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Heart of the Aspects video and giveaway {WoW}

Feb 15th 2012 3:41PM Only way I'm getting one, so /roll.

Know Your Lore: The top 10 lore reveals of Cataclysm, part 2 {WoW}

Jan 4th 2012 6:52PM My theory has always been that eventually the Titans are going to swing by Azeroth to find out what's happening on their carefully ordered planet and be aghast at what they find. We haven't just deviated from their plan. We've taken their plan, torn it into tiny pieces, burned it and invited the neighbors in to watch it burn.

Think about it. Azeroth has been rent asunder twice - once at the hands of mortals and once by one of their own corrupted safeguards. We've managed to kill a good number of Titanic constructs and safeguards (Both corrupted and uncorrupted.) We've bested one of their agents who came by to check up on us. We've broken their engine of re-origination.

Beyond that, the prisons of the Old Gods - beings that are on a par with the Titans themselves when it comes to power - are mostly wide open now and said beings are taking an active role in engineering their own escape. The elemental planes are merging into our plane. Chaos abounds pretty much anywhere you look.

To top it off, we now have a variety of alien organisms now taking up residence on the once orderly world and a race of beings who were raised from death by means originating with the Burning Legion. I somehow doubt it was in the Titan's plan that the Orcs or Draenei should be crashing on Azeroth's proverbial couch or that the Forsaken should be waltzing out of their graves to hang out with the living again.

I'm not expecting the return of the Titans to be a joyous reunion. I'm expecting them to show up, take a look around, exclaim what amounts to "WTF?" and start attempting to manually re-originate the world with a righteous fury. I get the feeling that we're better off with the Titans being an absentee landlord because the moment they take notice of how much we've messed up the world, they'll probably come by to try and violently evict us. And we're not going to get our security deposit back.

WoW Moviewatch: Jaina's Clover Story {WoW}

Nov 25th 2011 4:03PM That, too, was my first thought when watching this movie. Guess we should just stay tuned for Full Metal Lich King.

Breakfast Topic: What was your first armor set? {WoW}

Nov 2nd 2011 7:10PM I started playing during early BC, so I didn't see much of the late-game level 60 dungeons until alts or going into them at max level, so putting aside the various leather working pieces I made for myself while leveling my first character (It was a hunter. Much time was spent in Tanaris farming for scorpid scales in those days...) the first real set he ever got was from the Beast Lord dungeon set. I loved that set. After all, it was the era of crowd control being a must, and trapping as anything other than survival without the Beast Lord 2-piece was an exercise in praying the mob didn't maul you or an unlucky group member to death in the few seconds between the trap breaking and your cooldown ending. Kids today don't know the wonders of trap dancing with their trap launchers and long-lasting traps... Anyway, it wasn't the greatest looking armor, and I never got more than a couple pieces of it (Thus preparing me for future disappointment during my raiding career. Where's my Dragonspine Trophy, Gruul?) But it was the first set items I ever got my hands on.

First raiding set gear I ever got was my Tier 4. One of these days, I'm going to have to get some friends together to help me get the last couple pieces of that.

Know Your Lore: The Story of Us -- quests in WoW, part 4 {WoW}

Oct 26th 2011 9:14PM After reading this installment, I got to thinking. I'm pretty sure it was unintentional, but the new divide between those characters who were around during Wrath and and those who leveled after Cataclysm could add an additional bit of storytelling to the mix.

Those characters at level 80 at the end of Wrath have been through a lot. They proved themselves in the old world and then served their respective side in both the Outland and Northrend campaigns before finally returning home to find a world shattering all around them, both literally and in some cases figuratively. The player characters who were 80 before Cata are every bit the hardened veterans they're treated as when they show up in Hyjal or Vashj'ir. They may lack some specific context of why things have gotten as bad between the factions - i.e. the revamped questing zones – but that's unimportant. They may not have seen where the current fires of war are burning, but they saw first hand all the sparks being ignited over the years.

Meanwhile, new characters leveling through the game are fresh recruits. They cut their teeth on today's battlefields. They're veterans of the new war and have seen the how things are currently being fought. Ignoring Outland and Northrend, which may as well be taking place in the Caverns of Time and are best ignored when it comes to shaping a new character in the post-Cata world, when they reach Hyjal, they're a different breed of character. They aren't the saviors of the world yet like the old characters, but a group hungry to carve out their own stories and eventual glory against new enemies.

It's an interesting contrast between the two groups and I really do wonder whether it was taken into consideration when Cata was in the works or if it was a happy accident.

World of Wardrobe: Traipsing around Tempest Keep for tier 5, page 2 {WoW}

Oct 14th 2011 2:27AM Good old Tempest Keep. I have to get back in there one of these days. I really miss the place. Kael'Thas remains my favorite raid boss in the game, even all these years later.

It's a real shame that it isn't viable for a hunter to dual-wield one=hand weapons any more. One of the items I've gone out of my way to keep on my hunter was my Netherbane (Only ever had one drop) and I would love to transmogrify a couple of axes into it. Always wanted to run around with a pair of 'em. Love that axe.

The Queue: Claudia Shepard {WoW}

May 27th 2011 5:45PM Female Shep's voice is good and all. I just always worry that at some point, her and Kaidan will start discussing the force or how they need to stop Darth Malak from taking over the galaxy.

(The voice actors for both female Shepard (Jennifer Hale) and and Kaidan (Raphael Sbarge) voiced Bastila Shan and Carth Onasi respectively in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.)

Chinese prisoners forced to farm gold {WoW}

May 26th 2011 6:24PM So, yeah. To anyone who has ever bought gold and rationalized that it's a victimless crime... You stand corrected.

Just when I thought I couldn't get more disgusted with the RMT industry...

The Queue: I'm up late tonight {WoW}

May 19th 2011 6:00PM Now these points of data make a beautiful line.
And we're out of beta, we're releasing on time.

Two Bosses Enter: Vanessa VanCleef vs. Cardboard Assassin {WoW}

May 10th 2011 5:41AM "I've been waiting a long time for this, you know," Vanessa VanCleef says as she jumps down from atop the the ship's cabin. "Biding my time, building my... Wait. What?"

Vanessa stops and looks around. She had been certain someone was there a second ago. And then, she sees it. It stands there, a mocking visage of a human clad in leather with a bandana wrapped around his face and his hand raised in the air as it wobbles back and forth on it's spring.

She stares in disbelief at the Cardboard Assassin, saying nothing as her mind tries in vain to understand why a simple engineering construct was bobbing peacefully on the deck of her ship instead of the five hapless adventurers she'd been expecting.

She glances down at the bottle of Nightmare Elixir in her hand, then looks back at the dummy. With a long, drawn-out sigh, she carelessly tosses the bottle over her shoulder and walks away, mumbling to herself, "If they're not going to take it seriously, I'm out. Wonder if Cookie has any leftovers stashed away..."

The Cardboard Assassin just silently sways back and forth on the deck of the ship.