Episode# 11 is live! It’s a Multi-boxing extravaganza!

Episode# 11 (our first minicast show) is now live and available for download. We finally tackle the wonderful subject of multi-boxing and Mr. Jesse shares his first hand experience multi-boxing his way from level 1 all the way to level 80! Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the latest (and slightly shocking announcement) that Blizzard will be allowing faction changes! What?! Listen in for our lively discussion.

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we feature the first in our The Starting Zone advanced series and focus on the wonderful world of multi-boxing. It’s a complex process (and one that we don’t recommend to brand new players). However, if you’re interested in the idea of leveling more than one character at the same time, then this is the podcast episode for you! Lots ‘o links below!

First, great general links about multi-boxing:

Links for multi-boxing software:

  • Keyclone (this is the software I (Jesse) use)
  • Octopus (a free keycloning / multiboxing software package)
  • Jamba (the MUST-HAVE World of Warcraft addon for multiboxers)

More links to come as I remember them!

Enjoy!

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Episode# 10: More DOTs, More DOTs and other Warlock sayings.

Episode# 10 is now live and available for download. After a technical problem stalled our Druid release, we’ve returned with a SUPER special guest this week: Michelle Madison of Videogame Outsiders and Warcraft Outsiders who shares her first hand knowledge of Warlocks in the fourth part of our class series. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the latest news coming from the upcoming release of Patch 3.2, including many changes coming to mounts! Mounts at level 20 for 4 Gold now?!  What?! Listen in for more information.

Mick also introduces his new Contribute to a Segment segment (as redundant as that may sound). Listen for your own personal contributions in the show!

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we feature the fourth in our class series. In this week’s episode, we focus on Warlocks! Special guest Michelle Madison brings her two-plus years of DOTing experience to the table!

In our discussion, we cover:

  • Warlock demons (which ones to use and when)
  • DOTs and curses and helpful suggestions for early spell rotations
  • The strange, but oh-so-powerful use of Life Tap and seeing your health as an extension of your mana – A MUST for any new Warlock player!
  • Warlock talent specs, including Michelle’s recommended Demonology/Afflication spec also known as the Fel Guard/Emberstorm spec.
  • Recommend Warlock Glyphs
  • Warlock PVP Tips including how to use that Voidwalker to give yourself a shield! Awesome!
  • A recommended low-level robe for budding Warlocks called Robes of Arugal.
  • And much, much more!

For a fantastic rundown of Warlock beginner, intermediate AND advanced info, we recommend you check this link. There’s alot of info here (and SOME of it is outdated), but it’s a VERY, VERY helpful rundowns of Warlock spells, rotations and abilities.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

This week, we discuss some valuable addons to help manage your DOTs, Soul Shards, Demons, etc:

  • Necrosis: An addon custom tailored for Warlocks and their DOTs and Soul Shards.
  • Event Horizon: Another helpful addon to track your DOTs and how long they have before they “fall off” or expire on your target.

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We update the latest “dingers” in the guild (including both Mick and Jesse hitting 80 with their respective mains) and remind everyone of upcoming events in July. Oh, and we read some iTunes shoutouts too!

Enjoy!

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Episode# 9: Stealth, pickpocketing and other Rogue-like things is Live!

Episode# 9 is now live and available for download. Thanks to Scott for joining us as our special guest. This week, we feature Rogues in the third part of our class series. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the release of Patch 3.1.3 and some of the rumors surrounding the upcoming Patch 3.2 including the newly announced skins for Druid Bear and Cat forms.

We remind everyone to keep click on that wonderful Mountain Dew Game Fuel World of Warcraft Promotion event so that we can win ourselves a trip to Blizzcon 2009 since Jesse’s latest attempt failed miserably.

We also discuss (and argue) about our favorite (and least favorite) starting zones in the game!

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we feature the third in our class series. In this week’s episode, we focus on Rogues! Special guest Scott brings his three-plus years of back-stabbing experience to the table!

In our discussion, we cover:

  • Energy and Combo Points (when and how to use them)
  • Stealth (and how to take advantage of the skill)
  • Poisons (which ones to use while level)
  • Rogue talent specs, including an overall discussion of the differences between Assassination, Combat and Subtlety and which one we recommend for new players
  • Rogue Spell Rotations
  • Recommend Rogue Glyphs
  • Rogue PVP Tips!
  • Recommended low-level swords for combat Rogues including
  • And much, much more!

For a fantastic rundown of Rogue beginner, intermediate AND advanced info, we recommend you check this link. There’s alot of info here, but it’s a VERY, VERY helpful rundowns of Rogue spells, rotations and abilities.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

This week, we discuss a very important addon to maximize your DPS rotations:

  • Recount: One of the best mods for tracking your DPS, overall damage and a myriad of other statistics.

LISTENER EMAIL

We cover a bunch of emails including another discussion of the roll-system in parties and when to  select Need, Greed and (most importantly) Pass!

Also, listener Brandon posted a complete list of in-game shorthand (check out the related post).

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We update the latest “dingers” in the guild and remind everyone of our Instance event this Saturday (June 13th) and our next PVP event (June 27th). Oh, and we read some iTunes shoutouts too!

Enjoy!

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Episode# 8: AOE, DPS, PUGS and other loveable WoW Acronyms!

Episode# 8 is live and available for download. This week, we take a break from the class series to answer listener emails as well as cover everyone’s favorite in-game WoW Acronyms! Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the surprise that was Patch 3.1.2 including our review of the newly added in-game Equipment Manager.

We also unveil some information regarding the Mountain Dew Game Fuel World of Warcraft Promotion event where you can win your very own in-game vanity pet, along with tons of other cool prizes!

Finally, Jesse breaks down his experience trying to get Blizzcon 2009 tickets and his first foray into Dual-Speccing! Good times all around!

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we take a break from our class series to answer some emails and cover some of the most popular WoW acroynms.

For those looking for a decent list of in-game WoW acronyms, we highly suggest checking out this link.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

This week, we showcase two of our favorite addons:

  • Bartender: One of the best ways to manage your action bars!
  • ArkInventory: The best (in our opinion) in-game addon to manage your bags!

LISTENER EMAIL

A whole bunch of emails this week including a lively discussion on Death Knights, the social aspect of WoW and other entertaining facts!

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We update the latest “dingers” in the guild!

Enjoy

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Episode# 7: Ode to Righteous Fury, A Paladin Story!

Episode# 7 is now live and available for download. Thanks to Chad for joining us as our special guest. This week, we feature Paladins in the second part of our class series. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we cover Blizzard’s recent announcement of Blizzcon 2009 Ticket Sales! For those who are interested in attending the August 21-22 event in Anaheim, California, tickets go on sale THIS Saturday (May 16th). Click this link to learn more about the ticket purchasing system.

We also discuss a rather “interesting” WoW-playing environment called the WoW Pod. It features a decorated hut to play in, built-in keyboard, monitor and computer as well as some amenities that may or may not surprise you. Click here to learn more!

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we feature the second in our class series. In this week’s episode, we focus on another very popular class: Paladins! Special guest Chad brings his three-years of Paladin-playing experience to the discussion table! 

  • In our discussion, we cover:
  • Auras and Blessings (and which ones to use while leveling)
  • Seals and Judgments
  • Paladin talent specs, including an overall discussion of the differences between Retribution, Protection and Holy and which one we recommend for new players
  • Paladin Spell Rotations
  • Recommend Paladin Glyphs
  • And much, much more!

For a great list of some Paladin basics, we recommend you check this link. Though some of the information is out-of-date, there’s some VERY helpful rundowns of Paladin spells, rotations and abilities.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

Both Mick and Chad bring great suggestions for addons for the Paladin player:

  • Smartbuff: An easy way to manage your blessings and seals
  • Healbot: One of the best mods to use for healing in a party
  • Decursive: Great mod to manage the cleansing of curses on party members 
  • Mik Scrolling Battle Text: A replacement to the scrolling damage/healing numbers. If you like customizing your interface, you’ll love Mik! 

LISTENER EMAIL

A whole bunch of emails this week including a discussion of the importance of food and drink and a tip for setting up your Healbot in-game. Also plenty of shoutouts to the growing number of iTunes reviews. Thanks to everyone who left us reviews and keep ‘em coming!

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We update the latest “dingers” in the guild and remind everyone of our upcoming PVP weekend!

Enjoy!

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The MP3 File
The RSS Feed

Episode# 6: A Hunter We Will Go!

Episode# 6 is now live and available for download. Thanks to Kris and Heather for joining us as our special guests. This week, we feature Hunters in the first part of our class series. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the ramifications of Blizzard’s recent decision to issue Cease and Desist orders to the makers of the following iPhone apps:

  • Armory Browser
  • Warcraft Arena Calculator
  • Warcraft Characters 

Jesse also recounts his recent events regarding account hacking and the new Blizzard iPhone authenticator. A definite listen for anyone who is an active officer or Guild leader.

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we feature the first in our class series. In this week’s episode, we focus on one of the more popular classes: Hunters! Special guests Kris and Heather join-in for a lively discussion of all-things Hunter related.

In our discussion, we cover:

  • Getting through those first 9 levels with your hunter
  • Hunter pets, the three pet talent trees (Ferocity, Cunning and Tenacity) and which ones we recommend for new hunters
  • Hunter talent specs, including an overall discussion of the differences between Beast Mastery, Marksmanship and Survival and which one we recommend for new players
  • Hunter spell rotations (i.e. which spells to cast in which order) 
  • Recommended Hunter Glyphs

For the greatest rundown of in-game training pets, all hunters should check out this site: PETOPIA. This site gives a run-down of every in-game training pet, as well as providing recommendations and great hunter information.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

This week, we take a slight detour with The Razor’s Edge. Since we were not all able to decide on an addon that we recommend for Hunters, Mick hands out two suggestions that are both both and informational! The first is a fun little addon that brings back memories for any old Warcraft 2 or 3 players called A Peon’s Burden. The second is a much more helpful addon that also applies to Hunter’s. OmniCC provides a much more effective way of showing the player the cooldown left on a specific spell. A definite must-have for every player!

LISTENER EMAIL

No new emails this week (although we got a ton after we recorded the episode). However, Mick gives a shoutout to the plethora of iTunes reviews we received in the past few days. Thanks to everyone who left us reviews!

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We update the latest “dingers” in the guild, including our very own Lunura for hitting 80!

Enjoy!

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The MP3 File
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Episode# 5: Stacking Gold 101

Episode# 5 is now live and available for download. Many thanks to Brent from New Zealand for being our first-ever special guest. This week, we feature the basic (and more advanced) ways in which to maximize your gold making potential in World of Warcraft.

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the release of Patch 3.1.1 and also touch on the holiday event: Noblegarden. For those who are interested in doing the meta-achievement for Noblegarden, check out this guide!

We also provide a quick preview of an upcoming series we are planning that will cover each of the different classes in-game. The plan is to feature guests (with experience in each class) every week to discuss a different class. Hunter’s will be our first class, starting with Episode# 6, so send in your questions now!

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we feature our first special guest on the show, Brent from New Zealand. We discuss his life-changing (well, at least game-changing) forum post on how to maximize your money-making potential in the World of Warcraft. 

In our discussion, we cover:

  • Why NOT to buy gold!
  • The importance of looting EVERYTHING, including those grey and white items.
  • How to use (and read) the Auction House.
  • Maximizing your professions to bring in that extra gold.
  • And some other nifty tips and tricks learned from a 4-year veteran of WoW!

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

In the tradition of The Starting Zone, we focus on addons that relate to our helping hand segment. In this episode, we dive into the HUGE addon that is Auctioneer Suite. Prepare to learn as Brent breaks down the basics of this powerful addon. Also, feel free to visit the Auctioneer website for tutorials on how to use the different tools contained within the suite.

LISTENER EMAIL

We read through some listener email. Many thanks to zombiehead79 for providing a donut great time!

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We update the latest “dingers” in the guild, including our very own Snarlstorm for hitting 70! Only 10 more levels to go!

Enjoy!

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Episode# 4: Instances, Party and Loot Oh My!

Episode# 4 is now live and available for download. It’s a big one…almost two hours in length, but there’s alot to catch up on for the week. Note: Sorry for those who may have been caught downloading the podcast EARLY on Tuesday morning. There was a “misedit” in the original published podcast and we had to take it down to save face. Everything is fixed and back online! Enjoy.

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the release of Patch 3.1 and ALL of the problems the patch caused. Mick and I take sides as we debate whether or not the free day granted by Blizzard (in response to all of the problems) was compensation enough for all of the problems players had to endure.

We also discuss some of the additional changes brought on by the patch including addon breakage, the hearthstone cooldown halved from 60 minutes to 30 minutes, the talent point reset and class changes.

For a solid breakdown of class changes for Patch 3.1, we suggest you visit this link. It’s a great summary of ALL of the class changes and comments on how it may affect your playstyle!

Lastly, we cover the latest news that Curse.com and Wowinterface.com have effectively blocked all addon downloads from anyone using the WoWMatrix addon client. If you’re one of the many WoWMatrix client users, it’s time to try something else!

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we discuss Instances (or Dungeons), parties and raids and, most importantly, party looting etiquette. We define what an instance is (and why it’s called that?!), help to explain the difference between a party and a raid and also provide some resources on where to find instances (see links below) and how to run them with your fellow WoW players!

Check out these sites (wowhead and wowwiki) to find the where and how regarding instances.

For the party/raid discussion, we cover party roles (Tank, Healer and DPS). We also define three common party/raid terms: Aggro, Wiping and Pulling that are key to understanding party/raid dynamics.

Lastly, we discuss the delicate issue of Party Looting. We start it off with a REAL-LIFE recording of a raid-leader gone crazy (mp3 clip courtesy of Taverncast). We define two distinct different item types (when it comes to looting):   BIND ON EQUIP and BIND ON PICKUP. And we wrap up the discussion with recommendations on how to approach looting in party including some golden rules to follow.

For more details regarding looting in party, including further definitions of the NEED, GREED and PASS system, check out the following links:

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

In the tradition of The Starting Zone, we focus on addons that relate to our helping hand segment. In this episode, we outline two helpful addons that provide helpful ways in which to manage your role in a party: Omen Threat Meter (for keeping track of your threat) and Healbot (for easy management of party and raid healing).

LISTENER EMAIL

We read through our first listener email…thanks Nikkie! We discuss recommended addons for Paladins, how to find HELPFUL guilds across various servers and also recommend a site (Talent Chic) for guidance in selecting your Patch 3.1 talent specs.

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We update the latest “dingers” in the guild, congratulate Gellicaan for winning this month’s Guild Race.

Enjoy!

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Episode# 3: Ode to Professions!

Episode# 003 is live! We dedicate a full hour to the wonderful world of professions. It’s fun and educational! Take a listen.

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the recent announcement that the Gear Manager will NOT be included in Patch 3.1. We offer suggestions for addon alternatives (see below) to fill the gap until the built-in Manager is released.

We also share some exciting news about the podcast’s recent success! Don’t forget to leave us some positive feedback here.

Here are links to the Gear Manager Addon Alternatives:

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we focus on the basics to in-game professions including a brief rundown of each profession, where and how to train and level these professions and which ones we recommend to new players. For those looking for a guide to help in the profession leveling process, visit this link.

We also mention a website that helps guide players to the correct zone in which to level a particular gathering profession (herbs and mining). Click here to visit the World of Warcraft World Map and then click on the appropriate check boxes to the right of the screen to select the herb or mining ore you’re looking for.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

In the tradition of The Starting Zone, we focus on addons that relate to our helping hand segment. In this episode, we outline two helpful addons that provide helpful ways in which to speed up the profession leveling: Gatherer and Informant (within the Auctioneer Suite).

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Big congratulations to Eiyn for dinging 30, Lunura for winning the March Material Drive and Mick welcomes new members to the guild.

Enjoy!

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Episode# 2: The Breaking Wind!

Episode# 002 is live! Good times with this episode as I’m forced to record in my car in order to keep from waking the baby.

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we touch on the fun that was April Fools (courtesy of the imaginative folks at Blizzard) and the world of Patch 3.1 including a semi-lively discussion on the usefulness of duel-specs for new players. Oh, and we say goodbye to a major contributor to the WOW community, BRK.

For those who missed the April Fools jokes, Blizzard still has them available at the links below:

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we discuss ways in which to make the leveling process more enjoyable. Highlights include out-of-game websites that provide detailed quest information, whether or not to run the low-level dungeons (instances) and where to find FREE leveling guides that are actually worthwhile. Here are the links to the websites we mention:

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

The addon discussion begins with a recap of Blizzard’s recent announcement regarding restrictions on the addon community. We also outline three addons that we recommend to aid in the leveling process: TomTom, TourGuide and Lightheaded.

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Big congratulations to Eiyn for winning the Guild Race and other MOT-related announcements.

Enjoy!

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