Warcraft Wednesday: Support The Game’s You Love!

I have unofficially played World Of Warcraft for twelve years, officially since two months before the drop of Cataclysm. Over these years, access to news, rumors, and a plethora of other stories have boomed due to the rise of social media.

In 2012, Blizzard released six hundred of its employees [Source]. Activation-Blizzard released eight hundred of their employees. Their reason’s are the release of a lot of their esports devision was not as conducive as a business model as they would have liked. Energies, money, man power would need to go elsewhere. I understand completely. As a business, cutting down on projects that are not earning a company money or costing them more to produce then of course moving on is the best.

I just do not understand why sign on and larger bonus’s for anyone in the company is a thing. Let me tell you the operative word in the previous sentence, ANYONE. I know that sounds harsh for the average working person to hear that their is no room to gather bonus’s; however, if the business really wants to save money, this is one major way to do so. I am not saying some of the bonus monies are not well deserved but to keep your head above water and ‘restructure’, keeping a bonus for employees does not make the slightest bit of common sense.

I know I have a business mind, and it is pretty much cut and dry for me when it comes to ventures like that; however, I also do care about the games that Blizzard has released over the years. Some more then others of course. I also know by being concerned for people who may or may not have lost their job recently. I know it sucks. No matter the way you spin it. I also know by being salty and tossing around the thought that players will not support the game due to all of the recent negative attention.

I get your pissed off; however, if you are enjoying the game, then why quit? Now for those of you that are not having a good time with the game’s Blizzard has to offer, at all, then I get it. Why pay for something that you don’t like or even play as much anymore.

What I am saying is if you like Hearthstone, Diablo, Starcraft, Hero’s Of The Storm, and Warcraft even with their flaw’s then why not help Blizzard out by giving constructive criticism? We all know nothing will ever be perfect. I also want to support the good people that also love these games too. By giving them space, helping them grow, and being better people and being a good member of whatever game and gaming community I just so happen to be a member of.

I also want to point out that I had read an article that is an interesting read and found it informative, even with the salt. Read it here: https://www.fanbyte.com/trending/kiss-my-ass-activision-blizzard/

Also, Az had some great points as well! You can watch his video below:

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Zephirah’s Adventure: Episode 9!

Zephaniah’s Adventure Podcast: Episode 9 for July 11, 2018

In this episode Ender’s Game, Zombies in the Safari, Community Spotlight with Ali & Warcraft History!

Podcast / Community Spotlight: Announcement’s!

If you are ever interested in participating in any way for the podcast, please feel free to reach out. I do not bite, I promise. Links for twitter and the blog’s discord are available in the show notes.

Twitter Zephirah_Zella

Discord Link: https://discord.gg/UEnwEKx

Just as a reminder to the listeners in discord, please enjoy the music and your hearing by turning down the bot’s volume. All you have to do is right click on the user named “Rhythm” and turn it down to about 10% or whatever volume is comfortable for you!

Feature Of The Week:

Your WoW Soundtrack, 9 & 10!

Community Spotlight: Ali

Shout Outs:

Evaric for suggesting the music for me!

Rob Zombie, for being such a bad ass, and rocking out for as long as I have been alive!

To Ali and her super awesome introduction to podcasting – keep up the good work!

To Blizzard for an awesome game that I absolutely love.

Music used in this episode:

“Alchemists Tower”, “Alien Restaurant” & “Division” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Until next time, I hope your adventure is awesome!

Zephaniah’s Adventure Podcast: Episode 8

Zephaniah’s Adventure Podcast: Episode 8 for June 27, 2018!

Intro: In this episode A Community Spotlight Featuring Ringmaster Kevin & Navox, Self Improvement & Video games!

Music used in this episode:

“Alchemists Tower”, “Alien Restaurant” & “Division”

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Podcast / Community Spotlight: Announcement’s!

Feature Of The Week: YouTube WoW Channels! (And Other related nerdy things!)

The Adventure: Self Improvement & Video Games’s

Shout Outs:


Ringmaster Kevin, Navox, my illustrious DM of “Secrets Of Talonguard”, now on iTunes, Everic, Halestorm, everyone who has been keeping me entertained in the YouTube space!

 

Featured Favorite’s: Youtube Edition!

youtube logoFriday’s are usually reserved for books or blogs that you can read. This week is going to be a little different. This week I am going to list my top 10 Youtube channels that are Warcraft related or channels that scratch the nerdy interest!

  1. Nobbel
  2. Taliesin & Evitel
  3. MadSeason
  4. Bellular
  5. Hazel
  6. Hirumaredx
  7. Soul
  8. HeelvsBabyface
  9. Geek and Sundry
  10. Nerdist
  11. It’s okay to be smart!

discord-logowordmark-color.pngIf you would like to talk more about World Of Warcraft, other Blizzard Games, books, TV, Movies, or any other topic please feel free to join the blog’s discord server!

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Featured Blog: Blessings of Kings

Blessings of KingsThis week’s featured blog of the week is “Blessings of Kings” that is written and maintained by Coriel since 2005. The blog is written from “a Paladin’s Perspective” about World of Warcraft.

Please give some love to Coriel by visiting his blog here!

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Zephirah’s Adventure, Episode 5: Gnomecore, Qveen Herby, Rho shizzle my nizzle, & The Home Stretch!

 

Editor’s Note: Each podcast is recorded in the blog’s discord on Wednesday evenings starting at 9 PM Eastern.

Zephaniah’s Adventure Podcast: Episode 5 Show Notes For June 6, 2018

Intro:

In this episode Gnomecore, Qveen Herby, Rho shizzle my nizzle, & The Home Stretch!

Music used in this episode:

“Alchemists Tower” & “Alien Restaurant” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Podcast and Community Spotlight: Announcement’s!

The podcast is still looking for a permanent co-host. If you are interested in being a permanent host, guest host for an episode or participate in the community spotlight’s, please feel free to tweet me @Zephirah_Zella or join my discord! Links are available in the show notes.

Discord Link: https://discord.gg/UEnwEKx

Just as a reminder to the listeners in discord, please enjoy the music and your hearing by turning down the bot’s volume. All you have to do is right click on the user named “Rhythm” and turn it down to about 10% or whatever volume is comfortable for you!

Book’s / Featured Blog Of The Week: Gnomecore!

You’r WoW Soundtrack: Qveen Herby!

Community Spotlight: Rho!

WoW / Blizzard News: BFA: The Home Stretch!

Shout Outs:

  • Gnomecore AKA Alexander
  • Rho, for such an awesome interaction, that was super fun
  • Thaurian for the moral support during the podcast
  • For everyone at Blizzard who had their hands in producing the comic’s

Featured Blog: Gnomecore!

Gnomecore.JPGGnomecore is written and maintained by Alexander, A 34 year old native to St. Petersburg, Russia with his wife and two cats!

Gnomecore’s interest are traveling and he has been to most every country in Europe, Turkey, China and Japan. Music and playing keyboards, composing songs and writing lyrics for a fantasy, folk-metal band, and finally World Of Warcraft. He is openly bi-factional, semi-casual altoholic that spends his evenings and weekends in Azeroth.  His favorite race are Gnomes, hence the reasoning behind the name of his blog.

You can visit Alexander’s blog here!

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Zephirah’s Adventure Podcast: Episode 4!

 

Zephaniah’s Adventure Podcast: Episode 4 Show Notes May 30, 2018

Intro: Grace The Blogger, The very loud music bot, Panic! At The Disco & Perky Pugs!

“Alchemists Tower” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Podcast and Community Spotlight: Announcement’s!

The podcast is still looking for a permanent co-host. If you are interested in being a permanent host, guest host for an episode or participate in the community spotlight’s, please feel free to tweet me @Zephirah_Zella or join my discord! Links are available in the show notes.

Discord Link: https://discord.gg/UEnwEKx

If you were in the discord for the previous podcast, you know that I have a bot that play’s music in the pre-show. The bot run’s a little loud. So, please enjoy the music and your hearing by turning down the bot’s volume. All you have to do is right click on the user named “Rhythm” and turn it down to about 10% or whatever volume is comfortable for you!

Book’s / Featured Blog Of The Week:

https://zephirahsadventure.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/junes-book-of-the-month-milk-honey/

 

https://zephirahsadventure.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/featured-blog-grace-the-blogger/

https://gracetheblogger.wordpress.com/

Music:
https://zephirahsadventure.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/panic-at-the-disco-its-saturday-night/

Community Spotlight: Rho!

On Friday, June 1st, Rho is joining us in discord and participating in a community spotlight. It will be released in the audio & video formats for the podcast that will be airing on the June 6th show.

Also, via twitter, Rho has a poll running! Take the time to answer it!

WoW / Blizzard News:

This World of Warcraft & Blizzard segment is a tribute to John Peter Bain, commonly known by his online as TotalBiscuit, who tragically passed away at the young age of 33 by the hands of cancer.

https://www.cancercenter.com/community/giving-back/

I would also like to thank the Perky Pugs in assisting hundreds of Warcraft players attain their Spellwing mount from heroic Argus.

http://perkypugs.com/violetspellwing/

All funds donated to the Perky Pug’s streaming partners go to St Jude. St Jude is a leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

https://www.stjude.org/

 

https://zephirahsadventure.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/this-month-in-warcraft-june-2018/

Shout Outs:

Weekly the podcast All Things Azeroth has a “Question of the week” that I usually participate in. This week’s question was, What content creator (Blizzard related or otherwise) would you like to give a special shout out to? My answer was quite simple and I am going to use it for my shout outs this week. So, Other then the obvious answer being the crew here on this podcast. I would like to shout out TheGameCase for having me on my first podcast a while ago, for showing me that I have the potential to do such creative things. For Draven, for also inviting me as well – for the same reasons. Frazley, Lord of the Punted for teaching me that you have to power through the mistakes you make and be a better person for it. For Ben & Jon from Azeroth Roundtable for being a very good pair and having the ability to have differing opinions and still able to have a great & entertaining conversation. For Barf, not only being the lead of the greeters in Convert To Raid, but for being one of many of my biggest supporters, and giving some of the best advice. Also, Sal – the best shaman’s ever – and one of the sweetest ladies I know. Lastly to Rho for all the fantastic work he does.

Closing Music

Alien Restaurant Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Featured Blog: Grace The Blogger!

Grace The Blogger.JPGI know I usually pick a Warcraft inspired blog however there are so many different perspectives in the world that it would be a shame to over look them. In this post we will be featuring a different style of nerdiness that I am really enjoying.

Grace, as nerdy as she is, has a wide verity of topics she covers. From Treats to Makeup, from books to movies – and everything in between. It is quite refreshing to see such a clean lay out and so many things, including Harry Potter, that I love!

So, please take the time to give Grace and her blog some serious love! Visit her page here (Clicky the linky!): https://gracetheblogger.wordpress.com/

If you would like to talk more about World Of Warcraft, other Blizzard Games, books, TV, Movies, or any other topic please feel free to join the blog’s discord server!

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Community Spotlight: Lady Emma!

ladyemma.jpg1 You have made an appearance on several different podcast’s, how did you get started with podcasting?

I met Degi who frequently guest on ATA (All Things Azeroth), also a host for one of the Dawnforge productions. He introduced me to Medros, the host of ATA, and we got along, and asked me to guest on a shows. Had an amazing time and I just wanted to keep continuing. I did become a co-host for a year. I left on good terms and I’m always happy to be a guest on Ata

I was also a co host on “Across the Whoniverse” with Medros as host and Bullet Catcher as co host. With few random guest. It was all about Doctor who. I think the main issue was scheduling. The show was never live but trying to find a day that work for everyone wasn’t easy.

I’ve also been on the darkmoon and Harold as a guest for a few shows. It’s one of the most fun shows to be on. They are very up beat and feels like a game show. You just can’t help to smile and be full of energy.

I’ve also did an episode of “World of Warcraft well read” which is a podcast about World of Warcraft novels. The host is Apsana and Skolnick. It’s where we read the book before hand and talk about it. I was on “rise of the horde”.

It was on another episode of Chaos Portal talking about Ghostbusters the movies. I felt that episode was chaotic because it had way too many people on one show for a short show. But it was still a very enjoyable experience

I was a host on another one called Anime Girls but that one didn’t last very long it was hard to come up with topics and schedule with the other host.

After all these wonderful podcasts, Frazley wanted to start his own and he remembered me being on Ata and asked me to be a guest host for his show. For a while I was a regular with Deceiverr_13 but things got overwhelming with too many guest on the show. So I’m now a filler if lack of guest and I managed to snag a spot on the last show of the month. To do a Segment called “Kilrggo Sight” its talks about the events coming up in world of Warcraft.

So long long story short (ya I guess you can skip to the end) I met host of podcast, personalities match and ask me to be a guest on there show. I enjoy being on podcast and would love to do more shows ^_^

Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

Don’t be scared and don’t procrastinate just do it. There’s many people in the community who are willing to help and give vice. There’s a lot a podcaster who would love new guest or highlight people in community. Guesting is a great way to learn what goes on the background of podcasts. It’s always good to try and keep a schedule, don’t go too long and don’t have too many people that show. But remember to have fun and enjoy what you’re doing.

3 What are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?

I’ll be honest, I haven’t listen to a podcast in a while.  But the main ones i liked to listen to are , Darkmoon Herald, Convert to Raid, Realm maintenance, world of Warcraft less travel and Blizzard Watch. Yup I’m a world of Warcraft person through out.

4 Other then podcast and video games, one of your hobbies is Pokemon, what drew you into the series?

I grown up with nintendo system, but I was never really good at it. If you ever play games with me, you will know I can not jump.  My best friend always bug me about it. I found a lot of games really hard, and was at the point thinking they are not for me. If it wasn’t for a kid at my school, who let me play there Pokemon games, i might not of ever tried it . Pokemon was turn based game. It also help me with my hoarding of things (gotta collect them all) easy to read. So bacily I fell in love with it. I also started watching the anime. I don’t even remember telling my mum about the game. But she got me a Colour Gameboy, Pikachu edition. I don’t think I could put that game down after that. And later years after meeting my best friend who was also into pokemon, the fire of pokemon never burn out.

I also learned how to crochet. I started learning because I wanted to make something special for my nephew. To this day he still loves his baby blanket and each year I add another colour around it so it’s going to grow with him. I’ve also done the same thing with my nieces blanket who will not go to bed without that blanket. I’ve made a few other things like hat, scarves, a teddy bear, different pattern blankets and right now I am trying to make a hobo bag. It’s on hold as keep getting distracted when I need to count the stitches (so close to finishing)

I also like Doctor Who. I remember going to England and my younger cousin was trying to get me to watch an episode and I felt like it was a kid show and I’m like I can’t watch this but I just can not tear myself away from the TV. So when I came back home it was a guilty pleasure until I realize how big of a Doctor who community there is. My mum is a huge fan of Doctor Who and she has a room in her house dedicated to Doctor Who.

I’m also a great baker and love to cook. One day I will be making and sending everyone lock cookies. Well that is one of my goals.

5 What brought you into the playing Warcraft?

My high school boyfriend convinced me to play World of Warcraft. Him and his friends got beta for the game. And they spend hours on it. I was in the middle of playing final fantasy X. So I had no interest in world of warcraft at the time. But after a tragic experience.  I had issues leaving the house. I beat FFX and was bored. So my ex tried everything he could convince me to play. And I had always a reason why i could not. Playing with people in a virtual world, was scary. I was slow at typing. People would make fun of my spelling and grammar. It would be way to hard for me. He then said “ Play until you get to level 5. If you still don’t like you. You dont have to play anymore” and that was it… I was hooked. I met some amazing people. Who didn’t care about my differences and cat obsessions. It was a world I could be myself. A safe place.

I got my own copy of world of Warcraft in 2006. I do miss my original toon on my ex’s account. But over the years I’ve made great friends.

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

Right now March 19, 2018. I raid 2-4 times a week. I am starting to feel burnt out again. I raid with CTR guild. Humpday Heroes and  Bacon & Kegs. Both of them are wonderful teams to be on. Reason why I am on two teams is. Bacon & Kegs, are saturday and sunday but they start at 5am pst. Which I sometimes have a hard time getting on that early.. Speaial if have things I need to do that day. They Raid leader, got me an invite for Humpday Heroes, which make it easier timewise. Monday and Wednesday 6pm pst.

Like any caster, mechanic a most least like in world of warcraft, is needing to move. It can mess with spell rotation or even doing a cast stun. I also never very fond of multiple adds. I’m not good with switching targets.

Now the Mechanics I do like, are ones that I can help the raid team. For example curant raid. “ Antorus, the Burning Throne”  I enjoy Antoran High Command, because of the pods. I normally take the first pod. So before the fight starts, I have to sneak up right behind the boss, so I can click the pod when the fight starts. Now in the pod I have two buttons. Button one put a dot that stack up to 15 on the boss(or add but best keep it on the boss) and Button 2, which puts a debuff on adds. Number 2 is really important, for timing. As you want the new adds to have the debuff as soon as they spawn every time. This helps the raid team out a lot. As my dps isn’t always the best.  So a person who has better dps, can do more damage on the boss, while I help by making sure the adds are weaker for faster take down.

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

I don’t know if I have a favourite instance. But

For boss fights I really enjoyed the twin consorts Inferno thunder. The reason why like that fight is the celestial aids. It’s where you have to do a star pattern to get their help. I was never good at doing the star pattern but it was still something fun to do.

I also enjoyed Galakras, in siege of Orgimmar because I normally get shoot the cannons and shoot him down.

I also likes controlling Razorgore the untamed in Blackwing lair, because I like to go “squish squish squish” as I’m getting rid of the eggs

As you can tell I like to do mechanics that’s not purely DPS with something fun and unique.

I like puzzles so when I was doing Licid Nightmare chain. I found it very enjoyable it will be interesting to have a raid or even a dungeon where we all have to work together instead of having top DPS you actually have to use your wits.

8 With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

I’m kind of going to enjoy just new story I am finding a little bit burnt out on the current content right now. It will be nice not need to farm appearance for my artefact weapon instead will be working on an artefact necklace. I have kept myself mostly in the dark about the next expansion as I kind of want it to be like when I first started playing vanilla everything new and unknown so pretty much I’m on a need to know basis with next expansion.

9 With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?

I will always be Alliance, unless im having fun with an alt ^_^

I’ve played horde but never really got far.  I don’t even have a max horde toon. I have tried… but So much to do on the alliance side that stops me.

10 Where can people find you on the Internet?

Anyone and everyone can find me on Twitter @Lady_Emma

I am on other places but that is what I mainly use ^_^

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