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Breakfast Topic: Who deserves the lore spotlight next?

One of the complaints about Warlords of Draenor is that it's another expansion with a heavy focus on orc lore. A lot of that comes from the fact that to players who picked up the Warcraft setting with World of Warcraft the setting has moved pretty far away from the classic 'orcs vs. humans' and into a story about blood elves, goblins, gnomes, draenei, dwarves, trolls, tauren, night elves... in other words, about their characters, whatever race they happen to be. If you're a Horde player, you're most likely to be a blood elf nowadays, rather than an orc (blood elves are twice as popular among Horde players at 28%, putting them ahead of the otherwise neck and neck forsaken, orcs and tauren by almost a two to one margin over any of them) but it's also fair to say that blood elves have gotten a fair amount of focus in the last few expansion (including a pretty sizable story bump in patch 5.1/5.2 of Mists of Pandaria) so who would we focus on as the most in need of some story development?

Among the Alliance, the draenei are looking ready for their closeup in Warlords and I'm absolutely down with that, but I also agree with people who've made the point that gnomes really need some story focus. So, let me turn this over to you? Who deserves the lore next? Who do you want to see get a nice closeup, story wise?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Breakfast Topics, Lore, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: Would people pay for character faction copy?

I was musing on Twitter (like you do) about the potential of a service that allowed you to copy a character, rather than move him or her, to another faction. I kind of thought at the time it was a ridiculous idea, mostly just wish fulfillment because I have a lot of friends on both factions and I really miss being able to do stuff with them. The response indicates that some people would jump for it, at nearly any price (I named ninety bucks and people didn't bat an eye) because, as several people pointed out, the chance to have an actual geared 90 is a lot more enticing than boosting a character that you don't know how to play.

So I put this question to you, readers - would you, if you could, make a copy of one of your characters on the other faction to play with friends of said faction?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Which Blizzard games have you been playing?

Lately I've been the odd one out amongst my gaming friends: logging on to WoW to work on alts and professions while others are diving into new content with Diablo 3, Hearthstone, or Heroes of the Storm. It makes playing WoW a bit lonely when you're all on your own, but when shiny new content abounds elsewhere while WoW-players simply have another week of the same raid lockouts, it's hard to blame anyone who's jumped on to the recent Diablo bandwagon.

Though I've been having fun doing new things in the same old game, I don't expect everyone is doing the same -- and sometimes you just need a break from the same old grind. So for today's discussion, tell me gamers: have you been keeping to a regular WoW schedule or have you jumped into other games?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Are you a cooking master?

I like to complete things. It's one of those odd little quirks that really works for me in WoW, because there are so many different things to collect and complete. All reputations on my main need to be exalted before the expansion is over or I'm just not happy. All recipes need to be learned, all cool mounts obtained at some point or another, pets gathered -- although I'm rapidly running out of steam on that one just because there are so many pets out there now.

Yet despite the delight I take in checking off boxes and completing things, I still haven't finished maxing out cooking on my main. It's not that I don't like cooking, it's just that the process is oddly convoluted this time around, what with all the different schools, recipes, and mass quantities of ingredients involved in making it happen. As a collector, I don't exactly have a ton of bag space in which to squirrel away ingredients.

And so the profession has sat there, incomplete. I like the idea of getting it done, I just can't seem to bring myself to actually learn all the recipes and do it. For some reason, it's the one thing I just can't seem to be bothered to complete this expansion -- although that feeling may change as we wait for Warlords to be released. What about you guys? Have you maxed out your cooking? Can you make noodle carts like a pro? Have you gotten your cooking apprentice -- and what's that like? Or are you like me, void of available space to work with and slightly burnt out on the idea of farming things and killing things to cook various other things? Do you think the cooking system worked with Mists, or would you rather see something different in Warlords?

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Breakfast Topic: How seriously do you play your alts?

I have a few alts in my stable of characters -- at the moment, I have five level 90 characters. But the only one I ever really take seriously is my rogue. It's the one I tend to pour my time into, the one I do any and all serious raiding on, the one who has a transmog collection you wouldn't believe. That said, I do like playing the other alts every now and again -- but none of them are really characters that I take seriously in terms of getting gear or doing anything in the way of high-end current content.

The only minor exception to this is my shaman, who I've decided to get a legendary cloak for. There's no real reason for the shaman to have a legendary cloak. I'm not going to leap into raiding with that character, nor am I making it a new main. I just like the legendary quest chain, and I was actually kind of curious how long it would take to complete that questline just by solely doing LFR and nothing else. So far, the longest stretch has been getting the 3000 valor needed for one stretch of the chain -- something that took a little over three weeks simply due to valor caps.

Regardless, I don't really need the cloak, nor do I intend to do anything serious with any of my alts. I love my main, and I don't think I could ever just swap mains at the drop of a hat. But I'm curious, because so many people out there seem to have a whole host of alts -- how seriously do you play your alts? Do you raid with them, or do some serious PvP? Are they just there for the professions, or are they actually something you're actively working on gearing? Do you play them as much as you play your main?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: How many Blizzard games do you play?

I like Blizzard games. I've liked them every since I was very young, when the company was still called Silicon & Synapse and released a title called The Lost Vikings. I remember playing that game on the computer for hours after it came out, along with my sister, my brother, and even my mother, who found the puzzles and graphics pretty charming. That said, Warcraft and its associated titles are easily my favorites to play -- but I've dabbled in plenty of other Blizzard titles too.

Hearthstone is quickly becoming a go-to favorite for when I want a quick few rounds of cards. Diablo III is incredibly fun when I want to release a little stress and simply smash some demons for a while. But I still haven't touched StarCraft -- I'm not really good at that kind of game, so I have yet to give it a shot. And my mind is still wavering on whether or not I'd like to try out Heroes of the Storm. The concept sounds really cool, but it's another one of those games that I'm not sure I'd be really good at playing.

However, I find myself slightly more willing to give Heroes a shot when it launches, mostly because it's a Blizzard game -- and I like the way Blizzard games play. I'm curious though -- how many Blizzard titles do you play? Do you tend to stick to one style of game, or are you happy enough to expand your horizons and try something different every now and again? Are you planning on picking up Reaper of Souls, or even Heroes of the Storm when it eventually releases?


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Breakfast Topic: What you don't (or won't) miss

Players who have been around for a while will sometimes wax nostalgic about the days of vanilla, when everything was just so much better. But for all the old-timers -- myself included -- like to dwell in the past, I suspect most of us wouldn't want to repeat it. Though we like to look back on "the good old days" through rose-colored glasses, organizing 40 players for raids wasn't exactly a cakewalk and that's hardly the only complaint. Hunters needed bags of arrows (or bullets) for every raid, warlocks similarly needed bags of soulshards, mounts and pets took up bag space -- and our bags were smaller, not to mention the fact that void storage didn't exist. The only saving grace of vanilla's inventory management system was that transmog didn't exist, either, and there weren't any achievements to gain by collecting mounts, pets, or tabards.

And you probably shouldn't even get me started on the dramafest that was the opening of the gates of Ahn'Qiraj, an event that so perfectly amped up the stress levels of players in top guilds that you've got suspect it was specifically designed to raise their blood pressure. Or just leave them haunted by dreams of Peacebloom farming. Or both.

Still, we played, we persevered, and we even had fun -- but I'm happy to be playing the game we're playing now and the game we'll be playing in the future, when Warlords is released. So why don't you take off those rose-colored glasses, just for a minute, and talk about the things you just don't miss from the past (or the soon to be past).

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: The Real Money Auction House is gone forever, will you miss it?

If you haven't been marking out the hours, it's March 18. That means that today's the day that the Real Money Auction House in Diablo III closes its doors forever. It's been an interesting feature, for sure, and arguably one that did more harm than good. It's been controversial from the out, causing a rating hike in South Korea. Then there were the days of gold devaluing by the second, of duping bugs running rampage, shutdowns and resets.

It seems pretty clear that the RMAH wasn't much of a success. And the community reaction to its then-impending removal, and to loot 2.0 has been overwhelmingly positive. So, will you miss it? I know I won't. In a game like Diablo where there's so much emphasis on loot, being able to fork out real dollars to get your hands on the best bits seemed to cheapen the experience, to use a rather ill-fitting turn of phrase. Now that it's gone, and indeed in the months leading up to its departure, I've felt a sort of freedom with my loot. I'm no longer thinking in terms of trade, instead in terms of fun. And that's a good thing.

What's your take on the RMAH experiment? Will you miss it?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Did you get yourself a Hearthsteed?

I really couldn't help myself. The Hearthsteed was introduced earlier this week as part of Hearthstone's official launch -- a new and particularly shiny mount for WoW as a reward for winning three games in play mode. Having played Hearthstone a bit in beta, the game wasn't really unfamiliar to me -- but I lacked the really good cards, and I hadn't actually leveled up to 10 when all the cards were reset mid-beta. Despite all of that, I pretty much threw any reservations I had out the door and went to play.

And it took a while. It took quite a while -- mostly because I'd forgotten what so many of the cards actually did. But despite the frustrating losses, I eventually got my three wins, and got my Hearthsteed in the mail. Considering the fact that Hearthstone is free to play, it's pretty easy to get this particular mount -- simply play the game, win three times against others, and you're good to go. A no-brainer, as far as I'm concerned.

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Breakfast Topic: Which WoW characters belong in Heroes of the Storm?

As you might have heard, Heroes of the Storm has landed in technical alpha. So go over to your Battle.net account page and make sure you're flagged for the Heroes beta if you're interested -- once you've signed in, click on Beta Profile Settings on the summary page -- because this definitely means we'll be seeing more of Heroes sooner rather than later. Once you've done that, come back here and we'll talk.

Okay, set for getting into the beta when it arrives? Good. Now let's talk about the Warcraft heroes that grace Heroes of the Storm. Warcraft has an entire world's worth of characters begging to be added -- which begs the question of which ones ought to find their way into Heroes.

So tell us, readers: which Warcraft heroes do you most want to see in HotS? And which characters will you play when you jump into the game?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Heroes of the Storm

Breakfast Topic: WoW needs timed events

Okay, not to get too into the whole 'WoW should steal every Diablo III mechanic and idea' bandwagon, but have you played a timed event in Diablo III? They're similar to the treasure room from Throne of Thunder, but they're randomized so you sometimes get a random dungeon to explore on a timer, sometimes you have to kill endless waves of stuff to get an extra treasure chest, some times it's a special monster trapped in an urn but it's always awesome. It's fun when you get it done, and even when you don't get it done it's awesome just because you immediately start planning out how to do it better. I actually have specific talent choices just for the timed events.

It's a mechanic I absolutely love, and I want to see it in WoW so bad. We've had escort quests before, and a few world events, but this particular mechanic I think is just awesome. So please please please World of Warcraft masters, steal from your own company.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Can't see the forest with all these trees

The other day I rolled a monk, leveled him to 15, then deleted him. I didn't do it because I didn't like him, or monks in general - I did it because the only reason I rolled and leveled him in the first place was to experience the Wandering Isle experience again.

Sometimes I get mono-focused on the endgame. It's understandable that it would happen - I like to raid, I'm in a raiding guild, it's what I do. But it misses that there's more to the game than raiding, more than the level 90 experience of getting ready to do stuff. You're always gearing at 90 - getting better gear to run content to get better gear to run other content until you eventually kill the hardest content you possibly can. There's something to be said for the simplicity of leveling - sure, there's gear, but you get it and get rid of it at the drop of a hat (sometimes literally, hats do drop and you do put them on and then get a new hat to drop and put that one on) - it's less important. Or at least it feels less all-important.

So sometimes I roll an alt of a class I'd never play, take it for a 10 to 20 level spin, then delete it. It's fun. It reminds me of how uncomplicated the game can be, if you let it.


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Breakfast Topic: Achievements -- Threat or Menace?

I don't even understand why, but I really really hate achievements. Or more accurately, I hate doing them in raids. I was so happy when they announced that you could do all Siege of Orgrimmar achievements in flex, I can't even tell you, because I still have nightmares about trying to get Neck Deep In Vile while doing 25 man Lich King Heroic. It simply made a difficult task almost impossible.

This is not to say that I ever like doing them. I don't. Most of the ones I have were accidents or from helping someone else get them. All the raid ones including the ones that give mounts, I got because I was there, not because I particularly wanted them - I even skipped the flex runs necessary to get the Spawn of Galakras. I'll admit to doing Gamon Will Save Us! because, well, I like the guy. He was totally cheated out of his rightful position as warchief and he deserved better.

But yeah, there it is, I hate achievements. I hate the crazy stupid hard ones like School of Hard Knocks, I hate the easy ones. Who's with me? Who also loathes our nerd points?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: I did not farm, but I will garrison

Look, farming isn't Warcraft, okay? It just doesn't fit the fantasy of a grim conflict, of a war between ideologies, of a setting divided and defined by conflict for me. I just couldn't make that mental leap - I felt stupid running around killing weeds once, much less doing it over and over again so someone I didn't even particularly like would like me. Not even the dog could motivate me to do it.

But somehow dress up much of the same kind of gameplay behind stone walls and describe it as me constructing a fortified base on an alien planet and suddenly I am there. It all comes down to trappings - the garrison concept works with what I think of as Warcraft. It seems like bringing the RTS's whole 'construct a base, generate resources, use them for battle' gameplay into the MMO, and it works for me in a way the farm never could. So I'm down for it, ludicrously so.

How about you? Did you farm? Are you looking forward to garrisons?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Music to play by

I've been listening to this song a lot while playing World of Warcraft this weekend. I'm not going to stand here and pretend it's some kind of masterpiece -- it's nü-metal, not Holst. But one of the things it does very well is get me hyped to hit buttons. Like, you have no idea how much faster I can spam buttons with this thing going. Does that produce any real, measurable result? Absolutely it does not. And yet, running WSG or Alterac Valley or Strand of the Ancients is just more fun for me with this playing. Every ridiculous pitched battle over a flag, every mass of bodies trying to capture a tower, every running fight over whether or not a demolisher will get to a gate is more fun for me with this hyperkinetic thing playing in the background.

Usually I just listen to the in-game music, too. So I'm wondering -- which works better for you? Which feels better? Do you have song lists? Do you listen to in-game music, turn all sound off, or blast your favorite tunes while you play? Do you listen to music only when you PvP, like I do? What're you doing with your ears while you play?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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