Never let it be said that I don't play along with you guys.
I didn't want to bitch about it in the Ashbringer KYL (because the TRUE Ashbringer is a stand-up guy) but dammit do the wives/mothers ALWAYS have to be stuffed into refrigerators? Can't characters just have mothers?
Off of the top of my head the only mothers we really get any time with are Garona and Aegwynn, and of those two, one is currently dead. Lianne Menethil died off panel somewhere, Tiffin Wrynn died when a rock hit her in the head, I don't even know who Varian's mom was, much less Jaina Proudmoore's... there are other examples (Draka, Thrall's mom, also dead) but in general, I think it's a fair cop that WoW is hard on moms. Frankly, what I want is to find out that Anduin Lothar met a woman, fell in love, had a kid, and that woman is still alive, as is her daughter, who is going to show up and just kick all kinds of behind and become war leader of the entire Alliance because she's a chip off the old block. Because seriously, enough is enough with the mom killing. People's moms need to stop dying in WoW, it's getting weird.
I guess Aggra's still around. Here's hoping she doesn't go to see any Zorro movies.
Q4TQ: Magni Bronzebeard forged Ashbringer (as recounted in today's KYL). Do we know of any other weapons/artifacts he forged?
I really had no idea that KYL was going to be so popular in the Queue. That's really weird, guys.
Anyway, no, we don't know of any other weapons that he forged. While he was clearly a skilled weaponsmith, his duties as prince and later king kept him pretty busy.
I know there's the San'Layn in the kingdom of anub 5-man and in ICC. They're vampire elves. Are there any human, gnome, troll, etc. vampires in the game?
No. In Wrath the San'Layn were introduced as 'darkfallen' which is basically what happens to blood elves when they're raised directly by the Lich King, in much the same way that certain vrykul women become val'kyr. There are no others like them. It seems likely that the Lich King took some sort of twisted humor in raising the blood elves, once beloved of the sun, as darkness dwelling blood drinking monstrosities.
Benjamin Seeburger asks:
Question for the Queue
What are your reactions to leveling up in Draenor (for those who have played the beta)? I'm getting a mixed reaction.
I liked it. Had a good time leveling. Sorry, it's an easy question for me to answer.
Predictions for gamescon? Your adjusted release date for Warlords based on Chris Robinson stating they were "winding up development"?
I expect at the least to either hear about the cinematic or a release date for Warlords at Gamescom, and it's going to be a lot sooner than BlizzCon. Expect it by October.
Q4TQ: What's the current status of Arms Warrior on Beta? I heard Gladiator's Stance is a must and people are playing Arms with 1H and Shield. Since I LOVE this idea... is it true? Do you think it's likely that we end up being able, at least, to play arms in this fashion when WoD hits?
Arms warriors cannot take Gladiator Stance - the talent Gladiator's Resolve is a prot warrior only talent. So no, arms warriors are not taking it. It is not likely that this will be the arms playstyle in Warlords. It is in fact extremely unlikely.
As for arms, right now it still feels clunky to me. The reason drops in its rage generation didn't do anything to make it any better, and having rage be much less in your control than fury or protection doesn't really fix that. But it's certainly much more playable now than it was last month.
Q4tQ: can we get Rossi back, I don't like the Adam and Alex days. Anne too Anne is perfectly great.
Well, here I am, but frankly I prefer reading Adam or Alex to myself when it comes to The Queue. They're more lively, and probably better at answering questions. Anne is also a superlative Queue-writer.
And that's my Queue for the week. Thank you for that surreal image of my face pasted on what looked like an old Second City cast picture.
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