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Geek Gift Ideas – Dec 2 (Wrath of the Lich King)

Wrath of the Lich KingFor the World of Warcraft geek in your life why not give the gift of wrath this season. And by wrath I’m talking about the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack Of course if they are a serious WoW player then chances are pretty slim that they do not already own a copy, so you may want to open up some conversation first. “Hey, man. Have you played wrath yet?” You know… do some information fishing.

So what is it? It is the latest expansion pack to the massively popular online role playing game, World of Warcraft. This expansion adds a new content serving up tons of new game content, a new hero class (the death knight!) and increases the max level a player can attain from 70 to 80. All good stuff!

Wrath of the Lich King Cinematic Trailer

Oh boy! Blizzard has unveiled the cinematic trailer for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. And it does NOT dissappoint. Blizzard raises the bar on the quality of their cinematics every time they release one. Also note, that they usually only unveil the cinematics when the release of the product is drawing near… so it could be soon. 😀

Click here to view the trailer

Geek Gift Ideas – Dec 13 (For The Horde!)

Dell XPS M1730 World of Warcraft EditionThe Dell XPS M1730 World of Warcraft Edition is the ultimate notebook for serious Warcraft players. With exclusives like next-gen SLI technology and the custom Warcraft case design, this M1730 has the power to play and the style to impress. Did you catch the post on the World of Warcraft Figure Prints yesterday? This complete package comes with a Golden Ticket for one… free of charge! But that’s not all it comes with; this package is absolutely loaded and targeted at the ultimate World of Warcraft geeks.

This baby has Dual NVIDIA SLI graphics AND an AGEIA PhysX Accelerator. What’s that all mean? No lag… period. This thing will handle any graphics intensive task that you can currently throw at it. In fact it is probably a bit overpowered for playing WoW, but you won’t hear me complaining. To handle all of that graphics processing power the machine comes with a staggering 17-inch widescreen UltraSharp WUXGA display with high resolution (1920×1200) and full HD 1080p support.

XPS M1730 StylingXPS M1730 Ultimate World of Warcraft ExperienceXPS M1730 Illuminated KeyboardXPS M1730 Built-In Realtime Game StatsXPS M1730 Epic World of Warcraft Extras

That’s just the beginning! Dell partnered with Logitech to be able to give you a built-in realtime game stats display. The keyboard is illuminated so you can see what you are doing at night. You get World of Warcraft Beta Club Key Card inviting you to future unannounced beta tests. The list goes on and on my friend. Just check out these product specs:

Product Specs:

  • Processor/Display
    Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB, 4MB Cache)
  • OPERATING SYSTEM(s)
    Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition
  • MEMORY
    2GB2 Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
  • BOOT HARD DRIVES
    Speed: 160GB3 SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
  • CD-ROM/OPTICAL DRIVES
    CD / DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
  • VIDEO BOARD
    512MB2 Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® 8700M GT with NVIDIA® SLI®
  • PHYSICS CARD
    AGEIA PhysX Physics Accelerator
  • NETWORK (WIRELESS)
    Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 a/g Mini Card
  • Primary Battery
    85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • SOUND OPTIONS
    High Definition Audio 2.0
  • Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed)
    Trend Micro Internet Security 24-months
  • Hardware Support Services
    1Yr In-Home Service,4 Parts + Labor,24×7 Phone Support

Finally if you follow the link to the Dell page there is much more to explore and look at. For instance there are links to videos of the unveiling of various aspects of this package. For instance here is one of Randy (Jordan) Deluxe opening the backpack and seeing the many goodies that come inside. Click through to the site if you cannot see the video.

Geek Gift Ideas – Dec 12 (World Of Warcraft Figure Prints)

With over eight million subscribers world wide, World of Warcraft is the largest MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) in history. Chances are very good that the geek in your life has another life in this world. Here is a gift idea that caught me entirely by surprise. Figure Prints can recreate your geek’s own World of Warcraft character as a fully detailed 3D replica figure. You can even choose the armor and weapons that they use from the items in your character’s inventory. Here are a few sample pictures.

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So why would this be such a good gift idea for a WoW geek? Well, I know from experience that people a LOT of time into developing these characters. In many cases they get very attached to their alternate universe alter egos. So having a real life representation of that character that you could touch and look at would be very appealing.

This is a video of Randy Deluxe from The Instance podcast seeing the Figure Print for the very first time. Click through to the site if you cannot see the video.

Is it just me or does Randy look like Commander Riker from Star Trek – Next Generation?

I’m Coming For YOU, Thrall!

I Monday, January 22, 2007 I decided to storm Orgrimmar… alone… with my level 17 Draenei Warrior. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. And yes, I have gone loco. It was a complete and utter time sink as it gained only minimal XP from discovering new areas and I had to do countless corpse runs to finally make it in.

The goal was actually to see how many corspe runs and how long it would take to get into RFC. I figured if three characters could make it in, one being a Warlock, then we could summon the rest of the party and actually run RFC. My conclusion… not really that feasible.

After entering RFC there was nothing really to do so I walked out. There was a few Horde players waiting outside, undoubtedly to do an RFC run themselves. So I decided to give them a show and start dancing, as we all know how goofy the male Draenei dance is. And being in Horde territory, one of their main cities no less, a mage standing there sent in the big guns and put and end to my Ally shame.

This evening reminded me about one of the things I love about World of Warcraft. There are so many different ways to play the game and so many different things to do. It doesn’t always have to be about questing or grinding or PVPing or raiding. You can find other entertaining things to do. And the main reason that I love and play this game is that I find enjoyment in it. When I stop having fun playing the game it means I need to take a break and do something else.

Here is a link to the photo album with all the screenshots from my raid on Org. Enjoy 🙂

Twas The Night Before Burning Crusade

I’m sure you’ve all seen this floating around the internet, but I thought I’d post it here for posterity!

Twas the night before BC, and in World of Warcraft
Not a creature would /stir, /sing, /dance, /silly, or /laugh
The servers were hung, all instancing ceased
In hopes the expansion would soon be released

The children were nustled all snug in their beds
(Only orcs; no young tauren, trolls, or undeads)
And I, in my warlord’s gear, from PvP
Had just trekked to the inn for some rested XP

When out by the bank there arose such dissent
I wondered if Blizzard started a world event
I went into cat form, to ensure my good health
If demons were invading, I was gonna be stealthed

The moon didn’t light up the boring old dirt
(C’mon, some Ogrimmar snow couldn’t hurt!)
When what should I see, out there on the streets?
Twas a musclebound orc, and a mess of elites!

He was giving out buffs, which were awesome but brief
I knew in a moment it was the warchief
Was he giving a quest, or was this an illusion?
He started to /yell as we watched in confusion

“Come raiders, and twinkers, and casuals too!
Come on PvPers, get out of your queue!
To the top of the bank, to the top of the wall!
You can dash, you can mount, you can even slowfall!”

He jumped on the mailbox, to give rise to himself
I feared for a moment he’d become a night elf
But he did not /dance, or remove all his gear
So we all gathered round, and we lent him our ear

And then, on the bank, I heard from the roof
The prancing of two dozen large tauren hoofs
As I drew in my head, visions of taurens prancing
I was distracted by a female elf dancing

She was dressed in all epics, from her helm to her rings
They spat fire and did other impressive things
A bundle of loot she had flung on her back
And a two handed sword with a proc-cleave attack

Her eyes, how they twinkled! Her body, so thin!
She had golden hair, and odd, peach-colored skin!
Her droll little mouth was drawn up in a sneer,
As if immune to poly, stunlock, root, and fear

We all drew our weapons, and I readied my claws
I’d enjoy tasting elf blood dripping from my jaws
But Thrall raised his hammer, and let out a fierce growl
We all hesitated, hit by his piercing howl

“Her kind,” he claimed, “are not our enemies!
They don’t hide in shadows, they don’t even hug trees!
They all hate alliance, and see them as noobs!
Even if, like alliance, kids will stare at her… monitor tubes.” *ahem*

But from out in the crowd, came a shout, “She’s no ally!
You can tell from her int-based plate she’s a pally!
Her hotbar has bubbles and hearthstones adjacent!
You’ve brought us a target, we won’t be complacent!”

“But you see,” the elf said, her voice calm and malicious,
“I may have found the light, but I find it delicious.
We stole from their gods!” She screamed while she glowered.
“To mock claims that shamans are so overpowered!”

“But where,” I responded, “Did you get all your loot?”
“My chestpiece has less stats than one of your boots!”
She took out her hearthstone, and started to laugh,
As she showed me that it was now set to Shattrath

“I got them in Outland, just as you will.
In a month your new set is as useless as twill.
The Blasted Lands is where to bring this Horde
You know, when you levelled, that zone you ignored?”

“It’s a land of new quests, and wonderous gifts,
Of casual conent, and paradigm shifts.
So come to the portal, if you’ll continue playing,
And take on ‘You are not prepared!’ as your saying!”

She bubbled and hearthed, in true pally fashion,
But in her wake I had found a new passion
In this new land I’d find epic apparel
Perhaps I would even find something for feral!

Thrall raised his hammer, and looked nearly immortal
Then he jumped on his mount and rode for the Dark Portal
But I heard him exclaim, as we rode to our fate
“I hope when we get there, it will be release date!”