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Breakfast Topic: What NPC do you miss the most? {WoW}

Jan 24th 2012 1:49PM Jaadar and Asric still exist! They randomly spawn at the Darkmoon Faire now, though I was heartbroken to see that they have no banter now - they're emoting a conversation to each other, but there's nothing for the player to read. A bittersweet surprise, for sure.

New mounts, loot coming in Crown of the Heavens trading card expansion {WoW}

Jan 20th 2012 12:54AM In the UK, you can usually pick up some booster packs on Play.com or Amazon. On the high street, stores like Forbidden Planet will stock them too.

Know Your Lore: Top 10 lore developments of 2011, part 1 {WoW}

Jan 1st 2012 7:00PM Whatever happened to the exchange between him and the other pseudo-leaders that I seem to recall from the beta? A big lore reveal (I won't spoil it) that seemed to be hinting at something bigger. The Alliance equivalent has now played out, but nothing ever seemed to come of the belf side of it.

I forget he exists, honestly. It would be nice to see them get some more attention, though (even as a firm Horde loyalist), I do think the Alliance probably deserves higher priority at the moment, particularly the draenei. One of the biggest reasons that I don't play Alliance is because I feel that they're neglected and boring in terms of quests and lore, and it's on Blizz to do something about that.

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway: Big Battle Bear from WootLoots.com {WoW}

Dec 30th 2011 4:24PM What I would give for a big fat bear!

5 ways to improve the Raid Finder {WoW}

Dec 16th 2011 1:03AM Why isn't it credible? I have no reason to lie, and I'm certainly not replying to people who've had positive experiences to tell them that they're liars. I'm glad that people are responding to say that their experiences have been vastly different - it's reassuring that my own experiences may indeed be nothing more than exceptionally bad luck.

I can only speak from what I've encountered and experienced, and I've just been forced to deal with some genuinely horrible people.

WoW Moviewatch: The Secret of the Crystal Eyes {WoW}

Dec 16th 2011 12:29AM Sorry, but the facial animations (and the fact that they're so often the focus of every shot) really creep me out. :/

Echoing Marco Polaris' post though. Technically quite solid, but the storyline and characters let it down. The clunky script made me wince several times, and the voice acting seriously lacked flow, particularly at the beginning.

5 ways to improve the Raid Finder {WoW}

Dec 15th 2011 9:48PM I understand a few things about Raid Finder now, after running it several times on a dps, a healer, and a tank.

1) If the raid wipes for any reason, it's over. The sheer amount of people that drop will guarantee that you're stuck in a cycle of queueing forever, addled further by the new people that join, get impatient, and ninja pull to wipe the group before leaving all over again. This has happened to me every. Single. Time.

2) The loot distribution needs tweaking, I agree. I don't believe that lucky rollers should be punished, but I do think that spec restrictions need to be considered a bit more, and (this is the big one, for me), that you should NOT be able to pick up multiples of what you already own. This week, a mage won the tier gloves with my tank's group, despite the fact that he was already wearing them, and then proceeded to try and bargain to trade/sell them. He was removed from the group, resulting in a 'nobody wins' scenario, but it should never be allowed to happen in the first place.

3) And an extension of my first point. Griefing. I've lost count of the ninja pullers that wipe the group, but I've also encountered people that mount up before the trash on Morchok, who then take off and start kiting as much trash as they can, round and round and round, inevitably resulting in #1 all over again. They cannot be kicked because they're in combat, they refuse to leave, and it can take a significant amount of time before they hopefully screw up and die and you can do something about it. Most of the time, everyone's already left by then, and the new people aren't terribly thrilled about zoning in to an immediate wipe by the gleeful griefer.

I find it sad, but not surprising that so many issues with the Raid Finder are issues with appalling player behaviour - putting 25 strangers in a group and expecting them to cooperate seems to be a rare thing in my experience. It only takes one person in a trolling mood to easily eat up an hour+ of your time with Raid Finder if you're one of the rare few that doesn't immediately jump ship, and I'm already completely burnt out on the experience, despite never even having the chance to complete a Fall of Deathwing run yet.

I thought the idea was ambitious from the start, and I had a feeling all along that we'd have just enough community brats to make something with great potential just be incredibly painful for everyone instead.

Parks and Rec's Aubrey Plaza stars in latest WoW commercial {WoW}

Nov 24th 2011 1:47PM Did I mention anything to do with WoW's success or failure based on the reception of this advert? No. I merely stated that I don't feel that it works for a British audience, though I can also appreciate that this particular advert is unlikely to ever appear on our screens, and therefore was never really intended for us in the first place.

But you carry on being a defensive, frothing fanboy, it's terribly endearing.

Parks and Rec's Aubrey Plaza stars in latest WoW commercial {WoW}

Nov 24th 2011 1:14PM I know it's the cool thing these days to claim complete obliviousness when presented with a 'famous' person, but... I'm from the UK, and have never heard of this girl, nor the show that she's from.

So, to me, she's an unknown girl with a rather abrasive manner, trying to sell a product. And that doesn't really work for me. I can't think of a single non-gamer that I know that would respond positively to it.

Officers' Quarters: In the wake of drama, tragedy {WoW}

Nov 7th 2011 4:34PM This may not be the issue that the writer was asking about, but I feel it's worth discussing anyway.

When someone insults people that they don't know, it's rude. It doesn't matter that 'oh, if you knew him, you'd know that he was joking'. The fact is, strangers don't know him, and he's an asshole for acting in such an aggressive manner. I've suffered people like this guy before - people who I barely know casually calling me a bitch, but they're 'only joking', so it's my fault for getting so uptight (as it turned out, he was an alcoholic with severe issues with women, and genuinely thought it was fine to be so bitter and nasty towards them because his girlfriend broke up with him 8 years ago). It's not acceptable behaviour, and this GM didn't do nearly enough, in my opinion, to get this guy's behaviour under control.

When one person is the source of so many issues raised in guild, but the GM continuously defends that person because they're friends... that's when people leave and raiding groups collapse. That's precisely what happened with my example above - my friends and I went elsewhere, and that guild fell apart as a result.

With that said, I'm sorry for the guild's loss. I'd also be very careful about any sort of ingame tribute, lest the trolls come running.