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A Little Spring (Winter?) Cleaning
So in an effort to try and clean things up a little bit around here, we've made a few little changes to our forum system. :)
For one thing, we've renamed the "Beginner's" forum, it's now called "
Help & Support
". We wanted to make it clear that this is not a "noob" forum. It's a place for people to ask the questions they can't seem to find answers to otherwise.
For another thing, we've decided it's finally time for the "Wrath of the Lich King" forum to go.
10/01/2009 à 15:15
Naxxramas and World Latency Fixes – A Message from Blizzard
Blizzard has kindly asked us to make sure everyone is aware of the announcement they just made on the official forums:
Naxxramas and World Latency Fixes
For the last several weeks, our players have been experiencing periodic latency in both outdoor Northrend areas and Naxxramas, and we wanted to provide you with several updates on what we're doing to resolve these issues. As many players have discovered, the outdoor Northrend latency has been tied to activity in Wintergrasp. We are actively working on a server-side fix that should address the high latency experienced in the outdoor world when Wintergrasp is active. This fix is currently in testing on internal test realms and we anticipate that we'll be able to push it to live realms in the near future. Concerning Naxxramas, optimizations are being made that will address both the latency and disconnection issues affecting players while in that zone. These optimizations will be included with the next minor content patch.
We appreciate your patience as we work to address these issues.
08/01/2009 à 12:53
I'm a Miner Forty-Niner
Just a quick update today. I thought it was worth pointing out that the
official patch notes
listed on the
European WoW Site
contained a very interesting note:
Mining veins and deposits no longer require multiple hits to receive all the ore. Players will receive around the same amount of ore, stone, and gems they would have received from multiple hits.
What's that? I can't hear you over the sound of millions of miners rejoicing.
08/01/2009 à 00:41
Return of the Furious Five
Well, the five of us
had the time to get together and run again tonight, so I figured I'd take a moment to post again to make sure you knew I hadn't forgotten. :)
This time we ran
in about an hour, and found to our delight that we had time left over for a trip through the
– and it's a good thing we had the quest rewards from
Weaken the Ramparts
The Blood is Life
, or there would have been no loot at all (what good is
Déchireuse de l'enfer
to a dedicated protection warrior?).
In the process of doing them, though, I got to thinking.
07/01/2009 à 02:30
It's Flat! Using Wowhead Maps
The parrot spoke in a language I could not understand. Had I a cracker, I might try to coax the rainbow-colored Polly into guiding me to the nearest encampment...but empty-handed, I was forced to go it alone – all alone in the deep, damp jungle. The night was quickly approaching as the sun sat midway on the horizon. Unlike some of my unfortunate companions, I was smart enough to have brought my own set of charts and maps...but I suddenly realized that without proper knowledge I may as well not even possess them.
Insert Wowhead. We have a wonderful tool here aptly named
. In this blog entry I will introduce the mapping system and show how to use it to explore, pinpoint, and share destinations with others. Stick around, it's definitely going to be a mappy New Year!
06/01/2009 à 01:59
Dear Wowhead... (Episode 3)
The Wowhead advice column returns this week with a letter that comes to us from Tinker Town!
For generations my family has been some of Gnomeregan's finest engineers, inventors and demolitions experts. My Great-grandfather was the inventor of the indispensable Polyphonic Sub-Range Anaylyzer! I know right?!
But lately, my thoughts have wandered from electro-spanners and thorium plated thermal adjusters. I have desires... DARK desires. Why, just the other day I was in my father's work shop helping him reconfigure the micro-cog agitator matrix of his spectral reinstantiator when I started thinking how great it would be if I could "summon" forth some worker to walk in from the void and do the work for me.
Aren't Gnomes supposed to be engineers? All this fanciful arcane fascination with fallen magics is wrong isn't it?
04/01/2009 à 14:00
Wowhead Comic #7
Happy New Year, everybody!
Comic theme is a little late, but I wanted to get back into the Sunday weekly release routine.
Gosh, darn those Night Elves and their pesky limb-stealing habits. Whatever shall we do?
04/01/2009 à 12:00
Happy New Year!
All of us here at Wowhead just wanted to take a few moments to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Everyone please be sure to drive safely, drink responsibly, and don't forget your New Year's Resolutions!
I'm personally resolving to spend less time writing blogs and more time actually levelling my damn character. :) What about you?
31/12/2008 à 19:00
Nameplates & Suggestions to Blizzard
In my entry today I'm going to discuss two little issues which I feel aren't being paid enough attention. Nameplates and the default threat system. You may be asking yourself, "What in Azeroth's three continents does threat and etched dinnerware have to do with each other?" The answer, of course, is you are silly. No, but seriously, these are two little topics which I'm going to present separately, then show you my suggestion to Blizzard to help truly maximize some of the already included features in the game.
Stick around for some exciting highs, disagreeable lows, and a lollercoaster ride you'll never forget. Okay, maybe not. Stick around anyway!
31/12/2008 à 03:00
Holiday Security Issues & Advice
This is a notice to let everyone know there has indeed been a surge in account security resulting in hijacked accounts, stolen items, and even loss of characters. It is very important we stress the fact that everyone needs to have their operating system, Internet browser, virus scanners, and/or any malware scanners updated to the most current versions. Please take the necessary steps to ensure no one can gain access to your computer or account without permission.
According to Blizzard, majority of accounts are compromised by one of the methods listed here, after the break:
29/12/2008 à 00:00
Dear Wowhead... (Episode 2)
Welcome back to the Wowhead advice column!
Our next question comes to us from the smoky halls of Ironforge! Looks like our friend here is having some romantic troubles...I've included a translation from the original Dwarfish, for those who don't speak the language.
Ah howz does Ah put dis? Ah am a middle aged Dwarf. Ahms purty typical fer me race. Ah lufs anyting wif a blunt head on nit. Ah lufs to dig up minerals uf all kinds. Ah has tha obligatury riding ram (thumpur), Anz ah likes ta smush up anyz kinz of orc, trollz and udder hordz type beinz. But ta udder weeks whilst clearing outs tha
wit me budz. Ah fellz smitten in lufs wits a bloodelfs lass named
Grand Magus Telestra
. Now ins ah knows dis is a bad ting. Fer mah mates hast toldz me dat day wuldz not be a putting ups wit me companys agin if-in ah didz pursue dis line of me tinkin. Howz canz dis be? Ah knowz ahm a dwarfs anz dis is unaturals, Butz ah kentz heps it. Shez jus luuks so durned cutes in dat liddle red winters hats! Itz wuz luf et furst sights. Wuldz be wrongz fer mah ta sayz ta hecks wi
27/12/2008 à 20:00
Just How Epic Are Your Lewtz?
The scene is the
of Hellfire Citadel. A small group of adventurers lurks in the shadows, while
Grand Warlock Nethekurse
broods atop his throne. Suddenly, the heroes are spotted! A fel orc rushes at them with a roar, but a blast of flame from the party’s mage drops him in his tracks. More orcs have gathered their wits and join the melee. One is tackled by a druid who transforms into a panther mid-leap. The warrior hero is toying with Nethekurse, parrying blows and dancing circles around him. Enraged, the Grand Warlock doesn’t see the rogue who steps out of the shadows and plants a knife in his back. The evil orc falls with a thunderous clash.
Recognize that fight? How many of you have fought it as well?
Because I never did.
27/12/2008 à 00:00
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for using our site. You guys are the reason why Wowhead is what it is – this site would be
without the support and goodwill of its community, and we owe you guys for everything. There are a lot of WoW database sites out there, and we are very thankful you picked us.
Thanks to everyone also who participated in the
– it was our biggest yet! We have plans for more contests to take place over the next year (and we're doing our damnedest to get you non-US players included in the lists as well). We hope you enjoy your prizes!
– fashion > all
– this is the best name ever
– you poor poor soul
– good luck fitting that in a cardboard box
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25/12/2008 à 14:06
Wowhead Comic #6
Here's this week's comic, a little earlier than usual – and it's a big one!
Featuring myself, the Great-Fathers Winter, and my wonderful script writer, Web.
Your comic is early this week, so there won't be one on the 28th. I need a break! I've been a busy little girl lately.
Have an awesome holiday, everyone!
24/12/2008 à 20:45
The Sungrass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Zone
My faction choice has historically been
a little biased
. My first character was a Dwarven Hunter that reached the ripe old level of 42 in the original game before I got tired of getting ganked in
by bored Horde (which would make a good name for a guild, in my opinion). I also rolled a Dwarven Rogue as part of
a Three Stooges joke
. He was 'Cheatem'. I thought the name to be an apt one.
Regardless, most of my experience has been on the Horde side of the fence. I know that to be the case with Malgayne as well, so when I saw him exclaim
For The Horde...?
, the unsureness of his statement made me wonder if he was thinking of becoming a turncoat. So, I read his post. What did I learn? Malgayne suffers from the same syndrome that a lot of my friends do from time to time: Faction Envy.
24/12/2008 à 01:55
A Christmas Present for You
My apologies for not having a comic for you all on Sunday! I've been very busy working on a little something else for you. :)
Every year I like to make a
for various reasons, and since I've been working with Wowhead I now have a real chance to share my work. So, for this Christmas, I put in a little extra effort, and I thought I'd put it up here for everyone to enjoy.
And here it is!
22/12/2008 à 22:40
Dress to Impress - Winter Veil Edition
Season's greetings, everyone! Yes, it's that time of year again. Another great reason to dress up and look, feel, and be merry. This week we have the latest trend in fashion—
! A delightful combination of fine firs, combined with smooth, delectable velvet.
Unfortunately, the Winter Collection this year is going fast! If
having a hard time finding that perfect piece to complement your winter ensemble, never fear! I have all the answers you seek
. Stay tuned!
22/12/2008 à 00:50
Dear Wowhead... (Episode 1)
That's right, boys and girls! Welcome to "Dear Wowhead", the advice column for Wowhead users!
If all goes well we should be able to make this a regular column.
Our first letter comes to us directly from the Rogue's Quarter, deep underneath Lordaeron!
I'm a member of the Forsaken. I live in the southeastern quarter of the Undercity, in a small alcove with six other dead people. Unfortunately, on the day that Undertaker Mordo recovered me from my grave, I was the only one raised. My family wasn't raised with me.
This Winter Veil will be the first time I've ever celebrated the holiday alone. How do you cope with loneliness? How can I honor my family background, without living in the past?
Lonely For The Holidays
21/12/2008 à 01:59
Gear Check: Razer Lycosa, DeathAdder, Destructor
One of the things I've always liked about World of Warcraft is the fact that it is a relatively low maintenance PC game - it doesn't require the most hardcore hardware and expensive doodads in order to still provide an enjoyable gaming experience. I remember when I first started playing WoW, in May of 2005, I was playing on a salvaged Hewlett-Packard desktop with barely a month left of life in it, reveling in the much-loved experience of on-board video and way less than a gig of RAM.
I played through a ton of content on this machine, eventually upgrading my RAM so I wouldn't always die in
. I played on this machine thru Burning Crusade and all the way into Black Temple until the PC would finally have no more, and began greeting me with a
Blue Screen of Death
every raid. It was then I swore I would have no more of this foolishness, and I built the beloved PC I have today. It's gone through a few hardware upgrades, a new video card here, a new sound card there.
One thing I hadn't ever really put much thought into upgrading was i
20/12/2008 à 03:32
For the Horde...?
If you can't tell from the artwork at the top – that Blood Elf on the left is me – I'm a Horde player. I was an Alliance player for all of seven levels before I made the switch, and made the switch for good. Now I have my Blood Elf paladin main, a Troll mage and an Undead warlock alt, and scattered other random characters (I know I still have a shaman somewhere). I picked a server, I picked a faction, and I stuck with it. I rolled Horde side on Draenor and I never looked back.
Or did I?
Sometimes...I...I'm not sure I feel comfortable saying this. Sometimes...
I wish I had rolled Alliance
19/12/2008 à 02:00