Episode #144: My Fantasy Vs Your Convenience

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Episode #144 of The Starting Zone: My Fantasy Vs Your Convenience is ready for Download! The World of Warcraft Podcast for New Players and Experienced Players is back to talk about Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG video game, you know, the one we all love!

This week Mick Montgomery  and Alt are back and they are better than ever!

THE BREAKING WIND: This week we covered the top news stories in and around the World of Warcraft!

  • We Preview World of Warcraft in 2016!
  • Warcraft gets a New Community Manager, Welcome Ornyx
  • Warcraft’s CM Kaivax (aka Randy Jordan) asks you about your favorite shows!

Round Table: This week we discuss an age old question, how does Blizzard maintain fantasy elements in their design and preserve immersion, when people just want everything to be convenient.

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Episode #143: #WhyIWow w/ JOAR!

Episode #143 of The Starting Zone: #WhyIWow w/ JOAR is ready for Download! The World of Warcraft Podcast for New Players and Experienced Players is back to talk about Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG video game, you know, the one we all love!

This week Mick Montgomery   takes a back seat as Alt drives the show with a great #WHIWOW episode!

#WHYIWOW INTERVIEW: This week ALT has conducted a GREAT #WHYIWOW Interview with JOAR aka David! He has a great story about how Warcraft came into his life, and also this guy has some really terrific insights into the Finance and how it affects Blizzard and Warcraft. This is the moment when we rip off Planet Money! To check out more of David’s thoughts and musings you can check out his website: http://wowaltaddiction.blogspot.co.uk/

The Starting Zone is produced by Spazbot Studios, Good Shows by Good People Visit them today! Also, The Starting Zone is a proud member of The Signals Media All Star Network, Check out all the Awesome Shows on the network today! It’s okay to stick their shows in your ears, Really!

Hey Consider supporting our Sponsors for the show! We lined up some awesome deals for you, and if you decide to make a purchase it goes a long way towards helping out the show!

Jinx.com has the t-shirt, hoodie, hat, you want with the LOGO of your favorite Video Game or Show / Comic Book The Walking Dead! Use the promo code SPAZBOT at check out for 15% off your entire purchase!

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Receive Free Shipping with your purchase of $60 or more!

Episode# 15: Warriors – Prot, Arms and Badass is now ready for download!

Episode# 15 is now live and available for download. It’s our return to the class series and this week we tackle the archetypical class: Warriors! Special guest Chris (no…a different Chris this time) joins us. Enjoy!

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the fallout of Blizzcon 2009 and the Cataclysm news. Outdoing themselves, Blizzard pushes out Faction Changes to the live servers. Now, folks all around Azeroth are trading their Alliance/Horde souls to join the fight on the opposing faction. Check out more details here.

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we feature the sixth in our class series. In this week’s episode, we focus on Warriors! Special guest Chris (a new Chris this time) brings his two-level 80 warriors worth of experience to the podcast!

  • In our discussion, we cover:
  • Warrior stances (and which ones to use while leveling)
  • A discussion on Arms vs Fury
  • The role of a Tank and how a Warrior fits into the end-game
  • Is a Warrior the best tank?
  • Recommend Warrior specs for leveling and some great Glyph recommendations.
  • Gear and Stat recommendations!
  • And much, much more!

For a fantastic rundown of Warrior beginner, intermediate AND advanced info, we recommend you check this link. Also, for some great information on tanking as warrior, check out the well-respected Tankspot.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

This week, we discuss a valuable addon for tanking and managing a party through the process of marking targets:

  • Simple Raid Target Icons: An addon that displays a radial menu when the player Ctrl+LeftClicks on a unit to quickly set that unit’s raid target icon.

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We congratulate the most recent level 80 dingers and announce the winner of our TCG loot card giveaway!

Enjoy!

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Episode# 13: Patch 3.2 is live AND breaking our UI!!

Episode# 13 is now live and available for download. We’re taking another small break from the class series to breakdown the latest and greatest (and not so great) related to the release of Patch 3.2! Learn everything YOU need to know to get the most out of Blizzard’s latest installment in breaking our beautiful UIs! Enjoy.

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the release of Patch 3.2! For patch notes, check out the OFFICIAL Blizzard notes here. Tons of changes to the game, including getting mounts earlier, new portals to Outlands and many more!

Of course, with every patch comes a certain level of addon-breaking. To update those addons, check out Curse and WoWInterface.

A HELPING HAND

In our helping hand segment, we answer a couple emails from our dedicated listeners, including a discussion of where to find those dang Blizzard authenticators (as of today, they’re in stock) and how to claim those awesome TCG loot card codes. As promised, I’ve outlined the basic steps below:

How to claim your TCG Loot Card Code:

  1. Navigate your browser to: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/misc/promotion.html
  2. Enter the code listed on TCG Card while also selecting the server that you want to claim the item on.
  3. Once complete, you will receive a NEW code.
  4. Login to your game and travel to Booty Bay. Speak to Landro Longshot, and select the GAME CARD series the TCG LOOT CODE refers to and then select the item you are claiming and enter the NEW code.
  5. The items are Bind on Pickup, so make sure and claim with the character that you want to have the item.

Finally, we declare the first winner in our Starting Zone TCG Loot Card Contest: VeelaGirl333! Grats VeelaGirl!

Enjoy!

The iTunes Link
The MP3 File
The RSS Feed

Episode# 13: Patch 3.2 is live AND breaking our UI!!

Episode# 13 is now live and available for download. We’re taking another small break from the class series to breakdown the latest and greatest (and not so great) related to the release of Patch 3.2! Learn everything YOU need to know to get the most out of Blizzard’s latest installment in breaking our beautiful UIs! Enjoy.

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the release of Patch 3.2! For patch notes, check out the OFFICIAL Blizzard notes here. Tons of changes to the game, including getting mounts earlier, new portals to Outlands and many more!

Of course, with every patch comes a certain level of addon-breaking. To update those addons, check out Curse and WoWInterface.

A HELPING HAND

In our helping hand segment, we answer a couple emails from our dedicated listeners, including a discussion of where to find those dang Blizzard authenticators (as of today, they’re in stock) and how to claim those awesome TCG loot card codes. As promised, I’ve outlined the basic steps below:

How to claim your TCG Loot Card Code:

  1. Navigate your browser to: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/misc/promotion.html
  2. Enter the code listed on TCG Card while also selecting the server that you want to claim the item on.
  3. Once complete, you will receive a NEW code.
  4. Login to your game and travel to Booty Bay. Speak to Landro Longshot, and select the GAME CARD series the TCG LOOT CODE refers to and then select the item you are claiming and enter the NEW code.
  5. The items are Bind on Pickup, so make sure and claim with the character that you want to have the item.

Finally, we declare the first winner in our Starting Zone TCG Loot Card Contest: VeelaGirl333! Grats VeelaGirl!

Enjoy!

The iTunes Link
The MP3 File
The RSS Feed

Episode# 12: Druids: Jack of all trades, Masters of ALL podcast is now live!

Episode# 12 is now live and available for download. After a slight technical problem derailed our first attempt, we’ve returned to our Druid class breakdown with TWO specials guests: Chris and Scott (from the Rogue episode). Hilarity ensues as we break down this complex and entertaining class! Enjoy.

SHOW NOTES:

THE BREAKING WIND

In our new NEWS FOR NOOBS segment, we discuss the breaking news that Sam Raimi has agreed to direct the upcoming Warcraft movie! Needless to say, both Mick and I are a little hesitant about the decision. Listen in for our thoughts on the recent announcement!

A HELPING HAND

In our tips and tricks segment, we feature the fifth in our class series. In this week’s episode, we focus on Druids! Special guests Chris and Scott bring their four-plus years of combined experience to the table!

In our discussion, we cover:

  • Druid forms (and which ones to use while leveling)
  • The usefulness of the Druid in end-game raiding
  • Druid healing rotations and which spells to use when to help you in your 5-man dungeons runs
  • Druid talent specs
  • Recommend Druid Glyphs for Feral specced leveling
  • Awesome Druid PVP Tips including how to use that form switching ability to break out of those nasty roots and snares
  • A tip on how to look for the right gear while leveling and using the Animal Name Suffix’s provided by Blizzard.
  • And much, much more!

For a fantastic rundown of Druid 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 Druid spells, rotations and abilities.

THE RAZOR’S EDGE

This week, we discuss some valuable addons to help manage your HoTs while healing as a Druid:

  • Visual Heal: An addon that helps track incoming heals on your target so that you can maximize your healing performance!

MINISTRY OF TRUTH GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

We update the latest guild news and remind everyone of upcoming events in July and discuss the recruiting policies of the guild for our listeners!

We also read some iTunes shoutouts too and ANNOUNCE an upcoming contest for our listeners! Listen in!

Enjoy!

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The MP3 File
The RSS Feed

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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The MP3 File
The RSS Feed

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!

The iTunes Link
The MP3 File
The RSS Feed