seen so far is better than the last. “
  • Stargrace rounds up her very positive experience so far“The game certainly isn’t for everyone and I’ve heard a lot of negativity over things lately but I’m having fun and I’m not ashamed of it.”
  • Lono gives a brief roundup of his thoughts in bullet-point form“If I had to give an overall impression I’ll say that Pandaria feels like a solid expansion. I think that instead of trying to reinvent itself once more, they went for more tried and tested designs.”
  • Deme gives us a stream of conciousness look at her first couple of hours playing the Alliance Pandaria missions“OMFG ALL THE PRETTY”
  • Tobold, alone of today’s bloggers, isn’t impressed and feels that Blizzard are repeating past mistakes with story“Mists of Pandaria might well turn out to be the worst expansion ever to level alts in. It has the linearity of Cataclysm zones, but where Catalysm had two possible zones to start in, Mists of Pandaria only has one. “
  • Rohan, by contrast, is extremely impressed with the polish so far“Admittedly, I’ve only done two or three questlines in the very first zone. But so far it has been Blizzard at the very top of their game. “
  • Typhoon Andrew rattles off his and his guildmates’ impressions so far“It’s too early to say its all wonderful, but the chatter in Guild seems to be that everything is darn interesting and the characters are racing toward maximum level at a smooth pace.”
  • Rades had an odd crash which presented him with the chance to admire the artwork of Pandaria“It was actually a really odd, peaceful experience. No danger, no other people, just touring around and exploring.”
  • Lono also asks why some people seem to be angry because WoW is still WoW“Think about it for a moment. Would it make sense for WoW to suddenly have a completely new graphic engine? To adopt a 7 man raiding format with no tanks? To get rid of healers and give every heals suddenly? “
  • And Fari gives us a just-before-launch song to speed the levelling along“Twas the day before Pandaria and all through the land / Not a creature was stirring, not even old Brann.”

So, MoP: Opinions so far?

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Fall Of Theramore: Was It REALLY A Disaster?

The Fall of Theramore scenario introduced to WoW on Monday has succeeded in one thing – sparking fascinating, passionate debate.

So was it a disaster, or were our expectations simply too high?

Critical of the Fall

  • Typhoon Andrew covers the scenario from all angles, from story to scenario mechanics, in bullet point form“Was this really the job for the heroes of the Alliance? A set of Stormwind’s finest guards might have achieved the same. There was no special mission feel, or battle against a clock.”
  • The Grumpy Elf was dissatisfied, but more than that, left feeling somewhat queasy“As someone that lives and works in new york and was at work watching the towers get hit and come down from outside of my job, just a little bit away, close enough that I could taste the dust, thinking that someone would say they should laugh at remembering the slaughter of thousands of innocents just hits me as completely wrong.”
  • Green Armadillo isn’t raging, but feels that the storytelling could have been done substantially better“Reading the synopsis of the novel, there are numerous places that could have been opportunities for players to participate in a major lore event that does not seem to have needed to happen prior to the expansion launch. “
  • Saxsy writes two posts on the Fall – first contrasting it with the epic Wrathgate questline and secondly addressing the cinematic she initially missed“It got reduced to rubble and every single inhabitant died. Unescorted? Really? Unopposed? Really? No recognition that people were actually in Theramore when the bomb hit? Really?”
  • Khizzara looks at the plot of the Fall, and finds that it seems to have some major holes“We get the sense that Garrosh woke up one morning and thought to himself, “Oh yeah, Theramore. Let’s obliterate that. Should be fun. LOL””
  • And Cuppy addresses each of the major points of debate – world event, lore, and so on – in a serious of short pieces” I am the target demographic for scenarios — I play casually for short amounts of time, love questing and lore, don’t always have time to wait for a dungeon queue, and enjoy doing small group activities. But this fell completely short for me.”

Neutral about the Fall

  • Alas recounts her personal experience with the Fall, finding herself nothing more than ambivalent about it“I was neither thrilled nor disappointed with the scenario, overall. I feel neither grief nor outrage that Theramore is gone, which I suppose could say something about how well that story wasn’t told.”
  • Spinks discusses both her personal experience and the storytelling questions without coming down hard on either side“I am however, intrigued to see the other scenarios. I think we’ll really enjoy them at that sweet spot between reaching the level cap and zooming into heroics”

Defense of the Fall

  • Ben at Scribblings On The Asylum Wall argues that the Fall has been the victim of excessively high expectations“Expectations are killer. Especially when you have trouble meeting them.”
  • Dragonray writes a short post saying she loved the scenario – not as detailed as other posts here, but interesting to note that some people really are enjoying the scenario“I liked that I could blow stuff away and not worry about aggro or threat or healing etc.”
  • Big Bear Butt argues that Fall is basically fun, but a victim of really horrible timing“I picture the scenario almost like a comedian being tossed out on stage to do a quick bit of standup to chill out a crowd that has been waiting five hours for Axl Rose to appear for a GNR concert. Poor scenario. Poor, poor scenario. Nobody deserves that fate.”
  • Ceraphus argues that the scenario has succeeded both as an introduction to scenarios and as a way to fuel the fire between Horde and Alliance“All over social media, especially Twitter, I have seen some heated discussions between Horde and Alliance players over the outcome of Theramore. So in that regard, Blizzard succeeded in bringing some of the war back to World of Warcraft, stirring up the natives if you will. “
  • And Jaedia argues that as a preview of scenarios, Fall is a success“At the end of the day, this is not a pre-expansion event, it is a brief look at what scenarios will be like and at that it is successful.”

Tried Fall of Theramore yet? What did you think?

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Hot Topic Watch: Attunements, Gear and Dailies

It’s been a week or two of fast-paced discussion and debate in the WoW blogosphere, and as we move into the weekend, that discussion’s still raging. Whether it’s attunements, dailies or gear, here’s the latest pieces of thought on the topics everyone’s talking about:

  • Scott Andrews at WoW Insider takes us down memory lane in the attunements discussion, taking us back to the pure joy – no, wait, I meant anguish – of the Horde Onyxia attunement chain in Vanilla WoW“Thrall sends you on the most dreaded part of the attunement chain: talking to Rexxar. Rexxar was not a static NPC who stood there waiting for players to interact with him. No, Rexxar had stuff to do. He patrolled all the way through Desolace and into parts of the two adjacent zones, Feralas and Stonetalon Peaks.”
  • Ratshag has decided to take pity on those of us who want attunements back – with his Do-It-Yourself guide to attunement simulations“The Karazhan Attunement Experience: Read page 1 of yer novel. Go ta that cave in Southwest Twilight Highlands. Kill everything. Wait fer thems ta re-spawn. Kill them all again. Read the next page…”
  • Bob at Altclysmic weighs in on the “motivation and gear” discussion started by The Grumpy Elf, looking at how Mists of Pandaria will change the way loot motivates us“The new system will allow me to daily my way to the top, the asumption will be that this is an easier way but the reward gathering will be so much slower.”
  • And Spinks at Spinksville writes a lengthy post discussing various elements of Mists of Pandaria to come, including a section to the daily quests of MoP, and how she (unlike other commenters earlier this week) believes they’ll be a good thing“At that point in the game, people just want to log in and do something fun that will progress their character in some way. Assuming dailies are at least as fun as normal quests and that people who like PvE are happy with normal quests, the only issue is whether players get bored and how many dailies you have to do to get whichever reward you are aiming for.”

Any opinions on the dailies, gear or attunements discussion?

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Weekend WoW Awesomeness: How To Pronounce Pandaren, Your First Green and more

Well, it turns out that not everyone was Diablling, Pandaring or, erm, TERA-er-ing, because we saw more than a few great posts on the good ol’ WoW blogosphere this weekend. So, to learn to speak Pandaren or see the best of the best transmoggers out there, read on!

  • The absolutely huge transmogrification competition Mog Madness has come to a close, and Amateur Azerothian has the winners.
  • The Grumpy Elf writes a great nostalgia post I’m sure a lot of us can relate to, talking about the wonder of finding your first green item“In my farming for riches endeavor I looted one body and saw something I had never seen before. It was a green item. It was not a piece of armor or anything I had ever seen before. It was called Malachite.”
  • And Red Cow Rise offers a fantastic tutorial I suspect I’ll be linking a lot – on how to correctly pronounce the Chinese-style words in Pandaria“I don’t pretend to be very good at Chinese – I took two semesters in college and had to quit in the 3rd when I started bombing Japanese tests, but hopefully this small guide to basic pronunciation will help players as they meet their new Pandaren pengyou!”

Do you remember your first green item?

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Blog posts about Sin, Heroism And Smarts…

And to close out the day, we’ve got everything from musing on the meaning of “heroism” to hardcore numbers for healers in Mists! Take it away, guys:

  • Matticus has been crunching the numbers on mana in Mists. Want to know what your healing will feel like come MoP?“So we’re going back to entry-level Cataclysm healing? In a word, yes.”
  • Mataoka of Sugar And Blood, inspired by some of this week’s posts and comments, has been musing on what exactly it means to be a hero
  • Vidyala writes about something I know afflicts me reasonably often – the tendancy to just take on too much“My problem is this – I overestimate the time I have. I underestimate how long it’ll take me to get things done. I overextend myself and commit to too many things.”
  • And Fulguralis is mining an interesting source for MMO design – the Catholic concept of Original Sin“Why do Sith and Jedi alike start off neutral? Are we to believe that they’ve never made a choice until the very moment that we rolled them? Is this sort of the Bioware “age of reason” doctrine?”

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