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The Queue: That one drop {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 11:32AM The Turning Tide.

I don't even play my mage much anymore, and I'm still bitter about not getting that damned sword.

100,000 beta invites on their way for Annual Pass subscribers {WoW}

Mar 29th 2012 11:42PM Two of my friends are already in--they had to check their accounts, as they got no emails (as yet). They both started playing on day 1--I figure it'll be awhile at that rate for me, since I started in October '06.

Breakfast Topic: How would you redesign the old character models? {WoW}

Mar 29th 2012 11:14AM I have a lot of changes I would like to see, some of which have already been mentioned:

1. Make body type options, even if there are only a couple per race/gender. I'm *so* tired of all male human and male orc casters looking like linebackers or professional wrestlers in dresses.
2. PLEASE fix the male human face. Every one of them is ugly. He can I say this politically correctly...special. He definitely doesn't look brave and stalwart. He looks like he needs help counting his toes.
3. Please, Blizzard designers, realize that just because it's female doesn't mean it has to have a rack worthy of a porn star. This is especially true of undead females. I can't figure out how she can't hold on to her elbows or knees and her spine sticks through her back, but she's got big, non-rotted boobs. Give us a slider or something. Please.
4. For that matter, definitely give us the option not to have our bones poking through our clothes on undead. I like the race but I don't like to play it because the gear almost never looks good on them.
5. Fix the proportions of the NE male. He's got a tiny wee groin and giant arms/hands. And fix his face, too. Every option makes him look either angry or constipated.
6. Leave the NE female alone (but please get rid of the "bounce"). Ditto BE male, BE female, troll female, draenei female, and gnome female. They're fine, except for the aforementioned "chest slider."
7. PLEASE let us cover troll feet with boots! I can understand why tauren and draenei can't have them due to hooves and all, but if the Azerothian craftsmen can build some of those shoulders I see loitering around Orgrimmar/Stormwind, they can certainly make a boot to accommodate a troll foot.

Breakfast Topic: How would you redesign the old character models? {WoW}

Mar 29th 2012 11:02AM Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. I'll be expecting my Internet by return mail. :)

Breakfast Topic: What was your first world drop epic? {WoW}

Feb 26th 2012 11:18AM I was leveling with the spouse at the time--I was on a rogue and he was on a paladin. We pooled all our money from selling stuff. Our first (and I think only) world drop was the Staff of Jordan. We couldn't believe it! We were rich beyond our wildest imaginations! After some deliberation we put it up on the AH for the then-astronomical sum of 200g (this was when the server was new and there wasn't much population), then went away to do some RL stuff and wondered if anyone would even have enough money to buy that.

We got back and lo and behold, it had sold! We split the money (we'd only had a handful of gold each at the time, and now we each had a HUNDRED gold!) "Giddy" did not begin to describe us!

The spouse bought another epic with some of his (I can't remember which one, but it was a hammer). I don't remember what I did with mine--I think I just held on to it for awhile because there wasn't anything I wanted to buy.

Never again in my WoW career did a random world drop bring me that much wonder and excitement. I miss those days.

The Queue: Flowers for Azeroth {WoW}

Feb 7th 2012 11:50AM For buying TCG cards I've always had good luck with Star City Games. I haven't bought anything from them for a while and they can be a tad on the pricey side for some things, but they're quite reliable and I've never had an issue with them for anything I've bought (and that includes a Spectral Tiger mount many years ago).

Breakfast Topic: What NPC do you miss the most? {WoW}

Jan 24th 2012 11:23AM I miss Koltira Deathweaver. I know there's a chance he might be back, but until I see him again I'm going to miss him. He and Kael'thas were my favorite NPCs in the game, and now they're both gone.

Breakfast Topic: Have you ever caused loot drama? {WoW}

Jan 13th 2012 11:28AM It wasn't exactly me that caused it, but I'm still holding a grudge
over it and it happened in Naxx (so this has been awhile!) My raid
team at the time was a master-looted roll system, and everybody usually fell
over each other to pass gear if it was a bigger upgrade for somebody
else. It was a great group. But there was a particular item that
dropped from KT that I seriously coveted. It dropped once and my
friend of the same class beat me out for it fair and square--I
congratulated him and figured it would drop again. And it didn't, for
weeks. Then one week I was leading the raid because our usual RL was
out. As usual, I was making jokes about hoping "my item" would drop.
There was another raider in the group who could use it too...but everybody
knew he was going to be leaving the raid team due to RL in the next few weeks.

So...lo and behold, the item drops. And he wins it. And he refuses to
pass it. He said he won it fair and square and he wanted it. And the
worst part was, I had to master-loot it to him. That was one of the
hardest things I ever had to do in WoW. I valued my guild and my place
in it (I was an officer) more than I did one piece of loot, but damn,
that rankled. I used to get along pretty well with the guy, but after
that incident I just stayed away from him until he left. Everybody in
the group thought he was being unreasonable for taking it away from
me, but what could I do? My friends still tease me about the fact that
I occasionally still bring up "that incident with (that item)" so many
years later. And the worst part? It *never* dropped again. Ever. Not
even on any of my completely overgeared transmog runs. So I couldn't
even win it and transmog to it for the satisfaction.

5 ways to improve the Raid Finder {WoW}

Dec 15th 2011 10:53PM I think the best way to improve Raid Finder is to lock serial AFKers out of loot. Like the idiots who die at the beginning of a fight, don't take the offered rez, and then roll on the loot after the boss is dead. Invariably, these parasites win the tier pieces and other good loot. The game should have some way of registering if someone is offered a rez and if they don't take it, they don't get loot.

Breakfast Topic: Have WoW and your tabletop gaming influenced each other? {WoW}

Nov 26th 2011 11:05AM Before WoW, I didn't play computer games much. Sure, I'd try the occasional RPG, but I always went back to my first love: Shadowrun. I played Shadowrun from 1989 when it came out until 2006, when I discovered WoW. They co-existed for awhile, but then I got pulled into raiding and that was the end of my SR game (though I did continue to write fiction in the universe for quite awhile afterward). Many of my WoW characters are named after my Shadowrun fiction characters. I often joke to my guildies that if they even come out with a full-featured SR MMO (Not Shadowrun Online, which looks like it's going to be really cool but it's not an MMO), I would be out of WoW so fast they'd wonder where all the dust came from. :) Is that true? I don't know anymore--I do love WoW a lot. But it would definitely be a very strong temptation.