Archive for April, 2018

This Week in Trek Episode 339, “Angry Uhura light show”

This Week in Trek Episode 339, “Angry Uhura light show”

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments





CBS All Access Expands To Canada, but without DSC.

(there’s no music in the sulu one!)

Original Series t-shirts at

Star Trek Adversaries now on Steam

Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: Being assimilated by the Borg, tortured by the Cardassians, living another life in “The Inner Light”, possessed/captured by numerous aliens; when does it become unrealistic on how much Picard or anyone can endure?

Star Trek in pop culture:

The Five-Year Engagement (2012) Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt

In this clip, he’s trying to propose to her & gets interrupted

Last week in Trek

Episode insight: TAS: BEM

Subspace communications

World Of Warcast Episode 284, “Bun of steel”

World Of Warcast Episode 284, “Bun of steel”

| April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments





Not played much in past couple weeks

Next projects: mechanical pets for hunter, Field Medic, Fisherfriends


Started working on Field Medic. No bueno

cjracer20 in Discord suggested premades. Will do that soon™

Did not get into alpha this week yet. Ali couldn’t Monday, and then Wednesday turned into hell.

Been doing follower missions.

Mount and mog runs. Tailoring/enchanting finally at 800.

Went through old pics.

This Week in WoW

Mage Tower currently active on North American realms

Legion Timewalking this week. Pet Battle event next week

General News

Blizzard Balance can now be gifted – send a friend an electronic gift card with a personalized message

Remote Auction House: Blizzard confirmed in a blue message that the reason they closed the RAH is that a “tiny fraction of one percent” of their user base was actually using the RAH and it was not worth their time and effort anymore to keep it updated

Battle for Azeroth

In-Game Communities:

Quoting Wowhead: “This system will allow you to have broader communication options with fellow community members, including multiple text channels, text channel history, simple role management, quick join, voice integration, roster listing and calendar invites. You will be able to be part of multiple communities at the same time, in addition to your current guild.”

Interview at Pax East with lead designer Daniel Stahl and lead encounter designer Morgan Dey about Island Expeditions:

More intelligent AI in NPC encounters

Some AI groups may be aggressive – others may be passive and require you to chase them down

Weather improved and may be a factor

Different mobs may appear at different times of the day

“Fog of War”

Blizzard has confirmed people will still be able to get class mounts after BfA has launched

Tribute to last year’s BlizzCon Costume Contest winner Kazplay – when Horde invades the Stockades, they encounter a human female in a cage with a crumpled costume next to her: Text: “Look, it’s just a costume! See? Feel it! Now will you tell them to let me out of here? It was just a joke! Hogger wasn’t really terrorizing Stormwind!”

Alpha News:

Battle for Lordaeron scenario now playable on Alpha

Heart of Azeroth item levels show ranges with iLevel starting at 265 and going up one point per level from there. Highest they show is at level 300 with an iLevel of 564

Mag’har and Dark Iron Dwarves now playable in Alpha.

Maghar racials:

Ancestral Call – Invoke the spirits of your ancestors granting you their power. Increases a random secondary stat by 102 for 12 seconds.

Open Skies – Increases mounted speed by 10%.

Savage Blood – Reduces the duration of Poisons, Diseases, and Curses by 10%.

Sympathetic Vigor – Increases pet health by 10%.

Dark Iron Dwarves: still no reports on what the Mole Machine racial does

Blood Elf and Human racials seriously nerfed.

From the Discord: Bucket Lists

Expansion Countdown: 116 days to Expansion (3 months, 25 days / 16 weeks and 4 days / 2784 hours)

Congrats to

Alberthe for getting the Forgotten Hippogryph mount

Mightymurloc for the new Kara mount

Txcoolkid for finishing FIeld Medic

Suggests joining a Field Medic premade group, as did Cjracer20

It’s not a shared drop (personal loot) but since there is a lot of competition and in some areas the respawn is fast, you have a greater chance of being able to loot more mobs

This Week in Trek Episode 338, “Delete this guy”

This Week in Trek Episode 338, “Delete this guy”

| April 17, 2018 | 0 Comments





DSC nominated for Peabody Award in the entertainment category to “honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media. Other nominees: Better Call Saul, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. TNG won a Peabody award in 1988 for “The Big Goodbye” (Holodeck, Dixon Hill).

DSC Season 2 began filming yesterday!

Jonathan Frakes will direct ep 2 & 10.

Many ask who will play Spock, but he wasn’t the first officer in “The Cage”, that was Number One played by Majel Barrett.

Chief Engineer Denise Reno of the USS Hiawatha, played by Tig Notaro!

Last week Amazon started selling exclusive DS9 shirts. They’ve now done the same with TNG.

Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: Which TOS character (Scotty, Uhura, Chekov or Sulu) deserved to have more screen time and backstory better told?

Star Trek in pop culture:

The Middleman (2008) S01E12 The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome

Last week in Trek

Episode insight: VOY: Bride of Chaotica

Character insight – Enabran Tain

This Week in Trek Episode 337, “It’s the only way to be sure”

This Week in Trek Episode 337, “It’s the only way to be sure”

| April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments





Anson Mount is Capt. Pike

New DS9 shirts only at Amazon.

Robert Duncan McNeill (Lt Paris) and Robert Picardo (the EMH) both back working on The Orville, S2.

Star Trek: Lost Scenes Hardcover – August 21, 2018. Preorder now. $39.95


Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: Do u think that Trek 2 saved the Trek movie franchise and sets the bar for all other movies?

Star Trek in pop culture:

From a 2012 NASA video about why it’s hard to go to Mars.

Last week in Trek

Episode insight: ENT S3: The Shipment

Character insight – Vice Admiral Nakamura

Subspace communications

World Of Warcast Episode 283, “Booty Bay has the worst doors”

World Of Warcast Episode 283, “Booty Bay has the worst doors”

| April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments





Have a new Highmountain Tauren – enhancement shaman

Got the noblegarden bunny

Working on the four hatchling pet quests — haven’t finished any of them


Exalted with Army of the Light.

8000 from exalted with Argussian Reach

Tol Dagar BfA dungeon

Odd thing about BfA – some people have quests, I don’t.

Finally finishing up getting followers to 950

Noblegarden fun

Field Medic

This Week in WoW

Pandaria Timewalking this week, Battleground Bonus event next week

Darkmoon Faire

Noblegarden (ends Monday)

March of the Tadpoles (Borean Tundra – ends tonight at midnight)

News: General and Current

April Fool’s patch notes

Remote Auction House is retiring on April 18th.

Realm connections

New round of realm connections is “on the way” to help with low pop servers.

Family Guy: a 30 second Leeroy Jenkins reference.

News: Battle for Azeroth

8 – 14 – 18

Ren’s Ridiculous Fun Facts about the History of Blizzcon Expansions

Collector’s Edition – box set

Limited edition hardcover edition – 2 new WoW novellas by Christie Golden and Robert Brooks

Horde & Alliance Double Sided Mark of Allegiance with stand

Digital soundtrack

Collector’s Edition box set owners will be able to unlock and create unreleased Allied Races in advance

If you bought Digital Deluxe and want Collector’s Edition box, you can get a refund on Digital Deluxe to balance

Digital Deluxe edition – mounts, pet

Island Expansions

Expedition table in Boralus Harbor (Alliance) or Zuldazar Harbor (Horde)

3 man – Normal, Heroic, Mythic or PvP – reward of 6,000 Azurite

Azurite: killing mobs, finding treasure, defeating the opposing team, or mining nodes

Drawn on “lessons learned” from past content like scenarios and keystone dungeons. Replayable content.

WoWhead interview with Jeremy “Muffinus” Feasel, Senior Game Designer for WoW

No death knights for allied races – tied to Lich King

Other possible rewards for Island Expeditions, like in the Timeless Isle

When asked whether quest and profession progression will be gated behind dungeons and raids: No real discussion yet on profession progression, although he did say he thought ending final part of certain questlines end in a dungeon was “super cool, as it is the best way to tell the end of the story”.

Felt that artifact weapon system was interesting in the beginning of the expansion but not at the end of it. Lots of choices in the beginning and none in the end.

Discussion about making certain things accountwide — seemed to think things were pretty OK the way they were. Too much accountwide stuff and characters lose identity, but opening areas, flying, etc., seem to be good kept accountwide.

Battle for Azeroth

Mag’har Orcs and Iron Dwarf allied races will be available after completing the Battle for Azeroth war campaign. Zandalari and Kul’Tiras will be unlocked later in the expansion.

BFA alpha lasting longer than in the past. Beta polishes features and features are still being added to alpha.

Six emissaries for each faction – 3 home continent, two neutral (Tortollan and Voice of Azeroth) and a War Faction with quests on the enemy continent.

8.0 prepatch

Likely a few weeks before the expansion

Will introduce the Burning of Teldrassil and Battle for Lordaeron. May be new mounts themed around Night Elves and Forsaken in conjunction with this event.

New details on PvP

New world PvP system called War Mode: players toggle PvP in a capitol city on any server. This will put them in a separate server shard, away from the PvE characters.

War Mode gives extra rewards and Azerite, and also allows access to special world PvP events.

PvP gear system revamp: conquest point system returning in the form of a bar you fill up to earn new gear each week. When you’re finished with a set, you can move up. There will be ways to skip ahead.

Changes to Honor and Prestige: honor levels will be account wide.

Naked and Afraid FInisher: Alcina, night elf mage — 110

This Week in Trek Episode 336, “I’m not dead!”

This Week in Trek Episode 336, “I’m not dead!”

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments





Dan Curry stuff up for auction at Heritage Auctions

DSC episode Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad nominated for Hugo award in the the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category.

DSC Vinyl soundtrack has now been revealed by Lakeshore Records, coming this summer! 2 record set, 2 per customer. $34.98.

Misc. comments on Twitter about DSC S2.


Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: You are in charge of your cohosts bachelor party. Which 3 Star Trek characters would you invite to it?

Star Trek in pop culture:

What’s My Line 1974

Last week in Trek

Episode insight: TOS S2: Friday’s Child

Character insight – Hugh