At some stage, the overwhelming popularity of a game begins to speak louder than any review ever could, and that’s definitely the case with World of Warcraft, which has just seen it’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK). This is an expansion aimed at players with characters at level 70. The new continent, Northrend, consists entirely of high-level content that allows advancement to the increased level cap of 80. It makes an impression from the minute you step off the boat or zepplin the first time, and just gets better from there.
Alliance players travel to Northrend on ships that leave from Menethil Harbor and Stormwind Harbor. The Menethil ship takes you to Howling Fjord and the Stormwind ship takes you to Borean Tundra.
Horde players catch a zepplin just outside of Orgrimmar for Borean Tundra, or outside of Undercity for the Howling Fjord.
The new level cap is 80, up from 70 in The Burning Crusade. Talent trees for all classes have been extended, and professions now go up to 450.
Now that the Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft is live, many people are wondering what it has to offer and where to get started. Here are some answers for those who want to get the most out of the new content for this ever-popular MMORPG.
PC System Requirements
- Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
- Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
- 512 MB RAM (1 GB for Vista users)
- 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM (Such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or Nvidia GeForce 2 class card or better)
- DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability
The Wrath of the Lich King expansion added several new factions to World of Warcraft, and it has also given players a new method of earning reputation called “championing.” Here are some pointers for getting reputation rewards in Northrend.
Alliance Vanguard – Rewards
The Alliance Vanguard is made up of four subfactions, each of which is connected to your Alliance Vanguard reputation. There are the Explorers’ League, The Frostborn, The Silver Covenant, and the Valiance Expedition. There are no item rewards for the subfactions, but any reputation gained with a subfaction also increases your Alliance Vanguard reputation.
Strand of the Ancients was added to World of Warcraft with the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, and it is the first Battleground that features a seige scenario and vehicles. The mechanics of it can be a little confusing for beginners, so here are some pointers on how it works and which strategies are most effective.
The level brackets for Strand of the Ancients are 71-79 and 80. Each team has a maximum of 15 players, and there are Battlemasters in all the major cities to join the queue.
World of Warcraft has an extremely flexible interface designed to allow users to customize it in a multitude of ways by creating their own addons. While writing an addon is quite complicated, installing and using addons is very simple. Addons are not cheats or hacks, they are condoned by Blizzard, and there are hundreds of them available for WoW. Most people find them so useful that once they start playing with them, there’s no going back. Here’s a quick guide to downloading and installing addons for WoW.
They typically come compressed in Zip format, although some sites now offer software that manages and updates addons automatically. To work with Zip files, you will need a program like WinZip, WinRAR, or 7-Zip. These are a few of the more popular sites where you can download WoW addons:
Hi, I’m Shane Murphy, your technology guru for About.com. Today we’ll survey the best and the brightest strategy games available.
Crossover Board Games Are Great Beginner Strategy Games for PC
Some of the best strategy games out there are actually video game versions of existing board games. In this vein, the popular Axis and Allies has several iterations to play online. Command either Russia, Germany, England, Japan, or America in the attempt to win WWII in this turn based game that’s heavy on economics.
Another simpler and popular cross over is Stratego. Maneuver your pieces of varying levels of power to capture your enemy’s pieces and eventually seize your enemy’s flag. Besides mixing up the gameplay a bit, these video game counterparts allow you to play online with your friends.
In contrast to most other professions, Enchanting offers two different methods to earn money. The first method is to buy items from the auction house, disenchant them and sell the resulting materials, while the second method is to actually sell enchantments. Very rarely it’s also possible to sell the service of disenchanting for a small fee.
Making money through disenchanting
This method follows the usual pattern for most professions, scan the AH and compare buy and sell prices. The general idea is to buy a magic item, disenchant it, and sell the resulting materials for a higher price than the items price. Example:
- The current AH price for [Arcane Dust] is 2.5g.
- A green lvl 63 armor item is available for a buyout of 4g.
- Disenchanting this item usually results in two Arcane Dust.
- Therefore, a gain of 1g is possible by buying the item, and selling two dusts.
Alchemy, at least once you have reached a certain level of skill and acquired a few high-demand recipes, is a fairly good money-making venture (especially when combined with Herbalism).
Compared to other production professions (Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Leatherworking, Tailoring), goods you sell from Alchemy are, for the most part, consumable so your customers will keep coming back for more. Also, there isn’t anything that requires farming ridiculous amounts of rare materials; even the highest-level recipes require only a few herbs per potion. Although some of the recipes are quite difficult or time-consuming to obtain, these recipes will become your premier money-makers.
As with any economy the main way to make money involves supply and demand. Be prepared to spend top price for rare recipes and spend hours grinding reputation with several factions. If you have Herbalism as well as Alchemy, be sure to check how much you can just sell the raw materials for. For the common recipes you can often make more selling the herbs than you could by turning them into potions!