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/emote revisited

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Quite a long time ago, there was a discussion about adding new emotes to WOW. There was much demand for ‘teabag‘ – So I suspect Blizzard blew the idea off. I on the other hand kept thinking about it. Here are a few of my ideas:

  1. Reading Map. When ever a player is viewing their map, their toon would be holding up a map. Each race could have their own variation. You could have one race holding an old moldy scape of paper, while another might hold it upside down. You get the idea. Then parties would be able to see when some one’s attention was distracted and cover her in a fight. Or…PvP players would know who wants paying attention. You could even have feints where people put up transparent maps on their screen and wait for an ambush. It could be a lot of fun.
  2. Checking Journal. Similar to maps but for all the other junk in the UI. Quest logs, Guild screens, Professional skills. The animation might be anything from the toon digging through a backpack to pulling out a writing desk to make notes. They could even have class specific animations. Mages could scribble with floating paper and glowing ink.

What ideas do you have? Click on comments below

Greetings and Salutations!

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Fellow WOWszers and Mac devotees, I send you greetings and salutations,

Thank you Eillebill for the introduction and adding me as admin to this site!

Yes I discovered WOW earlier this year and was hooked withing the first 15 seconds of play time. Eillebill and I have been friends for many years, worked together, and spent a lot of time playing other online games such as Diablo & Diablo II. Now that I am on the east coast, WOW allows us to still socialize and keep in touch. My missus realizes the value of of my friendships and lets me play whenever I can. However the three hour time difference makes for some late nights/early mornings for me :0)

Although I have several characters I created to try the different classes, my paladin, Geoffreymala is my favorite and yes the race is on to Lvl 70 my friend!

I am partial to Paladins- Geoffreymala is actually named after an AD&D paladin, Geoffrey Malachite of AmberWyvwern™ I played for nigh twenty years. This persona is even my persona in the SCA. And AmberWyvern™ is the name of my company. Obsessive? Probably…. Another story? Yup…. Gonna elaborate? Nope, not on this blog….

I first started using Apple computers in the early 1980s. I have had many many Apples over the years and several Macs. By the time we moved to New England, I had amassed seventeen Mac Plus, two Imagewriter printers, an Apple SCSI Scanner, two Mac Classic, one Color Classic, an Apple IIe, a Power Mac 1600, an Apple IIsi, a B&W G3, a Powerbook G3 Pismo, and a couple of Newtons. I am a techno addict-

Needless to say that I parted with nearly all my Apple hardware when I moved. I kept the Pismo and the B&W. Oh parting is such sweet sorrow, all those toasters, alas they are gone.

Earlier this year, after many many years, miles, and hours of service my Pismo was showing its age so I bought a new 15.4″ MacBook Pro 2.33 Core 2 with 2GB RAM and the Draft N wireless. The perfect platform for WOW Burning Crusade. As I indicated earlier I am a bit of a technology junkie. I have an Internet connection that averages 8-12Mbps downloads, and 2Mbps uploads. It costs more but there is no lag in WOW. Coupled with a Belkin N1 Vision wireless router, and my adventures can take place from any place within 300 feet of our apartment. (But boy does the battery get sucked dry fast when I am WOWing an battery power- 50 minutes tops)

To allow my nephews to play, I opened a second WOW subscription and have my Home Theater PC set up with WOW so one nephew can play on the MacBook and the other can play onthe PC on the two wall mounted 19″ widescreen HD monitors and wireless KB.

Well this introduction was sure longer than I expected. And I am so close to 65 I can taste it!


Holly Walmart Batman!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Need helpThat’s right old chum. In my new fangled effort to reclaim my lost WOW heritage, I decided that I needed the expansion pack.

Maybe you’ve heard of it: Burning Crusade. It has a good reputation among players.

Apparently it has flying mounts. About time Blizzard!

What’s that you say? It’s been out for nearly a year? Oh I see.

…Anyway. For the three of you who have not already purchased the expansion, it’s on sale at Walmart for 20 silver (er, I mean $20). That’s $10 less than Blizzard charge to download it. (Walmart controls the world.)

Article – Money – Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Check out this story. – this is news!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality
Make-A-Wish and a willing company help a grade schooler become the first outsider to create a new character in World of Warcraft.

The Orange County Register
UPDATE: Gamers show support for Ezra, Blizzard (May 23)

IRVINE – For World of Warcraft players hanging out in Shadowmoon Valley last Friday, bizarre events occurred that can only be explained by a small group of people inside the headquarters of Blizzard Entertainment.

At the helm of the strangeness sat 10-year-old Ezra Chatterton, who directed Warcraft’s lead game designer Jeff Kaplan to blast ferocious-looking monsters, or “bosses,” with a single death ray. Chatterton cleared the Black Temple for a European clan to fight the volcano-summoning Supremus.
All that power. Heh, heh.

“I’m impressed with Blizzard,” said Chatterton from his wheelchair. “Bravo!”
The Riverside fifth-grader has a brain tumor. The diagnosis isn’t good; metastatic cancer. Splitting headaches started in March, which led to an emergency room visit in April. Doctors had to sedate him for the pain and he didn’t wake up for a week. Groggy and weak in the hospital, Chatterton only wanted to play the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft.
When the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening cases, came calling two weeks ago, Chatterton knew exactly what he wanted.
“I wished for a trip to Blizzard because I’d like to see if they could make a character and do some things for us.”

Chatterton didn’t think his wish would come true. He’s starting treatment today. And, at most, he thought it could just be a video conference call. But when he found out Blizzard was nearby, and willing, Chatterton became the envy of the 8.5 million World of Warcraft players worldwide. He not only got the chance to tour the company, but to create something new for the game.

Dubbed WoW, Blizzard’s game debuted in 2004 and has inspired hundreds of fan sites, a Warcraft Wiki, global game tournaments and even a “South Park” episode.
Chatterton had his father, Micah, sketch characters and write down questions so he wouldn’t forget.

Blizzard pulled the daylong funfest together in days. On Friday, father and son arrived at Blizzard’s Irvine headquarters in a black limo to tour one of the world’s most successful game companies.

Chatterton was whisked immediately to Kaplan’s office to create weapons and characters for the game. Later he would head to the recording studio to do a voice for the new character and meet with an artist to get the character’s look just right. Throughout the day, he got to design a new weapon, add his dog Kyle to the game, create a quest and record his voice for the new character, Ahab Wheathoof, the Old Rancher.

“We definitely want a crossbow,” Chatterton instructed Kaplan. He offered a detailed description of what he wanted: dangerous flames, curved frame and an ability to wreak havoc.

“I want it to shoot a fiery arrow at 300 damage over 10 seconds,” he said.
With a few clicks of his mouse, Kaplan constructed a prototype.
“Wow. Weird. Progress is going quicker than I expected,” Chatterton said.
“This crossbow will be the only one in the game and it’s very difficult to get,” Kaplan explained. “You’re going to get a lot of questions (from other players).”
Chatterton shied away at Kaplan’s suggestion to add “Finely crafted to Ezra’s specifications.” Father Micah explained, “He doesn’t want to appear boastful.” They settled on attributing it to ePhoenix, his character in the game.

Chatterton’s parents divorced about five years ago and he spends time with both. But only when he’s with his dad does he get to play WoW. Micah Chatterton, a writer, wanted to play from the game’s beginning, but couldn’t afford it. In the U.S., WoW costs about $20 plus another $15 a month in subscription fees. Also, to play online, it’s best to have a high-speed Internet connection, which is another $20 to $50 a month.

Then, last fall, Micah Chatterton’s house burned down, taking away all his son’s toys. He used some insurance money for a computer and Internet access. The father-and-son team entered the world of Warcraft. By Friday, they had made it to level 63. Blizzard bumped ePhoenix up to level 70, the highest level, and stocked the character with gold, weapons and new armor.

“There were a lot of things that are unconventional with our relationship, and the way we choose to bond and spend time together,” said Micah Chatterton. “For instance, WoW was something we had researched and talked about. We would talk about what kind of character do we want to create. This costume as opposed to that costume. We would make decisions together. Neither of us would feel comfortable about making a big decision without consulting the other.”

In the few days the two had to prepare for the trip to Blizzard, they did their homework.

“He asked me draw (a character) and we settled on this Phoenix motif because that’s his middle name. It’s certainly apt because we’d like to have some rebirth,” Micah Chatterton said.

“I asked him to think about why he likes to play WoW and one thing he said was he likes interacting with people he doesn’t know. No matter how crappy things are going on the outside, in the real world, he can be strong and successful and really turn heads in WoW.”

Ezra Chatterton’s enthusiasm kept him going all day, even getting out of his wheelchair to lob some bombs. By the end of the visit, he’d probably spent nearly seven hours with the Blizzard team.

“From my end, it was a lot about really maintaining the momentum of the day, just the happiness,” Micah Chatterton said. “By the end of the day, when we sat down with the artist, Ezra was exhausted and said, ‘I’m just happy with what I’ve got.’ ”
WoW players should keep an eye out for Chatterton’s creations: the rare, flame-shooting crossbow, a quest from a graying Tauren named Ahab Wheathoof and his frenzied dog, Kyle. Blizzard will add Ezra’s changes to the game in the next four weeks.

“If Blizzard is listening, I’d like to say thank you for everything you’ve done for my character to make him so good. I want to thank them for making the quest of the lost dog and the Old Rancher and all the stuff they gave us,” said a grateful but drained Ezra Chatterton, who by Sunday got in about five hours of game play.
The visit has given him more to think about than playing games. He’s starting to think about his future.

“I’d like to be paid to test and play the game and test weapons, but I don’t think I meet the age requirements,” he said. “I’m only 10.”

Contact the writer: 714-796-4952 or

Metroblogging Azeroth: Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Even reading this…I can’t believe it.

Metroblogging Azeroth: Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts: “« Yet Another Reason to Play WoW on a Mac… | Main
Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts

posted by Paul Hollingsworth at 11:05 AM on April 11, 2007
I was going to write a story about this but I’m speechless.
5000 Gold for sex.

I wonder if this is a TOS violation.

‘I play a level 70 night elf druid and would prefer someone who was into roleplaying (I have a costume!) boy honestly anyone will do, as long long as you have the gold. I would also be ok with a woman too, as long as you have the gold!’
The craiglist ad is after the jump.



Posted by: Michael #1 at April 11, 2007 12:03 PM
I’m guessing some form of mind control is going to be required for this transaction to be completed.

Posted by: sean bonner at April 11, 2007 12:23 PM
this fiasco has totally lit a fire in my guild. a lot of us are pretty crass individuals but this subject has drawn a new line. moms beware.

Posted by: Peebers at April 11, 2007 01:51 PM
That’s just crazy.

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WWJD in BC????

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

253_if-they-played-jesus.jpgFile under FTW??! The freaks nice people at have started a new series called ‘what would they do.’ In this case they cast Jesus as an uber Warlock in WOW. Yes you read that right. W A R L O C K.

It gets better: ‘Best of all, He calls back Mary Magdalene every so often… as a succubus.’

I don’t make this stuff up people. Read it yourself.

Look I just work here.

I’ve suspected trouble in BC for awhile now…

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Now I have proof! Check out this little video.

BC surprises

Monday, March 19th, 2007

BC.jpgNow anyone can sift through the ocean of posts on the Blizzard message boards; but it takes a real troll glutton for punishment to scan some of the more exotic forums.

I decided to explore the boards and smiled at a thread called, “BC Surpises.” One of the obvious reactions is the giant heap of abandoned blue items as people chortle like little girls on Christmas day as they gather the BC new green items.

I was amused at the huge number of blood elves tripping over each other in the noob area.

One fellow claimed that there is a new tool tip in the wow loading page: “Take everything in moderation (Even World of Warcraft)”

My favorite quote: ‘I also didn’t expect Dranei to have so many color options…I figured they were just blue space demons. They look really cool if you go for the black skin with dark hair. More intimidating than the Smurf-like pictures I saw in the previews.’

Edit: Other favorite quote: ‘I love the bizarre stuff that pops up in the game. I once found a ‘Chainlink Towel’ – it was a gray or white – I don’t remember which – cloak that had low armor & the caption “Now even less absorbent!”‘

Check it out 🙂

Virtuedesktop: we hardly knew you

Friday, March 16th, 2007

virtue.pngLong ago I outlined the coolness of a little utility called VirtueDesktops. This cool little app provided the benefits of the forthcoming os 10.5 ‘spaces’ feature.

VirtueDesktops’ author has recently decided not to complete the program. The program has been in development since last year and was closing in on a stable version. After attending last year’s WWDC (world wide developer conference), he has finally decided to give up.

This may have been motivated by the buz that indicates that Mac OS 10.5 will be shipping this June (knock on wood).

Here’s the link to the site to learn about VirtueDesktops so you can see it yourself.

Server side crazy coding

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Picture 1.pngLately I’ve been up to I/O ports in a server programming language called Lasso. It’s a database access language similar to php or crystal reports I think.

I’ve spent more time screwing around under the hood of servers than I would have guessed. I installed Lasso 8.5 on my local machine. Then I installed MySQL. I’m still not sure I’ve got this stuff configured. I’m learning tons about Apache settings and mods.

A few crazy pieces that I’ve setup: a multi-file upload form with a status bar, and image sizing before emailing; an ajax animated catalog; dynamic relational database system linked via arrays.

I wish I was trained as a programmer, of course that would make it all too easy. Besides, how many programmers actually started out as programmers?

I’ve recently visited the Blizzard official wow site. Their new Armory looks kind of interesting. From a web developer standpoint, it seems like they spent a ton of time on the look, but maybe missed the boat for bandwidth usage. sigh.

If you haven’t visited their site, the comic section has a couple funny additions.

According to the Armory site, there are quite a few level 70’s already. I have to wonder if they even took the time to enjoy the new work that BC has to offer.

BTW – I’m still waiting for someone to tell me what happens when you jump of the edge of outland. Anyone???

Thanks all! – Kurn