Nostalrius Returns, Today!

You read that right!

Nostalrius, the vanilla WoW private server that kept hundreds of thousands entertained, is returning today, December 17th, 2017 at 11 am central time. Both PVE and PVP servers with all the old characters will be making a comeback.

Watch the epic trailer here:

The most popular and most blizz-like private server of all time, boasting record highs of over 18,000 players playing simultaneously on one realm, was shut down in April of this year. You may remember that I made a post about it.

The team behind the server was invited to Blizzard after over 200,000 vanilla WoW fans signed a petition for official legacy servers. This meeting took place in the summer, and it consisted of the Nostalrius team showing Blizzard how everything was done and how easy it would be for official vanilla servers to become a reality.

They were offering their own code – and even supplied solutions for integration.

Time passed, not much was done, and eventually Blizzcon came along. Still, not a word at Blizzcon. So the Nostalrius team took action, saying that if Blizzard did not “honor their core values”, then the Nostalrius team itself would be the one to do so.

Fast forward after not one, not two, but three stress test, with over 10,000 players simultaneously bringing the server hardware to its limits, and we have made it to the official launch day.

What are the official details of the relaunch?

Well, first of all, these servers have been put in the hands of the Elysium team, which itself has about half of the original Nostalrius team members. Elysium, for those not up to speed with the current private server scene, was a server that came out in the summer and was dedicated to creating a blizz-like experience, similar to Nostalrius.

The new Nostalrius will have three realms, the first two of which will be released today:

  • Nostalrius PVP
    • This server will contain all characters from the old PVP realm as well as characters from the Elysium realm. It is currently on patch 1.8, and the War Effort event will start in a few months.
  • Nostalrius PVE
    • This server will contain all characters from the old PVE realm. It will be the only PVE realm. It is currently on patch 1.5, and Blackwing Lair will be released in January.
  • Fresh PVP
    • This server will be a fresh start for those new to the game or those looking to start on an even playing field. The official release date will be announced on December 24th 25th, though the team has stated that it will be released some time in January so as not to hurt the old realms’ populations. The realm’s official name is Elysium.

You can learn more about the realm progression on Elysium’s Timeline.

Will the server be shut down again?

Contrary to popular belief, Blizzard did not force Nostalrius to shut down. Nostalrius decided to shut itself down.

Most, if not all, popular private servers receive C&D letters from Blizzard. Almost all of them are ignored, because these servers are hosted in areas where it is difficult to Blizzard to have legal reach.

In Nostalrius’ case, they were hosted in France, which is in good terms with the United States. That, and the goal of convincing Blizzard to start their official legacy servers persuaded Nostalrius to shut down.

Why would the Nostalrius team put so much more effort into this project if they were to just shut it down again? In my opinion, the only way Nostalrius would be shut down is if Blizzard announced that official legacy servers would be released.

Honestly, anything is possible. But I think it’s worth it to take a chance in life. Take the risk, or you may miss out! Otherwise, you may never have this amazing vanilla WoW experience.

Where do I sign up?

Elysium’s Account Creation Page has all that you need to get started. You could even transfer your old characters to your new Elysium account. Just make sure to have your old username and either email or password handy.

If you’re new to Vanilla WoW and don’t know where to start, that same sign-up page has free downloads for Windows and Mac. Make sure to edit the file as it says on the page, or else you won’t be able to connect!

So what do you think about Nostalrius coming back? Is it all just a big bait? Did you have characters on the old realms, waiting to be played again? Let me know in the comment section below!

Debunking The Complaints About World of Warcraft Private Servers

Alexensual is a YouTuber I’ve been subscribed to for a while now. Recently he posted this video debunking Private Server Myths. If you’re on the fence on playing on a Private Server like Kronos, this could help you make your decision!

Should You Play Street Fighter?

Last night I was watching CEO 2016. It’s a yearly tournament for fighting games hosted in Orlando Florida.

The event is very unique in that they hold Top 8 for all the games there inside a boxing ring.

Anyway, the final Top 8 was for Street Fighter V, the game that replaced Ultra Street Fighter IV this year.

Personally, I think Street Fighter is a swell game. It’s got a huge cast of characters, frame-tight combos, and a very simple and easy to follow interface.

Since I started watching bits and pieces of Street Fighter, even back at EVO 2014, I always wanted to try it to experience what it was like.

Luckily, the Steam Summer Sale is currently going on. A large part of the platform’s most popular games are on sale for ridiculously low prices.

Both Ultra Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V were on sale. The former for $7.50, and the latter for $40.

Since I wasn’t yet sold on spending $40 for a game I’ll play for an unknown amount of time, I went for 4.

After an hour of downloading and installing, I got to watch the opening cinematic. Hype!

This was my first time playing a traditional fighting game since playing Street Fighter II for my college Humanities class.

I booted up into practice mode with the character I was most familiar with, Ryu, to get a feel for the controls. I ended up going with this keyboard setup (fighting games are meant to be played with a joystick and 8-button setup, like at an Arcade):

  • Up: Space
  • Down: S
  • Left: A
  • Right: D
  • Punches: Num Pad 4, 5, and 6
  • Kicks: Num Pad 1, 2, and 3
  • Grab: Num Pad 0
  • Triple Punch: Num Pad +
  • Triple Kick: Num Pad Enter
  • Focus: Num Pad 9
  • Taunt: Num Pad 8

This keyboard setup has a layout similar to a traditional arcade cabinet, with movement on the left and attacks on the right.

After I got accustomed to the moves, I played some arcade mode and then some challenge trials (where you can practice moves), and even a bit of online multiplayer via Steam.

My experience? Street Fighter is difficult.

I couldn’t complete Arcade on the EASIER difficulty (Seth is a monster… or I just suck), so I had to lower it to EASIEST. Then I was able to finally “beat the game”.

After beating Arcade I thought I could wreck some kids in Ranked. I got bopped. Barely could get a few hits off. This guy played Seth too… c’mon!

Finally, challenge trials. At first, the trials just want you to use a certain move. Then they make you chain two moves together, and they keep adding moves, so on and so forth.

I will say that I will definitely be playing this mode a lot more, since it’s challenging and it will up my combo game a lot. Well, once I pass the one I’m stuck on.

Trial 14 requires you to do the following combo:

  1. Aerial heavy kick (space key-> 3 key)
  2. Standing heavy punch (6 key)
  3. Shoryuken (Forward -> Quarter Circle Forward -> Punch)
  4. EX Focus Cancel (Focus -> Dash)
  5. Metsu Hadoken (Double Quarter Circle -> Triple Punch)

That leads to the following stroke of keys:

space -> 3 -> 6 -> d -> s -> d -> 6 -> 9 (hold) -> d -> d -> 9 (release)    -> s -> d -> s -> d -> +

I had so much trouble I looked it up on Google. Some guy rated it as a difficulty a 4/10!

And I still can’t get it right, after over an hour of trying. Maybe it’s easier with a joystick.

Anyway, what did I learn from my first 7 hours of gameplay?

It’s easy to start playing.

The game provides a bunch of fun, easy training modes that let a complete beginner learn the ropes. There’s even an in-game manual with information on many of the mechanics.

And if you buy it before the 4th of July, you’ll get a big discount on Steam!

The game is complex.

So many moves, so many combos, so many strategies. And it all requires precise timing.

It’s fun.

I had a blast playing all the game modes, and I’m sure it’ll be even better if some of my friends start playing.

Comparing it to Smash Bros Melee, they are completely different games. The only way you can truly experience the striking differences is by giving it a try, though.

So to answer my question, yes, you should play some Street Fighter!