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The Queue: Barkour {WoW}

Aug 13th 2011 2:24PM O Yes, especially since if I die there it's probably because I was trying to kill one of the named rare spawns and now I'm probably out of luck by the time I get back.

The Queue: Out of retirement {WoW}

Jun 18th 2011 1:26PM Crafting Question:

I have a Tailor currently crafting and selling Dreamcloth items, and I assume that the belt and pants that I can currently make are not going to be in demand (or at least not cost effective) once 4.2 drops. It appears that the new craftables will require Living Ember which will be Firelands raid drops, which I won't be geared for and my guild won't be capable of any time soon.

So my question is... am I basically screwed as far as crafting goes in 4.2? Should I bother using my dreamcloth cooldowns from now on and risk not being able to make anything profitable from them, or just try and stock up and profit from the demand for Volatiles?

WoW Archivist: Memories of Dire Maul, part 2 {WoW}

Jun 15th 2011 1:56AM How about dungeons that scale in difficulty (and maybe loot) with the number of people present, Diablo style? Solo it, or bring a friend or two, and take your time enjoying the place.

With a non-linear layout, not every boss would even need to be easily soloable by every class, but you could still try for the challenge, or just move on if you wanted to.

While I don't miss a lot of the frustration of vanilla questing, I do miss trying to solo group quest "bosses".

The Queue: Happy boys and happy girls {WoW}

May 4th 2011 12:27PM To me engineering is "worth it" from a cool/fun point of view. Yes, arrows/bullets used to be factor for me as a hunter, but I don't miss having to carry around ammo.

Non-combat pets, Loot-a-rang (fantastic for ranged classes, no more running up to every mob), 3 teleports (one each to outland, northrend and kalimdor) to help with achievements that send you to every corner of the world, Jeeves, bombs, epic goggles, motorcycles, etc.

If you don't go for that kind of stuff and are more interested in stats or profit, then I'd probably go with something else. I have eng. on my main character for the variety of cool toys, but other class appropriate professions on all my alts.

The Queue: I win either way {WoW}

May 2nd 2011 4:16PM Nervous Tanking...

I started tanking in mid-late WotLK and am feeling some of the same nervousness now in Cataclysm, but one thing I found helped in LK was start off NOT doing randoms.

Choose a specific instance you haven't tanked before, and read up on all of the encounters, you don't have to go crazy, just look up special abilities and basic strategy. Then queue for just that instance, and maybe even run it a couple times if you feel you still need to work out the kinks, and then do the same with the rest of the instances you're qualified to queue for.

Once you've become more familiar with each one as a tank, you can start queuing for randoms without the worry that you won't be prepared for whatever comes up.

Combine this with playing through as DPS and tanking the regular versions, and you should be able to improve your confidence step by step.

Breakfast Topic: Where do you play World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Mar 5th 2011 12:20PM Recently bought a laptop capable of playing the game at a respectable speed, and while waiting for a delayed flight around Valentines, I did some grinding for Lovely Charms at my gate in the airport. Free Wifi was nice, trying to navigate with a touchpad not so much.

Breakfast Topic: Did you accomplish your Lunar Festival goals? {WoW}

Feb 13th 2011 1:22PM I completed the Elder achievement on 3 alts, an 82 Prot. Paladin which went smoothly since I could solo all the dungeons, and a Priest and Druid both 81... which did NOT go as smoothly since before I could finish the dungeons, Blizzard removed the ability to queue for Lich King instances over level 80, and there's no way I was going to solo Skadi or gatewatcher Krik'thir with my balance druid in mostly LK greens.

Managed to rope in a couple of generous DK guildies (one on each server) to spend an hour and a half on Friday running through the last several dungeons, except for the one or two that I could get just by stealthing.

Finally got the proto-drake on my main last year, trying to finish 3 alts this year may just drive me mad.

The Queue: Judge Judy has never heard of World of Warcraft {WoW}

Jan 27th 2011 11:23AM I like keeping my view distance maxed as well, and found that one of the things that helped the most when I ran into lagging framerates was decreasing the Ground Clutter setting.