Episode 96 – Glass Hearth Full

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The awaited nerf tentacle hit Hearthstone, but a soothing release date got announced to soften up the blow, Overwatch Closed Beta is Over, and speaking of Overwatch…. we’re having a giveaway!


Bar Snacks (Introduction)

The Tracer trailer for Heroes of the Storm is fun! “Is that a frog in a bubble?”


Another ‘Warcraft’ trailer has hit the web.


Rob Kazinsky (Orgrim Doomhammer) gives us a quick behind the scenes look at the set of the ‘Lion’s Pride Inn’.


Overwatch

  • How the Titan fail inspired Overwatch.
  • Closed Beta is ending April 25th 2016.
  • Open Beta information.
  • Developer Update:


Hearthstone

  • Old Gods is released April 26th 2016 (America) and 27th for the rest of the world.
  • Ben Brode and Dan Chou reveal the majority of remaining cards on a live stream. We got to see Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End in action for the first time and it didn’t disappoint!
  • All the cards have now been revealed!

Last Orders

giveaway

To celebrate our upcoming 100th podcast episode we’ve decided to give away a copy of Overwatch Origins Edition (PC). All you have to do to enter is Follow @TBRPodcast and RT the competition tweet, which will be pinned at the top of our profile.

#FakeGods – An Unofficial Hearthstone Expansion: Week 5 Round-Up

Beware of false idols! As Blizzard teases us with card reveals and drip feeding us cards for Whispers of the Old Gods in Hearthstone, we decided we couldn’t wait any longer. We needed our card fix, so we decided to design our own cards for the new expansion.

#FakeGods is an unofficial Hearthstone expansion created by the community. This is the final round up of cards as Old Gods is finally here on the 26th April 2016 for America and 27th for the rest of us poor souls.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the cards as much as we have had making them. Until the next expansion!

Previous Weeks:
Week 1          Week 2          Week 3         Week 4


Twlight Spellcaster - SLM PT1Twlight Spellcaster - SLM PT2

“I can never hear what Twilight Spellcaster is saying, he really needs to speak up!” – by S-L-M Reddit


Corrupted Ysera - Fydria Corrupted Ysera 2 - Fydria

“She just can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep these days” by @Fydria


Evocation - Jesse

“Sweet, sweet, mana” Card by @jc_satura


Algalon the Observer - Fydria

“It all started with a big bang… BANG!” Card by @Fydria


 Corrupted Ashbringer - Fydria

“Like the normal Ashbringer, except more calories” Card by @Fydria


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“Baby, it’s cold outside” Card by @unamithil


Insane Cultist - Fydria

As you read this card’s name, you feel the sudden urge to sing Cypress Hill” Card by @Fydria


#FakeGods – The whispers never stop.

Episode 95 – A Wild Khadgar Appeared

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Khadgar is conjuring up a good cause for us to spend our money on. Tracer blinked her way into the Nexus. And there’s loads of new – and old – lore coming our way.


General Blizzard

Prequel to the Warcraft movie is going to be a graphic novel which we are very excited for.


Heroes of the Storm

Tracer has blinked her way into the Nexus and is soon a playable character in Heroes of the Storm.


World of Warcraft

In the World of Warcraft universe Illidan is now getting his own book as a prequel to Legion.


Hearthstone

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Khadgar can now be bought as a character portrait in Hearthstone. And the money goes to a good cause.

And we also talked about a few hand picked new cards for the Old Gods expansion that got announced the past week.

#FakeGods – An Unofficial Hearthstone Expansion: Week 4 Round-Up

Beware of false idols! As Blizzard teases us with card reveals and drip feeding us cards for Whispers of the Old Gods in Hearthstone, we decided we couldn’t wait any longer. We needed our card fix, so we decided to design our own cards for the new expansion.

#FakeGods is an unofficial Hearthstone expansion created by the community. We’ll be releasing a new card every day on Twitter at 12am CET right up until Old Gods itself is released.


Mutated Creeper - SLM“NOPE!” Card by S-L-M Reddit


Mindflay by una

“And so the Patron Priest was born…” Card by


Prophet Skeram - SLM

“POWER UP!”– Card by S-L-M Reddit


Deceptive Tenetacle

“This card might tent-tickle your fancy!” card by


Azeorth - Corben

“The end is coming…” Card by


Charred Earth Elemental by Fydria

“He’s not angry, he just has really bad heartburn!” – Card by @Fydria


Mankriks wife by unaMankrik by una0

“Where’s Mankirk’s wife?.. Oh there she is…” Card by @unamithil


Thanks to everyone who submitted cards this week.

Have an idea of your own? Tweet at us (@TBRPodcast) with the hashtag #FakeGods

A Journey Into Podcasting

The Blue Recluse
2 Years On…

The Blue Recluse recently celebrated it’s 2nd birthday, (It’s first 2nd year birthday to be exact, sorry in-joke right there!) and this got me thinking. These last 2 years have flown by in the blink of an eye and right now I’m more excited about podcasting and creating content than I’ve ever been.

I think like a lot of the podcasts that start up in the Blizzard community we began with just wanting a platform to discuss our thoughts and feelings about the games we love and cherish and no doubt being inspired by other shows along the way.

As the time goes by you make tweaks to your show. For around our first 25 episodes I’m pretty sure we changed at least one thing every show and it was around that point we finally settled on some kind of format. My advice for podcasting, always look forward but don’t be afraid to listen to what you’re making to find improvements. This was one of the strangest aspects for me. I listen to many hours of podcasts a week and when the day came that I started listening to myself I quickly noticed aspects that I should work on. 2 years on, I’m still on this journey and probably always will be but I’ve noticed big changes in a positive way, either that or Marty is just that good at editing… Now that I come to think of it probably the latter (Hehe).

Speaking of editing, podcasting can be a real thankless task at times. This is totally understandable due to the sheer amount of content out in the Internet. Many hours can be spent prepping a show, recording, editing, uploading, and publishing and that’s why it’s very important to remember why you are doing this. I think if you’re starting up it’s easy to get downhearted after 10 episodes or so without much or any feedback, but if your sole objective is to talk and converse about what you love then ultimately I don’t think that matters. If something stops being fun then you probably shouldn’t be doing it… unless it’s your job and you know… money. When it comes to hobbies, make sure you are enjoying what you are doing and that will shine through.

At this stage in our podcasting we life we are still extremely young and inexperienced, but I think like many 2 year olds we are starting to find our feet. Over the past 2 years we’ve connected with some great folks out there in the Blizzard community. A mention to Realm-Maintenance which gave us our first interview, with Rho the host doing a fantastic job to promote new and existing podcasts in the community, I would recommend that being a place to check out. I’ve found so many new shows that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

This movement inspired us to reach out to the community and have guests on our show. One of our first emails (which was a very exciting experience) was from Stone over at WoW-Challenges, asking if we could mention his site/project which aims to bring the hardcore element into World of Warcraft. I remember Marty saying to me straight away, “We should get this guy on our show for an interview” and I was of similar thinking. We reached out and made it happen. It’s actually more easier than you think. Another thing I’ve learned is: if you don’t ask, you don’t get. Do not be afraid to ask people to be on your show, no matter how big or small. You would actually be surprised how privileged people can feel when they get asked and sometimes a fresh voice or perspective can do wonders for your show! I couldn’t finish this paragraph without mentioned our friend John (S-L-M Reddit) who is a custom Hearthstone content creator and has inspired us with his work, or Rosie Brent, who is now a very close friend of the show which all started with a single tweet. The community can be a wonderful thing and I would encourage you to do everything in your power to embrace it.

What is next for The Blue Recluse? It’s a good question. We have many new and exciting ideas that we hope to take forward. We recently introduced our Discord channel with the aim of building an area where fans of Blizzard games can hang out, chat, and play games together and hopefully forge new friendships. This is something I really hope grows as, essentially, it’s the people that make these games special. There’s a small convention called BlizzCon, we would really love to make it to that at some stage also. In the mean time we’ll just continue to turn your ears blue every week.

Thanks for reading (and listening)!

The TLDR summary:
Podcasting is great fun, I highly recommend it. 

HearthWatch: A Hearthstone Overwatch Infusion.

What if Overwatch invaded the tavern in Hearthstone and became actual playable cards?  Blizzard have said in the past that Hearthstone will only be pulling ideas and characters from the Warcraft Universe (hence the name Heroes of Warcraft.. Hehe!), but here at The Blue Recluse we like to dream big.

Here’s a selection of Hearthstone cards we have created with an Overwatch flavor.



Which characters from the Blizzard world would you like to see in Hearthstone? Tweet at us (@TBRPodcast) with your own ideas, or make a suggestion and we’ll do our best to create it!

Episode 94 – Yogg Standard

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“A new Old God has appeared in Hearthstone and he’s totally insane! Pirates have had their ship sunk in WoW and some convention called BlizzCon was announced..  Anyone know what that is?”


Introduction

Blizzard shuts down biggest Private Vanilla Server.


General Blizzard

BlizzCon 2016 has been announced!


Overwatch

Developer update. Competitive play announced.


Hearthstone

We cherry pick some of the cards revealed for the upcoming expansion Old Gods and discuss.

#FakeGods – An Unofficial Hearthstone Expansion: Week 3 Round-Up

Beware of false idols! As Blizzard teases us with card reveals and drip feeding us cards for Whispers of the Old Gods in Hearthstone, we decided we couldn’t wait any longer. We needed our card fix, so we decided to design our own cards for the new expansion.

#FakeGods is an unofficial Hearthstone expansion created by the community. We’ll be releasing a new card every day on Twitter at 12am CET right up until Old Gods itself is released.


Archbishop Ben - Priest - Designed by Rho PT1

“Because two hero powers are better than one!” Card by


Bubble and hearth by una

“A staple in the Paladin diet” – Card by


Extraction - Rogue - Spell

“HEY, GIMME THAT!” Card by


Freya by una

“Never ask Freya for advice,all she keeps telling me is to turn over a new leaf.” By


Sargeras the Defender - SLM

“He really doesn’t like the Old Gods for some reason…” Card by S-L-M (Reddit)


Thaurissan, Herlad of Flame - SLM

“This is a quite a spec’tashular turn 3 play.” Card by S-L-M (Reddit)


The Dragon Soul by Dennis

“You know why this card is cool? Because Dragons are cool man!” Card by


Thanks to everyone who submitted cards this week. Have an idea of your own? Tweet at us (@TBRPodcast) with the hashtag #FakeGods

Episode 93 – Alive And Kicking

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“Widowmaker comes ‘Alive’ in Overwatch, Another Old God has revealed itself in Hearthstone & Diablo 3 gets ready to enter its 6th Season….”


Introduction

We mention a little bit about April’s Fools


Overwatch

New animated short: Alive


Heroes of the Storm

Tracer gameplay preview


Diablo 3

An ending is just a new beginning. Season 6 is on the way


Hearthstone

Do we have a release date? We also discuss the latest cards revealed this week.

#FakeGods – An Unofficial Hearthstone Expansion: Week 2 Round-Up

Beware of false idols! As Blizzard teases us with card reveals and drip feeding us cards for Whispers of the Old Gods in Hearthstone, we decided we couldn’t wait any longer. We needed our card fix, so we decided to design our own cards for the new expansion.

#FakeGods is an unofficial Hearthstone expansion created by the community. We’ll be releasing a new card every day on Twitter at 12am CET right up until Old Gods itself is released.


 

Here’s a round up for card submissions from Week 2

Ultraxion - Legendary - Designed by Rho PT1Ultraxion - Legendary - Designed by Rho PT2

“Ultraxion’s favourite song is Time is running out by Muse” – Card by: 


Faceless One

“I shall wear no crowns and win no glory, death to the living and death to the Murlocs!” – Card by: @Fydria


Deep Sea Kraken - Hunter

“Under the sea, under the sea. Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter..take it from me!” – Card by: @Fydria


Whisper of an Old God - Warlock - Spell

“When you can’t beat them, mind control them!” – Card by: @Unamithil


Faceless Watcher - SLM

“It’s been Faceless Watcher’s dream to become a Wisp for some time now” – Card by: S-L-M (Reddit)


Sha of Pride - Designed by Rho

“We are all so very proud of Sha of Pride’s excellent mathematics skills” – Card by: 


Sha of Despair - Mage PT1 Sha of Despair - Mage PT2

“On his day off, Sha of Despair enjoys long beach walks around Krasarang Wilds”  – Card by: @Fydria


Have an idea of your own? Tweet at us (@TBRPodcast) with the hashtag #FakeGods