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A spoiler-free look at the Mists of Pandaria beta {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 6:06PM Well, they're not technically vehicle quests per se - they give you the vehicle bar, but you largely play your own character. One quest is simply a meditation game were you need to keep from going under or over a certain scale to succeed. The other is a sniper kind of mini-game that is actually really fun (except for it constantly being bugged or reset by people starting the event while you're mid-way through it). Like you, I prefer to play my own character, so I'm hoping they keep these quests to a minimum and make them smaller scale. They can help break the monotony of questing so long as they don't overdo it.

A spoiler-free look at the Mists of Pandaria beta {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 4:13PM Unless it's been fixed in the past few days, there's a very serious issue with vehicle quests accompanied by phasing in the Beta. The phasing for these quests seem to be public instead of private, for want of a better term - someone picking up the quest and/or interacting with quest objects are causing these quests to bug and/or reset for the first person, making them non-completable. This is being solved by the formation of queues (reminiscent of a roller-coaster at an amusement park, I thought) of players to take the quests in turn. The wait can be a bit long, and troublemakers inevitably show up to gum up the works even more.

So if you do get in the Beta and this issue is still unresolved, be prepared to wait it out at these quest-chain choke points. Eventually you'll get through them, and at current there's only two of them of real note.

Know Your Lore: Never to rise again {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 1:46PM No, just the old European saying. I've never heard of the Decemberists before now.

But as a proper Death Knight I always kneel before Arthas... right before I run him through.

Know Your Lore: Never to rise again {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 1:17PM The King is dead. Long live the King.

Know Your Lore: The undead, part 1 {WoW}

Mar 7th 2012 4:55PM Meryl's possession by the Dreadlord Kratha'Natir was voluntary, in order to prevent another living person's involuntary possession due to a curse she was afflicted with. I'm not sure a free-willed undead individual can be possessed involuntarily, though I suppose it's possible. From what I understand of Meryl's predicament, he's basically using his body and soul to serve as a prison for the Dreadlord so it can't possess the other person... although the demon can express himself now and again if Meryl's will falters, he's pretty much locked up.

Heart of the Aspects video and giveaway {WoW}

Feb 15th 2012 9:36AM Tossing my name in the hat.

The Queue: No cats, but still furry feet {WoW}

Dec 29th 2011 1:00PM The only reason I can think of for Deathwing to interact with Outland is the Netherwing flight and whatever connection they have to the Twilight flight (who appear to have a serious addiction to drinking Netherwing juju or something). It would be nice to see some continuation of the Netherwing storyline in light of their somewhat subtextual involvement with Cataclysm, but I guess that will have to wait until we revisit Outland in some future expansion or patch.

The Queue: No cats, but still furry feet {WoW}

Dec 29th 2011 11:17AM I guess another reason Deathwing didn't dip into the Dark Portal to destroy Outland is that there's not really much left to destroy. He could breathe on a few zones, but in the majority of places this would probably count as an improvement to the local color.

Aiding the Alliance: Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage {WoW}

Dec 21st 2011 8:54PM I'd agree there, Shandris probably would be a good pick for faction leader for the Night Elves. Definitely better than either Tyrande or Malfurion, in my estimate... both of whom seem to deal with matters larger than the Alliance vs. Horde dynamic (e.g. rampaging Aspects, Incursions by supernatural evils, Old Gods, etc.) I like Jarod Shadowsong as a character, and he seems to be in the mold of a natural leader and facilitator, but he has been out of the spotlight for a good while and it would be weird for him to step into those shoes just now. Perhaps a coalition of Jarod Shadowsong and Shandris Feathermoon?

Aiding the Alliance: Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage {WoW}

Dec 21st 2011 5:24PM The issue I've had with Tyrande since Warcraft 3 is that her portrayal in the game seems to be pretty inconsistent. In Warcraft 3 she struck me as a headstrong person ruled by their passions, aloof and somewhat cold-hearted (not traits I would associate with a priestess of a deity that seems almost completely devoted to peace and tranquility). She recklessly kills off the wardens of Illidan's Barrow prison and releases him from imprisonment, stating that Malfurion has no right to deny her anything.

In Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne her behavior seems to have been ramped down a touch, although she still comes across as brash and more a warrior of Elune than a priest dedicated to Elune's ideals... but there's less headstrong arrogance to her words and actions. Then in WoW she seems more in the priestly vein, removed from the major political structures and less involved in the day-to-day affairs of the Night Elf people. She does have some strong moments (e.g. the Eranikus questline and events), but she's more or less a background character.

Personally, I don't think either her or Malfurion are really what the Night Elves need in a faction leader. Malfurion is too far removed from most Night Elves, and his focus is better consolidated on the Cenarion Circle and more wide-ranging Druid affairs of Azeroth. Tyrande has a similar issue in that her focus is first on the Night Elf religious society devoted to Elune, and the Night Elf state comes second. I think a more martial example like Jarod Shadowsong would serve the Night Elves best in Alliance affairs and their issues with Horde expansionism and aggression. Malfurion and Tyrande both mean well, but their attention is just too divided.