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Breakfast Topic: What's your favorite pet? {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 9:14AM When I started up a new character (troll resto druid) on a US server to play with a friend's guild (I am from the UK but moved to Canada a couple of years ago) I started with nothing, as all my mounts, pets and achievements were on my Euro account. But the guild had a few pets in the bank anyone could grab, so I picked an orange tabby cat and used him as my mascot.

The cat was there with me during my first ever progression raiding experiences; I had always wanted to raid but the time difference from EST to CET was a big problem when I was playing my Euro characters. He was there when we downed Ragnaros, and when we killed Deathwing. He's seen a lot of action - just last night we downed Heroic Morchok and got pretty far on Yor'sahj, so he's probably a more experienced raider than most players. :)

Very much looking forward to being able to name him in MoP!

I write about dragons on the internet, Dad {WoW}

Feb 13th 2012 9:54PM My family are pretty understanding, though none of them play themselves.

Explaining WoW to people can be hilarious once you think about what a subculture it is, with its own bizarre language and jargon. For example, this phrase:

"I was pugging End Time and we wiped because the DPS kept pulling and the tank ragequit."

...means NOTHING, literally nothing, if you don't have any experience with MMOs!

Blue Posts: Account-wide achievements to work with non-MoP achievements, "Ask A CDev" soon {WoW}

Feb 8th 2012 8:41AM Well, both accounts are on the same account, i.e. I have one login for both - although my RealID contacts are different for each one.

Blue Posts: Account-wide achievements to work with non-MoP achievements, "Ask A CDev" soon {WoW}

Feb 8th 2012 12:16AM Huh. Does this mean that my European achievements will transfer on to my North American account? I opened one when I moved to Canada and I'd already done a huge amount of achievements on my European main.

Man I hope the rewards transfer... I love my violet proto-drake and I never get the chance to ride it...

Breakfast Topic: What NPC do you miss the most? {WoW}

Jan 24th 2012 9:35AM For all those who miss Mr. Smite, here's what happened to him:

After being repeatedly beaten to death by waves upon waves of adventurers, Smite suffered traumatic memory loss and fled the Deadmines. After wandering in the world for a while, he was captured by a roving band of Twilight cultists. Impressed by his strength and stubborn tenacity in the face of repeated death, Deathwing himself decided that this mysterious yet vicious Tauren would make a fabulous raid boss.

And so, brave adventurers, if you should even find yourself on an Alliance airship chasing down the Destroyer under fire from the forces of Twilight, you may well hear a familiar voice yelling at you in contempt:

"Hah! I was hoping you'd make it this far. You'd best be ready for a REAL fight!"

Hello and goodbye {WoW}

Oct 24th 2011 12:23AM Thanks for all your hard work in running such a great site!

WoW Rookie: So you know nothing about raiding {WoW}

Oct 21st 2011 10:43AM I'm pretty sure this will be the case because Tier gear will no longer be available for Valor points - it will only drop from bosses. Blizzard said that they wanted to make Valor more a consolation prize if you didn't get a good drop.

The Queue: Milk argument {WoW}

Sep 16th 2011 1:33PM Amaxe,

I think it can be argued that DKs are dead and accepted by the Alliance while the Forsaken are not due to differing political situations.

The original rejection of the Forsaken due to disgust with their undeath drove them into the arms of the Horde and in the intervening period the attitude of the Alliance towards them has only hardened due to the antagonism between the two factions as a whole. But then the Northrend campaign happened, and individual DKs - heroes of the Alliance - were freed from the Lich King's control, and once again offered their service to their original faction. They were seen as potent allies against the Lich King.

More importantly, by this time everyone had got used to the idea of the undead. Perhaps some Lordaeronians still harbour sympathies for the Forsaken but the fact is that they have allied themselves politically with the Horde. SImilarly DKs are undoubtedly held in disgust by members of the Alliance at all levels but accepted due to political necessity.

tl;dr It's all politics, baby.

Phat Loot Phriday: Rage of Ages {WoW}

Mar 25th 2011 8:48PM One does not simply walk into Blackwing Descent.

The Queue: A discussion of kicking bad puggers {WoW}

Feb 24th 2011 1:37PM @noel I learnt the fights by running them all as DPS (my main spec is Fury). There are some things you can only learn while tanking, but the vast majority of the mechanics you can figure out as a DPS quite easily.

And trust me, the things you need to figure out while tanking you figure out very quickly. Or you die, and get it right the next time. :)