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Breakfast Topic: What's behind your character's name? {WoW}

Jan 5th 2011 2:40PM I tend to take the last name of people who inspire me, mostly from the field of science and skepticism.

My main is a BE Paladin named "Dawkins" which I felt was both a great name and a hilarious one for a "holy warrior" considering what Richard Dawkins spends most of his time talking about.

My undead Priest is named "Sagan" after Carl, and my Troll Shaman is named Pharyngula after PZ Myers' excellent blog.

I just created a Goblin Warrior named "Hitchens".

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway Day 4: Zotac GTX 480 graphics card {WoW}

Dec 25th 2010 9:38PM ‎"Have a lovely Christmas. (Yes I know that includes the word Christ. I say "Thursday" too. That's named after Thor.)" - Ricky Gervais.

WoW Insider's Cataclysm launch giveaway: BlizzCon 2010 Deathy in-game pet {WoW}

Dec 7th 2010 1:14AM The price of "post here" is acceptable for a Deathy.

Breakfast Topic: Has 4.0.1 brought you back to WoW? {WoW}

Oct 16th 2010 10:59AM No, and since they changed my main class (Paladin) into something not fun to play I may just take the opportunity to cancel and not even bother with Cataclysm.

Don't get me wrong, the vast majority of Cataclysm is great stuff. The Goblin starting zone is brilliant, new class combos are a long time coming, and the old-world revamp is amazing.

But my Paladin -- the only character I collect Achievements on and bother to do as much content as I can -- is a chore to play and in return is doing less damage as Ret, has problems holding aggro as Prot, and his gameplay has turned into whack-a-mole with combo points.

Scattered Shots: How to tell your friend he's a huntard {WoW}

Jul 29th 2010 3:45PM More warning signs, all of which I've seen more than once.

Is wearing almost all "of the Whale" green gear bought from the AH.
Is almost level 80 but hasn't trained abilities since just before Outland. ("I'm saving money for my epic flying")
Midway through Outland, the Huntard is wearing assorted gear he's had since about level 40-50, much of it leather, almost all green. When asked why he doesn't have Outland's great quest rewards he replies "I'm not questing because when you hit 80 all the quests give way more gold. I'll do them then and make huge gold."
Level 80, running Heroics, refuses to stick to the tank's main target and constantly pulls aggro. Never uses Misdirection, and when pointed out he should he mocks the tank's threat-making ability. High gear score, low IQ.

Enter to win a Blazing Hippogryph and other loot {WoW}

Jul 27th 2010 12:46PM My spoon is too big.

Breakfast Topic: Is WoW worth it when it's a full-time job? {WoW}

Jul 19th 2010 3:27PM Hell no. I make a big effort not to play too much, to get outside and walk in the sunshine with my dog, to spend time *not* playing games with my wife (who does play WoW with me too), to get stuff done around the house, to try new local restaurants rather than eating junk at the computer, watch new movies, read books, and try new things.

I specifically avoided joining a raiding guild so I can't refuse a social engagement with the excuse "that's our raiding night". If that ever happens, shoot me.

It can be difficult though. It's very easy to load up WoW and just play for hours at a time. "Easy" doesn't mean it's worth it though.

Officers' Quarters: In defense of guild talents {WoW}

Jun 21st 2010 2:38PM This is a ridiculous post. There's nothing to be gained *for the guild* by giving the leaders control over what talents the guild gets, and a possible atomic-bomb amount of drama to be heaped on the guild because of it.

Sure, some guilds will be just fine because they're all of one mind anyway.

But ignoring that many guilds are just groups of friends that could be blown apart by talent choices that don't suit some players.

The only people who gain anything over guild-talent-choices is the self-important guild-leader who would risk drama simply to gain some personal power.

I'm the leader of a small friendly guild and I'm actually relieved I won't have to deal with people constantly criticizing my talent choices because it's not what they would have picked.

Enter to win an Ethereal Soul-Trader {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2010 2:24PM I didn't even know this pet existed. Very cool!

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