Feb 6th 2010 7:00PM Yes - the Swift Flight Form chain for druids (Which I recommend every druid play through, even though it's not necessary anymore, it's a LOT of fun) has them go through a storyline that mentions the Dream, the Nightmare, and Anzu the raven lord, who is suspected to be a source for the Nightmare. Unfortunately, as the entirety of the chain is druid-only, a large part of the player base will never see it.
Feb 6th 2010 6:46PM Yep! I got it on one of my level 80's. You can still turn it in, get the quest reward, all of it - same thing with the AQ40 chain, you can still complete the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, although it does nothing at this point.
Feb 6th 2010 5:54PM Yes - all novels, manga, and comics are currently considered part of Warcraft canon. Keep your eyes peeled in a few weeks here, where I'll be summarzing the events of the current comic run for those that didn't feel like dropping the cash, but still want to know What The Heck Happened.
Feb 3rd 2010 1:08AM Yes, they do apparently - the one I completed tonight is listed as have two alliance versions, and two horde - presumably alli 10/25 and horde 10/25.
Jan 28th 2010 11:32PM Dresden: The article you're questioning isn't really saying the orcs were right or wrong - it's a summary of the origin of the orcs and how they came to be. While I don't particularly care for the genocide aspect of orc origins, what I was trying to do was demonstrate that the orcs themselves aren't really 'bad guys' per se - they're just...extraordinarily primitive. Really, the biggest thing that the orcs had working against them is that they were a very primitive society based on brute strength rather than smarts.
While it doesn't make their actions particularly 'forgiveable' by any stretch of the imagination, the downfall of the orcs was ultimately that they weren't terribly bright. Had Ner'zhul recognized Kil'jaeden for who he was, it's doubtful they would've ever traveled the path they've followed.
Al: I like to think of myself as a neutral storyteller - while I play Horde primarily, I also have level 80's on Alliance side, and I'm more than familiar with the lore on both. Each side has its own advantages and disadvantages, and each side has its own versions of history and what's led to present day events. I try to take a neutral side when presenting these events, which is why on my blog to date I've had an equal number of Alliance focused articles, and Horde focused articles, with no particular bias one way or the other.
Jan 28th 2010 4:04PM I can for 15 seconds.
Then I vanish and the mage bites it.
Jan 27th 2010 5:44PM Because NOBODY likes Desolace. Not even the Lich King.
Jan 27th 2010 3:19PM You can speculate on blog posts - it's not unheard of. The thing you have to keep in mind when launching into the realm of rampant speculation is EVERYTHING THAT HAS COME BEFORE. And I mean -everything-. The game itself, the comics, the books, every bit of information that we've been given. Blizzard is really clever, there are plenty of clues lying around pointing to what's coming ahead on the horizon, and while I'm sure a lot of them are bogus, it's still possible to make predictions about what's looming ahead on the horizon based on them.
If you'd like an example of wild speculation based on existing in game material, check out the article I did over there: http://greyshades.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/cataclysm-or-catalyst-speculation-on-the-future-of-azeroth/
You can, if you choose, just make up a bunch of stuff - but be aware that lore nerds all over can and will dissect what you've written and turn their noses up at it if they don't think it's based on existing lore. Unless it's really, really funny and obviously tongue in cheek. (and humor columns are fun to write!)
Jan 26th 2010 1:50PM Ha - you made me inadvertently flashback to a vanilla event on an old server I was on. Someone came up with the brilliant idea of having 40 shaman vs. 40 pallies in a pvp battle - this was vanilla, mind you, so the shamans were all horde, pallies were all alliance.
The vid is sadly pretty low quality, but the clear winner was the server, which crashed shortly after the first spam of 160 totems and 40 consecrates going off simultaneously.
Jan 26th 2010 1:42PM What makes you think staying in Icecrown wasn't an offensive move?
"Here guys, you just...fight. I'll let you think you're making progress. Oh no, you're breaking into my house, what shall I do - oh that's right, it's full of everything I've been working on while you've been fiddling around with the dead guys outside. C'mon in. Don't mind Stinky and Precious, they're daddy's widdle darwings, really. Don't worry about the valkyr, either.
It's okay. I've just been hiding up here all this time, quivering in fear. See? Look, I'm shaking. See you soon.
Hearts and Kisses,
P.S. My favorite members of the new army you guys keep providing me with are those poor chuckleheads that died while jousting. I mean, come on. Dying in combat against a frost wyrm only to be raised to murder your former colleagues is bad enough, but when you're raised because you couldn't poke something with a stick? That's priceless, really."