There's a 100% bonus exp event going on this weekend (until December 29th). Get leveled while you can!
Don't forget to pick up your Winterveil presents under the tree in Ironforge!
LotRO pictures for the 16th Anniversary have been added to the Landroval Events page.
Yule festival is going!
Going through old files, I found that the WoW and LotRO celebrations for the 16th Anniversary did not make it up yet to those guild branches' Events pages. You can now find the WoW celebration up. The LotRO celebration will be up soon.
I was reminded I hadn't announced the LotRO news for the meeting, so here it is now :}
The LotRO servers are going to be down Monday, December 15th to update to patch 15.1.
I do my best to offer the gaming news I think people will be interested in for the Games Site, but I can't catch it all :} Any members who would like to help keep me up to date on gaming news you think might be of interest to the Valar Guild (i.e., patch releases, new game releases, etc. for games we play, or games you play and would like to see more Valar Guild members in) feel free to e-mail me said news and I'll take a look and try to get it up here. Links to the announcements help :}
Check out the latest hotfixes.
Also, the Feast of Winterveil will be starting this week. Get the achievements while you can!
A new blog has been posted: From the Bullpen: Heroes and Villians.
A new iteration of the Games Site has been launched! Thank you to Varda for helping me try to make sure everything worked. Among the changes are:
Bofur and Nob are the first to make it to 100! Eonwë was next by a couple of days :}
WoW's 10th Annvisary is going! Log in for your own molten corgi! If you get to 100 and get an average item level of 615, you can give the Molten Core LFR a try for a guaranteed mount and achievement (for beating Ragnaros), and a chance at other goodies! The event goes until January 6th, so get it while you can!
Be sure to check on the recent hotfixes too.
Warlords of Draenor is live!
See the recent hotfixes.
Warlords of Draenor is live!
See the Season 2 First Look.
Blizzard has also announced their next new IP: Overwatch!
See updates to the Starcraft 2 pages with the blog Protoss Spotted!
Patch 22.214.171.12498 has been released.
Patch 6.0.2 has been released! The Iron Horde is upon us, and they've crushed our stats underfoot! OK, Blizzard squished the stats, but see that and more of what happened in the patch notes. Then take a look at the hotfixes. Get in on the pre-expansion events!
Hallows End is also here, with new pets, new masks, some costumes, and gear now at item level 540, equivalent to normal(formerly flex) raid gear.
If you were waiting for the last minute to complete anything before Warlords of Draenor, it's here. The pre-expansion patch comes to WoW October 14th.
More on garrisons in Garrison Preview Part 2 - Who Are You Calling Your People?
A new comic, Blackhand, is available for reading and download.
New Terran Tech Schematics were posted.
Patch 2.1.5 was released this week.
Happy 17th Anniversary!
The Games Site Mass-Update has completed. Please check your gaming info to make sure it's correct. If it's not, or it's not there, e-mail me to correct it!
Patch 6.0.2 is now on the background downloader.
A new preview for garrisons has been put up. See Garrison Preview Part 2 - All Buildings Great and Small.
The fifth Lords of War cinematic has been released: Lords of War: Part 5 - Maraad.
It's last call for Mists of Pandaria-era Challenge Mode, Brawler's Guild, and Siege of Orgrimmar heirlooms! Here's the announcement.
A new feature is coming: Undelete Character.
Patch 2.1.1 has been released.
Patch 2.1.4 has been released.
Patch 126.96.36.19985 has been released.
There's alot of WoW news this week.
The PTR patch notes have been updated.
The fourth Lords of War cinematic has been released: Lords of War: Part 4 - Kilrogg.
If you're looking to get the legendary cloak from Wrathion's quests, you need to complete it before the expansion goes live.
Finally, Blizzard is planning to free up character names from characters that have no been used in a long time. Read the announcement for more info.
Update 14.2 was released. See the patch notes for what changed.
Heroes of the Storm is soon entering the final phase of technical alpha.
Update 14.2 will be going live Monday September 15th. Servers will be down from 6am to 1pm Eastern time.
More updates have been made to the Terran unit information pages as mentioend in the blog You Aren't Going In Alone.
The next Lords of War cinematic has been released: Lords of War: Part 2 - Grommash.
The Games Site Mass-Update has begun! Send in your most recent gaming info by September 30th!
The beta patch notes have been updated.
The public test realm is now up for patch 2.1.4.
If you want to get the first wing of Naxxramas free, you have until October 8 to do so.
A Dev Insight blog has been posted: Developer Insights: The Heart of a Queen.
The LotRO Player table has been updated to reflect the new level cap of 100.
The Curse of Naxxramas: Frostwyrm Lair is now open.
A new Artcraft has been released on Dem Trolls, Mon.
A blog has also been posted on Group Finder changes: Premade Groups: Looking for Adventure.
Last, but not least, the release date for Warlords of Draenor was announced: November 13th. Follow the link to see the Cinematic. Check out the goodies in the Collector's Edition too. Also, get an idea of whats coming in the pre-expansion patch in the blog Prepare for Battle: The Pre-Expansion Iron Horde Excursion.
See the latest installment of the Science Corner: Intruder Detected.
The Curse of Naxxramas: Construct Quarter is now open.
Three new heroes were announced at Gamescon.
Another update to the Warlords of Draenor Beta patch notes has been posted.
A free comic has been posted for download: Gul'dan and the Stranger.
An overview of another raid has been posted. Follow the link for more on Cracking Karazhan.
Finally, the two biggest pieces of news. For World of Warcraft's 10th Anniversary, Blizzard has big, big plans. See what they're doing to help us revisit the "good ol' days" of Tarren Mill vs Southshore and Molten Core as they're Gearing Up to Celebrate 10 Years of World of Warcraft.
Last is the reveal of the Warlords of Draenor Cinematic and release date coming August 14th. Join them in person or on worldofwarcraft.com and remember to Save the Date! You’re Invited to a Warlords World Premiere.
The Curse of Naxxramas: Military Quarter is now open.
A blog on Matchmaking Design was posted this week.
Some interesting information has been posted about 3 zerg species, as announced in The Science Corner - Zerg Specimen Analysis.
Server maintenance will be going on Monday, August 4th from 6am to 10am Eastern.
Update 14.1 will be released Monday. Servers will be down from 7a to 11a Eastern time. Patch notes can be found here.
The first addition to Hearthstone has been released: Curse of Naxxramas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!