The AIE Podcast #224 – WoW: 10,000 Strong Can’t Be Wrong!

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Mkallah: Welcome to Blackrock Foundry
    Alludra: AIE’s 8th Anniversary is coming
    Tetsemi: Looking for more Nerfherders
    Mkallah: STO wants to give you anniversary gifts
    Alludra: And we are joined by Lanctharus

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode # 224 of the the podcast celebrating the Alea Iacta Est gaming community. This is Tetsemi- and I am saying what ever Mkallah wrote for me! With me as always, is Alludra. (“Hey, AIE, I think you’re awesome”). And right over there, we have Mkallah (There are chai latte cupcakes in the guild kitchen). This week we are joined by special guests Lanctharus) who us here to talk to us about AIE in World of Warcraft. Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be talking with Lanc shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…


WoW –

Mk – Blackrock Foundry Normal and Heroic and a World boss Rukhmar became available this past week.
Mythic difficulty for Blackrock Foundry becomes available this Tuesday, February 10th.

WatcherDev (Blizzard) explains Blackrock Foundry tuning –
Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas took to the forums to better explain Blizzard’s philosophy on Blackrock Foundry’s difficulty tuning. If you’ve been raiding it this week, you probably noticed it’s a little harder to progress than Highmaul was at the beginning. According to Watcher, Blackrock Foundry is not meant to make Highmaul immediately obsolete. They still expect you to fully progress through Highmaul before you can realistically tackle Blackrock Foundry. Normal mode Highmaul had an expectation of players coming in with heroic dungeon gear, but Blackrock Foundry is tuned for players in full raid gear (including the first few “easy” bosses). Later bosses are tuned with even more player item level in mind

Watcher explains Blackrock Foundry tuning

WoW Stable at 10+ Million Subscribers –
Blizzard had their Q4 2014 earning call recently and announcing that WoW was still at 10+ million subscribers at the end of 2014. This is the same as the mid November announcement that listed WoW at 10+ million subscribers.

Alludra -And, in case you haven’t noticed- Love is in the Air – right now through February 16th, WOW’s annual Valentine’s Day event is in full swing. The Love is in the Air event offers a variety of rewards, including two mounts, two pets, and many achievements (One of which is totally impossible unless you have REALLY cool friends). Icy Veins has a great guide to you through everything you need to know to complete the event, which we have linked in the show notes.

Also, If you are a craft faire staff member, or are interested in the craft faire, there is a meeting at on February 13 at 10 pm server time. And if you want to help out with craft faire, whisper the mistress of the faire, Syreyne in game or DM her on the forums.

AIE Anniversary Events-

Tet- AIE’s official 8th anniversary is February 15, and plans are underway to celebrate the momentous occasion. Not only are we planning on having some huge guests for the show next Sunday, but the AIE officers and guildies are busy planning events for the celebration.

Nevermore has a meet and greet planned for Saturday 14, from noon to 2 server. Come celebrate AIE’s anniversary in mumble- learn more about the guild and your fellow guildies!

Sparrow is leading a PvP Event- the plan is to assault Ashran with a might, fury and humor seldom seen on the field of battle. A raid group will be started at 2pm server (other groups can be started as needed) and we will run the road, the events, and any rares that pop up in Ashran until 6pm server. If you have ever been confused or nervous about Ashran, this is the perfect opportunity to jump in and get your blade bloodied for the first time. If you are a long time pro this will be a great time for you as well, you can share your knowledge and expertise!
Please show your AIE pride and sport a guild tabard, feel free to drop guild banners as we go!
And remember, this is an all ages event, please keep mumble we will be representing our guild so play nice with the other (horde) kids in the playground. No need to sign up for this fun PVP event, just join AIELFG and send a message the day of the event, hop into mumble and ask for an invite, or whisper Sparrowhawk during the event.

Have an idea for an event- any AIE member can start one- as long as there is no money involved (in or out of game) there is no need to ask for approval from the officers.

Operation Frostbite is a go, I repeat- Operation Frostbite is a go!
Eve is currently in the middle of a huge mining operation. They just had one last weekend and have plans for another one the weekend of the 14 and 15th.

Alludra- SWTOR

Nerfherders is a pub side (4/8/16) man forming for some weekly shinanigans at 8 server on Thursdays in SWTOR. If you intrested, hit GrowlyDidge up on the forums.

And speaking of SWTOR, did you know that Max and Sema have their own podcast!
In episode 76 of the Escape Pod Cast, Sema,Max, and Astromech EPC-76 talked about daily missions on Rishi and Yavin, their rewards, and how they compare to the other current dailies in the game. They also covered news for the week from SWTOR in general and, of course, AIE.

Escape Pod Cast –

Tet- TSW
A new state of the game for February is out – news included a Revamp, so the game is not as overwhelming for new players, a Valentine’s day event, changes to Fast Travel, and news about issue #11, which will have us running up the floors of Orochi tower.


Star Trek online is celebrating it’s fifth year anniversary, and RattoZatto on the forums was kind enough to post fabulous info-graphic including voice actors, how many tribbles we have had trouble with, fleets in service, and all of the game’s milestones since 2010. And to mark the occasion, there are two additions to the Anniversary content that will run from January 29th through February 26th of 2015. Be sure to log-in each day to grab the goodies they will be giving away for the anniversary.

Alludra- FFXIV

Want to jump into Final Fantasy? Don’t forget there is a refer a friend available.

Recruit-A-Friend –

Alludra (again) Imperium Ludi- There is lots of great info on the Imperium Ludi section of the forums, including a list of battletags for the Heroes of the Storm closed beta, information on where to find AIE in the Planetside 2 which, you want to do, since our ever adventurous Nomads are wandering that way, starting Monday Feb 9th through Sunday Feb 15th. Planetside 2 is a FPS first person shooter.


And with that, let’s get back to Lanc..

So it’s been a weird time for for me in Lanc land.

So I have been playing WoW evangelist talk and attending a lot of RL WoW meetups
So I have a story. So I had been playing WoW a lot in the late/early part of the year and I got really emotional watching a lot of the cinematics.
I cried watching the Garrosh/Thrall cinematics
That damn Piano piece in Frostfire Ridge
So now that Lanc is finally 100 I am looking at resurrecting the greatest most epic raid team that has ever inflicted it’s brand of madness on AIE
Yes ladies and gentleman: Drunk with Power (DwP) will be coming back.
150% more more Gwen Steffani
No dub step
Super casual raid team focusing more on having fun and making fun off Lanc falling down long drops
Little bit a history of DWP
Tarqq, Molsan Method,
Guild Anniversary! Can you believe it has been 8 years?
Planning on another So. CA AIE meetup in March
Blizzcon workplace story
The incredible return of WoW to the preeminent MMO on the market
Actually have been using WoW at work for therapeutic reasons.
So Lanc hasn’t really been playing any game but has been in Mumble talking
Family health issues
And guess what I got into Graduate School! YAY & BOO!
So what does this mean for WoW and Lanc
So I am going to be transferring even more responsibility to Ash and Tetsemi
So we will doing so further changes to ensure your fantastic guild experience stays great
And much to Alludra’s annoyance EVE Online XD Kidding! #sorrynotsorry


And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Lanc for joining us.

@Lanctharus on Twitter

MK- If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at You can also follow us on Twitter. The show is at @aiepodcast.. Alludra is at @alludra_aie, Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website!

Alludra- And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…
Ask Miss Mulgra
Epic Diapers
Overly Dramatic news
and Ask a Magus

Next week we’ll be talking to some very special guest for AIE’s 8th Anniversary!. So until then, AIE…
– This is Tetsemi
– This is Alludra
– This is Mkallah

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.

Don’t Forget: Get the show title before closing the broadcast!

Show Title: WoW: 10,000 Strong Can’t Be Wrong!
Alt Show Title: WoW is Truly a Part of Your Life