Welcome back to The Queue, WoW Insider's daily Q&A column where the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.
One of our questions today comes from a reader who's moving to London for a couple of months, and I just wanted to take a moment to say that I've always wanted to go there. Consider yourself very, very lucky! London has all kinds of great things I've always wanted to see, like Big Ben, Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower, the Parthenon, and Papah?naumoku?kea. One day, hopefully, I'll get to go myself!
Let's get started, hm?
SithVicious asked a pair of questions...
"Will Blizzard ever allow cross server chat?"
We haven't heard anything about this recently. I suspect it's something we won't ever see. If we did, I bet it'd be restricted to battlegroups and it wouldn't be super duper useful. That's what I think they would do, anyway. I don't know anything about the technical limitations involved. Basically, my answer here is, "I have no idea, but I don't think they would."
"I have a dual monitor setup, are there any recommendations on how to make use of that second monitor such as add-ons which give in game information or a way to spread the WoW screen over to the second monitor without getting any distortion?"
You can extend WoW over two monitors, but there's a few issues with it. One, your character is right in the middle of the two monitors, so it you don't have thin frames it's going to look really, really weird having your character and all cut in half. Two, if the monitors aren't the same size, it's probably going to murder your eyes and your sanity. If you have two equal-sized monitors with frame thin enough to now boggle your eyes, go for it and use them both for WoW. If not, avoid it. Seriously, it is so ugly, augh.
What I do, and what I recommend, is to just leave WoW running on whichever is the better, bigger monitor. Don't put anything on there but WoW and your WoW addons. Put all of your other resources on the other monitor. IM programs, Ventrilo, web browsers, all of that goes over there. It makes for a very convenient play experience.
"So wait... wha? I'm leaving for London in 2 months. I can't use my copies of WoW/Wrath (and my TBC bought online through worldofwarcraft.com) when I get there? I have to purchase everything all over again?"
If you want to continue playing your US characters on US realms, you can still play with your current US account from London. The only real issue there is latency due to the servers being farther away from you geographically, and you'll be playing at very unusual hours for US realms due to timezones. But you can still play there and you don't need to pay anything extra.
If you want to play on European realms, you'll need a European WoW account which means paying for everything again. Yes, everyone who is waiting to pounce on me in the comments, I know you can just change the realmlist.wtf to use the same install for both regions. You still need to pay for a registration key in the EU, which means buying everything again.
If you're only going to be in London for two months, don't even worry about it. Just play on US servers. Just note you'll be a wee bit laggier than you're used to for those two months, then when you're back in the US you'll be groovy.
"What happened to mobile WoW insider? This page is a huge strain to load on my handheld."
I'm sure someone will make a stink about the fact that I've answered this question before, but since it's not openly advertised anywhere on the site, I'll answer it again. At this point, m.wow.com is pretty deprecated and we don't really use it anymore. i.wow.com is much better, and while it's optimized for iPhones, it works better than the mobile version did for mobile phones so that's what we go with now. Try the iPhone version (even if you do not use an iPhone) and let us know how that works for you.