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Breakfast Topic: Does your heart follow your main?

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I've been playing World of Warcraft for quite some time now and have been exposed to many different guilds, both good and bad. I was only part of one guild before the first expansion came out, and I was very happy with it. When The Burning Crusade hit, the guild fell apart, and I tried to pry myself into a spot in one of the top raiding guilds on my server. It went pretty well for a while, but after the raid leader and the guild master had a little tiff with each other, the guild split and I ended up going to the newly formed one. This is the guild in which I spent the rest of my Burning Crusade days.

With the coming of Wrath of the Lich King came an abundance of newly formed guilds and old guilds trying to get a jump on all the new content. I was searching for the right one, but I didn't entirely know what I wanted. Throughout the complete span of Wrath, I have found myself in seven different guilds. This may sound like a whole lot to some people, but I'm sure there are those of you out there who have been in more than that.

The first guild was one that was pretty good in The Burning Crusade but lost their muster when they couldn't get through Naxxramas's Arachnid Quarter. Good old Maexxna had it out for them. The next few guilds were ones that were "high up" in the raiding industry of the server. Some of them I had to leave because progress wasn't even an afterthought. Another turned out just like my guild in The Burning Crusade; there were people who didn't really like how things were run, and we ended up needing to make a new guild because the guild master jumped ship with all of our guild bank.

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Breakfast Topic: Are real-life friendships more "real" than in-game friendships?

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It was a Saturday night. I had spent the whole week working, and I wanted to do something fun. A buddy of mine called me to go out that night, but I just didn't feel like it. I wanted a fun night, but I didn't feel like going out and doing anything. Another one of my friends called me: "Dude, meet me at ICC in 20 minutes." Then he hung up. I thought to myself, "Should I do something with my real-life friend, or should I play WoW with some people I've never really met?" Well, my WoW friends won, and I spent the rest of the night on an alt beating up ICC for about three hours.

I've noticed as of late I tend to lean toward my WoW friends rather than my real-life friends. Why is that, you ask? I really have no idea. A few of my real-life friends play WoW. One of them is actually the one who got me started in the first place. I quit two years later and then came back because I started dating a girl who played WoW. Needless to say, my troll hunter became a night elf hunter, and I have come to call the people I play WoW with true friends of mine.

Other people may say I am wrong in this mindset. I tell them that I spend more time with the online friends (even though it's not in a physical sense), and I have a lot of fun doing it. Sure, there are arguments and rage-logging occasionally, but doesn't that happen in real life as well? Instead of a door slamming and car burning out in the driveway, you get the nice ding of someone disconnecting from Ventrilo and their name coming up as "Bob has gone offline."

Do you consider your WoW friends real friends? And if you do, what lengths are you willing to go to for them? Are you willing to stay up until 2 in the morning trying to two-man Molten Core, just like you would stay up until 2 in the morning back in high school watching some crappy horror movies with your real-life friends? Have you met up with your WoW friends in real life, and if so, do you now consider them real-life friends?

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Breakfast Topic: Does the outfit make the man?

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As I walk into the room, I take a look around and I feel out of place. Here I am, standing there with my weapon dripping what looks to be blood and my shoulders trying to bite people who walk by me, while the others in the room are calmly cutting Crystalsong carrots and tenderizing rhino meat. I slide into my cooking set, and I feel much more welcome and much less imposing. With my Salma's Oven Mitts, Cookie's Tenderizer and my spiffy Chef's Hat, I feel like I can step up alongside Katherine Lee and cook to my heart's content.

When the time calls, what equipment sets do you put on? When you go to Ironforge, do you slap on your Blue Brewfest Hat and chug until you pass out? Are you the type to put down a D.I.S.C.O. ball, equip some Blue Suede Shoes and act like you are John Travolta?

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