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The Queue: Kitty cat power hour

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

I tried to think of a clever intro for today's edition of The Queue, but I slept very little this weekend due to a sick cat. He has medication and should be just fine now, but ... wait, we're supposed to be talking about WoW.

DerekNorman asked:

I derped and accidentally let a cross-realm mail get deleted that contained a full set of leather heirloom gear for my alt. What are the chances that I could get it back if I open a ticket?

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The Queue: Lifestyles of the rich and feathered

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

Say what you will about the arakkoa, but those guys are aces when it comes to construction and interior design. Let's get right to the questions, shall we?

Fizzl asked:

Q4TQ: What exactly is Blizzard's stance on Machinima tools? I found one that I'm interested in using, but it allows you to take control of the camera and alter lighting and all that (stuff a lot of machinimakers do for their videos). In short, stuff that is against the ToS... however, Blizzard seems pretty okay with the machinima community, so I'm curious as to how "safe" my account would be if I start to use this tool. Most places I look, people say it's just sort of an unsaid rule of thumb that Blizzard is fine with this but has Blizzard ever actually officially said anything regarding stuff that allows this sort of in-game (client-side only) visual manipulation?

From what I am aware of, there's no real "official" stance on these types of tools -- especially since a lot of machinima artists use them for videos. All the tools do is affect the graphics on your end of the client. They don't affect the game itself, and they don't do anything to gameplay. You can use a machinima tool to take pretty images and video, but there's no way you can use that tool to cheat the game. If there were, that's where Blizzard would have a major problem, I think.

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The Queue: I'm not paying you for this

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

I know Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas is popular and everything but I'm pretty sure I don't pay my garrison dudes to sit around playing card games all day. I mean, come on. At the very least let me sit down and play a round or two, guys.

sylvannia1 asked:

Q4tq, do you feel that it was a mistake for most of the WoW devs to be on Twitter? There seems to be a bit too much analysing on everything that's said, and the short character limit means they often need to clarify what was said etc. I get its quick way to communicate with the player base, but I feel sharing news etc is bad on Twitter and should be on the official forums.

Gosh no. I like the fact that the devs are on Twitter. Having the ability to interact with the public directly is cool. I don't think that the fact that they are saying something on Twitter has anything to do with the heavy analysis -- I think anything they say is going to be heavily analyzed at this point, regardless of the medium in which it is presented. I do think, however, that they might want to balance the Twitter-talk with forum-talk and blog posts in regards to news and updates, so that those mediums don't fall by the wayside. Twitter may be incredibly easy to use, but not everyone uses it.

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The Queue: Your guess is as good as mine

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

Never let it be said that I don't play along with you guys.

CatrionaShadowleaf asks:
I didn't want to bitch about it in the Ashbringer KYL (because the TRUE Ashbringer is a stand-up guy) but dammit do the wives/mothers ALWAYS have to be stuffed into refrigerators? Can't characters just have mothers?

Off of the top of my head the only mothers we really get any time with are Garona and Aegwynn, and of those two, one is currently dead. Lianne Menethil died off panel somewhere, Tiffin Wrynn died when a rock hit her in the head, I don't even know who Varian's mom was, much less Jaina Proudmoore's... there are other examples (Draka, Thrall's mom, also dead) but in general, I think it's a fair cop that WoW is hard on moms. Frankly, what I want is to find out that Anduin Lothar met a woman, fell in love, had a kid, and that woman is still alive, as is her daughter, who is going to show up and just kick all kinds of behind and become war leader of the entire Alliance because she's a chip off the old block. Because seriously, enough is enough with the mom killing. People's moms need to stop dying in WoW, it's getting weird.

I guess Aggra's still around. Here's hoping she doesn't go to see any Zorro movies.

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The Queue: I'm on a boat


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

I though I'd share what I had to do with my life yesterday. I was on a boat, on a lake, and was drinking on aforementioned boat.

I lead a very difficult life. Please, pray for me when you have a moment to spare.

NickJay asked:

I asked earlier what the chances are of Blood Elves models being the only race to not be included at launch, and since the devs have now answered "100%", my new question is: when would be a realistic time to expect them by? Before, with or after 6.1?

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The Queue: Let's get mad about orcs

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Oh boy, this first question is going to get me in trouble.

RustinMeek asked:

for those in the beta, is WoD giving appropriate attention to the more peaceful and shamanistic side of orcs? It's not all war and mayhem, and the players that don't read the novels should know that

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The Queue: Orc history, Azeroth's size, and death is but a setback


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

So the joke around here is that whenever I go out to grab lunch news breaks. It actually happens relatively often -- and I need to give everyone here a heads up that tomorrow I'm going to be on a boat and Matt Rossi will be taking over for the morning/early afternoon.

Keep an eye out for WoD's release date. Basically it has to come out tomorrow, because I'll be away entirely.

Supernova asked:

In the BlizzCon teaser of WoD, the orc narrator says "Ours is a legacy of conquest, the rising tide of blood and iron that will wash over this world and all others". When I read anything about orcs in the lore, it says that they were shamanistic and peaceful, that they were at peace with the Draenei. Why now, suddenly, "theirs" is a legacy of conquest?

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The Queue: How creepy

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Those cyclops critters always freak me out a little bit. They look so happy. Therefore, I find being happy creepy, I guess?

@AeroCross asked:

Do you think there's going to be a WoD version of the Timeless (aka Loot) Isle sometime in the future? How would that work?

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The Queue: In which a retraction is made

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

You know, I wasn't exactly pleased about the idea of "capital" city locations being on Ashran -- I was really, really looking forward to Karabor. But after seeing the town on beta last night, I hate to admit it, but ... well, it's pretty cool. The inn is awesome, I love the trading post, the place is just being built so I'm assuming it'll get bigger later, but ... it's really not that bad. Consider me pleasantly surprised, and apologetic for criticizing it. It's not Karabor, but it's cool, and I could see hanging out there every now and again. Much better than the Shrines in Mists.

CaptainCakewalk asked:

Q4tQ: A nice question (I think so anyway!). What would be the one thing you would love to see in the game lifted from unused Lore in WoW / Warcraft Universe as a whole? I personally would love to one day go to Kul'Tiras as it seems like it would be an amazing place to visit!

I would very much like to see Kul Tiras, provided they retcon Jaina's other brother Tandred back into the game and make him a swarthy burly crusty sailor dude a-la Captain Slam Beefchin from the Mists trailer. Then pair him up with guns-and-roses Lorna Crowley on a mission to get Gilneas back, because I'm guessing it would be tremendously entertaining to watch the two of them snipe at each other.

I may have thought about this before.

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The Queue: Bashiok, where is my loot?

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

I found Bashiok. He's a very handsome tree person, but he didn't drop anything -- I'll have to re-visit him later.

Fizzl asked:

Lore Q4TQ (stolen from reddit): In WC3, what port did Arthas take to Northrend? There don't appear to be docks anywhere in Lordaeron so did he go all the way to Menethil? Or is it one of those things that just got overlooked and lost in translation?

It was never really defined, but I assume that Lordaeron had ports at one point in time, before the Scourge went and wiped everything out. Silverpine does have a northern coast, after all.

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The Queue: Pandaren, Tanaan, Gundrak's mystery tail

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

In today's Queue, I am probably going to outright anger some of you. Try and keep it civil in the comments, as I will when I give the answer that will anger you.

Angerfork asks:
What is your take on Tanaan coming out in a future content patch & how it was communicated?

In case you're wondering, this is how it was communicated - by a tweet from Community Manager Lore.
If you're curious, my take on it is it's his job to do exactly this - answer player questions. He did so in a clear, concise and not at all disrespectful or antagonistic way. If you then look at the responses to his tweet, they're rude, condescending, and boorishly aggressive for the most part. Quite frankly, they're not worth responding to. Lore did his job, and there's no reason to be upset with him for how he did it. The argument that we should have known this sooner and it shows a lack of transparency from Blizzard doesn't work for me either - it's not like with Karabor or Bladespire, where we were told 'these will be capitals' and then later 'they won't be, sorry'.

As for the idea of Tanaan coming out in a later content patch, frankly, I don't see the problem. We already knew Farahlon would be similarly released after the expansion - we'll get to see Tanaan when we come through the Dark Portal, then start our leveling process in one of the two starting zones, and then have Gorgrond, Talador, Spires of Arak, and Nagrand to level through, so a total of six zones available at launch, five per faction. Considering how huge the zones are, it's not like we're going to be starving for content - each zone so far has had subzones within it with special level 100 content.

Basically, I find the idea that everything Blizzard says is greeted with extreme cynicism and doomsaying to be getting crazy old. Does Blizzard make mistakes? Sure they do. All the damn time. Having Mists of Pandaria last this long was a huge mistake, for instance. Do they do things each and every one of us might find questionable? Of course. But when a CM can't even make a simple post clarifying when a zone will be available without enduring sneering contempt, we need to dial it back. Especially when considering that CM's don't design the game. Getting angry with a CM over what he or she tells you is as pointless as flipping out at the guy behind the counter at Starbucks for the company's policy on how it treats small coffee farmers. (This is just an example, for all I know Starbucks has a great policy towards the independent coffer grower.)

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The Queue: Voices, Curse of Naxxramas, and more

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

If you didn't see our pre-Queue dance party, you missed out. Dubs were stepped.

Jalamenos asked:

Has there been any word from Blizzard about putting npc voices in a separate volume slider than the effects volume? As it is right now I can't hear most of what the bosses are saying without being deafened by all the sounds of us killing it. Feels like this is something they should have added a while ago especially since more and more of the game is getting voice cast.

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The Queue: Hearthstone classes, maintenance, cinematics, and weapon names


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Good afternoon, Queuers!

Sorry this Queue is late, some stuff came up that we had to deal with today. But fear not, we've got a Queue full of goodness for you today.

Dustin asked:

How likely is it that Blizzard will release a Death Knight class for Hearthstone? Curse of Naxxramas is the PERFECT place to include it and I feel it is sorely missed from the line up. Also, who do you think would make the best hero to represent the class? I'm leaning fairly heavily towards Darion Mograine, but Thassarian would be neat as well. The Lich King, while an amazing choice, seems like he is too high ranking of a lore character to be used.

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The Queue: Beggars, mounters, and dungeon runners


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Nice questions in the Queue today. And I must say, it's a nice day out over all.

I just love it when it's 90 and humid.

Hint: I'm being sarcastic... very sarcastic.

Jeff "The Dude" LaBowski asked:

Why isn't begging for gold in WoW a ban worthy offense? Other than duel spam or guild invite spam, it's gotta be the most annoying thing.

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The Queue: Betas, Tanaan Jungle, and more

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Look at that crystal. That's a nice crystal.

DanielHudson asked:

Got into the beta last week, and was amused when the in game text popped up "awesome in game cinematic" was less amused when I didn't get to see the cinematic. Is this typical during betas?

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