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CATACLYSM!

Posted: August 24, 2009 in General
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Blizzard Entertainment – makers of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo and of course World of Warcraft – announced at Blizcon that they are working on the third expansion to Wow; World of Warcaft: Cataclysm.

Big, big changes are in store with this expansion.

Long story short. Deathwing, one of the biggest baddests of Warcraft lore, an immense, powerful and completely insane dragon was in the past beaten and took refuge in the elemental planes. There he recovered and plotted his revenge, and when the Horde and Alliance were busy up in Northrend battling the Lich-King he made his return.

Literally bursting from the elemental planes back into Azeroth, his emergence shook the world and caused a cataclysm, reshaping the entire world. And now he is intent on destroying everything.

What is in the expansion?

Firstly the old world that was core World of Warcraft is being completely remodelled – every original zone is being changed by the Cataclysm, the biggest being The Barrens being torn in half. Which means pretty much every quest is being looked at as well.

The way gear and talent trees function is getting a complete overhaul as well, which is needed.

But that is not really new content, just a reworking of old stuff.

What is new is the following;

Level cap to 85, plus 3 new spells/abilities at 81/83/85, but no new tier of talents.

Seven new zones, including a sunken Naga city and a visit to the elemental planes.

Two new races; Goblins for Horde and Worgen (aka werewolves) for Alliance. Alliance getting Worgen is the only real disappointment for me. They seem more a horde race and are liable to throw numbers balances out even more. Horde got Blood Elves back in Burning Crusade to try and even it out, but Worgen are going to prove a little too popular I think you’ll find. It is good to see the goblins returning to the horde though.

Four new 10/25 man raids and 8 5-man dungeons at release, plus two old ones being upgraded to the new cap. That is more than was available for both other expansions.

A new secondary profession – archaeology, which ties into the Path of the Titans, a new ways to customise your class.

New class/race combinations. Troll Druids for one – the most awesome part of the patch. Also Tauren priests and paladins – and yes, the holy cow jokes are flowing thick and fast.

In addition to the physical changes, lore and the storyline is moving onwards as well and, if rumours are true, into a darker phase with all out war between the Horde and Alliance coming again.

It sounds very intriguing and quite a gutsy move by Blizzard to upend everything this way.

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Tauren Druid Form Video

Posted: June 29, 2009 in General
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WOW.com has just put up a video of the World of Warcraft Tauren druid forms, both bear and cat, for viewing.

It comes in at 10 minutes and shows all the various colours available.

Can’t wait to try them myself.

Blizzard have unveiled the new skins for the Tauren Druid cat forms – and they are a vast, vast improvement over what they were. Not that that was hard.

The new skins make the cats look dangerous now, as well as their Tauren heritage showing amongst that of the great cat. The guild may have a hard time getting me to shift out of cat now…
Tauren Druid Cat Form

More WOW Druid Skins

Posted: May 28, 2009 in General
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An update on yesterdays post – the Night Elf druid bear form skins are now available for view.  All I can say is once more I’m glad I’m a Tauren and not an elf.

Night Elf Bear Form

Cat forms are coming next week – look forward to seeing how much they have improved the Tauren cat form.

One of the things I do when I’m not writing is play World of Warcraft. Not as much as I used to, but still enough.

I am certain the game is making me get OCD, what with all the mounts, and achievements and vanity pets and tabards I have to get…

I am Horde – always have been, always will. My main is a Tauren Druid, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given how often Minotaurs crop up in my writing – though that predates playing WOW by many years.

I have been a Feral Druid since the start, which is a kind of druid that shapeshifts into a bear or a big cat to fight. The problem is that since game release the models have never changed – every druid, no matter their level or equipment, looks the same.

Finally, after four years of waiting, that is about to change. New skins are coming and the previews of the Tauren Bear Form have been released, with cat form to come later.

Tauren Bear Form

My Tauren is white skinned (and you may have run into a couple of those in Pure Escapism…) and, according to what we know so far, I should end up with the new white skinned polar bear form, and should also end up as a white lion. All very exciting.

Just came across a writing contest by Blizzard Entertainment that I am certainly going to have a go at.

Challenge is to write a 3k to 10K short story set in one of the universes from either their Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo settings, due by April 12th.

Grand prize is a trip to Blizzard HQ to meet the staff and writers behind the lore in their games and books, plus a replica of the Frostmourne sword from the Warcraft setting, the sword of Athas the Lich King.

The link to the rules and submission page is at Blizzard Creative Writing Contest