The Instance #205 – Harry Johnson Meets Peter Lik

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Big News Of The Week

We Have A Release Date. You Have A Different One.

Discussion of the release date of the imminent Cataclysm expansion to World Of Warcraft peaked this week as several game vendors, mostly Amazon, decided to start putting exact dates on their offerings – seemingly without any firm input from Blizzard.

Rumors And Scuttlebutt

Your Raid Lockout Has Been Doing Yoga

Yesterday, Blizzard CM Bashiok dropped a huge wall of text on us regarding changes to how raid lockouts work in the game – changes that are coming in version 4.0.1 to the live game in the next couple of weeks or so. Bashiok started with this:

“Almost six months ago we announced that Cataclysm raids were being redesigned to make both raid sizes the same difficulty, drop the same quality of loot, and exist in the same lockout. This evolution in raid philosophy is built on the belief that you should not have to complete the same raiding content twice in a week to maximize your character’s progression. With the release of the 4.0.1 patch, the new Flexible Raid Lock system will debut in Icecrown Citadel and The Ruby Sanctum.”

Rapid Fire Rumors And Scuttlebutt!

Town Cryer

Mike C. writes: I’ve been listening to your guys’ show since about episode 180-something. About half way through episode 204 I wanted to express how it’s the first time I’ve been disappointed by your show. I’d heard you guys mention the show Firefly a few times and it peaked my interest in that show, you guys inspired me to go out and buy the complete series, including Serenity. As of this writing, I’ve watched about half of the episodes of the show, and have yet to watch Serenity. I was greatly disappointed when you dropped a huge spoiler about Serenity on my head without warning. Next time you get me into a great show don’t RUIN it for me… Please?

Drop Of The Week

Get Thee To An Arena-ry!!

And in this case, you don’t have until Cataclsym. You basically have about two weeks. A post on the WoW forums from Zarhym this week:

“We are currently planning to end Arena Season 8 as early as October 12. At that point we will go through our normal process to determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards. This process should take approximately one week. It’s very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for the Arena-specific titles and/or the Relentless Gladiator’s Frostwyrm to refrain from transferring their character to another realm until after Arena Season 8 ends.”

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Special thanks to DogHouse Systems, GoDaddy, and TypeFrag for sponsoring this episode.

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26 thoughts on “The Instance #205 – Harry Johnson Meets Peter Lik

  1. Second!

    Quick question…where the hell did the whole ‘FIRST!!!’ BS start? Not that I care, but I find it humorous that it hasn’t died yet lol.

  2. Serenity is a fine piece of work even when spoiled.
    ok that don’t look right but it’s true.

  3. And the day after the podcast is released Blizzard officially announces the release date for Cataclysm is Dec 7th.

  4. Have you guys heard of the 12/7 release date rumors for Cataclysm?
    Really exited about it, read it on Wowhead.com. Would like to hear what you believe

  5. Speculation about the release date in this podcast is hilarious, given that the release date was announced today. Huzzah! Good podcast as always, guys!

  6. ROFL @ being announced 3-4 weeks before release. Try 9 weeks and Most of the rumors being right. The guy over at mmo-champ predicted this and, as usual, he was right. At least it gives me time and now i know i can spend some cash on a ton of games i have been putting on the back-burner until i knew for sure! Halo:Reach here I come!

  7. “Don’t expect Blizzard to announce anything big for the next 3 weeks”

    -Scott Johnson

  8. Here is my entry for the Tankard give away:

    PWN’d

    by Alterac Valley Brewery

    The refreshing Ale to quench your thirst after a resounding victory over the enemy

    Commercial:

    Scene 1: A DK and rogue are seen standing at the flag of the blacksmith shop in Arathi Basin with several dead players scattered about. They look at each other and give each other a high five

    Narrator: When you have worked up a thirst crushing your enemy in battle, head to the mountains, Alterac Mountains! (in a whispered voice “PWNNNNNNNnnnnnn’DDD”)

    Scene 2: DK and rogue are seen walking into a Inn sitting down at the bar and ordering a PWN’d and taking a deep gulp. Afterwards, they look at the camera, and say “ Come and get PWN’d!”

    I brew my own beer at home and I have created a really nice Irish red beer recipe that has a wonderful ruby red color, almost like blood. I have named this new brew PWN’d. I am going to brew this beer in about 2 weeks and sometime by Thanksgiving I should have 5 gallons of PWN’d to get me through the Holidays.

    That Tankard would be awesome to pur my first draught of PWN’d into.

  9. Rocket Ale, if ye be horde or alliance rocket ale is for you, this ale made with authentic old time kodo spice, goblin “safe” explosives and a little bit of you don’t wanna know. This ale makes you fly into the air and with the new Brewfest activities kill dark irons or if ye be horde, gnomes.
    This aleif fermented in the thriving town-in-a-box settlement untouched by any natural disasters. At good price, only 23 shekels. This brew is for you.

    Promotion
    Are you bored of all those old timé brews made by dwarves then buy rocket brew it’s been approved by the Kezan safe commotion and by the gnomish institute for weapons against the horde and after all who wants to just get drunk why not fly?
    May include.burns, anti gnome syndrome andextreme fun!

  10. Rocket Ale, if ye be horde or alliance rocket ale is for you, this ale made with authentic old time kodo spice, goblin “safe” explosives and a little bit of you don’t wanna know. This ale makes you fly
    into the air and with the new Brewfest activities
    kill dark irons or if ye be horde, gnomes.
    This ale fermented in the thriving town-in-a-box settlement untouched by any natural disasters. At good price, only 23 shekels. This brew is for you. I’ve got what you need!
    Promotion
    Are you bored of all those old timé brews made by dwarves then buy rocket brew it’s been approved by the Kezan safe commotion and by the gnomish institute for weapons against the horde and after all who wants to just get drunk why not fly?
    May include.burns, anti gnome syndrome andextreme fun

  11. Commition not commotion and extreme fun with spaces soz for mistakes btw this is my entry to the brewfest competition!

  12. Was coming to see how much hoopla there was about the release as I listen to this episode… I found it. Blizz really threw a curveball with the announcement of the release and guild size restrictions. I am quite surprised they didn’t hold off a few weeks and give the release date at Blizzcon.

    Nice show as always guys.

  13. Tankard Entry – The Blink Drink – With the arrival of Dwarf Mages in Cataclysm, the youngest son of Grimbooze Thunderbrew returns home from mage school and has a hand at the family business. The Blink Drink was supposed to blink (any class) you home after reaching a certain level of intoxication (to reduce the occurrences of MWI – Mounting While Intoxicated), but unfortunately, the drink instead causes random blinking in random directions at random intervals for a short period of time. Consume with caution around hazards like molten lava pools and cliff drops.

    First! “meme” – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/first (in response to earlier comment asking about the origins of “First!” posting – don’t count on the “fad” passing)

  14. Scott and Randy were talking about baby names in “The Instance #205 – Harry Johnson Meets Peter Lik”. Reminded me of a list that the Clark family keeps of REAL UTAH BABY NAMES on their web site, The Utah Baby Namer (last updated Aug 31, 2010)
    Check it out here: http://wesclark.com/ubn/
    Do not miss the “Cream of the Crop” area.

  15. I’ve been playing WoW for 10 days and at level 28 with my belf rogue. I’m really enjoying it, compared to the other mmo out there. And also its my first time to listen at your podcast. Hope to hear more from you guys.

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  18. The music tab above does not look like its being maintained. I’ve also been looking through recent show notes for music info. What is the best way to get that info now?

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