Happy New Year!
All of us here at Wowhead just wanted to take a few moments to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Everyone please be sure to drive safely, drink responsibly, and don't forget your New Year's Resolutions!
I'm personally resolving to spend less time writing blogs and more time actually levelling my damn character. :) What about you?
Nameplates & Suggestions to Blizzard
In my entry today I'm going to discuss two little issues which I feel aren't being paid enough attention. Nameplates and the default threat system. You may be asking yourself, "What in Azeroth's three continents does threat and etched dinnerware have to do with each other?" The answer, of course, is you are silly. No, but seriously, these are two little topics which I'm going to present separately, then show you my suggestion to Blizzard to help truly maximize some of the already included features in the game.
Stick around for some exciting highs, disagreeable lows, and a lollercoaster ride you'll never forget. Okay, maybe not. Stick around anyway!
Holiday Security Issues & Advice
This is a notice to let everyone know there has indeed been a surge in account security resulting in hijacked accounts, stolen items, and even loss of characters. It is very important we stress the fact that everyone needs to have their operating system, Internet browser, virus scanners, and/or any malware scanners updated to the most current versions. Please take the necessary steps to ensure no one can gain access to your computer or account without permission.
According to Blizzard, majority of accounts are compromised by one of the methods listed here, after the break:
Dear Wowhead... (Episode 2)
Welcome back to the Wowhead advice column!
Our next question comes to us from the smoky halls of Ironforge! Looks like our friend here is having some romantic troubles...I've included a translation from the original Dwarfish, for those who don't speak the language.
Ah howz does Ah put dis? Ah am a middle aged Dwarf. Ahms purty typical fer me race. Ah lufs anyting wif a blunt head on nit. Ah lufs to dig up minerals uf all kinds. Ah has tha obligatury riding ram (thumpur), Anz ah likes ta smush up anyz kinz of orc, trollz and udder hordz type beinz. But ta udder weeks whilst clearing outs tha
wit me budz. Ah fellz smitten in lufs wits a bloodelfs lass named
Grand Magus Telestra
. Now ins ah knows dis is a bad ting. Fer mah mates hast toldz me dat day wuldz not be a putting ups wit me companys agin if-in ah didz pursue dis line of me tinkin. Howz canz dis be? Ah knowz ahm a dwarfs anz dis is unaturals, Butz ah kentz heps it. Shez jus luuks so durned cutes in dat liddle red winters hats! Itz wuz luf et furst sights. Wuldz be wrongz fer mah ta sayz ta hecks wit me budz
Just How Epic Are Your Lewtz?
The scene is the
of Hellfire Citadel. A small group of adventurers lurks in the shadows, while
Grand Warlock Nethekurse
broods atop his throne. Suddenly, the heroes are spotted! A fel orc rushes at them with a roar, but a blast of flame from the party’s mage drops him in his tracks. More orcs have gathered their wits and join the melee. One is tackled by a druid who transforms into a panther mid-leap. The warrior hero is toying with Nethekurse, parrying blows and dancing circles around him. Enraged, the Grand Warlock doesn’t see the rogue who steps out of the shadows and plants a knife in his back. The evil orc falls with a thunderous clash.
Recognize that fight? How many of you have fought it as well?
Because I never did.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for using our site. You guys are the reason why Wowhead is what it is – this site would be
without the support and goodwill of its community, and we owe you guys for everything. There are a lot of WoW database sites out there, and we are very thankful you picked us.
Thanks to everyone also who participated in the
– it was our biggest yet! We have plans for more contests to take place over the next year (and we're doing our damnedest to get you non-US players included in the lists as well). We hope you enjoy your prizes!
– fashion > all
– this is the best name ever
– you poor poor soul
– good luck fitting that in a cardboard box
Day 5: [ur
Wowhead Comic #6
Here's this week's comic, a little earlier than usual – and it's a big one!
Featuring myself, the Great-Fathers Winter, and my wonderful script writer, Web.
Your comic is early this week, so there won't be one on the 28th. I need a break! I've been a busy little girl lately.
Have an awesome holiday, everyone!
The Sungrass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Zone
My faction choice has historically been
a little biased
. My first character was a Dwarven Hunter that reached the ripe old level of 42 in the original game before I got tired of getting ganked in
by bored Horde (which would make a good name for a guild, in my opinion). I also rolled a Dwarven Rogue as part of
a Three Stooges joke
. He was 'Cheatem'. I thought the name to be an apt one.
Regardless, most of my experience has been on the Horde side of the fence. I know that to be the case with Malgayne as well, so when I saw him exclaim
For The Horde...?
, the unsureness of his statement made me wonder if he was thinking of becoming a turncoat. So, I read his post. What did I learn? Malgayne suffers from the same syndrome that a lot of my friends do from time to time: Faction Envy.
A Christmas Present for You
My apologies for not having a comic for you all on Sunday! I've been very busy working on a little something else for you. :)
Every year I like to make a
for various reasons, and since I've been working with Wowhead I now have a real chance to share my work. So, for this Christmas, I put in a little extra effort, and I thought I'd put it up here for everyone to enjoy.
And here it is!
Dress to Impress - Winter Veil Edition
Season's greetings, everyone! Yes, it's that time of year again. Another great reason to dress up and look, feel, and be merry. This week we have the latest trend in fashion—
! A delightful combination of fine firs, combined with smooth, delectable velvet.
Unfortunately, the Winter Collection this year is going fast! If
having a hard time finding that perfect piece to complement your winter ensemble, never fear! I have all the answers you seek
. Stay tuned!
Dear Wowhead... (Episode 1)
That's right, boys and girls! Welcome to "Dear Wowhead", the advice column for Wowhead users!
If all goes well we should be able to make this a regular column.
Our first letter comes to us directly from the Rogue's Quarter, deep underneath Lordaeron!
I'm a member of the Forsaken. I live in the southeastern quarter of the Undercity, in a small alcove with six other dead people. Unfortunately, on the day that Undertaker Mordo recovered me from my grave, I was the only one raised. My family wasn't raised with me.
This Winter Veil will be the first time I've ever celebrated the holiday alone. How do you cope with loneliness? How can I honor my family background, without living in the past?
Lonely For The Holidays
Gear Check: Razer Lycosa, DeathAdder, Destructor
One of the things I've always liked about World of Warcraft is the fact that it is a relatively low maintenance PC game - it doesn't require the most hardcore hardware and expensive doodads in order to still provide an enjoyable gaming experience. I remember when I first started playing WoW, in May of 2005, I was playing on a salvaged Hewlett-Packard desktop with barely a month left of life in it, reveling in the much-loved experience of on-board video and way less than a gig of RAM.
I played through a ton of content on this machine, eventually upgrading my RAM so I wouldn't always die in
. I played on this machine thru Burning Crusade and all the way into Black Temple until the PC would finally have no more, and began greeting me with a
Blue Screen of Death
every raid. It was then I swore I would have no more of this foolishness, and I built the beloved PC I have today. It's gone through a few hardware upgrades, a new video card here, a new sound card there.
One thing I hadn't ever really put much thought into upgrading was i
For the Horde...?
If you can't tell from the artwork at the top – that Blood Elf on the left is me – I'm a Horde player. I was an Alliance player for all of seven levels before I made the switch, and made the switch for good. Now I have my Blood Elf paladin main, a Troll mage and an Undead warlock alt, and scattered other random characters (I know I still have a shaman somewhere). I picked a server, I picked a faction, and I stuck with it. I rolled Horde side on Draenor and I never looked back.
Or did I?
Sometimes...I...I'm not sure I feel comfortable saying this. Sometimes...
I wish I had rolled Alliance
Emergency Security Warning
, there is a major hole in Internet Explorer (versions 5.01, 6, 6 SP1, and 7) which can potentially be used to install keyloggers on your system.
indicate that this exploit is primarily being used to steal World of Warcraft passwords. I
recommend everyone IMMEDIATELY update their version of Windows (a regular
should do it) to resolve this issue.
Just a heads up!
Microsoft's Press Release
Someone pointed out a quote in the BBC article saying:
"What we've seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it's inevitable
The System Is Down!
Well, it looks like the
system is down
again. I figured you guys would want a single, consolidated place to vent your frustrations, so here you go. :)
Here's the most recent update:
December 16th, 2008 10:30am PST
We will be extending the regularly scheduled maintenance by two hours and expect to have all realms available at approximately 1:00pm PST.
Looks like the servers are starting to come back up. Happy WoW-ing. :)
Winter Veil 2008 (Dec 15 - Jan 2) - Quest Guide + Information!
Deck the halls with boughs of
, and have a Merry Winter's Veil! It's that time of year again, when kids run playfully through the streets tossing
s at one another, old friends will gather to exchange
or two, and the fine gentlemen of
come once again to bless us with their delightful yearly gift packages. Cheers!
Feast of Winter Veil
December 15 - January 2
and can be celebrated by Alliance in
and by Horde in
. Seasonal decorations such as holiday trees, wreaths and lights can be found in all major cities and at most zone inns.
Now That I'm 80...
Wrath of the Lich King has now officially been out for an entire month. For many players the mad rush to hit max level is done. For others there are still a few levels to go. In either case, there's one big question which plagues most minds when ascending the final plateau – What happens next?
What to do when reaching level eighty is at the core of our topic today. I'll start off with some examples of some interesting things one may have missed in their journey. Special items, factions, and dungeons – let's explore our options for max level in 3.0.
Wowhead Comic #5
Beep beep, it's that time again!
Thanks for all the well wishes, guys. I'm still recovering, but at least I don't feel like a walking corpse anymore.
Here's the comic.
Script credit goes to
, he's such an awesome writer.
Contest: 12 Killer Days of Khristmas (Updated 12/25)
Our grand prize winner is...
Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for the next contest!
Ho ho ho! What would YOU like for Christmas, boys and girls?
Check out the contest page
Then, post here with the thing your WoW character wants for Christmas!
– fashion > all
– this is the best name ever
– you poor poor soul
– good luck fitting that in a cardboard box
– wouldn't we all
– i've often asked for this myself
Skills to Pay the Bills: Cooking
Skills to Pay the Bills
is a three-part feature that will cover the important details of leveling the secondary tradeskills of Fishing, First Aid and Cooking in Wrath of the Lich King. These posts are written for the player entering Northrend with all secondary professions already maxed (at 375 skill). For information on leveling tradeskills prior to 375, check out the
Profession Leveling Guides
sticky on our
Part 3: Cooking
Before I become the
of Northrend for you, I'll get my opinion right out, right now - leveling
is at least five times more annoying than it ever was before Wrath of the Lich King.
Once upon a time I had this fantasy of becoming the
Realm First! Cooking Grand Master
on my realm, being the first player to reach 450 cooking. This dream was shattered by a terrible cooking leveling system relying on reagents and recipes obtained only via completing daily quests and a (now hotfixed) awf
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