How about an update, noobs?

Hello guys! It’s now the future, the future is now… 2015 is here and The Noob Network is still around. I have had a bit of a personal downtime but as today is World of Warcraft maintenance day and maintenance is longer than the usual hour or so I figured why not put a post up like the good ol days back in 2014 about what I am up to today?

The Noob Network YouTube Channel

The Noob Network LogoGuess what, you know what’s never been  done before? Videos about gaming, and people talking about gaming, while they game! Hah… Yeah, right.

I have started to put videos up on The Noob Network’s YouTube account, I am mostly focusing on World of Warcraft Addons and all of their glory. Now with Warlords of Draenor being live, there’s tons of new areas in World of Warcraft and it’s flexible addon API that can be worked with!

The first two videos I’ve put up are of an addon called TellMeWhen and GarrisonCommander.

Feel free to subscribe to The Noob Network on the NoobTube, I find this experience with YouTube to be quite therapeutic for my extreme social anxiety, along with tanking PUGs in World of Warcraft. It’s exposure and exposure is the only cure! :)

Videos are fun and easy to make, I don’t plan on following a Let’s Play type of theme, but more of an occasional video every now and then about stuff that I found around Azeroth or on the internet. Like, a gamer vlog. Besides, who would watch a let’s play World of Warcraft?

My Gaming Situation

Since my last post, I’ve been able to get back to my favorite games again. War Thunder, Battlefield 3, Dwarf Fortress and World of Warcraft. I’ve also had the opportunity to play some new games I haven’t had the chance to play before like Heroes of the Storm.

World of Warcraft

Everything is exactly as I remember it, but better. Yes, I love World of Warcraft and everything about Warlords of Draenor. World of Warcraft has something that no other MMO gives me, freedom of configuring my experience the way I want it with addons and complete UI compilations. ElvUI being my favorite compilation right now.

Pepe the bird on a Draenei Death Knight
Pepe is love.

I was in Warlords of Draenor for its launch and the week which should be known in history as DDoS week, aka let’s destroy everything that everyone enjoys to do because we are a bunch of script kiddies.

With the launch of Warlords of Draenor, I wanted a new experience of the game. Even though my priest (Milix) was my first level 100, I just can’t get into Healing as much as I used to. I’ve now moved to tanking. Yes-tanking, spanking for ranking and serious banking. My Deathknight got the honor of being level 100 #2 – after that I got my Warlock up to 100 and just recently as of 2 days ago my Mank (aka Brewmaster Monk Tank). So, here’s a question for you; who gets the 100 mark next? Here are my possible candidates:

  • Sproxy (Horde Rogue)
  • Vivicah (Alliance Rogue)
  • Sequorian (Alliance Hunter)
  • Fidelis (Alliance Paladin)

Sproxy would be fun to get to 100 because I’d get that double agent achievement. I would love Sequorian for that face-melting hunter DPS. Vivicah for the lockbox opening and overall stealthy PvP action. Fidelis for the tanking, I just can’t get enough tanking.

If you’re into Google+, make sure to check out my Warlords of Draenor screenshot album, it’s updated weekly!

Heroes of the Storm

I am so addicted to Heroes of the Storm, this MOBA is flipping awesome. I love Heroes of the Storm, but it’s probably because I get all the references to all the Blizzard characters contained within the universe.

I would love to write more about Heroes of the Storm, but that is something that I’d like to save for another post! :D

Thanks for all the encouraging comments you guys have left me, and thank you for all the visits! I love you guys.

Introducing The Nooblet to World of Warcraft Addons

I think that the person that tells you that World of Warcraft sucks has not played WoW with any AddOns, I mean there are World of Warcraft AddOns for virtually everything that Blizzard’s plugin API allows. AddOns have got to be the best thing I know about World of Warcraft, even more so than the game itself. I can customize and simplify every single aspect of the game as long as there’s an AddOn for it. When I try another MMO, I often feel stuck and asking myself questions like the famous: “You know what I wish the devs would do?” or “Why did they design it like this, couldn’t they just…? Ugh!”. Half the time, I miss the AddOns more than I miss the game, and find myself resubscribing to World of Warcraft just so I can play with my AddOns again.

Draenei Female Exodar Haliscan
Yay for AddOns! Yes, I know this picture has nothing to do with AddOns but they make me happy.

Take the Auction House in WoW as an example: By itself it’s easy to get around, you don’t need a fancy shmancy AddOn to sell stuff it’s really just functional and well put together. But with the right AddOn, you’ll be making tons of gold in no time, because it calculates the value, market and presents you with the optimal price to get your goods sold, all completely painless and calculator free. They can help you buy in bulk and make sure that you get your goods both bought and sold at the best prices. In other games, like Star Wars: The Old Republic, I’m stuck with a maximum of 50 simultaneous auctions and there’s no way to calculate any value of any item unless you are so in the loop that you basically hang out at the Galactic Trade Network all the time, which nobody really does. AddOns may sound complicated, but they really make World of Warcraft easier to use. Take my hand, we’re off to addon-addon-land! That was a Metallica reference, for those of you who missed that.

The Video Game Binge

I have been slacking as of late with the posts, probably since I’ve felt like going on a complete game binge now that I can. I would like to highlight a World of Warcraft addon every once in a while when I find one that’s just simply awesome. Give it a Noob Network stamp of approval of sorts. I don’t really know if that’s supposed to be a good thing or not, but I mean it in the utmost dignified awesome way. I haven’t given up on my goal yet, I am still going to learn LUA coding somehow and make my own World of Warcraft AddOn. Just you wait!

I have a few must-haves for the person who’s only now getting into WoW and all its AddOns, but more on those in my next post! Yay for me, I didn’t bore you!

Something Amazing Happened in Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress Lineout by izak1399
Dwarf Fortress Lineout by izak1399

So there I was, in charge of planning and plotting out this hole in the ground into a fully fledged Dwarven society, when suddenly a wild Cave Crocodile appeared. While all the other Dwarves in my fortress dropped what they were doing and slowly backed away from the vicious beast, one 5 year old Dwarven girl charged towards the beast and gave the saw-toothed reptile a vicious beating.

Where were the parents?

Some adults gathered around and stood frozen in amazement not able to comprehend what was going on, just looking at the 5 year old as she was punching the beast without mercy, without remorse.

The child continued her savage beating, swinging both her hands landing several punches of the poor reptilian. Ultimately, the cave crocodile grabbed the small Dwarven child by the head and shook the living crap out of her. It was only when the ferocious savage beating of little kid fists stopped that the adults braved come close to the ferocious reptilian. It took five adult Dwarves to kill the Crocodile, only after the adolescent dwarf ‘softened it up’ for them. I had my Mason Dwarf go ahead and commission a statue in Rocky’s honor, as well as engrave one of our finest slabs with her epic, albeit short story. The cave crocodile ended up decorating an artifact later on, menacing with spikes of cave crocodile bone.

Go ahead, name any other game this could happen in?

I flipping love Dwarf Fortress. I foresee this post probably getting some weird-ass traffic from search engines haha.

Resurrection: making my way back to gaming, one day at a time

This post has been hanging around my drafts for quite a while now, it’s a post about my involuntary leave from my life as a gamer and what I have been through trying to get back. I hope it’s not too whiny and too much of a sob story. There’s going to be some changes around here, I’m turning The Noob Network back into the PC gaming blog it once was, but even better! Continue reading Resurrection: making my way back to gaming, one day at a time

There was a Nexus: The Jupiter Incident 2 planned?

Capital ship concept art from Nexus 2: The Gods Awaken

What could have been possibly the biggest space/sci-fi real-time strategy game of the year simply did not happen because we didn’t know about it. Most of us Nexus: The Jupiter Incident fans learned only recently that a sequel to one of our favorite games failed to get funded on Kickstarter. Continue reading There was a Nexus: The Jupiter Incident 2 planned?