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Fri, 23 Feb 2024 17:30:21 +0000

Join us as we discuss Diablo 4 coming to the Xbox Game Pass soon, the Nintendo Direct event this week, the launch of the latest ARPG competitor to Diablo, Last Epoch, and what we’ve learned about Blizzard’s ill-fated untitled survival game. You can listen to the podcast directly from this post or click on download...


Fri, 23 Feb 2024 14:00:10 +0000

Over the last year or so, a lot of WoW‘s holiday events have seen smaller or larger revamps; while Winter Veil added a few new rewards as it always does, and Noblegarden offered a big basket of eggs for your dragonriding mount, it wasn’t until the most recent Love is in the Air that we saw...


Fri, 23 Feb 2024 00:00:40 +0000

Spells are back in Hearthstone Battlegrounds, but it can be overwhelming to make sense of which ones are available on each tier — and more importantly, which ones you should buy. This guide is meant to make your life easier by listing all the spells in the game mode, and trying to help you decide...


Thu, 22 Feb 2024 17:59:59 +0000

Here I am, playing Season 3 of Diablo 4 and I’m still learning new things about the story and lore of the franchise. In one throwaway conversation with Taissa you can ask her about Andariel, and she drops that little bomb.


Thu, 22 Feb 2024 17:00:04 +0000

A common joke in tabletop RPG communities is that the true final boss of any campaign is scheduling. We all want to play these fun games with our friends, but trying to align the schedules of a bunch of adults to pretend to be wizards and warriors for a few hours can be tough —...


Thu, 22 Feb 2024 15:30:03 +0000

In a forum post sure to excite any WoW player who’s still hunting for Fyr’alath the Dream Render from the Amirdrassil raid, Kaivax announced that the effect of Lesser and Greater Embers of Fyr’alath — the “bad luck protection” item from Amirdrassil — have been buffed retroactively, increasing raiders’ chances of finally getting their hands...


Thu, 22 Feb 2024 14:00:35 +0000

These days I try to cast a wide net when it comes to finding inspiration for D&D and other gaming endeavors. It’s fun to look for cool ideas for plots and settings from many sources — some not so obvious. During the height of pandemic-inspired TV binging and afterward, many people grew to know and...


Wed, 21 Feb 2024 21:00:26 +0000

The power of the ban hammer is in your hands in this week’s Hearthstone Tavern Brawl: Battle of the Bans. There’s no random element this week. It’s all about deck-building, card synergy, and crazy combos. Are you worthy? “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power… of banning.” Tavern Brawl basics...


Wed, 21 Feb 2024 18:00:30 +0000

Free from mortal shackles at last. Unity. Precision. Perfection. The Queue has been engaged. Combat starting. Ready… go!


Wed, 21 Feb 2024 17:30:43 +0000

Join us this week as we discuss the origins of hearthstones and their connection to Meeting Stones as well as the Brokers, if there is a way to wield the void without being corrupted by it (asking for a friend), and the mystery of Northern Lordaeron, the unexplored region between Ghostlands and Western Plaguelands that...


Wed, 21 Feb 2024 16:00:54 +0000

The World of Warcraft team shared a 2024 content roadmap that covered everything happening in WoW in the upcoming year. But that roadmap wasn’t all about Dragonflight and The War Within, though: the WoW team also shared a 2024 roadmap for World of Warcraft Classic including releases for Classic Hardcore, Season of Discovery, and Cataclysm Classic. In 2023, Blizzard...


Wed, 21 Feb 2024 14:00:04 +0000

World of Warcraft Classic Season of Discovery Phase 2 has been out for a full week now, and while not everyone may have been clearing Gnomeregan immediately, there are still new runes and items to discover, and other new activities to try out. Now that Phase 2 is underway, I’m curious to know, how are you...


Tue, 20 Feb 2024 18:00:39 +0000

Beyond all odds — literally — somehow I came down with COVID, and nobody else in my house ever tested positive at all. Not my children, who essentially go to school every day in a plague incubator, and not my husband who usually gets everything well before me, and worse. I don’t even know where I would have gotten it if not from them. I am absolutely baffled, and yet it just figures, I guess. This is The Queue, our daily column where you ask us the questions and we’ll answer just as soon as we finish hacking up a lung.


Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:00:13 +0000

In WoW Classic Season of Discovery, rune abilities mix up some of the basic class fundamentals and roles, giving players more variety in how they play. In Phase 2, Blizzard also added skill books players can earn for their classes. Where the rune abilities are designed to give you out-of-class abilities, skill books boost certain...


Tue, 20 Feb 2024 14:00:51 +0000

There aren’t a lot of game franchises with fan bases as dedicated as the Diablo player base was come Diablo 4 launch day in 2023. With 12 million units sold in the first month, it was Blizzard’s fastest selling game, and players finished the extremely  polished campaign and found… nothing… waiting for them at the...


Mon, 19 Feb 2024 18:00:35 +0000

My raid ran into the toughest boss last night, the attendance boss, so we called an audible and cleared all of the Glory of the Dream Raider achievements. There was a good batch this time, nothing that was really all on one person to execute flawlessly, and certainly, nothing that involved us getting bounced up into the air and having to collect an orb before it landed. Larodar and the Council both even gave us an extra pet for our trouble! I will say that I’m a little sad the mount for the achievement isn’t flashier. I guess there’s something to be said for that a giant saber-toothed cat with glowy purple energy coming off of it isn’t flashy, but if it really wanted me to be super excited it should’ve had a pair of wings! I mean that’s what my dream mount would have, so why can’t this one?! While I dream a little bigger, it’s time for — The Queue!


Mon, 19 Feb 2024 16:00:13 +0000

World of Warcraft Classic Season of Discovery continues to add new things to Classic Azeroth, and there’s one new item in particular that every player should acquire: the Cozy Sleeping Bag, which was just added in Phase 2. Using the Cozy Sleeping Bag outside of any rested area or inn gives you a 1% bonus XP buff...


Mon, 19 Feb 2024 14:00:41 +0000

I’m not sure what game I’ll get around to buying next. I jumped in on Diablo 4, intoxicated by the contact buzz of the shared excitement of my Blizzard Watch coworkers. But after watching excitedly as Baldur’s Gate 3 finally dropped like a (miniature) giant space hamster onto the gaming community after years of anticipation,...


Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:00:32 +0000

Diablo 4 Season 3, Season of the Construct, kicked off January 23 to a lot of interest following the widely enjoyed Season of Blood. This new season introduced new powers for your character in the form of the Seneschal construct, additional dungeons in the Vaults, and the new Echo of Malphas boss. But this robot-themed...


Fri, 16 Feb 2024 21:00:09 +0000

While big-name tabletop RPGs aiming to compete with Dungeons & Dragons (or at least try to fill a similar niche) garner a lot of attention — for example, Matt Colville’s “tactical heroic cinematic fantasy” MCDM RPG, which raised over $4 million dollars —  there are a lot of cool and innovative games offering unique experiences...

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