Every week, just at the start of the weekend, we catch up with the WoW Insider 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!
As most of our regular readers have already noticed, the USA's Thanksgiving has slowed WoW Insider down significantly. Many members of our staff are off in strange, unknown locations with friends and family. Some of them don't even have access to the magical portal we know as the internet. Can you imagine that? Tough, I know.
Those of us still here have had our interest in WoW renewed thanks to the world changes introduced in patch 4.0.3a. In addition to asking the staff what they're up to this weekend for this week's WRUP, they were asked to include a screenshot of any of the new race/class combos they might be playing. I encourage you to do the same, dear readers!
Alex Ziebart (@AlexZiebart): For a while there, WoW ended up pretty low on my list of leisure activities. The live realms had just stagnated so much over the last few months that I didn't want to log in at all. The Shattering changed that, thankfully! I'll be spending my time leveling a dwarven enhancement shaman. She's pretty cool so far, and I don't even like dwarves.
Chase Christian (@madsushi): Eating a lot and going to finish building my new dream PC this weekend. Here's a picture of my new tauren paladin!
Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb): I'm using the extra long holiday weekend to catch up on a lot of personal writing. Also, since I didn't quite finish Loremaster of Kalimdor before the patch, I'm using my pre-Cataclysm time to get a head start on it again, and I have to say, Darkshore is just plain depressing. The Alliance just can't catch a break this expansion, can they? Also, here is a picture of Telana, my gnome priestess. She's low level, but she survived years in Gnomeregan dodging leper gnomes and troggs without succumbing to radiation sickness, so she's still a huge badass.
Dan O'Halloran: Recovering from the flu. Which gives me lots of time for my new dwarf shaman.
Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives): Like a faithless hound dog, I return slinking to the legs of my master, World of Warcraft. I rolled a troll druid and am having great fun with all the quests, enough so that I think I'm just going to keep to Kalimdor on this character and save the Eastern Kingdoms for my goblin hunter. Here is my newbie, Melphomene of Medivh.
Joe Perez (@Lodurzj): World of Warcraft is back to dominating my play time for two reasons. First, I'm absolutely in love with my prot paladin. Seriously, I love tanking on her. I've been chain running dungeons left and right and just having a blast. Second reason, I am going through and doing all the lower-level quests on Lodur. Even now, all the new quests are just so much fun, and I find myself enjoying them quite a bit. Also, Lodur is hitting the battlegrounds still. Nothing says "I love you" like a dwarf shaman clad in full PvP gear with a legendary mace riding a raptor at the middle of a huge pack of Alliance! Have I mentioned I love being a dwarf shaman?
Kelly Aarons (@Cadistra): I've fallen in love all over again with The Shattering! I'm going to roll a tauren pally, but my server is full of them, so I'm waiting a few days to roll her. The first thing I did after logging on was rush to Thunder Bluff. I choked up a bit seeing Baine there, but Cadi has sworn loyalty to her new chief.
Lisa Poisso (@emused): I hope I'll be enjoying some time to play with my husband, but he's having some sort of OS conflict problem, so our duo might be sidelined after all. So maybe I'll get to ... raise my fishing?
Mathew McCurley (@gomatgo): Lots of writing, Shattering stuff, working out some video streaming stuff for some live stuff, and probably building an Ikea bookshelf. Also, more Dance Central. Always Dance Central. I made an undead hunter and I'm having a blast with the class and the leveling.
Robin Torres (@cosmiclaurel): I'll be playing alts all weekend long. Meet Robinemic, the Forsaken huntress.
Tyler Caraway (murmursofadruid): I'll be snagging what play time I can as I prepare to deal with the after-Thanksgiving rush at work. Thankfully, I only work in grocery and not retail, or I wouldn't be able to survive the holiday season. Aside from that, it's trying to score another H LK kill on Sunday and pushing my mage those last few levels to 80.
Zach Yonzon (@battlemasters): Undead hunter. That is all.
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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!