Heroic mode here we come! Congrats guys.
Awesome job everyone who donated, please make a post if you did. Its good to know who is contributing, you guys are keeping vent alive.
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It's that time of the year again! Our hosted vent subscription is almost up. We need donatations to keep the servers going. All you raiders please chip in $5-$10 and we will be set another year. Any non raiders that use vent from time are incouraged to make a small contribution if you feel that our vent server is a service you utilize.
As of 3/5 we have until the end of the month to add tokens. Please donate!!
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As always excellent work G1!
Mists of Pandaria Launches September 25, 2012 – Pre-Sales NOW OPEN
Heroes of Azeroth, prepare to embark for an exotic new frontier! World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™ is launching on September 25, 2012 and you can be ready to play when the servers go live by pre-purchasing the game digitally. Plus, for the first time ever, players will have the option to upgrade a pre-purchase to the all-new Digital Deluxe Edition which comes with all of the in-game items from the retail Collector’s Edition, including a World of Warcraft pet and mount, banner sigil and accent for Diablo® III, and Battle.net® portraits for StarCraft® II.
Beginning September 25, 2012, World of Warcraft players around the world will be able to set sail for the long-lost continent of Pandaria, where they’ll explore forgotten dungeons, vanquish risen evils, and play their part in the Horde-Alliance conflict as it reaches a critical breaking point.
Whether you plan to level your existing character to 90 or start fresh with a new pandaren monk, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your adventure. Simply log in to your Battle.net® account, and then pre-purchase Mists of Pandaria. You’ll then be flagged to automatically download the expansion content prior to release so you’ll be ready to go when the game launches.
During the pre-purchase process, you’ll have the option to grab either the Mists of Pandaria Standard Edition for $39.99 USD or the all-new Digital Deluxe edition for $59.99 USD -- or, if you snag the standard edition now and decide you want to upgrade to Digital Deluxe later, you’ll have the opportunity to do so for an additional $20.
The Digital Deluxe edition includes a full digital copy of the expansion, as well as a selection of Pandaria-inspired in-game content for World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II. If you’re looking for even more plunder, a special Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition with additional bonus items will also be available exclusively at select retail locations for a suggested retail price of $79.99 USD.
For more details on the September 25, 2012 release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, be sure to hit the official press release, or head to our new Mists of Pandaria game page to learn more about the expansion and prepurchase your digital copy.
*When you pre-purchase World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game once it’s available, prior to the game’s release. This content will be unlocked and available for play when the expansion launches on September 25, 2012.
Congratulations to group one on their Heroic Madness Kill! Its time to take the summer off :) Its well deserved!!!
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Diablo® III Open Beta Weekend
We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the games release on May 15. You can begin downloading the Diablo III client right now.
From Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT you'll be able to log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion.
What steps do I need to take?
I don't have a Battle.net account - can I still play?
- Log in or create a Battle.net account at http://www.battle.net
- Create your BattleTag™, which is required to play Diablo III (What is BattleTag?)
- Download the game client, install, and play between 12:01 p.m. PDT April 20 and 10:00 a.m. PDT April 23
Absolutely! Just visit http://www.battle.net to create a free Battle.net account. Next, download the client from https://us.battle.ne...nload/index.xml and install it. Create your BattleTag, and then log in to the game using your Battle.net account name (email address) and password to begin slaughtering the demonic hellspawn that dare stand in your way.
Are there any differences for stress test participants versus invited closed beta testers?
Stress test participants will only be able to access the beta between Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), and Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. In addition, stress test participants will not have access to post in the beta forums and will not be provided Beta Bucks for use in testing the currency-based auction house.
Can all regions/countries participate?
Due to regional differences and features of the stress test client, Korean players will not be able to partake in the stress test weekend. However, beginning the week of April 23, we will be conducting a separate, invitation-only closed beta test that will give players in Korea a chance to try out the game, along with players in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
What if the service is down/laggy/disconnecting me?
It's very possible that players connecting to the stress test could experience issues with the service. While not ideal this is exactly why we're having a stress test. We want to catch and analyze as many bugs as possible during this stress test period, so that we can try to ensure a smooth launch on May 15.
I'm having an issue, how can I get help?
Due to the limited window of the stress test we encourage you to visit the Technical Support or Mac Technical Support forums if you're having any issues running the game, and checking the Known Issues list if you're running into a bug. As a stress test participant you will not be able to post in the beta forums.
What platforms and languages do you support?
For the stress test we're offering the client in English, French, and German for both Windows and Mac. At release the game will be fully localized into English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Korean, and Traditional Chinese for Windows, and English, French and German for Mac.
I'm an invited closed beta tester, what happens after the stress test weekend ends?
As an invited closed beta tester you'll continue to have access until the beta ends on May 1.
It is believed to be an internal employee handbook circulated around the Blizzard operating centre.
Accessible - Easily understandable by people who have never played a game before ever.
Activision (the) - A paramilitary organization that we merged with a few years ago. They seem nice, but we still aren't sure what the armored suits with the huge 'A' and skull logo are for. Or why our interns keep vanishing.
Annual Pass - A jumbo patch slapped over the hull of WoW to prevent further subscription leakage. Promising a free copy of D3 and access to the MoP beta, many fans only saw 'D3', 'free' and 'Beta' and jumped on board.
Andariel - We designed this boss to kill players who spent too much time staring at her...assets to avoid her nova.
Asmodan - The Lord of Sin. We believe he is in charge of managing the microtransaction department at present.
Baal - The Lord of Destruction. We put this guy in charge of the department working on Boss Fatalities, the Mystic, Coloured Lighting, Runes as Items, Skill Trees, Day/Night
changes, dynamic weather and the 6th class. We stand by this decision.
Barbarian (the) - We have no idea how he got past security since we firmly stated that no Diablo 2 characters were allowed in. Security was last seen being carried off by the female variation, muttering something about 'snoo snoo'.
Battlenet 2.0 - Disguised as a platform for which all of our games can be interconnected, it is really a clever way for us to eliminate all forms of communication amongst our customers, lest they conspire to ask for things like 'balance' or 'additional features'.
Beliel - The Lord of Lies. Currently employed as head of PR and marketting for Diablo 3.
Beta - Never has half an hour of game content caused so many people to go entirely apecrap. We need to find a way to monetize this.
Beta Contest - Despite our 'random is fair' opt-in process, we believe that forcing players to jump through hoops, sign up to social media they do not want and subscribe to gaming sites they have never even heard of is a far better idea.
Beta Patch - A simple numerical increase with minor system twiddling purely to keep hype alive. 14 down, 28 to go!
Bobby Kotick - Currently believed to be the host of the prime evil Diablo. His coming marks the start of the Funocalypse - the end of all fun on earth.
Customer - A four legged plant eating mammal that produces milk. Our goal is to extract the maximum amount of milk with the minimum amount of moo.
Also see. Cattle.
Customization - Formerly referred to creating unique, fun characters through various schemes. However, this required forethought and permanent choices - two traits that we deem our customers are unable to possess. Thus, we have redefined "customization" to mean the singular ability to buy gear from the auction house and have the customers' characters hold said gear.
Deckard Cain - Senile, mysterious old bugger that tells hero what to do. Totally not going to turn out to be a bad guy, some kind of god, or die. Totally.
Demon Hunter - Originally pitched as 'hunter' but the forums seem to be allergic to anything even sharing a name with something from WoW. So we stuck a 'demon' on the front, gave him an emo fringe and a coat of black paint. No one will notice, right?
Diablo - The Lord of Terror. Currently occupying the form of the Sovereign, Bobby Kotick.
Diablo 2 - A hilarious experiment designed for griefers, bots, scammers and hackers. Hopefully if we give them this they will stay there and not bother the rest of our games.
Diablo 3 - A gothic ARPG themed Casino. However after removing transaction fees, the Activision is concerned that Diablo 3 will not be profitable and are holding it back while they find some ways to add Microtransactions to Boss Farming.
Duriel - No one knows how the real final boss of Diablo 2 snuck into act 2. His task was to frustrate the living hell out of casters and ranged characters before they got their decent spells. His full title is "Duriel: Lord of Pain in the @#!".
Forums (the) - These were designed to allow designers to feel like Greek gods, watching the misery and consternation caused by every word they spoke. Currently they serve as a wastebin for feedback, criticism and discussion so that we don't need to read it.
Heart of the Swarm - We really just made a few new maps and an extra unit or two per side. Tack on a two year delay and we are confident that people will pay money for it.
Inferno Mode - Our substitute for real endgame content. Players can enjoy running through the same content they have just completed three times, only now with higher numbers!
Lan - A false memory implanted by our competitors. The Lan never existed in any form and evidence to the contrary is part of an elaborate conspiracy. The technology just isn't there yet.
Loot - The centre of the gaming universe. These magical collections of pictures and numbers have in the past inspired lawsuits, murders, divorce, brawls, real money transactions, oral favours and tons and tons of QQ. It also follows laws of it's own that frequently differ from the laws of physics. Adventurers are frequently shocked the first time they swat the mosquito which has just landed on their ear and it proceeds to drop a three hundred kilogram battleaxe.
Magic Find - This stat actually has no effect whatsoever on the frequency of item drops, and hasn't since Diablo 2. For some reason, no one has noticed yet.
Mephisto – The most popular boss of all time due to an unfortunate accident that replaced his body with a giant pinata filled with Loot. He became so famous that in 1.10 he was able to afford several extensions and new wings to his Durance.
Mists of Pandaria - Our attempt to cash in on the Pokemon phenomenon and give WoW players a reason to pay 40$. If we can twist the arms of people subscribed to the 1 Year Deal into doing the same, fantastic.
Monk - The winner of our Diableard contest was offered employment as a prize. We beleive he was a roadie from ZZ Top.
Oceania - Much like the Lan, this does not exist. Players claiming to be from here are an anomaly and can be safely ignored for the purposes of Beta waves, maintenance times and server location. Why do sheep need servers anyway?
Polishing - Still overhauling key systems and fixing serious bugs.
See: Almost Finished.
PvP - If we attempt to make it a super balanced E-Sport, it causes QQ. If we announce that we are not supporting or balancing it, it causes QQ. If we leave it out altogether, it causes QQ. Plans are currently to release the new Steelseries Diablo 3 Morningstar Mouse, hold a regional tournament in an abandoned basement somewhere, yell FIGHT! and hopefully the problem will fix itself.
Release Date - A mythical creature often discussed but never seen in the wild.
Runes - A powerful skill customization system for Diablo 3 aimed at letting players specialize and level how they wanted to. However the initial system was too complicated for Zarhym's Grandmother to understand and so we tacked on an arbitrary level requirement to the runes and replaced the whole thing with the skill system from WoW.
Starcraft - For some reason this became a national sport of a country. We are not quite sure how to undo this. Even taking 50% of the profits from tournaments hasn't discouraged them, forcing us to continue to balance and refine it. If you have any suggestions as to a replacement, please let us know.
Soon - Sometime within the next 5 years, although it may be longer.
Titan - The Titan Project started as a successor to WoW. However under the Activision we believe it has evolved into some kind of supersoldier experiment deep in the bowels of Blizzard HQ. We generally supply one or two test subjects a week and let them get on with it. Please ignore the screams.
Uber Tristram - Fans were astounded when we announced that we were introducing 'group required' content to Diablo 2 despite numerous promises to the contrary. We responded to the complaints by adding the best items in the game to this content.
Warcraft 3 - Where we get the majority of our World of Warcraft stories, engine and assets.
World of Warcraft - Our cash cow. For some reason we cannot quite understand not only will people pay 15$ a month to keep playing this, they will also spend as much on a sparkly horse mount or a server transfer. These days we primarily leave Jim and the new employees to keep an eye on things while we go fishing.
Also see: Cash Machine.
Working As Intended - We have no idea how to fix it.
Also See: Creative Use Of Game Mechanics.
Witch Doctor - Adding some much needed diversity to the all-caucasian line-up from D2. Fortunately Whitney was still willing to work for drugs.
Wizard - Another individual hired under our 'racial diversity' mandate. Schoolgirl outfit will be added later as a microtransaction.
Zarhym - Blue Poster in possession of a bad $#! Grandmother!
Zarhym's Grandmother - She showed up one day and Zarhym suggested we make her our lead game tester for Diablo 3. We weren't sure...but she was such a nice old lady that we couldn't really say no. Now Bobby says that all systems must be easily understood by her or simplified. We'll get on it once we get her to stop feeding the mouse and attempting to plug her typewriter in.
Note: The Encylopedia Blizzanica is intended for entertainment purposes only. Any offense, anger or injury incurred are not the resposibility of the Starbird corporation.
Let's go folks and donate! We are only asking for $5-$10 dollars. If you are reading this and you haven't donated then we are talking to you! Get us through the end of 2012. Don't forget you are helping save the Pandas! Thank you to eveyone that has already donated, we have received about $100 dollars so far.
Well it's that time of the year!!! A shout out goes to last years contributors!!! Please support the guild ventrillo and forums you guys use by donating as much as you can. Without your support we won't have the tools to make this guild successful, competitive and fun.
Just a little bit of information....it costs $100 dollars a year just to have this site up and another $120 for our 25 user ventrillo server.
If you find having these tools valuable for raiding, grouping and communicating in general then we highly suggest you donate! Just think about it... if we can get both raiding 10 man groups to all chip in $10 bucks each. We could have the website and ventrillo paid for another full year!!!! This is a real simple goal to achieve. So open up that coin purse and donate!!!
Cranch, I know you don't use vent, but you should still donate!! Because without vent we all couldn't scream "Cranch god $%*@^ stop dps dammit !!!"
Mehit and Fanmercon don't talk, but still listen so your share is cut in half. Semirrhage you talk to much on vent you should pay three times as much!
For every one dollar you don't donate we will kill off one giant panda. So please give freely or 220 pandas will die!!!!
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Great job on getting all of the achievements last night for Glory of the raider. Now that we have some awesome mounts let's go suffer on Heroic Rag some more.
-insert screenshot of all the mounts that I did not take-
Worst RNG boss ever. We put more time into this guy than Ragnaros. Thanks to everyone for sticking to it and getting him down. Now let's avoid him until we overgear it haha.
After many attempts and running into every problem imaginable we finally got Rag down. Great job guys, next week we start on heroics and the real fun begins.
Three new bosses down this week. The guild is moving back up in the rankings!
New Firelands Raid Update!
Group 1 Killed Shannox and Beth'Tilac early this week
Group 2 Killed Shannox and Beth'Tilac later on in the week.
Gratz on those kills!!!
Well done another Herioc Kill with the Red Heads, special thanks to Bubblemender, Mehit, and Hikifune. Super Special Shout out to Fanmercon for her cheers!
Pardon our appearance we are working on our new site. It will look fancy in no time :)