Monthly Archives: January 2012

#19 With no Blizzcon will we see them else where?

One of the big news from last week was the announcement that there will be no Blizzcon this year.

This is a picture of Blizzard's forums exactly one minute after the announcement.

Although there was public outcry, I can understand. Out of the three games that will be planned to come out this year, there must be a time crunch to finally get these games finished.
It would also be a boring Blizzcon if  all the questions at the Q+A sections are answered with, “We are almost done with the game so we can’t take your feedback into proper consideration.” or all the announcements were “these games are almost done” and “These games have been released a few weeks ago.”Although there would be some people excited for Blizzcon 2012 and plenty would attend, there would be more people disappointed in the lack of new announcements. Just like how people felt like when Apple announced the iPhone 4S instead of the anticipated iPhone 5.But with no official Blizzard exclusive event, the company still need to do marketing for their games and their IRL  interaction with their fans. So this year I would not be surprise if we see Blizzard go to E3 and or PAX (EAST, WEST, and PRIME) to make their announcements (possibly future content patches) and do to a live Q+A with the game creators and community advisors.

You can bet your bottom dollar that I am going to cover this event. With or without Blizzard.

Last year, when I went to PAX EAST, one of the biggest gaming event on the East coast, there was almost no Blizzard presence. Blizzard had their Cryptozoic’s Trading Card Game booth, with a TCG tournament and a in game item giveaway, that was it, nothing else. No WoW, or even a Diablo booth for the actual video game.
This year I hope that PAX will be able to pencil Blizzard in for PAX EAST (assuming that they even WANT to go to) so I can sit through one of those Q+A with the hope to personally ask a question to them. Thus crossing off one of the things off of my gaming/geeky bucket list.

P.S: Some other things on my Geeky bucket list:

  • Complete a Star Wars movie non-stop marathon
  • Complete the national Pokedex
  • Finally see Emma Watson

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#18 The Almighty Chicken Rule

I do not know how well known this fact is, but for the past few years my family has been raising chickens as pets. As of writing this post we have about 45 chickens of different size and shapes, all  producing more than a dozen and a half eggs a day.  We treat our chickens the same way -well almost the same way- we treat our family dog, with compassion and love.

The funny thing is I can't stand the taste of eggs

Even though some of the people in my raid thinks that I have chickens on the brain, it pales in comparison of the love that my mom have for these birds.
Since getting our chickens, my mom has dedicated a part of her blog to talk about the flock, and she has decorated our house with any and all things chicken. We have chicken plates, chicken cups, chicken nick knacks and even chicken Christmas ornaments. (It just occurred to me that if I’m going to talk so much about my mom, I better give my readers a link to her blog: http://simplethrift.wordpress.com/
One of the reasons we have so many chicken decorations is the result of a game my mom invented for every time we go to a thrift store or a Goodwill, it’s call “The Chicken Rule”.
The Chicken Rule states that if you ever go to any thrift store, somewhere in that store there will be at least one item in there that has something related to chickens. It’s a Fact.
May it be hand towels, salt shakers or an Easter decoration, you are guaranteed to find something in that store with a image of a chicken on it, and my mom would have fun roaming through the alises, and experiencing so much joy finding that one thing that has the image of a chicken on it, and she  would not  leave a store until she found, and usually bought, that chicken item.
Even though, at first, I thought it as nonsense , the more I thought about it I realized that The Chicken Rule does not just apply to thrift stores, it also works for many video games.
Chickens are one of the few animals that could be found in the majority of video games, It seems that every medieval fantasy world has chickens running around. The Zelda games had the famous Easter egg of what happens when you attack a chicken,  the other famous fantasy game, Final Fantasy, also have their own chicken imitator, the chocobos. Even world of  Pokemon have their own form of chickens with the fire pokemon: TorCHIC and blaziKEN

They were right on making Blaziken a fighting type, those chickens can actually fight back quite well if they are in danger

The Chicken Rule is even starting to apply to shooting games! Although my brother is to be congratulated for the feat of getting  one of our chickens into the game, Monday Night Combat.    Full story of this here, with the follow up here (hyperlink) and the second follow up here.

Yes, this is a real screenshot form the game.

But this is still a WoW blog, so how to connect this Warcraft, well back in 2010, when I switch factions  from Horde to Alliance one of the first things I did was to travel to Westfall and try my hand at the quest CLUCK! , to get my hand on the, at that time Alliance only, pet.  ( World of Warcraft is another game that fulfills The Chicken Rule, since villana launch)
Even though that I don’t bring pets much, since there so tiny to see anyways, I was drawn to this simple that I couldn’t resist to NOT bring out this little guy when ever I could. So now when ever I go raiding, I make sure that my Westfall Chicken is out, so that my guild would not be excluded from the all mighty Chicken Rule.

The credit for this picture goes to http://www.warcraftpets.com

P.S For a fun scavenger hunt, somewhere on the internet there is a picture of me wearing a pirate costume with one of my family’s chicken on my shoulder

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#17 Blizzard REALLY needs to hurry up.

Recently there have been a bit of interesting news that came from Blizzard, last week I read an article that said that that Blizzard still has some more plans and features (aka Battletag system) to add to the Beta of Diablo 3, and soon after that Twitter confirmed that Diablo’s lead designer has not only left the Diablo 3 project , but the Blizzard Company all together,  as well as the most recent  news that Blizzard is pushing back the release date of the next Warcraft book, “Tides of War” that acts as the lead up the Mist of Pandaria.

So between the those three statements, I want give a message to Blizzard, on behalf of their players, “ PLEASE HURRY UP!”

I have not played the first two Diablo games nor do I know anything about the lore of the game, but I have developed an interest in the third installment the moment I was promised a free online download when I signed up for the World of Warcraft’s annual pass in November. Three months later and I have now started to get antsy for the game to go live (I can not imagine how the old school,  die-hard fans must be feeling right about now).

Want Want WANT.

But it is not just the want for the Diablo Game this also connects to WoW. Once Diablo’s beta trial have ended, then the Warcraft team can start on the Mist of Pandaria’s production. Once they get started, they can start releasing more in dept information about what the expansion, and  the more news coming out about this expansion, the more interested the players will be about the game

With more Expansion news I can finally get this website up and running for what it actually meant to be, reviewing and talking about a beta of Warcraft Expansion (that was the reason I picked this blog’s name BEta Mist Of Pandaria. Get it?)

The longer this blogger have to wait for the  Mist of Pandaria beta the more likely I am going to have to pad out the weeks with posts of me almost meeting celebrities, or worst, I might be forced to write about my chickens.

Is that foreshadowing I see?

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#16 What could we be doing back in the Heroic Scarlet Monetary and Heroic Scholomace?

When Blizzard announced the Mist of Pandaria expansion, one of the features that really got me excited was their plan to continue the trend of bring back classic, vanilla dungeons to the current level of difficulty, this expansion will have the Scarlet Monastery and Scholomance.

In Cataclysm we had both ShadowFang Keep and the Deadmines receive the level 85 face-lift, with all the bosses boosted to max level and each boss had their own unique fighting mechanics. To this day my favorite WoW boss fight is Vanessa Vancleef, with her gauntlet and the ability to swing from the ropes midfight.

Her gantlet were the causes of MANY pug falling apart. Picture from Wowhead

These were not just an upgrade to the fight, but they also had the lore improved to reflect the recent changes in the world. Shadowfang Keep told the story of what happened to the Worgen stronghold after the Forsaken invaded Silverpine Forest. While the Deadmine’s instance told us a story of revenge, and what happened to the terrorist organization in Westfall after the first band of adventures traveled through Deadmines to kill the original Vancleef.

I would expect that Blizzard will add a new threat to both Scarlet Monetary and Scholmance, and a reason for the players to go back to these places again. But for what reason?

Well Scarlet Monastery is easy to guess what we might have to do if you completed the quests in Cataclysm you already know what the next stage of the story. If you run through SM now, there is a quest chain where you help an NPC called Joseph the Awakened over throw the existing leaders and gain control of  the Scarlet Monastery but as you travel with Joseph through the four wings you see him succumb to power-hungry insanity.
Now I’m studying Political Science, I would bet my bottom dollar that we are going back there to take down a crazy leader that we helped instate, and boy if this comes true I will laugh my ass off.

This crazy man may be buffed up to level 90. Be afraid. Picture form Wopedia

For Scholomance the answer for why we might be going back is not as clear, but we could make a guess from the quests Eastern and Western plaugelands that some member of the Scourge is trying to  become the next leader of the undead.

After Arthus’s death  Bolvar Fordragon took the title of the new Lich King, since there needed to be a leader of the Scourge, or they would go into a frenzy and destroy everything in their way. In Cataclysm, we learn that Bolvar is using his new unholy power to keep the Scourge idle, not wanted them to advance on any front.  As a result, the Scourge in Azeroth have become restless, and some of the more intelligent ones are trying to gather up an army loyal to them, trying to become the leader of the  undead.

Bolvar's just CHILLIN'. Picture from WoWWiki

So I would guess that somewhere deep in the school dedicated to using necromancy and bringing the back the dead, that there is one scholar that gained more power and more of a following than any other undead wannabe, and his position would warrant us going back there, defeating the threat before is becomes a big-expansion worthy-problem.

But until Blizzard releases more information about these new heroics, we can only guess. but you rest assured knowing that I’ll come back to this post, to see how close my predictions are to what Blizzard have planned.

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#15 Azeroth’s where are they now?

After the Dragon Soul raid it was obvious that Blizzard want to relay a message to the players that Thrall and the remaining Dragon Aspects are going to take a break from being the Superheroes of Azeroth.

So the question that everybody wants to know is “What are they doing now? After killing Deathwing, wiping out the Twilight flight, and saving the dieing world?” well luckily enough Be MOP was able to track down these V.I.N.P.C to see what their future.

Thrall: Thrall is finally settling down with his new family in Nagrand, finally happy to get some rest after staring 3 RTS games and a 7 year long MMO adventure.

Kalecgos: The blue dragon leader is now back at the Nexus, crafting another player legendary quest chain to try to get him a new unique human character model.

Ysera: She of the Dreaming went back to the Emerald Dream, and is currently waiting for the new Emerald Nightmare raid to go live in patch 5.2

Alezstrasza: The Queen of Life is going to use her red dragon flight to rebuild Wyrmrest Temple, she has even brought on goblins as constructors. Rumors are that the goblins are trying to persuade the red dragon to add a water slide or rocket turrets.

Nozdormu: The Timeless One traveled through time to the one spot where there was no global threat to Azeroth, for a restful vacation. The place (and time) was a period of 45 minutes just after The Sundering finally settled down.

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#14 Why I have yet to queue for Raid Finder.

I have a secret that I have kept from my raiding group since patch 4.3 went live. I have yet to complete the second half Dragon Soul raid in the Dungeon finder.

Yes, it has been a little over a month, and I haven’t queued with my mage to defeat Deathwing in the tone downed raid. It’s not because I think that the Raid Finder is a terrible ( because i don’t) nor is it because I just cant find the button to toggle the Raid Finder menu (because that’s partly true).I have not done the raid finder yet because my current raid group have yet to complete The Dragon Soul raid in our 10 man progression (our current  raiding schedule is one night of Dragon Soul and one night of FireLands, because we are still trying get one of our raiders to build Tarecgosa rest)

It’s because I have a belief that if there is new challenge in the game, like a boss encounter, I should first try it at the proper difficulties, with all of the mechanics of the boss fight.  I also believe that boss fight should not be with random, anonymous players that I will never play with again, no I want to defeat a boss with friends that I have been with for months the people that I have a personal connection towards.

But for my guildies who read my blog, I do want to assure them that even though I have not completed the Raid Finder verson of the Madness of Deathwing fight, I have read up on the fight, knowing the mechanics and the phase for the black dragon himself.

When I finally get to kill Deathwing, the Blood’s shadow (the one that maliplatied countless species and kingdoms to do their bidding) with my friends in my guild members at the difficuilty that is right for normal 10 man raid, that and that will make getting the Fall of Deathwing achievement all teh more awesome once we get it.

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#13 Who would win in a fight: Cthulhu or Satan? Two of Warcraft’s greater evils.

Throughout all of World of Warcraft it seems that all the terrible things in history has been either one of two celestial forces: the army of demons, The Burning Legion, or the corrupting ancient deities, The Old Gods.  Every villain that we have came across can be traced back to at least one of these two terrors.

The Old Gods have been responsible for:

Deathwing’s madness
The war of the Shifting Sands
Ulduar’s corruption

While the Burning Legion  had their hand in:

Illidan’s rise and fall
The Orc’s corruption and their actions in the First War
The  creation of The Lich King

But as I thought about all the ills these two forces inflicted on to Azeroth, I asked the question: “How would these forces react if they had to meet?”

In the War of the Ancient trilogy, it was confirmed that the Old God’s used the Night Elves and the Burning Legion to destroy the world, granting them their freedom from their prison within the planet’s core. It was implied that the Burning Legion was just clueless pawns in master plan, just like how the creation of Deathwing and the manipulation of the other Aspects was just another step to their victory.

But the the Burning Legion’s leader is Sargeras, previously one of the Titans that has been fighting the Old Gods since before Azeroth’s creation. So he must know something about the Old God’s existences and how they acted.

And through pieces of lore, it has been discovered that both The Burning Legion and the Old Gods have expanded their reach to beyond the stars, so it’s not that hard to imagine that somewhere in time and space they have met on some distant planet.

Imagine, the Burning Legion and the Old Gods fighting in an endless war, with the demon’s massive army, countless solders housed in the Twisting Nether, verses the constantly scheming Deities equipped with their powerful corrupting forces. Constantly fighting for the sole purpose to destroy each other.

Sadly, I do not think that Blizzard will ever make a story line where the two evils would meet, let alone finding a way for the players to get involved with the conflict. No, Blizzard would only make that a ‘reality’ if the game developers are scrapping the barrel for future content. For now the Idea of Satan and Cthulhu fighting on a distant planet is only for imaginative players and bloggers.


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#12 The time I traded the chance to see Emma Watson for a virtual dragon.

So congratulations are in order for this website, it has been one month since the birth of Be MOP!

As a treat for my readers, I am going to regale you with one of my both best *and* worst WoW stories.  Few of my friends have ever heard this story, so consider yourselves honored. I am, of course, talking about the time I gave up the chance to see Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies and my teenage movie crush, for a Twilight Drake in Wardraft’s Obsidian Sanctum.

 

Last year I was a member of my college’s Student Government Association and every semester the whole student government takes an off-campus weekend trip somewhere to participate in intense team-building exercises to form connections with each other, and to set up our big student government plans for the coming year. For this particular weekend escape the group had decided to have their team building event in Providence, Rhoad Island. The same city that is home to Brown University, where Emma Watson was currently studying. I was the first person in the Student Government that made that connection and I could not contain my joy.In a non-stalker kind of way, I did not care how big the city was, I did not care if Emma Watson would even be on campus during the weekend, I was going to near where she had been. In my eyes there was even a slim chance that I could run into Emma Watson. I hung on to that improbable chance as I packed my Doctor Who T-shirt (because if you are going to try to meet a person from a successful British franchise, you’d better be wearing a T-shirt from an equally successful British franchise.)

I knew buying this shirt at ThinkGeek would come in handy...

We got to our hotel, met our inspirational team builder and the first day was jam-packed with long-term plannings and trust falls.

The second day rolled around, we all got up at 9am and we and did team building exercises all day until late in the evening. Once it was over,  we retreated, tired, into our rooms, with no real plans for the night.

Once I got into my room I booted up my laptop and started going through my emails and the day’s news. When my roommate entered, he started talking about how he knew some friends in the area, and invited me to go to a college party they were all going too.

I declined the offer since I don’t typically go to those events, because my mom raised me fine and proper (and why yes, my mom is a regular reader of my blog, how did you guess?)

My roommate left to have a night on the town while I booted up World of Warcraft on my computer and while I was in Dalaran (this was late in the Wrath expansion) I saw a group forming for a 25 man Obsidian Sanctum with 3 drakes up. At this time I was still trying to achieve the mountain of mounts achievement, I offered my services to the group, hoping that I would be lucky enough to get one of the coolest looking dragons in the game, the Twilight Drake.

Online, we gathered all the players at the dragon’s liar, and after a few tries we succeeded in downing the boss: Sartharion. Ah, sweet success, it was time to distribute the loot.  The gear pieces and satchel of gems were all handed out, and now was the time to distribute the very rare Twilight Drake. I rolled for my chance to win the dragon, and I was greeted with a rare 99 (out of 100) roll, which won me that beautiful flying dragon.

I felt pretty good about myself, a group of us players had taken down a boss, and I was able to overcome a statistical challenge ( there was a slim 4% chance that one could win the dragon) and I was able to add another mount to my vast collection. It was the one of the best night’s of my life, until my roommate burst through the door.

He was all excited because he told me that while he was out with his friends he saw the one and only Emma Watson walking along the streets having fun with her friends…..

I don't always use memes to convey my emotions, but when I do it's because it is the PG version of I was actually thinking.

That was probably the only time I was ever going to be able to see one of my favorite celebrities and where was I? In my hotel room playing a video game trying to take down a video bad guy, while my roommate, who wasn’t even that much of a Harry Potter fan, had the unbelievable luck of seeing that one person in the entire city.

Even now, I still think that of that day.  There are times where I bring out my mount and think about that time when I gave up my chance to see one of the biggest movie stars of our generation to instead join a quest to defeat a boss. I think fate felt so bad for me that night it gave me my Twilight Drake out of pure pity.

There are times when I ask myself, "was it worth it?"

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#11 Diablo 3(60)

Earlier this week Blizzard had announced, via twitter, the news that their next Diablo game will be released on not only on the computer, but it will soon to be available to the console players too. Blizzard have yet to say which console devices that they are playing on releasing too, nor if the game will be released at the same time as the PC version, but I highly doubt that we will see Diablo 3 for the Wii.

The official Blizzard announcement, in 140 characters or less

With production underway for the console version of Diablo 3, I can only assume that Blizzard and the people working on this project, will find a way to incorporate the Battlenet service on to the Xbox and PS3 to allow cross platform multiplay, with people who play on computers and people who play on the Xbox play together.

This is a big step for Blizzard, since all of their other games have been exclusive for the PC player. If the console launch is not a huge disaster, we may actually see future Blizzard games also coming to the consoles devices, but I do not think that they could port a complex game like Starcraft, much less WoW to the consoles.

But as I read the news articles I had a question pop into my head that I am afraid to ask, with the Diablo game also being released to the consoles, will that delay the PC release date even further back? Blizzard is known for going above and beyond to make sure that their players are happy with the finished product and that the game release will strong, so it would it be that far out of the question that blizzard will stall the game ever more to have both version of the game to be ready at the same time?

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#10 The mounts for the wealthy 1% of WoW players

With every expansion we get more levels, more stats on our gear, and more gold we get from quests and killing monsters. And from that increase in the gold the players could get, the server’s market always experience an inflation for cloth, profession materials and world drops. So to ensure that the auction house does not inflate so much that the gold would becomes worthless, Blizzard has sent up gold sinks to let players buy an expensive item from an NPC, taking the gold out of the economy.

So in every expansion, the game developers added gold sinks to curb the amount of gold in the game. Burning Crusade had Master Riding, allowing you to ride a flying mount at 280% speed and the option to ride cooler looking mounts, at the price tag of 5000g. Wrath gave us two different first-of-it’s-kind passenger mounts that we could purchase for 20,000 to 16, 000 gold depending on the faction discount you get from the NPC, and the price for the materials for the bike. With Catalysm, the gold sink was the Vial of the Sands (my personal favorite mount) that turned you into the flying mount, and you could carry a friend on your back for the mere price of 28,000 to 37,000 gold.

So when the history of gold sinks out of the way, the people who have who have more currency in the game than in their bank account will no doubtedly be asking “What’s the next gold sink for Mist of Pandaria?” Blizzard has always associated a player’s mount with a social status whether doing a certain about of dungeon achievements, or in this case a certain amount of gold someone once had. So it would be a huge surprise if there was not be a really expensive mount sold by an NPC in Pandaria. but of what kind of mount? We have no idea right now, thus is the problem of writing one of these prediction articles without having ANY information released. But Blizzard has made sure that the rarer mount designs are near exclusive and unique, but if I had to make a prediction I think there will be a Red Chinese Dragon that will also act as a passenger mount. Why a Chinese dragon? because it would fit into the Asian theme that they are making with MoP, plus so far in WoW all the dragons that we met have been the European dragon it would be nice to see a complete different build of dragons.

It would be awesome to fly around on this.

And the color red because in China’s culture red because it’s associated with fortune and luck. With the price of the gold sink at about 65,000 gold.

Once the Beta key is in my hands and more information is data-mined from the expansion we can find out what’s Blizzard’s plan for the wealthy players, and you can bet that Be MOP will return to this topic once more information is given.

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