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World of Warcraft pom-poms {WoW}

Jan 11th 2009 6:07PM I miss World of Warcrafts! Come back oh lady of the Bronze Kettle.

Know Your Lore: The Sons of Hodir {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2009 12:48PM Excellent video of the "Thrusting the Spear" daily for when your daily column gets around to it.

Phat Loot Phriday: Leeka's Shield {WoW}

Dec 12th 2008 6:17PM This is a normal only drop. The heroic drop is a much nicer shield with the coolest graphic for any lore-geek tank.

The Royal Crest of Lordaeron

Breakfast Topic: Should raid progression even be tracked anymore? {WoW}

Dec 4th 2008 11:07AM Wow Adam, and you had become a well-reasoned poster with Tank Talk. I come here to try to find reasoned explanations and good discussion. This reeks of the kind of ignorant, mistrusting, egotistical QQ that is rampant on the official forums.

As someone who is also a guild MT, raid leader, in a high-progression guild (sunwell pre-3.0) I am:
1.) Perfectly pleased with the level of difficulty in the content. There are a lot of people on our server who are, frankly, poo-throwing monkeys. But they're poo-throwing monkeys who are deserving of seeing some of the unique things we get to see while raiding. This might train those monkeys into raiders.
2.) Trusting of the developers who have explicitly said that the level of difficulty is right where the want it for entry-level raiding, and that the scaling is already prepared. Ulduar is harder. Icecrown is harder still. As Ghostcrawler said, "If we're having this conversation about Icecrown, [we have really screwed up]."

C'mon Adam.

Countdown to Wrath giveaway: Day 2 - Razer DeathAdder mouse {WoW}

Nov 11th 2008 5:32PM Awesome! *crosses fingers*

Breakfast Topic: Uh, now what? {WoW}

Oct 28th 2008 10:54AM In case no one has seen, there are crows everywhere in small towns. Southshore, Goldshire, etc. The next phase is beginning.

I tend to think it will be one dramatic interruption after another. Think you've fought off the plague? Very well, EAT CROW!

Tank Talk: Great power and great responsibility {WoW}

Jun 27th 2008 2:50AM I've been a wowinsider reader for a long, long time. Every single article of this column has been fantastic. It's the best column on the blog. Thanks, tanks!

Blizzard: Sharing Wrath data is "extremely offensive and inappropriate" {WoW}

May 22nd 2008 8:49PM I understand the journalistic drive to report Alpha information. While I think it ultimately harms the playerbase by really mucking with expectations and requiring Blizzard to develop content and test content with perceptions in mind instead of with actual balance in mind, I guess I don't fault the "reporting agencies" commenting on it - even if they're fueling the problem dramatically.

The people I fault are those who have been invited to the Friends and Family Alpha who are leaking that information. That, I think, is the most offensive thing. You've been invited to participate in something private to better the game you enjoy. Instead of testing it and bug-reporting, you're sharing that information and, as mentioned above, ultimately harming the game and the playerbase. Not only that, you're helping to ensure that these kinds of Alpha opportunities will vanish in the future.

But to call Blizzard's frustration over the leaks offensive is downright absurd. Let's say you and I are friends, Mike, and I invite you in to something private and tell you a very personal secret. A secret that could compromise my future and my relationships with others. Then you go around telling people about it. When confronted, you blame me for telling you in the first place. I, apparently, am to blame for putting it out there.

The real scenario is even more absurd. Whereas I might be fine without my secret being told, WotLK will not be fine without extensive player testing. Blizzard must allow people in to test. They needn't tolerate leaks just because they let people in on the secret.