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For the Hoard 4.1 – Culling of the Bronze Drake

1 May 2010 | 4 Comments » | pixiestixy

It’s one of the quickest ways to upgrade your fresh level 80′s flying mount to something much, much cooler: the Bronze Drake.

Yes, this drake is probably the most common one found in game, but that doesn’t take away from its beauty. Many alts and recent level-capped players will find amazement and excitement when they win a roll for the bronze drake. Join me on this episode of For the Hoard for a speed run through the Culling of Stratholme as I celebrate my first dragon mount.

EDIT – After some temporary downtime to fix the audio in this video, it is now back up and ready to be viewed. You should now be able to hear my “Pixie” voice :)

Buying in to Suicide Kings

26 April 2010 | 6 Comments » | pixiestixy

When it comes to divvying out loot, I’ve heard of more than a few systems that players seem to hate.

A straight-up DKP system, some would argue, leads players to save up all their points, never spending them until the absolute perfect item drops. And once that happens, you just have to hope that there isn’t someone else with a point or two more than you. And when players aren’t spending their points, inflation is inevitable, since members will become willing to spend more points to get the loot they want.

Similarly, bidding DKP systems can drive up the “price” of loot. Although, conversely I suppose if there is no minimum bid, raiders may be able to get a good deal on an item as well, if no one else is willing to bid (perhaps because they already spent a higher amount of DKP to bid on the same item earlier).

But not having any personal experience with any of these, I can only  repeat the pros and cons that I’ve heard from others. What I can confidently say is that I am becoming an increasingly big fan of Suicide Kings.

You’ll find my reasoning behind the cut.

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For the Hoard 1.5: Whistle of the Venomhide Ravasaur

23 April 2010 | 1 Comment » | pixiestixy

It’s been a long, 20-day grind. But after killing dinos, stealing feathers, stabbing bugs and gathering eggs, it finally is time to trade in my Venomhide hatchling for a full-fledged, rideable Ravasaur mount. Join me as I gather together all my missing quest items and journey back to Un Goro Crater one last time to finally experience the glory of the Venomhide Ravasaur.

For the Hoard 1.4: Feathers for the Venomhide Ravasaur

20 April 2010 | 2 Comments » | pixiestixy

I got a bit sidetracked recently with my Zhevra mount and, of course, the Celestial Steed that’s been the talk of the town as of late. But I finally got back on track with my Venomhide Ravasaur questing, and only have one final daily quest left before I earn my last Venomhide baby tooth.

But what is this about Raptors and feathers? Does my hatchling want to learn how to fly!? Maybe not… Tune in for this feathery episode of For the Hoard to find out.

For the Hoard 3: The Brand New Celestial Steed Mount

16 April 2010 | 3 Comments » | pixiestixy

I did it. I took the plunge. Whether you agree with the politics of it or not, the Celestial Steed Mount is here to stay. And being the mount hoarder that I am, I had to have it.

This brand new mount that Blizzard introduced in its store Thursday (along with the adorable, albeit loud L’il XT) scales with your riding proficiency, and is both a ground and flying mount, scaling up to 310 percent speed — if you have a mount that goes that fast already, that is. Plus, it’s a sparkly Pegasus. I couldn’t pass this up! But is it worth the $25 pricetag? Join me as I buy this new mount and take it for a test drive, and judge for yourself.

AND make sure to watch to the end of the video for a sneak-peek into Lore Hound’s next contest. With a video on the Celestial Steed mount, just what kind of in-game loot could we possibly be giving away as a contest prize!? And how do you enter?! We’ll make a post with the full details soon. But until then, watch to the end of the episode for info on how to win!

A Look Back at BlizzCon 2009′s N00bz Display: Figures Now on Sale

14 April 2010 | No Comments » | pixiestixy

You can paint them to be virtually anything you want them to be from the WoW-Warcraft-Starcraft universe. Or wherever. At BlizzCon 2009′s artwork showcase area, we saw our first glimpse of the cute little figures known as “N00bz.” Leading up to the convention, Blizzard handed out 225+ of these neat little figurines as complete blanks to select employees to see what their creative little brains could come up with. As it turns out, many of them turned out pretty damn cool, and a handful wound up on display at BlizzCon.

Those of us who were lucky enough to attend BlizzCon also got our own exclusive StarCraft II “Raynor” figure as part of the swag bag. And now, many months later, several different versions of these collectible figurines now are available for purchase in the Blizzard store. You can get pre-personalized versions of Ragnaros, a Ghoul or a very mean looking murloc, for $30 a pop. Or, even better yet, buy a blank figure (for $5 less) and create your own N00bz figure.

Can you beat out some of these versions that I captured video of at BlizzCon? Let us know what you would like to make your n00bz, if you were to get one. And check the video for your own inspiration.

Think of the possibilities before you click through to see the pre-painted versions!
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Cataclysm Zones: New Mount Hyjal Details

13 April 2010 | 8 Comments » | pixiestixy

It’s been a long, nearly eight months since we first learned that Mount Hyjal would become a playable zone back at BlizzCon 2009, and now we’re finally starting to hear some of the juicy details. Today, Blizzard released a new informational page on the zone detailing some of the zone’s lore, areas within the level 78-82 phased zone, and a teaser on Firelands, an “all-new level-85 raid dungeon” in the zone.

Here’s the basics:

For years, Mount Hyjal and the wounded World Tree, Nordrassil, have remained cut off from the rest of Azeroth. Sealed away within a protective field of dense foliage by Malfurion Stormrage, Nordrassil has been slowly recovering from the devastation of the Third War, when Malfurion called upon the tree’s power to destroy the archdemon Archimonde and repel the forces of the Burning Legion and Scourge. Now, with the impending cataclysm, the World Tree’s well-being is threatened once more. From the Firelands within the Elemental Plane, Ragnaros and his minions prepare to burst into Hyjal and set Nordrassil ablaze — and the conflagration would endanger all life on Azeroth.

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, players will have the opportunity to explore the newly reopened Mount Hyjal as Azeroth’s heroes, with the help of Ysera, Malfurion Stormrage and Hamuul Runetotem, are called upon to push back the armies of the Firelord, banish Ragnaros to the Elemental Plane and lay waste to the twilight dragon stronghold in nearby Darkwhisper Gorge. This all-new level 78-82 zone will feature multiple quest hubs, phased terrain and quest lines, portals to micro-zones within the Firelands, an all-new raid dungeon, and much more.

Read on for the full details, a brief analysis and another screenshot.

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The Guild Is On For Season 4

13 April 2010 | No Comments » | pixiestixy

Those quirky, lovable geeks who entertain us with their MMO antics will be back on for a fourth season of shenanigans.

Felicia Day, creator of The Guild and geeky phenomenon, announced earlier today that the show will be back for more action and sponsored again by Microsoft, who also sponsored the previous two seasons. No exact day yet on when the new season will begin, but it is set tentatively for sometime this summer, with pre-production already underway.

From the official announcement:

Felicia is putting the finishing touches on the script for Season 4, which will pick up where Season 3 left off.  Pre-production is underway, keeping producer Kim Evey and Streamy Award winning director Sean Becker very busy as cameras are set to roll sometime in May.

The announcement comes just days on the heels of the Streamy Awards, where (after a somewhat embarrassing night) The Guild didn’t take top honors but took home two awards nonetheless: Director Sean Becker took the Streamy for Best Directing for a Comedy Web Series, and Day took the award for Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web Series.

I, for one, am super excited to see where this upcoming season will lead us. If you’re a fan of MMOs and haven’t yet seen the show, it’s a must-watch. You can watch the previous seasons on YouTube or iTunes, or if you really love them, you can buy DVDs of Seasons 1 and 2 and Season 3.

A comic detailing the pre-story of The Guild also is now available, so check that out as well.

Who else can’t wait?