Is this the Tuesday that will finally fix all the patch-related problems? No? Well, I suppose we can all play Fable II/Dead Alive/Oblivion for the fortieth time instead. Or you can join in this week's Caption This! contest.
The winner of the last contest, which featured three little gnomes, was Naram, with "Millhouse Manastorm long dreamed of his first night out of Arcatraz." Repeat winner Swordchucks came in second with "Gnome mating rituals are rich and varied, owing primarily to the race's three genders: male, female, and pink pigtailed incarnate of evil. Most non-gnome researchers on the topic quickly go mad." Congratulations, and to the victors go the spoils!
Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, to tell you how to participate in this week's contest. I post a picture during Tuesday maintenance. You write a humorous caption for this picture by Friday, October 24 at 11:59 PM EST. It could be a funny description of the situation or a quote that you imagine the characters in the screenshot saying. Examples of previous winners can be found here, here and here. Leave your captions in a comment on this post, and keep it clean -- if Blizzard would warn you for saying it in-game, don't enter it in the contest. During the weekend, I e-mail the post to our list, members of the WoW Insider team respond with their favorites, and ten (or so) of those favorites will be chosen for the final vote. On Tuesday morning, we put the top choices up for a public vote in a new post. Voting ends Wednesday, October 29 at 11:59 PM EST. After the voting, we notify the winners. If they respond to our e-mail and confirm that they're eligible to win, we mail out their prizes.
Let's show the people our fabulous prizes! First place winner gets a 60-day game card, worth approximately $30. And in honor of old-school raiding achievements, the second-place winner will get his choice of a More Dots! or Ding! Grats shirt from J!NX, worth about $20.
However, to win you have to be eligible -- and to be eligible, you have to be a U.S. or non-Quebec Canadian resident at least 13 years of age. Sorry, EU, Oceanic and other readers, but legal restrictions make it impossible to include everyone. The official rules for the contest can be found here. Read them or be stuck in tree form for all eternity!
This picture, featuring a most unusual farm, comes from the official WoW screenshot archives. A larger version can be found here. Good luck!