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The Queue: Live, from Hollywood, it's the Fox Van Allen show {WoW}

Mar 4th 2012 2:31PM That was plain awesome! I wanna play that game! Of course you could have used just about any anime reference, and I'd be happy.

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway: Purple Puffer loot codes from {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2011 2:14PM I suppose I shouldn't just submit a blank comment.

The Queue: In which Jeff Kaplan is a troll and makes Ensidia cry {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 12:24PM I've noticed a few things about BG queues:

1. If you queue for 2 battlegrounds at once, you are likely to not be put in either and just have to wait. Seems an error, happens on all my lowbies.

2. The average wait time changes, and I have an opinion that it changes when a new battle starts.

3. If you are horde, below level cap, expect a significant wait. (10-14 minutes is the numbers I frequently see, but the actual wait time generally exceeds whatever the given number is.)

The last one is the basis for a theory: Say there are 50 horde queuing to 10 alliance. The first 10 go to WSG with the 10 alliance. 15-20 minutes later, if all the alliance re-queue, the next 10 Horde get a bg. Win or lose, rinse repeat. If no other alliance re-queue, the second group waits 15-20 minutes, the third group of hordies 30-40, the fourth group of 10 would wait over 45 minutes to play against the same group of Alliance who have played 4 games by now. The fifth group waits an hour or more to play.

Of course, the numbers aren't that simple, fluctuate as people enter and leave queue, but the principle is sound. The horde queues, as I said, in the lower levels can be 7-20+ minutes. Then there is always the dreaded 'unavailable' time frame. The alliance on the other hand enjoys 4 minute queues or better during peak times. While it does get longer, notably at night, this follows that there are less people queuing in general.

So, I'm playing lowbie bgs on Alliance and taking advantage to MY favorite OP racial, Shadowmeld. I'll be the Disc Priest healing the Hunter who just put 10 arrows in your head.

The Queue: Hey, pretty lady. Nice ... hair. {WoW}

Feb 23rd 2011 1:18PM I usually don't comment on this sort of thing, but I too was annoyed by the overwhelming nature of DA:O advertising.

Did that stop me from buying the game? No. I didn't buy it because it didn't really appeal to me. That and Morrigan reminded me of my first wife. *shivers*

Other than that, I can see why Drakkenfyre would be so against it. It's his wallet, if he want to be 'poorer for not having played' DA:O that's his(her?) bag.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Protection Warrior 101 {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2011 2:51PM Every time I read one of your columns it makes me want to break out one of my lowbie warriors (an undead and a Troll) to try tanking some more dungeons. The trouble is that I don't remember dungeons very well. I get lost, pull adds that people usually avoid, etc.

I usually don't 'wipe a party' but I do tend to annoy people.

I've healed from vanilla content through wrath, without much difficulty, because the healer follows the party around and primarily worries about the same 4 targets. For a tank though, you have to be aware of all the mobs, your party, what you are doing, what the mobs are doing, and what the other party members are doing.

Maybe I'm just a fail tank, but there are times when that is too much for me. Not that I wasn't able to tank some Heroics in Wrath, but even then, I stuck to the dungeons I KNEW well enough because I'd ran them as DPS dozens of times. Often it felt more like WORK than fun.

So, for the people who can tank regularly and effectively, I salute you. (and heal you.) You make my dungeon runs much more enjoyable.

Lord of His Pack live at Blizzard's community site {WoW}

Jan 14th 2011 3:44PM All I can think of when I see that picture is, "His nose is shaped like a triangle!" (With the fat part near his eyebrows) I sure hope it had to do with lighting and not how poor Genn's Nose is supposed to be portrayed.

I'm just picky because I'm an artist. I know.

Breakfast Topic: Thankful {WoW}

Nov 25th 2010 10:46AM I'm simple. I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful my children are healthy and I get to hear updates about their lives through the wonder of the Internet. I'm thankful that I, at least, get to see one of them on a regular basis. (even if he does steal my iPod)

And I'm thankful that I'm still here, because there was a time in the recent past when that was in question.

Okay, I took my ride on the sappy train, now to return to my regularly scheduled orneryness.

World shattering complete; U.S. servers back up {WoW}

Nov 25th 2010 1:06AM Wow.... I didn't notice I got replies. (It's so rare. :P)

The answer is 'iPod touch'. That's how I type comments without a keyboard. I'm used to removing greasy fingerprints from that. (I have a 6-year-old whom loves to muck it up.)

Man... People talking to me and stuff, I'm gonna lose my hermit status anytime now.

Win everyAir desktop app for the iPad {WoW}

Nov 25th 2010 12:43AM As strange as this sounds, this might get my mom into playing warcraft. I know she'd never be a raider, but she loves fantasy and imagination, so seeing her awe at running around in Warcraft or even LotRO on her iPad would make me giggle endlessly. That and it would possibly curb her Angry Birds addiction. Which would be an added bonus.

That, and I'm sure it would have practical uses besides gaming. Or at least could.

Sign me up!