Episode 75: Day one of BlizzCon brought a lot of ooos and ahhs. Lumpen and Kimmi go over the essentials and share some thoughts. Show notes are much more extensive for your reference.

  • Opening Ceremony
    • General
      • Opening video – StarCraft history
      • Lots of first time attendees
      • Over 25k attendees, 60 countries, all 50 states
      • 17 languages streamed
      • 25th anniversary, 20th anniversary of Warcraft 2
      • $9m through charity items
      • Brightpaw the mana kitty – new pet in store for Make-a-wish
    • Starcraft 2
      • New and updated multiplayer
      • Archon mode and Cooperative multiplayer
      • Legacy of the Void is stand-alone
      • What’s next for StarCraft
        • Mission Packs – new story
        • 1st is Nova Covert Ops
        • 3 new RTS missions in spring
    • eSports
      • $1.25m in prize money at BlizzCon
      • $5m this year
    • WarCraft movie
    • Heroes of the Storm
      • New game mode – The Arena
        • Random allies and enemies
        • Can be any combination, including multiples of the same
        • 5v5
        • 3 randomly selected per player, pick one
        • Single random heroic ability
        • Playable at BlizzCon
      • New Heroes
        • Genn Greymane
        • Lunara – Centaur
        • Cho’Gall – one hero, 2 players
          • not for sale
          • BlizzCon and Virtual ticket exclusive
          • available to get as a quest from playing him with someone else who has him for 2 games
          • 4 games with people giving Cho’Gall gives sack of gold
          • Cho’Gall carries his mount!
      • Battlegrouds
        • Towers of Doom
        • The Arena
    • Hearthstone
      • New adventure – The League of Explorers
      • Looking for the Staff of Origination
      • The League
        • Brann Bronzebeard
        • Elise Starseeker
        • Reno Jackson
        • Sir Finley Mrrrrrglton
      • New Cards
        • Explorer’s Hat – +1/+1 and add Deathrattle puts Explorer’s Hat back in your hand
        • Jeweled Scabbard – 2m 1/1, discover(3)
        • Discover mechanic – pick one of three cards that would work with your deck
        • Elise Starseeker – 4m, 3/5, Battlecry – Shuffle ‘map of the golden monkey’ into your deck – Map is 2m draw card and shuffle Golden monkey – Golden Monkey replaced deck and hand with Legendary minions
        • More at 3:30 session
      • Playable at BlizzCon
      • Releases later this year – later this month – This coming Thursday
    • Overwatch
      • New Heroes
        • Mei
        • Genji – Green ninja robot
        • D. Va – Big ED-209 looking robot that she pilots, can run around outside of it too
      • All 21 heroes included
      • Confirmed will have a cost
      • Include all maps
      • Base version of the game
      • Overwatch Origins edition
        • 5 special skins
        • Stuff for other Blizzard games
        • Mission specialist Morission
        • Overgrown Bastion
        • Blackwatch Reyes
        • Security Chief Farrah
        • Slipstream Tracer
        • D3 Mercy Wings
        • 6 in-game SC portraits
        • BABY WINSTON!
        • New card back for HS
        • Tracer in Heroes of the Storm
      • Confirmed for Xbox and PS4 – simultaneous release
      • Collector’s edition comes with bronze Soldier 76
      • Buyoverwatch.com
      • Spring 2016
      • Overwatch lore panel tomorrow
      • I want to buy every piece of Overwatch gear ever
    • World of Warcraft
      • Intro Cinematic!
      • Varian and Sylvanas working together
      • VARIAN!
      • Prepurchase at wowlegion.com
      • Includes level 100 boost and early access to Demon Hunter
  • WoW Panel
    • Story
      • Gul’dan was sent to our world to fulfill his pact
      • Kil’jaeden sent him to the Tomb of Sargeras to break the seals to allow the invasion
      • What is the Broken Shore?
        • Ground zero for the invasion
        • Ties the cinematic to the game
        • Where we meet up with the heroes of the Alliance and the Horde
        • 40 person scenario for Horde and Alliance – 20 Alliance/20 horde
        • Story catch-up and kick-off
        • Results in a world changed by your heroics
        • I hope you like dark places filled with green fire
    • Demon Hunter
      • Intro experience
        • Story bridge from Burning Crusade
        • Everything in BC happened faster than Illidan expected
        • He sent the Demon Hunters to Mardum early
        • Mardum
          • Prison world
          • Shattered by Sargeras
          • Sargerai keystone guarded by his most trusted demons
          • Despair ridge, Molten Shore, The Doom Fortress, Soul Engine
        • Burning Legion lineup
          • More powerful version of stuff we’ve seen
          • New ones
            • Imp Mother
            • Jailer
            • Inquisitor
          • Legion constructs – big war buildings
        • Use Legion weapons against them
        • Learn new spells as you go
        • Steal power from the demons themselves – Legion crystals, reduces cooldowns to 0
        • Illidan gives you a felsaber mount – pretty cool looking
        • Put into the Vault of the Wardens for eternity at the end
    • The Broken Isles – these are some of the prettiest zones ever
      • Suramar
        • Ancient Elven capital city
        • Central to continent, connects all but one zone
        • City was saved by the mages using the Nightwell
        • Kept up for 10000 years
        • Completely reliant on the well, which is corrupt and shrouds the city in darkness
        • The Nightborne were High Elves, but corrupted by the well
        • Made a pact with Gul’dan
        • Crimes are punished by exile, withdrawal from the well – Nightfallen
        • The Withered are those that can’t get arcane energy
      • Val’sharah
        • The Emerald Nightmare is there
        • The heart of druidism, where Malfurion met Cenarius
        • Shaladrassil – tainted world tree
        • Black Rook Hold – haunted fortress
        • Archdruids – three key ones
        • Nightmare lord – Xavious – send satyrs and nightmare dragons
        • New moonkin model
        • New sea lion form
      • Stormheim
        • Vrykul area – left Northrend thousands of years ago
        • First zone
        • Compete against Vrykul god king
        • Origin of Kvaldir and Valkyr
        • Two dungeons
        • Ascendant valkyr model looks really cool
        • Stormdragon flight in Stormheim and Suramar
      • Azuna
        • Azshara’s Vengeance – Elven civilization was destroyed by her for an unknown reason
        • 3x view distance in Legion
        • Remnants of the blue dragonflight
        • Warden’s Isle – prison
        • Male Banshee called Specter, but they call him manshee
        • New naga model
        • Sea giants – allies of Azshara
        • Wrath of Azshara – huge water monster
        • Wardens – have owls
        • Ancient night elf architecture had to be designed
        • 80 artists and 60 designers worked on the project
      • Highmountain
        • Tallest mountain on Azeroth
        • Highmountain tauren
        • The Drogbar – were enslaved by Neltharion, shamanistic
        • Dungeon – Neltharion’s lair
        • Alpine harpies
        • Ettin – larger than we’ve fought before
        • MOOSE!  Cute baby moose too
    • Dungeons and Raids/Systems
      • Zone order
        • Originally Azsuna, Val’Sharah, Highmountain, Stormheim, Suramar
        • 4 zones scale – Azsuna, Val’Sharah, Highmountain, Stormheim, can do in any order, looking for Pillars of Creation
        • An open world to explore
        • Suramar at 110 (Fixed)
      • Scale
        • Scale the world, not the player
        • Seamless integration and itemization
        • Artifact keeps you ahead
        • Some max level foes wander around like Fel Reaver
      • Endgame
        • Goal is to allow players to have a choice
        • Free-form gameplay with a sense of purpose
        • A vehicle for storytelling
        • Structure, but no compulsion
        • Make use of the entire world
        • Objectives all over the world, world map is kind of like a mission table
        • Reputation-specific objectives
        • World bosses and profession missions
        • PvP objectives
        • Minigames
        • Class order hall will provide other quests on behalf of different faction emissaries – pick 4-5 out of 10-11, will stick around for a few days
      • Raids
        • The Emerald Nightmare
          • 7 bosses
          • In Val’Sharah
          • Go into the Emerald Dream after climbing Shaladrassil
          • First boss is a dragon – Pestilence Wyrm
          • Second is a corrupt Cenarius
          • Xavious – at the heart of the Nightmare
        • Suramar Palace
          • 10-boss raid
          • Gul’dan’s base
        • Dungeons
          • 5 level-up dungeon – done in any order
            • Eye of Azshara
            • Neltharion’s Lair
            • Halls of Valor
            • Darkheart Thicket
            • Violet Hold
          • Max level
            • Vault of the Wardens
            • Black Rook Hold
            • Helheim
            • Suramar Noble district
            • Suramar Catacombs
          • Challenger’s Keystone
            • Points to a random dungeon
            • Power level determines difficulty and reward
            • Beat the timer and upgrade your stone
            • Fail and your stone is depleted
          • Scale dungeon up to you
          • Focus on gameplay not rushing
          • New modifiers to master each week
          • Some affixes
            • Engrage
            • Extra enemies
            • Exploding corpses
          • Loot chest at end of each run
          • Jackpot for highest level cleared each week
          • Alternate path to raiding
  • Hearthstone: What’s new?
  • Overwatch
    • 82000 total matches
    • 7:34 match length
    • Pharah is most played
    • Best chance of winning is with Symmetra
    • No Mac version
  • Goodie Bag
    • Normal satchel
    • Hearthstone luggage tag
    • Nova vinyl
    • Overwatch Emblem
    • Diablo keychain
    • Inflatable

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Episode 74: It’s a Gnome-sized episode for your pre-BlizzCon listening pleasure! Lumpen and Kimmi have a lively, unplanned discussion about what they hope to see at BlizzCon. (virtually) There are a few other miscellaneous bits that made their way in as well. Enjoy!

 

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Episode 73: Lumpun and Kimmi discuss raiding, a few bits of news, and a few current and upcoming ways to upgrade your Gnome.

  • Raid team update – 12/13
  • Gnomecon bust
  • Kimmi believes she can fly, and she’s right for a change!
  • Lumpen is learning to shoot things
  • Patch 6.2.3
    • New Timewalking dungeons
      • New Timewalking mount
      • Items can warforge up to 725
    • Valor points!
      • 2 upgrades (10 item levels)
      • Completing the first random Heroic Dungeon of the day
      • Completing Mythic Dungeons
      • Completing weekly Bonus Event quests
      • Completing a Raid Finder wing for Highmaul, Blackrock Foundry, or Hellfire Citadel for the first time each week.

From <http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/19920153/623-ptr-patch-notes-10-14-2015>

  • New Baleful item levels

Baleful items now have a chance to create items ranging in quality from item level 655 to 695 in 5-item-level increments, with a progressively lower chance as item level increases.

From <http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/19920153/623-ptr-patch-notes-10-14-2015>

  • New mount from Archimonde
  • Overwatch beta starts October 27th
  • Running of the Gnomes for Cancer Research – details on the Looking for Role Play podcast – October 24th, Scarlet Crusade-US@5pm server, pink haired gnomes are suggested

 

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Episode 72: The show is insanely late. We recorded it September 13th. Blame Kimmi. As usual, she apologizes profusely. (FYI: Raid team is 12 of 13 now.)

  • Raid team update
  • http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/5123-Dragoncon-2015-Recap-September-4-Hotfixes-Blue-Tweets-Rexxar-Spotlight-Final-Boss
    • Demon Hunters are starting at Level 98 right now.
    • Survival Hunters will get a Harpoon ability that allows them to throw a spear to pull mobs towards them.
    • No new major glyphs will be added.
    • No Gnome hunters yet, maybe when it makes sense to add them.
    • There will be a “single system” to upgrade profession items. The current item will be destroyed, giving you a reagent needed for the upgrade (Obliterium).
    • A new team will be working on professions this time, including profession quest lines.
    • Professions will get some crafting items from dungeon loot.
    • Professions won’t have daily cooldowns.
    • If the new transmog system is account wide, the item must be usable by the class trying to use it.
    • No tabard tab is currently planned, but the new transmog system should help to clear up some space.
    • Multistrike is being removed and other secondary stats will have changes as well.
    • Players can still only equip three profession crafted items.
    • Warlords was not a filler expansion and built some things that will be used going forward.
    • The backpack might be updated.
    • The Park in Stormwind won’t be repaired yet.
    • There are plans for Jaina.
  • Anything goes

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Episode 71: Lumpen and Kimmi update on raid progress, share their Gnomepressions on Patch 6.2, and chat about other miscellaneous news and odd bits.

  • Raid team update – 8/13 heroic, 13/13 normal
  • Patch 6.2 impressions
    • Tanaan Jungle
      • Reps
        • Hand of the Prophet
        • Order of the Awakened
        • Saberstalkers
      • Dailies
      • Rares
      • Other stuff
    • Flying on Tuesday
      • Leveling plan
      • Whee
  • Playing more Hearthstone than WoW
  • Kimmi notes: meat boy comes to orgrimmar, cata dungeons memories stirred by Illidan, Martin Sheen’s voice!

 

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