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Pirate's Day
Pirates' Day is here again. The only change to the event is the addition of Big Bag of Booty.

Armory Stats - Pirate's Day and Day of the Dead
Today we are looking at how players are doing on the completion of Pirates' Day and Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead doesn't take place until November, but it is close to Blizzcon, so hopefully we will be busy with news by then.

Today's data is from 2.1 million players active since August 1, 2015.

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Name Percent Points Category
The Captain's Booty Drink with the Dread Captain DeMeza to join her crew during Pirates' Day.
35.61% 10World Events
Dead Man's Party Dance with Catrina to become a skeleton during the Day of the Dead.
47.30% 10World Events
To The Afterlife Defeat a contender while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
9.72% 5World Events
Vientos! Defeat 20 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
4.73% 5World Events
Calavera Defeat 50 contenders while wearing a contender's outfit purchased during Day of the Dead.
4.13% 10World Events

Patch 6.2 - Naval Hats
If you are looking for Naval themed hats for Pirate's Day, don't forget about the new hats added in Patch 6.2. There is also the Ghostly Iron Buccaneer's Hat, which will transform you into a skeleton pirate for an hour! It is a ~37% drop from Captain Ironbeard in Tanaan Jungle.

Level Type Name Source
100Other Ghostly Iron Buccaneer's HatLooted
1Cosmetic Captain's Hat Petty Officer
1Cosmetic Captain's Hat Petty Officer
1Cosmetic Fleet Commander's Hat Charting a Course
1Cosmetic Fleet Commander's Hat Charting a Course

Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC Partner for New Novels
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Good news, book lovers! Next year you can look forward two new exciting novels from Blizzard Entertainment universes. So prepare yourself for World of Warcraft: Illidan by William King due to release in March, and for an original StarCraft novel by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn. We will be localizing these books in several different languages so stay tuned for more details!

Additionally, we're pleased to announce that Blizzard Entertainment and Random House LLC will be partnering up to publish not only the novels mentioned above but many more from the Warcraft universe, StarCraft universe, and other Blizzard universes.

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Do you think you can devote too many resources trying to "outdo" yourself that you deliver good content but too little of it?
Easily. This is a big problem in game development. I preach the mantra "the enemy of good is perfect." (OccupyGStreet)

In the past, being behind on content was OK (Kara, SSC, etc). Is being behind current content really an issue? What changed?
The team worked hard on Ulduar, but many players weren't ready for the content and didn't participate. (OccupyGStreet)
We didn't want a model where later tiers saw less and less participation. Not sure that was the right call, but that was the logic (OccupyGStreet)

More real talk: are MMO subs REALLY cyclical? Which has changed more: game design or gamers? Which influenced the other more?
I think players have just "been there / done that." RTS as a genre isn't as widespread as it used to be either. (OccupyGStreet)
Blizzard does fine with their MMO and RTS but the list drops off quickly after them. (OccupyGStreet)
Some genres seem more evergreen, principally FPS and some RPGs. MMO may need to innovate dramatically to stay vibrant as a genre. (OccupyGStreet)
Do you think it's because gameplay is "second" in MMOs (and usually dull, compared to FPS)? Or because of the "casual" shift.
I think something about FPS gameplay is evergreen. You don't get bored of those games for some reason. (OccupyGStreet)

World of Warcraft Skyrim Mods
johnskyrim is back, sharing a Judgement Armor Skyrim mod on Reddit today. We also included some of his previous work.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Pirate's Day, Armory Stats, Blizzard and Random House Partnership, Tweets, Fan Art started by chaud View original post

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