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Know Your Lore: Cinematics, character development, and story in 2014

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

Last week, we began to take a look at 2014 in review for World of Warcraft -- not from a general game standpoint, but from the standpoint of lore and story development. While we had some written material and media released midway through the year, in game the year didn't really get started until the release of patch 6.0 and the next expansion, Warlords of Draenor. But despite only being out for a little over a month, Warlords has made an pretty sizeable impression so far.

From a perspective of sheer story delivery, the leveling game in the new expansion is hands down the best thing Blizzard has ever delivered. There's not really more than a moment or two that you aren't being hammered with story from one direction or another, whether it's the unique struggles of two different factions on two different sides of the world as they establish their bases on Draenor, or the struggles of Draenor's natives as they deal with threats from the Iron Horde and beyond. Obviously, quests are everything -- what else contributed to lore in 2014?

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor

WoW Moviewatch: Pointless Top 10 Winterveil Things

Wowcrendor is on a roll with the 10 days of Winter Veil celebration he's got going on on his Youtube channel. The latest submission is one of my favorite things -- a pointless top 10 list! Yes, the feature has made a short return with a list of Pointless Top 10 Winterveil Things that you'll see scattered around the world. It didn't take long for the video to completely win me over. Number 8 on the list pretty much sent this particular pointless top 10 to the top of my favorites.

I think my favorite part of the film however was the moment in which Wowcrendor was suddenly struck with the idea for a new video while creating this one. There's just something infectious about gleeful excitement (and the video idea was a really good one that I hope we see!). As always, if you like what you're seeing, be sure to check out Wowcrendor's Youtube channel for more holiday hijinks and Warcraft machinima.

Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Warcraft Art, Fan Art, and Community Comic updates

A fresh round of updates have been added to the World of Warcraft Fan Art section of the official site, as well as new pieces for the Warlords of Draenor Art gallery, and a new World of Warcraft comic. While there aren't any costume updates this time around (and those are usually some of my favorite updates!), the Fan Art section includes a new piece by breathing2004, as well as a gorgeous painting of a pit lord by artist Xinxin Zhong, and both are worth an extended look.

As far as the concept art goes, there's some new shots of various scenery around Draenor -- and they include some really cool day-to-night transitions. I'm not sure if this was an active element in planning Draenor's zones, but if this kind of concept art helped with the development of what we see in game, I hope they keep it up for any expansions to come. Draenor has some of the best scenery I have ever seen in the game, and I'd love to see that particular streak of excellence continue. Head to Blizzard's official post to take a look at all the new art updates, and the new Warcraft community comic while you're at it.

Filed under: Blizzard, Arts and Crafts

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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Filed under: The Queue

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?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

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.
Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

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

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