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Breakfast Topic: What class would you bring to WoW? {WoW}

Oct 30th 2011 8:40PM Minstrel, as healers. I love the idea of characters imbuing others with the restoring power of music (or I guess harming them with discordant chords). It just seems very fitting.

And just imagine healing fellow members of a cutting-edge raid while rockin' an awesome epic quality double necked electric guitar! :-D

The Cataclysm: A critical examination {WoW}

Oct 29th 2011 2:39AM The reason the boo boys don't elaborate on their "Cata sucks!!1!" assertions is because they have nothing else to add. And they know it. If pushed to provide more details almost all just silently flap their mouths. Now, the players who left the game for coherent, nuanced reasons, they are a totally different group, and I respect them.

Cataclysm certainly wasn't perfect. I agree with Matt Rossi that there needed to be more depth for the 80-85 questing. And the end-game content has seemed a bit thin on the ground. But heck, Blizzard reworked 60 levels worth of content and provided a whole host of improvements (the new glyph system, 2 new races, some really cool new dungeon mechanics, etc.). Blizzard deserve a lot of credit for this last expansion. It took vision and courage to mix things up like that.

And if the folks at Blizzard are prepared to learn from their mistakes, we really can't ask for more!

A parent's guide to World of Warcraft for kids {WoW}

Apr 27th 2011 2:32PM Yay! Meta troll! Way to mix it up!

Let me take your comment a step further... I think it's inappropriate that you should think it inappropriate that someone objects to your opinion.

And yeah, it's just 'inappropriates' from here on down. ;-)

The Queue: That other dog {WoW}

Apr 9th 2011 1:37PM Question: when are we going to see some Gnomeblins appear in the game? We've already seen half human/half elf hybrids, and at least once each of a orc/orgre and orc/draenei union. And having stopped by the speedbarge in Thousand Needles and seen all the drunken dancing and debauchery gnomes and goblins are getting up to with each other, surely it's only a matter of time before some of their tiny (and super-hideous) hybrid babies pop into Azeroth.

Drama Mamas: Raiding deaf {WoW}

Apr 8th 2011 1:04PM Wow... the douchebaggery of some people playing this game (and in life in general) never ceases to amaze me! Sounds like that first guild OP belonged to was infested with total jerks. OP is better off without them!

Lisa's suggestion about pumping audio through the speakers rather than headphones is really good. And if that doesn't work then the macro idea is also worth a try (and used in conjunction with DBM might work really well).

But if neither of those work then OP might consider trying a more casual guild. Sure, raid progression will be much slower, but overall enjoyment would be much higher too. Many more casual guilds aree pretty mellow about vent requirements. My guild strictly forbids forcing members to use vent for exactly this kind of reason (fight tactics must be explained in raid/party chat so those not on vent are kept in the loop).

I went through most of ICC 25-man with an alliance of 3 guilds like this and it worked pretty well. We had vent, but raiders weren't forced to use it, and some didn't. Overall it didn't make a massive difference.

WoW Rookie: Being polite in game {WoW}

Mar 24th 2011 4:09PM I've seen that happen elsewhere too, on quest bosses. However, it only seems to work if the other player killing them is of the opposite faction. But a couple of times now (particularly in Cata zones) I've been waiting to kill a quest boss. But there's been a Hordie in front of me. So I'll wait for him/her to get a few hits in, then I join in to help them (don't tell Varian!). Very pleasant surprise when after the boss dies I get credit aswell and can hand in the quest.

Breakfast Topic: What's your dailies routine? {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2011 12:57PM When I do dailies (which is probably about every other day) I go back to do some Argent Tournament ones. Relatively decent gold, easy quests, not too many people to compete with, and plenty of frostweave and greens for my tailoring/enchanting alt.

I tried doing the Tol Barad dailies, but there were WAY too many people there. So I left.

The WoW Insider Show Episode 186: Macro'd {WoW}

Mar 22nd 2011 2:45PM I only discovered these podcasts a couple of months ago, but it's quickly become one of my favorite features. Great job guys. :-)

The Queue: Digging for questions edition {WoW}

Mar 16th 2011 3:27PM My favorite 'mini-pet' has to be my argent squire, but only when my wife is playing. It's great fun to bring him out, and then /glare, /shakefist and /doom at him, and have her tell me off in game and emote back at me for being mean. In truth, she reacts out of tradition and I know shes just going a long for the fun. But it's an amusing little exercise for all... well, maybe not the squire! ;-)

Breakfast Topic: How has reading WoW Insider changed your game experience? {WoW}

Mar 1st 2011 1:54PM WoW Insider is largely the reason why I've gone from a fairly clueless noob in the game, to a senior officer in my guild who frequently dishes out useful and often obscure answers to many guild chat questions. I've picked up a TON of info and understanding of the game (and a fair bit of useful real world stuff too) from both this site's fantastic articles and its insightful and entertaining commenters. :-D