A Hearthstone Nut’s Live Review of Warcraft as Told to a Warcraft Lore Nut

Posted by on June 28, 2016 - No Comments »

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My milkshakes…

This review CONTAINS spoilers to the Warcraft film to any of those unfamiliar with Warcraft lore. If you’re one of those people, then how dare you! At least you’ll get learned from both perspectives.

I didn’t get a chance to see Warcraft for almost tens days after its release. I know, I know, bad blogger. There were plenty of legitimate reasons. Chief among them was fear. Fear that the film may be as bad as the early reviews said. Fear that the lore I was sucked into would be taken and bastardized like so many video game properties before it. Fear that the weight of a massive franchise would crush Duncan Jones’ artistic talent, a talent that I’ve very much enjoyed to date. It’s with much trepidation that I stepped into Auditorium 9 on Tuesday, 3D glasses and a small popcorn in hand. A theater that was completely empty. A theater that I arrived to 10 minutes after the start time. Ominous indeed. I plopped down, munched some kernels and ogled the screen. The credits rolled and I thought “I wonder what Shaktaji would think being someone that’s rather new to the lore…”

She roundly took up the challenge to deliver her newbie review. Via text. Live texts. It began with confusion. Read more…

Leeroy Jenkins Returns Oh So Appropriately

Posted by on June 22, 2016 - 1 Comment »

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It was the eleventh anniversary of the Internet meme known as Leeroy Jenkins in mid May. I’m sure you were aware of this, since our Twitter account let you know. Right? I’m definitely going to assume that you know what it is. But Shaktaji pointed out that such an assumption isn’t safe anymore. For one, she didn’t known about it until recently. WoW’s popularity has done anything but increase since the Wrath of the Lich King high. Not to mention that there’s effectively a subgeneration of today’s gamers that were too young to appreciate the humor. Well this weekend gave Jenkins’ shenanigans a rebirth by way of Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 SPOILERS AHEAD Read more…

The Novel Post: Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Review

Posted by on June 14, 2016 - No Comments »

lh_bonds_of_brotherhood_review_the_novel_postThis review of the Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood novel by Paul Cornell is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Oh, so you are interested in the tie-ins to the Warcraft film. Welcome. Warcraft: Bond of Brotherhood tossed readers some two decades into the past of the film. As the name suggest, the graphic novel is entirely focused on a core group of characters. A group that takes a large role in the film, and other early Warcraft lore. The juvenile trio of Llane Wrynn, Anduin Lothar and Medivh are thrown into battle with only Captain Lothar having had his mettle tested to date. Medivh has seen his arcane abilities come to a head in Dalaran, moving from the mage-filled city to the Tower of Karazhan to take over the role of Guardian of Tirisfal. Prince Wrynn lives that life, a well-trained, never-tested son of a fighting king. Read more…

The Novel Post: Warcraft: Durotan: The Official Movie Prequel

Posted by on June 10, 2016 - No Comments »

lh_durotan_prequel_warcraftThis review of the Warcraft: Durotan: The Official Movie Prequel novel by Christie Golden is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Oh, so you are interested in the tie-ins to the Warcraft film. Welcome. Warcraft: Durotan sees Christie Golden return to the Warcraft universe where she left off, some 15 years ago after she penned the sequel to the movie’s prequel, Lord of the Clans. Yeah, before World of Warcraft was even released! That story was originally slated for the canceled Warcraft Adventures. Little confused? That’s okay, I’ll kick this Novel Post off more appropriately. Read more…

Does Anyone Care About the Warcraft Movie Tie-ins?

Posted by on June 8, 2016 - 1 Comment »

lh_warcraft_promo_bonds_of_brotherhood_graphic_novel_filmYou’re probably well aware that Warcraft, a film some ten years in the making, is finally hitting theaters in the United States on Friday. If not, I’m thoroughly impressed with your dedication to not consuming any media that has a shred of advertising. The marketing machine around greenskins versus pink skins (why is greenskins a word?) is as powerful as another well-funded greenskin, Shrek. I’m waiting for my Best Buy parking space to be bankrolled by Blizzard. And yet, the multitude of media tie-ins to the franchise, seemingly unmentioned.

Recently, we pointed out that Blizzard has not one, not a pair, but three media tie ins to Warcraft. Add in the recently-panned Illidan novel from mid April to make it a foursome. That’s a torrent of content to backup the movie. We’re talking an official novelization of the movie, a prequel to both the book and movie and a sidestory presented in a graphic novel. Yet there’s little to no promotion even in the target demographic that you and I lie in. What gives? Read more…

Lore’d of the (Hearth)Stone: Archmage Khadgar “Man O’ Mystery”

Posted by on May 31, 2016 - No Comments »

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THERE YA ARE! BACK FROM YOUR ADVENTURES? The hearth is lit and you have a deck of virtual cards at your disposal, but who is that wonderful hero who holds your fate? Are you a Penniless Paladin, a Worth Opponent or a Mediocre Monk? I know I am! Come join us as we investigate the beginnings, and ends, of Warcraft’s finest in Lore’d of the (Hearth)Stone

WARNING! the following contains lore from the Warcraft universe. Much can be considered spoilers for the upcoming Warcraft film as the post contains information on characters in the movie. Also, another disclaimer should be addressed that some of the following is not considered canon by Blizzard, but never got officially uncanonized. Yes, I’m looking at you, little half draenei… half orc…somewhat human…THING. Not all of us can be special, Med’an. Grow up, dude. You’re not as cool as you think. Read more…

The Novel Post: Illidan: World of Warcraft Review

Posted by on May 30, 2016 - 1 Comment »

lh_the_novel_post_Illidan_coverThis review of the Illidan: World of Warcraft novel by William King is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

I toyed with the idea of changing the tag for our The Novel Post for Illidan: World of Warcraft. If you’re remotely in tune with the massive MMORPG’s universe then you know why. Even if your knowledge is as holey as the best swiss Illidan Stormrage’s standing in the universe is one of the best known. He was killed by adventurers nearly 10 years ago. Illidan, the novel from William King that is, is his swansong. The happenings in the years to the very hour of his fall. We’re introduced to new players, meet old favorites and plow headlong into the penultimate culmination of The Burning Crusade, WoW’s first expansion, through King’s tale. But why do we care?

That’s an incredibly fair query. After all, if you didn’t know before you began reading this review you now know that Illidan, brother of Malfurion and failed romantic interest of Tyrande, is dead. Why read a novel dedicated to an elf, even one of formerly of near elven royalty, when you know the end? That’s difficult for many. How to enjoy something you know the closing act to, or, perhaps were even a part of? I wasn’t sure, but having read every other novel in the universe and interested in Blizzard newcomer King’s take on the matter I gave it a go. Read more…

PAX East: Shenanigans & Hijinx

Posted by on May 29, 2016 - No Comments »

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We hope you’re keenly aware that we attend a lot of conventions to not only educate and entertain ourselves, but to bring you the most interesting morsels of information from each event. Naturally, we like having a little bit of fun during our travels across the country (and, occasionally, the world). Case in point, Trauma’s epic escapade through the halls of QuakeCon.

Antilles received the torch for the Boston run, speaking with everyone and anyone who would stand still for more than a few seconds in his presence. It didn’t matter if you were a cosplay of great renown or a random bloc dressed up in his favorite Overwatch character for PAX East, he was coming at you. Heck, even the army of Enforcers got in the mix.   Read more…