Mists of Pandaria Beta Tester FAQ

Just got into the Beta and not sure where to start or what to expect?  Check out the FAQ after the break.  It answers a lot of the common questions I see in Stormwind general chat.

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Quick Shot – Veggie Tales

 

Veggies Galore

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As promised the Pandaren starter zone was a wonderful, colorful start to the expansion, filled with beautiful Asian-style details and painted in a colorful palette.  I loved the vegetable patch sub-zone with giant vegetables and marauding bunny-men.  It is a nice change from all the doom and gloom of the starter zones for the Alliance since the Cataclysm.

Datamined : New Server type to be Introduced in MoP

Nude Pandarian Female Model BETA

In a WoW Altoholic exclusive, datamining of the latest Mists of Pandaria beta patch has has revealed a new server type to be introduced with MoP, PVE-ARP (Adult Roleplay).

/chk SERVER_TYPE if(TRUE) PVE-01
/chk SERVER_TYPE if(TRUE) PVE-RP
/chk SERVER_TYPE if(TRUE) PVE-ARP else()
/chk SERVER)TYPE if(TRUE) PVP (break)

With the increasing interest in Moonguard server for its Adult themed role play in the Goldshire Inn, Blizzard has decided to address and expand it user base by adding PVE- Adult Role Play servers.

Mike Morhaime(president and a co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment) was quoted as saying “It’s kind of a crazy idea, but I’m the president of the company, and I get to have some of those sometimes.”  This addresses the negative reaction to the Pet Battle system being introduced and complaints that we were abandoning our Hardcore fans and catering to a younger casual crowd.

This will provide an age verified solution to players that complain that their servers are full of 12-yr olds.  In addition it plays into our goals of MoP to get the players out of the cities to explore the world and each other rather than just inns and the Deeprun Tram.

Insider sources also reviewed that the introduction of this new server type is the reason for the delay in updating the character models.  “We had basically finished all the new character models when the dev team came up with the idea for the Adult Roleplay servers.  I mean there would be no point in introducing the new character models if we didn’t have the animations to support it.  In addition we found that we could integrate a lot of the work we had done for the dance studio if we added a pole.”  The insider confirms that the “naked” pandaren image seen above was from a earlier build, with more “fur” options in the newer models.

As with all new WoW mechanics we want to start small and maybe relax the rules later.  If successful, we could see expanding to include “adult” roleplay transmog sets as rewards for PVE-Adult scenarios, short encounters for 3-5 players without the need for a “tank” or “healer” so players can hop in and out with quicker queues.

Unfortunately we could not get a release date for the new server type, but were assured that they are working hard to have the feature ready for the launch of MoP or Soon™ after.

Troubleshooting the MoP Beta

Pandaren Concept Art

I just got the MoP Beta a day ago and with much joy started to download it.  However I was running into a few problems getting it to download.  So In case you are having problems, here’s a few things you might want to try:

1) Make sure you are running the beta launcher as an administrator and the agent.exe program as well.  If you can’t find it bring up your task manager, right click on the process to bring up properties, set it to run as administrator and then terminate the process and relaunch the beta downloader.

2) If that fails, it might be due to a corrupted download.  So delete the c:\programdata\battlenet folder and the setup files and launcher will be re-downloaded the next time you start the beta download.

3) Another strange error occurs when your agent.exe is tricked by old unused internet connections.  Open your networking properties in your control panel and check to see that there aren’t any up-used dial-up connections or vLan connections listed.

4) If all else fails try downloading the setup file again in case it was corrupted.

5) Blizzard also advised keeping your graphics drivers up to date as the set up will complain about it.

6) Lastly, make sure you don’t have a firewall program blocking the downloader.

Hopefully one of the tips helped if you are having problems getting the beta up and running.  There are also lots of useful posts on the official techinical support forums so don’t give up.

Catch-22 : The unanswered problems with the proposed LFR Loot System

Ghostcrawler just posted a Dev Watercooler Blog addressing the proposed LFR Loot system for Mists of Pandaria.  A system that was not clearly articulated in the press interviews when it was revealed during the MoP Press event and a subject that has caused much heated discussion in the official forums and other fansites.  While the article does clear up a few questions, in my opinon, the bigger and more troubling questions remain unanswered.

Perhaps Blizzard is not prepared to answer these questions as its still in the design stage and cannot be fulled answered but at the same time, they are answers that need to be answered before the end of beta.  Let’s look at the Loot system more closely after the break.

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To Beta or Not to Beta

MoP Beta Launcher

Unfortunately I have not been invited to the Mists of Pandaria (MoP) Beta; but having signed up for the Annual Pass deal, it’s just a matter of time.  That said, I know several people that have been invited; and if you read your server’s trade chat, it is easy to find plenty of people who have gotten in.  So the question remains: would you, should you, will you participate in the MoP beta?

Some personal thoughts on the subject, after the break…

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Quick Shot – Naked Panda Bears Oh! My!

 

Nude Pandarian Female Model BETA

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I saw this amusing screenshot from the Mists of Pandaria Beta on Reddit.  I have always wondered if artists started out with a “naked” character model texture before adding the default undergarments to characters.  I guess now I know.

PS This was also the first image I saw of the red-tail panda model.  Me Likes!

WoW Remote Auction House Beta Launches

The big news yesterday, has to be the launch of the World of Warcraft Remote Auction House for the web and corresponding Iphone App (as part of Wow Armory).  As its name implies, the program allows remote access to the in-game Auction House from any web connected device or from an app tailored for the Iphone.  (Sorry no Android specific app at the moment.)  The program will come in two flavors a free and subscription version after the Beta test.  While you can browse auctions and check auction status from the free version, you’ll only be able to post, bid, resell and collect gold from auctions with the subscription based version at $2.99 per month.

As expected the news has illicited strong reactions from players, and re-ignited discussions on the impact on the WoW economy, payment for in-game advantages (something Blizzard has stated in the past they would not do) and potentials for abuse when the system is no longer limited to the in-game interface where it is protected by Warden (Blizzard’s anti-cheating program.)

More details about the program and blue posts after the break.

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