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Breakfast Topic: My WoW eyepatch

That's my WoW eyepatch.

I have two eyes. The problem is, for whatever reason, ever since I got a horrendously bad sinus infection (and I still have it, although not nearly as bad as it was) whenever I play WoW I get headaches, nausea, and really serious vertigo. I've found that I can cope with this by closing my right eye. (It doesn't work if I close my left eye.) But of course, it's not really very natural for me to keep my right eye closed for extended periods. I keep forgetting and opening it, and as soon as I do, it all starts up again.

Hence the eyepatch. I'm hoping with it I can play for longer before the head pain and nausea starts up. (Chronic illness sucks, btw. I don't recommend it.) So I figured I'd take this opportunity and ask, what's the weirdest thing you've ever done to keep playing WoW?

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Breakfast Topic: What would you bring back?

As expansions come and go, some features come into play, exist for a while and then are retired, or never actually make it live - reforging comes to mind as a big one, a feature that was of critical importance for two expansions before it was removed. While flight itself wasn't removed, it's of no utility in Draenor's 90 to 100 zones, and mechanics like hit and expertise, weapon skill, and others have been removed over time. Raiding has fundamentally changed repeatedly. Talent trees are almost unrecognizable from the old days. Several old dungeons and raids were removed or revamped, with their original versions gone from the game.

So this morning I ask you this - if you had the power to bring back anything from any era of World of Warcraft or its beta periods, what would it be? Would it be Naxxramas 40 player? Reforging? Weapon Skill? Path of the Titans? Please share your vision.

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Breakfast Topic: What do you love, what do you hate?

I'll go first. Nobody loves everything about the things they enjoy, and everyone has things they prefer - things they wish weren't there and things they wish there was more of to experience. So I'm curious what these things are for you. What do you love about Warlords, and what don't you love? What makes you outraged, or makes it worthwhile to keep logging in, keep your sub active?

For me, I really hate Frostfire Ridge. I think this will be the expansion I finally stop saying I'm someone who plays both Horde and Alliance, because I cannot get through this zone. Seriously, I just can't. I like my tauren quite a bit, I really do, and I feel awful that there's no way in heck I'm going to get him to level 100 because I cannot stand this zone. Oh my word I hate it. Yes, the end cinematic is nice, but man, I just don't care otherwise. Can't get through it.

As for what I love... well, it's kind of self evident. So I won't waste your time there.

What about you?

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Breakfast Topic: Your dream graphical update

We know that blood elves are being worked on and we'll see the soon(tm), so I started wondering - if there was no limit to the resources that could be applied, what would you want to see get a graphics update next? Old tier sets and gear from classic WoW? Redesigned dragons? Non-playable races like kobolds and gnolls? Old school mounts? Worgen females (I am never letting that go.)

Personally I'd really like to see them redesign the original Dungeon Sets. I think Tier gear, even old stuff like Might and Wrath, look fine for modern transmog but old dungeon gear like Valor or Heroism could definitely use a sprucing up. But that's just me, though.

What about you? What would you most like to see get the updated look?

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Breakfast Topic: World firsts and you

With the world first race for Mythic Highmaul done with, it occurred to me that there was a time that I was on tenterhooks for this kind of news. Over the years I've gone from keeps careful track of every world first kill to is aware of it, but wasn't keeping score - I still know who wins, but I no longer watch the race. Some of my friends are still hugely into who will be world first, while others never cared at all.

That got me wondering where you, the reader at home, falls on this spectrum. Do you watch the race and pay close attention, watch all the videos, marvel at the down to thew wire raiding? Or do you simply only care about a boss kill when you're there for it?

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Breakfast Topic: Do you watch the cutscenes?

I finally got around to heading to the Highmaul LFR the other night. The fights were fun, if ridiculously easy, but more importantly there were cutscenes. I'm a sucker for cutscenes and cinematics. I love the ones that appeared in the leveling zones, and the ones in the dungeons are pretty cool too. I think they're a fun way to keep the story moving while you're in a dungeon, a useful tool for introducing a little lore. However, I've noticed that not everyone feels the same way -- some people have little to no patience in dungeons and raids, and just want to keep moving.

This was actually a problem back when my guild was raiding in Cataclysm, particularly during the Spine of Deathwing encounter. My raid leader at the time didn't want anyone watching the cutscene, as brief as it was, because he wanted people on the dragon's back killing things the second they became killable. This meant that new recruits we brought in never really got to see those cutscenes, they were always told to press escape and skip them. If they didn't, then we had a problem.

So I'm wondering, just out of idle curiosity, how many of you watch the cutscenes in a dungeon or a raid? Do you watch it once and then skip it from then on, or do you find yourself continually charmed by the idea of your group pulling off a really cool train heist in the middle of Gorgrond? Are you okay with other people in your group watching cutscenes, even if you skipped them yourself? Do you think the dungeon and raid cutscenes are too short, too long, or just right? Is there somewhere else you'd like to see them?

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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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