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This Week in Trek Episode 326, “It’s fine”

This Week in Trek Episode 326, “It’s fine”

| January 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

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News

Jason Issacs nominated for best actor – Empire Magazine awards.

The Shape of Water nominated for several Oscars.

New gear on the Star Trek store.

Also – Charon

Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: “Watch DS9 season2 Past Tense: Part 1 and part 2. Seriuosly.”

Which would you rather have: a great Trek story that breaks cannon or an average story that doesn’t break cannon?

Star Trek in pop culture:

Veep (2016), HBO. Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Political comedy / drama. In this season finale, there’s a close election just like the one in 2016.

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Last week in Trek

Episode insight: DS9, S3: Past Tense Part 1

Character insight: Sito Jaxa

Subspace communications

This Week in Trek Episode 325-Discovery Edition, “Fidget Spinners Were the Last Thing on Their Minds”

This Week in Trek Episode 325-Discovery Edition, “Fidget Spinners Were the Last Thing on Their Minds”

| January 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Our look at Star Trek Discovery Episode 12, “Vaulting Ambition”

World Of Warcast Episode 274, “Gallywix of Silvermoon”

World Of Warcast Episode 274, “Gallywix of Silvermoon”

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Ren –

Did transmog count, found out only had 17% of mail transmogs

Kind of Argussed out

Running WoW off new SSD .. makes an enormous difference

Mike –

Still having problems with XT achievement. One day we get to 18, the next, 0

I got a pony!

I lost 700 achievement points, probably due to rearranging the achivements.

Mournful Moan of Murmur is now up and running after TWO YEARS of being broken.

I have not yet tried to level a toon yet.

The price of Celendras dropped like a rock. From 750k to 50k.

When you go into Ulduar, it’s now 10-man no matter what you set raid to.

It took forever to kill Galleon and Sha of Anger.

Zone quests are now gauged by chapters, not numbers of quests completed.

I was mailed all the new mats.

This Week in WoW

Pet Battle Event

Call of the Scarab – Jan 21-23

Patch 7.3.5

Patch notes: https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21365423

Undocumented patch notes

Known issues:

Mobile/web AH disabled

Dungeon boss HP levels reversed Normal vs. Heroic

Raid boss difficulty – difficulty turned up for Warlords/Pandaria raids to put in line with leveling characters but overtuned them

Pet names disappearing

New backpack slots not showing up right away for new authenticators

Last wing of Argus LFR was bugged – if you wipe you can’t get back in

Redridge quest Saving Foreman Oslow not working

Patch 7.3.5: Leveling

The leveling experience: uneven reviews

Journey vs destination

Ren’s personal experiences doing N&A and feedback from the N&A participants

Professions: 1-60 profession progression still klunky

Still have old gathers (copper ore, thorium ore, peacebloom, goldthorn) tied to former zones

Level gains from herb/ore gathers still about the same as it was – about 1.7% of total level XP per gather for lower level gathers (reduces over time – was down slightly below 1% at level 63)

Leather/cloth gathers still tied to former zones (eg. leather experiment in Azeroth, cloth in BC/WOTLK)

Mobs and equipment scale to the toon, but profession drops still scale to the zone

Pro: You can still do predictable lower level farming

Con: Leveling might be a freedom of choice experience, but leveling professions is not — still tied to old zone definitions

Solution: Flatten mats to three tiers — levels 1-20, 20-40 and 40-60.

Enchanting squish did not go far enough, may have skipped guild banks entirely

Naked & Afraid 2018

Ren is level 19 in N&A – not highest toon but has the most gold (Maxx, gnome outlaw rogue, is level 30 with 9 hours /played)

Started Wednesday, 1/17 – join in anytime

3 official servers but you don’t have to join

Lots of minor rule clarifications, one major change

Almost 30 official participants so far

Shout out to MythGamingMN for streaming his N&A.

Mod of the Cast: Pawn

Mod of the Cast (Mike): All The Things

This Week in Trek Episode 325, “Two Baloks are better than one”

This Week in Trek Episode 325, “Two Baloks are better than one”

| January 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

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News

Wilson Cruz is in the credits as a ”recurring guest star” because series regulars are exclusive to that project. He can’t be exclusive because he is also recurring on another series called 13 Reasons Why.

“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — Volume 2” soundtrack collection is now available at LaLaLandRecords.com

March 6 on Netflix: ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK is a new film featuring William Shatner.

https://trekmovie.com/2018/01/12/report-viacom-and-cbs-considering-re-merging-deal-would-bring-star-trek-under-single-company/

Cosmos S2 coming

Finally, Seattle! Remembering Leonard Nimoy will air on KBTC – February 22nd at 9pm.

Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: Who do u think would have been a great guest star on TOS when it aired in the 60’s?

Star Trek in pop culture:

Camp Nowhere, 1994. Christopher Lloyd, Also Kate Mulgrew & Jonathan Frakes.

In this scene, the kids are writing a fake letter to home cuz they’re actually not at camp.

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Last week in Trek

Episode insight: TNG: S5, Unification 2

Character insight: The characters of Mark Lenard

This Week in Trek Episode 324-Discovery Edition, “Saru got a name, Saru free!”

This Week in Trek Episode 324-Discovery Edition, “Saru got a name, Saru free!”

| January 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Our look at Star Trek Discovery Episode 11, “The Wolf Inside”

This Week in Trek Episode 324, “Zoomin N’Hance”

This Week in Trek Episode 324, “Zoomin N’Hance”

| January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

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News

William Shatner appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to pop culture. bit.ly/shatroc

Get tickets for WILLIAM SHATNER at STAR TREK:ORIGINAL SERIES SET TOUR! Saturday May 5th on The Enterprise sets in Ticonderoga N.Y. 12883

Tickets are available at startrektour.com

Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz on several magazine covers this week.

https://shop.startrek.com/dept/new-arrivals

Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: Who do u think is the best singer in Trek? My vote is Jeri Ryan.

Star Trek in pop culture:

“Littlest Petshop” S1, E16. The owner gets a new truck & the pets explore it.

Last week in Trek

Episode insight: TNG: S5, Unification 1

Character insight: Ensign Tess Allenby

Subspace communications

This Week in Trek Episode 323-Discovery Edition, “Slayer of Amazon Prime”

This Week in Trek Episode 323-Discovery Edition, “Slayer of Amazon Prime”

| January 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Our look at Star Trek Discovery Episode 10, “Despite Yourself”

World Of Warcast Episode 273, “Role playing is exhausting”

World Of Warcast Episode 273, “Role playing is exhausting”

| January 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Ren

Going for the drake achievement — sort of

Got 3 fel eggs this week: 1 Felglow Mana Ray mount, 1 Fel-Afflicted Skyfin pet, and

Now “the Exalted” … “the Beloved” next??

Slowly getting everyone completed with the Argus campaign

New toon: male blood elf protection paladin (going to go brewmaster monk for N&A) – almost level 40

Discussion: What makes you keep an alt? (@Cattarina and the “nursery of alts”)

Mike

More Ulduar achievements

Still can’t do XT. Tried on alts. Just bad luck.

Going to finish up Argus because I’ve neglected it too long.

This Week in WoW

Third wing of Antorus is open

Battleground bonus event

Darkmoon Faire opens Sunday

Did we all watch Jeff Kaplan by the fire?

News

Legion Attunement Tracker on Wowhead now tracks Allied race unlock requirements

Nightborne unlocks with completing Suramar (Good Suramaritan)

Highmountain unlocks with completing High mountain (Aint No Mountain High Enough)

Void Elf and Lightforged Draenei open with completing the Argus campaign (You Are Now Prepared!)

Attunement tool at http://www.wowhead.com/attunement

New hunter pets on PTR for 7.3.5 – including ones obviously meant to be starter pets for new allied races

Nightborne: Manasaber

Highmountain Tauren: Great Eagle

Void Elf: Voidstalker

Lightforged Draenei: Lightforged Talbuk

Other hunter pets include beasts clearly from Argus, such as umbralfins, dustcloaks, and chitinbuks, and ones clearly associated with Silithus like silithids, flying hornets, scorpids, and spiders

Allied race racials: more complete data. (Speculate on best classes?)

Nightborne: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior

+15 to inscription=, increased magical damage by 1, access maili for 1.5 minutes (cooldown 10 minutes), A Force Shield that deals arcane damage and snares them by 50%, lasts 20 seconds (no info on cooldown), 1% magic resistance

Highmountain Tauren: Druid, Hunter, Monk, Shaman, Warrior

charge that knocks down enemies for 1.5 seconds (2 minute cooldown), +15 to mining and faster mining, +1% to versatility, overall damage reduction by 330 (scale?) and increased chance to loot additional meat and fish.

Void Elf: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior

1% reduction of shadow and arcane damage, “your abilities have a chance to empower you with the essence of the void” (?), reduces void storage and transmog costs by 50%, spell casts not delayed by taking damage, and a built-in rift teleportation similar to warlock gating (2 minute cooldown).

Lightforged Draenei: Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Warrior

20% extra xp for killing demons, +10 to blacksmithing plus summoning a Forge of Light on demand, reduce holy damage by 1%, call down a strike of holy energy damaging enemies within 5 yards after 3 sec, and “erupt with light upon death, dealing holy damage to enemies and healing allies).

Speculation: Allied races are not going to be introduced in 7.3.5, but there are plenty of files being pushed to the servers about four of the six races, which gives Bliz the option of releasing them before the expansion. Thoughts?

Original dry run of Leeeeroy Jenkins video

https://youtu.be/8hmgrHohDGM

From the Discord:

How to do less damage for raid achievements, without having to de-equip items or gear:

From @OPH on Discord: brought up there was a toy or shirt that used to exist that would reduce damage output by 90%. This is true. Whole Body Shrinka toy, which shrinks you down to a tiny size and does reduce your damage output to about 10% — lasts for 3 minutes but has a 30 minute cooldown.

Soft Foam Sword also allows you to “mortally wound” a trivial enemy, but it isn’t usable in dungeons or raids.

What else could be done? Came up with a cheap engineering solution even non-engineers can use.

Further discussion on queuing a Broken Shore class hall mission for Broken Shore Campaign –

@settlersrule said he was forced to take a 3 day elite mission because that was all that was available. Tips on how to manage this situation.

From Twitter: Going back to my report that the Murky world quest dismounts you when you fly over it, apparently it’s not just Murky, but any quest where you morph. @Frenzol informed me the wisp quest in Val’sharah does the same thing.

This Week in Trek Episode 323, “Who Mourns for Scotty’s Coffee?”

This Week in Trek Episode 323, “Who Mourns for Scotty’s Coffee?”

| January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

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News

What’s with Scotty and coffee? [clip] 00:12

Free month of CBS All Access with code word “BINGE”.

Black Mirror Trek Episode.

Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: If u could make a New Years resolution for the people in charge of Trek, what would it be?

Star Trek in pop culture:

“The Chair” a show on Starz where 2 1st-time directors make the same movie.

In this clip, they’re scouting a location (refinery) that looks like a Borg ship. Also, Zachary Quinto is a series producer.

Last week in Trek

Episode insight: ENT: S4, Terra Prime

Character insight: Peter Weller’s characters in Star Trek

Subspace communications

World Of Warcast Episode 272, “Bacon!”

World Of Warcast Episode 272, “Bacon!”

| December 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Ren:

Thanks to Cara for filling in for me last week – also thanks for the tips on how to speed up load screen times

Hit Revered with Argussian Reach, Exalted with Scryers and Shado-pan

Finished 6 out of 7 class mount quests for my 110s (druid, mage, rogue, hunter, warlock, and priest) – only warrior to go

thoughts on class mount quests and how class mounts are treated differently

Finished 150 mounts usable on 1 character for the Jade Pandaren Kite (currently at 164)

Got 3 Shado-pan mounts and a couple “unsolicited” mounts – Wild Dreamrunner and Crimson Slavermaw

Finished Argus campaign on 3 characters (druid, warlock, and rogue)

One stupid three star Crispy Bacon recipe short of finished with cooking with warrior

Mike:

Nothing this week. Too busy.

This Week in WoW

Continuation of Winter Veil

Mists of Pandaria Timewalking

Shaman Challenge: 2 new finishers = Rokica and Settlersrule

Discussion: 2017 In Review