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Breakfast Topic: Unexpected revelations

There won't be any spoilers for Warlords of Draenor in this Breakfast Topic. I want to talk about the feeling I got when I played through, not actually tell you what happened, so you don't need to fear.

One of the things that I, as an unabashed draenei lover, got to experience in Shadowmoon Valley during the alpha/beta test was that of several holy crap moments one right after the other. Characters that were supposedly dead long before were alive. Specific plotlines exposed the origins of enemies from The Burning Crusade or at least shed some light on them. There's a whole new aspect to draenei culture that has never really been covered in any detail before, because all the draenei we know were the last remnants, refugees from a genocide that hasn't happened to these draenei, and may never happen to them now. It's kind of like story fireworks, in a way. In a good way, but still, very surprising to see it. We didn't really know anything about the day to day of these people -- traveling in Shadowmoon, you see roads they built, buildings they constructed. They had a whole society, and for the first time here it is, ready for you to step in and defend it.

Frostfire Ridge has some surprises as well, if you're an old school Horde player and interested in the whos and wheres of certain Horde figures. But for me, it's all about SMV.

Do you pay attention to these kinds of story beats, or are you completely uninterested?

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Breakfast Topic: What will be your ground mount of choice in Warlords?

Matt "Matticus" Low asked a good question the other day over on Twitter -- he wanted to know what everyone's ground mount of choice was going to be in the upcoming expansion. Obviously players can use flying mounts as ground mounts in Warlords, but with the sheer number and variety of ground mounts out there, why would you want to? It's been a long time since I've had an excuse to actually use a ground mount instead of the flying variety. Poor little guys must be feeling all neglected.

Personally, as far as the beta goes right now I use either the talbuks or the zhevra from the original Recruit-A-Friend program, and I'll probably stick to them at release as well. I like the sound of hooves on roads, what can I say. The other thing I like about both of them is that they're small, so they don't take up a lot of real estate on my screen and I can actually look at what's going on around me. With how much there is to see on the beta, this is definitely a good thing. I suppose if I were going to use a flying mount as a ground mount, I'd go with the trusty Red Flying Cloud from the Lorewalkers. It's easy enough to get, it's low-profile, and my characters look cool standing on the thing.

What about you guys? Do you have a favorite mount you're going to break out for use in Warlords? Are you going to take advantage of the random summoned mount feature and favorites list? Do you have a preference to what kinds of mounts you use -- do you like the ones with hooves, the bugs, the bears, or some other variety? What are you going to be trucking around on in Warlords, and why?


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Breakfast Topic: Does your partner play?

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I know many couples in WoW. My GM, for example, and his wife. Our hunter and her shaman husband. Three of my closest female friends either do play or have, in the past, played with their male partners--one of them even met her husband in WoW! (There was a "Warcraft" table at their wedding. Yes, that is where I sat.)

My husband, on the other hand, does not play WoW and has never shown the slightest interest in the game. Often times, when I explain this to people, they express shock and awe that this reality works for us. I guess the idea that one half of a couple can enjoy video games while the other does not is a new concept for some. Yes, occasionally I feel a twinge of sadness when I realize Mr. Lani (as I call him on Twitter) will never understand why I'm so thrilled about certain in-game accomplishments, but really, all he needs to know is that it makes me happy, and he's happy for me.

Do you play WoW with your partner, or have you in the past? Would you be sad if your partner didn't want to play with you, or would you not care? Or maybe you introduced your partner to the game! If you don't have a partner, would a potential date's interest in WoW be something that mattered to you? Tell us all about it in the comments.


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Breakfast Topic: Sometimes I just run around

There are a lot of places in World of Warcraft. Sometimes, I log on late and just go around exploring them. I like to fly around Ahn'Qiraj, or check out the area around Stratholm (sometimes I kill stuff, sometimes I just look around) -- I once spent an entire night just hanging out in Uldum looking at the cool architecture and flying around exploring. Heck, I still miss wall-walking because my wife once organized an expedition for our entire guild back in the pre-BC days, taking us all around the Wetlands and eventually showing us how to get to the road to nowhere high above Menethil Harbor.

One of the reasons I'm looking forward to Warlords is that, so far the two zones I've seen have been crazy fun to explore (if you watch out for the level 100 ogre elites near the top of Frostfire, anyway) and I'm looking forward to exploration making a bit of a comeback. So I ask you - what's your favorite hidden corner in WoW? Or do you ever just log and go for a ride?

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Breakfast Topic: A thousand small changes

One of the things that's hardest to get across in terms of the Warlords of Draenor beta is how many small improvements are being made at the same time that gameplay is being trimmed and shaped. UI elements like the map, quest tracking, the toy box, an extra void storage tab, seamless scenario triggering - it all kind of runs together and you don't even realize how much change is wrapped up in this expansion. New character models, new gearing systems, new statistics, it can be a bit much to take in.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Keeping up fine? Trying to figure out your spec, your class, or what the garrison will end up feeling like?

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Breakfast Topic: What achievements have you finished?

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The one positive thing about an ongoing lack of new content is the opportunity it provides to finish up any old projects that you might have lying around gathering virtual dust. At least, this is what I tell myself as my guild dwindles and I sigh longingly at screenshots of Shadowmoon Valley. The truth is, I've got a swath of old, half-finished achievements that I now have all the time in the world to tackle, so I've been using all my free time in WoW to do just that. So far I've knocked off 60 exalted reputations for my "the Beloved" title, and I've been running Magister's Terrace daily in the hope of finally snagging Kael'thas's white chocobo. I'm three mobs away from "Glorious!" and I'm finally settling into the hard part of "Insane in the Membrane." We'll see how far I actually get in that.

In addition, I've been working with a few guildmates to round out some guild-level achievements we've been lacking. Nobody had done a guild run of Dire Maul, Maraudon, Sunken Temple, or Stratholme, so we blitzed through those the other day for a guild achievement. I'm also leveling a pandaren priest because we're missing that race/class combo. It's a good way to keep myself occupied while new content seems forever just over the horizon. How about you all? What accomplishments have you checked off your list while you wait?

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Breakfast Topic: Have you ever switched factions?

I've been a Horde player since sometime just after patch 1.3 was released in 2005. In that time, I've played both Forsaken priest and my beloved rogue, with one short intermission to play an Alliance warlock just for fun. I've had Alliance characters all along, but I never really felt the urge to make them anything other than alts -- I love playing Horde, that's just how it's always been. ... until recently, that is. I seem to be having a change of heart, because I'm seriously thinking of letting my beloved rogue take a well-earned vacation, and switching to Alliance full-time for Warlords.

Why? Because I totally and completely love draenei. Really, that's about it. I loved them when they were originally introduced, but they never really had enough story with them to keep me entertained. Warlords, on the other hand, is jammed full of all kinds of draenei story so far, and I'm absolutely loving it. So I'm left with a choice, here, and I'm finding that decision really difficult to make, because I love playing Horde. I really do. It's just that right now, I'm kind of loving playing draenei a whole heck of a lot more. So I'm sitting here at a crossroads and deliberating whether I stay with my beloved faction, or go ahead and switch sides for a change of pace, at least for this expansion.

Have you ever switched factions? Is what faction you play something you consider important to you? Or is it just something you randomly do when the mood strikes you, with no regard for faction loyalty? What would make you drop the faction you're playing right now for the other side?

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Breakfast Topic: What makes a home to you?

What makes a faction capital a faction capital? And what makes a home a home? These are two questions that have been flitting through my head since the announced changes for faction hubs in Warlords of Draenor. Karabor and Bladespire will no longer stand as faction capitals -- and honestly, when I think about it from a lore standpoint it does make sense. Why would the draenei open up their holiest of holy cities and let the strangers they just met settle in and take it over? But even if it makes sense to the lore-loving side of me, it's still a tremendous disappointment. The announcement of Karabor as a faction capital was one of the highlights of the Warlords announcement at BlizzCon, for me.

The more I think about it, though, the more I wonder what exactly it is that makes a capital city so "special" in the first place. Bank access, sure, I can see that. Auction House access isn't necessary -- we didn't have that originally in Shattrath. Portals to places? That's probably a bonus. But there is little other reason to stay in a faction capital beyond that, as far as I'm concerned. Once I've completed my AH business for the day, I don't feel the need to stay put. Once I've done my traveling and I just want to hang out, I pretty much have my pick of anywhere in the world -- if it has an inn, I can bind my hearthstone to it and call it home.

So what is it, exactly, that makes a faction capital a faction capital? Why, in a video game that encourages exploration and offers an unending variety of gorgeous scenery and towns, do we need a fixed, designated area to stand around and chitchat? Is it the vendors? The portals? The bank, the transmog vendor, the auction house, the chat channels?

Last night on Twitter, Cory Stockton confirmed that yes, Karabor has an inn that you can bind your hearthstone to. And that settled that for me. If I want to do any trading or transmog, I'll hit up the town in Ashran. But as far as I'm concerned, home is where my hearthstone is set -- and that is going to be Karabor for me, whether it's officially designated a capital or not.


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Breakfast Topic: Where did you want your home city on Draenor?

Yesterday, we found out that our faction hubs will not, as previously thought, be placed in Shadowmoon Valley and Frostfire Ridge. Instead they'll be nestled in the zone of Ashran, also home and hub of a world PvP wonderland. That said, Karabor and Bladespire will still remain cities for the draenei and the Frostwolf respectively -- they simply won't be homes for us, the players who arrived on this alternate universe world and promptly attempted to tear a chunk into the Iron Horde.

I have to say I find myself a little disappointed in that decision, but only from the perspective of my Alliance character. While Bladespire was pretty cool, it was nowhere near as jaw-dropping as Karabor. Shadowmoon Valley is utterly breathtaking and beautiful in every way, and I can't wait to plop down a garrison on live when the expansion is released, and will probably spend the majority of my time there. From the perspective of my Horde character, I'm hoping that Ashran isn't a snowy wasteland, because I'd like some gorgeous scenery to look at. Sure, some people might find snowscapes beautiful -- I'm not one of those people.

Obviously we now know exactly where our hubs are going to be. And so far, we've only seen a few of the zones Draenor has to offer. We still haven't gotten a really good look at Nagrand, or the Spires of Arak, or any of the other zones available to explore. But just for the sake of asking -- if you could have your faction hub anywhere on Draenor, where would you want it to be?


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Breakfast Topic: At last, the Beta

We've been waiting a long time, and now it's here. I know that the Alpha's been running for a while, but an Alpha test never feels as real to me as a Beta - this is where we start really seeing bugs get discovered, see players swarm onto the zones and explore, and get tons and tons of lore spoilers that I am completely incapable of avoiding.

So we have a multitude of questions? Did you get in? If so, are you going to participate or are you going to avoid all Beta information for fear of spoilers? What are you most curious about, where do you most want to go, what's your plan for the Beta? The dam is broken, and the floodwaters are loosed - are you planning on swimming along or getting to higher ground and waiting it out? And if you didn't get in, are you planning on waiting patiently or are you avoiding it altogether?


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Breakfast Topic: Broken things and Daleera Moonfang

Broken things are one of my guilty pleasures. Not completely broken, mind you -- something that doesn't work at all isn't much fun. But things that are just broken enough that they function incorrectly are wonderful. A household animatronic with low batteries, for example. Or when game physics go bad. This guilty pleasure means I love alpha and beta test phases of games. Sometimes the stories that result from a glitch in a game tickle me more than the actual stories.

Daleera Moonfang, pictured above, is the subject of one such story. While playing the latest Warlords of Draenor alpha build, I'd just recruited Daleera as a follower in my garrison. She'd been with my crew for no more than five minutes before I noticed her over by a keg of ale, drinking away. I wandered over there just for the sake of saying hello and noticed her actions were looping a whole lot faster than they should. Only a few seconds passed between each refill of her mug and she never stopped. She'd fill, drink it down in one go, then immediately refill. While refilling, she'd comment on how much she enjoyed the drink before it. "That'll get you there, son," she said. "Just like Mom used to make. It's like a little piece of Ironforge."

It doesn't matter that the NPC that loiters by the keg is randomized. It could have been any of my followers. But Daleera was the first, and now, in my heart, it will always be her. Daleera Moonfang is my hard-drinking priestess of Elune. She could drink dwarves and pandaren under the table. She's honed her boozy craft for an entire elven lifetime. It isn't canon, but it's my canon.

Tell me: do you love broken things? I want your stories!

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Breakfast Topic: The Horde's really not so bad

Sometimes I like to go play Horde because it's such a different experience than Alliance. Oh, there are similarities - there are bound to be when both factions basically level through the same zones (which they do more through the various expansions, for obvious reasons) - but the decision in the Warlords of Draenor leveling path to give Horde and Alliance their own starting zones makes a lot of sense in my mind. It reminds me of how zones like Azshara and Westfall can serve to give you a different experience leveling up, and it's that different faction experience that makes having the two factions worthwhile.

Leveling a blood elf or tauren or orc gives you a far different experience than an Alliance character (I still haven't managed to get a Forsaken past twenty, though) and it's a worthwhile one even if like me you're basically Alliance forever. Have you tried it? If you're Horde, have you ever dipped a toe over in that blue pool?

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Breakfast Topic: What do you hope to see in Shadowmoon Valley?

Blizzard's alpha testing of Warlords of Draenor alliance zone Shadowmoon Valley came to an abrupt halt on Friday when the alpha realms were brought offline to address an issue. With only a brief glimpse of Shadowmoon and a short zone preview to whet our appetites, today let's talk about what we want to see happening in the alliance zone.

I'm eager to finally get some hands-on time with alliance garrisons -- though we've seen a preview, I'm eager to see how they play out in-game -- and finally meet up with the Draenei of not-yet-Outland. These early glimpses of new content are always exciting and filled with possibility -- so tell us, readers, what do you most want to see in Shadowmoon Valley?

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Breakfast Topic: Starting at the bottom

It's been a few months since the Level 90 boost was introduced, and I still haven't bothered. Part of the problem is, any time I decided I want a level 90 of something, it just feels silly to me to level it via the boost. But another reason is simple - I really like the first 20 or so levels of pretty much any race/class in the game. I have a ton of level 20 characters. I have leveled every class in the game to 20, even mages and warlocks, classes I am just terrible at playing. Honestly, if the rest of the leveling game went at the speed the first 20 levels does, I'd have no complaints about it. It's absolutely my favorite level stretch - it's fast and easy and fun. And for me at least, every level after 20 gets harder and harder to get through, even with rested and heirlooms. I can do it - my hunter and druid are closing in to some extent.

I also feel like the highest level content tends to feel faster and more fun for me, for whatever reason - every time I get to Pandaria I feel like I just hit my rocket thrusters and leveling speeds up.

So now I wonder - what's your favorite leveling stretch? Or are you eager to avoid it all?


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Breakfast Topic: Are you doing the Fire Festival this year?

The Midsummer Fire Festival has arrived, and with it, the same round of achievements and rewards as we saw last year. I have to admit that I secretly love these kinds of holidays. It's not for the rewards -- I have them all. It's not for the achievements, I have all those too. No, it's for the gold. Every time you honor or desecrate one of the fires scattered around Azeroth, Outland, Northrend and Pandaria, you get gold for the associated quest involved. It's not a ton of gold, certainly -- but all you have to do is fly up to a fire and either honor it, or put it out. Not exactly what I'd call a stressful task.

Usually I'll throw Netflix on the second monitor to serve as a suitable accompaniment for the task at hand, and spend an evening running around finding all the flames, every year. Most of the time, I'll just hit them with one character, but if I'm feeling especially motivated, I'll run the route on two or three. Why not? It's free gold! But although I've got my own greedy motivations for participating in the holiday, I'm curious how many of you are going to be doing the same this year. Are you going to participate in the Fire Festival? Have you gotten all of the rewards and achievements associated with the holiday yet?


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