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The Big DING! Warlords Edition

November 21, 2014

ding

It took some of my guildies a little less than 24 hours, and a lot more of my friends aren’t even anywhere close, but for me it took about eight days. Last night, a week after the release of World of Warcraft’s newest expansion Warlords of Draenor, I hit the new level cap of 100.

I have to say, the experience just keeps piling on in this expac. My husband and I weren’t pushing hard towards 100 by any means, mostly keeping to our regular gaming schedule and only playing a couple hours in the evenings, a bit more on the weekends.

Not to mention, I kept getting distracted from questing by about a million other things — treasure hunting, collecting and battling companion pets, archaeology…and most of all, I got constantly waylaid in my leveling by my Garrison. Every half hour or so I’d be hearthing back to my base to set up new missions, check in on progress and status of my buildings,  start new work orders, etc. It’s bloody ADDICTIVE.

It’s actually a wonder I made it to the new cap in only about a week.

Obviously there’s so much to do in WoD. Even though I’ve achieved level 100, I know I’ve only scratched the surface. I’m happy about a lot of the new content and while my overall impressions are positive, it’s still probably too soon for me to do any in depth write-up. The expansion has been keeping me quite busy though, and that’s good thing (though not for all the other stuff I have to do this month)!

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Battle Bards Episode 39: Jigs and Shanties

November 18, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

It’s going to be impossible to keep from tapping your toes during this one. This week, Syp, Syl and I bust out all manner of lively jigs and shanties for the enjoyment of all, and even their past feuds are set aside to dosey-do in front of the tavern fireplace.  We also tick off accordion players across the globe.

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Sea shanty

Episode 39 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Caribbean Port” from Pirates of the Burning Sea and “Player Owned Ports Ahoy!” from RuneScape)
  • “Sea Shanty 2″ from RuneScape
  • “Seaside” from Free Realms
  • “Cool Ranch Tavern Theme” from Pirate101
  • “Bash the Dragon” from Guild Wars 2
  • “Rum” from Monarch: Heroes of a New Age
  • “Tavernenlied” from Drakensang
  • “Pirate 3″ from DDO
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Cindy
  • Outro (“A Tavern Far Away” from DDO)
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The Secret World: The Belated Halloween Event

November 4, 2014

The Secret World Halloween update that was supposed to have gone live on October 20 didn’t happen. It didn’t happen the week after either. It finally dropped, the day before Halloween or thereabouts, and I didn’t get the chance to check it out until last night’s session of TSW Monday, along with Tententacles, Syp and Winin, who has recently come back to the game and is checking out the Meowling cat quest from previous years.

The new quest for this year is The Broadcast, given to us by NPC Dave Screed the conspiracy theorist and weird magazine editor in NYC. Needless to say I won’t be revealing any specific/spoilerific details here, but there will be images galore to tease the content. It’s a pretty fun one, and if you like “haunted house” themes in games, you should definitely play the mission for yourself to see what the folks at Funcom have come up with. It’s pretty spooky!

sepia

The good old “ghostly figure in an old sepia photograph” effect.

eyes

Eek! The eyes, they’re everywhere!

around the corner

Who is that figure standing there just around the corner?

mission boss fight

The mission boss fight.

thriller

Post-quest celebration: getting our Thriller on!

Though, Chucho’s (center) outfit might possibly be the scariest thing I saw last night.

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Battle Bards Episode 38: The Elder Scrolls Online

November 4, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

The Elder Scrolls soundtracks have a legendary reputation in the video game community, but when you take Jeremy Soule (mostly) out of the mix, can the MMO score stand up to this legacy?  Syp, Syl and I investigate in an exploration of this massive OST of one of the new MMOs of 2014.  Keep your ears open for Nordic Santa!

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TESO

Episode 38 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Winged Twilight” and “Moth, Butterfly, and Torchbug”)
  • “Three Banners: Fanfare”
  • “For Blood, For Glory, For Honor”
  • “Weapons Drawn”
  • “The Towers Cast Long Shadows”
  • “Greenheart”
  • “Beauty of Dawn”
  • “Lute Emote”
  • Mail from Draculetta
  • Outro (featuring “Three Hearts as One”)
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Battle Bards Episode 37: At The Market Fair

October 21, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Fill your coin purses and come on out for a day at the market with the Battle Bards! This week, Syp, Syl and I look at marketplace-related music in MMOs or the tunes that bring to mind a market atmosphere — whether that means a bustling town, a busy harbor with ships being unloaded by dock hands, or merchants selling their wares. This episode just might make you want to go out and go shopping!

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Giran
Episode 37 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Nightfall Freedom Harbor” from Forsaken World and “Brownie Storehouse” from Vanguard)
  • “Selbina” from Final Fantasy XI
  • “The Town Market” from Elsword Online
  • “Inside the Marketplace Tent” from Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • “Town of Giran” from Lineage II
  • “Draynor Market” from RuneScape
  • “Free Market” from MapleStory
  • “Town of Morvan” from Vindictus
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Logun
  • Outro

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WoW: We Are Legendary

October 10, 2014

legendary cloak

The legendary cloak wasn’t something I expected ever to get, but at the beginning of September when I resubbed to World of Warcraft I saw that things for the quest chain were in full swing. With a game-wide buff Gaze of the Black Prince increasing rep gain and drop rate for the raid items you need, I figured there’s no harm in trying for it – and there’s no time like the present. I’m also grateful for Tententacles for also going for the legendary cloak chain, because without him doing it too, I honestly don’t think I would have been as motivated!

So, seven weeks or so later (I did get lucky these last couple of weeks with Titan Runestones), I finally got my cloak on my Monk. And just in time too, with the prepatch for the next expansion said to drop next Tuesday, and apparently the quest chain will go away. If you’re still thinking of going for the cloak, this may be your last chance to start, because starting Tuesday next week it might not be possible to get the first quest anymore.

But if you’re in the middle of the chain, it’s not too late. I’m in that boat too, as I’ve actually begun work on the legendary cloak on another character, my Druid. She’s been my main forever, and even though I’ve been playing my Monk a lot more recently, my emotional attachment to the Druid is just too strong to not try for the legendary cloak with her too. When the patch drops, they’re removing the valor grind requirement section of the quest, which was by far the most aggravating and longest part anyway, and there’s a good chance to finish before or around the time Warlords of Draenor is released. Sure, a few weeks into the expansion and the cloak will probably be obsolete, but for completionists, it’s still an impressive achievement and a nice memento to have.

 

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Battle Bards Episode 36: Featuring Guest Composer Tracy Bush

October 7, 2014

Battle Bards
A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

This week we welcome a special guest to our show, Composer Tracy W. Bush! His resume includes World of Warcraft, DCUO, Dungeon Runners, Tabula Rasa, Free Realms, and City of Heroes and his vast experience in the MMO industry makes him a wealth of information about the musical creative process. He’s also known for his Murloc voice (yep, he’s the man behind the iconic “mrglmrglmrglmrgl!!!!”) and you just might hear Tracy do a demonstration. Unfortunately, I was out of town during the week of recording so I wasn’t able to join in the fun, but Syp and Syl do a good job holding the fort!

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Episode 36 show notes
  • Interview with Tracy W. Bush
  • “Darnassus” from World of Warcraft
  • “Radio Free Zerg” from StarCraft
  • “Darnassus” from World of Warcraft
  • “Tanaris” from World of Warcraft
  • “Cimmora Main Theme” from City of Heroes
  • Tracy’s Murloc demo
  • “Townston Theme” from Dungeon Runners
  • “Rattletooth’s Lair” from Dungeon Runners
  • “Townston Theme” from Dungeon Runners
  • “Blue Turns to Grey” from Tabula Rasa
  • “AFS Outpost” from Tabula Rasa
  • “Checkers” from Free Realms
  • “Gotham City BGM” from DC Universe Online
  • “Cooking” from Free Realms
  • Mail from JadenK
  • Outro (“Radio Free Zerg” from StarCraft)

 

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