Warlords: Where did it all go wrong?

It all looked so good, so full of promise, wonder and nostalgia. However, Warlords has sadly proven the old Heraclitus quote that you can “never step into the same river twice“.

The Big Whimper of a L-L-L-L-Launch

The expansion started off with a whimper. Servers didn’t work properly for days, rubber banding and being booted from instance servers (including trying to enter or exit your garrison meaning you were effectively stuck), and abilities taking 30 seconds or more to actually go off were commonplace occurrences for the majority of players. Blizzard’s explanation for this was the mass return of players swelling the subs numbers from 6 million to 10 million. read more

Drama-llama-ding-dong

thunderSo the past 3 weeks has been pretty bloody stressful, with guild drama upon guild drama meaning I quit Thunder.

The 2 weekends before last (one of which was even after I’d quit) were very difficult, and saw us bleed members for a short while. read more

6.1: Nearly 2 years with 1 content patch?

So 6.1 launches today if you’re in the US and tomorrow in the EU, and it’s bringing a few changes worthy of note.

Glyphs

First up, one of our previous mainstay glyphs, Glyph of the Alabaster Shield, which had been previously nerfed by 70%, has now been nerfed 100%, as in it’s gone! Blizzard have removed it completely from the game, mainly for the purposes of choice. When something becomes mandatory across all fights, Blizzard tend to dislike it and either nerf it, or, as the case is here, remove it completely. read more

Yes I did, and I’m not proud…

Yes. Yes I did. And I feel dirty. I’m not proud.

I couldn’t help myself, but it’s just too good.

I went back to WordPress 

b2Evo was fine, and was working OK, but the one thing I really value after setting up the writing environment for any site I create is a valid one: Aesthetics. read more

“Get Better Items”: Arguing for the return of reforging

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Itemization and Stats

Their original reason for removing Reforging was the fact that everyone was using it solely to maintain Hit and Expertise cap. with those two stats gone, I legitimately see no reason why Reforging cannot be brought back and used in the way it was originally designed for. read more

Mythic: Was it worth it?

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Before I get talking about Mythic, I want to talk about our own progression in BRF. With Thunder doing our normal business of starting off nice and slow, and building up to a finish, we’ve begun in Blackrock Foundry in Normal Mode,  and so far we’ve got up to 9/10 down inside of the first 4 nights, and we’re going to be starting work on Blackhand next night out. read more

CMS Musings and Future Website & Content Direction

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You may well by now have noticed that I’m no longer using WordPress as my site software.

This is in the main due to the amount of hassle and grief I had with the previous installations of WP covering both this site and my guild’s main front page. Admittedly I loved using WordPress; it was functional, easy, popular, loads of templates & themes, and handled media such as embedding YouTube videos with aplomb. All reasons why it’s used on over 72 million websites globally. read more

Amusing & Puzzling: Subscribers

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It always both puzzles and amuses me, whenever I take a bit of a content break (as you’re no doubt aware I do once or twice a year), that subs only ever increase during the break. However as soon as I start producing content again, the subs numbers actually drop lol read more