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Breakfast Topic: Do you know where your children are? {WoW}

Aug 1st 2009 11:02AM When my 7-year-old plays his horde Death Knight, mom is sitting right next to him. However, when he's on his gnome warlock, he can go crazy. Afterall, it's a gnome. What can you expect?

Seriously, I have trained my kids never to accept invites. They are certainly too young to play unsupervised. I have run into some really sweet younger players, though. One of my first friends in the game was a Tauren Druid. We helped each other with quests and gear. He quickly passed me in levels. And then I happened to ask him something innocuous, like, "what's new?" And he told me he was eating his Easter Candy. He turned out to be 9.

Breakfast Topic: The ardent Argent {WoW}

May 25th 2009 3:52PM I, too, was worried about grouping, but it's really not a big deal. Someone is always looking for a group for "threat" or "TFA" or "Chillmaw and Citadel" or something like that. Join a group. For even two people this is easy, but most groups I see have five. Mount up and fly over there. Wait for the other faction to finish killing Chillmaw. Wait for him to respawn. Spend about five to ten seconds burning him down and another 5-10 killing the adds. Then mount up again and follow the group to the Citadel. Re-equip your lance and mount up on a horse. Run around killing things until the Champion goes down. Get back on your flying mount and follow the group to kill some scourge. Bingo. You're done with 3-5 quests in less time than it takes to fly from Dalaran to the tournament. I usually do these first thing in the morning, which is about 7:00 a.m. local time and 4:00a.m. server time. Even then, there are always groups forming. This is the easiest group quest in the world. In fact it's barely grouping. It's more like when you're waiting for a named mob to spawn so you can kill it for a quest and someone else is also waiting, so you invite them to group so that you don't have to wait for yet another respawn if they were to tag it first. It's fun.

Breakfast Topic: The ardent Argent {WoW}

May 25th 2009 3:31PM I was horrible at mounted combat, too. But I got better. At first I would one in 10 matches. And then 1 in 5. And finally win most. And then I started winning with more health. Today I can win the easy ones with 75% health left, and the hard ones with about 45% left. Th easy ones take me about five minutes and the the hard ones take about ten. But I am getting better all the time.

Here's what I did that helped.

First zoom the camera out to max and tip it so you are looking almost directly down on field. Next get and keep your 3 shields up. I lose when I forget to refresh them. It's like refreshing for the Aces High quest with the dragons.

Each step took me days to master.

Step one. Stay on top of valiant/champion all the time and spam 1. Keep them in melee range all the time. If they start to move away, move with them spamming 1. And remember to check your shields. This takes forever, but eventually you'll win.

After you get comfortable with this, move to step two. Mostly stay on top of them, however, when they start to move away, left them get enough away so that you can throw a shield break. Hit 2 and move. 2 and go. You'll close the distance and throw the break just as you get back in melee range before they ever get a chance to turn and throw or charge you. So it's mostly spam 1, refresh 4, and occasionally 2 when they move away. Hit 2 and go. Don't wait for the animation to complete. Close that distance.

After mastered this step, move to step 3. By now you should be feeling more comfortable with the timing and control. Get your shields up, pick a Champion/Valiant. Stand behind them. Issue your challenge. As soon as they move away, hit 3. Then turn back and start spamming 1. Hit-2-and-go when you can. Refresh your shields. Spam 1. Win!

Step 4. After the initial charge, try strafing right or left enough to get a shield break in. Strafe, hit 2 and close back in. Then try strafe, hit 3. Turn and close. If this is too much, go back to step 3. In step 4 matches go faster, but there is more room to mess up. If my health dips below theirs, I dismount and start again rather than waste time fighting a catch-up battle which I will lose.

And if you never get beyond step 1, don't worry, because spamming 1 takes awhile, but it does work.

Win one of five TCG codes today on WoW Insider {WoW}

May 19th 2009 9:56AM Yes Please! (pick me, pick me)

MMO Roundup: Last week on Massively {WoW}

May 19th 2009 9:43AM I'd like to check out some of these other MMO, but none of them seem to work on a MAC. So it's just more WOW for me.

Star Trek references in the World of Warcraft {WoW}

May 11th 2009 8:50AM I think orcish culture feels more similar to that of the Klingons (honor from battle) than the honorless, constantly squabbling orcs of Tolkein.

Breakfast Topic: Mothers' Day edition {WoW}

May 10th 2009 10:02AM Mom here, too. I play and my kids play. Hubby not so much, but he's cool about it. My youngest is 7. He has a level 11 gnome lock he leveled himself. He also started a Death Knight that has yet to get out of the DK starting area. I'm trying to my kids the important things, like not to spend gold on white vendor armor, and to always put a buyout price on their auctions, and you make more money with gathering professions, especially mining.

Breakfast Topic: So much for Children's Week {WoW}

May 8th 2009 8:34AM Other things I did with my orphan:
Took him fishing in Ashenvale. We caught us a mess 'o catfish, made a campfire and had a little cookout. Then we went down to the Salt Flats in Thousand Needles for the ice cream, but also checked out the racer while we were there. We went on a boat trip to see the pirate town of Booty Bay. And then we took a trip to the Darkmoon Faire. My orphan played with Flix and we bought a frog pet. Much more satisfying than endlessly running BGs.

The Queue: Acronymification, FWIW {WoW}

May 7th 2009 6:45AM Complete disagreed that School of Hard Knocks in doable by anyone. EotS is Not doable by a fresh lvl 80 without purples, either PvP or Raiding,with no experience in PvP. The other are barely possible because there are other things going on so the undergeared and inexperience PvPNoob (aka me) can figure out a strategy to stay alive long enough to be at the right place at the right time. Not so EotS.When the other side can one-shot you, you have no chance without a lot of help, and maybe not even then.

Breakfast Topic: Are achievements putting too much pressure on players? {WoW}

May 5th 2009 9:06AM Noble Garden was fine, actually. I made pancakes while my 7-year-old ran our toons around and clicked on eggs. Is running around in circles trying to click on randomly spawning eggs before someone else does fun for an adult? Not really, but it's was perfect for someone who is seven. He had a blast "playing" and getting turned into a purple bunny.

On the other hand, I am NOT having a blast trying to finish School of Hard Knocks. I just cannot get EotS. I don't even want to try any more. After I finally capped a tower in AV, I felt like after two days, I really had accomplished something. But at this point, with one left to go, I'd rather have root canal surgery than go back to EotS.