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12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway Day 9: Fishing Chair loot code {WoW}

Dec 30th 2010 4:59PM This would make it much nicer to level my fishing up to 525.

Breakfast Topic: Do you let your own children play WoW? {WoW}

Dec 26th 2010 11:30PM I've recently started letting my 7-year-old play WoW, and she has been loving it. A lot of time, either I or my partner will play with her, but mostly we've just been letting her experiment with different characters and classes on our accounts. We've told her that when she gets a character to level 20, that's when we will start thinking about getting her an account of her own, but it doesn't look like that is something that will be happening any time soon.

As far as "adult" content, there isn't much of that in any of the starting zones, and if she has questions, we just answer her questions as honestly and age-appropriately as we can. In the meantime, she's practicing reading, learning map skills, following directions, and enjoying the story in the game as well as getting to finally participate in the game that we grown-ups have been playing pretty much her whole life.

As far as the adult content provided by the (supposed) adults who play the game (i.e. trade chat, etc), I can turn on a filter if need be, and in any case, it's not going to kill her to see that adults aren't always the most adult people on the internet.

Breakfast Topic: Do you treat Azeroth as a virtual extension of the real world? {WoW}

May 19th 2009 8:35AM I've been playing WoW since release on the Dalaran server. I began playing with RL friends on the Alliance side in a LAN setting, but switched to Horde after about a year to play by myself. Since then, I've met the man that I'm going to marry as well as made several friends who I consider to be *real* friends. WoW still allows me and my not-yet-fiance to spend time together while we're still living 400 miles apart, and I spend a lot of time in game chatting with other friends. I know that WoW is just a game, but the friendships that I've made through the game are real, and I hope that they outlast this time that we spend killing pixels together.

Breakfast Topic: What's in a name? {WoW}

Jan 13th 2009 9:23AM I think character names are important, and mine are sort of all over the place.

Bigmamapain is my feral druid main, who I leveled pre-BC as Milkteets, to see how long it would take to get reported. Surprisingly enough, it lasted well into level 60, and people *still* remember me by that name, even though I've been BMP since before BC hit. BMP was actually a name I had reserved for a tauren warrior alt, but when I had to change my name so I could keep playing I used it for the druid. I hated it for a long time because it didn't feel very druid-y, but it's grown on me. It makes me chuckle when people ask if I'm resto, too. Do I *sound* like I might be resto?

My rogue alt is Narcissism, my warlock is Acerbic, hunter is Semantics (with pets named for literary devices), and my shaman is Bilquis after a character that no one *ever* remembers from American Gods.

As far as the original issue is concerned, names do matter, and it's important to have a name you're comfortable with. Even if it's an obscure event, if it bothers you that your name is an inadvertent reference to it, then by all means change it--although Qira is certainly generic enough that I doubt that even people who know of the event would suspect the reference was intentional. If you don't like Robiness, go ahead and change that too.

I know from experience, though, that it's hard to change when people know you by a name already. People who are worth knowing, though, will still know you after the change.