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WoW Moviewatch: Operation Gnomeregan {WoW}

Oct 19th 2010 2:02PM I LOVE the song! Is there an mp3 available for download anywhere?

It's funny, I recently switched from Horde (and all my Belf toons) to Alliance to follow my guild, and it got me back to my gnomish roots from when I started the game 5 years ago. This song puts a smile on my face. :)

Cataclysm release date set for December 7 {WoW}

Oct 4th 2010 3:19PM "Suffering through the first 24 hours after a expansion, is both the most fun, and the most frustrating time in the game."

I'll second that.

Cataclysm release date set for December 7 {WoW}

Oct 4th 2010 3:00PM @Pam: Same thing here... I just got my time-off request approved for 12/7-12/10. Six straight days of playing!

When Wrath came out, my husband and I told our bosses we were "going up north" to visit some friends for a few days. Since then I've stopped hiding it since everyone at work knows I'm a gamer. I've taken 2 short (3-4 day) vacations so far this year for game launches.

Drama Mamas: Tips on getting wife back into WoW {WoW}

Jul 10th 2010 8:32PM Amen to that! Your story sounds remarkably similar to mine. My then-boyfriend, now-husband got me into WoW. We tried a few DPS duos and got them into the 20's and 30's, but ultimately our first raiding toons were a bear tank and a holy priest. We leveled them up to 80 (well, 70, because this was pre-Wrath) the old-fashioned way, without Refer-a-Friend or Heirloom gear. We also refused to power-level by getting dragged through dungeons. We ended up being a pretty fantastic duo by the time we were 80.

Breakfast Topic: Loving the class you hate {WoW}

Aug 11th 2009 10:45AM EXACTLY the same for me. Before I joined my current guild, every rogue I'd run into was only interested in dueling and PVP, where they would stun me and stab me dead in a matter of seconds. I wanted to try one for a long time, but I felt like I'd lose some self-respect if I did. I was so wrong.

I love my rogue... sneaking around and avoiding combat is definitely my play style (all my other toons are ranged) and it's the first time I've ever played melee in instances, which I love doing now. She's 71 and going strong. (I also used the opportunity to make my first engineer... which makes her twice as fun to play!)

The lockboxes are also a really nice bonus. :)

Breakfast Topic: Most frustrating moment {WoW}

Feb 27th 2009 2:45PM Mine isn't a personal frustration, but rather my husband's. We both play, but I was in the middle of a few months of downtime to take some night classes. This was post-BC, and I left my highest level toon at 62. I had never had the experience of running heroics for loot.

My husband's main was a 70 hunter. He had pugged a group to get the Beast Lord Helm in Mech, as he'd been collecting all the set pieces. The plan for the group was to run another heroic after Mech, to get a different set piece for one of the other 4 players.

It was after midnight, and I was sleeping so I could get up for work in the morning. He ran Mech and was on Vent—talking quietly. This wasn't his first run through Mech to get that helm, so he was desparate for it to drop.

He woke me up once about halfway through the dungeon. I basically walked into the office and gave him a stern glare, and he went back to being quiet. He even shut the office door. He promised he wouldn't wake me up again.

I really need my sleep in order to function during the day...

...so when the Beast Lord Helm dropped, on this 30th run (or so) through Mech, my husband yelled with excitement. Waking me up. I was so upset (and still groggy) that I decided the best course of action would be to let him think I was still asleep, and unplug our cable modem.

To the rest of the pug, it looked like he had just taken the gear he wanted and left instead of staying to help with the next run. He set things right with them later, but it was frustrating for him when it happened. Now it's just hilarious.

Breakfast Topic: Who will dual specs benefit most? {WoW}

Jan 16th 2009 11:04AM I like that you looked at this from a leveling standpoint, because I hadn't thought of it that way before.

Leveling Holy *is* hard. I got lucky because my husband wanted to level a tank and we were a great leveling team. The main reason we stuck to our guns is that leveling with a straight healing build & straight tanking build made me a better healer and him a better tank when we hit 80. Instead of respeccing from Shadow to Holy on my Priest and having a new play style I wasn't used to, I had been healing for 79 levels and already knew what I was doing.

The idea of being able to to both while leveling is great. Thinking about this dual-spec, I have no idea what to do with my Holy Priest because I've never been Discipline or Shadow before, and wouldn't know how to effectively play either one. If I had been leveling with Holy *and* Shadow, however, I'd be able to have experience in both specs before I got thrown into raids as a DPS class.

This makes me look forward to leveling an alt again!

Spiritual Guidance: 3.0.8 for Priests {WoW}

Jan 12th 2009 5:50PM I'm a holy priest, and I'm pretty excited for the CoH nerf. I'm one of the people that have been counting the seconds between casts of CoH... and I barely ever reach a number as low as 6. If your "effective healing" will be cut down by 1/3 when this patch hits, then how effective was your healing in the first place?

Holy priests are considered adaptable healers because they have a wide variety of heals at their disposal. CoH is not your only heal. If you spent the entire fight casting CoH every two seconds, then I have a hard time believing you ever used some of the other heals you have. There are many heals that can make up for the CoH nerf quite easily.

CoH spammers are a thorn in my side for two reasons: 1. They run through mana faster than any other healer I've seen, which increases downtime, and 2. they have drastically altered the expectations of a holy priest in a raid. I don't like having a raid leader who's never played a healer tell me how to heal. "Why didn't you just spam CoH?" should not be a valid question to ask after a wipe.

Quit playing WoW on easy mode. Instead of complaining about the CoH nerf, why don't you spend the time before the patch adjusting to it before you are forced into it?

Compulsive gaming a social problem, not an addiction {WoW}

Nov 26th 2008 2:29PM My thoughts exactly. My husband and I play WoW together, along with a group of friends he's been gaming online with for four years.

We both have full-time jobs. We come home and cook dinner before we go into our home office. We freelance in addition to our normal jobs. We have a well-maintained, clean home.

Nine times out of ten, we pay attention to all of those things before we sit down to play WoW. We get on Vent and socialize with our group of friends, either doing runs together or questing independently.

It's an environment where you basically need to socialize, especially if you're in a group and on Vent. We've found a balance in our lives that includes WoW, and we view it as a safer, healthier, cheaper option than going out.

I say that as long as someone is participating in gaming just like it's any other "normal" social activity, the emotional & psychological issues are moot. I think it's also a confidence booster for those who need the boost - you're simply finding a hobby that you can excel at and be proud of your success in it.

Countdown to Wrath Giveaway: Day 7 - BlizzCon Polar Bear Mounts {WoW}

Nov 6th 2008 2:42PM Bears rule, gnomes drool?