World of Warcraft: What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

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This blog is one that I am writing because I want to participate in the 10 Years: 10 Questions project.  (Click the link to find out more about it).   Obviously, that means that I should have a ten part series when I am finished.  Ideally, I’d like to finish before the deadline, September 1, 2014, but I will continue the writing even it miss the cut off.

Each of the 10 questions asks players of World of Warcraft to look back at their experiences during the 10 years that World of Warcraft has been in existence.  Players are free to give any answer that they feel is appropriate for the questions.  I’ve barely begun working on this set of questions, and already, it has made me really think about what this game has meant to me and what I’ve done in it.

Question 4: What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

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Diablo III: Patch 2.1.0 – First Impressions

New in 2.1.0

Patch 2.1.0 for the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion dropped this week. I managed to download it and get in game the first night, despite the DDoS attacks that Blizzard Entertainment (and other gaming sites) were experiencing. This blog is a brief look at some of my first impressions of this patch. The screenshots you see in this blog are from August 26, 2014.

Currently, I’m trying to get my Wizard to Level 70 and I’m playing in Story Mode in “soft core”. I also want to get him through the story content in all V Acts. My first experience with this patch was under those circumstances.

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World of Warcraft: What factors determined your faction choice in game?

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This blog is part of a ten part series I am doing because I want to participate in the 10 Years: 10 Questions project.  (Click the link to find out more about it.)

There are ten questions that World of Warcraft players can answer.  Each one asks them to really think about their experiences in the 10 years since World of Warcraft began.  Players can use this experience to share their memories, thoughts, and even rants about WoW.

Question 3: Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

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Hearthstone: Opening an Arena Pack

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Recently, I ventured into the Arena in Hearthstone for the very first time.  Things didn’t go well.  I lost all three matches, and that was the end of that.

The entire reason why I went into the Arena was because I had a quest appear that let me try it out for free.  I do not feel that the Arena will be a priority for me at this time.

Even when you lose in Hearthstone, you still earn some experience points.  I learned that losing all three matches in the Arena still results in receiving a prize.  One of the prizes I got was a pack of cards, which I have now opened.  These screenshots were taken on August 10, 2014.

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Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon – book review

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Diablo III: Storm of Light is Nate Kenyon’s second book that was written in the Diablo “universe”. Like his first one, Diablo III: The Order, this book is about situations and adventures that take place just outside of the story you learn as you play through the Diablo III game.  If you ever wondered what happened in between Act IV and Act V in Diablo III, this is the book that has the answers you are seeking.

This book review will not include any “spoilers” from the book.  However, I am going to reference parts of the Diablo III video game.  If you are someone who has not yet completed the game through the end of Act IV, you may want to bookmark this review and return to it after you have seen the cinematic for Act V.

If you are someone who has no intention of playing Diablo III, but who reads books that are filled with the dramatic adventures of a group of heroes, you will like this book.  The book stands alone, while masterfully weaving in lore from other parts of the Diablo III “universe”.  Anyone can pick up Diablo III: Storm of Light even if they know absolutely nothing about the game or the lore that connects with it, and enjoy the adventure and characters in the story.  Those who are knowledgeable about the previous books in the Diablo “universe” are in for some special treats!

When players reach the end of Act IV in the Diablo II...

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World of Warcraft: What was the first ever character you rolled?

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This blog is part of a ten part series that I am doing because I want to participate in the 10 Years: 10 Questions project.  (Click the link to learn more about it).  Each of the ten questions asks players of World of Warcraft to recall, and share, the memories that they have from the first 10 years of World of Warcraft.

Question 2: What was the first character you rolled?

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Flight Rising: Livewire Grizzly

Livewire Grizzly

The Livewire Grizzly was part of the 2014 Thundercrack Carnivale in Flight Rising.  It is an annual event that takes place at the end of July.  The “new year” starts over in June with a brand new batch of collectible Elemental Familiars.  Last time around it was Sprites.  This time is is a series of bears.

The best way to obtain an Elemental Familiar is to pick it up while the holiday is going on.

A fairly recent change at Flight Rising gave players another way to obtain some of the previous Elemental Familiars that they may have missed out on.  Some may appear as part of a randomized event in December.  It will be “more expensive and more difficult to obtain than simply picking up the familiars during its festive month.” All of the artwork in this post is a copyright of Flight Rising.

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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – Heroic Arachnid Quarter – Anub’Rekhan

Anub'Rekhan

Curse of Naxxramus is the new solo adventure content in Hearthstone.  I’ve finished the Normal Mode and the two class challenges in this section.  The next step is to try the Heroic Mode.

So far, I have been really unsuccessful with this part!  Try as I might, I cannot defeat Anub’Rekhan in Heroic.  Instead, I ended up using it as a way to level up some of my decks that still needed to unlock cards.  I also took this opportunity to experiment with building a customized deck (something I’d never tried before).

Some of the screenshots that you see in this blog were taken on August 2, 2014.  Others were taken within the next week or two.

Naxxramus Arachnid Quarter HeroicIn the above scre...

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World of Warcraft: Why did you start playing Warcraft?

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This blog is the first in a ten part series that I am doing because I want to participate in the 10 Years: 10 Questions project. (Click the link to learn more about it.) Each of the ten questions asks players to recall, and share, the memories that they have of World of Warcraft over the last 10 years.

Question 1: Why did you start playing Warcraft?

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Hearthstone: Opening a Pack

Hearthstone opening a pack

My primary motivation for writing this blog, right now, is because my computer’s start up disk is full (again).  Blizzard Entertainment has blessed me with lots and lots of patches to their games, the WoD beta, and the HOTS Alpha.  I can’t keep them all, so I’m going to temporarily delete Hearthstone for a while.

The secondary motivation for writing this blog is to use up some Hearthstone screenshots that I’ve been meaning to put into a blog.  Desperation has inspired me to become efficient, it seems.

The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on January 27, 2014.  I cannot remember for the life of me how I got this pack of cards.  I’ve never purchased any, so that is not the reason.  Could they be from attending Blizzcon 2013?

What’s inside this pack?  I h...

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