Reaper of Souls Launch Event!

“With hellspawn, size is no measure of their threat. Demons half the size of men can kill with a gesture, while hellish pack animals trample any who stand in their way.”

Hey all! As you may know, we at Ready Check are huge fans of Diablo III. So, it’s with great pleasure that we’ve been asked to help out with the official launch event for the new expansion, Reaper of Souls, on Monday 24th March! Here are the details:

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Join members of the Blizzard Europe Community team on Monday, March 24 at Meltdown London for a special live event to celebrate the release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls!

You’ll be able to participate in some awesome contests for the chance to win Reaper of Souls Collector’s Editions, T-shirts, and other goodies. Coming all the way from California, Diablo III Lead Game Producer Alex Mayberry will be there in person to sign your swag.

We’ll also be broadcasting the Reaper of Souls live streamed event direct from the DreamHack studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The stream will showcase the game’s great new features and include live interviews with members of the Diablo III development team. We’ll hear from some notable members of the community as well.

The fun starts at 21:00 and runs until midnight.

For more information, check out the Facebook event here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you came to our BarCraft-on-Thames event, you’ll know that Blizz are VERY generous when it comes to prizes… Even though it’s a school night, we’re certainly looking forward to burning the candle at both ends and we really hope you’ll join us.

Let us know if you’re coming on Twitter or in the comments, and be sure to sign up on Facebook!

Love, hugs, and successful PUGs.

PS. We’ve not forgotten about our previous competition – work has gone mental, but we’ll be back very soon…

Heyo. Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday (or as wonderful as can be expected for a Monday, anyway). Our intrepid trio are back to discuss all things raiding, lore, and stuff completely unrelated to anything of relevance.

This week, we discuss:

  • Durotan! He enjoys long walks in the forest, apparently;
  • Button Cull!;
  • Our thoughts on how LFR has changed;
  • …and much more!

A couple of bits of news for you: We were lucky enough to be interviewed by Rho at Realm Maintenance, and will be appearing on the show tomorrow (18th Feb) – keep an ear out for us! Massive thanks to Rho for having us on the show.

Make sure you enter our competition to win an MoP physical collector’s edition and a SteelSeries QcK Mouse Mat. We’ve had some great entries so far and are excited to hear what you come up with.

Save the date: March 29th (Saturday). After the success of BarCraft-on-Thames, we’re running a new event in partnership with Blizzard to commemorate and celebrate the launch of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. More information coming shortly, but expect great things.

Until next week: Love, Tickles and bags of Pickle(d Onion Monster Munch)*. Toman.

*Yes, I’m hungry. What of it?

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Hey folks. If you listened to last week’s show, you’ll know that we’re going to be starting a new feature soon where we talk about tracks from the Mists of Pandaria soundtrack. I don’t know about you guys, but a lot of my friends play with the sounds off so they’ve never heard some of these amazing pieces of music. That’s something we really want to change.

That’s where you come in. We’d really like your help discussing them, so we’re offering you the chance to win a physical, boxed copy of the Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition. All you need to do to win is let us know your favourite track from the MoP soundtrack and why you love it so much. What kind of feelings does it bring up in you? What does it remind you of when you hear it? What were you doing in-game when you first heard it? Give us your thoughts on these, and anything else that comes to mind.

We would also absolutely love to get some of you talking about it on the podcast, so if you’re not too shy, then record yourself talking about the track and we’ll feature the best bits on the show. As well as counting as an entry to the Collector’s Edition grand prize, we’re also giving away a Mists of Pandaria themed Steelseries QcK Mousemat for the best recording. You can either record yourself (using Audacity, or whichever program you like) and email it to us, or leave us a voicemail on the sidebar to the right of this post.

Email your submissions to mailbag@readycheck.co.uk, and let us know your character name, server and faction. The competition closes on Monday 24th February, so that gives you plenty of time to listen and let us know what you think! The competition is open to anyone in the EU or NA.

UPDATE: Although the competition is open to everyone, the collector’s edition is for the EU servers only. We’ll have a chat with Blizzard to see if they can help…

Best of luck, all!

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Evening kids. As you may know if you follow us on Twitter, we’ve had a pretty busy week at work and weren’t able to record a full show on our usual Monday night. So, to fill the gap this week, we’ve created a short episode for you! A podcast equivalent of Lost Coast, if you will. We’ll be back as normal next week, so please get your rapid-fire questions, shout-outs and tactical advice to us before then.

This week we were contacted by Raven of Girls Gone WoW fame (one of our favourite podcasts), who wanted to let us know about an awesome event they’ve got planned in London on Saturday 19th April. It’s a WoW community meetup, where anyone with an interest in WoW is encouraged to turn up (interest in WoW optional as long as you’re nice) and have fun chatting about all things Blizzard in a friendly environment. The event takes place at The Feathers Pub in St James Park from 15.00 onwards. More details can be found on Raven’s blog at silkyraven.livejournal.com.

That’s it for this week, folks. Until next time… Love, Squeezes and Dalaran Sharp cheeses (ok, ok, tenuous at best). Toman.

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Hey guys! This week, Forrseti and Toman were very privileged to be invited to visit the EU Blizzard HQ in Versailles for a day of gawking and geeking. While we were there, we took part in a Q&A with two of WoWs lead developers, Brian Holinka (Lead PVP Designer) and Ion Hazzikostas (Lead Encounter Designer). We were able to ask a few questions about Warlords of Draenor, and got some real insights from two guys at the forefront of development in the new expansion. It was such a treat, so thank you so much to everyone at Blizzard for the opportunity, and especially to Brian and Ion for taking time out of their busy days to talk to us.

Click through below to read the transcript in full from the interview. There are a LOT of great titbits in there.

Anyway, to the podcast! This week we talk about:

  • The new raven mount – where’s it from?;
  • We cover Blackhand in War-LORE-ds of Draenor;
  • Some interesting points from our Q&A session;
  • The recent WoW Infographic;
  • …and much more!

As always, we’d really love your thoughts and feedback, so please get in touch. Until next week… Love, Hugs and Successful PUGS. Toman.

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Hey guys! Long time no see; have you lost weight? You’re looking really wonderful! Nice hair! Right, now we’ve gotten the small talk out of the way, let’s get down to business shall we? Season 3 is finally here, and today we’re pleased to introduce our new co-host, Forrseti! Forrs has featured on the show previously, but now joins Toman and Hunni full time this season as our raid leading expert. We’re super happy to have him with us. In other news, our favourite Bristolian, Flapz, is no longer playing WoW, so has decided to take a step back from the podcast. We’re going to miss you, buddy. Keep your eyes open, though, and you might find him shoutcasting CS:GO matches in the future.

Today’s show is a bit of a catch up and an excuse for a good old natter. We talk about:

  • What we’ve all been up to over the holiday break;
  • Recent Siege of Orgrimmar nerfs;
  • New mount – cynical cash-in or bit of a cock up?;
  • Appropriate raiding attire;
  • …and much more!

We’ve also got the start of our new feature, War-LORE-ds of Draenor (see what we did there?), where we talk about each of the Orc Warlords we’ll be meeting in WoD. Today, Kilrogg Deadeye.

Get your questions and comments in for next week, and we’d really love an iTunes review or two if you’ve got a few seconds free. Until next time, Love, Hugs and Klaxxi Bugs. Toman.

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Hi all! Just a quick note to let you know that we’ll be back very soon for Season 3! We’re currently working out the schedule, and we’d love to have some guests on the show to talk all things Blizzard. Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved with our quaint little podcast.

We’re recording episode 1 on Monday 20th Jan, so if you have anything in particular that you’d like us to discuss, any shoutouts, or if you just want to tell us we’re terrible, then there’s your deadline.

Love, hugs and successful PUGs! Ready Check.

Morning all! Apologies for the lack of a show last week – we were joined by the lovely Bella from The Elizabella Chronicles, but, sadly, our audio became corrupted and we were unable to salvage the show. Such a shame, because she was a great guest. We’ll have you back again soon!

Today’s show features our friend and yours, The Godmother of Faff from Alternative-Blog.net. We have a super special pre-BlizzCon show for you today where we discuss:

  • Our thoughts on what we’d like to see announced for WoW;
  • A special BlizzCon-themed quiz;
  • BarCraft-on-Thames!
  • …and much more!

If you’re coming along to BarCraft-on-Thames, then we can’t wait to see you there. Look out for the guys and girl in Ready Check t-shirts, come over and say hi. Pints of beer graciously accepted!

We won’t have a show next week due to hosting the event, so join us in a couple of weeks for episode 10! Love, surprises, and BlizzCon prizes. Toman.

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Evening all. I’ve been in a bit of an acid jazz black hole today whilst practicing mage DPS rotations, so if I start randomly spamming keys (syncopated, naturally) during this intro post, you know exactly why. Today, we’re joined by the incomparable Bear, aka John Patricelli from thebigbearbutt.com! You all know him, you all love him, and it was an absolute pleasure to have him on the show. Seriously, my face still aches from laughing so hard, you bastard bear.

Today we discuss:

  • BarCraft-on-Thames (hey, if you can’t plug your own event on your podcast, where can you plug it?)!;
  • Hallow’s End;
  • Flex raiding, scaling and more;
  • A challenge that Hunni might win!;
  • …and much more!

As always, we’d love to hear from you guys. Let us know what you think of the show over at iTunes and Stitcher (links on the sidebar), tell us what you’d like to see on the show, send us your jingles for our features, or just berate us mercilessly. You can get in touch via email, Twitter and Facebook. Until next time, love, kisses, and Pyroblast! misses. Toman.

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