Saturday, April 12, 2014

Azeroth Choppers: Yay or Nay?

Revealed by Blizzard Entertainment two days ago; the web series, Azeroth Choppers will premiere on April 17th, 2014. So what exactly is Azeroth Choppers at any rate? For that to be fully answered we have to dip into a bit of reality tv history.

American Chopper in a Nutshell:
Not too long ago in the circle of reality tv; American Chopper was a reality television series that aired on Discovery Channel. The series centered on a father and son team whom manufactured custom chopper-style motorcycles. Long story short, the father and son had differing styles that eventually culminated into an explosive argument. This resulted in the son leaving and starting his own competing chopper company.

Now that we know that much(or perhaps you were way ahead of me and already knew!) it seems that the son, Paul Jr. has resurfaced to help Blizzard to create a web series called; Azeroth Choppers.

The Azeroth Choppers Trailer

Video Credit: World of Warcraft on Youtube

The reason given to watch the web series:
Seems interesting right? We the players get to watch this chopper creator as he crafts two bikes: one Horde and one Alliance. To make things sweet we will vote to determine which bike design will be immortalized as an actual World of Warcraft in-game mount.

So Azeroth Choppers: Yay or Nay? 
Personally, I have no interest in the American Chopper tv series nor do I care for any drama that came from it between the father and son. As an avid game player my interests run amuck between many different things but custom-made bikes? No, I am not really with that at all. I can see the unique aspects of it and I am curious as to how it will pan out( as far as which bike is put into the game) but that's about it.

What does interest me is how much resources were put into cranking this out instead of working on content for the expansion pack? The new WoD expansion is supposedly already in beta testing. What this tells me is this: there is barely anything in it at all. Content-wise all I have been hearing about Warlords of Draenor is how many custom textures are being put into the models, professions/spells being hacked to pieces, and garrisons becoming a pretty thing.

Garrions are pretty.
Don't get me wrong. This Azeroth Choppers web series looks to be a fun time in a basket but think about it. How many times has Blizzard said to a player: "We can't do this/that because it will take time/resources away from developing." Yet here we are seeing a project that is definitely taking resources from the game. What are we not going to get in the new expansion because a high budget was set aside for the Azeroth Choppers web series instead?

I'm sure we can chalk it up to precise timing to take away attention from the Elder Scrolls and Wild Stars publicity. However I am not convinced it is a right move on their part. I'd much prefer a content patch for the current game or heavier content being released with the Warlords of Draenor instead of watching a group of scruffy old men bonding over grunts and pencil designs for custom bikes. Mind you, that's just me.

What do you think? Azeroth Choppers: Yay or Nay?
Thanks for reading,
All My Alts

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Possible New Night Elf Female Character

Ever since the folks at Blizzard have announced an 'Alpha' process for Warlods of Draenor the innovative dataminers of the WoW community have taken to scrounging up as much information as they can for the upcoming expansion.

Tyrande hair on the New Night Elf Female Character
Now with everything that comes in relation to datamining the bits and pieces revealed may or may not appear in the expansion. However, it's still fun discovering the possible new information such as:

Possible New Night Elf Female Character:

Now with smoother glossy skin!
Although unfinished(and possibly not even the finished texture) we can see where the WoW artists are taking our favorite Amazon-like Elf girl. She still retains an atheletic build and the stomach textures now show a very visible six pack on the abdomen. Her shoulders are especially square and robuff. We can see she uses her bow quite often by the muscle definition along the arms. I can imagine that when she flexes the muscles will become even more apparent. This is no damsel in distress!

Front New versus Front Old:

Doesn't seem to be too much work done on the mesh so far.
Hopefully when the character is finalized the ears are not as huge. The ears were long before but with the new texture they seem rather creepy. The style choice of the under garments seems rather interesting. As a female I am noting a design that cuts low on the breast which does nothing for support. Well, I shouldn't be too surprised. It is a fantasy game afterall. Allright I can nitpit on the design at least? What are the strange curly flarse at the top? Tendrils? I'm not even going there...

Alpha Video of Night Elf Female Character:

Video Made by  InicoWc3 on YouTube

Wrap it Up:

I'm sure the lack of hair and finished facial textures are hurting this possible new character edit. Overall the Blizzard artists are trying to keep true to the original character design. Unfortunately I do believe too much emphasis is being placed on the muscle definition. Yes, the Night Elf females are suppose to be warlike and very close to Amazons. However, that doesn't mean they should look like She-Hulk either. It'll be interesting to see the final reveal and see how far off this datamined texture is from the finished product.

Thanks for reading,
All My Alts

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tauren Male Character Revealed

A meshwork of the Tauren face
Today, Steve Aguilar, lead animator for the World of Warcraft animation team revealed the process of remodeling the Tauren male character. A constant with these recent reveals are the statements 'retaining the essence of the original'.Take a peek at what they have accomplished thus far for the Tauren male and decide for yourself if Blizzard is keeping the look of our beloved characters.

Meet the New:

A revamp of the old to new mesh

One of the things I noticed outright is that apart from a few nodes in the tail(most likely for even more movement) there wasn't much work done there at all. I suppose one doesn't need to revamp the awkward bulky shape of the bull's tail. 

Front/Side New:

Front/Side perspective

Tauren Emotes New:

The laughing emote seems really jovial doesn't it?
The 'point' emote is spot on!
Right off the bat one can definitely see how much work the artists have put into the facial features.The 'laughing' and 'point' emote really hit home. They seem perfectly suited to the emotion. The 'yell' emote however seems too much like he's trying to show you how much teeth he has in his jaw. The 'shy' emote also seems to fall short of its emotion. Rather then being timid it seems he's saying to us, 'Oops, my bad!'

Wrap it Up:

Overall I have to say that the new Tauren Male character is looking pretty sleek with some great facial expressions at his disposal. I would have liked to see more work done on his tail and hooves but if the artists felt there was nothing to fix there it can't be helped. Hopefully a reveal of the Tauren Female will be shown to us very soon!

Thanks for reading,
All My Alts

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Level 90 Boost for $60

For only $60 you can bypass the pain of leveling!
Although pre-orders for the L90 characters boost is technically not live as of yet the above image appeared briefly with a price of sixty dollars. It remains to be seen if this is an estimated number to gauge reaction or the official price for a character boost to ninety.

I'll post my own thoughts on what I think about this but in the meanwhile ---What do you think of the price? Is it far too expensive or a right price for the ability to bypass leveling through content?

Thanks for reading,
All My Alts

Friday, February 14, 2014

Warcraft Quick Tips: 3 Best Lovely Charm Farm Spots

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Welcome to All My Alts quick tips. A new section that will hopefully help to ease or enhance your World of Warcraft game. Let's get started:

One charm, two, or a hundred within minutes
Climb aboard the Lovely Charm Farm train with All My Alts! Love is in the Air or is it? When it comes to grinding out charms to make purchases a player wants the easiest or fastest spots.

Nearly endless amounts of charms. Keep your eye on the Spawnmob
1.) Crypt of the Forgotten Kings
One of the best placees to farm is the scenario, "Crypt of Forgotten Kings". The trick to this is to allow the Sha pools (Manual link to creature: http://www.wowhead.com/npc=61709) to live so that they continue to spawn. In this final room look for the three mobs that spawn adds. Keep in a fight with them and kill the living spawns.You can kill the adds without hurting the Spawnmob.

2.) Stormstout Brewery
The second best place to farm is the Stormstout Brewery after the first boss. Set the dungeon to non-heroic.
The trick here is to get the endless spawn of hopplings which will happen so long as you do not engage the second boss.

Valley of Four Winds - turtle grind spot ahead
3.) Valley of Four Winds
The mobs we are looking for are called, "Razorback Snapper".  The spawn rate of the turtles is near instant. You'll find yourself unable to kill the newly spawned ones before you are done with the group that you've rounded up. 

Good luck! Remember that AOE classes are best suited to these endeavors. Also don't forget to pop a potion of luck to help with the grind where appropriate. 

Thanks for reading,
All My Alts

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Walking around in the World of Warcraft

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(¸.·´ (¸.* Walking around in the World of Warcraft 

Having a bit of a #World of Warcraft vacation at the moment. My WoW blog and twitter will be on a brief hiatus but not for indefinite. There will be updates just not as much as I normally put out.during the month.

I am hoping that the ushering of a new PVP season will also bring new content for those that PVE. If not, then I can only see another 'Dragon Soul' scenario with this last leg of Mists. Something I am not too fond of experiencing all over again.

It's in progress but I admit to procrastinating...
Maybe it's time I finally sit down and finish that Warcraft fan comic I have been working on and off again for the past six years. ^.^;

Happy playing!
All My Alts