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Runzwithfire: Shits & Giggles with a Troll Mage

My Machninima: Darkened Guild Video

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My second proper machinima video which recounts the (slightly embelleshed) tale of how our guild, Darkened, pwn'd the Lich King.  Seriously, this has been about a year in production as work, family and guild commitments have all impacted on how much time I've had to dedicate to this project.  So man many thanks to all my guildies who have waited so patiently for this.

This video may also be called "Runz learns different techniques in After Effects" as I try progressively more advanced effects as the video goes on.

Anyway, our guild is awesome and I just wanted to reflect that awesomeness as well as some of the fantastic guild personalities that we have. Big up to our guild leader Exclusivia.

Guild Website: http://darkened.wowstead.com

Many thanks to Video Copilot and http://www.youtube.com/user/Iaenic

 

Around The Water Cooler: Are Pandaren Really A Step Too Far?

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It's a brucie bonus double post today!  Why?  Well I've seen a lot of different opinions regarding the introduction of Pandaren into WoW as a new (non-playable!) race so I've decided that it's time we hash this out right now - cos I'm dynamic like that.  Up on the Runzwithfire Facebook Page I decided to post the following discussion and I'm interested to see what you guys think (links to my facebook on the right hand side and the discussion links below).

"So people seem to be largely split on the idea of Pandaren in WoW.  Some people seem to be outraged that what started as a joke race in Warcraft 3 is now becoming a fully fledged race as if WoW itself is succumbing to its own parodies and that this is the beginning of the end.  One of my arena mates has already decided that this will be their last expansion for WoW.

But haven't we heard that before?  The beginning of the end; didn't we hear that with Wrath?  What about when Cataclysm hit?  How many numerous features were rumoured to herald the end of of Azeroth (not to mention the number of other games that were meant to do the same)?  But the truth is WoW is still here and still stronger now than during any other time in the last three expansions.

And let's face it, although I was sceptical at first WoW has seen many new races added since Vanilla.  Surely Worgens were a much more outrageous addition than Pandaren ever will be?  Still not convinced?  What about the alien space goats that actually had to be retconned into the lore?  Aren't they now one of the most popular alliances races?  Hell at least Pandaren have been in the lore since way back in Warcraft 3 and therefore make much more sense than worgen and draenei combined?

I spoke on the vlog before when MoP was first trademarked that I didn't think it would be a bad thing to include Pandaren provided they were taken seriously, and looking at this very early start Blizzard has made I think they are doing just that.  So after all the werewolves, space goats, native american talking cows, walrus people (I mean come on, walrus people?) and numerous other races added, is the addition of Pandaren as a race (EDIT: Whoops, they're definitely a player race; not sure how I feel about that) really such a deal breaker when you look at it logically?

What do you guys think?  Is there something else you would have rather seen?"

So join the discussion at http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=184867094865807&topic=332 and let me know what you think!

I'll have more musings on Mists of Pandaria (MoP) soon!

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:13
 

Mage News: Patch 4.3 PTR Notes

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Now this is what I've been waiting to talk to you guys about; Mage news for Patch 4.3!  Forget void storage, forget new mini games at the Darkmoon Faire, forget the new tier sets for now (I will actually get round to doing some videos on these soon).  Forget all that stuff, what we want to know is how Patch 4.3 affects mages, and specifically are we looking at buffs or nerfs?  And I have to say my fvriends, so far it's looking pretty darn good to be a Mage or, rather more accurately, to be a Fire Mage.  Why?  Well let's just look at this delectable selection of spell buffs that quite rightly had me drooling as I read.

  • Pyroblast's initial damage has been increased by approximately 26%, and its damage over time has been increased by approximately 100%.
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  • Fireball damage has been increased by approximately 17%.
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  • Living Bomb damage over time has been increased by approximately 10%, and explosion damage has been increased by approximately 120%
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    WHOAH!  That is quite possibly some of the biggest straight up buffs to spells I've seen since Cataclysm dropped and they're all pretty much geared towards boosting the Fire specialisation.  OK so this is early days and there is every chance that this will be tweaked in the coming weeks depending on results from the PTR but Blizzard's intent here is pretty clear; buff Fire Mages to make them more competitive in raids.  So what does this actually mean?  Well click on the title or the Read More button and we'll take a look.

    Last Updated on Sunday, 13 November 2011 06:43
     

    Runzy's Battlegrounds: I Am Constantly Afraid

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    Oh how the tables have turned, now it is I with the team full of rogues mwahahahahaha. Sadly, they had a team full of priests and warlocks who decided chain fear = win... gits! So join me for another battleground where I do a bit of freezing, laugh manically then realise that this is actually a capture the flag map o_0

    Please do rate, comment, favourite and subscribe if like this cos it really does help me out XD

    Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2011 09:31
     

    Runzy's Battlegrounds: I'm Sorry Steve, Can We Still Be Friends?

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    Runzy returns to Ice Spam it up in Warsong Gulch again. Can he cap the flag? Can he get the horde's flag back? Can he use Blink without it face planting him into a wall? Who is Steve? All these questions and more that you never asked will be answered here in the third installment of Runzy's Battlegrounds. Noob Troll Away!

    As always guys please rate, comment and subscribe to mah youtubes cos it let's me now the troll nation is growing and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that my little magelings are enjoying the videos.  My youtube channel is HERE and the video page is HERE.

     


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