My bad, I was under the impression the whole wotlkwiki was something that was unwanted in Blizzard's eyes, though I guess now that it was mostly the datamining.
This is correct - as mentioned above, the Alpha was under an NDA, and WOTLKWiki was put up using datamined and leaked Alpha information. It really took off when the alpha client got leaked a few weeks before the beta began, and people started doing sandbox servers and such.
Had this magazine been released in October/November as was initially promised, would that have fixed the problem of "no new information" being in it? Perhaps it's better to ask if this premier issue suffered because the EiC position for the magazine was vacated just as the issue was finalizing for print?
I'm thinking that if the WoW Magazine is produced and printed more promptly, we can expect it to be a big resource of new information that we haven't heard elsewhere. If all the magazine is going to do is replicate the commentary and reporting from all the WoW news sites, then we're paying a subscription fee for a bunch of pretty artwork on glossy paper. I'm really thinking that Blizzard has more in mind for this mag.
Short answers: Yes and yes.
I believe that, had the magazine been released when advertised, the ICC: 5-man previews and the raid info would have been much more pertinent. That being said, there was still useful information to be gleaned from the articles about the current content when I finally received my copy.
In addition, there was a multitude of general information about the game. The magazine perfectly caters to the WoW community. In fact, the previews of the goblin and worgen races were one of the highlights of the magazines, in my opinion. Sure, some of the info might have been released previously at Blizzcon, BUT the writers doing the articles did a beautiful write-up and took us along for the ride. In addition, there are previews of new professions and what not, with illustrations I hadn't seen before. I'm hoping that the next issue has peeks from Beta Cat in it. And, knowing that this magazine is the OFFICIAL WoW magazine, Blizzard will probably make that happen for us.
All in all, I believe that anyone with a WoW account will LOVE this magazine. It is totally worth the subscription cost to me (albeit a long publishing wait for the first issue >:[ ). If the additional issues follow the same format and general idea, this magazine is going to be around for a LONG time... and I will be subscribing to it each year.
It is now the first week of April and I've got nothing. The WoW Magazine site as well as the Future US is unchanged and there's obviously been nothing in my mailbox. I had expected something to be mentioned by this time but there's nothing. Usually Blizzard is overjoyed to announce upcoming things like this (even if they're behind schedule) but I've not heard a single peep.
Hopefully they've not failed at meeting their deadline (again).
I just received my first issue, after nearly two months of waiting. My copy also arrived in a translucent white plastic cover with a mailing label.
Nice, heavy cover and interior stock. I don't recall the folio, but there was good heft in the hand. Metallic spot color used throughout the issue. Printing appeared to be commercial quality.
I understand the decision to put the Lich King on the cover, but at this point, nothing could grab my attention less. The layout flowed okay--a bit hard to read in parts but fine for browsing. Disturbingly graceless fonts look bad enough without the spot color treatment. I suspect that the art director was strongly encouraged to retain the look-and-feel of the game.
There's nothing here for the EJ crowd. A primer about using LOS to your advantage in arenas? An interview with Morhaime? How to tank? An advertorial about the trading card game? This is Sports Illustrated for Kids.
There's content that's better written, more timely, community-based, audience specific, and free, online. This magazine does nothing to turn the tide of that trend. It's a custom branding and marketing vehicle.
But it does have nice posters you can tear out and stick on your locker, if you've given up on girls.
Originally Posted by World of Warcraft Official Magazine Spring 2010 Issue Update
Our gnomes, trolls, and elves are hard at work wrapping up Issue 2, which features a behind-the scenes interview with the team that creates the quests in World of Warcraft, exclusive screenshots of the world after Cataclysm, and an exhaustive guide to Icecrown Citadel. In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of the cover for you to download as a subscriber-exclusive desktop wallpaper. Just click the link below.
It's Alexstrasza. Who actually appears to be larger than Deathwing.
Yeah, she is supposed to be bigger, but in this case I think they're about the same size but Deathwings radically shorter snout (which kinda' freaks me out), broken horns and the fact that Alexstrasza is higher up seem to alter the perspective a bit.
I received my next issue of the WoW magazine in the mail today. Some initial thoughts and stats follow.
It's 143 pages long with 3 full-color pullouts of the mural of Deathwing and Alexstraza that was seen at Blizzard HQ; the center is front and back with pencil on one side and full color on the other. At first glance there also appears to be more original artwork than in the first.
Articles include an interview with the design team, commentary on Season 8 by players, and tactics for everything from ICC and WSG to killing all the city leaders (with maps on how to traverse the cities) and 3-manning Molten Core for kills and bindings. They've also included a section on engineering as well as one on raiding addons.
There are sections on Titan lore with respect to past present and furture interactions (including nods to the Masters Glaive in Darkshore) as well as dragon lore.
One article on Plushies and one on the new Figureprint Busts round out the advertising portion. I expected to see something about the steed in here as well but I haven't seen it yet.
There's also a nice "First Look" article on some of the changes coming to the landscapes and cities in Cata. It's not revealing any secrets, but it is cool to see some more screenshots (and the opening pic of Gadgetzan with a dock is really cool).
I'm fairly impressed by the quality the magazine exudes. The interview with the quest team was well written. The article outlining the dragon lore was familiar (to me) but would prove very educational to the masses, I'm sure. The titans section proved similarly useful. Even the arena article piqued my interest -- and I barely arena.
If they're planning on allowing the magazine to be a lore outlet for the future, I'm not sure I won't be OK with that. The presentations are awesome, and generally it's nice to have such a polished, consolidated product to keep around to consult.
Got my new issue in the mail today! Was excited as hell, as I'd been waiting for a while!
The first article was the interview with the quest design team. It was without a doubt the star article of the magazine. It helps give a sense of knowing who writes your quests, which is something many people take for granted. It was easily my favorite article.
The second best article was the "Resetting the Scene" article, which highlighted the main areas affected by cataclysm, such as Gadgetzan becoming beachfront property. It was immediately preceeded by an article reminding you to take a "last look" at certain areas of Azeroth, if you care about that sort of thing. (i.e. - Last chance to see the original Barrens, Auberdine, 1k Needles, etc.)
Sadly, this was the extent of new, "cutting edge" content in the magazine [to me]. There were in-depth articles about Dragon-Lore, Tactics for Warsong Gulch, your For The <Faction!> achievements, and 3-manning level 60 content. It really seemed like a "placeholder" magazine waiting for more cataclysm content the drop.
THAT BEING SAID, I still enjoyed almost every article in the magazine. It simply cannot be stated how well put together the issues have been. (All two of them. *grins*) The articles are written by everyone. Devs, fans, CEOs, EVERYONE. There is not a doubt whether or not I will renew in two more issues. It's a joy to read, and I STILL can recommended it to people who enjoy reading. However, I cannot recommended it to people looking for an "inside edge" on content. If you're in it just for the cataclysm peaks, or thinking you need the tips for end-game, you'd be wasting your money. The community at Elitist Jerks won't need the insights to the 5-mans, raids, and arenas. However, If you're looking for a magazine that you want to collect, one that peeks at all aspects of WoW, or just want to have it sitting on your bookshelf, stacked in order from issue #1, you're going to love it.