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Caption This: Vote for winners!


Well, I'm afraid you've missed the deadline for entering this week's caption contest. (But never fear -- there will be another chance to win soon!) But you still have a chance to voice your opinion on which of this bunch of captions are the best! The WoW Insider staff has carefully examined every entry and narrowed the list down to ten finalists. And now your votes will determine which of them walks away with a 60-day gamecard or a class t-shirt of your choice from J!NX! For those curious about the contest's official rules, please read them here.

And remember, voting closes on Monday at 9:00 AM EST, so if you have an opinion, be sure to make your vote count!

Who's the winner of our caption contest?
We'll find that lobster and we'll make him turn you back, Steve, you'll see. by Seppe727 (25.7%)
Nothing quite like a day at the beach with a cute chick! by PapaSmurph258 (9.1%)
This was an egg when I started fishing. by baudkarma392 (13.9%)
Horace decided to give up on levelling his fishing after the egg he brought for breakfast hatched before he even made any significant progress... by Leo205 (7.2%)
Tell me if you have heard this one.......Why did the Gnome cross the road? by Proto_166 (2.3%)
Johnny Newb quickly learned that, while he can not mine for fish, he can fish for chicken. by DJScythe17171 (6.0%)
A gnome walks into a bar with a chicken. The bartender says, "where did you get that thing?" The Chicken says "Gnomergon. They've got tons of them all over the place." by Jess305 (10.8%)
As the gnome sat there with his trusty chicken, peacefully fishing, the killer plant got ready to strike. This would be the plant's biggest catch to date, and he would surely win the gnome-eating contest. by Cal264 (9.3%)
In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the gnome... fishes tonight. by CaffeineRage95 (3.4%)
First rule of chicken fishing club, don't talk about chicken fishing club! by Paw346 (12.2%)

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, Contests

Reminder! Caption This contest ends tomorrow!


Happy Wednesday, everyone! This is just a friendly reminder that our Caption This contest is ending tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM EST. So if you wanting to enter, all you have to do is check out our contest announcement and leave a brilliant caption to the above screenshot in the comments. If our readers vote your entry as their favorite, you could walk away with a free 60-day gamecard or a class t-shirt of your choice from J!NX!

So what are you waiting for? Check out the official contest rules and then get to captioning!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, Contests

Caption This!


Over at WoW Insider we welcome the arrival of the new week in our own unique way -- with contests! We're giving away a 60-day gamecard (first place) and a World of Warcraft class shirt of your choice (warrior, warlock, mage, rogue, priest, paladin, druid, hunter, or shaman) from J!NX (second place). All you have to do to win is to give us the best caption to the above screenshot in our comments before Thursday at 9:00 AM EST. On Friday, we'll present the best captions for you to vote on.

But now for the official stuff: this contest is only open to US residents of age 13 and up. I'm very sorry if this excludes you, but legal restrictions make it very difficult for us to run a more inclusive contest. Before you enter your caption, you'll want to read through the official rules.

Legal business concluded, what are you waiting for? Get to captioning!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, Contests

WoW Insider at Dragon*Con - Wrap-up

This year, Elizabeth and I headed off to Atlanta, GA to cover Dragon*Con. In its 20th year, Dragon*Con is the United States' largest Pop Culture themed 4-day geek-fest, to put it mildly. While you won't get official numbers from the organizers past 20,000 participants, we heard whispers of numbers well over 40k in attendance if you counted each membership separately as opposed to combining the single-day passes like they do.

For our first year, we primarily set out to spread the WoW Insider love and get to know the community. That said, the reception and excitement we got from the Dragon*Con community at seeing us there overwhelmed both Elizabeth and I. It has ensured that we'll both be back in 2008 to cover all the myriad World of Warcraft goings on for WoW Insider! (As well as ensuring that we'll be back to help run the First Annual Dragon*Con MMO Costume Contest, slated for 2008!)

To check out a condensed recap of this year's various events, as well as the two (enormous) photo galleries chock full of various sights from D*C 2007, join me after the jump!

Gallery: DragonCon WoW


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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, WoW Social Conventions, Odds and ends, Galleries

The WoW Insider Show tomorrow!


Last week we brought you the first episode of the WoW Insider Show on WCRadio (if you missed it, you can still catch the archive), but this Saturday we're back for Episode 2! Be sure to tune in to listen at 3:30 PM EST (that's 8:30 PM GMT) this Saturday, September 8th to catch Elizabeth Harper and Krystalle Voecks talking about Dragon*Con and all of the happenings from the past week in the World of Warcraft. We'll also be taking your questions and comments by e-mail, so if you have something you'd like us to talk about, before our during the show, drop us a note!

Filed under: Podcasting, WoW Insider Business

Caption This: Vote for winners!


Well, I'm afraid you've missed the deadline for entering this week's caption contest. (But never fear -- there will be another chance to win the week after next!) However, you still have a chance to voice your opinion on which of this bunch of captions are the best! The WoW Insider staff has carefully examined every entry and narrowed the list down to ten finalists. And now your votes will determine which of them walks away with a 60-day gamecard or a dragon slayer t-shirt from J!NX! For those curious about the contest's official rules, please read them here.

And remember, voting closes on Monday at 9:00 AM EST, so if you have an opinion, be sure to make your vote count!

Update: I'm afraid voting for this week is closed, but check back for another contest soon!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, Contests

Warcraft Archive Giveaway

While we were exploring the BlizzCon convention floor, we ran into Richard A. Knaak, who kindly autographed two copies of the Warcraft Archive (a collection of four original World of Warcraft novels, one by Knaak) for us. Why do you care who we met at BlizzCon? Because we're giving these away, and all you have to do for your chance to win is leave a comment on this post within the next 24 hours. Two commenters will be selected at random and receive a signed copy of the Warcraft Archive!

Now, for the rules:
  • Only one entry per person -- multiple entries will get you disqualified.
  • You need to be a US resident of age 13+ in order to win.
  • You'll need to be willing to give us a valid mailing address so we can send it to you.
That covers the basics, but sure to check out the full official rules before leaving your comment!

Update
: The contest is closed and the randomly selected winners have been notified, so check your mailboxes, folks!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, Contests

WoW Insider at Dragon*Con Redux

We're packing up the last of the swag (which took up a whole suitcase of its own!) and prepping for the road. But before we head out, I thought it best to go over some of the last details for Dragon*Con. Additionally, for those headed there, we've got the scoop on some last-minute track changes that we've heard about, and some great information culled from various Dragon*Con sources for all your convention needs.

For those of you who won't be able to make it, but are curious to read more about WoW Insider's inaugural trek (no pun intended) to Dragon*Con, I've also added some information that will help you find all the latest and greatest straight from us on the convention floor.

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Filed under: Machinima, Events, WoW Insider Business, WoW Social Conventions

Reminder! Caption This contest ends tomorrow!


Just a friendly reminder to all of you out there in case you happened to miss our Caption This contest announcement on Monday -- you've still got time to win! To enter, all you have to do is go to our official contest post and submit a caption for the above screenshot before 9:00 AM EST tomorrow -- that's 24 hours to go! And if our readers pick you as one of their favorite captions, you could walk away with a 60-day gamecard (for first place) or a dragon slayer shirt from J!NX (for second place).

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our official contest rules and then get to captioning!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, Contests

Caption This!


Over at WoW Insider we welcome the arrival of the new week in our own unique way -- with contests! We're giving away a 60-day gamecard (first place) and a dragon slaying t-shirt from J!NX (second place). All you have to do to win is to give us the best caption to the above screenshot in our comments before Thursday at 9:00 AM EST. On Friday, we'll present the best captions for you to vote on.

But now for the official stuff: this contest is only open to US residents of age 13 and up. I'm very sorry if this excludes you, but legal restrictions make it very difficult for us to run a more inclusive contest. (We can run this type of contest and include some of our readers, or not run contests and include none of our readers.) Before you enter your caption, you'll want to read through the official rules.

Legal business concluded, what are you waiting for? Get to captioning!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, Contests

Ask WoW Insider: Instance etiquette

It's time once again for Ask WoW Insider to publish one of your questions for the community to answer. Last week we heard a ton of great ding stories, and this week we examine a possible breach of instance etiquette. Pelia on Greymane writes:
Last night I was leading a PUG into DM East and about 10 minutes into the instance our mage says "hey guys, i g2g in 20 minutes..." Since we were just starting the instance, I dropped him and instantly started looking for a replacement that would be able to run the whole instance with us. The mage was surprised and said "I said 20 minutes!"

Should I have let him stay in our group until he really needed to go? The group had just formed, so I didn't really feel I owed anything to him. Plus I couldn't use the LFG tool/channel if he stayed since we already had 5 people... I figured I owed it to the rest of the group to find a 5th person that was in it for the long haul...

Was I being a good leader, or a jerk... or both?
What say you, readers -- did the mage commit an instance faux pas? Most of us have rushed to complete a dungeon whilst an exasperated significant other/parent/child/spouse/friend waited for our tardy asses to show up somewhere, but what's an acceptable limit for a "gtg soon!" announcement? Would you go into a dungeon knowing you had to replace a member part way through?

Our kingdom for your questions! Please send us what you'd like to know for next week at ask AT wowinsider DOT com.

Filed under: Instances, Ask WoW Insider

WoW Insider at Dragon*Con: Panels galore!

[WoW Insider at Dragon*Con 2007!]
One week from Today, Elizabeth H. and I will land in Atlanta, GA for Dragon*Con 2007. As anyone who has ever been to Dragon*Con can tell you, one of the most important things to do is to find out where the panels you are interested in are early. That way you can plan out your weekend and make sure you have more than enough time still open for con parties and catching up with all the other cool folks there!

As such, we thought it would be best to help those of you planning to head to Dragon*Con (or still on the fence about going) with a listing of some of the events and panels that Elizabeth and I will either be featured speakers at, or covering for the site. For those of you stuck at home, think of it as a sneak-preview of some things we're looking to cover over the weekend...

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Filed under: Fan stuff, WoW Insider Business, WoW Social Conventions

WoW Insider is looking for a few good bloggers!


That's right! We're looking to expand our staff here at WoW Insider by adding a few talented bloggers and an additional columnist. Getting paid to play isn't just a daydream -- though we will expect you to be able to alt-tab out for long enough to write for us. For bloggers, we're looking for people with a passion for the game and solid writing ability. We're accepting applications from all types of players, but right now we're particularly interested in adding writers with PvP experience or who play on the European realms. For columnists, we're wanting someone who can commit to writing articles weekly or bi-weekly on a specific topic. In the past, we've asked potential writers to pitch topics to us, but this time we're only interested in one column subject: PvP.

If this sounds like a good time to you, head over to our application page to get the full scoop on how to apply. We'll be accepting applications between now and Wednesday, August 22nd, at 11:59 PM EST. This isn't a lot of time, so if you're interested, get on it!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business

Ask WoW Insider: Great ding stories?

Welcome one and all to this week's edition of Ask WoW Insider, wherein your questions are published for the public to answer. Last week we looked at optimizing rep grinding, and this week we turn our attention to a more nostalgic question -- what's your best "ding!" story? Obron from Zangarmarsh (ICftB reprazent!) writes:
I was thinking, that it always makes my friends laugh when I tell them how I ding'd 70, by discovering a forge camp in Blade's Edge while running by it.

Does anybody have some entertaining or funny stories about when they hit 60 or 70?
Any fun or interesting stories to tell about hitting the level cap? Or more generally, any memorable or unusual dings at any level?

As always, we at Ask WoW Insider are starving for your questions! Send them our way at ask AT wowinsider DOT com.

Filed under: Ask WoW Insider, Leveling

Everything about BlizzCon from WoW Insider


In the flurry of excitement about BlizzCon that's taken place, I couldn't blame you if you missed a post or two somewhere. But we're here to help! Hopefully, this convenient round-up of our BlizzCon coverage will let you feel like you made the trek out to the convention yourself!

Galleries:
Video:
Liveblogs:
Hands on:
Interviews:
Final thoughts:

Filed under: BlizzCon

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