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A lot can change in six years

I worked at Blizzard from 2006 to 2008. After a year of working overnights as Belfaire the talbuk on the WoW customer service forum, the stress and screwed-up sleep schedule and lack of support got the better of me. I got let go right before Christmas 2008, just after Wrath of the Lich King launched. As I sat in my apartment and wondered what I would do to support myself and my then-girlfriend, who also got let go from Blizzard just a few months before, a lightbulb went off. If all I know right now is WoW, why not try to leverage that?

I emailed WoW Insider through the tips line and asked about writing opportunities. "I'm sure you get these emails all the time," I said, and I'm sure they did. But I guess they saw a special opportunity in me. Within half an hour, then-Managing Editor Dan O'Halloran emailed me back and asked if he could call me. Within two hours, he had sent me the AOL contract information. Within a week, I was part of the team.

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The Queue: I'm a Skrull

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That's right! And I've been a Skrull all along! Now my master plan of writing Sunday's Queue has come to fruition!

hyde_v asked:

Have the San'layn been eliminated or did some of them escape? Unless I am mistaken, there were only a small number of them. Maybe less than ten.

A very small number indeed, and as far as we know, we killed them in all in the Northrend campaign. Even if some are alive, without Lana'thel, it's probably not possible to make more San'layn.

That was a poem, accidentally.

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The Queue: Zzzz

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What's it called when you fall asleep writing the Queue? "Bad"?

JeffLaBowski asked:

Is there anything particular I am missing about Anduin and Wrathion being either gay or wanting to have relations with each other? Or is this all wishful thinking on certain individuals?

Nah, there's nothing in official media to say that Anduin and Wrathion are anything but friends. Also, they're children. But for many fanfic writers and fanartists, well, there's nothing more beautiful than two boys in love. Even if one of them is, for all intents and purposes, a toddler.

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The Queue: Queue straight

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Happy Sunday, everybody.

itsdeeps asked:

so what do you guys think/hope will be the next race model previewed?

I think there are two answers to this. The "I play this one a lot and want to see how great it looks" answer for me is male draenei. The "I have to see how the hell they're going to fix them" answer is human males.

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The Queue: Return of the Mike

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But I queue, but I queue-queue-queue~

MTA asked:

What's your opinion on the news that Alpha has been postponed? This is obviously bad for Blizzard but how do players view it? The more you wait the more you want it? Or is it "meh, lost interest"?

Well, as someone who genuinely likes WoW but is basically through playing until 6.0, obviously I'm sad I don't yet have access to an alpha or beta, but I get. Certain things need to be done to make the alpha worthwhile to open to the public. Blizzard is making me less and less confident that we're going to see the game go live before its "on or before" date, though.

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The Queue: Zandali lessons

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A question about in-game languages! My favorite!

Lenneth asked:

When tromping through ZG the other day I noticed something odd. One of the Zandalari Hierophants mentioned a certain MoP inspired dino boss we all came to know and love. Here is what our troll buddy said, those of troll ancestry feel free to translate;

"Deh dem riva tinG bwoyar Ju wassa cyaa oondasta fu ju dim iman is ir machette"

Since ZG was revamped and was part of Cata content I thought that name was interesting. Possible foreshadowing of our future Isle of Giants' all star? Most threatening word in the Zandalari dialect Blizz could adopt for the bad dino? Perhaps "oondasta" was the dying curse thrown at the player going through ZG and that curse finally manifested when we arrived in Pandaria?

/dons tinfoil hat :P


The truth is much more boring! Each race's in-game "language" is actually just a set of specific words used in the place of English words with the same amount of characters. For example, if you type a six-letter word and set your language to "Draenei", then you'll get one of these words in its place:

Arakal, Azgala, Kazile, Mannor, Mishun, Rakkan, Rakkas, Rethul, Revola, Thorje, Tichar

The word "oondasta" has been in the game since launch as part of the Zandali (troll) language. It's just one of the eight-letter words. Occam's Razor tells me that when looking for a name for Oondasta, the devs simply looked at the list of Zandali words and found a fun one.

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The Queue: Bitter rivals

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I can't believe I only just found out there was a new Sleigh Bells album released last year. What the heck.

Hyde_v asked:

We know that gnomes and dwarves originated from their electronic and stone forms via the Curse of Flesh. We know that humans are descendants of the Vry'kul. We know that night elves evolved from trolls. But where did the trolls originate from? Azeroth was home to the Old Gods and their Elemental armies. Were the trolls a slave race?

Azeroth had indigenous humanoid races, or at least ones not created by the titans. Trolls appear to be one of those races, at least until we hear otherwise.

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The Queue: Talk nerdy to me

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Lot of y'all fired up about tier sets being removed from LFR! Weekend queue comments are always a wasteland for actual questions.

Fussypants asked:

So, I saw this mentioned somewhere a little while ago, but was wondering if it was still a thing. Is Blizzard going to allow people to go back and solo Raid Finder difficulties of raids? With all the unique colorization of pieces that are available only in Raid Finder, it would seem almost a waste otherwise. Thanks!

Yes, Ion Hazzikostas mentioned recently that they're likely going to let you solo queue for Dragon Soul and all of the MoP LFRs at level 100.

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The Queue: Sure. Fine. Whatever.

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Sure. Fine. Whatever.

braellyn asked:

I missed something...what's this about LFR, tier bonuses, and transmog? Are tier pieces not going to be available in LFR in WoD?

LFR will have its own sets of gear, though they're only "sets" in that they have a cohesive look. There aren't any set bonuses to chase. If you want tier sets, you need to go to normal mode (or higher).

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The Queue: Thin hamster

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A very informative video.

michaelm517 asked:

Today, I received the notification allowing me to choose a reward from the Recruit-A-Friend system. With the recent tease of the fiery mechanical steed, and the message, "Fiery mechanical steeds are best when they can be used with friends," I have a good feeling that it could be a new RaF mount. If I am wrong, then whatever, but if that is the case, can I save my current RaF reward token and use it on the new mount if it ends up being one?

You sure can! Hold onto that token.

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