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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

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Feature: Ships, time travelling and myths.

Returning To World Of Warcraft With Patch 6.2

I've been playing WoW on and off for most of my adult life and quite a bit more besides. It is my comfort game, a warm blanket of mob-killing, number-crunching and loot-grabbing that has always been there when I've needed it. Latest expansion Warlords of Draenor [official site] was, on release, the best the game has ever been in terms of quality, though rather quickly…

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Avast: World Of Warcraft Adding Garrison Shipyards

For a game supposedly about war and the crafting of warthings, World of Warcraft [official site] doesn't have much of any of that. Mostly the Horde and Alliance stand on opposite sides of the warhall sneering and occasionally yelling e.g. "You're rubbish you are!" The Warlords of Draenor expansion did add a little warcrafting, though, letting folks build and upgrade their own garrison. Now Blizzard…

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Buy World Of Warcraft Subs For Gold With WoW Tokens

MMORPG players buying and selling virtual money for real money is, we all know, very naughty indeed. Folks who want to skip the grind end up driving up auction house prices for everyone, making the grind even grindier for those without cash to flash. MMOs tend to ban users buying gold (or credz, shillings, cybershillings...), but a few have introduced roundabout official ways to do…

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Buy World Of Warcraft Subscriptions For In-Game Gold

Blizzard have announced that an "upcoming patch" will introduce the ability to buy World of Warcraft [official site] game time tokens to be sold on the in-game auction house for gold, the game's primary currency. This means two things: there is now a first party, risk free way to buy WoW gold for real cash, cutting the legs out from under a long-standing and TOS-breaking…

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Warlords Of Draenor: Blackrock Foundry’s Raid Bosses

Blizzard have released a preview for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor raid Blackrock Foundry, with info about its denizens and bosses as well as some general Foundry facts. The raid opens on February 4th with Normal and Heroic difficulties (Mythic is slightly later on Feb 11th and Raid Finder kicks in on the 18th) taking the titular Blackrock Foundry as its setting. The Foundry used…

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4 years ago

Feature: Best Writers Pick Best Games

Bestest Best Games Of 2014: The Contributor’s Picks

We're blessed at Rock, Paper, Shotgun with the best contributing writers in videogames, so it seemed only reasonable to ask them for some of their finely-worded thoughts on the bestest best games of 2014. We asked Tim Stone, Cara Ellison, Ben Barrett, Brendan Caldwell, Cassandra Khaw, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Marsh Davies, Rob Sherman and Rich Stanton to pick their favourite and write a brief summary of…

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Feature: Garrison And On And On

Why WoW Is Now All About WarCraft 3-Style Player Bases

Garrisons are the biggest, splashiest feature of Warlords of Draenor by a considerable margin. Players have been rhubarbing about the lack of player housing for years, and this is Blizzard answering them while drawing from their RTS roots for inspiration. Combine these factors and you get an instanced Warcraft III-style base of your very own, complete with meaningful building choices and dozens of NPC followers.…

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10 Million World Of Warcrafteers And A Lawsuit Settlement

It looks like something of a double celebration for Activision Blizzard as the company announces a sizeable uptick in World of Warcraft subscribers (they're back above 10 million) and a settlement in that shareholder case. Party hats at dawn...

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Feature: Hearth and home

World Of Warcraft – Warlords Of Draenor review

World of Warcraft is ten years old and over that decade it has dominated the genre it popularised back in 2004. Given the size and devotion of its playerbase, it isn't surprising to see another spurt of growth, adding bulk in the form of a stack of new content. Tom Mayo explored that content and found that the game hasn't just expanded - with the…

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World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor Has Launched

With World of Warcraft's fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, having launched this morning, Alice and Pip offer their expert analysis after watching two (2) trailers. Pip: Alice. There is a World of Warcraft expansion out called Warlords of Draenor – I know this because I have seen TWO (2) trailers for it. You going to play it? Alice: I shan't, no - I have one…

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Black, White And Free All Over: Mists Of Pandaria

Preparations for the Warlords of Draenor expansion to World of Warcraft continues. Yesterday brought The Iron Tide, the traditional pre-expansion patch with all its many changes. Now Blizzard have done the other now-traditional thing and folded the last expansion's content into the base World of Warcraft game. That means subscribers who never bought Mists of Pandaria no longer need to, as its landmass and quests…

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Interdimensional Time-Orcs: WoW 6.0.2 Coming Soon

I returned to World of Warcraft earlier this year on the encouragement of a few online friends. I hadn't played since the release of Mists of Pandaria in late 2012 and hadn't paid attention to the game's systems since the end of Cataclysm's life cycle. It was an odd experience; a game that I find in some ways intimately familiar, made strange through numerous small…

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WoW’s 10th Anniversary Brings Nostalgia, Molten Corgis

Blizzard usually throw a birthday party for World of Warcraft, but are really indulging their love of pomp and nostalgia as the MMORPG hits double digits. WoW's 10th anniversary celebrations will bring a level-100 version of the classic Molten Core raid and a new PvP battleground based on old favourite murderzones Tarren Mill and Southshore. Having a bash at those will get players special mounts and…

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World of Warcraft Getting Warlordier On November 13th

I've spoken about the Blizzard cinematic siren before and it has gone off again. Yesterday evening at an event in Los Angeles (which, for some reason, was then simulcast to the Blizzard booth at Gamescom rather than just being ran there) the titanic MMO developer showed off the CGI intro to Warlords of Draenor, the next World of Warcraft expansion. Blizz announced its release date--November…

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This Means War: WoW’s Level 90 Boost To Cost $60

At what point does a microtransaction cease to be a microtransaction? It's a question that's plagued my more contemplative brain tubules for years now, twisting the follicles of my whiskey soaked beard until they snap. But finally, I think I have an answer: when it's the price of a full goddamn game. We already knew that World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor expansion would bring…

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5 years ago

Feature: The War Against Time

Blizz On World Of Warcraft’s Procedural Future, Warcraft IV

By most estimates, World of Warcraft is now 17 million years old. Typically, Internet scientists carbon date it by slicing open expansion packs and counting the rings, but there is some controversy surrounding that method. One thing's certain, though: WoW's been at the top of the MMO food chain since before man invented either food or chains. Its age is starting to show, and even…

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Feature: Back To The Future Past's Present

Warlords Of Draenor – Outland, Housing, Naked Gnomes

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is officially, incontrovertibly A Thing. But what kind of a thing? Well, it's a WoW expansion, so don't expect the world's most immersive virtual minigolf park, a karaoke-based Annoy John simulator, or a really good hotdog. But it is pushing into *some* uncharted territory, and for the rest, well, there's always time travel. Warlords of Draenor is headed back in time…

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