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Breakfast Topic: What would you like to see in your garrison?

It's a really simple painting. It first popped up in Wrath of the Lich King, in various buildings scattered around Northrend, depicting a tuskarr after a wildly successful fishing expedition. What always amused me about the image was the whale, though -- it was simply sliced down the middle like some sort of grotesque birthday cake. I called it the whale meat picture because well ... really, that's the only way you can describe it, isn't it? I don't know why, but I've always loved this particular painting -- and I really, really wish I could have it in my garrison.

WoW has all kinds of weird art like this, just the little random pieces hanging on the walls of various inns, shops and homes. Wouldn't it be kind of cool if we could collect that stuff and put it on display somewhere in our garrisons? Swap out existing art for pieces we like? It'd be a little taste of the user customization that is unfortunately lacking right now. Sure, we can choose what buildings to place in our garrison and where to put them, but there is absolutely no way to reflect any kind of personal style or choices. You see someone with a Barn, you know they have it because they're after Savage Blood -- it's there for a functional purpose, rather than personal aesthetic.

Thing is, there are plenty of these types of items around Azeroth. It's not just the paintings, there are lamps, rugs, furniture pieces, accessories ... you know, random stuff. Warlords actually has a really good collection of random stuff going, particularly in the Alliance garrision. The inn has a host of little touches that indicate somebody was just there hanging out a few minutes ago. The only thing that's missing is that you can't place that stuff yourself. But I'm curious -- I'd really love to see the whale meat painting in my garrison. What, out of all of the random items and tidbits scattered around Azeroth and beyond, would you like to see in yours?

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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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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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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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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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Breakfast Topic: Have you looked for Draenor's treasures?

I have to admit that I spent a longer time leveling than usual in Warlords of Draenor. It wasn't that the content was particularly difficult, it was the treasures. Oh so many treasures to be found, all over the place. Treasures in every zone, tucked away here and there waiting to be discovered. Treasure hunting was one of those things I really loved about Mists of Pandaria, so I was really happy to see it make a return in Warlords on a slightly larger scale. Happy, and distracted from leveling by exploring and finding all those lovely hidden treasures.

Of course I hit level 100 finally, and got to work doing what level 100 players are all up to. But the siren song of treasures that still had yet to be reached was stronger than my desire to go run a bunch of dungeons. A few days ago, my treasure-hunting madness got me the Grand Treasure Hunter achievement for my troubles -- 200 treasures found. There's still more of them out there. I think I'm going to have to find every single last one of them to be satisfied.

What about you guys? Have you indulged in any treasure hunting? Do you keep an eye out while you're questing for unusual sparkling objects on the ground or in the trees? Do you go about your treasure hunting the old fashioned way, or do you use a mod that tells you where to find everything?


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Breakfast Topic: What's the strangest thing you've seen in your garrison?

I'm finding myself spending a lot of time in my garrison at level 100 -- and the more I do, the more little things I notice. The garrisons are ridiculously detailed, with random items strewn around all the different shops and buildings you can create. When you add the Menagerie, suddenly your battle pets will be seen running here and there all over the place -- and it doesn't matter what kind of pet they are. Today, I saw an Alliance balloon slowly floating along inside my Horde garrison, despite the fact that I can't actually use that pet on Horde.

Things get stranger, too. Perhaps the wildest thing I've heard of is the stables, which display a random selection of mounts that you've designated as favorites. Mounts that are housed in the stable will while away the hours milling around, walking in circles, eating straw ... you know, mount things. Except when that mount is an engineer's chopper, and it slowly wheels itself to the straw pile, well. Like I said, things get a little strange.

I think some of the best stuff I've seen though has been the interactions between my various followers. For some reason Birchus and Blook have become best friends in my garrison, possibly because they're both larger than life and can't fit in the buildings. I caught the above screenshot the other day of Birchus grabbing Blook's arms in what looks like a desperate plea for Blook to get a grip and snap out of it. I have no idea what they're talking about, I just think their interactions are particularly funny. What about you guys? What's the strangest thing you've seen in your garrison?


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Breakfast Topic: A surprise endboss

Personally, I hope it's me. Please let it be me. I know I'd be surprised.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm talking about yesterday's Reddit AMA with the WoW devs, where it was stated that the end boss of Warlords of Draenor will be a surprise. Since we've known the end boss for the last three expansions in a row (and one of the complaints about Mists of Pandaria was that knowing Garrosh was the end boss ruined the story arc for a lot of people) this is a bit of a departure. I know a lot of people (myself included) assumed it was going to be Grom, because they told us it was going to be Grom, so this is welcome news to my ears.

But now it's time to speculate. Who will the Mystery Endboss be? Who will this surprise menace turn out to be? Arthas. It's going to be Arthas. It's going to be King Arthas Menethil leading an invading army from Alternate Azeroth. And the victory condition for the fight isn't killing him, it's holding his forces off long enough to escape via a portal to Argus.

See? That's just my crazy speculation. What's yours?

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Breakfast Topic: Race-inspired battle pets

We all know about Argi the Spacegoat (sing it to the tune of Frosty the Snowman) and her utter adorableness. But she (or he, could be a he, but the name Argi just makes me think girl goat for whatever reason) got me thinking -- what if every race in WoW got a similar racial pet? A tiny bovine for tauren and a worg pup for worgen, of course, but what about others? Would we want some kind of kitten for night elves? A green battleboar for orcs? An adorable little zombie bunny for forsaken?

Come on, speculate. The sky is the limit. What battle pet would best sum up your favorite playable race in World of Warcraft?

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Breakfast Topic: I kind of miss dragons

We haven't had an honest to Naaru dragon boss in a while.

No, Galakras doesn't count. First off, it was a proto-drake, and secondly, we all know how dragon bosses work - they're huge, they have tails that do tail swipes, and they usually have several incredibly annoying gimmicks that require us to do something we find annoying. And yet, dragon bosses have been a huge part of WoW since the original Onyxia raid. And we haven't have one since Cataclysm. Of course, it makes sense that we haven't - Deathwing wasn't just a dragon, he was the dragon, really, and along with him came a host of twilight drakes and dragons and after a while, we got burned out on dragon aspects and wanted a break. Mists of Pandaria was our summer vacation, and it was necessary, but now we're in Warlords and the old school Warcraft feel is back.

And nothing says old-school Warcraft like a few good dragons. I'd like it if it turned out that Draenor had its own dragons, not at all related to the Aspects and Azeroth at all - huge, scaly, fire breathing reptiles with their own special elan. After all, there's dragons on the Dark Portal. Let's get some dragons up in this.

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Breakfast Topic: Highmaul opens

So today's the day - Highmaul opens, and with it, the start of raiding in Warlords of Draenor. I've personally been so sick I've barely even played the past week, so I'm woefully unprepared (some dude with a bandana tied over his eyes keeps telling me) but that's my own fault - well, my fault for having a fragile human body made of flesh. But what about y'all? Are you ready for Highmaul? Will you be diving back into raiding this week?

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Breakfast Topic: Have you camped for Poundfist yet?

As a fan of large and obnoxious mounts, I simply couldn't say no to this guy. The Sunhide Gronnling drops off a rare mob called Poundfist in Gorgrond. This isn't your ordinary rare. This one actually lives up to its name. Poundfist has a 48-96 hour respawn timer, and on top of that this timer is reset back to zero whenever the server is reset (including maintenance). This kept Poundfist from spawning at all until the 10th day of Warlords of Draenor. All of the unscheduled maintenance and rolling restarts kept him from ever appearing.

When he did start spawning about a week ago, people gathered by the hundreds at his spawn points. The one upside to Poundfist is that everyone who tags him will get the mount, regardless of group or faction. Unfortunately, he has 5 different spawn points. They are spread out enough that it's possible you'll miss him if he spawns at another one. He's only level 95 and his health doesn't scale up nearly enough to handle all of the people attacking him. On top of that, the phasing that was introduced to help server loads means that you could be in a different phase than the one he spawns in. Most frightening of all, these separate phases of Gorgond share the general chat channel. Getting this mount is half dedication and half luck.

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Breakfast Topic: Do you miss dailies?

I have a confession to make -- I miss dailies. I kind of miss them a lot. Don't get me wrong, I was just as tired as the rest of you with Mists of Pandaria's endless daily roulette at level 90 -- but it wasn't the dailies themselves I was tired of. It was just the fact that there were so many of them, coupled with the ridiculous amount of gating in terms of gear upgrades being locked behind reputation. The daily quests themselves varied in terms of fun vs. tediousness, but things like patch 5.1 and Operation: Shieldwall? Those were ridiculously fun. And now that I'm level 100, my choices for things to do seem to be ... really limited.

There's the daily for attacking one of two locations for Apexis, and there's the daily with the fishing building and the Menagerie, but other that that, there's ... a whole lot of nothing. I do have the Inn in my garrison, so I do get dailies that send me into dungeons, but to be perfectly frank, doing dungeons is probably one of my least favorite activities in WoW, and at the moment it seems like they're my only option for endgame stuff to do. It's either that or Ashran, and while Ashran is fun, it's only fun for so long.

Which is why I find myself quietly wishing that, in this particular instance, Blizzard hadn't cranked that particular lever so far in the other direction. If they had settled for giving us one or two daily hubs with a variety of quests, like those wonderful days of patch 5.1, instead of the mass glut we were slammed with at level 90, it would have been perfect. I'd be logging on with something in mind to do that didn't involve waiting ridiculous amounts of time in a dungeon queue. What about you guys? Are you cool with the endgame options we've got right now? Do you miss daily quests, or are you really happy there's none to be found? What do you do to keep busy when you log on?


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Breakfast Topic: Your favorite garrison building

We've all been working on our Draenor garrisons long enough to have some experience of the day to day grind of garrison life -- which means we've probably all had time to pick out favorites (and less favorites) amongst the building options. So today let's talk about our must-have garrison buildings.

I have to admit, in my own garrison there's been some rollover as I've tried out different buildings to see what I thought of them, but while I've found the lumber mill to be the most practical of the lot (who doesn't need more garrison resources?), the stables wins as my favorite. Not only does the stable offer some excellent bonuses -- like not having to dismount to interact with objects -- but your stable also shows off a random selection from your collection of mounts, which makes it a nice visual addition that makes your garrison seem a bit more yours. But what about you, readers? Which garrison building could you just not live without?

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Breakfast Topic: Have you tried Ashran?

First off, let me complain that I have a terribly hard time calling it Ashran - I always correct it in my head to Ashram, because, well, ashrams are real things. Anyway, Ashran is a really rather sophisticated mix of elements, a development in terms of PvP that reminds me of Wintergrasp, of the old days of Tarren Mill and Southshore, and of ancient never-ending Alterac Valley matches, but better than that sounds.

I've really only gotten my feet wet in Ashran so far, haven't had a chance to really throw myself into it. So I'm asking you guys - have you tried Ashran? What did you think of it? Did you like it, did you hate it, do you wish you could move there? Give me the head's up before I start getting serious on PvP again.

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