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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!

Another weekend, another edition of WRUP. Despite the belief that WoW Insider writers should spend their days and nights doing absolutely nothing but playing WoW, nourishing ourselves on virtual water and biscuits, we do enjoy playing other games. That's our bonus question this week: what's a major game release you're looking forward to this year?

Alex Ziebart (@AlexZiebart): I think it's more or less safe for me to slip away from the PTR's icy grip and focus on my alts on live realms again. I'm really digging healing on my priest, which is madness considering I essentially ragequit playing a priest a couple years ago because the class started to drive me nuts, healing and shadow both. I know it's akin to sacrilege to say so these days, but I'm really enjoying healing in Cataclysm. No, my dear raid, that doesn't mean you can talk me out of playing retribution full time! I'll also likely be doing some writing on one of my other sites and possibly recording its accompanying podcast.

Mass Effect 3 is what I'm looking forward to the most, but it's so far away I try to push it out of my mind lest I go insane. The non-WoW game I'll be picking up next is Dragon Age II. I'm still trying to figure out a believable excuse so I can get its release day off here at WoW Insider. Suggestions, anybody?

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey): I'll be writing, raiding a bit on Sunday, and attempting to make my closet into something that is organized. Yeah ... that's gonna work.

Basil Berntsen (@outdps): I'm playing WoW. Bonus answer: none. If I ever quit WoW, I'm more likely to take up some non-video game hobby. Until then, no games are nearly as large as WoW, and the whole point of an MMO is the other people who play it.

Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb): Actually, I'm going to be horribly busy IRL this weekend, so I'll be lucky to get my fishing and cooking dailies done in game. As far as future releases, count me in for Dragon Age 2. I was all ready to be really skeptical about it after how horrible all the DA:O DLC was, but the demo's got me hooked. Pirate queens and hotblooded templar ladies get me every time.

Dawn Moore (@dawnwow): I'll be writing, compiling a heroic Nefarian strategy for next week's raid (also making some sacrifices to the raiding gods), and recording a new, not-lost-to-a-critical-error "best episode of the Circle of Healing Podcast ever" on Sunday. Also making an attempt to do my dailies for once. There isn't a game I'm looking forward in the next few months, sadly. Plus I still need to buy Kirby's Epic Yarn!

Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives): Working, leveling my shaman, and maybe some Dragon Quest whateverthenewestoneis on the DS. Bonus answer: L.A. Noire, although my fiancé and I are already arguing over who gets to play it first.

Joe Perez (@Lodurzj): Working some OT, hitting the PTR and plotting for some epic raid time on Monday. Still adjusting to my new home on Ner'Zhul and plan to harass Matt Low, or as I like to refer to him, Russelcus as much as I can, mostly cause it's super-fun.

Non-WoW game I'm looking forward to? Honestly I'm really looking forward to playing Dragon Age 2. I loved the first game, and the demo makes it seem like it's going to be fun. Also I like the idea of playing through stories about your character as told by outside observers. Could lead to some very interesting story telling.

Lisa Poisso (@emused): Hopefully, feeling less like a limp noodle and more like running all the heroics I've been missing for a week now. Bonus question: No time for other games -- I'm re-reading Game of Thrones in preparation for April 17, baby!

Matt Low (@matticus): I'll be busy this weekend trolling the new troll instances like Zul'Aman. For the bonus question: I need a new FPS fix. The latest ones have been rather lackluster lately. Can't wait to see what Homefront has to offer.

Mathew McCurley (@gomatgo): Getting home from GDC. Writing lots and probably turning on the webcam to talk about my conversation with Tom Chilton and my trip.

Matthew Rossi (@MatthewWRossi): My little guild cleared two more bosses this week, so I'll be celebrating that while also trying to get my alt geared up for weekend alt raiding. I will also be writing short fiction for my site and continuing to serialize my novel there.

I'm looking forward to Dragon Age 2, which I will be playing obsessively.

Michael Gray (@writegray): Mending a fence, and probably running lots and lots of heroics. I'm also getting the Dark Puppy involved in Flyball as an outlet for her massive amounts of energy. (Without this kind of distraction, she'll inevitably bomb my house with plague weapons. I'm just saying.)

Robin Torres (@cosmiclaurel): I'll be working on Roblinator's skinning/leatherworking some more while still remaining in the low 20s for Monday's dungeon run (join me). We also have a kiddie birthday party to go to and I've got more Doctor Who to watch while knitting socks and drinking bourbon. I'm midway through Season 4. No spoilers!

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!

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