The Scrying Pool: Arboring Excitement


The Scrying Pool is a Guild Wars 2 column where I simply ask what if? Nothing is off the table as I dive into possible features and future content, looking at what currently exists in Guild Wars 2 before I answer my own what if question with how I think the feature and content could be implemented.

In this week’s article, I will be talking about Sylvari and where they stand in the story leading up to the Heart of Thorns expansion. If you have not yet played through the Living World Season 2 content, be warned that we will be entering into some very big spoiler territory.

Friday Update Arcade: Episode 28

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed include new trailers for Mad Max, Star Wars Battlefront and Total War: Warhammer, the upcoming launch of Heroes of the Storm, early access for Killing Floor 2 and more.

Film Friday: Eighteen Fresh Flicks (Part Two)

Eighteen Fresh Flicks (Part Two)

Film Friday continues with part two! In this week's conclusion, watch the latest from Axiom Verge, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, King's Quest, Might & Magic VII, Party Hard, Quarries of Scred, Rise of Incarnates, Skyforge and The Witcher 3.

Film Friday: Eighteen Fresh Flicks (Part One)

Eighteen Fresh Flicks (Part One)

Another week has flown by and 18 new videos have launched over the past several days! In the first half of Film Friday we have trailers for Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Don't Starve, Dungeons 2, EVE Online, ORBIT, The Weaponographist, Total War: Warhammer, Triad Wars and Warhammer 40K: Regicide.

Rhapsodies of Vana'diel

 Last month, Square Enix announced the Vana'diel Project, a series of different projects focused around Final Fantasy XI. In the upcoming May version update, the first chapter of one of these projects, "Rhapsodies of Vana'diel" will be unveiled. This new story content, the final major content currently planned for the game, will connect the various missions and quests throughout FFXI's history together in an epic spanning the rest of this year!

What are your feelings of Rhapsodies of Vana'diel? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

Rum Cellar Launch Details Revealed

The first campaign of Daybreak Games' new DLC strategy for EverQuest II is scheduled to launch on Monday, April 28, 2015. Here's the nitty gritty on the campaign's cost and contents.

Rum Cellar is available as a stand-alone purchase for $14.99. And, since this new distillery-themed environment is full of Level 100+ content is connected to Altar of Malice (EQ2’s most recent expansion, which is required to play the Rum Cellar campaign), you can also purchase Rum Cellar bundled the campaign with the expansion: $49.99 for Rum Cellar + Altar of Malice, or $94.99 for Rum Cellar + Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition.

The campaign's features include:

  • 2 Solo Zones (1 Solo and 1 Advanced Solo)
  • 3 Heroic Zones (1 Heroic, 1 Event Heroic, 1 Event Heroic-Challenge)
  • Raid Zone with 10 Bosses
  • Lots of Loot, including drops of a Rare Elite Mercenary and a Zeppelin Mount
  • New Achievements and Titles
  • New Gems for Armor
  • New Collections
  • Merchant who accepts Far Sea Ferrin (who also sells a Zeppelin Mount!)

If you want to check out Rum Cellar early, you can hop onto the Beta server and help test!

Guild Wars 2: Specialization Reveal

Ever since Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns was announced, players have been wanting to know more about specializations. Specializations is the platform for which professions in GW2 will be expanded, and in a pair of blog posts today ArenaNet has given more information on what this system will actually entail.

Lineage II: Infinite Odyssey Launches

Lineage II: Infinite Odyssey has gone live! The free content expansion has launched as part of the game's 11th anniversary celebrations. Level cap has been removed and players are encouraged to explore the latest content.

Announcing the Goddess's Gala

 The thirteenth anniversary of Final Fantasy XI is rapidly approaching, and to celebrate this and the upcoming first chapter of the Rhapsodies of Vana'diel storyline, Square Enix has announced the arrival of the Goddess's Gala. This gala, celebratingthe adventurers who have stood with FFXI for all these years, will begin with two campaigns, a Return Home to Vana'diel Campaign starting on May 15th and running to May 25th, and a Discount Campaign running the entire month of May!

 Which of these campaigns intrigues you the most? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

Hearthstone Deck Tech: Blackwing Lair

Blackwing Lair

HS Spacewizard is back with another Hearthstone Deck Tech, helping players get an edge each week as he builds, tests and breaks down a new deck.