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The Queue: President's Day {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2011 4:51AM One of my WoW-buddies has his kids' accounts linked to the same account, meaning that if we want to cross-faction chat when more than one of them is on we can only do so if the alt he's playing is being considered the "main" contact in my friends list.

In this scenario is it possible for me to specify which alt on the same RealID it is that I want to IM?

Breakfast Topic: To "grats" or not to "grats" {WoW}

Feb 14th 2011 11:36AM 'there's no excuse not to type "grats" for a guildie.'

Why would you need one?

I'm a bit of an achievements grouch (usually the only time I'll comment on ME getting an achievement is to point out how lame an achievement it is) but my not congratulating a WoW-chum on getting their 50th companion or looted x gold isn't an issue. I'd be astonished if they even gave a tiny damn.

I have achievements notices switched off in my chat window, so if I or anybody else has any cool/fun/God-I'm-so-lame/Oh-dear-I-play-too-much moments to discuss we'll actually... well, chat about it.

And I'm glad I never got into the habit of either announcing my hitting a new level or commenting when others do either given levelling in NuAzeroth sees everybody levelling up all the damn time. :D

Breakfast Topic: Which Cataclysm quest chain has blown your mind? {WoW}

Feb 4th 2011 9:43AM *Alliance quests in the Southern Barrens

Breakfast Topic: Which Cataclysm quest chain has blown your mind? {WoW}

Feb 4th 2011 9:42AM I've just done the series of Alliance quests and I really like the stuff with General Hawthorne and I like that there are two very different perspectives of what happened at Taurajo for the two factions. But yeah, really enjoyed the whole area actually, aside from the slightly pants jungle-y bit.

Breakfast Topic: What's been your best moment of cool? {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2011 10:02AM Dunno that I've really had any, to be honest. Managed to do much better than I expected when I had a prot warrior vs. prot warrior duel (yes, it was enormously slow) just in my 5-man gear against somebody decked out in raid epics who obviously thought they were going to squash me under their heel.

Other than that I guess I just hope that on the occasions I've assisted people who were clearly going to get maimed after pulling too many mobs they've thought I was pretty cool when I came and helped them out.

Learning your role {WoW}

Jan 28th 2011 12:08PM Obviously that was meant to be that if you're a mage it'll be tank and healer.

What I hope is answered in Ask Creative Development round II {WoW}

Jan 28th 2011 11:36AM It's possible to name Sylvanas evil and still have sympathy.

And out of sympathy I'd like to help take the weight off her shoulders. Namely: her head.

Learning your role {WoW}

Jan 28th 2011 11:20AM I've wondered before if Blizzard could/should have quests or even quest chains that are effectively class grouping tutorials and they change depending your class/spec*. They would have to be not crucial for levelling or achievements I guess, but they could still be done the same way as any other question chain and give players a leg up to playing their role.

* This isn't intended as an alternative to grouping with players, just something to give people who've never grouped a boost in the early stages of levelling if they want it.

So let's say you're taking quests from an Argent Crusade NPC in Plaguelands and it requires you to go into some place, kill some trash and then bash about an elite. If you're a prot warrior they tell you they're sending a couple of Argent Crusaders in with you (a paladin and a DPS warrior for example) to help you out. It tells you that you need to make sure you look after those two NPCs so they can look after you. Have some threat-shedding mobs that you have to taunt back and get hold of again, have the NPCs shout advice maybe at key points of the boss fight. That sort of thing.

Or if you're a mage they'll send you with a tank and DPS, warn you to do as much damage as you can without hauling a mob away from the tank (perhaps even have a threat bar for that quest so you can understand what's going on if the whole concept is new to you), use the same threat-shedding mobs so you know that sometimes you have to stop nuking shit so the tank can get control again.

And then another similar scenario for the healer classes/specs, explaining your priorities for the quest, how you should go about it, etc.

I dunno how easy it'd be to make these useful but if they made them actually challenging and the NPCs competent enough without being entirely self-sufficient I think they could be fun anyway. Like a mini-instance as part of the levelling experience that you take part in as a climax to a good quest chain.

Breakfast Topic: How do you cope with muggles who don't "get" WoW? {WoW}

Jan 27th 2011 11:04AM Interestingly I get much more grief from other gamers about playing WoW than I have from non-gamers.

And it's never come up where I've had to try and make somebody "get" WoW. Non-gamers I know either don't really react at all if they've somehow not heard of it or if they have they've never given me any grief over it. I don't hide that I play the game but nor do I go out of my way to tell people about it and try to "make them see".

Breakfast Topic: How do you cope with muggles who don't "get" WoW? {WoW}

Jan 27th 2011 10:53AM You should embiggen your acceptance of new vocabulary.