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Newsletter Aug 14: Chooks Away

Post by piwakawaka » August 14th, 2017, 3:45 am

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August 2017
Year 3, Issue 32

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Hello, Readers.

Welcome to all of our new members! It's lovely to see you all. It's always fun to see new people finding us and wanting to come along to join us in all our fun, crazy antics.

We have some really awesome events happening across all of our platforms right now. Remember, even if an event doesn't have an item you need, you can still participate if you wish. We love seeing people participating and having fun with what we do, and it inspires us for future events and giveaways.

I hope you all have a good week.

Piwakawaka.

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Post by piwakawaka » August 14th, 2017, 3:48 am

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Fowl Play
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August 13th through September 7th
Over the next four weeks we'll be celebrating some of our favorite poultry-themed battle pets: the chickens! Participate in 3 subevents for a chance to win a http://www.wowhead.com/npc=25109/rocket-chicken, 1 of 5 http://www.wowhead.com/npc=85846/bush-chickens, or one of many level 25 [urlhttp://www.wowhead.com/npc=7394/ancona-chicken[/url] exchanges.

Scrambled Eggs Word Jumble
Solve these egg-pun-themed word jumbles for a chance to win a http://www.wowhead.com/npc=25109/rocket-chicken!
Cluckin' Mad Chicken Safari
Become one with the chickens of Azeroth and win a http://www.wowhead.com/npc=85846/bush-chicken!
Ancona Chicken Exchange
Welcome to the chicken farmer's market! Exchange your lesser, weaker chickens for our tough, well-bred chickens!

Summer Giveaways Event
Summer is wrapping up and we want to celebrate with a couple of fun giveaways!

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August 13th - August 26th
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August 13th - August 20th
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August 13th - August 26th
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August 13th - August 26th
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There are brand new avatars available for A3ers to use on the forum! The avatars were created by our newest team member, @Hollthulhu, and are the first group in an ongoing series. They feature some of our favorite battle pets - one from each family.
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Click here to update your avatar with one of these new cuties! They can be found under the Battle Pets category. The previous avatars can now be found under Flat Animals category.

To celebrate the new avatar series available on the A3 forum, we're having a giveaway!

Vote for your favorite new avatar and suggest an idea for a future avatar addition to enter for a chance to win a http://www.wowhead.com/npc=36482/tuskarr-kite.

August 13th - August 26th


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Post by piwakawaka » August 14th, 2017, 3:52 am

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Legion PvP Season 4 Ending Soon!
Soon the gates will close on Legion PvP Season 4 for all Arena and Battleground competitors.

Season 4 – End of Season Rewards
If you participated in Season 4, to ensure you receive the rewards that you’re due, please keep the following in mind:

Refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until after Legion Season 4 has ended.
Legion Season 4 titles and mounts will be awarded approximately two weeks after the season ends.

Faction-Based Rewards
Don’t forget—end-of-season rewards are based on your faction. If you transfer your character to the other faction, you must have 50 wins after your transfer to receive the reward. You must have 150 wins for Gladiator and Ferocious Gladiator.

When the last sounds of clashing weapons fade, how will you measure up this season?

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Raid Preview & Schedule: Tomb of Sargeras
Updated August 8: Raid Finder Wing 4 (Deceiver’s Fall) now available—Kil’jaeden awaits!
Updated July 25: Raid Finder Wing 3 (Chamber of the Avatar) now available.
Updated July 11: Raid Finder Wing 2 (Wailing Halls) now available.
Updated June 27: Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1 (The Gates of Hell) now available.
Updated June 20: Normal and Heroic difficulty Tomb of Sargeras now available.

Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, the combined forces of the Class Orders have fought their way through the Broken Shore to reach the Tomb of Sargeras. With weapons of great power and the Pillars of Creation at hand, the defenders of Azeroth must face these last foes before the portal is sealed, cutting off the Burning Legion’s access to Azeroth.

Click HERE to read more.
Hotfixes: August 8
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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Re: Newsletter Aug 14: Chooks Away

Post by piwakawaka » August 14th, 2017, 3:53 am

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A small appeal re: phasing

Over the last couple of years, we've begun using some new technology we've occasionally referred to as "sharding" in non-instanced zones, which separates players in high-traffic areas out into separate "shards" of a particular zone. The benefit to our server performance has been massive - it was a huge part of why Legion's launch went so smoothly - and so, as a whole, we've been very happy with the system.

The one exception has been on RP realms, where player-run events are much more common. On RP realms, we believe that the overall loss to game performance is worth it in order to support those events. If players on RP realms choose to organize an event and congregate somewhere, and have a laggy experience as a result, that's their choice, and we'd like to allow them as much freedom to do so as possible.

So, we've recently applied a hotfix that should disable realm sharding in the vast majority of the outdoor world on RP realms. That includes Kalimdor, the Eastern Kingdoms, Northrend, Pandaria, Outland, Draenor, and all related sub-zones. This has actually been our intention for some time now, but as part of investigating some reports involving a player-run event in Northrend, we discovered some secondary issues that were causing it not to function properly.

There are still limits, of course; we don't want playing on an RP realm to mean you can't properly experience core game content due to low FPS or heavy input lag. As such, all Legion zones (including all of the Broken Isles, the Broken Isles version of Dalaran, and soon, Argus) will still have sharding active, as they do on non-RP realms. Similarly, when the game itself points players toward a specific area of the non-Legion world (such as for a holiday event or new patch content), we may temporarily re-enable sharding in that area until things settle down.

In general, however, our goal is to follow the general rule of thumb that RP realms do not shard, except in current-expansion zones, or when temporarily necessary to support gameplay. This should now be the case on all RP and RP-PvP realms worldwide. This is in addition to our existing rule that RP realms do not automatically fill areas using our Cross-Realm Zones system (although you can still enter an RP realm using CRZ if you're grouped with a player on an RP realm).

Thanks for all your patience while we implemented the hotfix on this, and awesome job on the Tournament of Ages, guys! :)

Ornyx
Community Manager

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST


Recent Actions Against Terms of Use Violations

We’ve recently taken action against a number of accounts that were actively participating in and/or advertising the sale of in-game raid or dungeon clears in exchange for real-world currency. Such behavior is a clear violation of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use.

Additionally, we’ve issued smaller actions against players who were found to be sharing account details in order to gain a competitive advantage during raid progression. Account sharing of any kind is against the World of Warcraft Terms of Use, and will not be tolerated. While the penalties applied as part of these actions were relatively minor, we intend to apply much harsher penalties for such behavior in the future.

As a reminder, in order to ensure fair play and competitive integrity, we closely monitor these and other activities that violate the Terms of Use. This includes selling in-game services for real money, exchanging accounts or characters, and similar violations done with the intention of gaining a competitive advantage in raid progression (such as the purchase or transfer of geared characters or accounts between owners).

Note that while selling assistance with obtaining items, achievements, PvP rating, or other in-game benefits for real-world currency is against the Terms of Use, selling those things in exchange for in-game gold is perfectly legitimate. Players should not feel as though participating in a “gold run” is going to result in negative action taken against their account.
Ornyx
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Re: Newsletter Aug 14: Chooks Away

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Achievements and Milestones
@Piwakawaka Obtained @Wakamaru Earned
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      [Death Do Us Part]
      [Live For The Night]
      [Don't Fear The Reaper]
      [Eternal War]
      [Metalworking]
      [Heavy Metalworking]
      [Forged Credentials]
      [Gemkata]
      [Valuable Vecin]
      [Maximum Myriam]
      [Getting Crafty]
@Flameflash earned @AuraiWhisper Earned

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Re: Newsletter Aug 14: Chooks Away

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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!
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Re: Newsletter Aug 14: Chooks Away

Post by piwakawaka » August 14th, 2017, 3:56 am

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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)
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. 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, about 4% of our members contribute to the to these operating costs and around 1% 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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