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Phat Loot Phriday: Zoid's Firelit Greatsword {WoW}

Sep 18th 2011 10:06AM Kneel before Zoid's Firelit Greatsword!

How I learned to stop worrying and love level 70 {WoW}

Apr 21st 2011 10:25AM "They pine for BC as The Best Expansion Ever, but then cry about how horrible Level 58-70 is now."

The thing you have to remember is that the majority of the time spent in an expansion tends to be at max level, raiding and doing dailies and PvPing, etc.

So, sure, 58-69 was awful. However, it was a minority of time spent during TBC. The raiding? It was fun, challenging, rewarding... I enjoyed the gameplay of TBC raiding the most, even if I got further in Wrath and found the storyline more compelling.

Breakfast Topic: What are your Warcraft movie predictions? {WoW}

Apr 8th 2011 11:23AM Reading the headline, my first thought was "Bruce Campbell cameo". A small, but memorable, appearance just to remind everyone that he's still awesome.

Also, Noyou, there'll be a special made-for-TV movie about Campbell's Burn Notice character, Sam Axe, covering the events right before the start of the series (sort of like a prequel). Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, April 17th (9ET/8CT).

On USA: Characters Welcome.

(I figured if I was going to sound like a commercial for USA Network, I might as well go all the way with it)

The Queue: Defense Against the Dark Arts {WoW}

Mar 19th 2011 2:45PM Actually, the warlocks pay careful attention to their demons. In fact, they pay too much attention.

They're so focused on not being double crossed by their fel companions that they don't notice Christian Belt sneaking up and infecting them, pushing them off a cliff, dropping an anvil or piano fall on them, sending them to the Phantom Zone, providing portals for beings from beyond space and time so they can possess warlocks, replacing them with doubles (specifically, those who made better life choices and ended up mages) from other dimensions, hypnotizing them into thinking they're dogs and peeing on a fire hydrant resulting in incarceration, conjures pounds of mana bacon for them while he releases a marauding werewolf, putting flies into their teleportation circles so their DNA merges with a fly's when testing his new teleportation technology, sending them back in time so they become his own grandfather, tell them "what's the worst that could happen?" right before they doom a civilization and themselves with their hubris, hide a plague of insects in their backpacks, blink kidney stones into their bodies so they have painful urination, switch the orders so they get the cheese lasagna when they totally asked for the meat lasagna, or any other terrible fate based on what happened to the previous warlock columnists.

Breakfast Topic: The most memorable raid interruption {WoW}

Mar 18th 2011 9:44AM "Um, AFK, tornado" was my all-time favorite excuse for going AFK. It was definitely back in TBC, I think in a Kara run. I was gone for about 15 or 20 minutes (until the sirens stopped) and, when I got back, everyone asked me where I went, thinking I was kidding.

PTR Patch 4.1: New code hints at random dungeon change {WoW}

Mar 17th 2011 9:08PM "It looks like people who do 1 a day will still get the same rewards they get now...and the people who do 7 in one day will get the rewards they would get if they did 1 per day."

If that is true, then, as I said, it's fantastic.

However, the wording is ambiguous. You seem to interpret it as "The first seven random dungeons of this tier that you complete each week will **each** earn you", though that starred "each" is not actually present. I read it as potentially cumulative; that is, after completing seven heroics, you get points equivalent to seven day's worth of daily heroics as a sort of bulk reward (much like getting six swine bellies for the cooking daily will get you two cooking tokens but three won't get you a single one).

As we don't know what rewards the text blurb will coincide with, we can't tell whether this is a single day's reward (implying that the starred each is implied) or a week's reward (implying that the starred each is not present). That's why the article contains "seems to suggest" and "might hint": at this point, we don't know the mechanic. I outlined the two possibilities (a 7 times bigger reward after completing 7 dungeons versus a reward after each of the first 7 dungeons) and stated that I disliked the former.

To answer the rest of the replies: I already stated that I don't enjoy chain heroics (doing 3 in one day strikes me as a long time to watch strangers' health bars going up and down), nor do I typically do 7 heroics per week.

PTR Patch 4.1: New code hints at random dungeon change {WoW}

Mar 17th 2011 7:20PM I'm a bit less enthusiastic. When I'm in full-play mode (not "too much to do in RL" mode like I'm in now), I'll typically run a daily heroic unless there's a raid or something else going on. Doing a heroic and then a full raid... It's really too much play time for me on a single night.

I also rarely (if ever) do chain dungeons, preferring to do a dungeon on my main (healer) and my alt (tank/dps) rather than do the same playstyle twice. It helps keep the game fresh. As a result, I'll typically only run 5 or 6 heroics a week on any character.

If this is a full switch (no daily points, only weekly points), I've gone from 5 rewards to none unless I bracket out additional time for dungeon crawls on non-raid nights. If this is a bonus (i.e., you get one reward per day, but if you do seven per week, you're bumped up to a net total of seven rewards), that's fantastic. I just hope they don't penalize one play schedule to accomodate a different play schedule.

The Queue: This is the worst Queue in the world -- Rebecca Black's Friday {WoW}

Mar 15th 2011 2:04PM I think I just witness the evolution of Ke$ha's "Auto-Tuned sing talk" style into the "Auto-Tuned talk" style.

Patch 4.1 PTR: New map animation coming {WoW}

Mar 14th 2011 6:48PM Opening clams while mounted?

In my day, we were happy when Blizzard made it so clam meat automatically stacked when you opened the clam.

Patch 4.1 PTR: New map animation coming {WoW}

Mar 14th 2011 6:41PM I thought it was 22.3 years.