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Newsletter December 5: Mischief Reigns

Post by piwakawaka » December 5th, 2016, 4:27 am

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December 2016
Year 2, Issue 48

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Hello, Readers.

It's been something of a week: coming off Thanksgiving we've been straight into the A3 Anniversary. I hope you're all having fun.

Unfortunately, over the Thanksgiving weekend some rather troublesome issues came to light. Wowhead by all accounts has been having issues with severely aggressive advertising. Over Thanksgiving, not only did this get worse, but several people noticed that constant uploads were happening to a company that was found to be their ad provider. These uploads were quite sizable, and would happen with or without an adblocker active.

While Wowhead have issued a statement about the issue now being resolved, and they will be working on better solutions for obtaining funding through advertising, we would like to remind you all to search safe. Never click on a link marked with an ad symbol, always have an adblocker active unless you know a site is safe and wish to support it. Very importantly, keep your antivirus up to date. Even better, use an antivirus alongside malware detection software.

The safety of our users while they are online is important to us, so the staff at A3 are going to be watching what Wowhead does next very carefully. Alongside this we will be researching the alternative sites that can fulfill a similar purpose to our uses.

In other happier news, Blizzard's Make-A-Wish campaign has started. This year, not only do they give us the most adorable of kittens, there is an accompanying plush, which if purchased, will donate $14 of the total cost of the plush to Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish is an amazing charity, so let's all help however we can whilst squeeing loudly at the cute.

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[col]Post #1: You Are Here
  • Introduction
  • Table of Contents
Post #2: A3-related News
  • A3's 2-year Anniversary
  • Wild Pet Capture Service
  • Pet Suppliers
  • Adoptions
Post #3: Warcraft
  • Adopt Mischief Today and Support Make-A-Wish
  • Live Developer Q&A - Submit Your Questions
Post #4: Blizzard
  • Blue Post: Legion Season 1 Ending Clarifications
  • PTR Discussion (was Nighthold Feedback)
|Post #5: A3-related News continued...
  • Achievements and Milestones
  • Reading With Leashes
  • Photo of the Week
  • Upcoming Events
Post #6: Social
  • The A3 Network
  • Discord
  • Official Hashtags
Post #7: Conclusion
  • Thank Yous
  • Headers and Quotes
  • Paypal
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Re: Newsletter December 5: Mischief Reigns

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To celebrate turning 2 years old A3 is hosting a multitude of giveaways, events, and games. Don't miss out on the fun and prizes! December 1st through December 31st Image
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Wild Pet Capture Service
Above all else... A3 loves collecting pets! Collection doesn't just stop at pets that can be traded and adopted though - there are a few worlds' worth of wild pets out there waiting for collectors, too! A few of us would like to offer our love of hunting wild pets to A3 members to help them also round out their wild pet needs.

Each week (sometimes a few times each week!) we will comb zones to help members find the wild pets they are still after. We will turn a zone upside-down and inside-out looking for your pet(s) and message you once we've found them. You will then come and capture it! If you would like to take advantage of this service, but aren't available during our typical times, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask about alternative days and times.

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Both Factions
All Zones
All Pets
Any Quality
Any Breed
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Pet Suppliers
Do you want to help supply pets for adoption that A3 needs? We have a Pet Suppliers thread where members can sign up to sponsor certain pets they are willing to supply. When the supply of certain pets starts to run low or we have an upcoming project where we’ll need more of a certain pet – we’ll send out a notification about that pet to our suppliers! There is no guess work and no 24/7 farming because we’ll let you know when we’re in need of the pets.

There are no quotas to meet when supplying the pets that you signed up for. You can provide whatever amount you are comfortable with.

New Legion supply options were added on September 16th and new post-Legion options were added on September 26th.

For more information about the Pet Supplier project click here.

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Alarm-o-Bot
Ash'ana
Autumnal Sproutling
Baby Elderhorn
Court Scribe
Enchanted Cauldron
Enchanted Pen
Enchanted Torch
Extinguished Eye
Fel Piglet
Fledgling Warden Owl
Nursery Spider
Plump Jelly
Ridgeback Puglet
River Calf
Sewer-Pipe Jelly
Sting Ray Pup
Stormborne Whelpling
Sunborne Val'kyr
Thaumaturgical Piglet
Transmutant
Trigger|WARLORDS OF DRAENOR
Bloodthorn Hatchling
Bone Wasp
Crazy Carrot
Dusty Sporewing
Frostwolf Pup
Glowing Sporebat
Lost Netherpup
Savage Cub
Sky Fry

MISTS OF PANDARIA
Aqua Strider
Filthling
Grinder
Rodent Crate (horde and alliance)
Spawn of G'nathus|CATACLYSM
Fox Kit
Rustberg Gull

WRATH OF THE LICH KING
Ammen Vale Lashling
Dun Morogh Cub
Durotar Scorpion
Elwynn Lamb
Enchanted Broom
Mechanopeep
Mulgore Hatchling
Sen'jin Fetish
Shimmering Wyrmling
Teldrassil Sproutling
Tirisfal Batling

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Adoptions
Whether entering a one-time competition or requesting your weekly pets, please remember these essential tips so your requests and entries aren't disqualified.

  • Don't forget to keep your WarcraftPets account up to date.
    • You can find a guide on how to do this here.
  • Please remember to check what pets you have before submitting requests!
    • Add-ons don't always display things accurately.
  • Please remember to report your request list if you acquire a pet you have requested.
    • We've modified our system so that even if your post has already been flagged you can still report and make changes.

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Re: Newsletter December 5: Mischief Reigns

Post by piwakawaka » December 5th, 2016, 4:29 am

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Adopt Mischief Today and Support Make-A-Wish
This holiday season, warm your hearth with a fuzzy little ball of fel fire. Meet Mischief, a curious kitten who followed the Burning Legion into Azeroth and is now looking for an Order Hall to call home.

This new World of Warcraft® in-game pet is up for adoption now in the in-game Shop and the Battle.net Shop, with a plush companion available in the Gear Store—and for a limited time, when you purchase either one, you’ll be helping a great cause in the process.
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Live Developer Q&A - Submit Your Questions
Join Blizzard live on Twitch Wednesday, December 7, at 10:00 a.m. PST, as they sit down with Ion Hazzikostas for their next live developer Q&A. You can tune in live at: Twitch.tv/Warcraft.

Feel free to submit any questions you may have by posting in the forum thread or tweeting using the hashtag #LegionQA.

As a reminder, they would like to keep the questions short so they can get to as many of them as possible, so please keep your questions to 40 words or less. Thanks, be sure to come along Wednesday, December 7, at 10:00 a.m. PST!

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Re: Newsletter December 5: Mischief Reigns

Post by piwakawaka » December 5th, 2016, 4:30 am

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Blue Posts
Legion Season 1 Ending Clarifications
With today’s announcement of the end of Legion’s first PvP season on December 13, we’d like to clarify a few extra details.

The Elite PvP gear appearance will be the same in Legion Season 2 as it is in Season 1. If you are unable to complete your set in Season 1, you’ll still be able to collect your missing appearances during Season 2.

Additionally, after Legion Season 2 concludes, we’ll be adding the ability to purchase the complete Elite appearance set from a vendor. This will only be made available to players who have earned access to the Elite set by reaching a PvP rating of 2000 or higher in any Rated Battleground or Arena bracket during Legion Season 1 or 2.

Finally, we’d like to clarify that the end of Legion Season 1 and beginning of Legion Season 2 are not tied in any way to the release of Patch 7.1.5. One of our major goals for Rated PvP in Legion is to have PvP seasons change over more regularly, which means we can now transition between seasons without requiring a patch. This transition will occur prior to the release of Patch 7.1.5.

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PTR Discussion (was Nighthold Feedback)
[P]art of the point of opening Nighthold and leaving it open for a longer period of time is to let groups get in and give contextual feedback on class mechanics, as well as to gather data to help with tuning. If we were solely interested in polishing the encounters, we'd be doing short 1-hour tests that could be observed by the encounter design team in their entirety. But this approach lets a lot more people get in and try things out.

Basically no numerical tuning based on 7.1.5 changes has been done yet: in test builds and development, the primary initial focus tends to be on qualitative design changes, both to allow for time to iterate on them, and because there's a much smaller development window during which we can make large changes to text in tooltips (since everything needs to be translated for the game's different regions before a patch can be finalized). Numbers changes are best done when designs are closer to final (there's little point fine-tuning something that may get ripped out entirely next build), and can be done very late in the PTR cycle. Raid tests like this help tremendously with that process.

The past couple of weeks have been full of distractions, with a long holiday weekend in the middle, and we haven't done a great job of communicating regarding the 7.1.5 class and systems changes. We'll be working to correct some of that in the coming days, but I understand that there's more than a little frustration and distrust to overcome.

In the meantime, I'll rename this thread, and make a new one for Nighthold. Please try to keep that one clear for feedback and logs from the instance, so that everyone can have a more polished experience in the long run. Thanks.


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Re: Newsletter December 5: Mischief Reigns

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Have you checked out our recent blog posts? If not, you should!

Is there a tamer you just can't seem to beat? A pet you want to know more about? Be sure to let us know what you'd like to see covered via the blog forums or by sending Jedikitten a PM!
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  • Follow us on Twitter! Twitter is our main social media resource. It is to post info about events, giveaways, and updates. We share and retweet posts from our members as well. We LOVE to see your achievements, new pets, screenshots and selfies! If you would like to see your WoW-related activities included in a future newsletter you can tag us in your World of Warcraft-related tweets so we can share them with the community! @A3pets.
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Connecting A3ers through Discord
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The major perk of an app like Discord is that communication is live. Meaning – you can see it on the fly (assuming you are logged in). This will be an advantage over the forum or twitter where you need to check in throughout the day. It will be especially helpful with organizing groups, sharing rare spawn information with others, or just getting to know your fellow A3ers!|[/col]
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Thank You
Thank you to everyone to contributed to this week's newsletter! Piwakawaka (editor/contributor)
Jedikitten (formatting/contributor)
Sandwalker (copy editor)
Irayna (contributor)
OzinLA (contributor)
Wakamaru (contributor)


A special 'Thank You' to Wakamaru for creating this week's Pawprint Press header!
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Operating costs are the costs required to run the community – these do not include the costs of sponsoring giveaways.|A3 is a volunteer operated project and we need the help of our members to keep the site online.

Currently only 5% of our members have contributed to assist with operating costs. 1% of our members have contributed more than once.

A few spare dollars here and there can go a long way!|Donations are accepted through PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to donate.

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