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Breakfast Topic: A Warcraft RPG

Honestly, leveling 90 to 100 in Warlords of Draenor was one of the best single player experiences I've had in recent memory. It was fun. There was a ton of story quests I was interested in, and zones like Talador, Spires of Arak and Nagrand really deliver in terms of setting and quest flow.

Blizzard has an action RPG franchise in Diablo, but their recent reveal of Overwatch at this year's BlizzCon got me thinking about whether or not the Warcraft setting could ever get a more in-depth, lore-focused RPG treatment. One of the things Blizzard does extremely well is take a genre that others have do and come out with something amazing - I'd love to see what Blizzard could come up with if they finally tried to make a game more like Planescape, something with real role playing and lore focus. Maybe it would be better to not tie it to the Warcraft setting, but I'm enough of a fanboy to want to see what they could do with the franchise.

But it's a breakfast topic, so we must needs turn the floor over to you. What do you think?


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Getting started with pet battles in Warlords of Draenor

Though the basic battle pet system hasn't changed, if you're a pet collector heading into Warlords of Draenor you'll find plenty of new pets to collect, six new tamers to beat, daily battles at your garrison's menagerie, new achievements, and a new pet-centric currency. So where's a potential pet tamer to begin? We'll walk you through all of the pat battling Warlords has to offer.

Find and fight Draenor's pet tamers
There are six new tamers to battle in Draenor, one for every zone (excepting Tanaan and Ashran). You can fight each tamer once a day in exchange for 4 Pet Charms, which you can use to buy pet-centric gear at your garrison. In addition to fun toys like costumes and pet treats, you can buy bandages, and battle-stones. Amongst that gear, of the most interest to pet levelers will be: Marked Flawless Battle-Stones for 15 charms, Flawless Battle-Training Stones for 3 charms, and Mystery Bags which a random family battle-training stone for 2 charms.

Here's who you'll need to fight (and where you'll need to go) for your pet charms:

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Filed under: WoW Rookie

The Queue: Chili-free zone

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

We only have a few questions to cover today because this is not a column featuring chili recipes.

MTA asked:

What do you think of WoD's reps? I'm quite disappointed that Blzzard have yet again pushed it to the extreme. For years running now, I've had to do almost the exact same type of thing to get reps. In WoD it's all about killing thousands upon thousands of mobs which gets boring really fast. I wouldn't mind if only one rep was like that but not all 4 that I'm doing. MoP was mainly dailies that ticked me off too as was Cata and the dungeon tabards. Am I asking too much to have a mixture of rep gains?

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Around Azeroth: Invaders! Possibly from space!

Submitter Guruvy of Zul'jin (US-A) was hanging around her garrison when she noticed something a little out of sorts. A little otherworldly. A little ... pixellated. Yes, it's the infamous Space Invaders, scourge of many an '80s arcade. All right. It's Saturday night, I have no date, a two-liter bottle of Shasta and my all-Rush mix-tape. Let's rock.

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Breakfast Topic: I hate that follower

For me, it's Magister Serena. I don't know what the deal is - it's entirely possible I'm just terrible, but every time I sent Serena on a mission she'd fail. Every single time. I started slapping her on the tail end of group missions that had already hit the 100% success chance just because I was so sick of knowing that if she went on a mission, she'd fail it.

I also kind of hate Mulverick but just because I have bad memories of Alterac Valley past. Seriously I hated this guy always dropping fire on me. Plus I hate Top Gun. Well, I like Goose. Everybody likes Goose. But otherwise I hate Mulverick.

So who do you hate? Because don't front, we all know you hate some of them.

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The WoW Insider Show Episode 369

Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth.

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Around Azeroth: A most vicious horse-lady

"Warning: This message contains top secret information that could change what we know about dryads ... forever," writes today's submitter. "Intrepid death knight Caeus of Circle of Dawn on Elune (US-A) snapped a photo of supposed woodland creature-lover, Mylune, holding what appears to be a partially eaten turkey leg! Maybe those chicks we keep giving her for the daily are used for more ... grisly purposes."

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Around Azeroth: Poppies! Poppies! Poppies!

"Nothing like taking a break from your daily round of killing things, picking things, digging through things, stomping things, riding things, and dying from things than lying blissfully in a field of poppies," writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). She also wanted me to mention the title is from "Existential Blues" by T-bone Stankus, who those of you who are Social Security-aged may remember from the Dr. Demento Show. Or not remember, considering what drugs Dr. Demento's fans tended to consume. I prefer "(Nothing But) Flowers" by Talking Heads for this picture, but I've referenced that song a little too much in this column.

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Breakfast Topic: How long?

Specifically, how long can you play WoW in a single sitting? I know people who can sit down and play for hours and hours, but for me, any longer than an hour and I need to get up and walk around or even log out and go do something else - I just don't have the ability to stay logged in for the marathon sessions that were the game when I first started playing it a decade ago. This is what led me to ask, actually - as I find myself incapable of playing the way I used to, I find myself wondering if other people are the same, or even reverse - at least one person I know plays more now than when they first started playing.

There are a lot of reasons why this could be - in my case, there are other things I want to be doing, responsibilities I have to meet, and a generally aging body. All of these affect how much I can play compared to the old days.

So how about you? Do you play less, break up play time with breaks, or are you more of a diehard than ever? How long can you play WoW at one sitting?

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The Queue: It could all be about the pet battles on iPad


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Welcome to another week of Warcraft -- let's talk about WoW today, shall we?

Sgracy asked:

Do you think they should allow the battle pet game to be separately available on iPad, etc? I think it would do really well like Hearthstone, and Blizzard could make money too. I subbed 1 year back and really liked collecting battle pets. Since there is no pokemon on mobile yet, it would do really good.

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Around Azeroth: Shut the door, have a seat

"It would seem with the merging of the Alliance, Horde, and neutral auction houses, coupled with all the new items to be sold with the release of Warlords of Draenor, that Auctioneer Hesse (of Stormwind's Dwarven District auction house) is getting a little tired with his increased workload -- so much so that's he's sitting down," writes submitter Enishi of Darkwind on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "This is likely the first time the worgen has taken a seat since starting work here during the Cataclysm. He was still doing his job, but no word if any of his managers have approved the action. Watchful eyes are looking to see if this behavior catches on with the other forever-standing vendors, craftsmen, guards, and others in the city."

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Breakfast Topic: Would you spend 100,000 gold on a chopper?

I will put it out there that I may not be the audience for this. But while I was willing to pay way, way more for the Grand Expedition Yak, I could justify that because it had a reforger at the time, which has since become the even more usefully awesome transmog feature and which sends me into fits of delight every time I mount it. But this is just a mount. You ride it. That's it. It's not even a dragon or a demon or a demon-dragon. Have we had one of those yet? If not we should.

Anyway, for me, I think this is kind of wasted. I'm not likely to buy it. Honestly, if I could buy it as a Horde player just to confuse and irritate everyone, then I might think it was worth the 100,000 gold. But that's the great thing about the WoW community, we have widely disparate opinions. So how do you feel? Would you spend 100,000 gold on this? Or any mount? What would a mount have to offer to get you to cough up 100,000 cheddar?

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Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: The mystery of Archmage Khadgar

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

Last week, we talked about the history of Khadgar -- a mage who had the unfortunate fortune of being apprenticed to Medivh, the Guardian of Tirisfal, just as the Guardian unleashed an angry bloodthirsty rampaging army of orcs upon Azeroth. It wasn't Medivh that carried out this task, but the spirit of Sargeras that lingered on inside him, passed on from his mother, Aegwynn. Although Khadgar eventually figured out this plot and confronted and defeated Medivh directly, the consequences for doing so were dire -- Khadgar found his magic and his vitality sapped away, aging from a youth to an old man near instantly.

The loss of so much of his precious mortality weighed hard on Khadgar, but it didn't stop him from accomplishing the seemingly impossible -- closing down the Dark Portal not once, but twice. The second time would be the last anyone would see of Khadgar for years, because he shut it down on the Draenor side of the Portal, stranding himself and the rest of the Alliance Expedition on the shattered wastelands of Outland until we found him again in Burning Crusade. And now, it seems Khadgar has closed the Dark Portal for a third time, with the aid of heroes both Alliance and Horde. Yet there's something strange about Khadgar, a peculiar mystery that keeps getting stranger the longer I look at it.

Today's Know Your Lore is a Tinfoil Hat edition. The following contains speculation based on known material. These speculations are merely theories and shouldn't be taken as fact or official lore.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore, Warlords of Draenor

WoW Moviewatch: Warlords Countdown

Look, I'm pretty sure by this point in Warlords of Draenor you can automatically win over my heart in any machinima just by putting together a cheery video of any of the titular Warlords being happy, sunny, and dancing. But David Nguyen went one step further and put that all into an almost shot-for-shot recreation of the original Care Bears opening sequence, which just set the bar that much higher for anyone wanting to win me over with silly orc warlord shenanigans. Warlords Countdown is a pretty short piece, comparatively speaking, but I loved every second of it. If you like what you see, head over to David's Youtube channel and check out his other work.


Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at moviewatch@wowinsider.com.

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

The Queue: Sha crystal power, make up

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

Since I already had one short video yesterday, I figured I'd do another one today. If you haven't seen Just Another Summer Night in full, you really should watch the whole thing. Let's get to the Warcraft questions ... or actually, first, let's look at a comment.

atanae commented:

For those of us old enough to remember beanie babies... If Blizzard made plushies of all the battle pets...yeah...license to print money. I never collected beanie babies. I couldn't throw money hard enough at Blizzard to collect plushie battle pets. Priorities...

This is something I have wished that they'd do for years, and I have no idea why they haven't jumped on that particular licensing opportunity yet. No idea!

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