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Breakfast Topic: Favorite off-spec {WoW}

Feb 19th 2007 9:57AM Protection Pally FTW! In my experience, pally tanks hold large groups better than warriors, warriors hold singles better than pallies. YMMV

Starting zone questions answered: Hellfire Peninsula {WoW}

Jan 18th 2007 3:12PM Tip: Shattrath has permanent portals back to all the main cities. They're in the central area with the big ghostly alien. Of course, to get back to Shattrath you need either a mage, hearthstone, or summon... or you could hoof it.

Breakfast Topic: So, how's the patch? {WoW}

Dec 6th 2006 10:30AM The new pally powers ROCK. I tanked Strat with a PUG (I'm full Prot-spec), pulling with my Captain America shield throw, using the new snap-aggro power, and so forth. It kicked so much butt that I think my pally is my new main (was my hunter).

Breakfast Topic: Pet Peeves {WoW}

Aug 9th 2006 10:01AM People who deliberately train mobs on you just to get you out of the area so they can farm. Most egregious to date: the purple undead area outside the Deadmines instance. I've also had it happen at the altar of Jintha'Alor, the ogre area in Loch Modan, and various other non-instanced elite areas.

Burning Crusade Release Date? {WoW}

Aug 1st 2006 12:05PM When has Blizz ever hit a release period they aimed at? Never. I say Burning Crusade comes January at the absolute earliest.

The Economics of Warcraft {WoW}

Jul 19th 2006 9:39AM I think the previous poster assumes that recession is necessarily a bad thing. If I'm wrong about that, sorry. Recessions occur naturally in the business cycle, and are simply prices restabilizing after a period of price inflation.

In our case, gold sellers act as inflationary forces by increasing the money supply. When they run out of gold, it is not an indication that no gold is available, it's just that the production of it has leveled off to the non-inflationary levels that would ordinarily be present without gold sellers, and prices must adjust to reflect this.

If, for example, the realmwide rate of gold generation is 1 million gold per month without gold sellers, prices will remain stable at 1 Uber-Leet Item of Sweetness for 100 gold (or whatever). If gold sellers show up and inflate that supply to 2 million gold per month, the price of ULIoS will naturally rise, probably to the range of 200 gold per item. If Blizzard then kills all the gold selling account, the price will fall back to its earlier levels. That these events do not happen cleanly and clearly delineated as I've described, is an indication of why we see ULIoS prices fluctuating somewhere between the two levels.

I disagree that gold sellers help by "putting fuel" into the economy. There is already sufficient fuel just by the fact that people are playing the game. Inflationary forces are always destructive; the only difference is in the degree of destruction. Folks in Zimbabwe are now paying 100,000 Z-dollars for a loaf of bread. Surely they are not better off as a result of Robert Mugabe's inflationary policies, just as we are not better off as a result of gold farming.

Player Sues Blizzard Over Unauthorized WoW Guide {WoW}

Mar 27th 2006 11:06AM I don't like the way this is leaning. Has Blizzard been taken over by the people who used to run TSR?

Breakfast Topic: To gank or not to gank? {WoW}

Feb 16th 2006 9:41AM I generally /wave all opposing players. I've ganked twice in 41 levels, mostly just because I was having a bad day at the time.

I've noticed, however, that as a Horde, I can pretty much count on being attacked by any Night Elf who crosses my path. This is inclining me more and more to fry any of the little blue bastards I run across.

Breakfast Topic: Your worst PuG {WoW}

Feb 7th 2006 10:27AM I was in a group with me (Warrior), a friend (Priest) and 3 pickups: 2 Hunters and another Warrior. My friend and I were the only ones who had any idea how to work the basic strategy of tank + healer. Each of the Hunters would send their pets to a different mob, the other Warrior would pick his own mob, and I'd be fighting pets for aggro.

Neither Hunter would turn his pet's Growl off. When mobs broke and ran after the Priest, they refused to try and save him, claiming that they were too crunchy to have mobs attacking them. When I pointed out that the Priest was doing a corpse run and I didn't see either of them rezzing him, they just laughed. The other Warrior said he wanted to tank with me, but refused to use anything but a 2H sword, and didn't like using Sunder Armor -- because "Rend and Heroic Strike are where it's at!"

Killing Death {WoW}

Jan 30th 2006 10:17AM I liked City of Heroes' XP debt as opposed to XP loss. I probably wouldn't be too upset if WoW had that, but I certainly ain't going to campaign for it.