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Behind the name could be fungi {WoW}

Nov 1st 2007 7:39PM My wife names all her characters after in-game herbs...Briarthorn, Swiftthistle, Dreamfoil, Silversage, etc. Even has a hunter pet named BlackLotus (its Gutripper in disguise).

Breakfast Topic: Daily Quest design {WoW}

Oct 12th 2007 10:38AM The problem with dailies is that after a while they are too predictable. You are doing the exact same thing over and over again. I propose that dailies should be something that makes the person be wondering, as he clicks on the quest giver, just what he is going to be asked to do today.

Have the daily quest giver randomly pick from 30 quests, and lets use the old M:TG system from boosters to divvy them up: lots of common quests (but all of them different), a few uncommon, and a couple rare ones. You can vary the rewards based on how easy/difficult they might be. Some examples:

1. Aw crap! I have to go 'tag' all the outhouses near Utgarde Keep!
2. I need the bank for Fire Resist - I'm on whelp duty out near the border today!
3. OMG! Hey guildies! I got the super-rare Daily quest where I have to investigate a sighting of Arthas! Who's with me?

The key is to keep players' interest in dailies - throwing a bit of randomness in always helps.

Player burnout and the next expansion {WoW}

Sep 5th 2007 8:45PM "all indications are that it won't be as high a the first expansion went."

Define your terms please. What 'indications' are you basing this opinion on? The blog author referenced in this article doesn't even play WoW anymore, so his point of view is suspect. Anything else?

Azeroth Interrupted: A plea for tolerance {WoW}

Jul 29th 2007 5:51PM From the Average-Bear:

Your religion (or, more broadly, your faith) is like your car.

* It’s very important to you, and not really that important to other folks, even folks who are close to you. They might, in fact, forget what brand, make, or even color your car is, even though they’ve seen it a number of times, whereas you have gone so far as to give it a pet name or personalize it in a number of different ways.
* Part of the reason for that is because much of the time you spend in your car is spent alone. It’s just you and the car. Yes, you bring along other people sometimes, but that’s usually on the weekends, and it’s never the same as your personal time. ((In fact, you might find yourself thinking that you’re a much better driver when you don’t have all the other distractions in the car with you — I seem to have all my ‘close calls’ when I’m driving someone somewhere.))
* Unless I’m in the market for a new car, I’m probably not that interested in being sold on your model of car, though I might love you hear you gush enthusiastic about it.

In short, your car really matters to me:

* If you hit me with it.
* If I’m riding with you.
* If you’re in an accident when I’m riding with you.
* If you’re trying to get me to buy the same model.

Also… no one likes car salesmen, especially pushy ones. (Atheists, I’m looking at you too. Just because you’re running on biodiesel with no middle-eastern dependency doesn’t mean you aren’t in a car.)

Finally, and most importantly, there are lots of cars I find too staid, too ostentatious, too big, too ugly, too flashy, or too trendy to own, myself. Doesn’t mean I don’t like the people driving them. In fact, the car you drive influences my opinion of you about as much as your religion — until you get in my face about either.

And when it comes to impressing me, the car almost never does. The driver is the one that matters.

Enter to win a Spectral Tiger Mount from WoW Insider! {WoW}

Jul 25th 2007 8:25PM Woute! Ship it! And thank you for such a great website!