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Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War cover revealed {WoW}

Mar 24th 2012 9:51AM I'm glad Christie Golden is doing an Alliance character book. We've gotten stuck with Richard "Can't Write a Character" Knaak a few too many times. Let Knaak ruin a Horde character for once.

Wouldn't this be cool? Another draenei ship {WoW}

Feb 16th 2012 7:29PM Maybe these Draenei are already fighting alongside Azerothians...perhaps a certain group led by a human and an elf lost somewhere in the Twisting Nether?

The Queue: Catnap {WoW}

Jan 29th 2012 4:20PM While the map in Ulduar suggests otherwise, it's always been my impression that Azeroth is flat, and that Deepholm itself is meant to be the "underneath" of Azeroth. Obviously that makes no logical sense, but then it is fantasy, after all.

Scattered Shots: Awesome patch 4.3.2 hunter changes and the bottom line {WoW}

Jan 12th 2012 1:38PM It's funny how something so small can be such a big deal. I know right now I use Kill Command during L&L/Focus cap and it is hardly ideal, and the aforementioned burning a proc on an accidental Arcane Shot has been a pain in my backside. Lock and Load always seemed to proc when I had 75+ focus. Of course, Blizzard could be even more generous and let ES stack, but that might be a little too overpowered :P.

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

Dec 21st 2011 6:38PM Malfurion: "Be that as it may, he is far too...dangerous. I forbid it."

Tyrande: "Only the Goddess may forbid me anything. I will free Illidan whether you like it or not."

That's the Tyrande I want to see. Strong, independent, and willing to do anything to see her goals through to the end. Her...dependence on Malfurion is a horrible retcon that needs to be remedied. Whether you like Tyrande or not, her people are in the middle of a war and it she who is the true leader...not Malfurion.

Dev Watercooler: Faction favoritism {WoW}

Nov 25th 2011 6:39PM I heard the entire thing as "Just wait for the next Knaak book!"

It's never been about imbalance. It's been about image. They created World of Warcraft to emphasize faction enmity, and yet have continuously portrayed the Alliance as weak and passive. I mean, where are humans like Garithos, that command Alliance players to kill every orc they see, women and children included? Instead, we see commanders like the guy in Southern Barrens, who did something cool and merciless like burn Camp Taurajo, but who Alliance players see blubbering about what he did, and orders players to arrest HUMAN looters! Just another weak, passive, "good" NPC that ends up getting murdered by the other side.

Or Tyrande. Oh what did they do to you Tyrande? You used to be a woman who kicked ass first and took names later, and believed the ends justified the means, even if it meant murdering your own people to free a traitor. Now you're just another weak, passive Alliance NPC that does nothing. But hey, at least you did something in a book!

There's nothing wrong with having good, reasonable people who believe war is a last resort. But in a war, they need to be balanced by characters who want nothing more than to slaughter the other side. The Horde has that, the Alliance does not.

Chuck Norris plays a melee hunter in latest WoW commercial {WoW}

Nov 20th 2011 6:12PM Getting up there? Dude is 71, there isn't much more up there he can get. And for 71, he looks amazing.

Know Your Lore: Darius Crowley, Lord of Silverpine {WoW}

Mar 9th 2011 4:16PM It's uncertain as to why, but it appears the Val'kyr can only resurrect humans into undeath. That is why the Alliance sends the 7th Legion, made up entirely of non-humans, to aid Gilneas. So when humans become Worgen, the Val'kyr are no longer able to use their powers to resurrect them. It makes when you think about it, considering Vrykul's ancestral relationship to humans. Sure, the Val'kyr were able to resurrect Sylvanas, but it killed 2 of them doing so.

Know Your Lore: Kul Tiras and the mystery of Tol Barad {WoW}

Dec 26th 2010 3:30PM Typically in WoW, powerful beings are kept prisoner because the powers that be simply don't know what to do with them. Illidan, for example, was likely kept prisoner because Malfurion didn't have the heart to order his execution.

As for Demons, while there has never been a clear reason given why they are so often kept prisoner, it is implied that it is far easier to imprison demons than it is to kill them. The Wardens of Tol Barad simply may not have been powerful enough to slay Argaloth, but did have the power to keep him imprisoned.

While I don't expect a clear answer from Blizzard, I do hope at the very least some explanation is given why Baradin Hold exists in the first place. Tol Barad is our first real tie-in to Kul Tiras, and I'd hate to see it wasted.

Drama Mamas: When friends feign death {WoW}

Sep 25th 2010 5:53AM I almost severed ties with a RL friend of mine over a stupid joke he pulled when he called and told me he had cancer, and told me only after I had called all of our friends, and his girlfriend, trying to find out what was going on. I never even considered the possibility it was some ill-advised joke. The whole thing lasted like 20 minutes, but I still couldn't forgive him for exploiting the fact that I cared about his well-being. I was so humiliated I didn't talk to him for months.

Such things are not something to joke about, and most certainly not something to exploit. I genuinely care about some of my friends within my guild, and am very uncomfortable with the idea that if something were to happen to them, I would be completely unaware. After all, we take breaks from the game all of the time, oftentimes with little to no notice. So to be given notice, only to find out it was all a ruse for attention? It really is a violation of that emotional attachment.

To those who lose someone close to them that is a WoW player, and are willing to take on the difficult task of informing their guildies..as hard as it may be, offer proof to those that are suspicious. It may seem inappropriate, but in an environment where faking one's death is so easy, we online friends need empirical data so that we can properly mourn. Otherwise, the idea that they're faking it will always be on the back of our minds.

As for those who feel the need to ask for proof; do so in a sensitive fashion. Ask them to mail a copy of the obituary (or link if it is online) so that you have something to remember them by. Offer to send flowers if they give you a mailing address. But most importantly, have a system so that someone, somewhere within your guild knows some real-life information about every member. Not everyone has my phone number and a link to my Facebook page, but enough do that if something were to happen to me, they would know. These are important things that are often overlooked, and that leads to situations where speculation and uncertainty runs rampant.