Saint Martin-based designer Alexandre Chapelin combined resin and stone to create a table that resembles ocean reefs (+ slideshow). 

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The table is formed from blue resin and a block of stone, which has been sliced into layers in order to create the appearance of depth within the “sea”.

Alexandre Chapelin cut stone resin tables

The liquid resin is poured over the marble layers in stages, and has a different formula at each level to create several shades of blue.



Alexandre Chapelin cut stone resin tables

The table is the latest in Chapelin’s series of resin pieces titled La Table.

“My natural stone models are based on the island of Saint Martin in the French West Indies,” said Chapelin.

Alexandre Chapelin cut stone resin tables

“I take a block of natural stone and I include resin to create a compact block [that gives the] impression of having the ocean in your living room.”

Alexandre Chapelin cut stone resin tables

British design brand Duffy London created a similar oceanic table using layers of wood and glass to create the appearance of a watery abyss.

Alexandre Chapelin cut stone resin tables

Other unconventional tables include Studio Job’s “autobiographical” Train Crash table, which depicted a head-on collision between steam engines, and Richard Yasmine’s Glory Holes design, which featured removable brass dildos as legs.


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Three wooden boxes are just sitting here, unopened, on a large conference room table inside Fitbit’s San Francisco offices. Initially, I had assumed the boxes contained the company’s two new trackers, the Flex 2 and Charge 2. But Michael Polin, one of Fitbit’s product marketing managers, is already holding the new gadgets in his hand. The Flex 2 is a tiny, smooth spike no larger than a pen cap. The Charge 2 is larger: big display on top, blinking heart-rate monitors jutting out from the bottom. Both are in elastomer bands, and look like the Fitbits I’ve seen on a thousand wrists before.

The world is changing: people have gotten used to the idea of tech in their pockets, and even on their body.

So what’s in the wooden boxes? As I turn the devices over in my hands, Polin begins his reveal. He spins the box around and flips open the top. Inside are a dozen or so different-colored bands for the new Flex 2, all neatly spaced like a jewelry display. With another flourish, Polin opens the next box: three bangles, in silver, gold, and rose gold, with round cages on top that cradle the tiny Flex pebble. In the third box, a pendant accessory, so you can wear your tracker around your neck.

OK, so it’s not the most exciting product unveiling ever. Accessories, you guys! But to Fitbit, these accessories are just as important as the company’s new trackers. The world is changing: people have gotten used to the idea of tech in their pockets, and even on their body. Everything is connected, battery-powered, “smart.” Which means technology that looks like technology isn’t good enough anymore—it has to slot neatly into our own personal styles. So Fitbit, which has spent the last nine years becoming synonymous with step tracking and sleep counting, is looking beyond the insomniacs, triathletes, and quantified-self nuts. It’s trying to work out how to get everyone on the planet to wear one of its trackers. These new devices, particularly the Flex 2, are the beginning of a new breed of Fitbit: Fitbits that don’t look like Fitbits at all.

Close Your Eyes and Count to 10,000

Fitbit began as a stylish alternative to ugly pedometers. The product has slowly grown into something more powerful and feature-rich, but it’s still but still fundamentally the same thing: A gadget that goes on your body and tracks your activity.

Fitbit’s track-everything mission hasn’t changed, but the devices themselves certainly have.

On the new devices, tracking your activity continues unabated. There are sensors for tracking your heart rate and exercise type, plus new sensors that use your oxygen consumption to measure your fitness level. The Charge 2 has an app that uses your heart-rate variability to guide you through relaxing breathing exercises. Fitbit’s goal, says Shelton Yuan, the company’s director of R&D, says it’s all part of the journey that started in 2007. “It’s always been about getting sensors and data to people,” he says.

Of the two new devices, the $150 Charge 2 is more like what you’d expect from a Fitbit. The company says the Charge HR is the best-selling wearable in history, and so all the new model does is expand upon a few existing ideas. The device’s screen is much larger, so you can do more on your wrist without fishing out your phone. The $100 Flex 2, on the other hand, was designed with one goal in mind: get smaller. So it doesn’t track how many floors you climb, because altimeters are too big to fit inside the tiny shell. But it’ll still track the basics, and because it’s so small Fitbit managed to make it waterproof enough that you can swim with it. Both last five days on a charge, and do basic call and text notifications.

The many colors of Charge 2.
The many colors of Charge 2.Fitbit

The market for wearables continues to go gangbusters: 19.7 million wearable devices shipped in the first quarter of 2016, up more than 67 percent from last year. Fitbit’s still in a commanding lead—its recent Alta and Blaze trackers were both huge successes. Still, the market is crowding fast, says IDC analyst Ramon Llamas. He points to Garmin, Jawbone, Polar, and even Xiaomi, which went from nowhere to second place on the back of outrageously cheap devices like the $15 Mi Band 2. And that’s not including the Apple Watch and other smartwatches. “This is a market,” Llamas says, “that’s still in its initial stages. Which ones of these vendors, or individual models, are going to be good enough?”

As the market has grown, it’s also matured. Most people at least know in theory what fitness trackers are and do. Fitbit ran a survey that found two-thirds of people think health and fitness is important. (To the other third: I have a few follow-up questions.) “But if you look at our penetration rates,” Fitbit CEO James Park says, “they’re still single digits to low teens.” Fitbit serves athletes well. It knows what they like. Now the company faces a new challenge: how do you sell a Fitbit to someone who’s never bought one before?

The answer to that question, it turns out, is simple: Make it really, really, ridiculously good-looking.

Now You See Me

Raymond Loewy, the late French designer whose legacy includes everything from Air Force One to Lucky Strike cigarettes to the NASA Skylab, used to talk about what he called the MAYA Principle. MAYA is an acronym, meaning Most Advanced, Yet Acceptable. “The adult public’s taste,” he believed, “is not necessarily ready to accept the logical solutions to their requirements if the solution implies too vast a departure from what they have been conditioned into accepting as the norm.” His process came down to this: design the future, but not faster than people are ready for.

For Jonah Becker, Fitbit’s head of design and the guy tapped in early 2015 to build the company’s first internal design team, MAYA is sort of a mantra. “Sometimes,” he says, “the technology is ready before people are ready to embrace it physically, with their body.” He rattles off examples: Bluetooth headsets, all things VR, Google Glass. For Becker, one non-negotiable feature of a Fitbit is that you immediately understand what it is and how it works.

The Flex 2 comes from a belief that the world is finally comfortable enough with tracking devices that it’s ready to stop thinking about them altogether. “I think when technology is young,” Becker says, “there’s a lot of screaming. Look, I’m the new technology!” It happened with smartphones, cars, everything, he says. But eventually, the novelty of its existence wears off. “It doesn’t have to tell me how powerful and smart it is anymore,” Becker says. “Then there’s more freedom, from a design standpoint, to explore.”

The Flex 2 is mostly about its accessories.
The Flex 2 is mostly about its accessories.Fitbit

Fitbit’s explorations started in 2014, when it worked with Tory Burch to design a series of fashionable accessories. The resulting devices caused some eye-rolling among the gadget community—“they’re certainly not to my taste,” The Verge wrote—but sold out almost immediately. Fitbit’s working with Tory Burch again for Flex 2, and design house Public School and Vera Wang are getting into making accessories for all of Fitbit’s devices. An internal team is working on a set of accessories that feature a lot more gold than elastomer. Park says he wants to keep the accessories ecosystem “moderated a bit,” but that accessories are going to be crucial to the appeal of the new devices. The Flex 2 itself is just that small, stocky stick; everything else is fungible. “We can really have a lot more freedom because of how small it is,” Becker says. “It’s not necessarily a technology-first play anymore when you get that small.”

When technology is inside everything, it can’t look like technology anymore.

Building a wide set of accessories is a way to attract a variety of users, but it’s just as important to Fitbit that once you buy a Fitbit, you wear it all the time. Like so many other wearable makers, Fitbit’s worst nightmare is to end up dead in your sock drawer. Fitbit wants you to buy a device, but mostly it wants your data—as much and as often as possible. It can use that data to make better products, to upsell you to new things, and to provide better and more accurate information to its healthcare partners. That means your Fitbit needs to work at the gym, but also be fancy enough to go with your suit and sufficiently comfy to stay with you when it’s sweatpants o’clock on Saturday. “It’s a key driver in long-term retention,” Park says. “The more people love their device, and it fits with their lifestyle, the longer they’re likely to continue to wear the device.”

With a certain athleisure-y group, Fitbit’s already achieved acceptability through sheer brand recognition. The hunk of plastic on your wrist is recognizable as a Fitbit, so it’s OK that it’s not terribly classy. But that’s not good enough for most people, who still care a lot about looks. Lots of companies, whether they make fitness trackers or laptops or light bulbs, are going through this same transition. The only way forward is to make products that “stop looking like gadgets you have on your wrist,” Park says. “It’s just a piece of jewelry you wear that happens to have all these health benefits.”

A few moments later, Park has to leave. As he stands up, I compliment him on his Blaze, which he’s wearing with a blindingly white band I’ve never seen before. He laughs. “Thanks. It’s coming out…eventually.” For now, the only model is Parks. Such are the perks of being CEO of a company obsessed with making exactly the device its users want to wear.

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An interesting read via Wired News

Team Thor mockumentary Civil War

What’s an Asgardian to do when he’s not invited to take a side in Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ little pissing match? Drop in on his average roommate’s office job, make Homeland-esque conspiracy theory boards about Thanos, and tuck Mjolnir in at night, apparently.

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Marvel Studios has finally gifted us with Civil War: Team Thor, the amazing mockumentary tracking Thor’s whereabouts during that other Civil War movie. All of the San Diego Comic-Con writeups didn’t do justice to how absolutely adorable this little gem is. After watching three and a half minutes, all we can say is that Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok needs to get here as soon as possible.

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And even though it’s the apocalypse, Ragnarok should hew closer to Team Thor than Thor: The Dark World. Chris Hemsworth is positively delightful with his theories about Thanos (“doesn’t like standing up”) and sketches of giant Mjolnir wielding a tiny Thor (definitely breaking the fourth wall there). But he’s also bummed that he got left out while Bruce “why am I always wearing cutoffs?” Banner had Tony Stark blowing up his phone.

Team Thor Mjolnir sketch

Thor: Ragnarok comes to theaters November 3, 2017—plenty of time for Mjolnir to rest up.

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If you have a shirt you like, but isn’t a perfect fit, there are a few ways to make it look and fit a little better before you can get it tailored or adjusted. Here are five (well, four and a gag) that work well in every situation.

The video above walks through all five of these pretty quickly, so it’s worth a watch. The first three tips are meant to be used when you don’t want to wear anything over the shirt, so you need it to look good from both the front and back. The last two are best used when you can layer something else over it.

  • Use a military tuck to tighten excess fabric and create a slimmer fit.
  • Roll up the sleeves to trim too long or loose fitting fabric.
  • Open the first two buttons for a more casual look (this makes a looser fitting shirt look less disheveled.)
  • Layer with a jacket or sweater to disguise a too-big shirt and hide excess fabric.
  • This is mostly a joke, but you can create a slim front silhouette by using binder clips to hold excess fabric at the back of your shirt.

Keep in mind what you’ll be doing while wearing the shirt. For example, the last “tip” will be uncomfortable if you plan to go to dinner or a meeting where you’ll want to rest your back against your chair. The look you’re going for will influence which of the above tips you decide to use, but remember that they’re only temporary fixes and you should get your shirt altered or tailored for a good fit that lasts.

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The right wing of American politics has long been a grifter’s paradise, but Ian Hawes raked in $1m in a matter of weeks with Facebook ads promising dinner with Donald Trump. Politico reports that the supposed political action committee behind it is designed to resemble the official campaign site, has spent none of its takings promoting his candidacy, and that no-one has had dinner with Trump.

One is at donaldjtrump.com; the other is at dinnerwithtrump.org. The first belongs to Trump’s campaign. The second is a scheme run by Ian Hawes, a 25-year-old Maryland man who has no affiliation with Trump or his campaign and who has preyed on more than 20,000 unsuspecting donors, collecting more than $1 million in the process. … “I feel ripped off and taken advantage of. This is horrible. That was not my intent,” said Mary Pat Kulina, who owns a paper-shredding company in Maryland and gave $265 to Hawes’s group. Kulina thought she had given to Trump’s campaign until told otherwise by POLITICO. “This is robbery,” she said. “I want my money back and I want them to add up what they stole from people and give it to Donald Trump.”

It’s not the only lookalike site he’s operating either. The fact that there is no real Trump campaign organization makes it easy for people to fill the gaps like this: there’s simply no official competition for attention in the venues where actigrift takes place.

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The official video for Nobody Speak, by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels, was directed by Sam Pilling and stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey as very NSFW diplomats on a tear. The video depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the […]

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Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, told reporters that people of color are the enemy in his state.

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If you’re like us, you occasionally get ambitious with your dinner and try to cook multiple sides plus a main dish. These efforts usually end as a cold meal plus a pile of dishes to wash. MasterPan Multi-Sectional Meal Skillet makes it super easy to make multiple dishes at once without the hassle. This heavy gauge bottom pan […]

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Benjamin Cheh and Jeffrey Kong made this prototype Lego typewriter a couple of years ago: "a perfect example of how LEGO elements can pack so much detail in something so small. A retro creation for both the young and the young at heart – imagine this typewriter on your desk!" Their site’s a treasure trove of Lego creations. [more, more]

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Funklet is a new archive of drum patterns (not sampled loops) from classic funk songs, complete with brief histories and musical context. Each can be edited in a simple embedded sequencer and shared. [via r/InternetIsBeautiful]

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Castles is a fascinating web toy by Nico Disseldorp. Left-click to add a castle to the outside of your castle—and watch as every part of the castle, including the added part, changes to reflect the form of the new whole. Right click to spin it around so you don’t go mad. He’s made other mind-melting […]

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If you’re like us, you occasionally get ambitious with your dinner and try to cook multiple sides plus a main dish. These efforts usually end as a cold meal plus a pile of dishes to wash. MasterPan Multi-Sectional Meal Skillet makes it super easy to make multiple dishes at once without the hassle. This heavy gauge bottom pan […]

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Georgia’s secretary of state Brian Kemp feels that the Department of Homeland Security is overreaching in its attempt to, uh, preserve homeland security. The report quotes Kemp as saying that moves to guard voting machines is a "vast federal overreach" that "would not equally improve the security of elections." There are some who would disagree, including UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci, who told reporters that Georgia’s voting machines are "more than a decade old" and "falling apart." Then there’s the fact that the hardware is running that most secure of operating systems: Windows 2000.

There’s never been a proven attack on a US voting machine before, but such equipment is often targeted by hackers. The fact that Russia is suspected to have hacked the Democratic National Convention (amongst other things) suggests that the country is meddling in the 2016 general election. Protecting digital infrastructure, especially some of the most vital components of the democratic process, would seem like a no brainer. For most people, at least.

An interesting read via The Unofficial Apple Weblog

When do you deserve your money back?

Social media went into a frenzy over the weekend as it seemed that Steam was willing to refund copies of No Man’s Sky, even if the game had been played for an extended period of time or purchased at launch.

This post from Reddit has detailed information on how to improve your chances of a refund from Steam:

  • Open an actual ticket to try and get into contact with a REAL user, not an automated system.
  • Mention about how the game was advertised and draw comparisons to the final product, make comparisons on the trailer & screenshots compared to in-game.
  • Cite sources, cite interviews with Sean, youtube and article links.
  • Make sure you give the game a negative review on STEAM, be constructive in this review as it will be compared against your case.
  • Give specifics on your rig, specifics on crashing, frequency and performance issues.
  • Be sure to emphasize how long you’ve been with STEAM and how you use their service and how you will seriously consider purchases with them in future if the refund isn’t resolved (do this with PSN too)
  • Be patient and sincere with your request, any profanity or outrage will automatically get your request ditched
  • I imagine 10-15 hours of playtime is probably their threshold, if you’ve played 20+ I wouldn’t bother.

"Tacking onto this BE FIRM AS A CONSUMER," the post stated. "Put your foot down but don’t be aggressive, remind them that you spent money on a product and you were misled. Remind them that you use/used their service for X amount of years, metaphorically remind them that their service depends on you spending money and feeling satisfied."

It may be a moot point, however, as Steam has edited the No Man’s Sky page to include the following warning:


The entire return policy can be read on the official site, but normally a game isn’t eligible for a refund if it had been bought over 48 hours ago or had been played for over two hours. "There are more details…" Steam states. "But even if you fall outside of the refund rules we’ve described, you can ask for a refund anyway and we’ll take a look."

Many players are defending the push for refunds from Sony or Steam outside of the normal return policy due to the game’s often buggy performance and a lack of features that were discussed before launch.

"50 hours for what No Man’s Sky promised to be is nothing," one player on NeoGAF stated. "A drop in the hat. A lot of people were expecting to play this game for hundreds and hundreds of hours. The game wasn’t as advertised. Many products give you a month or more for a full refund and this in my opinion is no different."

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An interesting read via Polygon – Full

Complete Unknown review: a film about re-creation that just re-creates better films

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon star in this high-concept indie that takes too long to get where it’s going

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There’s a sequence deep into Joshua Marston’s awkwardly uneven movie Complete Unknown that highlights what the film could have been. When Jenny (Rachel Weisz) turns up at a birthday party for her old flame Tom (Michael Shannon), he’s flabbergasted. She disappeared from his life 15 years ago without a word, abandoning her family, who looked to him for answers. In the interim, he’s married another woman, moved into his childhood home in Brooklyn, and settled into a life that doesn’t deal well with upset or unpredictability. Jenny rapturously tells him about the wonders of self-reinvention, and the many times she’s taken a new name, made up a new history, and started over from scratch. He finds the idea preposterous and selfish, for good reasons, coming from his own experiences with her.

So when a passing stranger (Kathy Bates) falls and hurts her foot, Jenny pretends to be a doctor and draws Tom into the ruse, inventing a shared past for the two of them that seems to be half fiction, half relationship therapy where she can revise what happened between them. Tom, initially reluctant, gets drawn into the fantasy, letting Jenny define his character, then performing it for the unsuspecting woman and her husband (Danny Glover).

It’s very much like what happens in Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, except that in Kiarostami’s film, even the audience doesn’t know where the fantasy begins and ends for the central couple. The characters there are exploring a complicated philosophical question that’s openly left for the viewers to answer. Complete Unknown‘s version of the same idea is smaller and simpler. Jenny gently shows Tom a feeling she’s failed to communicate in words, and he responds by falling for the seductive side of lying to strangers. As with Certified Copy, the audience is drawn in by the difference between a lecture about someone’s abstract beliefs, and the reality of how those beliefs interact with the world.

As quiet and understated as the sequence with Bates and Glover is, it’s still electric, full of undercurrents, secret understandings, and sublimated negotiations. But it’s a long, unsteady haul to get to that sequence. Some of the film’s trivial details about Tom’s job, or the tensions between him and his wife Ramina (Azita Ghanizada), are necessary to understand the complicated push and pull going on between Tom and Jenny. But too much of the film feels like white noise and filler. Marston is working in English for the first time after his well-received features Maria Full Of Grace (in Spanish) and The Forgiveness Of Blood (in Albanian), but the banality of the dialogue in the film’s first half makes his words seem wasted in any language. So much of the film dances around the truth about who Jenny is, and why she’s chosen the methods that define her life. But the extended coyness doesn’t create a compelling mystery. It just delays forward momentum, stalling the film as it lurches toward the significant part of the story.

And the framing for that central scene keeps detracting from Marston’s attempts to balance Tom and Jenny’s viewpoints. Jenny gets access to Tom’s birthday party by luring his co-worker Clyde (Michael Chernus) into the beginnings of a relationship, then ignoring him once she has her foot in Tom’s door. It’s an unnecessary pretense that highlights her complete lack of empathy, and her willingness to take advantage of people, even using them as props. And the flubs she makes with Tom’s friends — one of whom sees through her from the start — raise the question of how good she really is at fabrication, and how she maintained any of her identities as the lies built up. Meanwhile, Tom’s brittleness and shrillness with Ramina doesn’t speak well to the stability he’s trying to preserve. They both come across as poor representatives for the lifestyles they’re espousing, and the film’s unwillingness to pick a side leaves it without a point of view or a sense of focus.


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Complete Unknown


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The casting is also problematic. Shannon is a tremendous actor, and he certainly has no difficulties bringing across the necessary distaste and frustration Tom feels for Jenny. But his performance and his physical presence tend to make every interaction feel sinister and ominous. He also feels significantly older than Weitz. She’s four years older in the real world, but she brings a naïve, fulfilled flush of energy to her role, and when she puts it next to Shannon’s lined face and the leaden sense of responsibility he projects, the story’s conclusion seems forgone. Jenny is a centered pixie dream girl trying to lure Tom away to play with the fairies, but he feels like someone who rejected whimsy and spontaneity before she was born.

It’s never clear why Jenny is so interested in Tom, and Marston’s inability to fully come to grips with her is a fatal flaw. It’s implied that something has changed for her recently, but it’s unclear what. Marston acknowledges the romance of her situation via a gauzy montage of her living every life she wants, but he never makes those lives seem plausible, given the vast conceptual gaps between them. (Swinging a role as a magician’s assistant in China doesn’t require much more than style and luck, but how did she become an ER nurse without the necessary education?) And he has Tom expose the cost of her actions, without addressing how she changed him, either in the past or present. The seeds of a rich and compelling fantasy are here, and there are any number of ways to make them relevant and relatable. Given how the internet lets us all play with different identities, but also introduces us to worlds we never would have known about otherwise, expanding the range of our jealousy and dissatisfaction, Jenny’s capacity for reinvention seems inviting and current. It’s like a fable for the modern age, about the temptations of technology and the real-world cost of accepting those temptations.


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Complete Unknown


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But Complete Unknown never locks onto the details. Unlike Catch Me If You Can, which showed how its identity-shifting protagonist used charisma and chutzpah to fall into new roles, or Catfish, which showed the naked longing behind faked identities, Marston’s film doesn’t have force or focus behind it. It also doesn’t have the curiosity to explore what’s going on behind the soft preaching about Jenny’s love of self-creation. The film never comes up with a mission statement or a message that might tie together its wandering scenes, or explain its vague melancholy. In the end, it feels like a life-support system for a single perfect scene — a sequence that suggests all the conflicts, compromises, and rewards the rest of the film never fully explores.

Note: Complete Unknown opens in limited markets on August 26, with a wide release scheduled for September 9. While Amazon Studios picked up the film, no Amazon streaming release date has been set yet.

An interesting read via The Verge – All Posts

World of Warcraft‘s newest expansion, Legion, debuts tomorrow, August 30. Now, Blizzard has announced exactly when it will unlock on PC.

People in North America can start playing at midnight PT, which comes out to 3 AM ET. You can see the unlock times for Latin America and Australia/New Zealand in the chart below.

North America 12:00 AM PT
Latin America 12:00 AM PT/4:00 AM BRT
Australia/New Zealand 5:00 PM AEST

Blizzard also published the schedules for Legion’s new dungeons and raids. On August 30, after Legion goes live, dungeons will be available on Normal and Heroic difficulties. The Mythic difficulty will launch at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET in accordance with the normal weekly dungeon reset time.

Following on from launch, the Emerald Nightmare raid dungeon will be available on Normal and Heroic difficulties starting on September 20. Also at this time, some special Mythic Keystones will drop in Mythic dungeons that allow for "increased challenge and rewards," Blizzard said.

Here is the remaining Legion dungeon/raid schedule, as written by Blizzard:

  • Tuesday, September 27: Mythic difficulty for the Emerald Nightmare Raid dungeon opens. The first wing of Raid Finder difficulty for Emerald Nightmare opens.
  • Tuesday, October 11: Raid Finder Wing 2 of Emerald Nightmare opens.
  • Tuesday, October 25: Raid Finder Wing 3 of Emerald Nightmare opens.

Legion’s first PvP season, meanwhile, kicks off September 20. Though that’s not for a while, players can earn Honor for the PvP season as soon as Legion launches. You can learn more about how World of Warcraft’s Honor and Prestige systems are changing in this Blizzard post.

Although Legion’s Broken Isles region is not yet officially available, the new demon hunter class arrived at the start of the month. The expansion raises the level cap from 100 to 110 and also makes major changes to gameplay mechanics that you can read about in our interview with Blizzard.

Legion is World of Warcraft’s sixth expansion. It follows The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), Mists of Pandaria (2012), and Warlords of Draenor (2014). Blizzard does not announce subscriber figures any longer, but the game remains the No. 1 subscription-based MMO on the market, according to Superdata.

An interesting read via GameSpot

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