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Breakfast Topic: New models or old?

We've seen more than half of the new character models that are due to be released with Warlords of Draenor. Frankly, I continue to be impressed with every update we've gotten -- the new models are so much better in terms of both quality and expression that it's pretty breathtaking to see. It's one thing to see single models in an Artcraft, though -- it's another thing altogether to see thousands of these new models running around interacting with the game. It's going to be weird.

I've been looking at these old models in game for almost ten years. I've scrolled through the familiar faces I don't know how many times while choosing countless alts that were either leveled, or tossed aside over the years. It's not just my characters that are changing -- the entirety of Azeroth is getting one massive facelift, and it's going to be a little strange to look at, I think. Obviously, I'm a fan of the new models and how they are coming along, although I'm still impatiently waiting to see the human and night elf male models, not to mention the troll female. But what about the rest of you? Are you happy to see the progress being made with the new models? Are you excited to see them in action? Are you looking forward to playing a character with a facelift, or do you think you'll miss the old models, despite their sometimes rough appearance?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: How many is too many?

I have a lot of warriors. A lot lot of them. Scary amounts of warrioring happens over here. One of my favorite in game activities is to roll a new warrior, level through a few zones, then delete it. Even so, I have like 42 warriors on my account now, four or five at max level (I've honestly forgotten what I did with that blood elf I got to 90) and the rest ranging from 87 to 23. The other day, I was helping a friend take screenshots in game and discovered I had an orc warrior with epic riding that I haven't played in forever - I had completely forgotten she existed.

I know I'm a ridiculous, almost absurd case. The fact that I used to often level a new warrior purely as a test case doesn't help matters that much. Oh, will this build work at level 40? Sure will! Great. Don't need that guy anymore.

So let's turn this around - is there anything in game you feel like you do too much of? Are you a crazy mount collector? Battle pets, are they your obsession? Are you running out of space and yet can't stop farming up transmog gear? Share with us, please do.

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Breakfast Topic: Your least favorite NPC

For me, it's Earthmender Norsala. I can't even tell you guys how much. It's specifically the way her voice would just boom out over all of Deepholm - I don't know if that was a bug or intentional, but I hated it. Like fire. I wanted Glop to explode in a shower of fragments just so she'd stop yelling at him.

There are other NPC's I don't like - Sindragosa was by far my least favorite boss in Icecrown Citadel (and I'm pretty sure she's being voiced by the same actor - perhaps I just am not fond of shrill screaming voices, come to think of it) and I generally have decided I dislike John J. Keeshan for being a bad movie reference. Oddly enough, I don't mind the rest of his squad, just him. Maybe because (spoilers for a Cataclysm leveling questline) they all die.

So how about you? What NPC do you absolutely loathe?

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Breakfast Topic: What are you most looking forward to in Warlords?

WoW players still have some time -- maybe a lot of time -- to kill before Warlords of Draenor comes out. While we wait for fresh content, there's not much to do besides obsess over the bits of news we do get, from official previews to spoiler-filled data-mining. Much like the expansions before it, Warlords is going to change the game in a big way and whether we're anxious over changes or exited about them, it's hard not to obsess.

Today we're going to ask you to obsess about Warlords a bit more by telling us what you're most excited about. Whether it's something you can't wait to find out because you're nervous about what's going to happen -- like class changes -- or a big feature you can't wait to find out all the details about -- like garrisons -- we want to know! For my part, I'm most interested in seeing Warlords' graphical updates and the new character models in action... but what gets you into the game could be quite different. Tell us all about it!

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Your favorite WoW titles

There are a ton of different titles in World of Warcraft, some of which are easy to get and some of which require a long, devoted effort. But the title you choose to adorn your character's name can say a lot about you, whether you're roleplaying or just gaming. Coming into a group with the Jenkins title doesn't exactly inspire confidence -- and though The Insane title certainly implies dedication, it's not always entirely reassuring to group with someone sporting it. (After all, who knows what crazy, impossible thing those players will try next -- while you just want to cap valor for the week.)

So today we're wondering just what titles you wear in WoW. Do you just use whatever titles you've picked up along the way? Have you sought out specific titles that suit your character? Or do you wear the most difficult titles to come by -- like The Insane -- as a badge of honor?

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Breakfast Topic: Kul Tiras, where did you go?

With Gilneas having opened up during the Cataclysm, there are only a few places left in Azeroth we haven't explored yet. For example, we know the Zandalari have a massive island home (currently sinking, if Lorewalker Cho is to be believed) but we've never seen it. Likewise, Kul Tiras, the former island nation and home of the Proudmoore family, has been lost for quite some time. After the Cataclysm reshaped the seas and continents of Azeroth, Kul Tiras vanished. Looking at the map above, we can see that where Kul Tiras stood, the submerged Vashj'ir now occupies that position off of Azeroth's coast.

Where did Kul Tiras go? Did it sink? Did it indeed get pushed out into the ocean to be discovered again someday? Is it unmoored in time and space, a new Timeless Isle of sorts? Where do you think Kul Tiras ended up?

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Breakfast Topic: Did the new patch draw you back to the Timeless Isle?

I have to admit that I'm not playing a lot of WoW these days -- largely from a lack of time to do so. But I still manage to scrape together enough time to log in a couple of times a week, particularly to visit the Timeless Isle on my alt. I'm not doing any achievement farming or anything like that, I mostly just want to see if the Celestials and Ordos will be benevolent, or give me gold. It's a fun little game that takes very little time to do if I log in to get it done on a Tuesday, and my alt has gotten geared pretty decently as a result.

However, patch 5.4.8 managed to get me on all of my characters, largely due to the valor changes, and the adjustments to item upgrades. The first thing I did was log on my main and use all 3,000 Valor to upgrade as much gear as I could, and then a trip to the Timeless Isle had me spending a good chunk of all those Timeless Coins I had squirreled away. I capped Valor for the week in about a minute and a half, which was nice. Not only did I get to upgrade even more of the main's gear, but the alt now has the buff that will allow her to get extra Valor -- making it much easier to cap for the week.

Given the fact that I'm not really playing very much right now, it might seem a little silly that I was so quick to upgrade what gear I had. But if there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that having really good gear going into a new expansion helps considerably with the leveling process. I like having that extra little boost, so I'll happily upgrade whatever I've got! But I'm curious -- how many of you revisited the Timeless Isle when patch 5.4.8 hit live? Have you worked on upgrading your gear and items, or is it something you're not really concerned with? Do you still actively work on capping your Valor, or are you content with what you have? Do you still have a small horde of Timeless Coins on your characters, or have you used them all already?

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Breakfast Topic: Taking it even further

I love the visual design of Thok the Bloodthirsty. Why? Because Thok takes the basic awesomeness of a devilsaur and adds a great big freaking axe to his or her face. This is also why I love the Battlegear of Wrath - it's a suit of armor intended for warriors that is basically axes strapped to everything. This is the kind of crazy I can get behind. I find the idea of restraint appealing in its place, but sometimes I just want to see axes strapped to devilsaurs. Strap axes to everything! Hey, I have an axe... how about we strap more axes to it? I say thee yay.

So I'll put it to you - is there any point where you feel like the game didn't go far enough? Do you wish your Zhar'doom doesn't have enough felhounds on the stick? Do you wish your Heart of the Aspects was even more sinuous? Do you long to tape Gorehowl to your face and just headbutt your way through trouble? Okay, so I have an axe fixation today. Axes are freaking awesome. Let's strap axes to everything. Everything.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Breakfast Topics

What do you think is next for transmog?

It's no secret that we love transmog. We spend so much time with our WoW characters that we want them to look their best, so we scour the game world to collect unique and interesting looks. But with the idea that classes could now have their own unique class items in addition to unique class sets, we're starting to wonder what other kind of customization options Blizzard might be thinking about -- like what might be coming up for transmog.

We've talked about the features -- like transmogrification -- from other games that you'd like added to WoW, but now let's just talk transmog. What do you want to see Blizzard add to transmog moving forward?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Breakfast Topic: What kind of class items do you want to see?

The addition of unique, cosmetic class items to the game is definitely an exciting step for character customization in World of Warcraft. Blizzard's told us, "We envision that class accessories will be rewarded from a variety of accomplishments in World of Warcraft. These could be as simple as attaining a new level, or as monumental as conquering a vicious raid boss. We want each player to have access to multiple accessories, but have some rarer accessories that take more effort to obtain." And that just leaves us with so many more questions -- the biggest of which is "what comes next?"

This tiny preview just gives us a glimpse of what Blizzard is thinking of with this -- and since we've got nothing but time to speculate, let's talk! Tell us, readers, which kind of special class items would you like to see added to the game?

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Breakfast Topic: Do you regret spending money on WoW?

I once did the math on how much money I've spent on World of Warcraft since I started playing, between subscription fees, character services, digital purchases, and other expenses. The result was not a number I want to dwell on -- and it would be even higher if I'd added in the cost of BlizzCon trips over the years.

And, readers, this isn't a math exercise I can recommend. It's not that I exactly regret having spent money on WoW, I just regret seeing the total dollar amount and thinking about the non-virtual items that much cash could have bought me. But my regrets aside, what about you? Do you ever regret the money you've spent on WoW?

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Breakfast Topic: How much do you transmog?

I don't usually take a lot of time with my alts. Sure, I'll level them, I'll get them moderately geared, but I don't dedicate huge amounts of time to them. However, I will always without fail make sure that they look nice -- a task made much easier with transmog. But even then, I'm still picky about what my characters will wear. If I'm going to make them look snazzy, I'm going to take the time to make sure they look really, really snazzy.

Which means that I'm not just paying attention to the outfits that they're wearing, I'm also paying attention to what mounts that set goes with -- both ground and flying. This may seem like overkill to most sane people, but I figure if you're going to go to the trouble of putting together a look, you may as well make it cohesive enough that people can tell some thought went into putting it all together, right? I am, however, fully aware that not everyone indulges in my particular brand of armor collection and carefully crafted looks.

But I'm curious, because the feature has been out for quite some time now, and I can't really imagine the game without it at this point. How far do you go for transmog? Do you craft cool sets for your alts, as well as your main character? Is your bank alt dressed up, too? Do you match with mounts and other accessories, or is simply having an outfit that doesn't look like a clown suit enough for you? Have you farmed endless instances looking for that one particular piece of armor that brings the whole set together? Or is transmog just something that isn't for you?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Transmogrification

Breakfast Topic: Do you use the default UI?

Raiding in vanilla was tough. It wasn't really the complexity of the boss fights, or the complexity of classes that always had me a little stressed as a raid healer back then. No, it was the 40 bars on my screen, much like the UI pictured above from Restokin. Between the health bars, the map, my party, the text box, and several bars full of buttons, it was pretty hard to see where I was standing, much less where I should be moving to.

And honestly, it took me a really, really long time before I got the hang of UI improvement addons. Much like the sudden discovery that vent was a thing which existed, any UI mods beyond CTRaid were mysteries to me until that first bout of hardcore raiding was done and over with and Burning Crusade was on the horizon. I don't really know, when I look back on these old screenshots people have of vanilla raids, how we pulled it off. I'm not sure how I spent so long without some semblance of a clean UI.

I'm curious though. Obviously I was new back then, I didn't know just how nice addons could be. Are there any people out there that still use the default UI? Are you just comfortable with how it's set up? Have you figured out how to make it best work for you? Have you tried using any addons before, or do you just like the idea of playing without them?

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Breakfast Topic: Have you ever faction swapped?

I have to admit, while some players are fervent about their devotion to the alliance or horde, I've always been ambivalent. I've done everything the game has to offer for both factions -- playing characters to max level and participating in raiding and PvP content in both alliance and horde groups. My first characters were alliance, raiding Molten Core and cursing how overpowered shamans were. Later, I rolled a new character to play with friends on the horde side -- and since the game is really made by playing with friends, these are some of my happiest WoW memories. Recently I'm back on the alliance side with a new guild and having a blast... but it's no more or less fun than I had back when I was playing with my horde buddies.

So when faction devotees launch into their battle cries, I'm a little lost. After all, why not both? So readers, today I'm asking: have you ever faction swapped? Or do you have a faction of choice that you always stick with/

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Breakfast Topic: Are you heading to BlizzCon this year?

Alas, BlizzCon tickets -- aside from the pricey Benefit Dinner option -- are all gone. And even with a $750 price tag, Benefit Dinner tickets will probably sell out quickly, too. So did you manage to score a ticket to this year's convention? Even if you didn't, a BlizzCon trek to Anaheim can be a fun opportunity to meet up with friends without even stepping foot on the convention floor -- but still requires a hefty travel budget. Of course those without tickets or travel plans can enjoy BlizzCon virtually -- even though virtual ticket details have not yet been announced, we've already heard of some virtual BlizzCon parties planned around the country.

So today, tell us, readers: are you heading out to BlizzCon? And if not, what are you doing instead?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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