Aug 27th 2011 1:24PM So let me get this straight... You would have Blizzard restructure the balance spec, potentially removing the moonkin form, for the sake of an optional vanity feature?
I mean, even if it's just made optional... it's a slippery slope to making all druid forms optional. And then what do you have? A bunch of poor man's mages/rogues/warriors. A druid class without shapeshifting is not a class I want to play.
May 9th 2011 3:20PM WoWInsider actually isn't in violation of the artist's copyright unless the artist has registered the work for a copyright. In the US, copyrights must be applied for and granted by the US Copyright Office. For the Visual Arts, there are certain criterion that have to be met for a copyright to be granted. So, unless our mystery artist *has* filed for and been granted a copyright (which is unlikely since it's fan art), they wouldn't have grounds to take any sort of legal action against WoWInsider. Additionally, WoWInsider is not directly profiting from the use of the image, nor are they claiming at their own. This would probably fall under "Fair Use" laws, which would mean that WoWInsider is well within their rights.
That said, I really really REALLY want to find this artist, and it is driving me bonkers that I can't.
((For anyone curious, here's the link to the US Copyright laws: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/ and a copy of the Visual Arts copyright form: http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formva.pdf))
Feb 2nd 2011 8:07AM I'd say definitely the faction leaders, and probably some fan-favorite lore characters and NPCs.
My pick? Lord Darius Crowley. Two words, my friends: Fist Cleave.
Sep 28th 2010 10:12AM I absolutely use WoW to keep in touch. I have one friend in particular who joined the Army a couple years ago, but got hurt during basic. While he was stuck in the hospital on base for 6 months, he played WoW. Since we all already played on the same server (this was pre-RealID), it was easy to keep tabs on him. Now that he's out of the army and at a different university, we still use WoW to keep in touch. Since we're both altaholics, RealID has made things even easier.
Sep 15th 2010 8:38AM My guild is mostly adults in their mid-20s to early 40s, though we do have a few older, and a few much younger. If I'm reckoning correctly, we have at least 4 or 5 younger than 16. They're almost all children of older guild members, or the children of IRL friends of guild members. I think our youngest is 11, although our First-Mate's 4-year-old does occasionally get onto his mom or dad's accounts to play.
Generally, they're all respectful and responsible, and eager to learn. They understand that they are in a somewhat privileged position, and are grateful for it. They love raiding with us, and most of them pull very respectable numbers. I often find myself neck and neck with our other raiding fury warrior, who is all of 14 (and a half). We have had issues with younger members throwing tantrums, but they all paled in comparison with the snit-fits we've had from adult members. We have a guild-chat policy, but I like to think it is primarily to keep drama at a minimum rather than us simply sheltering our young'uns.
So my verdict? As long as the kids behave as equals, they should be treated as equals.
Aug 30th 2010 9:51AM I would venture to say that there could be a form of atheism in Azeroth, but it wouldn't be identical to what we understand atheism to be. Essentially what we have in Azeroth are very powerful beings, like Elune, that are worshiped and revered and feared as gods. An Azerothian atheist could simple reject the notion that these beings are gods, and refuse to worship/revere/fear them. Similarly, they would probably simply view the Light as just another form of magic, like nature or arcane magics.
Because I'm an atheist in IRL, I RP my main as an atheist Draenei, which is entertaining, to say the least. Lore-wise, if you look at the warrior class, they don't use any magic. I like to think that this isn't simply because they're too dumb to use magic, but because they reject its use purposefully.
Apr 16th 2010 4:21PM I want to win one for my guildy. She's been clamoring for a sparkle pony all day!
Feb 9th 2010 1:13PM I always enjoy a good Nyhm video to start my day.
The female vocals were pretty bad, though, especially in comparison to how good his voice sounds. Maybe he should invest in an autotuning program for his lady...
Dec 2nd 2009 1:15PM My guild did a blind run of Ulduar when it first came out. We had one 10-man group running with stats, and a second running without. I was in the blind run and it was some of the most fun I'd had in that instance ever. Needless to say, we only downed FL, but the strats we came up with on Razorscale were the subject of many a guild in-joke for several weeks (our most successful strat was dubbed "the hokey pokey").
We didn't attempt any blind runs going in to ToC, unfortunately, but I'd like to slap on the blindfold again for ICC. I'd say that blind runs are best attempted in 10-man, with competent raiders who get along well and can work together. Blind runs are no place for your cranky-pants raiders who just want to down the bosses as quickly as possible, or drama queens who are going to bicker and moan the whole time. Blind runs involve a lot of wiping, and take a ton of creativity and patience on the part of all raid members, not just the raid leader. If you can get together a great group for it, I highly recommend blind runs. They are great fun.