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How the Sha of Happiness conquered BlizzCon 2013

It stands to reason that if someone known as Angryorc turns out to be Mr. Nice Guy in person, someone named the Sha of Happiness could turn out to be a real stinker. Fortunately for all of us, the Sha of Happiness took BlizzCon 2013 by storm in the sunniest of ways. Her relentless positivity illuminated the dark convention hall in Anaheim, and players discovered to their delight that the character they've embraced on Twitter is as welcoming and personable in the flesh. Whenever the Sha was about, BlizzCon's Meeting Stone and Community Corner positively glowed as welcoming destinations that other players found themselves returning to again and again.

Inspired by Angryorc and other WoW-themed roleplay characters such as @Arakkoa on Twitter, Shappi (as she's popularly known) created the Sha of Happiness character to shine a little light into the WoW community at large. "I've been posting on the EU/NA Warcraft/D3 general forums and more for about five years now, and I've been disheartened at the farewell posts and them stating that it didn't feel like a home for them anymore," she explains. "Whether it be Sanctuary or Azeroth, everyone should have a safe space. I strive to provide something like that for people on Twitter."

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Filed under: Interviews, 15 Minutes of Fame

15 Minutes of Fame: Angryorc smashes into WoW community's affections

Before November and BlizzCon 2013, the man behind the runaway Twitter hit @Angryorc1 was a little hesitant about unmasking his identity. BlizzCon-bound, he seemed uncertain how to meet fans without compromising his own privacy or popping the illusion when people met a very real, very down-to-Earth dude named Gregg. "Up till now, all my interview requests have been for podcasts, which I have avoided doing," he wrote nervously in October. "I feel the character will lose something if I put my voice out there, plus I sound like Aaron Neville."

But then came BlizzCon. Angryorc charged the convention head on, fully open with his identity, and fans adored him. "I signed autographs, Lisa," he marveled. "Many. How crazy is that? Totally floored by all the support. People telling you they use Twitter specifically to read your stuff or that your jokes have inspired them to come back to play WoW is very, very humbling. It's lit a fire in me to go even harder, to be funnier -- how the hell do I do that?"

With more than 12,000 Twitter followers, he seems to be managing quite well. Here's our interview of the man behind the orc -- and a short interview with the orc himself, as well.

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Filed under: Humor, 15 Minutes of Fame

Random Acts of Uberness: The Sha of Happiness edition

So what uber thing does it take to make the Sha of Happiness happy? This week, we have a special Random Acts of -- well, maybe not Uberness but more like Happiness from the Sha of Happiness herself (shown above with her snarling buddy Angryorc).

Caught being uber: Elderly couple met at BlizzCon Unfortunately, I don't have the name of the couple, but they were elderly. The lady started playing Warcraft due to her daughter asking her time and time again to play, then the daughter bought and set her up with an account. She met this man in game, and they quickly fell in love. BlizzCon was their honeymoon and for them to recognize me as someone that's a "pillar of the community" was humbling. We compared LFR battle stories and it was so interesting hearing their take on things. It is humbling and honouring that they asked lil' ol' me for a hug. -- Sha of Happiness

Among our other Random Acts this week is a little doggy who's so cute he got his human a resolved game time issue plus an extra snippet of game time. Tail-waggin' good times!

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Filed under: News items

Blizzard announces October comic competition winner

Blizzard announces October comic competition winner
It's great how Blizzard encourages community art, with the Community Cosplay and these comic competitions. This month's contribution is a particular favorite here at WoW Insider, following our pledge of loyalty to the Sha of Happiness. The Sha of Procrastination is a formidable enemy, particularly for writers like us, and we really enjoyed his nonchalant shrug!

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And the comic contest winner for October, 2012, is ... Ethan Cantrell (Jopte).

The talented winner will receive a World of Warcraft® Poker Set. Congratulations! In November, we'll be giving away a BlizzCon®: Villian Messenger Bag to the winner of the next Blizzard Comic Contest.

Keep those comics coming, and you might be the next artist to take home a prize! Also, be sure to set aside some time to check out our Warcraft and StarCraft comic sections.


Great job, Jopte! And all those talented artists out there should definitely get involved in these competitions! That bag looks great, for one.

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Filed under: Contests, Comics

The Sha of Happiness

The Sha of Happiness
The Sha of Happiness is upon us! He spawned unexpectedly yesterday afternoon in the US forums, summoned by Doulie of Illidan-US, and his reign of cheerfulness has spanned over 1,000 posts thus far. DjDave of Nerzhul even managed to snap this screenshot.

Blizzard Blue Rygarius attempted to step in, perhaps to quash the chirpy chaos, but soon realised he'd likely need a 40-man raid, or at least 20 well-geared level 90s.

Rygarius
*Walks into the thread*

*Reads thread*

*Backs away from the thread slowly, to avoid making any sudden movements*

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