The Cranberries: Dolores O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Cranberries, died on Monday in London. She was 46.

Her death was announced by her publicist, who did not specify the cause.

A spokes person for the Metropolitan Police made a statement on Monday January the 25th to a hotel in Westminster at about 9:05 a.m., and O’Riordan was pronounced dead. Her death is not being treated as suspicious. There are no other details being released at this time.

 

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Community Spotlight: Xortz

xortz1.) What got you into the playing Warcraft?

I played Warcraft 2 a lot, and loved the whole orc vs. human set up. I got into WoW though an ex girlfriend back in Burning Crusade.  Missed most of Wrath of the Lich King and came back just before Cataclysm dropped. Been here ever since, mainly doing the Ironman Challenge these days.

2.) How often do you play games (not just Warcraft – but in general!)?

I play daily, video games is my main form of entertainment these days.  MMO’s RPG’s, RTS, Sim games, I love all of them.

3.) You play a Goblin, some players hate the starting zone & find them & their alliance counterparts the gnome hard to play due to how small they are. How have you adjusted to the size differences?

The size difference doesn’t bother me. I barely notice it. The goblin starting zone is too fun and silly for me.  Best starting zone in the game.

4.)How often do you raid (including LFR & any previous expansion’s raid’s / all available raids) & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?

I haven’t raided since the end of Cataclysm. Just got sick of the constant demand on my time it required and how it seemed to turn good people toxic if things screwed up. Walked away from it and have had no desire to go back.

5.) What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?

Can’t say I ever had one. But it’s been so long since I’ve done any I’m sure there was one, but I can’t recall it.

6.) You stream WoW, what is the best & worst thing about streaming?

Best thing, having people just come and hang out and have fun. Worst thing is when Twitch or my internet is having an issue and drops frames to the point where I can’t stream. FeelsBadMan. Seems I hit a character limit part, incoming! 🙂

7.) You have been a guest on FrazleCast, Wyrmcast, & WoW Challenges, what is your favorite thing about podcasting?

Well when I was hosting the Wyrmcast ( A podcast that interviewed different RP guilds on the Wyrmest Accord server) it was meeting other players, getting their story of how they got into RP and video games. And what the story of their characters and guilds were. Being a fairly regular guest on  both Frazlcast and WoW Challenges is mainly just getting to hang out with good people taking about things we love in WoW and gaming. I feel really lucky to be a part of two great communities.

8.) What are some of your favorite podcast? (This can include the ones you have been a guest on!)

WoW Challenges and Frazlcast obviously.  Lagging Balls is always a fun one, Realm Maintenance, Behind the Avatar, Pwncast and a newer one called For The Roleplay are one’s I listen to regularly.

9.) With a new expansion on its way, what are you looking forward to the most in “Battle For Azeroth”?

Well the zone level scaling is going to change how and where players level. Plus the new sub races seem very cool; however, I was hoping for murloc’s. I would play the hell out of a murloc.

You can follow Xortx on Twitter @xortzthegoblin or you can watch him stream on Twitch here!

Graphic Novel: Old City Blues!

old city blues coverGiannis Milonogiaannis is a comic book artist & writer who was born in Maryland in 1988 and grew up on the island of Crete, Greece. Since 2006 he had been self publishing his work including the Old City Blues web comic.

Old City Blues is set in the year 2049, within Southeastern Europe. Built on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens. It is a city crawling with life. From mech smugglers, drug dealers, to corrupt politicians and all-too-powerful corporations, the city is at the mercy of high-tech criminals. Now it’s up to Solano, Thermidor, and the rest of the New Athens Special Police to keep the city in order.

Looking though the Graphic novel, I enjoy the art style, a lot. Just wish I wasn’t late to the game with this one.

Learn more about the artist here!

Warcraft: Legendaries not so legendary!

LEGION-Legendary-infoLegendaries in Legion have been underwhelming according to the community. I happen to agree. On my main, a priest, I happened to collect a total of twelve. After the third the appeal wore off quickly.

With the latest update to the PTR, Build 25826,  you can now turn in one thousand Wakening Essence for a Purified Titan Essence and three hundred for Awoken Titan Essence. Essentially, A free legendary with the Purified Titan Essence. I honestly believe that this option should have been in the live part of the game a while ago. However, I do like the idea & am glad that Blizzard is making efforts to implement the plan.

Sigh, I know I am sounding like I am complaining but I am really not. I just feel bad for the players that do not have a lot time to play the game in comparison to others that have the vast majority of the legendaries. I want the RNG to be a little more balanced.

Thanks for stopping by, and hopefully, all of your drops will be legendary!

Music Monday: Gary Numan

gary-numan-savage-album-cover-700-420Gary Numan was born on March 8, 1956. He was born and grew up in Hammersmith, West London. He started with a band in the early 1970’s by the name of Tubeway Army before starting his successful solo career in 1979.

Savage (Songs from a Broken World) is Numan’s eighteenth studio album that was released in September 2017. It is a hauntingly beautiful concept album set in a post apocalyptic world that is a cautionary tale of how things will end up if things do not change.

Track List (with video’s!):

Ghost Nation

Bed of Thorns

My Name Is Ruin

The End of Things

And It All Began With You

When the World Comes Apart

Mercy

What God Intended

Pray for the Pain You Serve

If I Said

Broken

 

 

Community Spotlight: Thyst

ThystOn a weekly basis I am going to focus on a member of the Blizzard or gaming communities that I am a member of. As you can tell from the title, Community Spotlight, I did a short interview with Thyst. She is a host of Lagging Balls & also a regular on the podcast “Battle Net News”.  At the end of the interview you can see links for Lagging Balls & Thyst personal twitter.

Thank you so much Thyst for having Blood of the Scribe be a wonderful community on Bolderfist, you rock!

1.) What brought you into the playing Warcraft?  

I started playing WoW because I had been playing the Warcraft games on my Father’s work laptop since I was a little kid (always Orc).

2.) How often do you play games (not just warcraft – but in general!)?

I play games every day. WoW every single day and Overwatch usually too. I raid three nights a week and never seem to run out of things to do in WoW.

3.) I know you have attended Blizzcon, what other conventions have you attended?

The only other conventions I’ve been to besides BlizzCon were some small-scale collector’s conventions in Ottawa, Ontario (my home province), and I got to go to C2E2 in Chicago a few years ago for an article I was writing. Got to meet Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy) and I was so nervous I could hardly speak!

4.) What do you like most/least about conventions?

I like the passion that people bring for the things they love to conventions. It’s hard to find a social function with that much positivity and inclusiveness anywhere else.

5.) How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?

As I said, I raid three times a week. Twice with my main Heroic group and once with a Normal group. I absolutely love raiding (it might be my most favorite thing to do in game). Lately I’ve noticed a lot of “balls” or orbs in raid mechanics – seriously, think about it. Balls everywhere lately. I LOVE it. What I dislike the most is any mechanic that pulls or pushes me around – it’s hard to deal with movement mechanics like that sometimes as a Mage because I’d rather stand still please!

6.) What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?

That’s a really hard question. I LOVED Elisande in Nighthold, and I love Eonar in Anotrus. Not sure either is my favourite, however. I’ll have to give that more thought I guess!

7.) You host a podcast, Lagging Balls, what are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?

This is an even harder question. I tend to make friends with the people who do my favourite Blizzard podcasts and I’d be scared to mention some while forgetting others. So besides all the wonderful and diverse Blizzard podcasts I love, my favourite podcast is SMODcast and it was the first podcast I ever listened to!

8.) With a new expansion on its way, what are you looking forward to the most in “Battle For Azeroth”?

For BfA I’m looking forward to a renewed interest in Faction pride. Mine has never ever wavered, but I delight in seeing people being proud of their faction (Horde especially, of course).

9.) If you could say anything to Ion, your crush, what would that be?

If I could say anything to Ion right now I think it would be, “I’m sorry.”

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Featured Story: “The Egg” by Anthony Weir

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Andy Weir

Last Friday’s post featured Andy Weir’s “The Martian” novel.

While looking around the web to learn more about the author, I found a short story called “The Egg”. It is available to read online for free. The link for it is here!

I also wanted to link the video adaptation from YouTube here as well. Enjoy!