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The Queue: Blame the bird people

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

Anyone remember the Simon Says Apexis crystal game in Ogri'la? Supposedly it's the arakkoa's fault, and the ogres of Ogri'la just found all these Apexis crystals and relics lying around, picked them up, and got very smart in the process. We might not be playing Simon Says in Draenor, but there's a horrifying reminder of the thing in a lone mine deep underground, oddly enough. Which makes me wonder -- was this irritating game of disastrous, zappy consequences really a relic of the arakkoa, or was this just the Titans playing their version of the buzzer-in-the-hand practical joke?

bushogg asked:

question for the que: does the level of my follower assigned to my barracks matter? If I am level 100 and my bodyguard is 94 should I level him to 100 or does it not matter?

Nope! He'll scale right up along with you. Feel free to take him along on whatever journeys you feel appropriate!

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Sunday Morning Funnies: To Migraineland

Sunday Morning Funnies is your weekly list of WoW-related web comics.

This week, in comics: A protest. A technical term. A baby. An extra in an '80s movie. Pants! Plus: Sparcle is rocking new goggles!

If you missed us last week, you may notice that we have a new comic on the list! It's called Questing Comics, and is relatively new, with fifteen pages up so far. Check it out!

Also on the list this week is an MMO-related comic from Zombie Roomie, submitted by JereHunter, who wasn't sure how I felt about jokes involving long raids and bio breaks (or lack thereof). Bring 'em on.

In other news, Contested Territory is running a Christmas special this week, and putting forth a proposal for 2015. Definitely check it out! Aside from the awesome backgrounds, the fashion, and the fun look at some of the gnome poses, I love the idea, and I love how Trig connected it to Christmas instead of New Year's resolutions.

Finally, Lackinganame has issued a trivia question. Who can guess the reference on Praise the Sun, the second update of Gratz Solace featured last week?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Breakfast Topic: Are you participating in Winter Veil content?

I almost forgot about Winter Veil. There doesn't seem to be any kind of decorations or indication that the event is going on on Draenor -- unless Warspear has been decked out, but I haven't been out there in weeks. However, the event is in fact going on, and will continue until we're all opening those presents under the tree in Ironforge and Orgrimmar. Why Ironforge, and not Stormwind you might ask? Fun story -- back in vanilla, the only two cities with auction houses were Orgrimmar and Ironforge. I'm assuming that when they originally set up the event, it only made sense to place it in the city where players congregated the most -- and in the case of the Alliance, that was absolutely Ironforge.

I haven't really been participating in the holiday daily to kill the Greench, but I will happily make a trip to both Orgrimmar and Ironforge on all my characters to pick up the holiday goodies. With a ton of new items, I'm kind of hoping I'll be able to collect all of the new stuff between all of my characters. Have you been participating in the holiday content? Are you still looking for that elusive Lump of Coal pet? Are you looking forward to nabbing your presents from under the tree? ...and isn't Greatfather Winter about the grumpiest looking orc you've ever seen?

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WRUP: Hitting up Highmaul edition

Another week has come and gone, which means it's time to sit down and catch up on some games. As the holidays approach, just what are you playing? At Team WoW Insider, we've been exploring Highmaul... but with the holiday season almost upon us, it can get harder to get a guild raid group together, which makes LFR the perfect "quick fix" raid.

But to hear all about the gaming we're doing, read on! And, of course, jump in to the comments and let us know just what you're playing this weekend.

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WoW Moviewatch: Kilrogg Shoots His Eye Out?!?

Happy Winter Veil! In the latest Winter Veil video from Wowcrendor, we meet young Kilrogg, who's just been given a sweet air-rifle as a Winter Veil present. Between that and the video's title, you can imagine how the plot plays out from there... so just how did Kilrogg lose that eye? The answer involves a cameo from Greatfather Winter because it's the holidays so of course it does.

If you're looking for more holiday cheer, Crendor is doing a series of Winter Veil videos, so check out day 1 and day 2 of his 10 Days of Winter Veil countdown if you've missed them.
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Recruit Soulare of Andorhal for your garrison

How would you like a follower who will happily throw a beam of light on you if you /praise him, and hand over a toy for your Toy Box just to be nice? Soulare of Andorhal isn't your typical follower at all. He's a protection paladin with the usual array of good follower abilities, but it's the fun things this follower does that makes him appealing. There's also the fact that he's a thinly-veiled reference to the Dark Soul character Solaire of Astora, but that's just the icing on the cake.

Getting this follower, however, is slightly more difficult than you'd think. He starts out at level 90, because you don't find him out in the wilds of Draenor -- you recruit him from your Inn. In order to get Soulare, you're going to need the right building, the right set of abilities, and a whopping dollop of luck on top of it. But it's all worth it in the end. And if you're not quite feeling up to the challenge ... well, there's some good news on that end, too.

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Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes for December 19

A small round of hotfixes have been deployed for the weekend and posted to the official blog. There are only three of them this time around, but players with a Gladiator's Sanctum in their garrison should make a note of the fix applied, in case they were unable to receive new Nemesis quests.

December 19

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Garrison Buildings
    • Gladiator's Sanctum: Resolved a situation that could cause players to be unable to receive new Nemesis quests.
  • Frostfire Ridge
    • The Cure: Frostwolf Gladiators can no longer be killed by Alliance players.
  • Guild Bank Money Logs should now be able to correctly display records of transactions greater than 215,000 gold.

Filed under: Hotfixes, Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: In which stuff got weird

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

This week has been kind of strange. I put together an image in Photoshop last year of Elsa in the Lich King's armor, because it was kind of funny. Then I stuck the image on Twitter, and a lot of people liked it. This week, it popped up on a news site with an article about how Elsa dolls have dethroned Barbie dolls as the dolls of preference this holiday season. A lot of people told me about this, I found the whole thing very amusing, and then the image was pulled.

Ah well. I still have the mental image of Barbie resigned to a Bolvar fate in my head, and that's enough for me.

Lamneth commented:

The dungeon system I miss from WoTLK was the Frozen Orb. They should make savage blood available via the LFD system. Even if it was just 1 or 2 at the end that everyone got to roll on. Would encourage people to stay for the whole dungeon and give me a reason to sign up for them when I already outgear them.

If they put Savage Blood in as a drop reward for completing a heroic dungeon, I would start doing heroics again immediately. Without question. As is stands, the amount of time I have to spend in queue as DPS and the lack of any rewards that are at all currently useful to me make heroics largely useless as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure there are plenty of other people still getting use out of them, I'm just not one of them.

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Breakfast Topic: Have you replaced any buildings yet?

I have this love-hate relationship going on with my garrison. The whole follower mission thing is pretty fun as far as sending people off to go fetch things, but the buildings themselves are giving me a headache. Part of it is the fact that so few buildings in the Horde garrisons have important things to weather the cold, things like doors, or ceilings, or chairs to sit on. Part of it is the buildings themselves, which would be giving me pause regardless of Alliance or Horde.

I ended up ripping down my storehouse a few weeks ago, partially because I realized getting a level 3 blueprint for the place was going to be nearly impossible (but has since been adjusted via hotfix, and I can now purchase the plans), and largely because I'm an engineer and I can pretty much summon a bank whenever I want to. The level 3 version of the building doesn't really do anything but give me a transmog vendor, and that wasn't worth my time, and it wasn't worth the space the building took. So I tore it down, and now I have a nice salvage yard.

But I have a problem when I think about my larger buildings -- I have the barracks and a war mill, and I don't really want to get rid of either of them. One gives me followers, one gives me gear for my followers. I would, however, like to try out a set of stables at some point -- I just don't want to tear down one of my big buildings to do it. So now I feel kind of stuck. The storehouse was an easy decision -- it wasn't really doing anything I couldn't be doing myself. The big buildings, though, the buildings with things like walls and ceilings, those I'd really hate to tear down. Have you guys replaced any buildings? Are you happy with the idea of just swapping a building out when you want a better one? Are you attached to the layout you have, or are you content to switch things out at a moment's notice?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

WoW Moviewatch: Villain Holiday Party

Think your holiday party is awkward? At least you're not a World of Warcraft villain, because their get-togethers never seem to go well. The real question, of course, is whose terrible idea was it for them to have a holiday party -- complete with gifts and strained conversation -- in the first place?

Whoever's on the planning committee for this, at least we get to sit back and watch everyone's misery courtesy of Wowcrendor. This is second part of a Winter Veil series of videos by Crendor, so we can only expect more holiday mayhem in the days to come. We're going to count that as a solid entertainment win.
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