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Know Your Lore: Silvermoon {WoW}

Aug 24th 2011 4:39PM Yes, even on RP servers, Silvermoon and the Exodar are empty.

Blizzard issues transmogrification system clarifications {WoW}

Aug 18th 2011 8:15PM Looks like people will bitch about anything.


15 Minutes of Fame: Knitting together a gaming life {WoW}

Aug 4th 2011 11:24PM While it's cool that old people play WoW, that's not really something to write an entire article about. It was fairly boring, and normally I enjoy the 15 minutes of Fame piece.

The Queue: Panda-monium 2: Electric Bamboogaloo {WoW}

Aug 3rd 2011 4:55PM What don't people understand about this "Mists of Pandaria" thing? It's not Mists of the Panderan. It's mists of Panderia. The area of Panderia. That has a LOT more to do with than the Panderan. Hell, the name could suggest that we find Panderia and all the Panderan are gone. It could involve the South Seas. It could involve Azshara and the Naga.

People, think before you open your mouths to complain about something you have no idea about outside of a single phrase.

Breakfast Topic: How about that one gear slot you can't seem to upgrade? {WoW}

Jul 27th 2011 8:05AM My Warlock's wand was the one thing as well. It got to the point that I just dropped some Conquest points on last season's pvp wand instead.

The Queue: Super-Soldier-sized edition {WoW}

Jul 22nd 2011 11:02PM Golden makes Krasus an actually flawed character. Knaak had him the same as Rhonin.

The Queue: Super-Soldier-sized edition {WoW}

Jul 22nd 2011 6:27PM The answer about Knaak is incorrect. You can watch the Metzen question about Stormrage and the Nightmare stuff that happened.

Metzen very nearly says that generally, the WoW authors can take some leeway with the way they write the lore, the only things they really need to check in with Metzen/Blizzard with are like the gigantic over-arching themes like, for example, Xavius being behind the Emerald Nightmare.

People who dislike Knaak do not do so because of things like this, people who dislike Knaak do so because he inserts his own Mary Sue characters, who were either nonexistent or completely vague in the lore before Knaak touches them, like Rhonin (The former) and Krasus (The latter). Knaak then proceeds to give them Goku-like powers and make the entirety of the book based around how they need to help save everything. If Knaak cannot do this, he will then change an already-existing character into a Mary Sue, like how he made Malfurion quite literally Goku at the end of Stormrage.

I'm going to bring up Christie Golden now because they're always compared. The difference between Knaak and Golden is that when Golden uses characters, she doesn't develop them any way outside of how they were already established. Thrall's powers as a Shaman that are expanded upon in Twilight of the Aspects? It was already established. And even then, Thrall's Mary Sueism isn't increased or decreased by Golden, she pretty much keeps it the same. Again, Malfurion is pretty much turned into Goku at the end of Stormrage; Knaak even has a paragraph where Ysera very nearly says that he's achieved power that other Druids have never even dreamed of, something that is said to Goku nearly ver batim during the DBZ Saga.

There's a clear difference. And it's not because of the BS excuse the author gives. Blizzard doesn't approve every single little thing that Golden and Knaak write, Metzen even says that the authors are given certain leeways on the lore, but they need to stick to overarching themes.

Again, that isn't why we hate Knaak. We don't care about the overarching themes that he addresses in the book, we care about his near Med'an-level characters and the butchering of Malfurion Stormrage.

Blizzard responds to Swifty ban incident {WoW}

Jul 19th 2011 2:37PM Who is Swifty and why should I care?

WoW Insider reviews Christie Golden's Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects {WoW}

Jul 18th 2011 7:43PM Regarding Knaak vs Golden:

At least Christie Golden doesn't put in Mary Sue characters. Sure, Thrall borderlines Mary Sue, but he always had, and Golden simply had to work with what was there.

Krasus and Rhonin, one down, one to go.

WoW Insider reviews Christie Golden's Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects {WoW}

Jul 18th 2011 7:34PM As a note, we know that the book HAS to take place after 4.0 (Because it mentions that Cho'gall is dead), and before 4.2 (Because in the game, Nozdormu is already back), and he's rescued during the novel.