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Reminder: Caption This contest ends tonight! {WoW}

Sep 26th 2008 5:33PM As dawn approached, Shaun realized that making "walks into a bar" jokes about Sylvanas and Varimathras so close to the echo chambers of the UC sewer entrance was a really bad idea.

Around Azeroth: A canyon sunset {WoW}

Dec 6th 2007 10:07AM No, I'm prett sure that's 1000 Needles. Those impossible pillars of rock....so distinctive.

Breakfast topic: What do you pack for a raid? {WoW}

Nov 8th 2007 9:31AM As a hunter/engineer in Kara, I bring:

A full ammo pouch of adamantite shells (and 6 or so extra stacks)
1 mana potion injector
1 health potion injector (this lasts longer than the mana injector)
1 stack of warp burgers
1 stack of smoked talbuk venison (for the pet)
1 stack of ravager dogs
Elixirs of Major Agility (I'm pretty sparing with these)
40 Heavy Netherweave Bandages
Extra +stam food

WoW Moviewatch: Shake That! {WoW}

Sep 1st 2007 4:53PM If there were ever a rave in WoW, this is what it would look like.

Plus, did you notice the Broken bartender, off to the corner/back of one of the scenes? Same dance as the male Tauren, it looks like...

Know Your Lore Special: The top ten lore quests, part 1 {WoW}

Jul 12th 2007 11:39AM Please, please tell me that the Greatmother Geyah questline in Garadar is in your top 5 next week. Thrall finding out about his family is so awesome. I'm still wearing a quest reward from that line, even after being 70 for 10 /played days.

Cutting down on grind time for lowbie pets {WoW}

Jul 10th 2007 4:02PM @7: "Leveling a pet isn't that hard to do but it is a grind. Best bet is to bring it along into instances and/or kill everything in sight.

The best solution may be rested XP for pets though."

If pets could get rested xp, I'd be happy with that - perhaps increase the xp gain more when they're stabled for longer periods of time. Either that, or implement quest reward xp.

As for those telling us to QQ: Pets only gain levels from mob kills. NO quest reward xp, and no rested xp. I tamed Trachela, the lv 65 white carrion bird in Terrokar Forest about three weeks ago, and even now, the bird will only reach lvl 70 tonight.

Now I'm going to do some number crunching, just to illustrate why we think the mechanic needs to be changed. These numbers are *extremely* guess-based. Anyways.

From level 69 to 70, a pet requires approx 190k xp to level. The average amount of xp the pet will gain from a mob kill, depending on the level of the mob in question (remember that the mobs have to be green to the hunter, and remember my previous point that pets ONLY gain xp from mob kills) ranges from 300-600. Assuming an average of 450xp/kill, it will take a pet 422 mob kills to level to 70 from 69. Now, imagine such calculations scaled out over 50 levels.

I have no way of guessing how much xp it would take a level 20 pet to level up to 70, but suffice it to say that the time investment is HUGE. Hunters may be the "easiest" class to play (though the number of non-hunters ignorant about the mechanics of pet happiness and training points - extremely important mechanics - are legion) and may be masters of soloing, but even then, grinding up a pet for 50 levels is past the point of endurance.

One last point: whenever locks level up, their minions instantly level up with them. Minions don't require food, don't have happiness levels, and different minions can be dismissed and summoned depending upon the lock's circumstances. Hunters would KILL to have mechanics similar to those.

Breakfast topic: Switching mains {WoW}

Jul 10th 2007 9:55AM When I first started playing WoW, I rolled a Tauren druid because I liked the idea of shapeshifting and being in balance with nature. Then about a month and a half later, when the druid was 31, I started levelling up a Tauren hunter who had been dawdling around in my account. Eight months later, my hunter is still my main, level 70, and involved in a guild raiding Kara (however, I'm not a raider). All this time the druid has been languishing in TB, while I've got a level one orc rogue as my bankalt.

Spiritual Guidance: Grouping with Priests {WoW}

Jun 25th 2007 11:07AM On a side note: a few nights I was pugging it in SL with my main, a hunter, and had my pig do the off-tanking. While I normally notice when my pets are low on health and thus pop a heal, I noticed the druid (I know this is a priest column, but this is still relevant) in our group was doing an excellent job keeping my pig up when my pet heal wasn't cutting it. I whispered to the druid my thanks for healing the pet, and he whispered back that he wanted to keep the tanks up. Of course, I was delighted to have my pet considered a true tank! So, two morals here:

1. Pet classes love healers if the healers can spare some mana for pets.
2. Its always good to thank a healer for a job well done.

Blood Pact: What is a Warlock?, part 1 {WoW}

Jun 21st 2007 10:38AM I'm really happy to see a warlock column. My BF plays one, and from what I've read about the class so far in terms of strategies, stats and builds, he absolutely SUCKS. He keeps on piling gear with +spirit, he doesn't use life tap, drain life or bandages, and he hasn't specced deeply into one tree; I think his build is something like 17/13/13. Perhaps this column can make him see the light.

Breakfast Topic: How did you pick your class? {WoW}

Jun 21st 2007 8:53AM When I first played WoW, I started out as a druid because the shapeshifting sounded fun, and I liked the aesthetic/lore behind the Taurens. I played the druid for about 30 levels, then switched to a tauren hunter that eventually became my main at 70. I realize now that I really had no idea how to gear up a druid properly, and didn't really see how stats affected classes. Funnily enough, I felt I was "betraying" my druid by leveling up the hunter, and while I haven't had the heart to delete her, I really don't see myself playing the druid anymore.