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Blizzard adds new item to World of Warcraft: Tinfoil Hat

PlatyPaul (690601) writes | more than 7 years ago

Role Playing (Games) 53

Tired of being taunted and terrified by the prospect of your level 70 being mind-zapped? Sick of n00bs who insist on checking your spec at the Armory before accepting you for a raid? Well, no more! Blizzard, in a generous response to requests posted on their forums, has announced the addition of a new item: the Tinfoil Hat.Tired of being taunted and terrified by the prospect of your level 70 being mind-zapped? Sick of n00bs who insist on checking your spec at the Armory before accepting you for a raid? Well, no more! Blizzard, in a generous response to requests posted on their forums, has announced the addition of a new item: the Tinfoil Hat.

From the article:

While the Tinfoil Hat provides the wearer with added protection against mind control and other befuddlements, the hat's most interesting and truly unique property is that it completely removes the wearer's character profile from the Armory website and provides enhanced privacy for its wearer!

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I put on my robe and tinfoil wizard hat. (5, Funny)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566965)

And cast +5, Insightful.

Re:I put on my robe and tinfoil wizard hat. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566977)

Oh, my god! You again?

Re:I put on my robe and tinfoil wizard hat. (1, Offtopic)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567043)

You have to scream more loudly than that if I'm to have any hope of maintaining the structural integrity of my wizard's staff.

Re:I put on my robe and tinfoil wizard hat. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567193)

ARRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!

Re:I put on my robe and tinfoil wizard hat. (4, Funny)

beckerist (985855) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567195)

and WHOOSH! that's the sound of no one getting the joke! [adamchance.com]

Re:I put on my robe and tinfoil wizard hat. (5, Funny)

repvik (96666) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567213)

Misfire! Misfire! Your spellcasting sucks, and you cast +5 funny instead.

Weasley... (1)

SlashdotTroll (581611) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567973)

They'ld sell even the broken wand...

That reminds me...why does everyone have Frodo's ring now? I thought I was the only one....

Re:I put on my robe and tinfoil wizard hat. (2, Funny)

Rellik66 (596729) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567229)

Leeroy Jenkins! ! ! ! !

Rip off (2, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567293)

They are using inferior tin instead of aluminum. And one of the photos clearly demonstrates that it's a rip off of my Pet Foil Hat Technology [abandonedstuff.com] .

Judge for yourself.

omg (5, Funny)

Sobieski (1032500) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566991)

major league baseball is watching you /dance!

I cast level 10... (4, Funny)

Alaria Phrozen (975601) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567003)

I put on my robe and tinfoil hat...?

Man I am really looking to the new WoW sequal, WHoA!

And if you go to their forums you'll see everyone is posting "blue" except the CMs which are all level 1 trolls :)

cripes (-1, Redundant)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567007)

Is it april 2nd yet?

Seriously, all this April 1 faux-story crap is neither amusing nor interesting. What's the fucking point?

Re:cripes (2, Informative)

Alaria Phrozen (975601) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567037)

You sir are the grinch of fun day. I have the perfect idea for an outfit that you could wear, and while IAMACD (I am not a Costume Designer) I'm sure your giant hemorrhoid will simply dazzle.

Re:cripes (4, Insightful)

notque (636838) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567039)

Seriously, all this April 1 faux-story crap is neither amusing nor interesting. What's the fucking point?

The real question is how the hell so many of you have the time to complain about it. You know it's going to continue. You know when it will stop.

Here's a change for April Fool's day, Go outside!

Re:cripes (0, Redundant)

Sigma 7 (266129) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567135)

The real question is how the hell so many of you have the time to complain about it. You know it's going to continue. You know when it will stop.


Some of us work for tech support, and today is Sunday during the day time.

Here's a change for April Fool's day, Go outside!


That would be derelition of duty.

Re:cripes (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570771)

Some of us work for tech support, and today is Sunday during the day time.

Here's a change for April Fool's day, Go outside!
That would be derelition of duty.
And reading Slashdot during work hours isn't?

Re:cripes (3, Insightful)

repvik (96666) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567081)

Agreed. It's much more fun when there's just a bunch of regular stories and one subtle april fools story. This isn't funny, reading slashdot today is useless instead of interesting.

Re:cripes (1)

Scottoest (1081663) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567085)

My favourite thing about the April 1st posts every year, is reading the commens, and seeing that there is always a solid 10% minority who bitch about the April 1st posts.

It has become a Slashdot tradition to have the day filled with bogus stories designed to amuse, and for the most part, they seem to succeed.

If this doesn't appeal to you, I might suggest going somewhere else for your serious tech news for the day?

- Scott

Re:cripes (0, Troll)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567523)

My favourite thing about the April 1st posts every year, is reading the commens, and seeing that there is always a solid 10% minority who bitch about the April 1st posts.

It has become a Slashdot tradition to have the day filled with bogus stories designed to amuse, and for the most part, they seem to succeed.

If this doesn't appeal to you, I might suggest going somewhere else for your serious tech news for the day?
I only come to slashdot to complain. This is the one day a year I get to complain about the stupidness of of having 100% intentionally bogus content, rather than my usual complaint, which is about the 15% unintentional bogus content. Really, it's all just complaining about the chimps they have as "editors". Dupes, blatant astroturfing, misleading titles... good thing they don't pay these guys for this, right?

Re:cripes (1)

phlegmboy (1067452) | more than 7 years ago | (#18571645)

So do you yell at your kids for making a noise while unwrapping their Xmas presents too?

This is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567009)

getting tired. That's all.

Re:This is... (4, Funny)

wootest (694923) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567123)

One day every 365.2425 days. Somehow, I think you'll survive this time too without the high-quality, in-depth Slashdot reporting we all know and love.

Re:This is... (1)

tawhaki (750181) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567165)

Given the dups which will surely happen during the week, I don't think it is wise to say it lasts only one day per year...

Yes but... (1)

plnrtrvlr (557800) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567015)

...can it help me to escape this April Fools Day curse that seems to be cast upon us everywhere?

WoW has done a great service to RPGs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567031)

While I don't like the game very much, I do think WoW has done a fantastic job of bringing RPGs to the masses.

I play D&D at the food court of the local mall with a few other nerds. We have a great time, but we used to have to put up with snide comments from passersby quite often. I remember one time when a group of punks walking by us called us a group of "dice-rolling faggots" and other nasty terms. We'd usually just ignore them, but it was obvious to us that the public at large did not take kindly to RPG'ing.

But that's changing now. We sometimes have people coming up to us, asking to watch us play D&D. They usually say they've gotten into RPG'ing due to WoW. Sometimes people want to join us, but we usually just prefer to play by ourselves. Regardless, the attitude of most people to our kind is becoming far more positive, and that's a glorious thing.

Re:WoW has done a great service to RPGs. (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567083)

While I don't like the game very much, I do think WoW has done a fantastic job of bringing RPGs to the masses.

Not to mention espousing the many benefits of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to corporate leaders nationwide.

Insightful (-1, Redundant)

Jacer (574383) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567057)

This comment is insightful, and should be modded +5 in such a way to demonstrate fairness within the moderation system.

Awww man... (1)

elihu252 (1024179) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567079)

I got fooled. I was excited for a minute.

Re:Awww man... (2, Informative)

0racle (667029) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567109)

I wasn't (though no one is going to believe that), but personally I think such an item would be funny as hell. They added the Sword of a Thousand Truths after the South Park episode, so maybe all the conspiracy theorist Dark Elves have some hope.

Re:Awww man... (1)

Truekaiser (724672) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567153)

well they probably did just that. except for the one pic where the guy was pixilated, it was might of been easier to just add tinfoil hat artwork and stats to a game running in a test world rather then manufacture those pics.

Plausible (2, Funny)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567119)

WoW does have real items such as "The Unstoppable Force" (a wicked-looking hammer/mace/scythe thing), and its companion, "The Stoppable Force" (a simple wooden mallet). It also has, I'm told, items which you can fish up which turn you into a ninja or a pirate.

So, this Tinfoil Hat item would not be entirely out of character for them, either as an April 1 joke, or as an actual, real improvement to the game.

Re:Plausible (1)

NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567173)

[Tinfoil Hat] Increases the chance that the wearer will resist Mind Control, but at the expense of having intellect reduced by 100 and chance to resist Fear reduced by 75%. Doubles the effect of Paranoia against stealthed black helicopters.

Re:Plausible (2, Informative)

omegakidd (592638) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568055)

If you go fishing in the Barrens you will find Deviate Fish pools. Just fish those up, and cook them to make Savory Deviate Fish. Eat one and you could turn in to a ninja or a pirate. The fish can be used in Alchemy to make a an Elixir of Giant growth which will increase your size and do +8 stam to fit your new size.

Re:Plausible (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568157)

They also have "The Immovable Object" (a shield) to compliment, sold from the same guy. i haven't yet seem what happens when they meet. =D

Re:Plausible (2, Funny)

Spikeles (972972) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568921)

And don't forget the "Tenacious Defender" - "It has the power... to move you" http://www.thottbot.com/i24091 [thottbot.com]

Shame on you (1)

Net_fiend (811742) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567141)

Fool me once shame on me. Fool me twice shame on you.

Re:Shame on you (1)

MattPat (852615) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567221)

Fool me once shame on me. Fool me twice shame on you.

Maybe there's some obscure joke I'm missing here, but, I think you've got the saying backwards-- the point is that it should be your own fault if you get fooled twice by the same person for similar things (whereas, it is clearly wrong of someone to fool you in the first place, hence, fool me once, shame on you). Seriously, no fooling!

... OK, so the fact that I have nothing better to do than post this comment is pretty darn sad.

Re:Shame on you (1)

JasonTik (872158) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567605)

It's the other way around.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Shame on you for being deceitful.
Shame on me for believing you twice.

Re:Shame on you (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567719)

Fool me seven times, shame on you. Fool me eight or more times, shame on me.

Re:Shame on you (1)

notque (636838) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568719)

Fool me once... uh... uh.... shame on you.

uh.... A fooled man can't get fooled again.

This is funny, laugh (3, Insightful)

SL Baur (19540) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567301)

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/items/tinfoilh at.xml [worldofwarcraft.com]

Equip: Hides the wearer's profile from the Armory.

Equip: Allows the wearer to see "the truth." May lead to an incontrollable urge to share "the truth" with others.

Use: Grants the wearer immunity to all forms of mind control for the next 10 sec...or does it?

"On behalf of the International Gnomish Conspiracy, I've got to inform you that we're almost out of tinfoil."

Requires Tin Bar (99), Fused Wiring (4), Troll Tears (8), Heavy Leather (4), Star Ruby
I'd like one just for the joke value, but that's going to be too expensive to buy in the AH. Bummer.

Re:This is funny, laugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567335)

Should req some amount of tin foil instead of tin.
Tin foil would be made by BS or Jewel smiths out of tin.

It's that cross/prof stuff that makes the profs viable.

April Fools! No crafting Profs are viable!

Re:This is funny, laugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567759)

Those mats would actually be quite reasonable...except for Troll Tears, which I don't think exist (although considering that Troll Sweat is an actual item, I could imagine Blizzard adding Troll Tears...).

Question... (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567471)

If you cut holes in your tin foil hat so your pony's ears fit through, does it lessen the effect? I wouldn't want Stardust to be turned into a Government sleeper agent.

Ponies of Death - OMG!1! too scary!

This is madness! (1)

Rebelgecko (893016) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567739)

The screenshots and their captions are... interesting.
Tonight, we dine in Hellfire Peninsula! [worldofwarcraft.com]

yada yada yada (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567999)

need to give this story the booterang

HERES A DIME (4, Insightful)

IamWhoIam (998642) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568069)

I have been reading posts all damn day deriding the use of humorous stories, on our beloved slashdot; on this famous day of the fools. Granted some of them are less than hilarious, but just the same there is some humor in all of them. If those of you that are such sticks in the mud (thats a polite term for heads up your asses) that you can't take one day out of your over serious lives to enjoy a bit of humor you indeed have a sad life. Here is a cyber dime. Go buy your self a sense of humor

Oh yeah I am out of mod points so those of you that have any left mod this as insightful.

FAKE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568421)

So I looked at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/items/tinfoilh at.xml [worldofwarcraft.com] , and I have to say, the page is clearly fake. I mean, come on, CLOTH armor? Everyone knows that the tinfoil hat is plate, or at the very least chainmail.

Re:FAKE! (2, Insightful)

SL Baur (19540) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569677)

You must be new here.

Re:FAKE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18572189)

If it wasn't cloth not all classes could equip it. We would be drowning in the tears of mages if it was mail or plate.

Dogen... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18570265)

Did anyone else notice that their tinfoil hat-wearing avatar is named Dogen? Psychonauts FTW!

Strangely Enough... (1)

IanBasore (1083005) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570473)

A long while back, like a year ago, some friends convinced me to record this joke song I wrote called "Foil Hat".

I know, it's stupid. I know...

but I thought it was funny to sort of go along with this announcement.

There's a link here... http://music.download.com/ianbasore/3600-10606_32- 100897264.html [download.com]

Warning: Tin Foil Hats and Mech Squirrels prob (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#18578323)

I had a friend play a Gnome who had a Mechanical Squirrel as a Warlock pet - he was an engineer.

Well, when he put on the Tin Foil Hat, the Mechanical Squirrel went all haywire and started chattering on about "Coffee! Must have Coffee!" and other such things.

So, don't use both.
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