Archive for December, 2009

Azeroth United’s Hearts, Hands, and Voices for Child’s Play Ends Dec 13th!


If you haven’t made your donation to Azeroth United‘s Hearts, Hands, and Voices for Child’s Play charity event, head over there and do it now! The event ends on December 13th, and all of the money raised ($7705 as of this post) goes straight to the Child’s Play charity, which works to provide children hospitalized with terminal or other long-term illnesses with game consoles, video games, and other healthy forms of entertainment to brighten up their stay in an other wise very difficult place. I’ve chipped in a couple of times! Have you?

Remember, you have until December 13th to donate, and if you do you’re automatically entered to win any of a number of amazing prizes! I ran down the prize listings in my previous post: Azeroth United Launches HHV Charity Giveaway, but there have been some new sponsors and more donation goodies to be had, specifically from new sponsor, ThinkGeek! So make sure you get your donation in before the end of the week – not only will it make some children very very happy, but you stand to get something shiny as a thank you for your donation!

Blizzard Confirms: Core Hound Pup is for Authenticator Owners

(image from MMO Champion)

So Blizzard confirmed in a blue post on the official forums today that the Core Hound Pup that we’ve seen in a couple of animations and screenshots is actually a gift for any player using an Authenticator to access their account, and those players should be getting them soon. Want one? Pick up an authenticator – it’s not just a ticket to a shiny new Core Hound Pup, but it’s also an excellent way to secure your account.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and get one now!

What’s Going on at the Warcraft Anniversary Mini-site?


That header image up there is probably entirely too small for you to see, so go ahead and click on it to make it larger. Or you can click here to see it on the Warcraft Anniversary site.

The only parts of the header graphic that are visible when you visit the site directly are the figures in the front, Varian Wrynn and Thrall, standing on opposite sides of the page. In the full image, when enlarged, you can clearly tell there are additional figures off to the side of each of them, shrouded in shadows. Who they are isn’t exactly a secret if you look closely – it’s obvious that standing with Wrynn are the Prophet Velen in the back, King Bronzebeard next to Varian, and a night elf woman who is likely Tyrande Whisperwind. Over standing next to Thrall we can clearly make out Sylvanas Windrunner, Cairne Bloodhoof in the back, Lor’themar Theron next to Sylvanas, and likely Vol’jin down at the bottom.

So we know who they are, and we know where they stand, but why are they in the background and why are their faces blurred out? There are already interesting unrevealed things afoot at the anniversary minisite, like the interviews and special video, and the fact that the celebratory Battlecry contest (where players print out the Horde or Alliance symbol and take snapshots of themselves holding it in interesting places) has revealed a part of a photo mosaic that’s being revealed piece by piece.

It’s possible – although not terribly likely – that the banner plays a role as well. We’ll just have to wait and see. Besides, I love the art in the banner – they should take the Horde and Alliance faction leaders and turn each into a desktop wallpaper we can download.

Jinx Unveils Holiday 2009 WoW Collection


Oh yes – if you’ve been waiting for your mage legendary class shirt, your time is now. If you’re been dying to wear Arthas on your chest, or a Save the Murlocs! t-shirt, now is the time! It also doesn’t hurt that the two best horde and alliance logo tees I’ve ever seen are now available.

J!nx announced the fall lineup last week before Black Friday, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of stock – if you’re looking for some new official Blizzard-sanctioned World of Warcraft gear, head over and check out the J!nx 2009 winter collection!

The Wangs of Warcraft


I will warn you now, this post will be juvenile.

Now, with the warning out of the way – this came out of one of the live podcasts, the WoW Insider Show, where I like to try and hang out in the chat every Saturday as the show is recorded live (and catch the pre-and-post shows, which are amazingly fun and funny) – and during one of the shows the topic came up from Turpster, of TurpsterVision and Movielicious and also of course, of, came up with the idea of doing a regular segment called the “Wangs of Warcraft,” where they discuss things in Azeroth that…well…look like wangs but aren’t.

Well, you can imagine how far that idea went, right? Not far at all – and to that end, they had to stop the segment after a show or two because they were risking their clean tag and family friendly status on iTunes. So what did they do? Start their own blog, of course, over at Tumblr, called The Wangs of Warcraft!

The entire site is user submitted, so if you come across something that looks like a wang like some others have, send it in to their email address and watch it get published!

Discussion: What Are You Doing While You Wait for 3.3?

Icecrown Citadel

So the rumbling around the WoW blogging community and some disgruntled voices I’ve heard in a couple of recent podcasts lead me to believe that there’s some discomfort while we all sit here and wait for patch 3.3 – especially from end-game raiders and folks who have been though ToC and are just waiting for Icecrown Citadel to open in order to get back to business.

Personally, I’m not in a raiding guild, so we’re not for any lack of things to do, but what about you? Are you just taking a break until 3.3 arrives? Are you watching the clock until it’s your shot to head up there and show Arthas what for? Or are you not in any particular hurry? Let us know in the comments!

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