VOIP Server

Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming.

We have access to the Mumble server at MatureAsskickers. Download and install the free client from http://mumble.sourceforge.net/. (Version 1.2.3(Stable) is recommended)

Connect to the server matureasskickers.net. Use the channel root/WoW/Thud and Blunder.

Trial of the Crusader

We’re attempting to learn the 10-man version of the Trial of the Crusader raid instance. Click the link to check out WoWWiki’s account of how it works. Each boss page explains strategies for dealing with that boss. Links on each boss page lead to WoWHead and other WoW database sites where you can read yet more hints in their comments sections.

The first “boss” is actually a sequence of four bosses, in a 1-2-1 unbroken sequence, collectively called the Beasts of Northrend:

Tonight we got to see Gormok and briefly fought the following boss-pair. Be sure to read up on them for our next attempt! These bosses have a rare chance of dropping i245 patterns for our guild crafters.

Blizzard Authenticator recommended

Blizzard AuthenticatorDue to the high number of accounts getting hacked, you are strongly encouraged to get a Blizzard Authenticator to protect your account. Once the authenticator is tied to your account, you get a special pet to show everyone that you take security seriously. See this forum thread for details:

http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=22048397570&sid=1

You can purchase your authenticator at the Blizzard Store for only $6.50. (Don’t buy it from the reseller at Amazon who’s reselling them for $50!)

http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=1100000822

If you have an iPhone or an Android phone (such as the Motorola Droid), you don’t even need to purchase an authenticator. Just download a free authenticator phone application and use your phone to log in to WoW. Details can be found at the Battle.net site, here:

https://us.battle.net/account/support/mobile-auth-download.xml

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Be well-fed!

WoWWiki has a nice chart showing all the foods available that give you a “well fed” buff:

http://www.wowwiki.com/Well_Fed

The chart shows food organized by level requirement, with columns for each buff it gives you. Consult this chart when shopping for food that gives you the best benefit for your class and level.

Our guild has multiple chefs able to cook almost every recipe in the game, so be sure to ask in guild chat if you need a particular recipe cooked. You can get a rough idea of who can do what by looking at the guild professions page.

 

Patch 3.3

Patch 3.3.0 is currently on the test realm (AKA the “PTR”) and its release notes can be read at WoWWiki:

http://www.wowwiki.com/Patch_3.3.0

Be sure to check out the undocumented changes link in the box at the right on that page to see things not in the official notes.

Some notable changes:

  • Two new 5-man dungeons are added.
  • Low-level spells are being adjusted to use less mana (important for alts).
  • A new quest management feature is planned but not yet available on the PTR.
  • A new weekly raid quest that awards an [Emblem of Frost] is added, requiring that one kill mobs from different raid dungeons each week.
  • The loot greed/need dialog now includes a “disenchant” option.
  • Enhancements are being made to the LFG tool, and 3 achievements are added to encourage its use.

Important Quest to Avoid

When arriving in Dalaran, do not do the quest Learning to Leave and Return: the Magical Way. Also, avoid turning in the quest The Magical Kingdom of Dalaran.

The first quest in the chain is offered by mages from around Northrend and provides a convenient way to get to Dalaran at level 74 and above. You can hearth at any inn and use this quest to quickly get to the city. If you complete either quest, the first quest becomes unavailable, and you lose access to this convenient shortcut across the continent.

So if someone portals you to Dalaran, don’t do the quest in the room with the floating stone triangle! You’ll be forgoing a great traveling convenience.