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Choose My Adventure: Au revoir, adventurers

Haemon
Our adventurers will be taking a break from being ordered around for a while. We're not sure when we will return, but for now, we ride off into the sunset (or run wearily, depending on our respective levels) and say farewell.

You may still see us at the monthly events on Zangarmarsh (US-PVE-H) with It came from the Blog. And Roblinator will continue her adventures (without your being able to choose them) with the usual suspects on a regular basis.

Before we go, Haemon has something to say after the break.

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Filed under: It Came from the Blog, Choose My Adventure

Breakfast Topic: A message to someone who's left a lasting impression

Draenei waving goodbye
This Breakfast Topic has been brought to you by Seed, the AOL guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider's pages.

I've played World of Warcraft since October of 2006 and during that time have seen many realms, their communities, and the special people that have made a lasting impression on my WoW memories. Many of my friends and family have also switched their character's names, transferred to other realms, or even faction-changed (or some wicked combination of the three!) -- but when that happens, you lose that factor of recognition, and you sometimes even lose a friendship along the way.

When I was in my PvP is my all and everything mode, I hopped across realms, switched names, and swapped races to try and find the right teams, the right realms, and the right players so I could maximize my Arena ratings and potential. But in doing so, I burned many bridges across the way, until I met a particular Undead rogue who made a lasting impression on me. He guided me through class-by-class duels when I was a novice. He never hesitated to give me constructive criticism and helpful advice when I lost 0-100 against a death knight. And he certainly never told me to "get good" or any of the other >9,000 ways someone can insult you.

And when I left my home realm, I felt I owed it to him to write him a letter before I left. I didn't know this guy in real life, but something just told me I had to. I told him I was grateful for his kind words, his encouragement, and his patience and that I wished him the best in his WoW career, as he had in mine.

And there it is! This is what I said to the person who made the most lasting impression. What would you say to that someone?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Guest Posts

All the World's a Stage: The curtain falls

All the World's a Stage, and all the orcs and humans merely players. They have their stories and their characters; and one player in his time plays many roles.

It's a strange feeling to look back on four years of roleplaying in WoW, more than two of which were spent writing "All the World's a Stage," and feel as though the curtain is coming down on this part of my life, just as many new things are rising up to take its place. It's a sad thing, and it's a happy thing at the same time.

Part of me doesn't want to change -- it just wants to go on having more of all those experiences I've enjoyed, which have helped me grow and become the person I am today; but the other part of me embraces these changes, and looks forward toward the experiences that will make me into the person I will be tomorrow.

The fact is that I need to put WoW on indefinite hiatus, but before I go, let me share some of the things I have deeply appreciated about playing the game, especially how roleplaying filled an important niche in my life, and actually helped make me a better person.

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Filed under: Virtual selves, RP, All the World's a Stage (Roleplaying)

Farewell and thank you, WoW.com

I've told this story a few times before: I actually started out on WoW.com as a comment troll. A few years back, Jennie Lees was the lead blogger here, and she posted something silly about a wallpaper or a plush doll, I don't remember. I was also reading the forums at the time, and Blizzard had just dropped new priest patch notes. "Why are you posting this junk," I commented angrily, "when the priest notes just dropped?" She was nice about it -- she actually emailed me and said that the priest updates post was coming soon. And I felt so bad about it, I never activated the comment. But a little while after that, when WoW Insider posted that they were looking for some new writers, I applied, and said that I was sorry for that comment, but that I was working on becoming a writer and could help out with posting on the site when needed.

When I started writing for WoW Insider (now WoW.com, obviously), I was working retail in Chicago, writing part-time in the evenings. The site itself got only a few thousand hits a month, with one or two weekly features and maybe ten comments per post. Now, over three years later, I'm a fulltime freelance writer, I've been to three BlizzCons, I've written over 1.7 million words in over 3,300 posts here about everything in Azeroth, and the site itself rivals some of the best blogs on the Internet, routinely garnering millions of hits a month. I helped build this site with my own two hands, and while I definitely can't claim all the credit (there was and is a huge team of people who keep this thing running), it's with a fair amount of sorrow that I'm here to tell you today will be my last day on WoW.com.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, WoW Insider Business, Virtual selves, Odds and ends, Blizzard

FileFront suspending operations indefinitely

Our old friend Moo Money wrote in a little earlier today (along with a few readers) to alert us of some news that has the potential to hit the WoW community pretty hard: FileFront is closing its doors, citing poor economic conditions as the reason why they're indefinitely suspending the site's operations. As of March 30th, 2009, FileFront will be gone.

Countless WoW videos are currently hosted on FileFront, including some of our favorite machinima, many that we've highlighted on the site previously. It's not just machinima, either. I know many of my friends that arena heavily find and host their videos on FileFront, and my raid has linked to strategy videos that were hosted there, too.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Machinima, Economy

/silly: Arturis's farewell

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Due to personal reasons I can not and will not discuss here, I will no longer be drawing the weekly /silly comic for WoW Insider. I am thankful to you, the thriving mass of WoW Insider readers, for taking the time to view my strip for the past 11 weeks. To those that commented with support and praise, I offer an even larger helping of the Thank You pie. You are the reason I stayed up those late Monday nights, forcing myself to draw out the twisted images in my head in order to share them with the world. I sought your approval, and I received it in spades.

Will there be a future for /silly, after I am gone? That is up to the higher-ups at WoW Insider to decide. If they do replace me and continue on with the series, I hope you all will show the new artist the respect and support that you gave to me. And I hope that the comics will make me laugh as much as mine made you.

As for my future, do not worry. I have more passion for gaming than most people you will ever meet, burning deep within my soul like a warlock DoT that will never expire; like the Light that drives a paladin to battle against overwhelming odds. I will find another way to be a part of the industry that I love, and with a little luck, you will see the name Arturis again.

Arthur E. "Arturis" Orneck

Filed under: Odds and ends, Humor, /silly, Comics

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