Warcraft : NO No Fly Zone!

In a strange reversal, it seems that Blizzard is adding flying to Draenor after all!

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In a previous post ( Warcraft : No Fly Zone ) we announced that Ion Hazzikostas stated that flying would not be a part of Draenor, nor would it be in any future expansions.

Yesterday, June 10th, on Blizzard’s website, Ion Hazzikostas gave us this reversal of that flying decision:

In an upcoming Public Test Realm build, we will be introducing a new meta-achievement called Draenor Pathfinder. You’ll earn this achievement in Patch 6.2 by mastering the outdoor environment of Draenor—exploring Draenor’s zones, collecting 100 treasures in Draenor, completing the Draenor Loremaster and Securing Draenor achievements, and raising the three new Tanaan Jungle reputations to Revered. Initially, this achievement will award a rylak mount: the Soaring Skyterror, one of the native beasts that roam Draenor’s skies. Players will remain ground-bound on Draenor until a small follow-up patch (6.2.x), when all players who have earned Draenor Pathfinder on at least one character will unlock the ability to fly in Draenor on all their level 90+ characters.

You can read the full story here at the Developer’s Watercooler.

The reasoning is that they still want players to fully explore everything in Draenor (well.. mostly fully explore) and by putting this achievement in place, they feel that that will accomplish that.

Get your mounts polished up and get your grinding done… because… check this out… you can start working on the achievement now!  All of your grinding is retroactive and will be added to the follow-up patch.

To see how far along you already are, check out WowHead’s nifty tool: WowHead Dreanor Flying Tool

To read more about the Draenor Pathfinder achievement, check out this post (also on WowHead): Draenor Pathfinder Achievement

Fly On!

 

 

Tourist! Year 1 – by artist T. Kyle Gentry

Tourist! Year 1 – by T. Kyle Gentry.

What is it and do you want something cool and free?

It’s going to be a hardcover book in which this famous artist has crafted his skill to present some of the wacky and downright bizarre nature of random tourists that dwell within the various Orlando area theme parks.

Sounds like one of those guys that does those caricatures, and what’s this thing about cool and free?

No! caricatures are generally a likeness of a specific person.  How better can I put this.. hmm…

OH! Okay, when an animation company makes a movie (think of any of the various Disney, Pixar, Warner Brothers, etc companies that have compelling animated characters), they draw on inspiration from real people.  THAT is what Kyle has done here.  He has captured and created characters, in the form of tourists, and plugged them into this soon to be printed book. As for the cool and the free… I’ll explain that in a moment…

Here, let him tell you exactly what Tourist! Year 1 is:

 

Yes, this is a Kickstarter campaign!  GameMasters LOVES Kickstarter, and we certainly LOVE this particular campaign.

A looong time ago, I ask Kyle to do some artwork for me for this very site, Bob the Dragon was born.  If you search around this website, you may very well run into him (Bob that is).  Kyle has also done some illustrations for a couple of my zombie websites too.  He and I go waay back.. to about the 10th grade..  all the way back to the late 80’s if my math is correct.

Basically it breaks down like this:

Go check out his Kickstarter Campaign for Tourst! Year 1 and help make it a success.  I mean c’mon, with a title like that, you know he is going to have ideas for Year 2 and Year 3 and so on!

Cool and Free:

Okay, here it is, here is my contribution…

The Cool:

Back in highschool, Kyle and I, had several adventures.  Want to know some of those details?  I’ll share a couple but only AFTER his Kickstarter Campaign of Tourist! Year 1 is a success.  I’ll add those adventures to the comments of this post.  Trust me.. not even a handfull of people know what I know…(don’t kill me Kyle!)

The Free:

I have a signed copy of Aliens & Outlaws (Kyle’s first book) that will be given away to one of people who have liked our GameMasters Facebook Page or to one of my GameMasters Google+ Page followers or to one of my GameMasters Twitter followers.  So you have 3 chances to get this book for free (well.. more if you go and help Kyle on his Kickstarter of Tourist! Year 1).  As with The Cool from above, this book will be given away AFTER his Kickstarter Campaign of Tourist! Year 1 is a success.

Check it out and pledge what you can!  I am!

Warcraft : No Fly Zone

EDIT: Blizzard has reversed their No Fly decision – we have added a new article HERE to reflect this, but are leaving this one in tact for readers to read.

It looks like all of those flying mounts in World of Warcraft may soon be grounded.

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You will still be able to use them in the older areas, Burning Crusade, Cataclysm, and Lich King, but from Timeless Isle forward… They have had their wings clipped and it is quite likely a permanent clipping.

In a recent interview from Polygon, Warcraft’s lead designer, Ion Hazzikostas stated:

“The world feels larger, feels more dangerous,” he says. “There’s more room for exploration, for secrets, for discovery and overall immersion in the world. At this point, we feel that outdoor gameplay in World of Warcraft is ultimately better without flying. We’re not going to be reintroducing the ability to fly in Draenor, and that’s kind of where we’re at going forward.”

Do you see what he is getting at?  Yeah, no flying in future expansions either.

Bummer dude.

Yeah, he had more to say about the soon to be released patch 6.2, but this is what really caught my eye.  I love being able to fly, damnit.  I don’t want my wings clipped!  I DO enjoy being able to take flight and explore without running into something over-powered or a PVP situation.

I dunno…  I mean, I see his point from a development view, and he does provide a compelling argument that they may create an objective to rescue someone and pre-flight you would have to run up and fight your way through a crown to get to that someone, but with flight you can drop it, tag them, and fly off.  But you know what?  Sometimes I want to do that, sometimes I don’t want to spend 20 minutes fighting mindlessly just to complete a rescue quest.  It seems like a bad move to me.

What are your thoughts?

Dragon+ App Review (Dungeons and Dragons)

Wait.. how did this get by my radar??

For YEARS I read every issue of Dragon Magazine (and Dungeon Magazine) each month it (they) came out.  I was in grief when the mags were canned.

But this…  Holy Crap!  Dragon Magazine is back!  Sortav.

What is Dragon+ ?

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It’s an app (you know those little program things that go on your phones and tablets? yeah, those), that lets you download digital issues (new ones, not the older issues from yesteryear – though that might be cool if they did convert them to pdf format to allow to be downloaded) of new issues of ‘Dragon Magazine‘.

The issues will be interactive as most digital magazines are now and the best part… Issue 1 is FREE

At the time of writing this article, I am not sure yet if future issues will also be free, but I have reached out to my contact with Wizards of the Coast and as soon as I hear I will update and let you guys know!

Okay, more details about Dragon+ :

Dragon+ is an official WoTC app for all things related to Dungeons & Dragons.

Within you will find game strategies, D&D storyline details, interviews, sweet history of past D&D lore, world info about the different realms found in D&D, comics, fan submissions, videos, and more!

It also links up to their Facebook page, which allows for up to the minute updates about what is going on in your favorite fantasy world (no, not THAT fantasy world… you pervert…).

Dragon+ is available for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Want some screen shots?

These are from my very own Samsung Tablet (in other words the iTunes version may be a bit different, but I kindav doubt it):

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This is the cover, you can swipe to get to the next page (duh, like it says it right there at the bottom), or you can tap the screen to open a selective thumbnail menu so you can pick the article you want to check out.  The first one I jumped to was…

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Oddly enough, I was just talking to a friend yesterday about writing a massive article about the history of The Temple of Elemental Evil, so naturally this particular article jumped out at me…

 

Bottom line… If you play Dungeons & Dragons, or RPGs in general you will find this app chock full of good reads.  Grab it.  Enjoy it and Game On!

 

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime review

GameMasters reviews the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime :

Wherein GameMasters reviews the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime phone.
It runs a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad-core processor
Has an on board 8GM of memory, expandable up to 64GB (via microSD).
Runs 1 GB RAM (blah)
and more fun stuff shown in the video.

 

Rage of Demons

Wizards of the Coast has announced a new storyline for Dungeons and Dragons…  Get this… It’s going to bring the demon lords up from the Abyss and players will have to team up in the Underdark with Drizzt Do’Urden in an attempt to stop the…

RAGE OF DEMONS!

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Check out the Press Release:

RENTON, Wash. – May 6, 2015 – Today, Wizards of the Coast announced Rage of Demons, the new
storyline for Dungeons & Dragons fans coming in Fall 2015. The demon lords have been summoned from the Abyss and players must descend into the Underdark with the iconic hero Drizzt Do’Urden to stop the chaos before it threatens the surface. Rage of Demons is the story all D&D gamers will be excited to play this fall, whether they prefer consoles, PCs or rolling dice with friends.
Following on the critically-acclaimed Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil stories, Rage of Demons will transport characters to the deadly and insane underworld. Rumors of powerful demon lords such as
Demogorgon, Orcus and Graz’zt terrorizing the denizens of the Underdark have begun to filter up to the
cities of the Sword Coast. The already dangerous caverns below the surface are thrown into ultimate
chaos, madness and discord. The renegade drow Drizzt Do’Urden is sent to investigate but it will be up to you to aid in his fight against the demons before he succumbs to his darker temptations.

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Dungeons & Dragons fans will have more options than ever to enjoy the Rage of Demons storyline. The
themes of treachery and discord in the Underdark are in Sword Coast Legends, the new CRPG
(computer role-playing game) coming this fall on PC from n-Space and Digital Extremes. The epic
campaign that drives Sword Coast Legends’ story forces players deep into the Underdark and continues
well after launch with legendary adventurer Drizzt Do’Urden.
For fans of Neverwinter, the popular Dungeons & Dragons-based MMORPG will bring a new expansion
tentatively titled Neverwinter: Underdark – in 2015. The update will see adventurers travel with Drizzt tothe drow city of Menzoberranzan during its demonic assault as well as experience a unique set of quests written by the creator of Drizzt, R.A. Salvatore. The expansion will initially be released on PC and will come out on the Xbox One at a later date.
Players of the tabletop roleplaying game can descend into the Underdark in Out of the Abyss, a new
adventure which provides details on the demon lords rampaging through the Underdark. Partners such as WizKids, GaleForce 9 and Smiteworks will all support Rage of Demons with new products to help bring your tabletop game to life. To really get in the mind of Drizzt, fans will have to check out Archmage, the new novel by R.A. Salvatore, scheduled for release in early September.
“Rage of Demons is a huge storyline involving all expressions of Dungeons & Dragons, and we’re excited
to bring players this story in concert with all of our partners,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director at
Wizards of the Coast. “I can’t wait to see everyone interact with one of the world’s most recognizable
fantasy characters: Drizzt Do’Urden. Descending into the depths won’t exactly be easy for him, and D&D
fans will get their mettle tested just like Drizzt when they come face-to-face with all the demon lords.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Info & Screen Shots!

A little heads up..

Activision is doing something new with this release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III.  It’s going to come out on a Friday!  Friday, November 6th to be exact (well, at 12:01 AM).

That means no more taking off work on Tuesday and Wednesday to play it, now you can take a 3 day weekend and play non-stop!

There will be everything you have come to love about the game as well as ZOMBIES in the initial release.  That’s right, you won’t have to download a separate patch (cough cough – CoD Advanced Warfare – cough cough) just to get those walking dead in your game!  This go around will also feature an XP Progression System when going up against the undead.

The campaign in Black Ops III will drop players into a world set in the future in which bio-tech and cybernetics have formed a new Black Ops soldier.  New weapons, new abilities, new systems, all of these add up to new ways to play multiplayer.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.  So far there is no confirmation that it will be available for the Playstation 3 or for the Xbox 360.

Now.. on to the screen shots!

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Star Wars Episode VII Trailers

Star Wars.

What more is there to say?

Here you can find all of the trailers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as well as a little bit of a breakdown…

I present them in the order in which they are released.

Teaser Trailer #1:

All seems quiet at first.  A hushed whisper tells us that there has been an awakening… Have you felt it?

Then we are thrust into chaos with Finn (John Boyega) in StormTrooper suit presumably on the planet Jakku.
What’s cool is the dirt!  Yes, I said ‘dirt’!  Remember Episodes I, II, and III?  How CGI they looked?  Now consider
Episodes IV, V, and VI.  Remember how used and work everything looked?  Yeah.  That’s what this stormtrooper suit reminds me of.
It’s got dirt on it.
Chaos builds as we see a new droid type, looks like an R2 head on a beach ball.  This little guy is called BB8.
Oooh man, next we see lots of StormTroopers in a horror type setting.  It really reminds me of the book Death Troopers (a zombie tale set in the Star Wars universe), written by Joe Shreiber.  Of course the StormTroopers here visually look different (and that’s okay – this new movie takes place 30 years after Jedi after all!).
Next up we see Rey (Daisy Ridley) ride away into the desert on some kind of large speeder.  She appears to be in a hurry…
X-Wings across a lake!
A new bad guy!  Wait.. does his lightsaber have a crossguard?  That will never work..
The Falcon!  YAAAA HOOOOOO!
and a faint sound of a lightsaber…

Watch the Teaser Trailer here:

 

Teaser Trailer #2:
Released on April 16th we are given a fair amount more to work with.
We open upon a desert planet (again we suspect it is the planet Jakku).  A speeder is moving across in the distance (is that Rey from the 1st teaser?).  It passes a crashed X-Wing and a crashed.. oh holy crap… that’s a crashed Star Destroyer!
LUKE!
Vader’s Melted Mask!  Okay, so does this part take place shortly after the funeral pyre at the end of Jedi?  Oh man, I can’t wait until December!
More x-Wing fun across the lake.
More bad guy with strange hilted lightsaber.
More Rey, Finn (no longer in stormtrooper outfit), and BB8.
More Stormtroopers.
What’s this?  Who is that?
Wait!  A TIE Fighter is attacking it’s own?
Chrome Trooper!  AAHH!!
Okay, the Falcon just flew INTO that crashed Star Destroyer!
“Chewy, we’re home.”  I cried.
Okay, wow.. Chewy hasn’t aged a day, but Han?

Watch Teaser #2 here:

Star Wars Battlefront Trailer

EA (Electronic Arts) and LucasFilms released today the new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront.

Releasing on November 17, 2015, it will be available for Playstation 4, XBOX ONE, and on Origin for PC.

You will be able to helm speederbikes, snowspeeders, and command AT-ATs.

You can pilot X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the Falcon (well.. and more)

You will be able to PLAY as Darth Vader and Boba Fett (well.. and more)

There is multiplayer online play, or you can fight offline for the Empire or Republic.

The cool part?  If you preorder now ( http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/jakku-pre-order-offer ) you can be among the first to battle on the Planet of Jaaku (one of the new planets in Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens.

Yep, you will get a chance to check out the Battle of Jakku!  As stated on the official website:

“the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet in the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™.  Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one week early.  All other players will get access to this content on December 8th, 2015.”

Check out the trailer below:

 

D&D Princes of the Apocalypse review

Today we decided to forgo the text and instead fire up the camera to do our review of the Dungeons and Dragons book, Princes of the Apocalypse.

 

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