Massively OP Podcast Episode 310: The BlizzConline afterparty

    
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In this week’s show, Bree and Justin go through all of the big reveals from BlizzConline 2021, discuss New World’s latest delay, look at ArcheAge’s upcoming server merges, talk some Lord of the Rings Online news, and critique how World of Warcraft treats new players.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your question to the show, use this link or call in to our voicemail at (734) 221-3973.

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NeoWolf

I like that you are embracing your inner Brit Bree, tea makes everything better it is just an incontrovertible fact of life hehe

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Bree Royce

I once admitted to a UK guildie that I microwave my tea water (too lazy/hurried for a teapot) and he has never let me forget it. :P Apparently this is a serious crime over there!

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I wouldn’t take it to heart too much, there was certainly a time such a thing would have gotten you some tuts and disapproving looks but It’s a generational thing, the advent of actual tea bags over tea leaves changed things fairly dramatically for almost everyone :)

But to our grandparents and great grandparents who pre-date the modern tea bags, tea was definitely a process, not quite as convoluted and ritualistic as maybe a Japanese tea ceremony! lol But still a process that had to be done in a correct order in order to produce “proper” tea that tastes right, and is of the correct colour and served at the right temperature.

Most of them would turn in their graves at the thought of us microwaving water for tea, or even drinking tea from a mug and not the good china, let alone putting a tea bag in the cup rather than using a tea pot and allowing it to stew.. so I think you’re safe ;)

Although that said, although coffee is certainly more prevalent here than it once was, tea remains the warm beverage of choice and the thing that still has great social importance :) It is highly unlikely you would ever enter any brits home and not be offered a cup of tea. If you are cold, or sad, or ill or if someone just wants to chat tea is always offered its just our thing lol

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I should probably note that there is actual Science as to why microwaving water is less ideal than boiling it either on heat or in a kettle however (I kid you not lol) and it has to do with the way the two things heat differently.

When you boil water over a heat, or in a kettle via a heating element, it heats the water from the bottom up (with heat rising) so once it is boiled (bubbling and with steam coming off it) you know it is fully and evenly heated throughout.

whereas with microwaves, the way they work is by bombarding the middle of the microwave with microwaves heating from the center outward, which is why the ideal place to heat anything in a microwave is in the middle, not the top or bottom.

So when you have something like a cup of liquid in a microwave it doesn’t always heat it evenly. Typically you will find it is hotter at the top than the bottom. Which is also why boiling fluids is one of the few exceptions when you can place a metallic implement ( i.e a spoon) in a microwave while it is running without spark and explosions :)

What that does is allows the spoon to act as a heat dissipater and spread the heat evenly in the liquid as the spoon itself is heated along with the liquid.
It’s less efficient though than how a traiditional heating element would work in say a modern kettle, but a similar priniciple and does work of a fashion, and I don’t recommend grabbing the spoon straightaway either HOT! :)

I suspect very few of our older folks would object to microwaving water for tea on the basis of science though hehe

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TomTurtle

That was Uther, or Bluther as fans like to joke, in the trailer, not Anduin’s dad Varian.

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Bree Royce

Thank you for correcting – we needed Eliot on to sort out the lore for us clearly!

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Hostagecat

Good job covering Blizzcon… yeah i watched it as well and agree it was Meh!!!!
Not good not bad…. just Meh… though to be honest the D2 Ressurected sadly the most exiting thing for me. I too cant wait to go back to a better looking game.

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Harry Koala

I don’t think it’s true that the majority of WoW classic players thought that vanilla was the best thing ever. Most people seem to think that WotLK was the high point, with TBC being the second most popular choice for “best WoW experience”.

But *all* that group of players think that vanilla was vastly superior to modern WoW, and wanted to show their support for that era of the game as opposed to the direction and philosophy blizzard took as time went on.

But there is still a substantial minority who do think that vanilla as the best, and would love to stick with the vanilla level cap and abilities, and just add more new content.

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Bree Royce

I guess we’ll see – I’ve found it’s usually the vanilla-or-die people who’ve traditionally mocked the “wrath babies” and such. It’s all pretty silly to people who played and enjoyed it all. :D

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Minimalistway

My life is bland and i love it :-) having “exciting” life is exhausting, i prefer to spend time at home, reading, drinking tea and playing some MMOs, life is good, if i need to do something different i go for a walk.

I drink my tea with no sugar for years and now sugar tea or coffee taste so bad for me, i can’t drink it.

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Bree Royce

Hah I kind of agree with you – I usually drink mine with splenda, and now if I have to use sugar instead, it tastes strange! Splenda’s so much sweeter!

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Bruno Brito

Baw chikawawaw

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SmiteDoctor

I imagine an After Party at Blizzard these days involves living dangerously with alcoholic seltzers from White Claw, Seagrams Wine Coolers, CBD Vaping, and lines of Adderall for the milquetoast that really live on the edge at that bastion of trend setting development; those rebels I tell you.