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The Queue: There are 113 days until BlizzCon {WoW}

Jun 30th 2011 2:16PM Heh - I got my "Going Down?" Achievement from it. Druid, bird form(!), on the ground - I think I moved from on the edge of a fire festival fire to the ground.

-- Biggles

Veteran WoW players given free copies of the game to gift to new players {WoW}

Jun 25th 2011 5:24PM Heh - I got one (been playing since the original open beta). My biggest issue is that given darn near 7 years of play, I've pretty much pushed all of my friends to play; the few that are left are hardcore "not gonna pay a monthly fee", and this is frankly unlikely to convince them... it has far less to do with the game at this point and far more to do with human nature...

Breakfast Topic: Did you purchase the Winged Guardian? {WoW}

Jun 5th 2011 2:02PM Sigh - this will mark me as a cranky old man, but here we go...

It used to be the case that how you looked in the game reflected, to some extent, how much you had played the game - to complete a set of tier armor was some sort of accomplishment, and your in-game avatar reflected the work it took into equipping it, for whatever that was worth. When a paladin in tier 2 armor walked down the street, you knew how far along they were. Your appearance was a matter of pride and accomplishment. It said "I've been playing for a while".

The sparkle pony and the flying lion say "I had an extra $25".

I'd care less, but the sparkle pony was kinda neat looking, and the lion mount looks awesome. And I'll have neither, because "look how much disposable income I have" isn't the game I signed up to play - if I wanted to play that, I'd be detailing my car or something.

Blizzard is sliding down the slippery slope here - they had said, in the past, that they wouldn't sell pets or mounts that made a real difference in-game. But - these are flying mounts you can "walk" in in non-flying areas. To be fair - there are in-game mounts that do that (The HH mount, for example, or some profession mounts). But - this is a case, and I've seen it, where some people bought the mount *for the utility*, because it was better than the mounts they'd earned in-game.

-- Biggles

Know Your Lore: The curse of the worgen and the Scythe of Elune, part two {WoW}

May 15th 2011 4:30PM Who says the scythe is a requirement?

Goldrinn's physical form was killed in the Battle of the Ancients - but we know from Cataclysm quests that his spirit (and those of many of the other ancients) lived on in the Emerald Dream - slowly growing powerful again, powerful enough that you help them return in Cataclysm. He's been out for, what, a couple of thousand years - and is due to emerge (at the time of the most recent events) in the next few years? His spirit is presumably more than powerful enough to influence the waking world.

So who is to say that some of the events compressed into those three years were not the result of the Scythe itself, but rather of Goldrinn's increasing influence in the waking world. Even if the Scythe was required, Goldrinn may be the reason it could disappear and re-appear in different places in such a short period of time. His tooth is part of the Scythe, it is literally *part of him* - in the lore, it's not unreasonable to suggest that he could have effects on it from the Dream.

Breakfast Topic: Have you ever taken time off from WoW? {WoW}

Apr 27th 2011 11:04AM I quit for a year or more - came back a month or so prior to cataclysm.

I'd been playing since the closed beta, and was in a moderate raiding guild. One raid evening... let's say I ran into a difference in opinion between myself and the raid leader, and I realized, suddenly, that I *wasn't enjoying the game* anymore - and hadn't been for a loooong time. I was frankly upset, in the real world, over what cartoon avatar I could play with - and I finally snapped. Logged off right then and there (and explained the situation in the guild forums...)

In hindsight - the responsibilities of being a good raider were simply taking too much time away from what I *actually enjoyed* about the game. It had become a chore - something I had to do, not something I wanted to do. Couple that with being *really upset* in the real world about what is still a game, and it was time to take a break.

What I like is the exploring, the discovery, the sightseeing. When the Cataclysm videos came out, I realized I wanted to see it all again, before it changed, and after! So I got back on, promising to myself "no raiding" - and it's been lovely. (I never had a "plays too much" issue - my 3 year old sees to that). I've even raided again, *VERY* casually - 3 nights a week is too much, but the occasional saturday alt raid has been enjoyable. I won't see the very end-game content (anytime soon) - but frankly, I barely saw it before.

I know - it's *not* just a game. It's part of your life. For that reason - it needs to be fun, or you shouldn't do it. Just sayin.

-- YOUR FRIEND BIGGLES

The Lawbringer: Mailbag 2.0 {WoW}

Mar 25th 2011 11:35PM I don't know how many WoW players nowdays played Blizzard's previous epic, Diablo II. Diablo II didn't have account-bound gold - it simply had gold that was, for most intents, completely worthless at high levels.

Because gold was so devalued, trading ended up using a very rarely dropping ring, the "Stone of Jordan" - a given epic weapon or armor would be worth 5, 10, or more Stones of Jordan. Unfortunately, due to duping, this economy tended to be manipulated by cheaters, and eventually Blizzard added a "stone sink" to get rid of the extras (You had to sacrifice Stones of Jordan to summon Uber-Diablo, kinda. You can google for the details).

Point is - if Blizzard made gold bind-on-account - people would find other things to trade, flasks or such. And I suspect, based on what happened in D2, that we'd all be worse off than we are now.

-- Biggles the Historian

Breakfast Topic: The most memorable raid interruption {WoW}

Mar 18th 2011 12:53PM I typed "BRB - my house is on fire". And it was. or at least the fire alarms had gone off.

Sent the kids out to tell their mother in the garage, grabbed the extinguisher, went upstairs where I found an open bathroom window, and some cards had blown over into a lit candle.

Pull Pin, aim at base of flames - WHOOSH. It was kinda fun. Not a major issue because I got there so fast, but we did have a some charred wall, and a MESSY bathroom.

Went back and FINISHED RAIDING. Yes, indeed. Priorities.

-- Biggles

Win everyAir desktop app for the iPad {WoW}

Nov 24th 2010 10:13PM that would be lovely on my ipad. please.

Win a Pandaren Monk from WoW Insider {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2010 2:43PM Please Sir, may I have a Pandaren Monk? I will give it a good home.

The Queue: Short attention span edition {WoW}

Sep 13th 2010 12:11PM "Mumble servers are not free" - huh?

That particular hosted service may not be free - but there's nothing about mumble that can't be free. I *often* host a mumble server privately for the use of my friends on my home network. As long as your ISP isn't picky about incoming connections (and you know how to set up port forwarding), it works fine. I wouldn't want to host a guild on it - but the mumble server (Murmur) itself is perfectly free.

Point of fact - it's freeer (free-er? more-free?) than teamspeak or ventrilo in this regard, because there is no usage-licensing per-se, and alternative servers are enouraged - go look at the mumble server page for juicy details.