Warcraft Less Traveled #61 – Newton’s Apple Tree and Nagrand Tomb

Posted in Podcast Episodes on December 13th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #61 Timecapsule: A pair of solitary destinations can be easily overlooked in the beautiful zone of Nagrand. High up on one of its floating islands, a lone apple tree and skeleton are often considered a “Blizzard tribute” to Sir Isaac Newton. Requiring a flying mount (found southwest of the Throne of Elements), the Newton Apple Tree was one of the last-discovered secret places in all of the Outlands. The Nagrand Tomb is a second scene that fills the WoW explorer with a sense of wonder. This tranquil location has no known backstory in the existing Warcraft lore, yet its remote location in the far western mountains will reward the visitor with a stunning view.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #60 – Nagrand Orphanage

Posted in Podcast Episodes on November 21st, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #60 Timecapsule: A bizarre destination is hidden high in the hills of northern Nagrand. Found at coordinates (51,14), the Nagrand Orphanage is home to an NPC troll named Challe. Visitors to this remote vista will discover that Challe is watching over a great number of babies from both factions – orc, night elf, troll, and tauren. The camp is setup with a furnished troll house, large sandbox, and a unique circular-swing (currently occupied by riding tauren infants). A closer look at this cheery haven for children may reveal a darker underbelly… small bones scattered around the camp, a large cooking stew, and various cages containing tiny childlike skeletons inside.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #59 – Blizzcon 2011, Part 2

Posted in Podcast Episodes on November 8th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #59 Timecapsule: The journey continues in this second part of Skolnick’s travel to Blizzcon 2011. Companionship is discovered with friends from both factions: Hasteur and Apsana from the Alliance, Cow and OldScratch from the Horde. The quest to find the Grand Archmage Morhaime within the Blizzcon convention center was a difficult one. Inside the enormous Anaheim Convention Center, all explorers encounter a sensory overload. The Blizzcon event was incredible and breath-taking. However, does Skolnick finally meet Morheime? Or will he need to return next year to search out the famed paladin named Ghostcrawler?

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Warcraft Less Traveled #58 – Blizzcon 2011, Part 1

Posted in Podcast Episodes on October 31st, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #58 Timecapsule: Having the opportunity to visit Blizzcon this year, Skolnick the Lost prepared this whimsical travel summary of his initial findings. The Anaheim “zone” had the perfect weather and gathering of gamers for the event. The initial night of the trip was spent with the wonderful crew at the WoW Insider live party at the Anabella hotel. It was the perfect way to start out the Blizzcon celebration… and the quest to find the Grand Arch-mage calling himself “Morhaime”.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #57 – Lake Dumont

Posted in Podcast Episodes on October 4th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #57 Timecapsule: Lake Dumont is a secret subzone hidden in the mountains of northern Feralas. Appearing only after the Cataclysm, explorers of this area will need a flying mount to get over the high mountain ridge to reach this valley. In the center of Lake Dumont, an unnamed island is found. A few of the mysterious features on the island include the burning ruins of a mage’s watchtower, a number of Feralas-style trees, a small hut, and a special grave marked with ‘IVAN’. The truly interesting part of Lake Dumont island are its NPC inhabitants. Twelve level 85 NPCs are seen on this island, each busy in activity. It appears that the NPCs are named after real-life employees of Blizzard games. For example, NPC draenei Jake Patton, works as a Blizzard editor; while Lich King production assistant Larissa Bussell is found here as a NPC worgen. Lake Dumont is another well crafted location that makes great use of the lonely areas between the various Azeroth zones.



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Warcraft Less Traveled #56 – Secrets of Lesser Known Orgrimmar

Posted in Podcast Episodes on September 13th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #56 Timecapsule: Orgrimmar has a handful of secret and obscure features that may not be known to a casual WoW player. Beneath the playable floor of the main bank, an unseen goblin named Mezlik is found organizing the city gold and treasure. In addition, an icon of Disney – a hidden Mickey Mouse symbol – is camouflaged within the ground cover in the Valley of Honor.
Lastly, the most mysterious secret in Orgrimmar may also be one of the most difficult to reach in all of Azeroth. Inside the giant boulder, hoisted up on the tall pillar of rock, a strange memorial exists inside a small stone room. A single candle illuminates the wall, displaying a stone carving of the letters “WKM”. It is currently unknown what or who the WKM Memorial Room stands for in Orgrimmar, yet this concealed location exists for the craftiest explorers to find.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #55 – Steam Pools Resort

Posted in Podcast Episodes on August 29th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #55 Timecapsule: Introduced in the southern mountains of Feralas with patch 4.1, the Gadgetzan Goblins have founded a hidden “vacation” destination called The Steam Pools Resort. Run by gobin Resort Director Lasha Gearwheel, the Steam Pools is a well designed subzone @(70,73) that is formed around a number of warm mountain lakes. The resort is made up a numerous NPC vacation houses, a Head Chef NPC named Gordon Tramsay, an NPC named Johnny Awesome, a large sandy beach, and dozens of horde/alliance NPC races found relaxing near the lakeshore. There are no current quests/achievements associated with the Steam Pools Resort – aside from this sub-zone’s use during the Mysterious Grey Camel Figurine event. The Steam Pools is a fun, in-game destination that showcases dwarves, humans, blood elves, and Tauran NPC clad in swimsuits and bikinis… whether you were prepared to see them, or not.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #54 – Black Bear Camp and Dun Morogh Tree

Posted in Podcast Episodes on August 8th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #54 Timecapsule: Found in a secluded valley below the snow-capped mountains, explorers can discover the location of the “Dun Morogh Tree”. Situated not far from this unique Dun Morogh Tree, at coordinates (30.7, 25.7), a dwarven campsite has been overrun by a family of black bear. These black bear, a type found only in this frosty mountain valley, have chased two dwarves out of this camp and up the Dun Morogh Tree. The dwarves, named Jermaine Buckey and Anton Buckey, have found themselves hopelessly trapped in the tree by the attacking bears. Their humorous banter, concerning their predicament, highlights another secret location found in WoW that adds character and charm to Azeroth.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #53 – Whispering Forest Mysteries

Posted in Podcast Episodes on July 26th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #53 Timecapsule: Besides the bizarre Faerie Mushroom Circle found in its center, the subzone of Whispering Forest contains a handful of other mysterious things that all Azeroth explorers should make time to investigate. These include a solitary Tirisfal Bear patrolling the southern mountain range, an abandoned fishing camp on the lake’s small island, and a submerged airplane-wreck or gnomish design.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #52 – Whispering Forest’s Faerie Dragon Song

Posted in Podcast Episodes on July 12th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #52 Timecapsule: The subzone of Whispering Forest, in the Tirisfal Glades zone, holds a mysterious destination and in-game event. A strange ring of glowing mushrooms can be found on the forest floor at coordinates @(17,68). At this location, seven Fey-Drunk Darters (Faerie Dragons) occasionally appear outside the ring of mushrooms. Patient explorers are given a special surprise event by the Faerie Dragons if they watch long enough. Approximately every 6 hours, the Fey Darter Dragons face into the center of the mushroom ring and begin projecting a magical golden light of magic (or song) into the center. In the center of the mushroom ring, an NPC appears called the Faerie Circle. The in-game music changes to a unique song that is heard nowhere else in Azeroth. As the music plays, golden musical ‘notes’ appear over the heads of each of the Faerie Dragons… almost as if the Faerie Dragons were singing the song. The special Faerie event here ends in 3 minutes time – the Faerie Circle disappears, the Fey-Drunk Darters vanish, and the music fades away. At the time of this recording, there is no known reason or in-game lore tie to explain this amazing event.

Fey-Drunk Darter Music Event (Faerie Dragon Song)


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Warcraft Less Traveled #51 – Bambina and Other Grizzly Tales

Posted in Podcast Episodes on June 28th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #51 Timecapsule: The Northrend zone of Grizzly Hills is rich in beauty and design. Two hidden, interesting scenes can be found deep in this rustic forest. The first curious thing explorers can discover is the Azeroth version of the popular story of “Bambi”. Near the Alliance Brigade Encampment, a group of forest friends patrols a small clearing – including a young fawn named Bambina. Visitors to this area of the Grizzly Hills will get the opportunity to witness Bambina avenge the death of its mother. In addition, a second lesser known NPC is Hugh Glass. This human hunter was placed in game by Blizzard designers to represents the real-life, 19th century pioneer of the same name. Found here with his pet grizzly bear, Griselda, he is the only vendor in all of Azeroth that sells the unique item, Silvercoat Stag Meat.

  • Amazing artwork design for the Warcraft Less Traveled website by the generous talents of Nevik James!
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Warcraft Less Traveled #50 – Aeonaxx

Posted in Podcast Episodes on June 13th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #50 Timecapsule: One of Cataclysm’s rarest flying mounts in game can only be found from Aeonaxx, a rare elite drake that spawns in the zone of Deepholm. When brave adventurers defeat Aeonaxx, their hard work is rewarded with the Reins to the Phosphorescent Stone Drake. So rare is Aeonaxx, players who desire this mount must face long hours between spawn times and battle an onslaught of Young Stone Drakes. The epic and unique nature of this riding mount has not been seen in Azeroth since the hunt for the Time-Lost Proto Drake.



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Warcraft Less Traveled #49 – Unknown Soldier of Azeroth

Posted in Podcast Episodes on May 31st, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #49 Timecapsule: After the Shattering of Azeroth, an interesting change occurred at the hidden gravesite of Beggar’s Haunt. Found in northeastern Duskwood (at coordinates 90,30), explorers will find an elite NPC spawn called The Unknown Soldier. With no known quest or lore ties in Azeroth, this mysterious creature may be a symbol of all brave loved ones who have fallen in battle.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #48 – Mystery of Stendel’s Bane

Posted in Podcast Episodes on May 23rd, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #48 Timecapsule: Introduced in a recent patch, Stendel’s Bane is a very rare catfish found in the zone of Westfall. Swallowed by this giant fish, two possible rewards found inside Stendel’s Bane are the Aquadynamic Fish Lens and Reinforced Fishing Line. This catfish is the only remaining place that these two rewards can be obtained in game today. However, the truly unique find here at Stendel Pond is the very low percentage chance that inside the belly of the catfish, fishermen can loot a ring called Stendel’s Wedding Band. It appears that years ago, this bloated catfish swallowed Stendel’s wedding ring and became the bane of poor Stendel ever since.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #47 – Hidden Treasure of Janeiro’s Point

Posted in Podcast Episodes on May 9th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #47 Timecapsule: The large goblin statue at Janeiro’s Point island has been a fixture in the Booty Bay lagoon for years. Created in his own likeness, Baron Revilgaz built the statue to enhance his place as ‘ruler’ over the pirate port city. The recent WoW Shattering of Azeroth has revealed an interesting surprise inside the Revilgaz statue – a hollow interior filled with treasure! Casual explorers who find Janeiro’s Point treasure may not realize that the key to earning this Shiny Reward is by completing the newest questline inside the Zul’Gurub instance. Completing the quest and looting the treasure inside the Janeiro’s Point statue will reward adventurers handsomely… including a unique Black Ice ring.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #46 – Hideout of Hermit Ortell

Posted in Podcast Episodes on April 26th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #46 Timecapsule: Named after Hermit Ortell, the secret mountain cave in eastern Dun Morogh was once titled Ortell’s Hideout. Not to be confused with WoW’s original “Ortell’s Hideout” cave found in Silithus, this mysterious Dun Morogh location was seen by very few players before the Cataclysm. Since the Shattering, the cave still exists in game – at coordinates 95,42 – but has been renamed “The Mountain Den”. Not only was this destination a difficult place for explorers to find before flying mounts, but entering Ortell’s Hideout in Dun Morogh used to automatically ‘zone’ you into the general chat channel of Silithus… strange magic indeed…


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Warcraft Less Traveled #45 – Nessy and the Deeprun Tram

Posted in Podcast Episodes on April 12th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #45 Timecapsule: Aside from hosting a single low-level quest and providing an inexpensive way to travel between Ironforge and Stormwind, the Deeprun Tram is also home to a few rarely seen creatures. In the subterranean-lake portion of the tunnel, the water hides a Naga Siren, a Basking Shark, a gnomish Deeprun Diver, and a sunken treasure chest. Yet, the most elusive resident is Nessy – the boss-level Thesher sea monster. Nessy, a clear reference to the famous creature of Loch Ness, lives a secretive life. Here in Azeroth, Nessy happily hides deep in the watery depths of the Deeprun Tram, waiting to be discovered by a brave explorer!


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Warcraft Less Traveled #44 – Goblin Amusement Park?

Posted in Podcast Episodes on April 1st, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #44 Timecapsule: Deep under Ironforge, would you believe that the goblins have constructed a carnival and amusement park? Only today, do I feel comfortable enough to share one of these least seen destinations in Azeroth. The only access point down into this goblin amusement park is through a wild waterslide that starts in the Forelorn Cavern. If an explorer can access this magical Goblin World Amusement Park, the opportunity exists to win a Swift Zulian Tiger Mount and Epic Vulture Mount – simply by playing exciting carnival games! Crazy, you might say? Listen to today’s special, first of April episode to learn more about this unbelievable hidden destination…


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Warcraft Less Traveled #43 – Secrets of Old Ironforge – Part 2

Posted in Podcast Episodes on March 29th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #43 Timecapsule: A journey into the original Old Ironforge subzone is an unforgettable experience. The large, circular cavern contains a majestic, purple-jeweled ceiling… its crystals glowing and pulsing from an unknown source. Beautifully carved stone bridges and natural gray pathways span the lava-filled cave floor. A high platform in the center of the Old Ironforge cavern stands empty and forgotten, however its ornate decorations hint that it may have been originally designed for a more important purpose. This second look into Old Ironforge describes what interesting features existed deep under Ironforge City, before Patch 4.1 removes these ‘vanilla world’ secrets forever.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #42 – Secrets of Old Ironforge – Part 1

Posted in Podcast Episodes on March 22nd, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #42 Timecapsule: Old Ironforge is one of the most mysterious ‘closed’ sub-zones in the world of Azeroth. Although never officially part of the playable game of WoW, Old Ironforge was released in the ‘vanilla’ game world in 2004. Through the years, the hidden cavern of Old Ironforge has been the target for many curious explorers. Located three levels below the current city of Ironforge, Old Ironforge is all that remains of an early design concept to build additional tunnels and caverns inside Ironforge Mountain.


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