Every week, just at the start of the weekend, we catch up with the WoW.com staff and ask them, "What are you playing this week?" (Otherwise known as: WRUP!) Join us to see what we're up to in and out of game -- and catch us in the comments to let us know what you're playing, too!
There's a definite, unmistakeable theme to this weekend's activities. I'd normally belabor it, but let's see if you can't just notice the pattern yourselves. Here's your hint: it involves explosions.
Okay. Yeah, you caught us. It's the beta.
Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) : This weekend I won't be playing anything. I'm going down to Minneapolis and finally making it to a Twins game at the new Target Field. Katie and I will be 11 rows up right behind the first base line. Can't wait! My favorite thing about the beta dropping has to be our live stream. Nothing is more fun than hanging out with thousands of you as we explore Azeroth all over again.
Alex Ziebart (@alexziebart): Beta
Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey): Playing the beta until my eyes bleed. No raiding since it's a holiday weekend, so more than likely I'll be working on an entry for the Blizzard writing contest. Favorite Cataclysm beta thing...is that...bacon? Does anyone smell - HEY GUYS DO YOU SMELL BACON?
Amy Schley (@wowlawbringer): Saturday is my last day of WoW before my subscription runs out, (I know better than to have an active sub during my last month of bar prep. I am NOT taking this thing twice!) so I'll be cleaning out my mailboxes and bags, collecting gold from auctions and sharding the greens that haven't sold. I'll also be pushing my shaman as close to 80 as I can get before signing off satisfied with her jump from neglected level 25 to well equipped healer at ~75 in only two months. My favorite part of Cataclysm? Just ogling all the changes so I know what to preserve in my screenshot folder while I still can.
Basil Berntsen (@outdps): It's my step-brother's bachelor party, so I'll be camping this weekend. My favorite part of Cataclysm is probably Aspect of the Fox for hunters.
Chase Christian (@madsushi): Having a 4th of July BBQ with the in-laws, and hopefully trying out Ruby Sanctum if we can get enough people online. The new leveling path will definitely be my favorite part of Cataclysm, considering how much I hate leveling now after doing it so many times over the years.
Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb): Considering sacrificing small animals so the Scythe will drop for my druid in the closing days of the fire festival. Also making good time on finishing up Eastern Kingdoms on my Loremaster push. My favorite part of the Cataclysm beta so far has been my goblin hunter. That girl is FIERCE. Haters to the left.
Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives): Going to San Francisco for the weekend, so no gaming, unless my mom deigns to let me show her how awesome the world of Fallout 3 is.
Joe Perez (@Lodurzj): I'm celebrating the independence of America by blowing up a small portion of it! BBQ and fireworks with the family this weekend. Game wise I'll be spending the weekend leveling my baby pally as much as possible. I'm still finding leveling as protection amazingly fun! Oh and if I have time some War For Cybertron. Oh, and my favorite part of Cataclysm so far is all the new patterns for jewelcrafting and alchemy. The trinkets for JC are really nice right now and I like the idea of teleportation potions like the potion of Deepholme
Lisa Poisso (@emused): I guess now that beta's here, it's time to make that fateful decision: Who will be the first character to move forward into Cataclysm territory -- or will it be a goblin, right off the bat? I foresee much tossing and turning at night this weekend.
Matt Low (@matticus): Checking out some Steam deals to see what other games are out there that I would be interested in. Working on streamlining and beefing up my guild roster as well, as we just hit 6/12 in ICC 25 on hard mode. Might check out Ruby Sanctum on 10 as well since we cleared it the day it came out on 25. My favorite part about Cataclysm has to be guild perks. Love the idea of it!
Mathew McCurley (@gomatgo): This weekend is probably one of running around doing a crazy amount of errands. Plus I want to get all my columns in early. I am also going into fits of rage over what characters are going to be my Cataclysm mains, with a goblin definitely up there in possibility. My favorite thing about the Cataclysm beta is the new level up animations and the goblin voices. I think they fit so perfectly, and I'm interested to see what they replace the obviously too racy for WoW quotes with.
Michael Gray (@writegray): I'm going to be blowing some stuff up with fireworks. Boom, baby.
Rich Maloy (@stoneybaby): BBQ, beer, and sun this weekend, in that order. Looking forward to the long weekend. As for Cataclysm: the improved graphics, new levels, new raids, new challenges, I'm looking forward to all of it.
Robin Torres (@cosmiclaurel): World of Goo, Colonization -- yes, I have fallen prey to those awesome Steam sales. I will also be finishing up the fires on a few of my characters. My favorite part of the Cataclysm news is the guild perks. It will be so much fun leveling up It came from the Blog. I can't wait!
The weekend is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy some game time. Are you an achievement junkie? Can't get enough raiding? Rolling a new alt? Considering taking the leap into roleplaying? Whatever your favorite way to play World of Warcraft, let us know in the comments what you're playing this weekend!