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15 Minutes of Fame: Lean and mean with WoW

15 Minutes of Fame is our look at World of Warcraft players of all shapes and sizes – from the renowned to the relatively anonymous, the remarkable to the player next door. Tip us off to players you'd like to hear more about.

Just a few weeks ago, we published a post about two guys who connected their treadmills to their computers to find out just what it would be like to really take a little jog down the road from Shadowglen to Darnassus. (Hilarity ensued.) But that got us thinking ... What if these guys had actually kept playing that way, turning their WoW-time into a potent weight-loss strategy?

It turns out that quite a few players have done exactly that. Back in 2006, The Weight Lifter lost more than 40 pounds with two-hour "WarBiking" sessions on an exercise bike while playing WoW. ("If things got crazy -- as in, I ended up running for my life in the game -- I would end up peddling really fast on the bike. LOL, I know, kinda weird. You try it and see what you do!")

Then we talked to Althaea of Terror Nova-H on Eitrigg. Althaea has lost almost 100 pounds playing WoW from a treadmill, shrugging off a diagnosis of sleep apnea and creating an exercise routine that has definitely stuck. Find out how he put it all together, after the break.

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Absoli


For as many different World of Warcraft players as there are out there, there are equally as many different WoWspaces for people to game in. Each week, we'll bring you a WoWspace sent in by one of our readers and let them tell you all about it. Would you like to share your own personal space? Just drop some pictures and your description to us here at readerwowspace AT gmail.com! This week, we visit the home of Absoli, who has a dark but interesting WoWspace -- and really needs a better camera.

I have several toons, but really now my main is my lvl 70 priest on Duskwood. I spent several years collecting bits and pieces for my setup and thought I'd share it with you all.

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Finnicks

For as many different World of Warcraft players as there are out there, there are equally as many different WoWspaces for people to game in. Each week, we'll bring you a WoWspace sent in by one of our readers and let them tell you all about it. Would you like to share your own personal space? Just drop some pictures and your description to us here at readerwowspace AT gmail.com!

My name is Finnicks and I am a Warlock RPer from the Cenarion Circle server... and this is my WoWspace!

For the longest time I had a desk built into a nook in the wall under the window; it was built-in to the house. The walls of the nook and the angles it created wreaked havoc on my wi-fi reception. Add to that how the light from the window kept my monitor looking dim, and the lack of ability to move my computer where I wanted it in the room -- it drove me crazy. At last, about four months ago -- after like 15 years -- my parents caved and let me demolish the nook, and I picked up this corner-desk which now resides in the corner opposite the old window nook. The little mini-shelves for speakers are (I think) the coolest thing in the world. And, since the little light on the side of the speakers that changes color to indicate volume is just out of my sight, I have my handy-dandy little Donald Duck paperweight to reflect the light so I can adjust the volume with confidence. (Total nerd here, like really.)

Curious as to the rest of this WoWspace? Join us past the break for more from Finnicks!

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Ten

By popular demand, we're returning one of the reader favorite columns. For as many different World of Warcraft players as there are out there, there are equally as many different WoWspaces for people to game in. Each week, we'll bring you a WoWspace sent in by one of our readers and let them tell you all about it. Would you like to share your own personal space? Just drop some pictures and your description to us here at readerwowspace AT gmail.com!

This week we have a WoWspace that includes not just our regular reader, Ten, but also Ten's husband's WoWspace so that they can kind of game "face to face" together. Curious? Read on for all the info, courtesy of Ten, aka Laelvalin / Vijanwi!

My workspace is truly a bubble of space in itself. I sit directly across my husband's computer desk, and together, our computer 'island' (flooded with light from the huge windows, hiss!) takes up a third of the living room. Which I incidentally think is just the right amount.

I've been playing WoW since 2005 and have severe altitis, but my two mains (yes, two) are my Warlock Laelvalin and my Warrior Vijanwi. Prot all the way from level 1 on. Altitis has a side effect of masochism, I guess. I raid a little and level alts a lot, but I'm really in the game for the RP with my awesome guildies. My husband tried to get into the game as well, but he just can't find much fun in it. A shame, since our computer space is so optimal for beating each other up on screen.

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Aryc Ogre


Welcome once again to Reader WoWspace of the Week! Now I know a lot of people like 'em messy, but as some have noted, we just don't get too many messy ones. It seems like we generally only get them when they're clean. (Of course, you have to wonder if we couldn't market WoWspace participation as an effective office organization tool!) This one comes to us from Aryc Ogre, who didn't send in his character name, server or anything, but his case makes us wonder if he isn't the prot Paladin from this recent Penny Arcade comic. For his story and lots more pictures, be sure to join me after the break!

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Reader WoWspace: Violetly

As promised earlier, we've brought the sexy back of Reader WoWspace of the Week, just in time for you to enjoy on downtime Tuesday. (Although we make no guarantees about consistent amount of sexy....) This week's submission comes from Violetly, level 70 Blood Elf priest on Mal'Ganis who somehow has managed to show up in the armory twice. Violetly's chief complaint is that we're not doing enough justice to the girly WoWspaces out there -- so she did her duty and sent hers in for us to enjoy! Violetly writes:

I have long felt it is my duty to provide WoW Insider with a much needed "girly" WoWspace, so here we are ladies and gentlemen. I have been playing WoW since 2005, first leveling an Alliance hunter to 60 before crossing over to the Horde with the arrival of BC. Violetly has always been PvE shadow for raiding. However, after returning to school to pursue a Master's degree in education, my raiding came to a screeching halt; so to spice things up, I recently switched to PvP discipline. I'm finding discipline to be very entertaining and equally as frustrating for my opponents (even in my welfare epics)!

For more details on this great girly WoWspace, (and another picture with moar fuzzy cat) read on after the break!

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Shaard

Along with Reader UI of the Week, we're also bringing back the Reader WoWspace of the Week, just in time for your downtime enjoyment! (We're thoughtful like that.) Of course, much like the Reader UI column, this column survives or dies based on your submissions! We've got some in the mailbox still, but we want more pictures and stories! If you've ever thought about submitting a WoWspace, now is a good time to do it! (And remember, we like 'em candid. -- Besides, I did it, you can too!)

For this week's entry, we've got four pictures from Shaard -- and we're even keeping with our Druid theme today! (Although the WoWspace isn't perhaps very Druid-y.) For an in-depth look at a candid and unedited WoWspace, join us after the jump when Shaard tells us all about it.

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Erikmathew


This week for our "Almost time for the American Food, Family, and Football Day" edition, we're bringing a WoWspace to you that keeps the family in mind. It doesn't just house Erikmathew, L64 Undead Rogue of <Sabotage> from the Sargeras server; it's the space where he and his kids geek out together. Here's the 411 on this space from Erikmathew (he named his Rogue for his son) himself:

OK, here is a picture of my down to earth WoWspace. Included in the picture is -- first and foremost -- my assistant copilot Meg (4) who is someday sure to be a vital part of the WoW community. Also pictured is my 39 gallon aquarium, which is very calming after a long night of raiding. From there, you'll notice my logitech X230 speakers, 19" Dell LCD screen, Logitech Elite Keyboard LE, and Logitech Marble Mouse.

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Reader WoWspace of the week: Chedder

This week's Reader WoWspace comes to us courtesy of Chedder, L70 Troll Hunter of <Illusion> on Deathwing. We have to give him props -- the desk is a heck of a lot cleaner than ours generally are. (Or perhaps have ever been) But it's not that clean desk fetish that people accuse us of that made us pull this one out. No, we pulled this one out to share with you because this is a space that is all about Warcraft -- and we're suckers for the Warcraft art.

What art, you say? Click on the handy break below and you'll see what we mean...

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: 2.3 WoWspaces!

No, this week I'm not featuring WoWspaces that have lots of good information or reaction on the upcoming patch. Considering we're featuring oodles of 2.3 news lately, I thought it would be fun to show off 2.3 WoWspaces. (I'll let you figure out which one is the .3 of a WoWspace) These are some of the generally off-the-beaten-desk variety pictures that we get. That said, on with the show!

The first WoWspace this week (pictured above) features one thing we haven't seen featured in a WoWspace until this week -- feet! This WoWspace belongs to Bork. He writes:

While playing WoW on a TV is not a new idea, It did take me quite a while to get it to the point where I wasn't leaning over my coffee table the whole time -- at least, not without a big ugly book for a mouse pad. I had to scale up the interface in the config so I could actually read the tiny text in the interface. (the GUI stops you at one) Bartender 3 also helped since scaling up the interface made the bars render off the side of the screen.

I have my keyboard all taped up to a product from laptopdesk.net. I tried many things but this was the lightest and easiest. I also couldn't stand gaming with the wireless products out there so I have a standard wired keyboard and mouse (lots more blue tape holding it down to the carpet).

Anyway, just wanted to share in case someone else is trying to get this to work in their living room. I actually gave up and moved everything into my bedroom twice because of a sore back, but now it works well.

For those who are interested in the other non-traditional WoWspaces for this week, click on the link below and let's continue on!

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Rizznay


This week we're featuring a Reader WoWspace from Rizznay, level 66 Blood Elf Hunter from Eldre'thalas. As you can see from the above image, this WoWspace is crammed full of much gaming goodness all in one area! Unless I miss my guess, this is dorm or apartment living, as I know I crammed much gaming into my tiny space when I was sharing living space too. That said, the description for this week is short, sweet, and to the point.

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Lunasmile

[Lunasmile's WoWspace of the Week!]
Keeping up with the fine tradition of readers letting the rest of us WoWspace voyeurs peek into their own gaming spaces this week is Lunasmile. He actually let me know he'd dropped a submission to me by sending me a whisper in IRC while I was doing the WoW Insider podcast with Elizabeth H. two weeks ago. But he didn't just send pictures of his WoWspace -- he also sent along a great description to go with a nice numbered photo of his WoWspace! (The numbered photo shows up if you click the above picture or link) This week, I have the honor of presenting Lunasmile's letter and WoWspace to you all.

Hello WoW Insider Readers,

My name is Michael, and I play a 64 Blood Elf Warlock named Lunasmile on Hellscream US in the guild "Devils Horde. " I thought I would share my WoWspace with all of you. I took a page out of Krystalle's book and added numbers to explain the main features of my WoW Space. Without further ado, let's begin.

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Sheepsu

This week we have a short and sweet WoWspace description from Sheepsu, L70 Alliance Human Mage from the guild <Cats Game> on Gorefiend. While we don't have a long description of his WoWspace, he more than makes up for that with tons of pictures.
For those curious about this week's Reader WoWspace, be sure to join me after the jump for the description and even more WoWspace eye-candy.

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Krystalle

When Paul started Reader WoWspace of the Week, he posted his very own WoWspace for everyone to see. Since there have been calls for more "realistic" spaces, and since I'm asking folks to put theirs out without having (as they say) shown mine -- I thought it was about time to put my own space out here. That way for those who feel that there aren't enough 'real' spaces, you now have my own personal fortress of geek to make fun of check out! ;)

For the breakdown of my space (click on the above picture for the numbered version) as well as a "night-time" picture, join me after the jump...

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Reader WoWspace of the Week: Mneth

The calls for the 'everyman' setup have been heard, and this week, Mneth has sent in his submission to share with all of us. There's a lot of old-school comfort in this setup -- which is a lot closer to my setup, at least. (as a matter of fact, I think I had that same chair before!) While I'm all for the picture that is worth a thousand words, I much prefer to give people a chance to tell us about the things that make their WoWspace unique. As such, check out some words from Mneth about his Reader WoWspace after the jump!

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