Blizzard Umbrella: The Podcast For People Who Love Blizzard Games

This is a podcast about all things Blizzard Entertainment. We cover all of their games on a weekly basis. We talk World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo, and Starcraft 2. Each week Dusty and Ryan talk about their weeks in the Blizzard Universe, the recent news, and a topic related to the Blizzard gaming sphere. This podcast was inspired by shows like The Instance, Convert To Raid, Overwatchers, Angry Chicken, and so much more! If you are into blizzard games this is the show for you!
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May 19, 2017

Blizzard Umbrella #16 : We've got guests!  The Blue Recluse guys come to visit!


This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the sixteenth recording.  The guys have both been hard at work both on the show, off the show, in game, and out of game.  This week the guys have guests on the show!  Marty and Michael from The Blue Recluse, have graced Dusty and Ryan with their presence for the show's first ever guest episode.  The website is up and running and you can find it at to find out about the show and what they have been up to. 

What We’ve Been Up to:

With Michael being the first person on the show that actually plays Starcraft, Ryan and Dusty both comment on how they both love to watch people play Starcraft but neither have really spent much if any time on the game. 

Dusty asks Michael and Marty what their thoughts on HotS 2.0 are.  Marty talks about how he likes the game a lot and he feels that 2.0 has almost been a revival for the game .  He really likes the new progression and loot box system, it's really made the game addicting again and is owed some well deserved praise. Michael feels that 2.0 has seen a bit of face lift to bring the game back into the spotlight and bring people back to the game.  Dusty follows up the guys by talking about how he feels like the game play and everything that comes with 2.0 just all feels good and makes the game very appetizing to play.  Ryan, having come from a bit more of a competitive MOBA background with DOTA and HoN, asks the guys to weigh in on whether they feel that with 2.0 and other crossover events has brought some artificial enticement to the game that causes for the cyclical influx of players to the game or not.   Michael feels that while at face value this is true, Blizzard's underlying intention is not just to get players to the game but try and keep them playing once they have started.  For Marty, the game got an Overwatch treatment with loot, where while he doesn't enjoy competitive Overwatch he still enjoys playing because he enjoys getting the loot boxes.  Dusty talks about how he really loves the feeling he gets when he gets to open loot in games like HotS, Overwatch and Hearthstone. 

Dusty asks the guys what they think the split is between competitive and casual players in games like these.  Michael thinks the proportions are overwhelmingly in favor of the casual player base but the games see cycles of players delving into competitive.  Marty thinks that access to competitive play in team based games like HotS and Overwatch is more in favor of the casual players because trying to be competitive on a solo basis can be challenging.   

As the talk progresses further into the balance of casual and competitive players , Ryan talks about how to not only be a part of a team but also a successful one, the people involved need to have similar goals in mind but also be compatible in the sense that everyone needs to enjoys being around each other.  Marty mentions how a lot of the time when a guild in WoW has an application involved in its' recruitment process, it's there to help filter out people who might not fit in with the group.  Dusty touches on how he feels that Blizzard does a good job catering to both the casual and competitive crowds.

With the Blue Recluse guys joining the show, it only seemed fitting to ask them their history behind their tenurship in the Blizzard universe and what those games have meant for them.  Michael talks about how as a kid he played some of the Blizzard games on his dad's playstation.  When he got older and was able to get his own PC he started really getting into the Blizzard games with Starcraft and Warcraft.  As Michael spent a lot of his youth playing sports because video games were not “cool”, his gaming didn't really take a front seat in his life until he got to go to Blizzcon.  This Blizzcon was the catalyst that brought Michael to his place in the digital community and his seat on The Blue Recluse.  Dusty tells Michael that he, like Michael spent much of his gaming, playing solo until he started doing the show and playing games with Ryan.  This experience has really shown Dusty how enjoyable playing with other people really brings a whole new meaning and enjoyment to games.  Michael agrees that playing games with other people and being a part of a community, big or small, is so much more enjoyable and fruitful. Michael also mentions that being a part of a group really helps to alleviate the annoyances that come with the impatient nature of people in pugs.  Marty chimes in with the comment that while some of the pugging scenes like LFR can be extremely toxic, they are in now way shape or form indicative of what the raid scene has to offer.  Ryan and Michael take the talk over to how Blizzcon really solidified that playing games was who they are and they really like being a part of a community that shares in their same passions.

Marty, with some ribbing of course, admits to his old age in the fact that he started playing Blizzard games with Lost Vikings and has played almost all of the Blizzard games as they have graced the digital community with their presence.  At a point in his life that studying became a priority, Marty took a break from games but got sucked back in with the release of World of Warcraft.  As he came back to the community, he started playing with people from all over Europe.  After spending so much time with these people and forming friendships online with them, the decision was made to do a meetup.  This meetup ended up being something Marty couldn't go to but as a phoenix rises out of the ashes, an opportunity arose when a guild mate decided to come to Marty's neck of the woods for New Years.  As people heard about this more and more joined in on the New Year's fun with each year's passing.  That group still meets up today.  Ryan talks about how he as well has made life long friends from playing these games and still talks to people he made friends with years ago.  People who might not even play anymore. 

While Marty and Michael have both given their stories, Marty graciously tells the guys the story of their third co-host, Tom who was unable to be in attendance.  Tom came to WoW with some people he played another mmo with.  In a happy accident, Tom managed to end up on a different server than the people he came to the game with.  He ended up on Marty's server.  He and Marty met out in the world while questing and the rest is history.  This eventually led to Marty and Tom creating The Blue Recluse.

While Marty and Tom created their show and have been doing it for a while, Michael eventually made his way onto the show as a co-host.  As Marty and Tom realized that bringing someone else on to the show who is of a different mindset or favors different games, they put the word out they were looking for a co-host.  Michael heard the call, answered it, and managed to go from a listener of the show to a now third leg of what is a great show, The Blue Recluse.

Marty and Dusty both feel like the podcasts are a great way for everyone to discuss and fan the flames of their inner nerd.  Marty feels that the podcast has caused for him to be a bit more opinionated and reserved about what games he spends his money on.

Marty talks about the interaction they have with their listeners.  He also tells the guys how he remembers the excitement that came with the first e-mail their show received from a listener.



Overwatch:  Overwatch will be seeing two books released.  The Art of Overwatch and The Anthology of Overwatch Vol. 1.

WoW:  A recent collection of data has given a very inconsistent number of classes and specs that have been able to conquer their respective challenge appearance events.

Hearthsone: A video by a respected pro player in Hearthstone has been making the rounds lately.  The video talks about two of the biggest problems with Hearthstone, being the cost and the RNG of the game.  This video is receiving a good amount of traction so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of it from Blizzard.

HotS:  D.Va is very close to making her appearance in HotS.

Help Wanted:

The show is still looking for a third co-host.  If you are interested and think you would be a good fit, use the contact info listed below to get in touch with the guys. 

If you would be interested in being a part of a discord community that strives to aid the WoW raiding community with resources that compliment the already existing class discords, contact Ryan.

Where to find us:

The Blue Recluse guys:   Facebook: The Blue Recluse
YouTube: The Blue Recluse
Twitter:  @TheBlueRecluse_
Instagram: thebluerecluse

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Thanks as always for listening to the show!  Come find us and say hello.  We love hearing feedback and always are ready to answer any questions you guys have!  Thanks again and we will talk to you next week!

Con Before The Storm 2017

For those of you looking to go to Blizzcon or wanting to check out and support any of the events going on around the convention check out the link below.  Con Before the Storm is a preconvention convention put on by creators in the Blizzard community as way for the players to meet, interact, and celebrate any and all things Blizzard.  Blizzard employees have been known to make appearances and mingle with the players.  Just saying!

Thanks in advance on behalf of the people making all this happen to anyone who does make contributions.

The initial goals have been met and in an attempt to bring more to people attending, the kickstarter has been refocused at some stretch goals.