If ever there was a tool custom made for cosplaying it would be a 3D printer. Even if you’re not the most artistic person in the world, there are multiple options of design programs available that virtually anyone can use to create cosplay props and costume parts, all on a machine that has become astonishingly affordable in the last few years. Granted, 3D printed parts still require an investment of time in terms of constructing larger parts and painting them to match your costume, but most cosplayers are already used to spending an inordinate amount of time on their hobby anyway. Even with finishing and painting time included, most 3D printed props are still easier and faster to make than using traditional methods. 3D printing and cosplay really is a match made in whatever the afterlife in World of Warcraft is called.

Finnish gamer and Thingiverse user Ceravyn has been experimenting with some PETG filament that she had purchased on a whim. Upon noticing that the material had a translucent finish she decided to incorporate that quality into a new cosplay project. As a casual World of Warcraft player, Ceravyn (or Sara) decided to design and print the Warhammer of Blackhand the Destroyer, an Orc warlord who plays a significant role in several of the Warcraft game expansions, story lines and novels. In the game, Blackhand’s hammer glows with a fiery magical energy, so Sara designed a version of the warhammer to contain LED lights with the transparent PETG windows in the hammer to show them off.

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Sara had previously only worked with PETG briefly, so building a model using the material was quite new to her. However she had created cosplay props before and comfortably found herself designing the hammer in SolidWorks entirely from memory. While she sheepishly admits not actually double checking her design with reference pictures, it turns out that her memory was pretty good and the warhammer should be almost instantly recognizable to most WoW players. Read More →

World of Warcraft believes you can fly, but it won’t be easy.

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Patch 6.2.2 adds flying in Draenor when it launches tomorrow. Flight had become a staple of World of Warcraft since it appeared in the first expansion, 2007’s The Burning Crusade. However, Blizzard originally resisted letting players soar through Draenor, the new land added in last November’s Warlords of Draenor expansion. It hoped that doing so would encourage players to explore on foot, since it worried that many were flying over the MMO’s secrets and detailed worlds.

However, players complained about not having the convenience of flying, especially once they had already explored every inch of Draenor. Blizzard finally relented. However, getting the right to fly in Draenor won’t be easy. Players must complete a series of quests that send them to every corner of the continent.

Blizzard might rethink its stance on flight in its next expansion, 2016’s Legion, especially with World of Warcraft’s subscription numbers hitting their lowest points in years.

Blizzard Entertainment is certainly not happy about the rampant cheating that is plaguing its online game “World of Warcraft” as it had jut disclosed on Thursday that it is banning over 100,000 gamers for a duration of six months. The massive banning is caused by duping in player versus player (PvP) battlegrounds with third party programs and interrupt-scripts.

A screenshot of a GM chat posted on Imgur says that the player suspensions will endure for six months and will affect at least 100,000 accounts. The developer and publisher of the game also posted this message on its website last Thursday. The message reads: “We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as ‘bots.’ We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.”

In an earlier report furnished by Daily Dot report says that the “bots” are software programs that automatically perform specific processes in the online role-playing game that will allow the cheaters to steer clear from repetitive tasks to gain fresh game content. Read More →

Yesterday, right on cue, WoW Tokens went live. Today, they’re worth quite a bit less. The tokens are in-game items which can be purchased for $20 and exchanged for gold or game time, with their value in gold determined by the market. Blizzard said last month that it would set an initial value and then let it fluctuate based on supply and demand. And fluctuate it has, with the Token shedding a full quarter of its worth in gold in a single day.

At launch, a $20 Token was initially valued at 30,000 gold, and actually pushed beyond that in the first few hours after release. But then it started to go down, down, steadily down, and now, according to wowtoken.info, your $20 Token now equates to 22,405 gold, more than a quarter less than the starting price.

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Watch A Blacksmith Forge One of World of Warcraft's Most Iconic Weapons

One of the most famous weapons from World of Warcraft has made its way into the real world thanks to some expert blacksmithing from a Hollywood prop maker.

Tony Swatton is a blacksmith from London, England who found fame in a YouTube series called “Man at Arms,” where he would recreate a famous piece of Hollywood hardware. During his stint on the show, Swatton built real-world versions of the Klingon Bat’leth, Link’s Master Sword, Halo’s Energy Sword, and a slew of other famous weapons.

Last year, Swatton handed the series over to a crew of new craftsmen, but he hasn’t given up the hammer just yet. So, when Blizzard approached the seasoned smithy to create a replica of the Gorehowl from World of Warcraft, Swatton happily signed on.

If you’re a WoW aficionado, you obviously understand this weapon’s importance in Warcraftian lore. The Gorehowl is the weapon that Grommash Hellscream used to kill Mannoroth and lift the blood curse from the orcan race. His storyline stretches back to Warcraft II, and he played a major role in Warcraft III. Plus, he’s the central antagonist in “Warlords of Draenor.”

So, for many World of Warcraft players, watching this in-game item become a real-life weapon is something close to a religious experience.

After checking out Blizzard’s models and taking a few measurements, Swatton decided against casting the Gorehowl out of solid metal. Compared to Orcs, real-world humans have the lifting capacity of a nursing home resident with a vitamin deficiency. So, a 600-pound axe isn’t very realistic.

Instead, Swatton crafted the axe head around a wooden core, customizing the outer shell with welded metal. This meant that the axe would maintain the look of the digital version, but it’d be light enough for our tiny, human arms.

After the weapon was finished, Swatton and a handful of Blizzard folks annihilated some fruit, a ham, and a Murloc ice sculpture. Michele Morrow, an occasional presenter for Blizzard, was kind enough to tweet some pictures from the set. Check it out:

If this kind of game-related blacksmithing is something that you enjoy, be sure to check out Man At Arms’ latest creation, Legend of Zelda’s Hylian Shield.

Blizzard has released an April Fool’s day prank on its World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor players.

The developers announced a revision to their Patch 6.1.4 to include another feature they plan to launch with the update: T.I.N.D.R. Box. It’s a “dating gadget” that allows all races find love. All your character has to do is upload a photo from their S.E.L.F.I.E. camera and start swiping away.

“Acquiring a T.I.N.D.R. Box is easy! Similar to the S.E.L.F.I.E. camera, you’ll be given a random mission in your Garrison that will award a T.I.N.D.R. Box. It can then be applied to any level 100 Follower just like any other upgrade, and that Follower—armed with their new dating gadget—will spend countless hours swiping left and right as they meander through your Garrison, overriding whatever task you’ve assigned them to,” according to Blizzard’s blog post. Read More →

American game company Blizzard Entertainment filed an infringement complaint against Chinese mobile game DOTA Legend in Taiwan Monday.

According to a statement released by Blizzard, DOTA Legend, which was launched by China’s Lilith Games, “infringes upon multiple game characters and game scenes from the firm’s World of Warcraft and the Warcraft universe.”

“In order to preserve a sustainable environment for creative and technology-based companies like Blizzard and its partners to thrive in Taiwan, it’s critical that intellectual property rights be protected,” Blizzard chief operating officer Paul Sams said in the statement.

A player plays DOTA Legend on a smartphone in Taipei. (Photo/Chang Kai-yi)

Lemon Games, which acquired the rights to DOTA Legend in Taiwan and introduced the game to the Taiwanese market last August, said Blizzard’s complaint against it seems to target the wrong company.

Lemon Games said it has no control over the development of the game and only owns the right to run the game in Taiwan.

Sources said Chinese companies behind DOTA Legend have been reaching out to Blizzard in order to settle out of court, as they believe they might lose the case.

Aaron Hsu, chairman of Taiwanese game developer XPEC Entertainment, said he is glad to see international companies choosing to launch legal battles in Taiwan.

If DOTA Legend is found to be guilty of infringement, it will present a new issue facing the game industries of both Taiwan and China, Hsu added.

According to Google Play, the search engine’s mobile app shop, DOTA Legend is No. 3 on the list of the top-grossing apps, while Lemon Games said the game brings in daily revenue of 9 million yuan (US$1.4 million) in China.

Lilith Games, on the other hand, has filed a complaint in the United States against the developer behind Heroes Charge for alleged infringement.

‘World Of Warcraft’ Patch 6.1 Hotfixes Update Including The Blast Furnace And The Naxxramas Legacy Issues

Blizzard Entertainment’s “World of Warcraft” has released another update for the hotfixes of its patch 6.1. It features new information on various issues that have been resolved including those that affect the game’s raids, dungeons, Player versus Player, or “PvP,” classes, items, quests, environments and world events. These include details about the Blast Furnace and the Naxxramas Legacy issues. It also includes a bug fix on the Mark of Warsong. Read on to learn more about the latest “WoW” updates.

“World Of Warcraft” Patch 6.1 Hotfixes Update

Battle.net reports that the latest hotfixes were released on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Information about the Ashran “PvP” and the “World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor” classes is provided. Plus, a set of hotfixes were also posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. It includes updates on the Day Deathwing Came Quest and the Frostfire Ridge. Below is a list of the new “WoW” Patch 6.1 hotfixes. Read More →

With subscription tokens , purchasable with gold, coming to WoW, people with enough in-game gold income might get away with not paying any real money to keep their account active. So why not go through a bunch of methods on how to make a small fortune in Warlords of Draenor? They might come in handy soon.

Ten Easy Ways To Make Gold In World of Warcraft

Bellular collected ten really good ways in his recent video, without going deep into flipping the Auction House with dozens of characters or doing shady stuff. These are all basically combinations of finding the best solo content and using professions efficiently.

Here’s a short breakdown of all the methods shown in the video:

1.Soloing 25-man Cataclysm raids. The more characters you have, the more you can do these each week.

2.Bastion of Twilight trash runs. All you do is you go into the normal 25-man version of BoT, clear the first room of regular monsters, leave, reset and repeat.

3.Doing Treasure Hunter follower missions using followers with the Treasure Hunter trait.

4.Farming cloth at Sra’vess and the Ruins of Guo-Lai with a tailoring character. These spots seem to be the best ones gold- and item-wise in Pandaria.

5.Focusing on Sorcerous transmutes with an alchemist character.

6.Selling Savage Blood on the Auction House. It got a bit cheaper since patch 6.1 (on my server it still goes for around 450 gold each and people buy them in huge quantities), but it also got easier to collect them.

7.Crafting Warlords of Draenor epics constantly.

8.Gems and flasks still sell well on the Auction House.

9.Farming the Battered Hilt in the Pit of Saron dungeon. It sells for thousands of gold on the Auction House.

10.Doing Blackrock Foundry trash runs with a well-geared 5-man party converted to a raid. If you find any BoE epics, those go for tens of thousands of gold on the AH.

So as you can see, making a lot gold in WoW is really easy nowadays, much easier then, say, two expansions earlier, and while you can spend it all on rare mounts, transmog items or pets, it’s probably wise to save it till tokens are finally in the game.

MMORPGs are designed to encourage players to spend hundreds of hours on getting their characters to the highest levels of the game. While this can certainly lead to some great gameplay and storytelling, it can also have some negative consequences. The most prominent example of this is when players die during gameplay.

According to The Mirror, a Chinese “World of Warcraft” player died after playing for more than 19 hours. 24-year-old Wu Tai had spent a significant amount of time in an Internet cafe in Shanghai, China playing “WoW.” After over 17 hours of gameplay, Tai slumped over and coughed up blood. When other visitors at the cafe inquired further about Tai’s status, he waved them off and continued playing. One of the visitors called the local ambulance to come take care of Tai, but he died before the medical crews arrived. The bloody moment were recorded on CCTV and posted on the Mirror.

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A spokesman from the Chinese police noted that “An autopsy will determine the cause of death but there seems little doubt his playing on the computer for 19 hours instead of resting contributed to his death.”

Geek Magazine suspects that Tai likely suffered from a previous ailment, and that his death occurred because he chose to play “WoW” rather than rest or recover.

This isn’t the first time a player has died in the middle of an extended gaming session. Dozens of similar accounts have been recorded where players died from cardiac arrest and bodily failure after spending days playing without taking a break.