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Breakfast Topic: Do you have a crush on a minor NPC? {WoW}

Feb 16th 2012 1:04PM Add another one for Stormcaller Mylra. My dwarf paladin fell for her immediately! In fact, I had to have a good look around when I first ran Hour of Twilight; my character was worried that she was one of the Earthen Ring in the fight!

The Queue: I don't want to set the world on fire {WoW}

Oct 18th 2011 1:11PM They don't need me here, and I know you're there!

Breakfast Topic: Your personal guardian {WoW}

Jun 24th 2011 1:23AM This is cheating a bit, but I'd take Fiona and her entire caravan. I had a blast questing with them in EPL and I was sad that I wouldn't be able to continue on with them. Really, the next expansion could be nothing but travelling from zone to zone and questing with Fiona, Gidwin, Tarenar, and associated special guests, and I'd be thrilled.

Battle.net authenticator process updated with smarter log-in detection {WoW}

Jun 16th 2011 7:11PM I am thrilled with this change! I've left my authenticator at work before and just had to forgo any WoW or Starcraft II. Plus, the extra amount of time it takes to log in with an authenticator drives me crazy. I know it is only a few extra seconds, but it can feel like such a hassle. This sounds like a practical solution.

Blizzard teams up with Mega Bloks for Warcraft and StarCraft sets {WoW}

Jun 13th 2011 5:42PM (cutaia) has it absolutely right. I believe the strictest term suggested by LEGO as a name for their product is "LEGO-brand building blocks". And, no, I've never met a single fan who has called them that with a straight face.

@ Lemons: LEGO cares because they don't want their brand name to become a genericized trademark, but I don't think that should matter to us online armchair jockeys. I did once room with someone who would ask if he could play my Playstation. I had a Gamecube. He had no idea why I was confused. To him, all game consoles were Playstations! /end unnecessary sidenote

Blizzard teams up with Mega Bloks for Warcraft and StarCraft sets {WoW}

Jun 13th 2011 5:22PM Frankly, the awesome Blizzard-based creation made by LEGO fans should have been reason enough for Blizzard to team with the LEGO Group. The siege tank you link. is a great example, but there are many, many other great LEGO mocs based on Blizzard's games. As a LEGO fan, Blizzard going with MEGA is a letdown.

The Queue: Panda ... nope, not going to do it {WoW}

Jun 6th 2011 1:51PM Southshore, Hillsbrad, Gilneas... there's also what happens to the Dalaran magicians at Amberpine, the miners in Azurelode Mine, the dwarves at Dun Garok, and what would have happened to the Hillsbrad refugees at Fenriss Keep. Let's not mince words! Even if isn't wholly evil (I think that she is and that the game shows us this), she's employed devastating weapons against orders, murdered civilians, annihilated towns, and is effectively on track to becoming a new Lich King.

Personally, I blame Dalaran! I'm being at least a bit serious. I think that Dalaran's previous position in the region probably helped to keep things stabilized, despite the Forsaken's presence at Tarren Mill. Once the capital city left, the region was greatly weakened militarily. I'm curious about what will happen if/once Dalaran returns and how they Kirin Tor view the Horde given the Forsaken's wholesale annihilation of Dalaran citizens in the area.

The Queue: How much does a GM make? {WoW}

Jun 1st 2011 1:31PM @ Shade:

You mean Holy Fire/Smite/Penance spam, don't you? At this point, I actually get annoyed if someone needs an actual healing spell. "What, you're at 50%? Fine! Inner Focus/Flash Heal. Now stop bothering me!"

More seriously, though, I find that I can't use PW:S as a regular spell - it is just too expensive to use unless there is an emergency. The tank usually stays topped off with my atonement healing. Occasional directs heals and renew round out the rest, so I just get to have fun killing enemies!

All the World's a Stage: Draenei and timelines in roleplay {WoW}

May 22nd 2011 10:00PM "Great article, but one question I would like to have answered is what is the "cut-off" point for how young a Draenei character could reasonably be. Just like it's basically impossible to RP a night elf that was born on Teldrassil, what are the events that every Draenei PC would have experienced?"

It seems that all draenei characters in game have to have been old enough to participate in the raid on the Exodar that led to the arrival on Azeroth. This would mean that they were at least young adults and certainly would have memories of Outland/Draenor. However, I think there is a lot of flex in that notion: perhaps your character was barely out of adolescence and doesn't remember a time before the orcs were corrupted by the Burning Legion? Perhaps they're old enough to remember landing on Draenor and have many happy memories of living in peace? Perhaps they even remember Argus?

In short, I think the only reasonable restriction is that a draenei character--based on the starting zone quests--was old enough to go on the raid. Exactly what that would mean is up to the player.

Know Your Lore: Archdruid Fandral Staghelm, page 2 {WoW}

May 18th 2011 8:00PM Even though I never liked Staghelm - he's pretty polarizing, more so if you'd RP'd a Night Elf druid - I have to admit that I appreciate him in hindsight. His aggression and hostility better fits the territorial and warlike night elves that we met at the beginning of Warcraft III. He just didn't fit the WoW mold of the 'good protectors of nature' that druids can slip into. Plus, yet another good guy who becomes bad from the influence of the old gods? Pssh.

Part of me wonders what this story would look like if Staghelm had actually chosen this path? What if he had raised a vigilante force dedicated to protecting Ashenvale from the Horde at all costs, earning the wrath of the Cenarion Circle and eventually even his own people? It might even have fit into the raid (I can't say without really knowing how the raid story will go) if we had to face off against him because he wouldn't be willing to work with us. Of course, it is easy to be an armchair general! :)

All that said, I'm glad that they've continued his story - it is neat to see this kind of continuity when it would have been only too easy to keep things unchanged.