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Breakfast Topic: Are players becoming too entitled?

Heart of the Aspects
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WoW has been around for quite a while. We've seen years of advancements and improvements to the game, from abilities and talent overhauls and quest and encounter design improvements, to vast quality-of-life improvements like the Dungeon Finder, Real ID chat and the Mobile Guild Chat and Mobile Auction House. With all these added features, more and more players seem to take them for granted.

With ongoing requests for the removal of the raid group restriction for low-level raids, suggestions of various ways and means of using the Dungeon Finder to access outleveled dungeons, and even the complaints about "easy mode" versions of raids in the upcoming Raid Finder not providing achievements and legendary weapon quest items, more and more players seem to want more from Blizzard while expending less effort on their end.

Perhaps the playerbase has undergone a major shift, just as Azeroth has in Cataclysm. Maybe I've just never fully adjusted to the new paradigm since I began to play during vanilla WoW -- or maybe you darn kids should get off of mah lawn!

Has it gone too far? Is Azeroth as a whole nothing but a staging area from which we should expect to be instantly transported to wherever we wish to go, or are we still willing to enjoy the journey to our destinations? Is a modicum of human interaction too heady a task to enjoy raid content, no matter its level?

It's hard to say. What are your thoughts?

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Breakfast Topic: What's your armor design style philosophy?

Paladin armor
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It's safe to say that gear appearance is one of the most important (and most debated) topics in the World of Warcraft. Every major content patch, one class (or many) claim to have gotten the short end of the stick in terms of design. From paladin skirts to fish-headed hunters, everything is a matter of personal opinion when it comes to finding something that best suits your character.

What sort of gear do you think best represents your character or class? Does your shaman look best in glowing orange Earthshatter gear, or would you prefer something humbler, like the hooded, bead-bedecked garb that Go'el/Thrall now wears? Does your rogue strike a pose in the Al'Akir-esque turban of phosphorescence, or a more utilitarian concept such as the Assassination Armor?

What would you like to see for classes other than the one you most identify with? A gleaming set of pristine armor for the paladins? A razor-edged, dingy, but deadly-looking set of plate for warriors? Perhaps something a bit more traditional and humble for priests? Perhaps you think that the designs have become over-ornate, eschewing substance for frills.

Are some classes more suited to something a bit plain, while others should have over-the-top with effects? Does there need to be parity in special effects within a tier, or would you prefer armor that makes sense for each class, rather than being visually comparable?

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Breakfast Topic: Who should play your character in the WoW movie?

Deborah Ann Woll
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As we all know, there's the distinct possibility of a World of Warcraft movie some time in the (relatively) near future. Some people are skeptical, some optimistic. Hopefully, it will be an epic tale, full of the flavor and excitement we all feel every time we log in to Azeroth, not a rehashing of stories we've known for ages or a bastardization of the hobby we all enjoy so much. Whether it focuses on Horde or Alliance, there will need to be characters of various shapes and sizes, representing the varied peoples of the World of Warcraft. Gnomes, Humans, Trolls and Tauren, the movie presents the opportunity to show the fantasy genre on a scope unseen thus far.

So who would you cast to play your character? Who brings the smarmy wit of the wily rogue, the cold confidence of the devious warlock or the young but arrogant sneer of the proud paladin on your character selection screen?

Since I get first dibs, as the author of this, I'm going to go ahead and stake my claim. My Human protection warrior would be played by Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood. She brings just the right mix of strength, sexiness, and wide-eyed bewilderment to play my common Stormwind girl-gone-heroine.

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Breakfast Topic: To pee or not to pee?

Idle report
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It happens to all of us. You've just wiped for the third (or maybe 30th?) time on a boss. The mage decided it would be more fun to jog in circles than to target the adds he was assigned, and your raid leader's crunching numbers and calling out changes to the strategy while everyone makes the graveyard run.

You're already back to the boss's room, you're flasked up, and you've eaten your appropriate buff food. You know your job and are anxious for the kill, because your best-in-slot item is just sitting there waiting for you. All you need is the signal to go, and you'll be ready to unleash hell on this beast. It's during this anxious moment when you realize ...

You have to pee.

Suddenly, this has become your overwhelming priority. You start to stand up, but then, the raid leader sends out a ready check. What do you do? Do you hit Not Ready, make a quick apology, and race for the bathroom? Do you send your raid leader a whisper, begging for a few extra minutes? Do you hold it in, click Ready and fight even harder, knowing that the boss must die so that freedom can flow free?

Or do you just call for a clean up in aisle three?

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Breakfast Topic: How do you dodge certain guildmates for heroics?

Troll dungeons
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Heroics. They're a staple of nearly every player's in-game routine. Whether gearing up your first level 85 toon or simply grinding away toward the weekly valor and justice point caps, we all need to find a group.

In The Burning Crusade and even early Wrath of the Lich King, the trade channel or other in-game communication channels were used to advertise your needs. Looking for healer, looking for tank -- or even, in the good old days, looking for CC. Players would develop a reputation on their server as being good or bad players, and this could vastly impact the ease with which they were able to find other players willing to partner with them. In many ways, this was a good thing. It encouraged players to be civil to one another and to learn their roles, if they wanted to find groups regularly.

However, that is the past. The random Dungeon Finder, for good or for ill, has drastically changed the way we go about finding groups for instances. Viewed by many as a deep pit full of gogogo DPSers, healers with nonexistent mana pools, and tanks who are using DPS specs, the era of being known for your skill is over. Or is it?

Many people say, "I don't do PUGs. I run with my guildmates." This is fine, but it can lead to problems. For example, what do you do when you have a guildmate who is enthusiastic about running heroics, but you know that player is just going to make your run take twice as long or ruin the enjoyment with their inept ways?

Do you whisper skilled guildmates individually? Do you simply resort to the random Dungeon Finder instead? Is it right to exclude not just another player but a guildmate in the first place?

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Breakfast Topic: Do you have a roleplaying or off-duty outfit?

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I come from a roleplay server, so the concept of RP outfits is not a new one to me. Whether made of epics, grey items, or a combination of everything in between, making your character unique and stylish is an ongoing project for many players. There are entire websites dedicated to stylish ways of dressing your characters in-game.

I usually have up to three saved outfits per character, if it's a character I've roleplayed with frequently. However, as my server has aged and the roleplay has dwindled, I've noticed that even many people who don't choose to RP will frequently don specific attire when not inside a dungeon. They hang out near the auction houses and banks, often wearing the most intimidating or impressive outfit they can find. Many times it will be an old armor set, like tier 2 or 3, or a particularly challenging bit of gear to collect, like the Warglaives of Azzinoth. It's always fun to see how players choose to present themselves in-game, whether it be the garb of a demon hunter, gnomish tinker, or in my case, a Stormwind guard.

WoW provides so many options to show different facets of your personality through the clothes and weapons you wear. What's your outfit of choice?

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