The AIE Podcast #316 – Molten Core has frozen over

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

    Tetsemi: We’re dividing, no that’s heading into The Division 2
    Mewkow: Well if we’re not dividing, then we’re multiplying WoW Guilds
    Tetsemi: Celebrating Star Wars, it’s the Chicago Way
    Mewkow: Speaking of celebrations, let’s have a festival in ESO
    Tetsemi: And a new TFO has been released in STO

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode 316 of the the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mewkow: To my left is Tetsemi: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is an empty chair as Mkallah has travelled back to ye olde times in real life. This week we are talking with ourselves as we catch up on what we’ve been up to in gaming and in real life.

We’ll be digging into that shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Streaming and guild podcast news

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 284: Dev Behind The Curtain

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-284 stop by the PTS to check out the new preview window and talk about the “behind the curtain” developer blog post.

SWTOR Escape Pod Cast 283: Dread Masters From Section X To Oricon

This week @AIESema, @MaxTheGrey and Astromech EPC-283 ride the Dread Master lore train from Section X to Oricon.

Working Class Nerds

Episode 40: Is John Redden Really the Night King?!?!

Marcus and Nick are joined by Dr. John Redden, Professor in the Physiology and Neurobiology department at the University of Connecticut to talk old-school MMO’s, their upcoming journey to Pax East and what they’re looking forward to in the FINAL SEASON of Game of Thrones.

Episode 39: Captain Marvel & Avengers: Endgame Trailer #2

Nick and Marcus are joined by WCN’s resident comic book expert, Ariel in a discussion about Captain Marvel AND the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame.
SPOILER ALERT: To Avoid Captain Marvel Spoilers, stop listening at 23:37.

Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.
A couple of games have moved days so make sure you double check when each game is running MFN.

Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9 pm Eastern
Wednesday – FFXIV 10 pm Eastern
Friday – ESO 9 pm Eastern

Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11 pm Eastern
Sunday – STO 8:30 pm Eastern

“AIE Nomdas” in The Division 2. Started playing with the launch of the game, 18 members strong, and the clan has reached rank 10. A handful of players are already level 30 and doing world tier 4 content.

This just in many accents were mangled to bring you this news.

Play *Max’s segment here*

Alliance Races are now available in Umami. Please select your Alliance race/class combo when submitting an application for your new character. (Yes, character level is still limited to 100. We don’t mind what level you enter here!)

AIE WoW Alliance Guild!


Discussion of level squish, transmog (hide all slots except pants), removal of portals (adding a CoT Portal)

Game Update 5.10.2 ‘Heralds of Victory’ is on the Public Test Server right now and includes the new dynamic preview window and the new Guild Heraldry feature. Also, Bioware has bitten the development bullet and is re-working how interactable objects are created for the game. This effort will make world building, quest building, and probably just about everything easier to do and maintain in the future.

We are looking forward to news in April during Star Wars Celebration!

SWTOR Guild News
Pax East meetup in Boston on 3/29. If you think you can make it, hop into discord to find other people that are going and more info.

Star Wars Celebration – April 11th-15th in Chicago, There will be an AIE meetup coming as well as the SWTOR Cantina, which will be April 13th at 7:00pm CDT Marriot Marquis Chicago in the Grand Ballroom.

March MEGA was an awesome, possibly even EPIC night of guild pvp. April MEGA details to come.

MFN continues on Tuesday nights at 9PM Eastern, alternating weekly between the Imperial side and the Republic side. There is no gear requirement–literally. For some activities you may have to be level 50, though.

The Jester’s festival started on March 21st and will run until Tuesday April 2nd at 10am EST and during the event you get to use an item that will give you a 100% exp boost.

There is a jester located outside of Ebonheart, Vulkhel Guard, and Daggerfall. You can do one quest for them each day that will give a reward box. Also the first one you do each day has a chance for some unique style pages and mementos (plus 2 event ticket)s. Sadly, once again you can only earn the event ticket on one character per account per day.

Some of the achievements related to this event involves throwing 10 pies at people Thank you Looci for standing still and letting all of us AD folks toss pies at you for the first part of our MFN so we could get one of the achievements without needed to pelt strangers.

The FFXIV Japanese Fanfest has wrapped up. With Shadowbringer’s release, you’ll be available to adventure in the lands of Eorzea (and beyond) with two new races and two new classes!

For the races, we now have the female only Viera, and the male only Hrothgar, a race inspired by the Ronso of FF10. On top of that, after reaching level 60 in any other job, you’ll be able to take up the mantle of a Gunbreaker (a tank inspired by the gunblade wielders of FF8) and Dancer, a ranged dps using chakrams as their weapon to deal damage from afar while supporting their party with powerful dances

March 26 (that’s Tuesday!) Is patch 4.26, Requiem for Heroes – Part 2. MSQ will be wrapping up Stormblood and setting the stage for Shadowbringers.

April 23rd is the North American Data Center expansion and the start of the World Visit system. Free transfer will be available will lessened restrictions, from April 23rd to May 6.

AIE is on Goblin, our server will be moved to the new Crystal Data center. AIE will not be moving servers so that means grouping with AIE members will need you to be on the Crystal Data center.

Although, we’d love to see you on Goblin and with the AIE FC, we do realize that some of you have other commitments, communities, as well. As such, we do also run a cross world linkshell. AIE FC members, AIE community members and friends of AIE are welcome to join. Please drop in the discord or an officer to get an invite.

But most importantly, more Hildabrand on patch 4.56.

There has also been a new TFO released this week, Peril over Pahvo. This is continuing the Mirror of Discovery story line and takes place in orbit over Pahvo. Complete the TFO on 14 different days to earn the Terran Guerilla Combat Armor in addition to marks, dilithium, and three Featured TFO Reward Boxes. The event lasts a little under 3 weeks

And with that, let’s find out what we’ve been up to lately.



Anthem – Got to level 30 and have been poking into GM1 Strongholds and Missions and finally ticked over to Masterwork Colossus. The only piece that’s not Masterwork is my Z Shield, can’t seem to get anything to drop for it. I’ve got 2 of the 3 reputations through level 3 and working on the Sentinel reputation, ½ way to level 3. Also started equipping the other mechs with universal gear from the Colossus runs so they’re all rare/epic level right now, but still have slots with white quality in them because it’s javelin specific drops.

Role Playing D&D – We solved the murder on the flying boat, it was a gnome who finally snapped after one too many people ran over him and/or didn’t notice he was there and would cut in front of him, steal his food, etc. The last person to trip over him, was a druid, and he snapped, grabbed a ceremonial vine she had on her wrist and strangled her with it. He would have got away with it too, if he hadn’t kept the vine on him.

WoW – FERT Raiding, finally got King Rastakhan down and Mekatorque and tried Blockade which lived up to it’s name so we’ve reset for the week.
Almost have my necklace to level 44 (I need to knock out 4 islands before Tuesday to put it over the top) so I’m happy with the pace I’m keeping on it.
Finished the War Story (as it is so far) on both Horde and Alliance and really enjoying seeing it from both sides.

I have all the allied races unlocked and currently am focused on my Mah’gar Orc Shaman who just hit Northrend. Once she’s done, I’ll focus on my Zandalari Paladin for her armor and then hopefully they’re done with allied races for this expansion so I can flip over to AIE Alliance and level up my Void Elf Hunter, Dark Iron Paladin, Kul Tiran Druid (of course), Light Forged Dranaei Paladin, and Dwarf Hunter (for the heritage armor). I really love the idea of the allied races and their heritage armor, but c’mon, 90 to 100 levels is just … getting … old. I realize the leveling has been sped up, but mentally, it’s just such a daunting number.

Level squish / Paragon levels (discussion)

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

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. Mew is at @themewkow. Mkallah is at @cyberwaif,and Tetsemi is at @ivorytiger. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at and our Discord server for chat at . Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website !

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…

Ask Buxley – @AskBuxley
Overly Dramatic News – @HuntsTheWind

Next time, we’ll be talking to Abovan and a special guest in FFXIV. So until then, AIE…

– This is Mewkow
– This is Tetsemi

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.