Lothar Friday run.
Independence Day (USA).
Update 14 was released this week. See the patch notes for what's been added.
A new letter from Executive producer Aaron Campbell was posted to the LotRO forums discussing the LotRO team's goals for 2014.
A preview of Ashran has also been posted.
A look at the denizens of Shadowmoon Valley has also been released.
Finally, the Warlords of Draenor Beta patch notes have been updated.
The 2.0.1 PTR patch notes have been updated.
A new Artcraft has been posted. See the changes to the male of Draenei, Son of Draenor.
The Warlords of Draenor beta patch notes have been updated.
Blizzard posted a blog about how cheating is and can be dealt with in Starcraft 2. You can read the blog Play Nice, Play Fair - How We Fight Cheating in Starcraft 2 for more info.
The 2.0.1 PTR patch notes have been updated.
Game Servers and the account website will be down Monday for maintenance and for updating to Update 14 from 6am to 1pm Eastern time.
Blizzard has posted a blog about the level 70 raid The Black Temple.
Finally, Blizzard has "found" some more footage following the events of the Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic.
Warlords of Draenor has moved on from Alpha and is now in Beta!
A brief Artcraft has been released on the Human Male model update: Artcraft: Champion of Stormwind.
A preview of another zone in Warlords of Draenor has been release: Tanaan Jungle:Assault on Another World.
The Battle.net Desktop App will be the launcher for WoW soon.
The game servers and account servers will be down Monday, June 30th 6:00am to 3:00pm Eastern time.
The launcher for Starcraft 2 will also be moving to the Battle.net Desktop App.
Midsummer Fire Festival is going.
A preview for Shadowmoon Valley has been posted this week.
An update has been made to the Orc female's character viewer.
A new blog was posted, giving a preview of the patch 2.1 PTR.
The LotRO game servers and account page will be down on Monday, June 23 from 6am to 11am eastern for maintenance.
Patch 2.0.6 was released this week. See the patch notes for details.
It looks like Warlords of Draenor is now officially in Alpha.
Check out the current status of stats for Warlords of Draenor in the new Dev Watercooler: Stat Updates for Warlords of Draenor.
According to the most recent connected realms update, Lothar is scheduled to be connected to the realm Grizzly Hills on June 19.
LotRO game servers and the turbine account page will be offline on Monday, June 09th from 7am to 12pm Eastern for an update to the launcher.
A new Artcraft was released this week showcasing the work done on the Night Elf female model. Check out Artcraft - Huntress of Teldrassil.
Patch 5.4.8 is on the PTR.
Diablo 3's anniversary is going from May 15 to May 22. During this time, the drop rate on legendaries and rift fragments has been increased.
LotRO game servers and the turbine account page will be offline on Monday, May 19th from 6am to 10am Eastern.
Two new blogs have been posted by Blizzard. First is an announcement on what will be happpening to Siege of Orgrimmar in 6.0. The second is an Artcraft on the Spires of Arak.
Update 13.1 came out Monday.
Blizzard has released 3 blogs detailing the history and current direction of raids in WoW, with a look at Warlords of Draenor. Check out Dev Watercooler: Raiding Azeroth, Part 1, A Look Back, Part 2, From Cataclysm to Today, and Part 3, Warlords of Draenor.
Blizzard also released a blog post on the future of PvP. Check out Warlords of Draenor: Equipping for Battle.
Update 13.1 is coming Monday, and with it some server downtime.
Update 13: The Breaking of Isengard launched earlier this week. See the patch notes for more info.
In other news, the next class has been announced: the Beorning! See this and more info to come in LotRO in this letter from Executive Producer Aaron Campbell
Updates have been made to the Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is now in Alpha! Interested in the early phase of what's going to change? Check out the Alpha patch notes! Remember this is still alpha and things are subject to change.
A new round of answers have been posted in Ask Creative Development - Round 4.
An update on the End of Challenge Mode Season has been posted.
If you've missed the April Fools jokes Blizzard posted, you can see them here.
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is out!
A new dev watercooler has been posted: Building Healthy Gameplay.
Patch 2.1.1 is live. See the patch notes for more info.
Patch 2.0.2 is live. See the patch notes for more info.
Some more Warcraft updates.
We have a new Dev Watercooler discussing the upcoming skill and stat changes in Warlords of Draenor: Pruning the Garden of War.
We also have some updates on Connected Realms.
Diablo 3 has had some updates as well.
Pre-Order loot for the Reaper of Souls expansion has been revealed. See it here.
Patch 2.0.1, the pre-expansion patch, has also been released. Check out the patch notes to see what's changed.
Or, you can check out Blizzard's game guide, which has been updated to reflect the changes.
Should you want an amusing overview of some of the bigger changes, you can also check out the Blizzard article "Are You Prepared For 2.0.1?"
Not to be left out, Starcraft 2 has had a balance update.
Several pieces of Warcraft news are available this week as well.
First, patch 5.4.7 came out. See the patch notes for more details.
Second, we have some information on the coming pvp updates .
Finally, some information on the next set of connected realms.
Several pieces of Warcraft news are available.
First, Blizzard has released a look at the artistic development of Garrisons for Warlords of Draenor.
Second, they have updated the Characters of Warcraft section of the Community Site.
Third, they have announced that the challenge mode season for Mists of Pandaria will be ending with a patch preceding Warlords of Draenor. This means anyone who wants the rewards (titles, mounts, and/or transmog gear) currently available will want to get it before this patch comes. They will make an announcement when this expected to happen, but for now you can get some more info here.
Blizzard has posted an article discussing their goals for the character model update, along with a first look at the improvements for the human female model. See it here!
Patch 12.2 has been released. Check out the patch notes for more info!
Patch 2.1 has been released! Check out the patch notes for more info!
Blizzard has also posted an article about the new art tools now available to modders.
Looks like Blizzard is about ready to make its new desktop app the launcher by which all Blizzard games will be accessed, as with the 2.0.1 patch it will replace the launcher for D3. See the announcement here.
Lunar Festival starts today.
Blizzard shared a little bit of info about what to expect for pre-orders of the Warlords of Draenor expansion for WoW, particularly related to the free level 90 boost and the possibility of purchasing a boost for multiple characters. See more in the scouting report.
Data for the Reaper of Souls expansion patch as well as the pre-expansion patch is available now on the background downloader. See here for more info.
Sapience has invited players on each server to take his Hobbits to Isengard. Follow that link for more info on when and how to participate.
I've made some adjustments to the Games Site, among them removing the submenus that popped up on mousover of items in the main menu on the left, since it doesn't work well for several screen sizes and resolutions. You can still access those menus same as before as pages of the Games Site by clicking on the menu items themselves.
The Feast of Winter Veil is over, but the Darkmoon Faire is going!
Yule Festival is going until January 14th!
Happy New Year!