Aug 262013
 

Here’s a quote from the game’s lead designer, Tom Chiton, in a recent interview.

“For Blizzard it makes sense [to go free-to-play] at some point. But a lot of the risk is in making that transition. You hear stories about developers going free-to-play and getting double the number of players, but you don’t always know it works out that way and how long it stays that way. We really don’t know what the rate is before people drop off and lose interest.”

I’m not sure if WoW could possibly be as good anymore if it went F2P. I think it would make me and many others lose quite a bit of interest in the game. Luckily this seems like it won’t be happening soon, so there’s plenty of time for Blizzard to change their mind.

Aug 232013
 

Some of you may have heard about the new Blizzard card game “Hearthstone.” I kind of forgot about it until a few days ago when I ran into this video that shows some of the deck building and a few online games. It looks really great so far. I’m hoping I can get a beta key soon so I can start streaming it on twitch, but until then there’s videos like this and other streamers.

Here’s a great video overview of the game by TotalBiscuit.

Deck Contruction

WoW Insider has a page up on Hearthstone deck contruction:

Creating decks in Hearthstone is fairly straightforward. But you can’t just walk in and put any pile of cards together and expect it to be able to compete. First you select the class you want to play. You are then restricted to only use the cards that belong to that class along with cards available to all classes. Just about all of the cards in Hearthstone can be divided into three major categories: Removal, utility, or minions.

Most well rounded decks will feature elements of all three.

There’s lots more, read it there: http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/08/22/hearthstone-deck-construction-101/