Lie back and link for England

Welcome to Denizens of Xibalba, Cathbadh’s Warhammer Adventure and Spell Damage!

The UK launches its first National Videogame Archive. About time!!! Hrrm, wonder if they want some of my old games…

Virtual Worlds Forum event postponed due to a shooting at the venue. And talking about virtual worlds, both Sony and Microsoft are planning on launching them, Second Life style for their respective consoles.

World of Warcraft praised for educational value – by nature, they mean all MMOs here, they just used WoW as an example. In similar news, the Church says games can be a positive influence!!!

Spore expansion due out in November. It’s called “Cute and Creepy Parts Pack”, digitalspy say they don’t know what’s in it but I think I can guess. Don’t want to be cynical about money-making, but an expansion.. ALREADY?

Tigole posts more about Blizzard’s upcoming plans for WoW PvP: Including the ability to queue from anywhere and earn xp via battlegrounds. That didn’t take long. There have been a lot of blog comments about this — Syp thinks competition is great for gamers, syncaine wonders if borrowing too many ideas can water down the core of a game.

Congrats to The Greenskin for a year of blogging! Inspirational!

Save da Runts lists 10 tips from a tank to the healers.

Gamasutra has an in-depth community analysis of Warhammer Online. The writer has been checking out forums to see how the community is evolving post-launch.

Ever felt awkward about admitting to your non-gamer friends that you spend the evenings playing games? The Brainy Gamer has been thinking about whether our culture has a taboo about adults playing frivolous games.

We expect to have more Blizzcon links next week, but here’s one to start. Diablo III will be playable (presumably as a demo) at Blizzcon. And they announce one of the other classes: the wizard. Oh, it has frost nova and magic missile, be still my beating heart. Sorceress fans should be pleased. Here’s the trailer.

Elitist Jerks have an amusing thread on how to think of a good guild name. Also lots of thoughts there on how to reach a consensus with your guild and what your guild name says about you. I love the idea of naming them like Iain M Banks’ ships, wish I’d thought of that. “Of course I still love you” would be an ace guildname. (GCU Arbitrary – no comment, they found where I steal usernames from – arbitrary!)

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3 tanks, 2 healers

In many games we’ve played, in fact, in most there was a need for a well-balanced group made up of a core of healer/tank/dps and then adding as required from other utility classes. In DAoC we often had 2 healers, in LotRO we did when we could, in WoW.. sometimes, but less often because of the smaller group size.

In WAR, as a healer, I’m tending to just group up with anyone interested to attempt PQs and quests. I can duo quests quite nicely, and solo some (of course). PQs, well.. I can grind the first stage, but there’s a moment when that becomes dull and I just ask randomly if people want to join up. Usually while queuing for scenarios, either across zones or while we play together.

The other day I’d suggested to Lin that we attempt some Chapter 11 Elf stuff. Asked in guild if anyone wanted to queue with us and said we were hanging out doing some Elf PQs, and we gained 3 tanks (2 Ironbreakers and a Swordmaster) and set off. Before we’d been very slowly chugging away at a PQ together, when the tanks arrived we got treated to their way of play – gather up every mob and whirlwind kill it. Works very well with some healing added! Especially when one of the healers gets to AE and the other can handle the group healing. We went through the PQs very fast, almost crazily considering we had no straight dps class with us.

What can I say? It was awesome fun.