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The Queue: It's always sunny in Azeroth {WoW}

Feb 18th 2009 7:52AM It's true that Illidan is a more ambiguous figure than most raid bosses, but a good guy he ain't. I don't know much about the war of the ancients but he sort of fought for both sides there, earning the epithet "the betrayer." He was a blood elf - that is, addicted to magical power and willing to turn to demonic sources of it - long before there was a group called that. And he was a cruel overlord to the Broken. When Illidan claimed Outland from the demons, I think Akama called it trading one master for another.

As for the black dragons, it's two different groups you're talking about. The nether drakes in Outland were children of Deathwing, but abandoned by him and physically changed by the weird energies in Outland. They weren't black dragons any more. While Sartharion apparently has some kind of story explaining an evil plot behind the eggs, I think it's something like what Nefarian was up to in Blackrock Mountain. But besides, Sartharion is a black dragon, loyal to Deathwing. He's never good news.

Around Azeroth: Fava beans and a nice Chianti {WoW}

Jan 28th 2009 7:26PM "I decree it to be thus: A wizard did it."

Well, granted it's all magic, but what do we call orcs and trolls and other nonhuman humanoids? Races? Species? Barimins?

Breakfast topic: When real life is greater than WoW {WoW}

Jan 20th 2009 9:47AM Thanks for this post, Adam. And to all you children both literally and figuratively who are complaining about politics on a WoW site: grow up. You know, you make me feel better about myself. I may spend untold hours playing an MMORPG, I may have an anemic social life, but at least I don't get all huffy at the mere reminder of a real world outside the game.

For what it's worth, I agree with Kylenne way back at 8:35 a.m. 100 percent. It's tempting to argue with some of the ludicrous claims being made by dittoheads here, like Avashnea and others, saying that the current mess is the Democrats' fault. Really? How? I guess you must mean Clinton, since the Democrats didn't control anything in government from 2002 to 2006. So Clinton was responsible for the current recession and massive budget deficits... that means Reagan or Bush I must have been responsible for Clinton's strong economy and budget surpluses... now the electoral cycles have a liberal bias, you're saying? Riiight.

Tempting, but what's the point? Logical argument rarely convinces anyone of anything, sure, myself included. And there are always a few people willing to believe any stupid thing. In 1997, a CNN poll found that the majority of Americans believed the government was covering up evidence of aliens at Roswell. Why so surprised that 27 percent of people think Bush has done a good job? No one is ever going to win over everyone, but the important argument was already made. After months of being told that Obama was a socialist, people voted for him anyway. Oops. I think that might have backfired on the Republicans.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get going. I live in Arlington, Virginia, and I have a feeling the buses and metro will be just a bit crowded...

Achievement junkie {WoW}

Jan 10th 2009 12:08PM I just got Loremaster of Kalimdor on my druid half an hour ago. I'd got Loremaster of the Eastern Kingdoms a few days ago. I'm taking a break right now for lunch and stuff, but this afternoon I'll log in, complete four group quests in Northrend, and get The Final Goal - literally. :)

The Queue: Pandapocalypse {WoW}

Jan 6th 2009 6:42AM I don't know about ZG, but as for Strat/Scholo, the decrease in rep from individual mobs doesn't matter that much because you still get rep from turning in scourgestones. And didn't you stop getting reputation from trash mob kills after revered with AD anyway?

The Queue: New Year's Eve edition {WoW}

Dec 31st 2008 6:08PM I've wondered about that myself. They state that the game happens something like five years after the end of Warcraft III. But that's presumably WoW classic, 1.0 (or whatever the number of the first, pre-content patch game was, I don't know), and a lot has happened since then. Even if you assume Maraudon, Dire Maul, Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman were there all along before they were playable, there's been a massive war effort against the Silithid in Ahn'Qiraj; the scourge invasion spearheaded by Naxxramas; the reopening of the Dark Portal, crash of the Exodar and alliance between the Blood Elves and the Horde; Kael'Thas' abduction of Muru... all of that would have taken at least as long in real time as the in-game events lasted, and probably longer. So as of the attack on Northrend, how much time has passed?

Ask a Lore Nerd: All about dragons {WoW}

Dec 29th 2008 8:02PM 12-29-2008 @ 3:39PM
DataShade said...
"And the Pandaren are supposed to be native to the "southern reaches of Kalimdor." If you ever go to Land's End Beach in Tanaris, you can see an island far to the south; they should either be out there, or in the mountains south of Un'goro, between Silithus and Tanaris."

Well, what are you quoting there? According to, the Pandaren were originally from Kalimdor but most if not all of them left and founded an empire on Pandaria (the name of their island home) before the Great Sundering. There's supposedly a settlement in the Stonetalon Mountains, but the Pandaren living there apparently came from Pandaria after the Third War.

As for the mountains south of Un'Goro, I don't know about that, but the Pandaren definitely aren't from that island south of Land's End Beach. There's nothing there but some Venture Co. mobs. (Before WotLK the only way to get to that island without dying of fatigue was with a buff from as part of the Ahn'Qiraj scepter quest chain. Now, though, a death knight can ride there with path of frost.)

Breakfast Topic: Dailies and you {WoW}

Dec 28th 2008 8:44AM I've done the cooking dailies regularly. Sooo quick and easy, and the more recipes I know, the better.

That's it, though. I did the Sons of Hodir dailies until I got to honored and did all the honored dailies once, but now that I can buy the basic shoulder enchants, that seems like enough. I'll get the rest sooner or later. I've been doing the Troll Patrol daily for the last couple days because I only need a few more points to get to revered. I do the daily dungeons when I can find a group, but I don't spend too much time looking.

As for all the rest, I'll do dailies once I finish all the non-repeatable quests I can find, which could still take a while.

All the World's a Stage: So you want to be a Death Knight {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2008 7:40AM "They were probably actually good people once, and now that they have their free will back, for the most part, the Knights of the Ebon Blade (of which your character is one) seem to want to go back to being good insofar as it is possible..."

Are you sure about that? I can't quote any specific NPCs from memory, but I got the definite impression that the Order of the Ebon Blade was only allied with the Alliance and the Horde against the Scourge, a common enemy, and it was anyone's guess if they would remain allied when Arthas is finally killed. And then there's that poor Cenarion Circle druid who a DK trainer kills in Acherus. You can guess at a reason that was morally OK (the Circle was infiltrated by the Cult of the Damned, or that particular teacher is still evil and the DKs tolerate his methods because he's a good teacher, or they absolutely needed to kill a non-Scourge-aligned human and they feel really really bad about it*), but just taking it at face value, it sure doesn't look "good insofar as it is possible."

It seems to me that DKs are like the Forsaken. Some individuals among them maybe be good and honorable and maybe even happy in theory (that Forsaken leader at Light's Hope Chapel or in the Argent Crusade, any RPers who want to be, Sylvanas), but the majority of the population, the main political organization (the Knights of the Ebon Blade, the Royal Apothecary Society) and most quest-givers are vengeful, expansionist and view their allies as cannon fodder at best.

* This is interesting. Maybe even good DKs have a built-in compulsion to kill people and players satisfy that need through questing and PvP, but the NPCs in Acherus, with no living thing nearby, need to capture innocent victims from among their allies?

Insider Trader: Northern Engineering highlights {WoW}

Dec 19th 2008 8:11PM The trinkets and tinkering stuff may fall short in min-maxing, but they're still worth using. For example, whatever my best cloak is when my engineer gets to 80 will get an enchant from an enchanter on it for raid use. But I'll keep my second best cloak around with a Flexweave Underlay on it and wear it whenever I'm not raiding, so I don't die in long falls while soloing and can take shortcuts off cliffs and stuff. Except for the Sunwell goggles, hasn't engineering always been like this?