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Newsletter June 26: AFK To The Bonfires!

Post by piwakawaka » June 26th, 2017, 9:52 pm

June 2017
Year 3, Issue 25

Hello, Readers.

The Midsummer Fire Festival has started and there are new pets and toys to be obtained. The matchbox toy costs 500 blossoms, while the new pet is 350 so you'll need to run at least a couple of your characters around the continents if you want to get both.

In other news, one of our community members, Hollthulhu, has offered to help people interested in getting started using the addon TradeSkill Master. TSM is an inventory and auctioning addon that can be very intimidating to people looking to get started in their gold-making journey, but can also be very useful once you get going. If you're curious, further details about the workshop are in the A3 news below.

I hope you all have a good week.



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Re: Newsletter June 26: AFK To The Bonfires!

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For more information about added or removed features, please check out last week's newsletter:
Newsletter June 19: Caution! Watch Your Step!
ICC Games Winners
Muradin's Favor
Jaina's Locket
Sylvanas' Music Box
Reins of the Crimson Deathcharger
Tabard of the Lightbringer

The Midsummer Fire Festival has begun in WoW and so has A3's Donation Drive for Midsummer pets! This year's event includes a brand new battle pet, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=114543/igneous-flameling, so be sure to grab one for yourself, too! Midsummer donation drive pets include: http://www.wowhead.com/npc=16701/spirit-of-summer, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=85872/blazing-cindercrawler, and http://www.wowhead.com/npc=114543/igneous-flameling.
The A3 Midsummer Donation Drive also includes some non-event fiery-themed pets so that members can participate if they are having bad luck on drops or don't have the time to farm a ton of currency. Bonus donation drive pets include: http://www.wowhead.com/npc=67332/darkmoon-eye, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=96404/enchanted-torch, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=112132/firebat-pup, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=21076/firefly, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=73738/jadefire-spirit, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=115138/magma-rageling, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=71016/netherspace-abyssal, [url]http://www.wowhead.com/npc=73357/ominous-flame, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=68466/pandaren-fire-spirit, http://www.wowhead.com/npc=25706/searing-scorchling, and http://www.wowhead.com/npc=95572/shard-of-cyrukh.
Tiers for this donation drive are 0, 15, and 30. Members who contribute at least 3 pets to the drive will also have the option of choosing a http://www.wowhead.com/npc=87669/hatespark-the-tiny as their prize!

TradeSkillMaster Workshop Sign Up
A number of our Discord members have expressed interest in learning how to use the auctioning addon TradeSkillMaster. Community Member Hollthulhu has generously offered to help those people interested with learning how to set up and use the add on.

You can find the sign up sheet here. Make sure you register your interest and what times you are available.

If you aren't sure and want to see more about the add on first the TSM website can be found here
Hey fellow A3 gamers! Don't forget that the Steam Summer sale has started! If you've been waiting on picking up a new title, now is the perfect time!

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.

Specifications Allowed

✔ Both Factions
✔ All Zones
✔ All Pets
✔ Any Quality
✔ Any Breed
✔ Any Specifics (color, size, etc.)

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 supply options were recently added! New options include common vendor and non-Legion pets.

There are 100's of supply options available, but below you will find the newest options added to the supply request sign-up sheet. These options are especially in need of suppliers right now.

Please note that the sign-up sheet is organized according to which expansion each pet was introduced in, not the expansion "zone" that they are found in.
  • Alarm-o-Bot
    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
    Sunborne Val'kyr
    Thaumaturgical Piglet
  • Blorp
    Empowered Manafiend
    Empyreal Manafiend
    Energized Manafiend
    Ghostshell Crab
    Kaliri Hatchling
    Nursery Spider
    Veilwatcher Hatchling
  • Azure Crane Chick
    Mountain Panda
    Pandaren Air Spirit
    Pandaren Earth Spirit
    Pandaren Fire Sprit
    Pandaren Water Spirit
    Snowy Panda
    Sunfur Panda
    Terrible Turnip
    Tiny Blue Carp
    Tiny Green Carp
    Tiny Red Carp
    Tiny White Carp
  • Elementium Geode
    Tiny Shale Spider
    Winterspring Cub
  • Albino Snake
    Blue Clockwork Rocket Bot
    Calico Cat
    Darting Hatchling
    Ghostly Skull
    Leaping Hatchling
    Obsidian Hatchling
    Ravasaur Hatchling
    Razormaw Hatchling
  • Blue Dragonhawk Hatchling
    Blue Moth
    Brown Rabbit
    Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling
    Magical Crawdad
    Mana Wyrmling
    Red Dragonhawk Hatchling
    Red Moth
    Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling
    White Moth
    Yellow Moth
  • Ancona Chicken
    Black Kingsnake
    Bombay Cat
    Brown Prairie Dog
    Brown Snake
    Cornish Rex Cat
    Crimson Snake
    Great Horned Owl
    Hawk Owl
    Orange Tabby Cat
    Siamese Cat
    Silver Tabby Cat
    Snowshoe Rabbit
    Tree Frog
    Undercity Cockroach
    White Kitten
    Wood Frog
    Green Wing Macaw
    Smolderweb Hatchling
    Worg Pup
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 June 26: AFK To The Bonfires!

Post by piwakawaka » June 26th, 2017, 9:56 pm

The Midsummer Fire Festival Is Fine. Everything Is Fine.
The Midsummer Fire Festival is back, bringing new bonfires and achievements, a downright irresponsible toy, and an elemental pet that will keep you warm on those long, dark nights of your campaign against the Burning Legion.

What’s New?
Wrath of the Frost Lord—If you’re over level 60 and have battled Frost Lord Ahune in recent years, you may have noticed he’s been feeling a little weak and sorry for himself. To make things interesting, this year we prescribed bed rest until the festival and helped him out with a power boost. He’s feeling much, much better. Unfortunately for you.

Feel the Burn—This year, there’s a new toy for you to misbehave with: a Set of Matches. The toy is available from your familiar, fair-of-face, friendly, flirty, Fire Festival vendors for 500 Burning Blossoms. (Try saying that after too much Fiery Festival Brew.) When you purchase the toy, we highly recommend you find a Kevlar jacket and an isolated spot for your first go. For reasons.

An Elemental Friend—You can also get your (hopefully gloved) hands on a new pet: the Igneous Flameling. This cute elemental has a set of skills that will light up your pet battles. It boasts Burn, Conflagrate, Flame Breath, and…actually, we couldn’t get close enough to complete our research. All we know is you’re gonna need a bigger pet cage. And we need new eyebrows.

Praise the Fire!—Last but not least, the Flame Wardens have constructed additional bonfires! New bonfires have been lit across Draenor and the Broken Isles. Search them out to honor or desecrate, and get the new achievement attached to both. The PvP in you will need to be strong, as capital city bonfires become battlefields for faction pride. Who said you can’t fight fire with fire?

Man your bonfires, champions! The heat is on!

See HERE for the original post.
Another Chance at Tickets for BlizzCon® 2017—On Sale July 5!
Good news, adventurers! We’re excited to announce that this year, BlizzCon is expanding into a brand-new hall in the Anaheim Convention Center…which means we now have some more tickets available for BlizzCon 2017.

If you didn’t get a ticket in the first two sales, get ready for another shot! Our third set of BlizzCon tickets will go on sale: Please see source post HERE for detail.
2016 Blizzard Student Art Contest Winners
The sixth annual Blizzard Student Art Contest has drawn to a close! Presented by Blizzard Entertainment’s university relations and World of Warcraft development teams, this contest called upon college and university students to create epic World of Warcraft-styled environments and characters and share their vision of Azeroth.

After deliberating over the many exceptional entries, our judges have chosen four outstanding pieces by two very talented artists. Check out the winning entries below.

Cody Harder- Character Contest Winner
Brigham Young University (BYU) – Idaho
Kate McKee-Environment Contest Winner
Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD)

To see the runners up click HERE
Hotfixes: June 22
HERE you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to World of Warcraft: Legion. Some of the hotfixes below take effect the moment they were implemented, while others may require scheduled realm restarts to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. This list will be updated as additional hotfixes are applied.

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Post by piwakawaka » June 26th, 2017, 9:58 pm

Achievements and Milestones
Sandwalker Earned Wakamaru Earned StacyPav Earned Flameflash Earned WindedWolf81 Earned Piwakawaka Earned Hollthulhu Earned Jedikitten Earned

Petaholics Anonymous Earned
Skinnin' for a Livin'

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Re: Newsletter June 26: AFK To The Bonfires!

Post by piwakawaka » June 26th, 2017, 9:59 pm

Social Media
Facebook Group
  • Join us on Facebook! The A3 Facebook group is the perfect place to socialize with your fellow A3ers. Post and share anything you like here, WoW-related or otherwise. Please remember to keep it reasonably clean!
  • 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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  • Check out our blog for ideas on pet battles, pet collection tips, and other useful information!
Connecting A3ers through Discord
A3 is always looking for new and interesting ways to connect with its members. One of our greatest hurdles, though, is connecting members to each other. With everyone playing on different servers, different factions, and the limitations of the friends list – many of you have probably never had a chance to connect. We hope to use the Discord App to help solve that!

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!
Official A3 Hashtags

Did you earn a new achievement or reach a new milestone? Mark it with #A3achieve and it will be included in a future newsletter!

Snapped a new screenshot/selfie you want to share? Mark it with #A3pix and it will be featured in a future newsletter!

Have you ever said something that would sound hilarious, bizarre, or even insane out of context of pet collecting? Share it with us!

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Re: Newsletter June 26: AFK To The Bonfires!

Post by piwakawaka » June 26th, 2017, 10:00 pm

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!
A3 Forum Games
A3 has a number of forum games going for members to participate in. Members are also encouraged to start any new forum games they have ideas for. Head over to our new Games forum and jump in!

Help Support A3
Did you know that A3 has bills? It’s true! A3 has monthly and yearly bills related to the cost of operating the Agency. We earn some funds from ads on the site but most of A3’s operating costs are paid out of pocket.

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, less than 4% of our members have contributed to assist with operating costs. Fewer than 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 and Patreon.

For more information about donating financially please visit our Supporter's Page.

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Re: Newsletter June 26: AFK To The Bonfires!

Post by Ssparkles » June 26th, 2017, 11:56 pm

Gratz to all the ICC Games winners!
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