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Dear Wowhead... (Episode 7)
Welcome back, dear readers! My sincere thanks for the flood of letters I received this week. I'm looking forward to answering as many as I can!
My father lost his job and we moved to Kharanos in Dun Morogh where he found a job as an engineer. Normally this is a good thing, but I'm a human and all the Dwarves and Gnomes live there. I also have to go to a previously all dwarf and gnome private school so I can take classes in engineering.
I always get picked on in class, the gnomes keep calling me tall and the dwarves always call me sober. The lunches there are disgusting, they serve Darkmoon Special Reserve Surprise Monday - Thursday, and we have Mechanical Squirrel Soup Fridays. I just can't fit in at this school. I need your help!!!!
Lonely in Kharanos
14/2/2009 em 01:09
Jeff Kaplan Now Working On Mystery MMO
So it looks like Game Director Jeff "Tigole" Kaplan has switched projects—he's now working on Blizzard's unannounced, upcoming "next-gen MMO". Check out the announcement:
I wanted to take a moment to let the community know that I’ve switched roles here at Blizzard to work on our upcoming, unannounced MMO. World of Warcraft has been such a central part of my life these past six and a half years, and it’s success would not have been possible without the tremendous community around it, so I wanted to say thank you to all our players who’ve shared this amazing experience with us so far. Also, while I have served as the spokesperson and Game Director for World of Warcraft on Wrath of the Lich King, by no means would WoW be where it is today without the dedicated team that we have in place. The WoW development team is comprised of some of the most talented and experienced game developers in the world, and it was an absolute honor to serve amongst them, and they will continue to make WoW better than ever. I still plan to be very involved with the future course of World of Warcraft, but will leave the day
12/2/2009 em 13:37
Dual Spec Info Finally Released
So the long awaited announcement (and explanation) of the Dual Spec system has come. The official site has posted a Q&A session between Nethaera and Ghostcrawler, talking in detail about the mechanics of the upcoming system.
For the benefit of our readers, I've included a quick summary of the more exciting points here on our blog. Check them out after the break, and leave your comments on how they did it (or how they
have done it)!
12/2/2009 em 12:29
The Ice Stone Has Melted!
There appears to be a bug on live realms—or at least, any live server that's running the "
Love Is In The Air
" event. Apparently people are getting spammed with a world event emote, saying "The Ice Stone Has Melted".
indicates that the "Ice Stone" has something to do with the Midsummer Event, so this appears to be a simple bug.
on the official forums which indicates it's being looked into. We'll update this post when more info get's posted. :)
Another blue post on the issue
again on the subject. Looks like the fix is in progress. :)
11/2/2009 em 13:57
Love is in the Air 2009 (Feb 11 - Feb 16) - Quest Guide + Information!
just coming to a close, already another holiday has come along full of festivities (and achievements) to keep us busy! 2009's
Love is in the Air
event, an in-game Valentine's Day of sorts, runs from
February 11 - February 16
, a mere six days (less, technically) to take in all there is and finish as many of the new achievements as possible! Spread the love to the citizens of your faction and score some candy, fireworks, a new dress or suit, or even a
! Be a pro achiever and come out with a new player title -
the Love Fool
11/2/2009 em 11:29
Patch 3.0.9 Released! (Also Official Venting Location)
Edit: Maintenance extended another two hours, until 1pm PST. Who's surprised? :)
Server down? Having trouble patching? Hate the changes they made to your class? Have a rash on your feet that just won't go away, and you're waiting for Blizzard to send you some ointment? Well, here's the place to tell us about it. And if the servers just come back up without issue, then...well then we'll just let this thread die. :)
Especially interesting about this patch is the official patch notes, which can be found here:
More info on this after the break!
10/2/2009 em 12:12
has announced that the 3.0.9 patch is coming out tomorrow, and posted a set of patch notes. There has been some confusion on the official forums, since the official patch notes on the site still read 3.0.8, and Boubouille doesn't cite a source on MMO-Champion—but since it's a hot topic, I thought I'd post the patch notes here.
Please note these may not be official patch notes. Without an official Blizzard source, we can't verify their authenticity. We offer them here for discussion purposes only.
The full notes are listed after the break.
09/2/2009 em 17:41
Wowhead Comic Filler Art Week
Sorry for the lack of comics, folks—I've been so busy doing artwork commissions for the boys and girls here at Wowhead that I haven't had time to draw up a comic this week!
I don't have a comic to show, but I hate for you guys to go without—so I've gotten my clients' permission to post some of the works-in-progress here so you can see what I've been working on all this time.
First, though, a random sketch from the Wowhead Broadcast News network:
Click to see more!
08/2/2009 em 23:02
Dear Wowhead... Delayed!
Welcome back, dear readers! It seems as though you're going to have to go without your fix today...for what should I find when I sat down at my writing desk, but...an empty mailbox?
That's right, I haven't received any letters for a full two weeks! How do I offer advice if no one asks for it? How can I provied the beautiful gift of my wisdom and discretion to the world, without letters to answer? The way things have been going, you'd think I was a nosy busybody who's always getting involved in other peoples' business!
If you would like to see your letter featured on Dear Wowhead, simply send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Dear Wowhead" in the subject, and your question may be chosen for the column. If there are enough letters, I may be able to answer two a week!
Please do NOT ask your questions in the comments. What fun is it if everyone gets to read them early?
07/2/2009 em 23:51
WoW not for sale in Australia? (Official Response)
So a lot of attention has been paid lately to the recent news that WoW was supposedly no longer legally for sale in Australia. Apparently the issue is that being an online game, WoW is not rated by the Australian ratings board—and new legislation has just been passed to prevent the sale of unrated games. WoWInsider had a story posted about it
Well, the day of the law change has passed and WoW is still on the shelves.
(and their sister site,
) claim it's because no one really cares enough about the issue to pull them, but a recent email from Blizzard seems to indicate otherwise. At Nethaera's request, I have republished the email here after the break.
06/2/2009 em 12:36
Upcoming Class Changes!
All the classes have their info up! As changes are made, we'll keep this post up to date.
So Blizzard has announced some upcoming class changes which sound especially exciting! I've included the entire text of the changes in this post, all prettied up with links for you—just click the "Continue Reading" link to see. More will be added as the info is released, of course—so keep checking back!
Please keep in mind that this list is not at all comprehensive, and subject to change. :)
05/2/2009 em 13:14
I'd like you to meet my good friend World of Warcraft. We've been friends for about two years now, off and on.
I could talk about all the positive qualities that my friend WoW has, that he's always available to hang out when I'm free, that he's got a bunch of other friends, invites me to parties, all those things.
More than anything though, I've always thought WoW was awesome because WoW
wants me to succeed
04/2/2009 em 19:55
Just a quick note to let you guys know that we're having a little bit of trouble with the Wowhead Client server. People who upload may be getting an "Authentification Failed" error. Don't panic! Your information is entered correctly! We should have the error fixed up shortly.
I'm slow today! Looks like we've got it fixed. Leave a comment if you're having further problems.
03/2/2009 em 21:57
Wowhead 101 - Using Filters!
I was in our
Wowhead IRC Channel
the other day, talking to some of our regulars, when someone asked "How do I find enchantments with X stat on them?" I was thinking about this, and I started to realize that Wowhead's filters are actually a surprisingly under-utilized feature. So, in the interest of making
trip through Azeroth a little easier, I thought I'd take a minute to talk about the Wowhead filter system and how you can use it to find the info you need.
Class is now in session!
03/2/2009 em 03:32
Hacked Passwords - Are You Safe?
As some of you may have read in one of our recent blogs account security is at an all-time high for World of Warcraft fans. Coming after the release of a highly anticipated expansion, and an especially busy holiday season, many players are still finding their accounts compromised. Historically, Blizzard has been able to track and shut down illegal activity, but these things are complicated and could take up to several months for a thorough investigation. Even then, not all accounts are able to be restored completely, if at all.
As we covered
, the top three culprits are shared account passwords, illegal account services (real money trading or power-leveling, etc.) and malware such as trojans or viruses. Blizzard will never ask for an account password except on the official website, the official forums or Armory, and the actual game log-in screen. Likewise, never share an account password with another person, even ones you trust.
30/1/2009 em 23:55
Gearing Up IRL
All of us already know that WoW, and by extension Warcraft, is an exceedingly successful franchise. After all, we likely wouldn't be here if it wasn't. So with that in mind, I find myself wondering today about the numerous other sub-franchises that have sprung up around it.
Licensing is an amazing thing. You can get your guild crest printed on a
. You can have a three-dimensional
cast of your character, in whatever gear you're wearing at the time. You can read
about WoW. You can even play the WoW
, or the WoW
Trading Card Game
, or the WoW
, or the WoW
, or any number of other ways o
29/1/2009 em 19:24
I submit to you the following question:
“Is your WoW character a violent person?”
Ostensibly, the answer would have to be yes, given that probably about 90% of what your character does involves fighting. And yet, I'm not exactly sure that needs to be the case. Is someone a “violent” character if they routinely use violence to accomplish goals that can
be accomplished through violent means?
28/1/2009 em 19:50
Official Blizzard Update: Patch 3.0.8a today
Blizzard is cleaning house and clearing out the last few problems with 3.0.8 today, with a tiny patch designed to sweep up the last of the issues mentioned in the previous
on the subject. Here's the official "patch notes":
Human females Helms will no longer lift off the character's head during a Special2H animation or during a HoldRifle animation.
: The 5 second cooldown will now display correctly.
are no longer on the global cooldown that is shared with other Hunter abilities. All hunter aspects are now on a separate 1 second cooldown.
Ritual de Evocação
will now function as intended.
The official source is
27/1/2009 em 13:37
Philosophy of a Good Player
Recently I began digging around in various forums (both here at
and at other sites) trying to find a few good replies to the question, "What does it take to be a good DPS?"
Many players are still learning, or perhaps just started the game—and with over 11 million players, surely there are questions. My goal is to provide answers of a different color. Today I'm throwing out another (hopefully) thought-provoking entry. I originally planned it around damage dealers exclusively, but this entry can be applied to many roles (and in real life). And no, it was not conceived that way because I'm suffering from an influx of
Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3
. Okay, maybe I lied. Maybe. =)
26/1/2009 em 20:54
Wowhead Comic #10
Sorry it's a little late this weekend!
I have heard many tales of the new raid content being so surprisingly easy, and then the oh-so-experienced getting their bottoms handed back on a silver platter by the drake trio in
Note: I know the paladin's
is incredibly outdated, but it's
, and you at least all know he's a paladin. That's pretty much my only reason for drawing him dressed that way.
- insert binglybingly tacky news jingle song here -
26/1/2009 em 00:25