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The Queue: Rum Ham {WoW}

Nov 19th 2011 9:00PM "So yes, 25s have ALWAYS granted faster legendary creation time than 10 mans."

Errr, what? This the the first legendary that 10 mans have ever had access to. There is no precedent here, at all.

The Queue: Three questions for the dev chat {WoW}

Oct 27th 2011 11:35AM This is only ever an issue for the first week after the expansion launches, realistically.

The Queue: Three questions for the dev chat {WoW}

Oct 27th 2011 11:32AM This has been addressed like, a million times.

Original concept art had Pandaren (based on a beloved Chinese animal) dressed in Japanese Samurai garb. This is a huge cultural no-no, given the history between the two nations.

That was the extent of any Chinese sensitivity regarding Pandaren. Blizzard have long since cleaned up their mess and Pandaren now only appear in Chinese garb.

Now tattoo this onto your inner eyelids :p

Zarhym weighs in on Theramore rumors in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Oct 24th 2011 4:19PM "The Horde, to remind you, is currently a faction with an overzealous ruler..."

OVERZEALOUS ruler? Is he talking about Garrosh?


Blizzard Publishing announces two new Pandaren stories and more {WoW}

Oct 22nd 2011 10:39AM "It's nice to see that the upcoming expansion will see as much attention to story detail as Cataclysm – and that the precedent set by the leader short stories will continue on with more lore on the official Blizzard website as time goes on. "

It would be nice to see some of it actually occur in-game, as opposed to via third party means.

And as for Cataclysm's story detail; if you aren't aware or don't care to know what Blizzard puts out beyond the parameters of the game itself, you'll have a hard time knowing what the hell is going on.

I'm asuming for MoP, Blizzard are going to be mining Chinese myth, Japanese feudal history, and James Clavell for their stories. Not that this is a bad thing. Whether they can tie it all plausibly into existing WoW lore without it feeling tacked on, will be the test. And if they accomplish it within the game, rather than expecting people to buy novellas and comics, I'll be amazed.

BlizzCon 2011: Mists of Pandaria trailer {WoW}

Oct 21st 2011 3:34PM As somebody who has fond memories of watching Shogun as a kid, seeing those pagoda's brought a tear to my eye.

What? Stop looking at me like that!

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria announced {WoW}

Oct 21st 2011 3:13PM Apparently some people think it's cool to hate on something; hate on anything. Seen it before, so many times:

"Belves are gay"

"Alien spacegoats LOL"

"Worgen furries"

The ironic thing is the same people are spouting the same negative crap, expansion after expansion...long after the last race addition supposedly forced them to "quit"

The lesson, my friends? Haters gonna hate. This sounds fucking cool. Toranaga the Monk, imma clearing a character slot for you right now, matey.

The Queue: And Your World Will Burn {WoW}

Oct 17th 2011 12:33PM @ e.friedman1992

I agree with you. Looking at WoW's expansion cycle symplistically:

i) Vanilla - classic swords & sorcery with steampunk elements

ii) TBC - WoW in Space! 2 new playable races; factions get access to new classes (Alliance - shaman, Horde - paladin)

iii) WLK - WoW: Norse Edition. 1 new hero class.

iv) Cata - Post Apocalyptic Azeroth! 2 new playable races.

What follows may get long, and assumes that the next expansion is in fact Pandaria. Apologies!

WoW's been lacking any real asian influence and it seems the most natural place to go next; lots of untapped potential and Chinese myth/Japanese Feudal history to base new lore upon, much like they did with the Norse sagas in WLK.

What I'm *really* curious about, if it does turn out to be Pandaria, is whether Pandaren will actually be playable or not. They're the bette-noire of the Warcraft canon, loved and hated in equal measure. No other race splits the fandom so effectively. However! Given the tongue in cheek cycle I posted above, a fact is undeniable: [i]each expansion has either launched with new races, or a new class.[/i] So I'd put real money down that we're getting one or the other this time around too.

Will it be Pandaren? As mentioned above, they're "controversial", to say the least. And I'm not talking about the debunked "OMG China don't like panda violence!" thing. I mean that a lot of players dispute the race's place in lore due to the fact that Sam Didier originally intended them as a joke. People always mention that, while conveniently overlooking that Chris Metzen jumped on Didier's concept and wrote the race into canon.

Now, tinfoil hat time!

Given the panda-people's controversial history and their elusiveness in WoW to the present, I can only begin to imagine the shitstorm of QQ that would erupt among the faction that *didn't* get them. At the same time, I can't see Blizzard passing up the most obvious opportunity to finally add pandaren into the game as a playable race; it's the perfect "hook" to hang the new expansion from, attracting potential new players and piquing the interest of jaded vets alike. The only fly in the ointment is that I can't see which race would be counterpart to Pandaren...

So where does that leave us? My guess (read: hope) is that Blizzard will take this opportunity to shake things up between the Horde and Alliance, and the Pandaren represent a real opportunity to accomplish this in game. The panda people are (in)famously neutral and independent in lore. Could it be that they might be the first race who get to choose their allegiance, Alliance or Horde? Blizzard have demonstrated that racial "silloutte" isn't the inviolate paradigm it once was (hello, gnomes and goblins)

Sorry for the wall of text. But I'm really interested to see what comes out of Blizzcon! And when that happens you can all laugh at me for being hopelessly, utterly wrong :p

Breakfast Topic: Are you afraid of the PUG? {WoW}

Oct 16th 2011 9:37AM I have 3 level 85 tanks. The prot warrior is my main in FL gear, I don't need to tank heroics with him aside from guildies wanting runs. He's also my mount collector, but to be frank the random dumbassery and asshattery I've encountered on my DK and pally means I don't consider the Satchel worth the trouble.

Here's what I mean:

The first and only time I've tanked a random on my DK was in Stonecore. My DK is in T11 tank gear. The group wiped about 3 times before reaching Corborous because the DPS wouldn't follow marked kill order or CC mobs. Then we wiped twice on Corborous because they wouldn't AoE shards or avoid the dust clouds. All this despite instructions. I consider myself a patient and helpful veteran player but I had to drop group.

This is my pally, who dinged 85 last week:

I've been doing randoms on him, as you can see he's a BoE machine but it's good gear I could easily afford. So I got into a ZA a couple nights ago, and three of the others were all the same guild, in FL gear. They spent most of their time ragging on my gear and PvP helm (in Spanish) which was extremely ignorant. And if *I* wasn't getting it in the neck, they were berating the mage who was "only" managing 14k on bosses, in mostly blue gear. I left after Jan'alai because they seemed to have the belief that their FL gear entitled them to be pricks; they purposely stalled the timer when their priest "had" to go afk, meaning we lost out on the mount. I hate that kind of attitude and that kind of player, particularly since my guild have cleared FL and none of us are assholes. Probably because we've been playing together since Vanilla and there are several of us in our thirties.

Anyway...I guess I am afraid of the PuG, for the reasons above. The LFD is a double edged sword; its convenience often comes at the price of putting up with tools of varying varieties. And people wonder why tanks are scarce? I have 3 of them, and I've decided I won't be tanking outside my guild again. Enjoy your inflated queue times, douchebags.

The Lawbringer: Guardian Cub pros and cons, page 2 {WoW}

Oct 14th 2011 5:32PM Unlike the doomsayers happy to pollute the forums with their directionless rage, I can't see that this pet will make much of an impact, in and of itself. Hardcore pet collectors will buy one for themselves; the initial surge of interest might result in a few listed on the AH, but they aren't going to be worth much because there'll likely be a lot of them. I can maybe see that the pet is worth more in a few months, when the hooplah has died down and they are more uncommon, but even then, it's not going to be worth tens of thousands of gold, because people would likely prefer to spend 10 bucks on one.

The pet itself is irrelevant anyway. What's of significance is what it represents: the fact that Blizzard are in fact sanctioning and condoning the purchase of in game currency for real-world cash. I'm not against RMT per se; I got the Winged Guardian mount because I liked it. But this cub does represent another boundary crossed. And that's what Blizzard will continue to do, particularly as WoW gets older.

What I personally found most disturbing about this whole episode was Blizzard's evasive spin in attempting to make the cub - and what it represents - more palatable. They claim this cub gives people who don't want to spend real dollars on one, a chance to get one. But if that really was the raison detre for its introduction, why not just stick it on a vendor as a gold sink? Why involve RMT at all?

There was also Bashiok's mealy mouthed response to the hooplah on the forums, where he likened the cub to the TCG mounts already in existence; it was a response designed to allay fears but it was also completely disengenuous, as the TCG mounts are extremely rare (I've seen two in my six years of playing) and the cub will be available in limitless quantities from the store. While the two are alike in theory, in practice they are completely different.

Blizzard's statements around this latest RMT addition have smacked of disrespect for the intelligence of their customers, and that doesn't sit right with me. If they're going to introduce such things are real world currency for in game gold, at least have the balls to be upfront about it; don't hide it behind a minipet and then attempt to muddy the waters afterward. We're not idiots.