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Epic Diapers #57: Draenor is Open for Business!

13 Nov
I took this screenshot last night at the now infamous "Master Surveyor" quest. Blizzard has since fixed this, but it was a Charlie Foxtrot last night that forced me to log off and go to bed.

I took this screenshot last night at the now infamous “Master Surveyor” quest. Blizzard has since fixed this, but it was a Charlie Foxtrot last night that forced me to log off and go to bed.

You can download the minicast here, or stream it below!

We’ve been waiting for it for far too long, but it is finally here. Kim Kardashian has exposed her large bare butt!

Oh wait, wrong podcast.

I mean, Warlords of Draenor is live! I’m personally excited about the new content, and I didn’t spoil it by logging in with the beta access I’ve had for 8 months.

I planned on getting all 11 classes to level 90 before this week, but something got in the way… (THE GIANTS WON THE FREAKIN’ WORLD SERIES…AGAIN!!!)..but, I still have 8 classes at 90!

So, how’s your experience so far in this alternate timeline? I’ve only gained a level and a half, thanks to the bugged master surveyor, but have started my garrison, including a forge, and have been sending followers on missions to go stabby stabby orcs and get me treasure. I’m really digging this new feature, and I can’t wait to tailor it to my needs.

If you’re having problems even understanding what garrisons are, let alone, what would be best for your interests and playstyle, Ask Mr Robot has an excellent guide and even provides recommendations on what small, medium and large buildings you should choose, depending on what you want to enhance in Your World of Warcraft.

I hope you aren’t planning to blaze through the leveling content, unless, of course, you’ve played through the beta, then by all means, race to 100. Also, if you have many level 90 alts hanging around that you eventually plan to level to 100, don’t forget to log each one of them in after launch to start their accumulation of rested XP. If you don’t, they won’t have any when you eventually log them in for the first time.



Episode 44: Warlords of Efficiency

14 Nov

“You’re gonna make me go do WHAT?!”

Click below for the audio segment:

Many of you out there still have the post-Blizzcon Blues, and unfortunately, I am living with the regret of not going myself, but when you have a family and both spouses work, well, it just doesn’t work out sometimes.

The new expansion to WoW, “Warlords of Draenor”, was announced of course, and I’m quite excited about some of the efficiency and flexibility they are adding to the game, especially for those of us who don’t have much time.

I’m particularly excited about Garrisons, which will give you access to followers, as your garrison grows over 3 tiers. These followers will be able to go on missions to get you epic gear and materials, along with your expanded farm creating more materials.

You get a free 90, and you get a free 90, and everyone who buys the expansion gets a free 90! I’d hold off on leveling your lowest alt and wait for the expansion to boost said alt, or even a new level 1 to 90. I wish they’d add a 12th character slot, since my best boost would only be from level 81. Blizzard also hinted that they may offer additional level 90 boosts for purchase. The reason that they should do this is because some players there will just purchase additional expansions for more than one account, then transfer boosted 90s over to their main account. Might as well make it more efficient.

More bag space! Blizzard will be increasing stack sizes of many mats to 100, and putting tabards, quest items, heirlooms, toys and tabards into a collection, saving dozens of bag slots. You’ll also be able to craft from items in your bank! So, you can dump many mats in your bank and craft from them anywhere in the world.

Remember, you can also hear my segments on The Instance, Rawrcast, The AIE Podcast and Convert to Raid.



Initial Impressions of “Warlords of Draenor”

8 Nov

Here is my first real vlog for Epic Diapers. It’s about time. And what do I do? I call the expansion, “Word of Draenor” instead of “Warlords of Draenor.” That’s what happens WHEN YOU’RE DOING IT LIVE!!

Anyway, I couldn’t make BlizzCon this year, but I did go in 2011, and it was a blast. Big shout out to my guild on Earthen Ring (US), AIE, a fantastic community, to which I’ve been highly connected to and feeding off of for BlizzCon info, along with the virtual ticket stream.

Look for more after BlizzCon is over!

As always, you can follow me @EpicDiapers!]



WoW costs me 44 cents an hour

10 Mar
Insert 44 cents to play one hour

Insert 44 cents to play one hour

It’s a question that I rarely hear fully answered, “how much World of Warcraft have you played, total?” Some may glance at their /played, but that doesn’t tell the whole picture. Many of us have been playing since Vanilla, and it’s understandable to fear the summation of real-life hours that you have spent logged into Azeroth. In preparation for my interview on the Twisted Nether Blogcast last week, I decided to pop the hood and look deep into how many days I’ve spent killing dragons, getting ganked, and dancing on mailboxes.

I may not have as many toons as some of you out there, but my main realm (Earthen Ring – US) has 11 characters at level 81 or higher that I at least periodically log into (although MoP is so damn alt-unfriendly!) Back in my first few years of WoW, I played on a PVP server, so I had to log into each one of those toons as well to gather their /played time. All information was entered into a spreadsheet, down to the minute played. For this exercise, I did not include the three or four toons I have spread on two other servers that are level 5 or below, as their /played time is insignificant. Additionally, I did not add up time played from my dual-boxing toons on 3 other accounts, as they were played simultaneously with some of my current toons on Earthen Ring. If anyone out there multiboxes, don’t consider each toon individually, of course. We’re talking real world human playing time, and not the ones with the porn stashes.

The next step was to establish how long I’ve played this game. Checking my account history, I created my first WoW account on October 25, 2006. Through today (March 11, 2013), that is a span of 2,328 days. With those numbers, my play time since I started, can be broken down as follows:

  • My total /played time is 154 days, 10 hours, 28 minutes (3,706 hours)
  • That equates to almost 93 weeks, almost 2 full years of full time work (40 hrs/week)
  • 6.63% of my life has been spent playing WoW
  • I have averaged 11.14 hours per week
  • If Wow were a job, I would have grossed $25,18.76, all on 2006 CA State minimum wage ($6.75/hr)
  • I probably could have built Noah’s Ark, written a work of art, earned a second masters degree, and learned 3 new languages if I hadn’t played all of that World of Warcraft

Okay, maybe only 2 languages.

The other common statement that we’ve heard is that WoW is a cheap form of entertainment. Yes, $15 per month is quite inexpensive for the enjoyment most of us get out of this game, but I wanted to see EXACTLY how much it was costing me.

Looking into my account history, I summed up what I have spent on this game in the last 6 and a half years. I’ve had a 3 month recurring subscription charge for most of that time, dual boxed with recruit-a-friend three times, bought multiple copies of the game and expansions, subscribed to the mobile auction house and have purchased just one pet. The grand total? $1,647.97.

Ok, that’s not a drop in the bucket, but considering that it’s over 6 1/2 years, it’s not that bad. However, I can say I have not spent close to that on any other video game franchise in my life.

Now the math was simple. How much does World of Warcraft cost per hour?

For me, 44 cents.

I’d say that’s a cheap form of entertainment.

Now, I just hope my wife doesn’t find out how much of my life has been spent in game rather than with her, although my /played time with her and our kids is “forever.”