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Friday, April 27, 2012

Save The Children Charity Marathon

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.



 

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Beta Patch 15640 UI Changes

Account wide achievements and more!
This patch brought us tons of new interface changes!


  • Support for account wide achievements. When earning an achievement on another character, the icon changes and will tell you which character the achievement was earned on.
  • A new Mounts / Pets interface, including account-wide companion pets.
  • A new help system in the Spellbook, including a "Core Abilities" page that points the most important abilities of your spec.
  • A new way to create premade characters on beta realms.
  • A new loot win frame








Glyph of Verdant Spheres
The new Glyph of Verdant Spheres brings a little bit more green fire to warlocks with the visual Soul Shard counter.



The Veiled Stair
The Veiled Stair is a new mini-zone at the top of Valley of the Four Winds. It contains the Terrace of the Endless Spring raid, some scattered hostile creatures, and the new Black Market. Making his first appearance after the Deathwing encounter, you can find Wrathion sitting on a chair in the Tavern as well!





Capital City Pandaren Areas
Small Pandaren areas were added to both Orgrimmar and Stormwind this patch, currently devoid of any NPCs.



Ji Firepaw Dialogue Update
In a nod to the complaints about Ji Firepaw's comments, he has decided to say something new this build!



Recruit-a-Friend – X-53 Touring Rocket Retiring Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Heads up! The current Recruit-A-Friend reward mount, the experimental X-53 Touring Rocket, will soon be cycled out of the RAF program. If you’ve always wanted a Touring Rocket, but haven’t snagged one yet, this is your last chance to get one by bringing a friend to World of Warcraft.

While we don’t have an official launch date to reveal for the new Recruit-A-Friend mount, we wanted to give you an early heads up that the changeover will be happening “soon” (TM). You have a few weeks to claim the X-53 Touring Rocket before it goes away.

Beta Stability Issues for Some Players - 4/25
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We are currently tracking stability issues for some players with the latest build of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta. We’re currently working to address these issues, and expect to have a fix in place within the next 48 hours.

We will provide further updates when appropriate. Thank you for your patience and your participation in the beta.

Just a reminder: Blizzard has a careful process for identifying issues, verifying and replicating them, coding the fix, and testing the results in a private quality assurance environment -- before deploying new software to users.

Pet Battles Temporarily Disabled
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
While we've received a number of questions and some feedback regarding the pet battle system added in the last beta patch, we're in the process of disabling this feature. We know a lot of you are very anxious to test out pet battles, but it wasn't our intention to introduce them to the beta at this stage, as we don't yet feel they're in a solid enough state to allow for meaningful feedback.

One we're further along in development, we look forward to implementing pet battles and gathering your thoughts on the feature.

Beta Patch 15640 Misc Changes
There were several small changes in this patch, including the introduction of new factions, new loading screen tips, and more.

New Factions
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • The Serpent Riders - Renamed Order of the Cloud Serpent.
  • Order of the Cloud Serpent - Guardians of the East Temple
  • The Lorewalkers - Caretakers of the mysteries of Pandaria, these brave souls roam the continent, hoping to learn from their history.
  • The Brewmasters - These noble Pandaren safeguard the secrets of hereditary brews, braving great hardship to construct their potent concoctions.
  • Huojin Pandaren - Led by the intrepid Ji Firepaw, the Huojin Pandaren are quick to act and quicker to fight for what they believe in.
  • Tushui Pandaren - Led by the stalwart Aysa Cloudsinger, the Tushui Pandaren believe in contemplation and reasoned action.

New Tips
These tips enforce the idea that Valor points will be used to upgrade your gear (likely by increasing item level) as stated in previous interviews. They also note the introduction of account wide achievements, which were implemented in this patch. They also reference Alleria and Turalyon!
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • You can earn Valor points from daily quests, scenarios and dungeons to upgrade your best items.
  • You can queue for Scenarios to run short group content.
  • You can change your class specialization, talents or glyphs by visiting a class trainer.
  • Most achievements are account-wide. If you have earned the points on one of your characters, they will all share the points.
  • Visit a Pet Battle Trainer if you want to collect and battle companion pets.
  • You can't fly in Pandaria until your reach level 90.
  • Nobody has seen Alleria or Turalyon in years.
  • Major Glyphs modify your spells in interesting ways. Minor Glyphs are more cosmetic or convenient.
  • Companion pets are account-wide. If one of your characters has a pet, all your characters can use that pet.

Scenarios
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Crypt of Forgotten Kings - Investigate an ancient mogu crypt that has become infested with the Sha.
  • Challenge Test
  • [PH] The Eye of the Tiger - DO NOT TEST
  • Greenstone Village SP - FOR INTERNAL TESTING ONLY
  • Brewmoon Festival

New Objectives
It isn't yet clear if these steps are only for scenarios, so don't assume that all of the mentioned areas will be a scenario just yet.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Bring 100 Unga Brew to the Brewing Cauldron. - Fill the Brewing Cauldron
  • Defeat the Shado-Pan Leader and cleanse the Pool of Life. - Cleansing the Crypt
  • Kill the Abomination of Anger. - Destroy the Sha
  • Defeat the monsters attacking the Greenstone villagers. - Save Greenstone Villagers
  • Defeat Vengeful Hui. - Defeat Vengeful Hui
  • Recover and return three Stolen Kegs to village dojo. - Recover Stolen Kegs from Forest
  • Defeat the Sha corrupted forces inside the Temple of the Jade Serpent. - Complete the Temple of the Jade Serpent
  • Defeat the forces creating chaos within the Stormstout Brewery. - Complete the Stormstout Brewery
  • Defeat the forces opposing you within the Shado-Pan Monastery. - Complete the Shado-Pan Monastery
  • Defeat the Mantid forces assaulting the Gate of the Setting Sun. - Complete the Gate of the Setting Sun
  • Defeat the Mantid forces sieging the Niuzao Temple. - Complete the Siege of Niuzao Temple
  • Complete the Mogu'shan Palace
  • Defeat the necromantic forces within Scholomance. - Complete Scholomance
  • Defeat the forces of the Scarlet Crusade. - Complete the Scarlet Halls
  • Travel to the Masons' Quarter and awaken the unconscious villagers. - Rescue Greenstone Masons
  • Defeat the forces of the Scarlet Crusade inside their monastery. - Complete the Scarlet Monastery
  • Summon and defeat the mighty dragon turtle, Gamara. - Summon & Defeat Gamara
  • Summon and defeat the grummle-eating, snow-stalking horror, Jol'Grum. - Summon and Defeat Jol'Grum
  • Summon and defeat and defeat the playful fire spirit, Hui. - Summon and Defeat Playful Hui
  • Summon and defeat the wandering yaungol warrior, Chagan Firehoof. - Summon and Defeat Chagan Firehoof
  • Ring the gong a final time and claim your reward from Wodin. - Claim your Reward
  • Speak to Mayor Bramblestaff at the inn. - The Brewmoon Festival!
  • Collect the ingredients for Mayor Bramblestaff. - Brewing the Kun-lai Kicker.
  • Stop the Yaungol attack on Binan Village. - The Yaungol attack!
  • Defeat Warbringer Qobi. - Warbringer Qobi

New Mail Templates
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Time For a Celebration! - Yo, name! Since we're neighbors now, I thought it was right to celebrate! Come on down to the Halfhill Market anytime and take a load off! I'll even let you shoot off these fireworks at the market. Just don't set anything on fire, like Chee Chee did that one time...Anyways, see you soon! Your neighbor, Gina Mudclaw. Halfhill Market: The best local market with the best local prices!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Betas are not Guaranteed to Work for All
"A real beta rarely works, and when it does, it doesn't work well."

Unlike a lot of companies who invite players into "betas" that are little more than game demos of stable preview builds, Blizzard brings in players to an ever-changing process where our programmers are constantly making changes to the "guts" of the game.

What does that mean for you?

Betas are not guaranteed to work for individual players, ever. It's entirely possible that some users will receive a beta invite, only to find that they're never actually able to play it. This is simply the nature of a true beta. While we'd prefer everyone to be able to have a little fun while helping us test the content and servers, the purpose of the beta is to prepare Mists of Pandaria for launch, not to provide a gaming experience for beta testers.

Additionally, because of how quickly conditions change in a beta, it is extremely difficult to provide technical support that is specific to Mists of Pandaria issues. If it seems like the help you receive is very general in nature (update drivers, uninstall security programs, etc.) it's because the tech support staff does not have more specific information on the issue you are dealing with. Please remember that Blizzard is under no obligation to provide support for a product in beta, although we do try when possible.

All of that being said, we do hope that most of you will enjoy your sneak-peek into the game design process. Just be advised that trying to play a beta like it's a finished game will likely result in a very frustrating experience. Take care out there! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

 More After the break

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pet Battle System now on Beta Realms

Battle.net Item Restoration



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Starting today, players can access a new system that will allow players to recover World of Warcraft items that they may have sold, destroyed or disenchanted: Battle.net Item Restoration.

With this new self-service option the recovery of an item or items that were recently deleted or sold to a vendor can be restored to a character immediately when using the ticket submission system on our support site. For any items that were accidentally disenchanted the same method can be used to request a review by Customer Support for restoration.

This restoration option may only be used once every 30 days on active World of Warcraft accounts that are in good standing. As this option has a limited availability and use, we still encourage caution when selling, deleting or disenchanting items.

While Customer Service always strives to help whenever we can, with the introduction of this self-help feature we will no longer be able to assist with these types of requests.

Basics
How can I access the restoration web form?
When you use the ticket submission system on our Battle.net Support site to request restoration for an item, you will see the item restoration service in addition to the normal ticket submission option.

How do I use the web form to restore my items?
When you select the item restoration service, you will first choose a character to receive the restoration. A sortable list of items that the character recently destroyed or sold will appear. You can select items to restore by clicking Add. Once you’re satisfied, click Continue and confirm your restoration. The restored items will be delivered to your character via in-game mail.

Restrictions
How often can I use the web restoration service?
Active World of Warcraft accounts in good standing (not locked or banned) may use the item restoration web form once every 30 days.

What items can be restored?
Items that were recently sold, destroyed, or disenchanted can be restored through the web form. Items lost in any other way -- including through trade, crafting, and use, among others -- will not be eligible for restoration through the web form.

What if an item I want restored isn’t appearing on the list?
If an item does not appear on the list, it is not available for restoration through the web form.

Restorations
When will I receive my restoration?
Sold and destroyed items will be restored to you immediately after completing the web form, and a ticket for any disenchanted items will be sent to Customer Support for review on your behalf.

How will I receive my restoration?
Restored items will be sent to your in-game mailbox. Items that were sold to a vendor will be mailed cash on delivery for their sale amount.

How do restorations work for disenchanted items?
Disenchanted item restorations must be reviewed by Customer Support. During the review process, any materials gained from disenchanting the item will be removed before the item is restored. If the materials cannot be recovered, restoration of the disenchanted item will not be possible.

When will I receive the restoration for my disenchanted items?
Restorations for disenchanted items will need to be reviewed by Customer Support. A ticket will be automatically submitted through the web form and the restoration will be delivered to your in-game mailbox when the review is complete. The amount of time the review takes will depend on the number of tickets in our queue.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

KickSmarter Episode 1

Have you ever wanted to help fund a video game? Kickstarter is your chance to do so, but it's really hard to actually find cool thing's.......well thanks to totalHalibut you can see the best of the best (Most of the time complete with your idea's, which is unique in the industry to say the least, most company's besides maybe Blizzard have a idea and the go with it.  Blizzard even does this, though they seem to be adapting a lot of user ideas in MoP)

Anyway you want to fund a game, get some cool stuff and maybe even have your idea's in the game? Here's your chance!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Diablo 3 Open Beta Weekend! (Starting at 12:01 PM PDT 4/20/2012)


No, this is not a typo. No, you are not dreaming. Yes, you can go crazy in the comments with joy and free hugs! For this weekend, (and only this weekend) EVERYONE will be able to play the beta! Enjoy Sanctuary you great people of Diablofans!

Though I strongly suggest you read the FAQ below, you're probably already going crazy and just want to get in. So here are the two steps you need to take. (Make sure to read the FAQ while you're downloading your client)

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Diablo® III Open Beta Weekend

We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the games release on May 15. You can begin downloading the Diablo III client right now.

From Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT you'll be able to log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion.

FAQ

What steps do I need to take?
I don't have a Battle.net account - can I still play?
Absolutely! Just visit http://www.battle.net to create a free Battle.net account. Next, download the client from https://us.battle.ne...nload/index.xml and install it. Create your BattleTag, and then log in to the game using your Battle.net account name (email address) and password to begin slaughtering the demonic hellspawn that dare stand in your way.

Are there any differences for stress test participants versus invited closed beta testers?
Stress test participants will only be able to access the beta between Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), and Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. In addition, stress test participants will not have access to post in the beta forums and will not be provided Beta Bucks for use in testing the currency-based auction house.

Can all regions/countries participate?
Due to regional differences and features of the stress test client, Korean players will not be able to partake in the stress test weekend. However, beginning the week of April 23, we will be conducting a separate, invitation-only closed beta test that will give players in Korea a chance to try out the game, along with players in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

What if the service is down/laggy/disconnecting me?
It's very possible that players connecting to the stress test could experience issues with the service. While not ideal this is exactly why we're having a stress test. We want to catch and analyze as many bugs as possible during this stress test period, so that we can try to ensure a smooth launch on May 15.

I'm having an issue, how can I get help?
Due to the limited window of the stress test we encourage you to visit the Technical Support or Mac Technical Support forums if you're having any issues running the game, and checking the Known Issues list if you're running into a bug. As a stress test participant you will not be able to post in the beta forums.

What platforms and languages do you support?
For the stress test we're offering the client in English, French, and German for both Windows and Mac. At release the game will be fully localized into English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Korean, and Traditional Chinese for Windows, and English, French and German for Mac.

I'm an invited closed beta tester, what happens after the stress test weekend ends?
As an invited closed beta tester you'll continue to have access until the beta ends on May 1.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sign Ups For The Tera Online Beta Key Givaway are Now Closed - Congrats To The Lucky Winner!

Congrats to our lucky winner!!!

djeezo007  enjoy your weekend!

Thanks to everyone else for signing up, if you didn't get into this beta know wowhead sometimes has extra keys they giveaway and there will be a open beta in July.


Also some of you commented and didn't sub or subbed and didn't comment, you were disqualified.
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