Good September Barrens!

First of all we would like to congratulate past staff member and developer Kel on the safe arrival of his baby boy!
Kel was a key contributor to getting the server up and running and we wish him and his family all the best!

PvP Has kicked off with a bang, Seeing games go off every night is very exciting!
The race to High Warlord / Grand Marshal is on!


A Second guild "No Soup For You" is looking to start Molten Core this week,
This is a very exciting time and we wish you all the best!


Now onto the juicy stuff...


Patch 1.6 - Assault on Blackwing Lair


We are pleased to announce the release date for Patch 1.6 Assault on Blackwing Lair.
This patch will be released on the 3rd of October!



Exotic Vendor


Reinstated by popular demand, The exotic vendor is back! The services on this vendor will be the following on release:

- Name Change
- Race Change
- Faction Change
The cost of the above have not been decided yet but the currency supplied for these services will be an ingame item,
(Like the Ominous Coin from Nostralia) and Soulbound.

We will be looking to add additional services and possibly custom pets / mounts
(Strictly cosmetic, Items will not give you a competitive edge apart from looking awesome).


Disclaimer: Donations are voluntary and cover the following:
- Dedicated servers, including live, internal and backup servers
- External Development resource cost
- Security Expenses (Eg Anti-DDoS)
- Development and Expansion of website and Realm Infrastructure


TBC Development

Finally, The Burning Crusade release date is.... Just kidding had ya going
As part of our monthly newsletter we have comitted to provide on going updates on our progress with the TBC Core,
The main purpose of this is to keep you informed and so everyone stops asking Mode.


- Raid testing was completed. We are now in the process of porting Raid Content from our Old Core to the New Core,
Raids of course will be restested after this.

- Class testing has been completed, and we are working on a few niggling issues.

As we have always stressed,
The release of content patches is directly related to how TBC Core Development is progressing,
So you can relate to how fast patches come out to how far we have come.


So sit tight and enjoy the ride. Remember if you think it is a bugged (Undocumented Feature),
Please report it to GitHub!


As always, have a safe flight, and thank you for flying Barrens Airways.
Hello Barrens!

Wow what a 2 months it has been, First off from all of the staff, We would like to thank you for playing here.
We know we have been through some rough patches but we appreciate your patience in letting us resolve all issues!

Let's go over a quick recap of what has gone on

- We have progressed to Patch 1.5.
- Ragnaros and Onyxia have been slain.
- Nearly half the player base lives in Dire Maul!
- Hunters are the strongest class in Warsong Gulch pats Lupos.
- We have welcomed a new Dev to the team (Exarch) to assist us in bug fixes and TBC Development.

Now.. We would like to provide you all with some insight into what is going on with our TBC Development.

It has been a long road with vigorous testing, Our team has been hard at work doing end to end testing of
everything and we have been making teremendous strides.

No this is not an announcement with a release date, because giving one currently is unrealistic,
But I can provide you with a few teasers.


- We have a working stable core
- Quest and Dungeon testing has been in progress for some time
- Raid testing just begun this past weekend.

We currently have a team of 11 testing the TBC Core, and over time we will invite more players to join in on the fun.
(This is not an open invitation to start harassing staff for an invite!)


Patch 1.6 and Beyond

Many people have been asking us about a patch time line for the Vanilla aspects of The Barrens.
The answer is we don't have one, our release time line is dependant on how we are progressing with the TBC Core.

Given we have released a few patches in quick concession it should give you some
positive reinforcement on how we are coming a long with TBC.

There is no hard release date for Patch 1.6 - Blackwing Lair or any future patches!

So sit tight, be patient and good things will happen in time!
Patchnotes

General
• Children's Week is celebrated in Orgrimmar and Stormwind City at the start of May and lasts for a week.
It is a time to give back to the innocents of war: the orphans!

• There is now a regular event in Gurubashi Arena in Stranglethorn Vale. Every three hours starting at midnight,
a pirate with too much treasure on his hands will drop a chest in the center of the arena.
Whoever can open the chest first gets the contents! Of course, the arena is a PvP Free for All area,
so there might be other players who are trying to open it first...

• Invasions by elementals at different locations on Kalimdor have reportedly been occurring sporadically every few days.
Concerned adventurers should investigate Silithus, Un'Goro Crater, Azshara
and Winterspring to counter these incursions.

• Level 60 mounts purchased at vendors now have a whole new look.
Faster undead mounts already have a different look and so have not changed.
The new mounts can be seen standing near the mount vendors. If you have one of the old fast mounts,
you can exchange it for one with a new look at the mount vendor.

• The Thorium Brotherhood faction is now peaceful - players cannot go to war with them.
• The Wildhammer Clan in the Hinterlands is now a peaceful faction to the Alliance,
meaning Alliance players cannot intentionally declare war on them.

• Additional mithril nodes have been added in Un'Goro crater.
• Buff Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer will now reach every player in Orgrimmar and Stormwind
on quest hand in at the same time.

• The talent costs has been reduced if you are using a higher level rate.
For example mage's arcane intellect costs 10 copper while using blizzlike rate,
it will costs only 5 copper while using x2 rates, etc.


PvP
• The Player versus Player Honor System is now active.
Players will be able to gain rankings based on their PvP performance,
with lucrative rewards for those who distinguish themselves on the field of battle!

• The Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley battlegrounds are now available.
The Warsong Gulch entrances may be found in the northern Barrens near the Mor'Shan Rampart (Horde)
and south of Silverwing Outpost in Ashenvale (Alliance).

The Alterac Valley entrances may be found east of Sofera's Naze in Alterac (Horde),
and in the Headlands of Alterac (Alliance).


Item
• The following set items have had their art updated:
Arcanist Crown, Devout Crown and Mantle, Magister's Crown, Circlet of Prophecy, all parts of the Warrior "Might" set,
Lightforge Helm, Helm of Valor, Dreadmist Mask, Wildheart Cowl and Pauldrons, and Coif of Elements.
Other class sets will receive updated art in future patches.

• The following item sets have had their statistics, effects, and set bonuses updated:
Arcanist, Netherwind, Prophecy, Transcendence, Felheart, Nemesis, Cenarion, Stormrage Raiment, Nightslayer, Bloodfang,
Giantstalker, Dragonstalker, Earthfury, Ten Storms, Might, Wrath, Lawbringer, and Judgement.

• Tiny Black Whelping item changed to Dark Whelpling to reflect the name of the creature summoned.
• Pimgib's Collar is now unique.
• Garon Hutchins in Silithus now sells a VB Longneck. (Only for true Aussies!)
• Description of Onyxia's Head has been updated for xfaction. It now shows if the item is for Alliance or Horde.
• Frayed Abomination Stitchings are now considered to be uncommon items.
• Fordring's Seal has been improved with additional Stamina and Intellect.
• Ring of Protection's armor has been lowered, but the ring's Stamina has been increased.
• Voodoo Band has been slightly improved.
• Underworld Band is no longer unique.
• The Demon Forged Breastplate effect no longer requires channeling.
• The Amberseal Keeper's melee DPS has been reduced, but an additional +Spell Damage effect has been added instead.
• Warstrike Shoulder Pads have been improved.
• Living Leggings, Breastplate, and Shoulders now have Stamina, but had their Nature Resistance lowered.
• Legplates and Legguards of the Chromatic Defier have been improved.
• General Drakkisath will now drop 2-4 Blood of the Black Dragon Champion instead of 1.
• Mature Blue Dragon Sinew and The Eye of Shadow can both now drop off appropriate level demonic and
blue dragonkin monsters.
It should be noted that both Lord Kazzak and Azuregos will guarantee a drop of the aforementioned items,
but to get the items from the lesser creatures will be a much rarer occurrence.

• Murloc Scale Belt and Breastplate recipes now are white items instead of green since they are vendor bought.
• The Druid of the Claw quest in Teldrassil will now provide a weapon choice more appropriate for low level Night Elves.
• The Dreadmist set now has a bonus for wearing all 8 pieces of the set.
• Cutthroat's Loincloth name changed to Cutthroat's Pants.
• Ritual Kilt name changed to Ritual Leggings.
• Deepstrider Tumors are now a 100% drop off Deepstrider sea giants in Desolace.
• A significant number of additional engineering devices have been added to the world both as new recipes on vendors and
as drops on monsters in the higher level (50+) dungeons and in raids.

• Seven new blacksmithing recipes are available to seasoned blacksmiths via a series of turn-in quests.
• Three new armorsmithing recipes are available to master armorsmiths. All 3 recipes are gained via quest.
• Ghostweave Belt pattern is no longer bind on acquire.
• Flame Deflector and Frost Deflector now do an elemental damage absorb rather than a resistance increase.
• Minor Recombobulator now restores health and mana as well as removing polymorph effects.
• Requirements to make the Helm of Fire were reduced.
• New Engineering firework recipe added.
• Added leatherworking recipe for mid level blue bracers.
• Restorative Elixir name changed to Resorative Potion with potion cooldown timer.
Functionality has been changed so it should be more effective as it now dispels one
harmful effect every 5 seconds for 30 seconds.

• Two new transporter recipes have been added, with one for gnomish and one for goblin engineers.
Gnomish engineers can get their recipe from Gadgetzan, Goblin engineers from Everlook.

• Tribal Leatherworkers who have restarted their profession are now able to relearn the various Wild Leather patterns if
they've already completed the quests prior to restarting the profession.
Speak with Pratt McGrubben (Alliance) or Jangdor Swiftstrider (Horde) in Feralas to relearn what you once knew!

• Small Throrium Veins now sometimes will have Emeralds or Diamonds.
• Engineering Vendors now sell Blacksmith's Hammers.
• Wicked Leather Bracers Plan is no longer bind on acquire.
• Jumper Cables no longer have a chance to break when they fail.
• Elemental Flux added to blacksmith vendors.

Quest
• Searing Gorge has a new quest hub for both Alliance and Horde players called Thorium Point.
The supported level ranges are 45-52. Craftsmen will be happy to know that the
Thorium Brotherhood has opened up many new opportunities to gain favor amongst their clan.

• The Hinterlands has a new Horde quest hub known as Revantusk Village, located on the eastern coastline.
Horde players level 44-52 are encouraged to visit Revantusk Village and assist the Revantusk
with their myriad problems and tasks!

• All members of both the Horde and Alliance are reporting low stockpiles of various textile resources!
Donations of cloth are now being accepted in the following locations:
Darnassus, Stormwind, and Ironforge for the Alliance;
Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Thunder Bluff for the Horde.
Seek out an official Cloth Quartermaster for more information.

• Several quests have been added to Feralas for level 45-52 characters.
• Krueg Skullsplitter has moved from Thousand Needles to a more appropriate location at Camp Mojache in Feralas.
• Everyone's favorite Alliance quest, "Deep Ocean, Vast Sea" now gives
a substantial coin reward in addition to the choice of item.


BRD
• Bael'Gar, Lord Incendius, and Golem Lord Argelmach are now slightly lower level than previously.
This will provide a much better progression of creature and boss levels in Blackrock Depths.


Scholomance
• 20 new Rare items have been added to Scholomance.
• Several Uncommon items have been upgraded to Rare quality.
• Rattlegore, Jandice Barov, and Lord Alexei Barov will now always drop at least one Rare item.
• Ras Frostwhisper will always drop at least two Rare items.

Stratholme
• 26 new Rare items have been added to Stratholme.
• Several Uncommon items have been upgraded to Rare quality.
• Archivist Galford, Baroness Anastasi, Nerub'enkan, and Maleki the Pallid will now always drop at least one Rare item.

Molten Core
 • Ragnaros should now drop 2 pieces of Tier 2 set.
• Players who defeat the Majordomo Executus encounter will now be rewarded with new epic items.
This reward will only be granted the first time the encounter is defeated
during the 6 day lifespan of a Molten Core instance.

• Prior to this patch, Molten Core boss creatures could drop items from one of two different tiered sets
for every character class. The loot tables have been changed so Molten Core bosses will now only drop items
from the lower tier class sets. The higher tier class set pieces that once dropped in Molten Core will be
found once again in Blackwing Lair, the next raiding zone scheduled for release in a future patch.
Patchnotes

General
• It is no longer possible to equip fist weapons without the required skill.
• Player's pets are now able to attack players feigning detah.
• Implemented progressive enchant system.
• Improved NPC's caster leeway calculation.
• Spawn locations for Undead and Night Elf has been corrected.
• The Auction House's deposit cost has been reduced by 50% and the cut has been removed.
• The Argent Dawn is offering new rewards to heroes who are Revered and Exalted to the Argent Dawn.
Speak to a quartermaster of the Argent Dawn for more information!
• Certain key NPCs (such as bankers and auctioneers) in the cities and main outposts are now harder to kill.
Additionally, when they die, they will respawn more quickly.
• Two new outdoor raid bosses have been introduced to Azeroth. Azuregos, a monstrous blue dragon, has landed in Azshara,
while Lord Kazzak the demon can be found in the Tainted Scar of the Blasted Lands.

• Dire Maul, a new dungeon for players level 56-60, is now open and ready for business.
Dire Maul is populated by a fierce tribe of ogres and is located in the western region of Feralas.

• Meeting Stones are located outside of each dungeon to help players find a group to adventure with in the dungeon.
The meeting stone will try to find you a viable five-person group by looking for a tank, a healer, and so on.

• All dungeons now have a cap on group size to limit the number of players that may enter the dungeon.
It was necessary to add this cap as raiding these dungeons trivialized much of the content.
Because of this change we can now look to adding better loot to them during future content patches.

With that in mind, the dungeons below now have the following caps:

Onyxia/Molten Core - 40 members
Blackrock Spire - 15 members
Dire Maul - 5 members

All other dungeons in the game will be capped at 10 members.
Several dungeons will be re-examined for balancing in light of this change.

In addition, they will have their loot improved significantly for the next content patch.

Priest
• Reset NPC's threat list after Mind Control ends.

Hunter
• Enemies have the chance to resist your Feign Death.
• Traps now only trigger on neutral mobs if they're in combat and wont trigger on players if the caster has PvP off.

Shaman
• Totems will no longer attack neutral mobs if you are not in combat with them.

Item
• Food crates and barrels of milk are now lootable at any level.
• Doubled Untamed Blade's proc chance.
• Various Bind on Pickup items that were previously of common quality (white) have been changed to green.
• Several of the dungeon and raid armor sets have been updated with their non-placeholder textures.
These sets include the Devout, Prophecy, Elements, Arcanist's and Wildheart sets.

• Postmaster's Treads now have stats more appropriate for clothwearers.
• Crown of the Penitent effect made more appropriate for the quality and level of item.
• Bloodlust Epaulets stats improved to the appropriate amount for the item's level and quality.
• The effect of the Spirit of Aquamentas and Choker of Enlightenment has changed to
a +damage and +healing of all spell schools effect.

• Magister's Mantle, Robe, Belt, Crown, and Binding changed to include more stamina in lieu of spirit.
• Deathstriker name changed to Felstriker.
• The Lion Horn of Stormwind now properly gives AC to members of the party.
• The buff effect of Blessed Sunfruit has been changed from Stamina to Strength.
• White Bandit Mask is now Uncommon and Bind on Equip.
• Frenzied Striker is now Bind on Equip instead of Bind on Pick Up.
• Sorcerer Sphere is no longer Warlock only.
• Twilight Orb is no longer Warlock only.
• Shadowcraft Boots now have +21 Agility instead of +21 Intellect.
• Finkle's Skinner is now Main hand only.
• 16-slot bags are now set to Uncommon.
• Hurley Blackbreath's loot table has been modified.
• Rend's loot table has been modified.
• Goraluk Anvilcrack loot table has been modified.
• General Drakkisath loot table has been modified.
• Deathcharger's Reins can now be used by Tauren.
• Vanquisher's Sword and Amberglow Talisman, the rewards for the quests
Bring the Light (Alliance) and Bring the End (Horde), have been upgraded to be rare instead of uncommon.

• Chimeric Glove recipe is no longer bind on pick up.
• There is now a recipe at leatherworking trainers that allows thick leather to be turned into rugged leather.
• Turtle Scale Gloves recipe has been added to vendors in Feralas to make completion of the
tribal leatherworking quest easier.

• The cooking trainer in Dolanaar now sells cooking recipes for several types of fish.
• The Recipes for Robe of the Void, Robe of the Archmage, and Truefaith Vestments are no longer soulbound.
• Cooking recipe, Tender Wolf Steak, added to vendors in Aerie Peaks and Gadgetzan.
Allows players to cook tender wolf meat.

• Horde cooks can now cook up raptor eggs from a recipe found in Grom'gol and Hammerfall.

Quest
• Questioning Reethe has been improved.
• A Rogue's Deal has been improved.
• NPC Lathoric is now attackable in Rise, Obisdion!.
• Quests that are not completable while in a raid group are no longer allowed if the instance is owned by a raid group,
regardless of whether you are currently in that raid group or not.

• Decrepit Guardians in Andorhal were changed to non-elite.
• The Heroes of Darrowshire quest in Eastern Plaguelands now gives an experience reward.
• The It's Dangerous to Go Alone quest in Un'goro no longer requires a deprecated item to complete.
• The health of the Corrupted Saber (escortee in the Corrupted Sabers quest) was increased.
• The Scarab Shells quest in Zul'Farrak's item requirement was reduced from nine Uncracked Scarab Shells to five
• The epic item questline for the turning in of the Beast's hide has had its monetary requirements lowered to 50 gold.
• End quest added to Hydraxis quest line, offering players a reward.
• The Order Must Be Restored quest now gives a Stormwind reputation boost upon completion.
• There are now more lockboxes available in the Ruins of Andorhal for the Counting Out Time quest.
• The Winterfall Activity quest is now available to players who are at the minimum point of
Friendly reputation with the Timbermaw Furbolgs.

• In Dreams has been fixed and enabled again.

BRD
• Ambassador Flamelash will now start to summon Burning Spirits that will buff once they reach him.
• General Angerforge's adds will now assist him in combat on 30% health and the guards respawn if Angerforge evades.

Molten Core
• Players who have completed the Molten Core discovery quest can now port directly to the zone,
bypassing Blackrock Depths.
Hi all,

It is with great pleasure that I can announce we will be releasing Patch 1.3 – Ruins of the Dire Maul
on the 1st of August during our weekly Maintenance.

Due to this Maintenance will be extended and will last approximately 2 Hours.
This patch brings with it many changes, the crucial one being changes to raid sizing for end game dungeons.
 Blackrock Spire – 15 Members
Scholomance – 10 Members
Stratholme – 10 Members
Dire Maul – 5 Members

Full patch notes will be posted in #patchnotes

We know this has been much anticipated and are happy to finally deliver this content patch to you!

As part of the Ruins of Dire Maul release, we will be holding a Special XP event for the first 2 weeks.
Players who are level 6 or higher will be able to select up to 4x the normal XP Rate!
(This is available too current and new players)
This will be in effect the minute the server comes up from Patch Wednesday!