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by Published on 2015-10-17 06:43 AM

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BlizzCon 2015 Online Merchandise Sale Begins
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The BlizzCon® 2015 online merchandise sale has begun! Beginning today, October 16 through November 8, BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders have access to a treasure trove of BlizzCon-premiere loot through the Blizzard Gear Store. The virtual aisles are loaded with new items debuting at the show, along with some BlizzCon classics—visit the BlizzCon section of the Gear Store to check out what our master crafters have worked up.

To access the BlizzCon sale, simply head to the Blizzard Gear Store (, and log in using the account you used to purchase your Virtual Ticket. Each of this year’s BlizzCon-premiere products will be marked with a BlizzCon logo.

If you’re attending BlizzCon in person, use the account on which you redeemed the BlizzCon Digital Bonuses code sent to you via email earlier this year. If a friend bought your ticket for you, ask them for your code—remember, it also grants you a Virtual Ticket and this year’s in-game goodies—and head to to redeem it.

Supplies are limited, so if you spot anything you like, make sure to order early. All orders will be shipped upon receipt—so the sooner you order, the faster you’ll get your BlizzCon swag. Keep in mind that orders are shipped from the United States, so international shipping rates may apply. We’ll also be adding new items once BlizzCon gets underway on November 6, so be sure to check back in then.

Happy hunting!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The Infinite Timereaver from Timewalking.
Isn't all the loot in TW dungeons personal anyway? So I guess that the mount will be the same.
This is correct. The Infinite Timereaver will be awarded via Personal Loot. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

GMs Appearing in Game
This is a request we see crop-up from time to time. While I do appreciate that it sounds cool for a Game Master (GM) to appear in a capital city and spawn something, this would also be a very disruptive event that could ruin the gameplay experience for others. It would also somehwat break the immersion of the game if Hydross, for example, suddenly appeared in Stormwind. There is also only a finite amount of times such an event can be done before it starts being perceived as an annoyance, or loses its significance.

This is why such events are normally used to celebrate the end of Beta and the shut-down of the Beta servers; a fun once-off event that doesn't affect the live Realms in any form, but signifies the destruction of the Beta world and makes for some cool videos and screenshots. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
So what software do you guys use for animation?
maya for animation (artofcgrobinson)

Having more LAN events outside of Blizzcon, is that something you guys have been thinking about for wow esports?
We're primarily focused on Blizzcon and the Road to Blizzcon. If a major event wanted to add WoW to their schedule, we'd love it. (holinka)

When you can't fail, everything matters less. Some reflections on the value of death penalties in games. (craig_amai)
. its why not alot of people play hardcore or do wow iron man
Yeah, those are definitely some of the trade-offs. A more engaged audience perhaps, but typically a smaller one. (craig_amai)
I'm planning on making a couple more posts on the subject that tap into the areas between the 2 extremes. (craig_amai)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Majority rule isn't always great for design either. Cell phone customers always just ask for more battery life not features.
Still not a good idea to tell customers "The battery life is fine. Here's a bunch of features you didn't ask for."
I'm hardly a cellphone historian but I don't remember users asking for a camera, map and music on their phones. (OccupyGStreet)

Meet Your BlizzCon 2015 Virtual Ticket Hosts
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Your BlizzCon 2015 adventure begins in just a few weeks! If you’re joining the party from home with the Virtual Ticket, allow us to introduce some of your dungeon guides: the hosts of the Virtual Ticket and DIRECTV broadcasts, covering the Main and Panel stage channels this year!

Michele Morrow (@michelemorrow)

Actress, undead hunter, and voice of Alleria Windrunner Michele Morrow returns to co-anchor the show from the DIRECTV desk this year, where she’ll be conducting interviews and providing commentary in between the panels and other activities on the main stage both days of the show. Michele hosted Heroes of the Dorm, which aired on ESPN2, and made her BlizzCon debut in 2014—we’re thrilled to have her back!

Alex Albrecht (@alexalbrecht)

Joining Michele this year at the DIRECTV desk is Alex Albrecht, host of popular geek-culture TV shows like G4’s The Screen Savers, creator of the World of Warcraft podcast and website Project Lore, and 50% of the Half Hour Happy Hour podcast. In between BlizzCon co-anchoring gigs, look for him hanging out in the Nexus.

Malik Forté (@Malik4Play) gaming editor, Crewham member, and correspondent Malik Forté has been a part of multiple Blizzard events, including Heroes of the Storm: The Mayhem Begins, and we’re excited to welcome him to the BlizzCon 2015 Virtual Ticket crew! Malik will be contributing to multiple facets of the show, exploring the show floor and much more.

Wil Wheaton (@wilw)

In case you missed the announcement earlier: Wil Wheaton will be hosting this year’s BlizzCon costume and talent contests on Friday night! Wil is the author of books like Just a Geek, the creator of the popular board-gaming show TableTop, a prolific podcaster, and much more. He also blogs a bunch at—check out his recent entry on gearing up for BlizzCon.

The action begins November 6 and 7, and you can pick up a Virtual Ticket now to be a part of it. We’ll also have plenty of eSports action throughout the show, and we’ve got some awesome hosts and casters lined up for this year’s tournaments—stay tuned for more details. We hope you can join us!

Crithto Joins GUNNAR
Crithto left Blizzard last week and we know where he ended up now! He also got Broken Eye Protectors in the latest PTR build.

by Published on 2015-10-16 02:01 AM

Patch 6.2.3 PTR - Build 20601
Build 20601 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon. Notes are in progress, so keep checking back!

Infinite Timereaver Mount

Mythic Dungeon Trinkets

New Items
There were also lots of new Timewalking items added. Check out the full list on the WoWDB PTR site!

Level Type Name
85Junk Tosselwrench's Mega-Accurate Simulation Viewfinder
1Junk "New!" Kaja'Cola
1Junk Broken Eye Protectors
85Other Gurboggle's Gleaming Bauble
70Mount Reins of the Infinite Timereaver
100Quest Remnant of Chaos
85Quest Smoldering Timewarped Ember
85Quest Smoldering Timewarped Ember
1Quest Commendation of the Dragonmaw Clan
1Quest Commendation of the Wildhammer Clan
1Quest Commendation of the Guardians of Hyjal
1Quest Commendation of the Ramkahen
1Quest Commendation of The Earthen Ring
1Quest Commendation of Therazane
1Trinket Gronntooth War Horn
1Trinket Judgment of the Naaru
1Trinket Purified Shard of the Third Moon
1Trinket Infallible Tracking Charm
1Trinket Orb of Voidsight
700One-handed Axe Warmongering Gladiator's Runeaxe
700One-handed Axe Warmongering Gladiator's Runeaxe
700One-handed Axe Warmongering Gladiator's Runeaxe
1Other Tugboat Bobber

Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Rumble in the Jungle Complete all of the Tanaan Jungle achievements listed below. Title Reward: of the Jungle. 25 points.Account Wide.
  • Rumble in the Jungle Complete all of the Tanaan Jungle achievements listed below. Title Reward: of the Jungle. 25 points.Account Wide.


Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Infinite Timereaver (New) Summons and dismisses a rideable Infinite Timereaver. This is a flying mount. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.

Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_LEGION_PURCHASE_READY - Your expansion purchase is ready!
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_LEGION_PURCHASE_READY_DESCRIPTION - You must log out for the expansion upgrade to take effect.
  • ITEM_UPGRADE_DESCRIPTION - You can upgrade many equippable items to increase their item level. The currency required to upgrade an item varies depending on the item's source.

LFG Entries
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Random Timewalking Dungeon (Cataclysm)
  • The Vortex Pinnacle
  • The Stonecore
  • Grim Batol
  • Throne of the Tides
  • Lost City of the Tol'vir
  • End Time
  • Pit of Saron
  • Magisters' Terrace

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Valor - A currency used to increase the power of items from Hellfire Citadel, Tanaan Jungle, and Mythic Dungeons.
by Published on 2015-10-14 02:23 PM

Update (8:45 PM EDT): Added tonight's hotfixes
Update (1:15 PM EDT): Added the PTR notes

Overwatch Beta - October 27
Overwatch closed beta begins in less than two weeks! Check out Overpwn for all of the details.

Patch 6.2.3 Preview
Patch 6.2.3 is on the way, bringing some changes to hold us over until Legion:

  • Cataclysm dungeons are getting Timewalking: Grim Batol, Stonecore, Lost City of Tol’vir, The Vortex Pinnacle, Throne of Tides, and End Time
  • Pit of Saron and Magister’s Terrace are also getting Timewalking.
  • An Infinite Dragonflight mount (Infinite Timereaver) has a chance to drop from any Timewalking dungeon boss.
  • Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding will be enabled.
  • Valor has returned! It is earned from Heroic and Mythic Dungeons, various Bonus Events, and your first Raid Finder run each week.
  • Mythic dungeons will be the most lucrative source of Valor.
  • Mythic dungeons can drop a Heirloom Trinket that will scale to level 110.
  • Items can be upgraded by 10 item levels.
  • Defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher will reward the Grove Warden mount (for a limited time)!
  • Mythic Warforged items can be even higher item level now, anywhere from 685 to 725 in five item-level increments.
  • Baleful items can also be higher item level, anywhere from level 655 all the way to 695.
  • Warlords Season 3 is coming, with Warmongering Aspirant gear at PvP item level 715, Warmongering Combatant gear at 730, and Warmongering Gladiator gear at 740.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Patch 6.2.3 will be making its way onto the PTR soon, and we wanted to provide you with some insights on what it has in store.

We’ve made no secret of our desire to expand the role and importance of dungeons in World of Warcraft as we move full speed ahead toward Legion. We look forward to sharing more of our plans in that regard during BlizzCon 2015 next month. At the same time, we’ve heard from many players that they wanted more reasons to run dungeons in Warlords, so we’re pleased to announce this small patch, which is focused on reinforcing the reward systems around our existing dungeons as well as expanding the scope of the Timewalking feature that we introduced in patch 6.2.

Timewalk With Me: New Timewalking Dungeons
Get ready to go back in time to experience six iconic dungeons from Cataclysm with this new Timewalking bonus event. You’ll be able to face the foes within Grim Batol, Stonecore, Lost City of Tol’vir, The Vortex Pinnacle, Throne of Tides, and End Time once more and reap the treasures within.

To round out our Timewalking journey, we’ll also be adding the Pit of Saron to the Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking bonus event and the Magister’s Terrace to the Burning Crusade Timewalking bonus event.

Lest we forget, there’s just one more bit of news that’s bound to draw you into the vortex to do a little Timewalking. Players will now have a chance to loot a rare Infinite Timereaver mount from any Timewalking boss.

Developer Insights
One of the most common requests we’ve heard ever since introducing Timewalking was for there to be some way to obtain an Infinite Dragonflight mount, since it’d fit perfectly with the theme of time manipulation, aside from being just plain cool-looking. We agree. Inspired by Murozond, the final boss of the End Time dungeon that is included in the Cataclysm Timewalking rotation, the Infinite Timereaver will be a rare drop from any dungeon boss during all of the Timewalking events.

Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding
With the patch we’ll also be introducing Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding. You’ll now be able to join with friends, fill that one last spot, or have an easier time recruiting to backfill missing raid slots, allowing you to take on some of the most difficult encounters in Warlords of Draenor.

Valor for the Valorous
With the patch we’ll be bringing back Valor as a currency. You’ll will be able earn Valor once more by taking part in Heroic and Mythic Dungeons, from various Bonus Events, and via the first run through Raid Finder each week. To upgrade, visit your friendly neighborhood ethereal to upgrade gear up to five item levels at a time, up to two times per piece of gear.

Developer Insights
Dungeon content shines when its difficulty is appropriate to players’ power level, so Mythic dungeons will be the most lucrative source of Valor for players who have items from Tanaan or Hellfire Citadel. For those who are still gearing up to tackle Mythic dungeons, or who prefer to use queued matchmaking, Raid Finder wings and the first Heroic dungeon each day will also provide Valor, as will most of Seer Kazal’s weekly event quests. Ethereal Voidbinders have made their way through time and space to Stormshield and Warspear, as well as returning to Orgrimmar and Stormwind, to allow players to use this Valor to upgrade their gear by up to 10 item levels. We decided to go with item upgrades rather than a Valor vendor because item upgrades offer power that complements items from other sources rather than competing with them.

Gift of the Grove Warden
Soon, players who dare to face the fearsome might of Archimonde will receive an added bonus. For a limited time, defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher will reward players with a mysterious fragment of dark power that begins a quest. When you bring this fragment to the druids of Moonglade, you’ll learn a little more about what’s in store for Azeroth, and the druids will give you a majestic Grove Warden mount in thanks for your efforts. This quest won’t be available forever—our current plan is to retire the quest in an update some time before Legion’s launch, so grab some friends and head to Hellfire Citadel while you can.

More Bigger Better: Item Rewards
We’re expanding the range of item quality for players within Mythic Dungeons and Tanaan Jungle. Players who take part in Mythic Dungeons will have a chance to gain items up to item level 725, and players who receive Baleful items will now have a chance to gain items up to item level 695. Players in Mythic Dungeons will also now have a chance to loot a new Heirloom Trinket that will scale to level 110.

Developer Insights
Running a dungeon is a bit more exciting when there’s a chance you might get a direct item upgrade, versus simply earning a predictable amount of currency per run. Thus, we’re also expanding the power of Warforged items in Mythic dungeons—rather than a static +20 item level bonus when a Mythic dungeon item is Warforged, there will be a chance for even greater increases in power. The very luckiest players might even obtain item level 725 versions of the dungeon drops, with increasingly better odds of 720, 715, and so forth, fully spanning the range from 685 to 725 in five item-level increments. We’re also applying this system to Baleful items from Tanaan itself, which can now range in quality from item level 655 all the way to 695. Raiding, crafting, and PvP will remain the most reliable sources of the best gear available, but we’d like to create the chance for surprise when you’re adventuring out in the world or in dungeons.

Arena Season 3
We’re also preparing to end Warlords Arena Season 2 and transition to Warlords Arena Season 3. We’ll have more details to share on this transition between seasons and the distribution of rewards in the near future.

Developer Insights
With Arena Season 3 we’ll be introducing new gear, including Warmongering Aspirant gear at PvP item level 715, Warmongering Combatant gear at 730, and Warmongering Gladiator gear at 740.

Make sure you keep an eye out for the complete patch, 6.2.3 notes and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the Public Test Realm.

Patch 6.2.3 PTR Notes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
New Timewalking Dungeons
  • A new Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event has been added to the holiday rotation, featuring the following dungeons:
    • End Time
    • Grim Batol
    • Lost City of Tol’vir
    • Stonecore
    • The Vortex Pinnacle
    • Throne of Tides
  • The existing Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking events have been expanded to include an additional dungeon each:
    • Magister’s Terrace (Burning Crusade)
    • Pit of Saron (Wrath of the Lich King)
  • New rare mount: Infinite Timereaver, has been added as a random drop from any Timewalking boss.
  • Added a vendor near the Cataclysm portals in Stormwind and Orgrimmar during the Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event that sells modernized Cataclysm gear and cool new toys.

Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding
  • Cross-Realm raiding has been enabled for Hellfire Citadel on Mythic difficulty. You’ll now be able to join with friends or fill that last raid spot to take on the most difficult encounters in Warlords of Draenor.

Item Upgrades and Valor are back!
  • Item upgrades are back! Players will be able to earn and spend Valor to upgrade items from Hellfire Citadel, items created from Baleful tokens in Tanaan Jungle, and all Draenor dungeon drops. All the items you’ve already earned are eligible for upgrades retroactively.
  • Characters can earn Valor in a number of ways.
    • Completing the first random Heroic Dungeon of the day
    • Completing Mythic Dungeons
    • Completing weekly Bonus Event quests
    • Completing a Raid Finder wing for Highmaul, Blackrock Foundry, or Hellfire Citadel for the first time each week.
  • To upgrade, visit your friendly neighborhood ethereal in Orgrimmar and Stormwind, or Stormshield and Warspear to upgrade your gear by 5 item levels at a time, up to twice per item, for a total potential boost of 10 item levels.

Improved Item Rewards
Mythic Dungeon Loot Improvements
  • Mythic Dungeons now have a chance to award items ranging from item level 685 to 725 in 5-item-level increments, with a progressively lower chance as item level increases.
  • Mythic Dungeon bosses now also have a chance to drop a new Heirloom Trinket that will scale up to level 110.
Baleful Item Level Boost
  • Baleful items now have a chance to create items ranging in quality from item level 655 to 695 in 5-item-level increments, with a progressively lower chance as item level increases.

Warlords Season 3
  • Around the release of Patch 6.2.3, a transition to Warlords Season 3 will take place. More information and details on the close of Warlords Season 2 and transition to the new season will be available in the future.
  • With the new season comes new gear. New Warmongering Aspirant gear scales up to PvP item level 715, Warmongering Combatant gear scales to 730, and Warmongering Gladiator gear scales to 740.

Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher will reward players with a mysterious fragment of dark power that begins a quest which will lead to the Grove Warden mount.

  • Increased the drop rates of Felblight from Skinning, Mining, Herbalism, and Fishing by about 20%.

Patch 6.2.2a Hotfixes - Oct 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Mannoroth
    • Mannoroth's Fel Hellstorm and Empowered Fel Hellstorm now deals 20% less damage on all difficulties.
    • Fixed an issue where Mannoroth's Gaze could cause players to fall through the world.
Toy Box
  • Fruit Basket is no longer usable inside raid instances.
by Published on 2015-10-13 07:27 PM

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BlizzCon 2015 Map and Schedule
The 2015 Blizzcon Map and Schedule have been released! There were a few tweaks to the previous one, but it still doesn't appear to have the previously mentioned Engineering panel.

Blizzcon 2015 Schedule
Note: all times are converted to the timezone your computer is currently in.

It's All About Pepe: New In-Game Outfits and Plush
You can finally find Pepe!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There’s something about Pepe that has everyone all aflutter, and today we have a bunch more reasons for you to love him.

First, we’ve added a Pepe plush to the Blizzard Gear Store*! He’s soft, squishy, loveable, and can clip onto a hat or hairband (or pretty much anywhere else) to go with you anywhere Pepe wants to go.

Get your own Pepe now!

But wait—there's more!

Pepe's Brand New Clothes
Several new in-game outfits for Pepe are also now available for you to track down. Collecting them all will reward the I Found Pepe! achievement. We’ve written some clues—and more than a couple of bad rhymes—to get you started on the right path to locating each one. (We’re not even a little sorry for it. Screenshots below not indicative of his in-game location. Good luck!)

Knight Pepe – Talador
Sir Pepe is a knight, you see, but every warrior needs a rest. You’ll find him half-asleep right now near a pile of amythest.

Ninja Pepe – Gorgrond
What killed these iron hordies, you thought you knew—but alas, you were wrong. Turns out it was the stealthy Ninja Pepe all along.

Pirate Pepe – Spires of Arak
Pirate Pepe flew down south to visit his feathered friends. You’ll find him there relaxing in some arrakoa ru-ins.

Viking Pepe – Nagrand
This Pepe will be easy for anyone to spot. Viking Pepe always thought his dancing moves were hot.

Join the celebration of our Pepe overlord! Share your Pepe love and screenshots with the @Warcraft Twitter using the hashtag #IFoundPepe all day today.

*Please note that in some locations customs fees may apply in addition to the normal shipping fees.
by Published on 2015-10-13 12:25 PM

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Overwatch Beta Preview Livestream
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Overwatch is making its official debut on Twitch this Thursday, October 15 ... and you're invited!

Join a duo of aspiring heroes, Haylinic and Ellohime, as they team up with our developers to fight for the future LIVE from Blizzard HQ. During these inaugural streams, you'll have a chance to see over 90 minutes of unedited real-time gameplay from not one, but two perspectives—plus, you'll get a first look at what you can expect from the upcoming Overwatch beta. (Wicked!)

Livestream Details:

Round up your allies, mark your calendars, and get ready for battle. We hope to see you there!

Rob Pardo - Games With Friends
Rob Pardo was at Unite this year and gave a short presentation during the keynote.

  • Dungeons and Dragons had a big impact on him as a game designer. It had a social storytelling experience that required a team.
  • Next he played some fighter games, such as Karate Champ.
  • Deathmatch games such as Doom came next, introducing new concepts. They were competitive games that you could play for a long time and leaderboards.
  • Warcraft II was the next game that had a big impact, as it was the first game he remembers playing with teams.
  • Next came online worlds like Ultima Online. Pardo saw people killing birds, collecting feathers, and making arrows to kill more birds, which looked boring. He then played the game and walked into the city where there were lots of players talking and interacting.
  • Everquest took the online world concept and added challenges that required a deep level of commitment, teamwork, and guilds, resulting in deep and long lasting friendships.
  • When looking at the games he played up to this point, he liked them all pretty equally, but the games with multiplayer had more playtime.

Multiplayer Games
  • Multiplayer makes a game very compelling, as they have competition, co-operation, friendships, community, and they are unique compared to other entertainment mediums.
  • There are other types of entertainment that are older than games, such as reading, movies, TV, music, and sports.
  • Movies and TV allow you to have a deeper emotional connection to the characters and story, as well as visualize things more vividly than books.
  • Sports is the closest of the other mediums to multiplayer games. If you actually compete, it gives you a lot of the same elements, but most people are spectators and consider it an entertainment medium. People love to get invested in their teams and watch them play.
  • Making multiplayer games is challenging, but it is worth it. Multiplayer makes games a unique medium compared to the others.
  • Multiplayer may also be inevitable, as more and more of the world is coming online.
  • The other games we play outside of digital games (board games, card games, drinking games) are almost all social games. In the gaming industry, it is the opposite, with most games not having multiplayer.
  • Multiplayer games allow you to explore friendships
    • Who can you depend on? - If someone gets awesome loot today, will they show up for the same boss tomorrow to help you?
    • What are they good at? - If you are playing a game like League of Legends, what roles are your friends good at?
    • Who picks you up when you are down? - When Pardo was playing Everquest, he teleported into a dungeon where he was instantly killed. This resulted in losing experience, his level up, and all of his stuff ended up on the ground. He ended up naked and unable to teleport back. His friends went to the dungeon with him and helped him get his gear back.
    • Are they good winners / losers? - Is someone flipping the table just because you beat them in a game?
    • Conversation during a shared activity - In some games, people log on just to chat with their guild. You can't do that at a music festival or during a movie.
    • Meeting new friends or a spouse - A decent number of people meet their spouse or long time friends in a multiplayer game.

Multiplayer Problems
  • Why aren't developers making more multiplayer games?
    • Too Niche? - There are lots of multiplayer games in the list of top grossing games of all times. Players often play them for years, allowing them to be very lucrative for the people that make them.
    • Too Expensive? - There is some truth to that, as those top grossing games often involve a lot of art resources. Adding multiplayer to games doesn't have to be expensive though. There are lots of smaller multiplayer games that are fun, interesting, and engaging.
    • Too Hard? - Accommodating lots of players and how they interact in a multiplayer game does have some challenges.
      • Networking and server code is hard, as is finding developers to work on it, as other big non-gaming companies want to hire those same people.
      • You need a critical mass of players if you want to have matchmaking that works well.
      • Game balance is also very important, as it enables your game to last for months or years.
      • Adding multiplayer means more features, such as chat and friends.
  • Watercooler Problem - You may meet someone that plays the same game as you and want to play together, but there are problems:
    • Skill gap - One of the players might have been playing the game a lot longer, resulting in a big skill gap.
    • Different levels - In an MMO, the players might not be the same level, resulting in gameplay that isn't fun for both players.
    • Different progression - You may be at different points in the story or quest lines, meaning that you can't play together.
    • Different servers - In games with multiple servers, you may not be on the same server as the other player.
    • Some of these problems existed (and still exist) in WoW and other Blizzard games.
    • Some games have solved these problems, such as Rock Band.

Future of Multiplayer
  • Play with your kids - There aren't a lot of great games you can play with your kids right now.
  • E-sports becoming more relevant - It may not be too long until e-sports are on ESPN and not ESPN2.
  • Device agnostic games - Interaction with PC-based MMOs on your mobile device.
  • Crossing national and language barriers - Gamers are worldwide and want to play together, especially in competitive games.
  • Virtual Reality is coming

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
New post: Communicating with players is not the product. Really, ?
While I agree that changing policies may be startling, companies should be able to do so if they aren't working for them. (OccupyGStreet)
You are also within your rights to claim that you preferred an old policy better of course. (OccupyGStreet)
But B's traditional policy was one of limited discourse. I helped change that somewhat, but perhaps outside of their comfort zone. (OccupyGStreet)
You admit yourself that technically the product is a game, not how developers interact with players about the game. (OccupyGStreet)
yes, but is the naked software all of the "service package" an MMORPG offers? Plus I talk about expectations, set and ruined.
I do think you can argue that the entire player experience even outside of the "box" (lol) is part of the product. (OccupyGStreet)

Guild Wars 2 - Economy and Legendary Weapons
ArenaNet posted two new blog posts covering the economy and how legendary weapons will work in Heart of Thorns. In the economy blog, they note that dungeons will get a gold nerf to move the focus to raids and fractals, as that is the content they want to support. Some additional questions were answered on the forum.

DLC #508 - Howling for You
DLC #508 has been released.

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