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The Midsummer Fire Festival is Here!

Midsummer Fire Festival - Courtesy Flickr User: Ulalume

Yesterday marked the beginning of what I’ve mentioned before is my favorite in-game holiday in the World of Warcraft, the Midsummer Fire Festival. There’s just something about riding around on your mount or flying around Outlands and putting out fires and honoring other fires and collecting blossoms and everything that I just love.

Or it could just be that I like fiery things, who knows. But it also plays into why I tend to love the Lunar Festival so much too, because it involves much of the same activities. Still, the Fire Festival is here and in full swing, and the loot table has changed up a bit this year – the Scorchling is gone this year, and in its place is the Frigid Frostling.

Speaking of such things, Ahune’s loot table has been changed up, and now that holiday dungeons are included in the Dungeon Finder, there’s no reason for you to not get out there and pick up some of his sweet new gear from his recently uplifted loot table.

Are you angling for some new gear, or do you already have your Flame Keeper/Flame Warden title and pet? Are you going to be collecting blossoms, maybe on an alt this time around? Let us know in the comments!

Blizzard Unveils the Quest to Retake The Echo Isles

Blizzard’s made a number of Cataclysm-related announcements recently (leading up to an Alpha or a Beta perhaps?) including the upcoming Operation Gnomeregan and new zones coming in Cataclysm including Mount Hyjal and Vashj’ir.

Now, as a Horde mirror to the quest to retake Gnomeregan, the Trolls are out to retake their homeland, The Echo Isles, and Blizzard has released a boatload of information about what they and their allies will have in store when they move to retake the islands:

After years in exile, the Darkspear trolls are preparing to invade the Echo Isles and reclaim the land once bestowed to them by Thrall. Led by Vol’jin, a wise and highly regarded Darkspear, the tribe’s bravest warriors will set out from Orgrimmar and Sen’jin Village, seeking to bring about Zalazane’s fall and begin the process of rebuilding their homes and villages on the Echo Isles. In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, new troll adventurers will begin their journey on these tiny islands off the coast of Durotar, where they’ll be able to experience this time of trial and transition firsthand.

Though the Darkspears may once again have their land, the tribe’s turmoil is far from over. The impending cataclysm will spark rivalry among the Horde leadership, and after years of running from a seemingly endless string of conflicts to preserve the Darkspear nation, Vol’jin is done fleeing. The Darkspears have reclaimed their islands and have no intention of settling elsewhere. Of course, as an untested member of the tribe, you’ll have some training to do before tackling the Darkspears’ larger matters.

Looks like there’s more to this than meets the eye and there may be implications for the leadership and future of the Horde. Very interesting story implications indeed. So while the Alliance are happily off to retake Gnomeregan, the trolls will have their homeland back, but at what cost and what will amount from it?

Operation: Gnomeregan is Imminent!

Doesn’t High Tinker Mekkatorque look badass in that shot? I mean seriously – it’s probably the best image of a gnome looking like he’s serious business I think I’ve ever seen. Seriously, don’t mess with the gnomes.

Remember when Blizzard announced details of Operation: Gnomeregan and the Echo Isles? Yup – looks like we’ll start mobilizing for the operation any week now. The call has gone out at the World of Warcraft Community Site, along with exciting new details about the Operation: Gnomeregan encounter and instance, along with what you can expect when the operation mobilizes. Get ready!

Oh – and head over to download a full-sized high-resolution Operation: Gnomeregan poster – if I were you, I’d download it, run over to Kinkos, get it blown up, and frame that puppy. It’s pretty hot.

Blizzard Releases Official Gnomeregan and Echo Isles Information

Last week, Blizzard announced tons of new information about the upcoming Gnomeregan and Echo Isles instances that we expect to see in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the next major expansion pack to the game. Among them are the fact that the gnomes and the trolls will both have an opportunity in the coming expansion to take their respective homelands back. Nethaera said on the official forums:

High Tinker Mekkatorque, betrayed by Mekgineer Thermaplugg and forced to flee the irradiated city of Gnomeregan with the few of his fellow gnomes who managed to survive, is preparing to reclaim his once glorious city. Meanwhile, in distant Durotar, Vol’jin of the Darkspear trolls is determined to exact revenge upon the witch doctor Zalazane for dividing the Darkspears and seizing the land bestowed to them by Thrall: the Echo Isles. Read more about the ongoing struggles of the gnomes and the trolls… and their plans to seek redemption.

gnomes= http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/underdev/3p9/gnomeregan.xml
trolls= http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/underdev/3p9/echoisles.xml

There are already a number of spoilers floating around out there since a lot of the audio data and text have already started to appear in existing data packs and folks who are familiar with sites that do a lot of data mining may already have seen the content of the events and encounters.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to the opportunity to hand Thermaplugg and Zalazane their marching orders and tell them to get the heck out of your character’s homeland? It’s been said that everything is going to change in Cataclysm, and this certainly looks like the beginning of that.

Thanks to Wow.com for the scoop!

Love Is In The Air in Azeroth

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It’s official, love is in the air in Azeroth! The event started on Sunday, so if you haven’t completed the meta achievement and you’re interested in getting your Violet Proto-Drake for What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, you’d better get cracking on collecting love tokens and downing the nefarious Apothecary Hummel (who drops a mount!)

Among some of the new gear hotness this year is the above – a hot love rocket – the rare mount that you can pick up during the holiday event. Also among some of the new loot this year? A head item that’s essentially a red rose you wear in your teeth.

You heard me right. All the ladies (and the gentlemen, for that matter) will love you with a rose in your teeth!

For those of you already making the rounds, how are the new achievements going for you? For those folks who killed themselves trying to collect the right candies and such last year, are you even giving this year’s a try or are you skipping it entirely? Share your experiences in the comments!

Blizzard Unveils Warcraft Anniversary Site

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Blizzard recently opened up a Warcraft Anniversary minisite to celebrate the 5th anniversary of World of Warcraft and the 15th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise, starting with the original Warcraft game back in 1994 – featuring two races pitted in combat: Orcs and Humans.

The site is the new home to the Battlecry contest, where fans can submit photos of themselves hoisting the Horde or Alliance crest at random places to win prizes, and a video feature with Blizzard developer interviews. As the celebration progresses, the site looks to have some more interviews coming soon, and a very special edition of the Blizzcast podcast, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, make sure you log in to the game during the celebration to pick up your achievement and Onxyian Whelpling pet!

Time’s Running Out to Get Your Plump Turkey!

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See that little guy up there? He’s my new baby. He’s a little squeamish, and a little skittish, but he’s mine all mine, and he actually didn’t take too long to get!

By now I would hope that those of you who are interested in getting the Plump Turkey and the Pilgrim title from the Pilgrim’s Bounty event, but if you haven’t it’s not too late! You still have a day to wrap up all the achievements, which remarkably didn’t take terribly long.

Best of all, even if you’re not interested in the achievements but really do want to level up your cooking, you can get some serious skillups by making the PIlgrim’s Bounty food, and the recipes and mats are INCREDIBLY cheap. So get in there! If you need help, check out this guide from Wowhead.

Discussion: Happy 5th Birthday, World of Warcraft!

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If you haven’t logged in to get the 5th anniversary achievement and your very own Onyxian Whelpling (shown here), make sure you log in now! The achievement is still available, and all you have to do to get it is log in to the game – the whelpling will be waiting for you in your mailbox. Each character logged in will get one, and the little guy is bind-to-account, so you’ll get one on any character you create.

Perhaps more importantly though, this weekend marked the 5th birthday of World of Warcraft – five years ago the beta was ending and the game was going live; it’s hard to believe it’s really been that long, and it’s been just over a year since Wrath of the Lich King went live as well.

I remember the end of the beta of vanilla WoW, when GMs and monsters alike ran rampant through the beta realms just to give all of the players a suitably epic send-off into live play. I remember my first ever character, a poor Tauren Druid, back when I was so new to the game and there were no resources to help that I actually had to ask people where quest items could be found (there was no Wowhead or WoW Wiki back then) and there was no looking for group channel. Back when I thought professions were optional and not required to really experience the game.

Sheesh – it’s been a long long road. What about you? How long have you been playing, and what are some of your earliest memories of the World of Warcraft? How are you celebrating, aside from picking up your whelpling and diving into the Pilgrim’s Bounty quests? Shout it out in the comments.

Hallow’s End is in Full Swing!

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It is over, your search is done! Let fate choose now, the righteous one!

The Hallow’s End world event is in full swing, started on Sunday and lasts until next Saturday, ending on Halloween! The achievements list is pretty hefty this year, so if you haven’t gotten into the game to start getting transformed by your friends and collecting masks and PVP’ing under the influence of G.N.E.R.D.s, you’d best log in and get busy. A number of people have already managed to finish up their achievements, and for some people this is the last holiday required to get the What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been achievement and the reward: a Violet Protodrake.

Thankfully, with the exception of the masquerade achievement (being transformed by different wands) and the mask collecting achievement, I’ve managed to finish up. How are you and your guild progressing with the achievement? Let us know in the comments.

Brewfest Extended by Two Days

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If you’re running around like mad trying to make sure you get all of the brewfest tickets you need to snag yourself the Brewmaster title, or you’ve finished that and you want to make sure you also snag a pretty Pint-Sized Pink Elekk, or if you’re making sure you have enough time to get the achievements for all of your alts, Blizzard announced yesterday that they were extending Brewfest for another two days.

That gives you 2 more days to tip over Coren Direbrew for loot, get drunk, eat strange sausages, and toss empty mugs of brew at invading Dark Iron Dwarves. My guess is that Blizzard is making up for some of the issues and extended maintenance around the release of Patch 3.2.2, but it could be anything and Blizzard didn’t formally announce a reason. In any event, make use of the time!

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