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World of Warcraft - my elfI’ve gone and done it. I’ve been holding back for years, but I finally gave into the urge.

I signed up for World of Warcraft.

What was I thinking? Well, for one I haven’t gamed in years. I was a pretty active AD&D player back in university, I even played RIFTS and I have to admit I miss the cameradery of campaigning with a group of friends. Plus DH and I have been talking for a while about picking up a game and playing online together – we’ve been waiting for Diablo III to come out forever. At any rate, we decided on the weekend that we were sick of waiting and that we would take advantage of the free promotion that WoW is currently offering – play free for the first 20 levels.

So, not without trepidation, we both downloaded and installed the program on our respective computers and away we went.

And how did it go?

Firstly, it’s beautiful. The environment is immersive and beautifully rendered. A lot of time and energy went into designing a this world, which leads me to wish they spent a little less time on the trees and more time on the GUI (Graphic User Interface) and end user testing. The interface leaves a lot to be desired which leads to complaints about the instruction manual. They claim that usage is intuitive, but it took me about an hour to figure out how not to get killed and I still don’t know how to sell my extra swag. I couldn’t find any information on how to fight or cast spells inside the game. I had to log off and then go search for the information online. Admittedly if I had bought the beginners pack I would have had a hard copy, but I would imagine that most people would be downloading the game, so this type of oversight is really unacceptable.

As for gameplay itself, it’s alright – nothing to really write home about. There is some sort of conspiracy going on that involves my race and class, but there doesn’t seem to be an overarching story line right now. I think it’s developing slowly and while I like to know what I’m getting into thematically when I play a game, I’m willing to roll with things as they come along.

Felicia Day

It's all your fault, Felicia Day!

The thing that’s disappointing me right now is I expected more interaction between myself and other players. Maybe it’s because I’m playing the Role-Playing version (as opposed to Normal or Player v Player), but I thought I would be able to join up with other newbies and go on quests together as we figured out exactly how to play this. And because DH is a different race and character class than I am, we haven’t met up yet.

At least I hope that’s the reason…….. 😉

At any rate, I guess after seeing The Guild, I had a bit of a romanticized picture in my head about what playing an MMORPG would be like, and so far World of Warcraft hasn’t met that expectation yet but I’m willing to stick with it a little while longer. We’ll see if Blizzard get’s my hard earned coin after that I reach 20th level.

I’ll keep you up to date as to my adventures, and if you happen to be in WoW, and come across a night-elf druid named Zephyrex, make sure to say “Hi!”

I promise not to blast you.

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Episode One of the fourth season of The Guild is UP!


SQUEE

**/Spoilers/**

Since we left our intrepid heroes, Clara has decided to wear a squid on her head, Vork wants to build a guild hall, Zaboo is avoiding his Mom-Monster and Bladezz is flipping burgers at a fast food joint. Worst of all, poor Codex has the guilts over her night of hot monkey sex with Fox (aka Wil Wheaton), the leader of the Axis of Anarchy, the rival guild that nearly destroyed the Knights of Good last season.

To make matters worse, poor Codex’ desktop computer has gone down in a blaze of glory. Is it a sign to give up her budding relationship with Fox or a simple warning of worse to come?

We shall see…

As soon as some kind soul posts the epi to YouTube, I’ll get it up here for all to see.

Felicia Day and James MarstersOh this is completely SQUEE-worthy!

FanExpo Canada has announced its guestlist and it can only be described as *EPIC*!

As you have probably already guessed, Joss Whedon luminaries Felicia Day and James Marsters will be appearing at the con. I’ve heard that they are both a lot of fun and very generous to their fans. No word yet as to whether they’ll take part in autograph and photo sessions, but I’ve got everything crossable, well, er, crossed.

Other guests include:

  • William Shatner
  • Joan Collins
  • Adam West
  • Burt Ward
  • Julie Newmar
  • Peter Facinelli
  • Michael Dorn
  • Peter Mayhew
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy

That is quite the list. And that’s only for the Sci-Fi part of it. The Festival Fear Horror Expo is just as epic with David Cronenberg, Ken Russell, Lance Henrikson, Heather Langenkamp, and more. Not to be outdone, Comic Book Expo has booked Stan Lee, Gary Frank, John Romita, JR., Olivier Coipel and Steve McNiven.

PHEW! There is something for every brand of geek/fan/nerd etc…

DH is looking forward to all the steampunk seminars. I want to go to the Q&As.

FanExpo Canada will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, August 27th to the 29th.

I’m so excited. See you there!

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along GameIt’s done!

Doctor Octoroc’s 8-bit tribute to Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is finished.

For those who haven’t been following, this is basically an 8-bit graphical version of the original internet serial. In other words, if Whedon had done Dr. Horrible as a Nintendo game  instead of a series of short films, this is probably what fans would have got.

Put together, all four videos clock in at about 30 minutes. As someone who has worked in Flash, that’s a ton of animation work, and it is so well done. Congratulations.

The first two parts can be found on the good doctor’s You Tube channel. Here’s part three, in two parts, on You Tube:

Check out Dr. Octoroc’s other projects.

These were a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see what he tackles next. Maybe full length feature films?

The next chapter of Doctor Octoroc 8-bit video game adaptation of Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is up.

This is so well done.  I can’t wait to see the final chapter.

The Cast of the GuildCongratulations to Felicia Day and the rest of The Guild on winning two Streamy Awards at at the International Academy of Web Television’s second annual awards ceremony last Sunday in Los Angeles!

For the second year in a row, Felicia won the award for best female actor in a comedy Web series for her role as Cyd Sherman, aka Codex, the Guild’s highly neurotic priest:

“I created this role for myself because I didn’t see that role out there and I didn’t see myself getting that role even if it was out there in Hollywood. That’s just the way I am. I’m a little quirky. This is for geek girls everywhere. I hope I continue to make content in the future and act in roles in the future that inspire people to go on and create themselves.”

at the International Academy of Web Television’s second annual awards ceremony

The Guild’s director, Sean Becker also scored a Streamy (that sounds wrong somehow), for best directing for a comedy Web series, his first:

“One good thing about the Guild is that they had come in early, so we kind of got to build a following. Now we’re at that level where I believe it’s just completely equal ground. To be even nominated, I know that’s the cliché to say, but there are a lot of Web shows out there, so to be able to still be acknowledged is just great.”

2010 Streamy AwardsOther 2010 winners include:

Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series:
Zach Galifianakis – Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
Best Male Actor in a Drama Web Series
:
Mark Gantt — The Bannen Way
Best Female Actor in a Drama Web Series
:
Rachael Hip-Flores — Anyone But Me

Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series: Easy to Assemble
Best Drama Web Series: The Bannen Way
Best Animated Web Series: How It Should Have Ended

Find out who else won at the 2010 Streamy Awards Official Winners List.

Watch the Guild at www.watchtheguild.com

Wil Wheaton is awesomeHe goes on, and on, and on, and on and….

Here’s the story behind the shirt:

Original photo by Paul. Who gave Wil the shirt as a fun gift. Now, it’s a fun GIF!

About 45 days later, I finally picked it up. I opened it in my office, saw myself looking back at me from infinity, and couldn’t believe that I’d waited so long to pick it up. (On the other hand, it was a wonderful reward for completing the first draft of my keynote.)

I called Anne into my office, and revealed it in the usual manner, by slowly lifting it up to my chin and showing it off.

“Oh my god,” Anne said. “It’s you … and you … and you … and you …”

“All the way to infinity,” I said.

We shared a Sci-Five, to commemorate the occasion. You know, like you do.

The Recursive Wheaton (also known as the Wheaton Singularity) is an Infini-tee, created by Scott Meyer, who also creates an amazing and wonderful webcomic called Basic Instructions.

Wil rocks! I can’t wait to see what Felicia Day cooks up for him in the next season of The Guild.

If we were in a time warp, and this were 1990 instead of 2010, we might not have the awesomeness that is Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.  If Joss Whedon had created it back then, Doctor Horrible probably would have been brought to life as an 8 bit computer game, available on 3 1/2 floppy disk complete with cheesy midi soundtrack and sketchy graphics.

As a matter of fact, it would probably look something like this:

Check out the first act of the blog as 8-bit game interpretation over at Doctor Octoroc Presents.  He’s created both a high quality Flash version and a You Tube version:

Doctor Horrible Sing-Along Game

I can’t wait to see the next two acts.  Well done!

Well, I admit it.  I got caught up in Felicia Day and The Guild’s little April Fools prank last week.  It’s probably a good thing that Lil’ Guildies won’t be coming to a monitor near you, I still think Embryonic Bladezz is hilarious in a sick and twisted way.

Regardless, I wasn’t duped nearly as badly as the people of Jafr, in Jordan.

Apparently the editor of Al Ghad, a Jordanian daily newspaper, thought it would be hysterical if he printed a front page article detailing a late night visit from little green men to the town of Jafr, about 300 km of Amman.

Well, not so according to Jafr’s mayor, Mohammed Mleihan who sent security agents to the area:

“Students didn’t go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town’s 13,000 residents,” Mleihan told the Associated Press. “People were scared that aliens would attack them.”

Ooops!

Al Ghad’s managing editor, Moussa Barhoumeh has since apologized.

Sound familiar?

See the Toronto Star for more details.

Felicia DayFelicia recently dished to MTV about her hopes for the upcoming Dr. Horrible sequel that Joss Whedon, Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion have in the works:

“I can’t spoil anything, because I don’t know much more than Nathan [Fillion] or anyone else. I’ve heard there’s a title. That’s about it.”

Unfortunately, Felicia still doesn’t know what her role will be in the new project, but she wants in, even if that means working for craft services:

“I just think Joss doing ‘Dr. Horrible’ really legitimized web video in a way that nobody else could. That he could take this awesome thing directly to fans and have them support it — I want him to do more of it. I’ll do anything I can do to help.”

As for the story line, she hopes to see more of The Evil League of Evil:

“The Evil League of Evil is so interesting. I feel like there are so many antagonists and protagonists that you could play with,” she said. “If you look at that last final shot, there are so many crazy characters there — like Dead Bowie…”

You can read the rest of the interview at the MTV site.

But wait! There’s more….

In other Felicia related news, The Guild Mistress has announced the launch of an official spinoff!

Felicia has inked a deal with a ‘very prominent animation house’ (but we can’t tell you who it is due to the presence of the dreaded NDA) to create Lil’ Guildies for the web.  Described as a cross between The Guild and The Muppet Babies, the web based show will follow the adventures of the baby Guildies (including Embryonic Bladezz) as they travel through space, make music and solve crime?

“I thought a mainstream kids show for TV would be a disaster in that regard but they kept saying that they loved my sensibility and they really wanted me to do whatever I felt was true to the tone of the web series.”

Guild veteran Greg Aronowitz, prop master for Do You Want to Date My Avatar and creator of the hilarious bonus Christmas items from last year’s holiday bonus videos is on board as lead developer.

These should be an absolute blast.  The characters look hilarious and I just about blasted Coke through my nose when I saw Embryonic Bladezz. I just hope it doesn’t push back the launch of season 4. Find out more at Tubefilter News and at The Guild.

Congratulations Felicia!

PS. This had better not be an April Fools Day joke.