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The Queue: I might be just a little excited

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.

Maybe I should mention how many times I've watched the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron over the course of the weekend. I'll just ... leave it here and let you guys watch it, too. And watch it again myself another couple dozen times or so. Let's see what we've got for Warcraft questions today, shall we?

gazaa07 asked:

Q4tQ: Speaking of the Toybox, Is there anything you wish were included for it? I would have put Innkeeper's Daughter back in there, since in the beta it was in there and it serves no other purpose then being a HS.

There are actually a bunch of older items -- old trinkets, mostly -- that I wish would just be moved to the toy slot. Obviously, they are items that can be equipped, so they don't technically count as a toy -- but that was pretty much the only option for fun items back then. Things like the Piccolo of the Flaming Fire, or even items from old world events, like the Argent War Horn. Those old world event items can't even be obtained anymore, but they do cool things that are more suited to a toy than a trinket. I'd be happy if I could get them out of my bank, I don't want to simply because they can no longer be obtained and they're neat.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Twenty-five winks

Sunday Morning Funnies is your weekly list of WoW-related web comics.

This week, in comics: Developing a conscience. AddOn Ponytail shaper attempts something forbidden. That one time on Etsy. King Wee Baby. Plus: Whoa, a flying monkey!

In comic news this week, Trigonometry Comics celebrated its third anniversary! Congratulations Trig, and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to telling stories and supporting the WoW comic community, including both readers and creators. True to Trig's style, there's a regular update, plus an anniversary special, as well as a Gnomeregan Forever update, so be sure to check them out!

Also on the list this week are two Halloween specials from Gratz that include reader ideas for character costumes. And if you missed us last week, you'll want to check out the final installment of Father's Shield (Chapter 8: Demon). Plus, the Spooky D&D storyline on NPC, which is related both to WoW and D&D, continues.

Finally, Contested Territory is back and Maiu expects to be able to update once weekly, despite her busy new(ish) work schedule. She is aiming for Tuesdays, so if you tend to check the comics throughout the week, keep that in mind.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Breakfast Topic: I always smile when

There are certain elements in World of Warcraft that I just love to see. A warrior in Tier 6 or 10. A draenei paladin on the special elekk mount. Rogues with Shadowcraft on. (It's just what they're supposed to wear.) Ragnaros dead, his hammer twirling up into the air. In the words of one of my favorite songs, this feels too good to be wrong - I go kill Rag literally every reset just to see that hammer flip in the air.

Years in, and I'll still always smile when I hear the dwarf gryphon master say Watch your back, because it was always an in-joke for my first guild that he was saying wash your back and I remember all the jokes. I find it charming when I'm doing ICC and I hear that little gnome voice say This oughta help! I'm very fond of Nefarian telling me that he is the master there just as I kill him. There are more, but these suffice to make the point - these little moments in World of Warcraft, from the layout of the shrines in the Vale being reversed to the Brewfest Kodo, they make me smile.

What are yours?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Blizzard offering 7 days of game time to select accounts

If you haven't upgraded your account to Warlords of Draenor, you may want to check your email. In fact, even if you have upgraded your account, you may want to check your email. Blizzard has quietly released a promotion giving players 7 free days of game time for select accounts, randomly offered to both current and returning players. As with any promotion, scams are an inevitability, so if you do see one of these emails pop up in your inbox, don't click any links in the email itself, just to be on the safe side.

Please note that this is a limited availability offer -- the promotion isn't being offered to all players. Community Manager Bashiok clarified the nature of the promotion on the official forums yesterday.

From time to time we run different promotional offers for a subset of players, but they're generally not something offered to everyone. Which is why this may work on the accounts that were offered the promotion, and not others.

However, players are reporting that they have received the promotion without the accompanying email, so you might just have a present waiting for you on your account. To check, log into your account, click on your World of Warcraft license, and head to the Referrals & Rewards tab at the bottom of the page. If you have been offered free game time, a link will allow you to activate the game time and apply it to your account. According to the email, the offer expires on November 5 -- so make sure you redeem your game time now, before the offer disappears.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

WoW Moviewatch: Old Gods Are Everywhere

I don't think it's a secret that I'm a fan of the Old Gods -- I like writing about them, I like coming up with crazy theories about them, and I just like the whole vibe of terrifying beasts of darkness lurking below the earth. Needless to say, when I ran across this machinima from earlier this year by Mooclucking, I was absolutely delighted. Old Gods Are Everywhere is a pretty self-explanatory title, but the machinima surprised me with its delivery -- several of the jokes had me laughing almost immediately from the visuals.

And since we're in full swing of Hallow's End, it seemed only appropriate to share the film's tongue-in-cheek, slightly spooky message during the holiday. After all, you never know where you'll find an Old God next. If you like the video, be sure to check out Mooclucking's channel on Youtube for more machinima.

Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at

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A Behind the Scenes look at Lords of War with Senior Illustrator Laurel Austin

Earlier this month, Blizzard released a behind the scenes look at Lords of War, the latest short series from the team that brought us The Burdens of Shaohao. Although that behind the scenes glimpse was pretty good, it focused mainly on the story of the short films, the ideas behind the process. Yesterday, another Behind the Scenes featurette was added -- this time, featuring Senior Illustrator Laurel Austin, the artist behind all of those gorgeous moving frames. Austin goes through the process of character design for the shorts and the challenges of bringing the various warlords to life.

This is frankly the kind of behind the scenes stuff I really like to see -- don't get me wrong, I love a story as much as the next person, but I like seeing how it's all put together from a technical standpoint. While the exact process of animating the still paintings is only brushed on, it's still incredibly cool to watch Austin work and explain why particular stylistic choices were put into play. I didn't expect a second installment to this series, so I'm almost hoping we might yet see a third installment that goes into the animation process itself and how all those stunning paintings are brought to life. Either way, the video is a fascinating watch for anyone who wants to see how Blizzard puts their art together.

If you somehow missed Lords of War when it originally aired, you can catch the entire series on World of Warcraft's Youtube channel -- they've even put together a helpful playlist of all the episodes in order.

Filed under: Machinima, Blizzard, News items, Lore, Warlords of Draenor

Warcraft wallpaper, costume, art, and comic updates

Another round of new art and updates has been added to Blizzard's official website. This time around, the costume updates are all featuring cosplay from BlizzCon 2013. Mylune makes another appearance, along with some stunning costumes of various tier sets and familiar characters from the franchise. In addition to the costume updates, a new wallpaper has been added to the fan art section. The piece, by Juyoung Oh, is a warlock flanked by a couple of Nightmare steeds and wings that would make Deathwing jealous.

And if you're still anxiously awaiting Warlords of Draenor, the concept art gallery has been updated with some new images. There are a few new concept pieces of draenei temples, as well as a pretty stunning piece of Tanaan Jungle lit at various times of day. Rounding it all off is an update to the comic section, appropriately themed for Hallow's End. Take a look at Blizzard's official post for links to all the new updates.

Filed under: Blizzard, Arts and Crafts

The Queue: Things to do

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.

Patch 6.0 brought several new things to do, but I've been finding myself revisiting old dungeons more than anything, these past couple of weeks. In particular, both mounts in ZG have eluded me for far too long, and I'm hunkering down to do some serious farming and add them to my collection. With the new troll models, it's like ZG has gotten an update all on its own. Kinda cool, really!

cgilm2526 asked:

So I was doing the dailies at the Argent Tournament on my horde toon. I went to buy the Sen'Jin village banner since its a toy. When I learned the banner, I also learned the Ironforge Banner. Is this a bug or is Blizzard making it easy to get two banners for the price of one?

I don't believe it's a bug. The way all the items worked at the Argent Tournament was that if you obtained an item -- say a Silvermoon banner -- and then at some point in the distant future decided to race-change to Alliance, that Silvermoon banner would automatically change into an Exodar banner. The same applies of course to mounts, but it also applied to the armor models and tier obtained from ToC as well. I have to admit, having just finished farming for those banners myself, it's nice that I only have to do them on one faction, instead of both.

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Breakfast Topic: The warm glow of another person's accomplishments

So last night my wife and I ran ICC10 heroic to get her the last couple of achievements she needed for her Bloodbathed Frostbrook Vanquisher. They were fairly annoying achievements. Full House and Portal Jockey, to be exact. But thanks to her keeping track of the adds and a solid plan for Dreamwalker, we finally got them done and she got her mount.

For some reason I only like achievements when other people get them. I don't always like the work of doing them - I hate Portal Jockey and I'm not looking forward to trying Been Waiting a Long Time For This on 25 next week to get her the other mount, but I'm still glad to help - I like that we can do this stuff together, and I really like the feeling I get when I help someone else achieve a long held goal of theirs. It's satisfying.

So I'm asking you for your stories of achievements you aided others in getting. Doesn't have to actually be an achiement - did you help a guildie get Shadowmourne or Val'anyr, did you run them through the Timeless Isle for chests, did you grind for bones on the Isle of Giants with them? Just any story of helping out a friend or other player will do.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

WRUP: Exploring an all-new Hallow's End

The holiday season of Hallow's End is once again upon us, and this year we get a special treat: after a few years of the same old holiday, Hallow's End has gotten some updates. This year, you've got new loot to spend your Tricky Treats on, including costumes and new pets. We may still be a few weeks out from Warlords of Draenor, but new holiday collections do give us something to do.

So just how is Team WoW Insider tackling this updated holiday? Read on and we'll tell you all about it! Plus, be sure to jump down to the comments to tell us just what you're playing this weekend.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion