Tag Archives: Boars

TERA Online Looks… BOAR-ing

Boars?  Really?

No, really.  Boars?  And you thought that was even Tweet worthy?

You don’t think maybe the genre has had enough of boars. (And elves.)

Have you played World of Warcraft or… the boar-iest MMO of all… Lord of the Rings Online?

Look into it.

In the mean time I demand, since 2011 is the year of demands, that Syp do a follow up article to his Best Non-Traditional MMO Fantasy Races post with the idea of highlighting the best non-traditional MMO wildlife.

Get working on it!

Help solve the bear/boar/wolf problem!

Boars Becoming More Like Their MMO Counterparts

Reader Kirjath sent me a link to a Yahoo article about boar problems in Germany.

Climate change has been good to the boars of Central Europe and they are flourishing.  According to the article:

Central Europe is turning into a land of plenty for the animals, as warmer weather causes beech and oak trees to overproduce seeds and farmers to grow more crops the boars like to feast on such as corn or rape, said Torsten Reinwald of the German Hunting Federation.

“The number of boars in Germany has quadrupled or quintupled over the last years, as has the number of boars shot,” Reinwald said, adding that other countries like France and Poland are seeing a similar proliferation of boars.

So you may laugh at the proliferation of boars in Middle-earth, but something along those lines seems to be happening in Middle Europe.  How soon until we see LOTRO-like quest givers offering bounties to solve their boar problems?

Unfortunately, there is more to the boar problem.  Some of these boars are radioactive.

Radioactive Boar - Artists Concept

It seems that the after effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident still haunt Europe 24 years later.  The  radioactive Cesium-137 in the fallout has moved deeper into the soil over the years, and is now at about the same level that truffles favor, which boars in turn seek out.

So remember that tainted boar meat quest in Hellfire Peninsula?  The same thing is happening, after a fashion, in Germany.  Only it is the German government paying out for the tainted meat.

So while the profusion of boars has caused a dip in the price of the meat, making your Schweinehaxe a bit more affordable, the whole nuclear truffle thing might make you think twice before making it a treat you indulge in frequently.