Warcraft Less Traveled #72 – Goblin Hideout of Thousand Needles

Posted in Podcast Episodes on July 17th, 2012 by Skolnick

Episode #72: Submerged under the Fizzle and Pozzik Steambarge in Thousand Needles, explorers of Azeroth can discover a very secluded goblin hideout. Complete with table, chairs, bubbling beverages, floating seahorse raft, and pinup calendar – this hidden room may have once been used by relaxing goblin boat-builders. Although this secret location (coordinates 77,74) has no current quest, lore connection, or NPCs; it serves as an fun hideaway for those who are lucky enough to find it.


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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 #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 #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 #40 – Buried Treasure of Captain Sanders

Posted in Podcast Episodes on March 7th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #40 Timecapsule: Found in the zone of Westfall, a rare treasure map can lead an eager explorer on a quest to find Captain Sander’s buried treasure chest. For many, the Captain Sander’s Shirt is the ultimate swashbuckling prize found at the end of this entertaining quest chain.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #39 – Alicia’s Poem and other Secret Quests of the Heart

Posted in Podcast Episodes on February 14th, 2011 by Skolnick

Episode #39 Timecapsule: Alicia’s Poem is another hidden quest that pays tribute to the memory of a real-life player, Dak Krause. Designed in his honor, this poem is based on ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep’, written by Mary Elizabeth Frye. During Valentines week, no time is better for visiting Alicia in Stormwind Keep (81, 28) to appreciate love, loss, and hope.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #38 – Shrine of Nova Terra

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

Episode #38 Timecapsule: Netherstorm hides a secret. Floating off the southern land mass, in the crumbling wastes, a glowing blue shrine beckons investigation. The Shrine of Nova Terra (at coordinates 41, 82) is a final Blizzard tribute to the game that never was – Starcraft:Ghost. Not only is this WoW secret area a reference to Starcraft, under certain circumstances, it is said that Nova Terra could be seen stealthed in front of her NOVA memorial.


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Warcraft Less Traveled #37 – The Jar of Ashes

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

Episode #37 Timecapsule: Hidden in a shallow alcove on the southern cliff of Hellfire Peninsula, a solitary skeleton can be found holding a Jar of Ashes. This ornate jar (found at coordinates 45, 87), contains a detailed note etches on its surface. Are these ashes a lonely in-game memorial to a former Blizzard employee, Tseric? This is one of many Outlands secrets that still can be uncovered by all post-Shattering explorers. On your next journey to level 85, take time to jump through the Dark Portal and hunt down this mystery for yourself…


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