Welcome back to The Queue, WoW.com's (almost) daily Q&A column where the WoW.com team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.
I'm taking a break from piecing together the video from WoW.com's recent run of the Forge of Souls to whip up a brand new edition of The Queue for you guys to read this afternoon. I went to Twitter for most of today's questions, so don't be surprised if they're pretty short!
"Theory time: Since Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep are coming back as Heroics, do you think any other dungeons will come back as Heroics? If so, which?"
I don't think there will be many more, if any at all, when Cataclysm launches. I figure they're turning these into Heroics for one of two reasons. One, they're updating them to reflect current events in the world. Or two, they're just scaling them up to level 85 so newer players understand the background of current events. Someone who first leveled up in Wrath of the Lich King, or even Burning Crusade, might not know what happened in Shadowfang Keep and how it relates to the Worgen.
In the context of what's going down in Cataclysm, I could see Wailing Caverns getting an update as well, considering what happens with the Barrens. We know something will happen with Gnomeregan, but I don't know what that will mean yet. How about you, dear readers? Any ideas or theories?
"Can I have a Ghostcrawler pony t-shirt?"
Yes, but you need to make it yourself. After BlizzCon, we made the graphic available for download so you guys can print your own t-shirts or sweatshirts or thongs or whatever it is you want to do with it. We might sell WoW.com dealies at some point, but definitely not that. We're not looking to get sued, and I get the feeling Mr. Street wouldn't be happy about us selling things with his name all over it.
But you're on our staff you jerk, so you knew that already. Also, you smell.
"Does anyone have a spare Google Wave invite?"
I don't, but I'm sure somebody does. And they know who they should really give it to. Hint, hint.
"Who would be next in line to be the leader of the Forsaken if something happened to Lady Sylvanas in patch 3.3?"
That's a good question! I'd say we don't really know. Sylvanas really holds the whole place together from what we've seen. Those faithful to her are almost cult-like in their devotion, aren't they? I'd say if Sylvanas went down, someone in the Royal Apothecary Society would pick up the pieces.
"When are you bringing back The Daily Quest?"
We don't necessarily need to bring it back, because it didn't go anywhere. It's just not quite daily right now. To give a little insight into what it takes to do The Daily Quest, the few of us on the staff that write it go through quite literally hundreds of blog posts and gaming sites every time we do it. We have a massive RSS reader with tons and tons of sites and blogs in it. The size of the post is somewhat deceptive, it looks like it's quick and easy. It can actually take hours and hours on a bad/slow day. When we get it done, it's absolutely worth it, but it can be a struggle. We love linking to posts we think are exceptional. Some days we simply can't squeeze it into the schedule though, and those are the days it won't be there.
It's also something that's easier for us to do when the community helps us out. Send us tips, sent us links, that sort of thing. Don't send us everything you read because we'll get tired of that pretty quick, but if you read something you really like, or wrote something you're really proud of, send it to us. We'll read it for sure (we read every e-mail we receive), and if we like it too, it will get highlighted. Either on its own, or in The Daily Quest. You scratch our back, we scratch yours. That sort of thing.
You guys have probably noticed The Queue has slowed down a lot as well, and it's somewhat for the same reasons. We love writing it, it's probably one of my favorite things to write because the format lets me be a little more candid with you guys while being helpful at the same time, but it's a huge time sink and relies heavily on the state of the game. Sometimes there simply aren't enough hours in the day for the editors to get this thing written up. And some days, like today, we have to go to other places to get questions to answer because we're currently in that pre-expansion lull that always tends to happen. Everyone wants to hear about Cataclysm, and we can't squeeze a time machine into WoW.com's budget.
We work with what we've got, and sometimes we just need to skip it for a day or two for the good of the column. Nobody wants to read us type "idk" for 30+ questions in a row. During these lulls, when we write The Queue we want you to enjoy it and have fun. And it should be informative, of course, but that's a given.