AIE WOW: Level 90 boost available now.
For you World of Warcraft players who have been looking forward to the ability to boost a character up to level 90, Blizzard has just released that option as part of the pre-order of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. You know you’re going to buy it anyway, right? Well now you can buy the expansion and get your new level 90 in time to actually get some raiding in.
AIE WOW: Hearthstone Mount
Also for you WoW players, Blizzard has released a beautiful new mount, but don’t get your wallets out, this mount is entirely free. All you have to do is download Hearthstone and win three games in Play or Arena mode, and you will earn the Mount Up achievement, plus get the Hearthsteed mount to fly around on in Azeroth. This is a beautiful horse mount, with a stone body and blue ethereal wings, hooves, mane, and tail. (A little too Alliancey for my taste, but yeah, I had to get one.)
AIE WOW: Spring Craft Faire Reminder
We’re just one month away from the Spring Craft Faire in World of Warcraft, and thanks to the recent boost-to-90 deal from Blizzard, we’ve had hundreds of new level 90s join the guild over the last couple of weeks. Yes, hundreds, and they all need to get their skills up, so the craft faire captains have put out an emergency call for help. They need lots of mats to feed the hungry newbies. So if you’re in the middle of the pre-expansion doldrums and have some time to kill, or just want to help out, contact the craft faire captain of your choice and see what mats they could use help with gathering.
AIE EVE: Capture of Noobtropolis
Those hardy adventurers in Eve Online have had quite a month. Right after the mass migration to a new area of space last week, this week AIE, as part of the BRAVE alliance and HERO collective, have captured their first space station in null security space, and have appropriately renamed it Noobtropolis. Now their job is really just beginning, as they have to hold on to control of the station and fend off evil space people who would take it for themselves. As the name implies, AIE’s new alliance is very friendly to new players, so if you’ve ever wanted to jump into this exciting and sometimes overwhelming space battle game, now is the perfect time.
AIE GERP: Diablo 3 Community
If you’ve ever played Diablo 3, and who hasn’t really, you may be interested to know that patch 2.0 brought Clans and Communities into the game. Of course AIE is all about community, so of course AIE has a community running in Diablo 3. Just search for “Alea Iacta Est” to join, but remember, like most AIE communities, please keep everything family friendly, and hang in there if things get rough, they’re still trying to figure out how everything works.
AIE RIFT: New Stuff Coming
We actually have some news from the land of AIE in Rift! Yay! Trion has just released a new Conquest map, called Steppes of Infinity, four new souls for the 2.7 expansion – Cleric, Warrior, Rogue, and Mage, a new digital gaming platform called Glyph, two new community managers, the return of Mech Week, and the extension of the Carnival of the Ascended. Wow! No news for weeks, and then suddenly they let loose the floodgates. If you haven’t stepped into Rift in a while, you might want to hop back in and find out what’s going on.
AIE FF: Glamours
And finally, the gang over at Square Enix have announce a new feature for you Final Fantasy players – Glamour Prisms. Glamour Prisms will project the look of one piece of gear onto another, so now you can make your character look the way you want without messing up your stats. (Yes, in World of Warcraft we call this Transmoging.) This will be coming in patch 2.2, which will also include a few server stability improvements. Patch 2.2 is scheduled to be released next Thursday, March 27th, which is perfect, as we’ll have the AIE Final Fantasy gang on the show to tell us all about it.
Here’s an update on the AIE Nomads crew – They’ve been hanging out in SWTOR, which Apolas and Sema will talk about in a moment, and they’re also playing a bit of Neverwinter Nights and some Diablo 3, so if you’re interested in any of those games, track down the Nomads and have some fun!
For more information on all of the news topics we just covered, see the links in our show notes at theaiepodcast.com, or, of couse, go to the forums!
Here are the meetups currently on the calendar at our AIE Meetup.com page
– PAX East, Boston, Friday April 11th at 10am
– AwesomeCon, Washington D.C., Friday April 18th, at 3pm
If you’ll be in the area and looking to attend either of these meetups, RSVP on the AIE Meetup.com page, or better yet, sign up and start your own local meetup!
AIE Podcast Spotlight
It’s been a while since we last did a podcast spotlight, but I felt it was time for another. As you may know, AIE was started by podcasters, populated by podcast fans, and has influenced a number of members to start their own podcasts, so we like to take a little time every now and then to highlight an AIE member that has become notable in the podcast space. This week we are giving a big shout out to Rho, host of the Realm Maintenance podcast. Each week, Rho interviews hosts of other World of Warcraft podcasts, and has become the go-to show that every WoW podcaster tries to get on to prove they’ve made the big time. You can catch the show at realm-maintenance.com. He also co-hosts and guests on other podcasts, which you can find out about by following him on Twitter @RhoWoW. If you know of an AIE member who deserves some time in the spotlight, whether its for podcasting or other notable achievement, email us at email@example.com and put spotlight in the subject line.
And with that, lets jump back into a galaxy far far away and find out what’s going on with the AIE SWTOR gang.
Weekly Guild Activities – Regular Operations Teams run on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 16 man fun times on Tuesday nights, Slowbie Flashpoint night on Friday nights. Nightmare Pilgrim run planned for Apr 1.
Ask a Guildie – Weekly now – Current guildie is Lotwook!
Galactic Starfighter – recently came out with new ship type which is the bomber, new maps have come out and in fact a new one is coming with the next patch in early April. New Galactic Starfighter Map. It’s a domination map. ecumenopolis
New Nightmare Mode for Dread Fortress, with a new twist on Nightmare Modes
Two new flashpoints coming with nice little plot that is going to play out over the rest of the year, Korriban and Tython.
New map for PvP – Huttball on Quesh. Special new mount (a Rancor) for the elite of the elite pvpers. Other versions of the rancor mount in future for Nightmare Mode ops and Cartel Coins.
Some class tweaks coming in 2.7 (early April)
Lucky-77 Swoop speeder to all of Subscribers (March 18, 2014). It has a chance to “hit the jackpot” when summoned, kicking off an animation that tosses holographic coins everywhere.
Player Housing and Guild Flagships coming.
Apolas : @beninmtl – and listen to Sema and Max on the Escape Podcast each week – @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey
Next week we’ll be talking to the fine folks from Final Fantasy XIV.
Stay tuned, as we’ve got a full ride of great AIE members segments coming right up, including…
– Much Lesser Known Shas
– Overly Dramatic News
– Buxley’s Journal
– Ask Miss Mulgra
– Hailing Frequencies
– Azeroth Archives
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Kudos to Max for this week’s show title!