If your experience with Garrisons in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor has been anything like mine, you’re struggling to find enough Garrison resources to upgrade all your buildings and still send your followers on those snowball’s chance in Hell missions in case the RNG gods shine upon you. The Lumber Mill is a medium size building that’s great for increasing your Garrison resources because it allows you to exchange 10 Timber for 20 Garrison resources per work order. That amount increases to 30 resources if you assign a follower named Phylarch the Evergreen to work on the Lumber Mill. But what’s the fastest way of getting that Timber?
I haven’t done any quests in the Dread Wastes. Yes, that dark, sha-infested zone back on Pandaria. I only ever went there to hunt rares and get to Heart of Fear. The Dread Wastes were always just a place that I went through to get somewhere else. Dread Wastes (and Townlong Steppes, which I did finish) was optional content, and that’s okay.
Carmelo and I hit level 90 while questing in Kun-Lai Summit. We had done every quest we could find in the Jade Forest, Valley of the Four Winds, and Krasarang Wilds. We had gotten halfway through Kun-Lai when we hit 90. Our gear was in the 430-440 range when we did, and we needed to reach 450 to do heroic dungeons. So we started earning reputation for the Golden Lotus, which would unlock Justice Point gear and dailies for the August Celestials and Shado-Pan. We were capped on Justice Points from Cataclysm, so we didn’t need to run any dungeons to earn more. (Though we did run dungeons for gear, most of which was disenchanted.) We had collected several stacks of Windwool Cloth from our journey, which Carmelo crafted into cloth gear for us.
We were doing dailies, running dungeons, running scenarios, and occasionally farming materials while waiting for a queue. Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t like being forced to do Golden Lotus dailies every day before we could do other stuff, but at least there were dailies to do.
Warlords of Draenor is a different beast altogether.
I’m writing this on November 18, 2014. I’ve just come home from work and I was excited to begin recording a new let’s play series for Clever Musings’ pertinent YouTube channel. I intended on playing a title just released today, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4. But instead of recording a video, I’m writing a rant. Why? Because of Ubisoft’s amazing failure in its Digital Rights Management (DRM) software known as Uplay. While I was able to download and install the game prior to its release, Uplay won’t let me launch the game because “This game has not been released yet. It will be available to play on Uplay any time after the release date.” And while I’m sitting here, frustrated that I can’t play a game that I’ve obtained through legitimate means, I can’t help but think about the pirates that have been playing the game for days prior to its release.
Yesterday, Blizzard announced Overwatch. Not even 6 hours later, Jonathan McIntosh, writer/producer for Feminist Frequency, started saying that the game is sexist due to its portrayal of women. Which isn’t at all surprising; if anything, I’m shocked it took 6 hours. I would have expected there to be cries of sexism mere seconds after the trailer started playing on stage. Anyway, onto the tweets (and my accompanying rant about said tweets) after the cut.
Orborun was developed by Tiny Lab Productions. In-game, you essentially control a pinball and are tasked with navigating through a 3D maze. The maze varies in complexity from map to map and you receive points based both on how quickly you can steer through the maze and on how many collectables you manage to retrieve. I played the recently released Steam version of the game, but it has been out for mobile devices for quite some time.
I’d like to discuss how not to promote a new video game by taking a look at what Overkill Software, a subsidiary of Starbreeze Studios, did with their newly announced game, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead. Let’s begin with a bit of context for the uninitiated. Overkill Software is known for its Payday franchise which consists of Payday: The Heist, released in 2011, and Payday 2, released in 2013. The Payday series consists of four player co-op missions conducted in first person wherein players attempt to commit various heists by sneaking or shooting their way through security, lockboxes, and vaults. I came to enjoy Payday 2 quite a bit as of the most recent Steam sale.
I always hate it when my fiction turns to time travel for plot devices because it’s so rarely done properly. Blizzard recently revealed its new World of Warcraft expansion called Warlords of Draenor. In a tinfoil hat edition of Know Your Lore, Matthew Rossi delves into what he believes the expansion means for the manipulation of time we’ve seen in WoW. I have a bit of a different take on what the new storyline means and how time travel within WoW works.
Have you ever noticed how much better Guild Wars 2, The Last of Us, and Assassin’s Creed look compared to World of Warcraft? It’s because the artists at Blizzard are lazy! They could have updated all of the old character models by now if they just put in a little bit of effort. I also think we should have advanced character customization similar to Saints Row or Mass Effect. Also, all of the current armor looks terrible, so they should spend a few minutes fixing that, too.
Are you cringing yet? If I were reading that paragraph in a comment, I would be.
Updating the old character models is a monumental task. Last time, I covered the basics of what a model is. Today, I’m going to be telling you about the things Blizzard does that makes a model update more complicated than most players think.
In Grand Theft Auto V, Michael can seek enlightenment through the Epsilon Program, which will have Michael perform a series of missions and make a number of donations. One of those tasks involves collecting five vehicles around San Andreas: the Pegassi Vacca; the Benefactor Surano; the Dinka Double-T; the Enus Super Diamond; and the Declasse Tornado. While it’s possible to purchase some of these vehicles, all of them can be stolen for free around the game. Please note, sometimes the cars are not always where I’ve marked the map. If the car is missing, just grab a taxi to another car location and return afterwards.