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Breakfast Topic: Do you wish you were in the alpha?

While I'm devouring Warlords of Draenor alpha information like everyone else, I have to admit: I'm glad I'm not in the alpha test myself. Though I want to see what's coming up next and check out garrisons and everything else, I'm not too keen on dumping hours into a early alpha build only to have to play the same content again after the alpha (and then beta) client is reset and again when the game is officially released. The first time you play through is always fun, but after that content tends to start losing its charm as novelty slowly fades to tedium, like it does when you're running your second and then your third character to max level.

Some players -- and I'm sure some of the people reading this -- have the kind of patience to play the same content and keep finding it fun, but I'm afraid I'm just not one of them. But what about you, readers? Are you itching to get into the alpha to try it out for yourself? Or are you content to sit on the sidelines and see what happens until launch day?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Your must-have collections

I'm not usually a collector in World of Warcraft, mostly because when I start collecting I want to collect everything in true "gotta catch em all" style. It's a dangerously time-consuming hobby, and so I often avoid it by not collecting in the first place. But every now and then Blizzard throws something into the game -- whether it's a mount, a pet, a piece of gear, or a toy that I just need to have.

Case in point: Hogs, the Hogger-alike pet that we'll be able to collect for WoW's 10th anniversary. The description alone is enough to get me: "Tenacious and terrible, the mighty Hogs slaughters weaker enemies without hesitation." Doesn't he sound adorable? Or if not adorable, at least tiny and fierce which is something my gnome monk can certainly relate to. And since he's presumably going to be handed out to anyone who logs on during the anniversary, this will be a lot easier to collect than some of my other must-haves, like Deathcharger's Reins.

But tell me, readers -- what are your must-have WoW collectables? Is there anything on your list you've been trying to get but just can't?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: My love/hate relationship with spoilers

With the Warlords of Draenor alpha finally inviting some folks (none of whom are me) we're in that dangerous territory where people keep emailing me spoilers, tweeting me spoilers, and otherwise sending me spoiler after spoiler. Now, I'm not one of those people who believes a story can be spoiled as such. It's just a convenient term for 'plot details out of context or narrative' - stuff I'd normally learn by playing and doing, but which I'm learning now in screenshots where they manage to not get half of the stuff I'd need to understand what's going on.

Don't worry, I'm not going to share any of them with you. Except for the one about how Garrosh was captured and tortured for future information and how we totally team up with him to defeat the Iron Horde. (I just made that up. It's not a real spoiler. Again, I am not in the Alpha.) But what ends up happening is, I desperately want these spoilers, and yet, I don't. I want to know, but I want to see it unfold, not have them dumped all out of order in my lap. And yet once they are dumped in said lap I feel compelled to try and clarify them, rearrange them into a pattern that makes sense. It's a sickness.

How about you? Love spoilers, hate spoilers, hate to love them, love to hate them? What's your verdict?

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

Breakfast Topic: The most beautiful zone in the game

This isn't one I have a pat answer for, because there are a lot of beautiful zones in WoW. There's Netherstorm, which has an alien, sere beauty to it. There's Howling Fjord, and Grizzly Hills, and the Dragonblight... heck, Wrath of the Lich King has a whole host of beautiful zones in it. There's Deepholm, which combined the alien vistas of Outland with a vaulted enormity that I've always liked, and Uldum, which looks spectacular even if I'm not as enamored of the questing experience. And Mists of Pandaria had the Jade Forest and the Dread Wastes, two zones I was simply blown away by when I played the beta and which I've liked ever since.

So since I can't answer my own question - I can't pick a single zone and say this is the most beautiful zone in the game - I guess I'll ask you, instead. Is there a single zone that you think of as the most beautiful? If so, which one?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: What tie-in media would excite you?

Some folks really like Azeroth Choppers, the web-series where two competing bike designs get voted on and one becomes an in-game mount. Some suspect that we'll eventually get both mounts. Some of us, like me, are of a different mind altogether. I think that while the concept of Azeroth Choppers was cool, it wasn't the kind of tie-in media we'd like to see. So I'm going to ask y'all what you wish they'd done.

Me, I can think of several cool things. They could have gone to various famous artists from some other media and had them design a set of armor for the game and then had players vote on that. Or maybe have Drew Struzan draw a poster for the Warcraft movie. I'm still thinking it would be awesome if they had Tony Swatton design a new weapon. So what about you?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Which Blizzard games do you play?

Sure, we're fans of World of Warcraft, but it's not the only Blizzard game we play. And while Warcraft fans are in a bit of a dry spell right now, Blizzard fans have lots of options: you could be playing Diablo, Hearthstone, StarCraft, and soon Heroes of the Storm. So instead of talking more about WoW, today let's talk about the other Blizzard games we play and love.

Just what Blizzard games are you playing right now? And if you're not playing anything from Blizzard right now, what are your favorite Blizzard games of days past -- or of all time? If we're talking all-time favorites, mine has to be Diablo II, where I used to spend countless hours, even though more recent attempts at nostalgically replaying it send me almost immediately back to WoW or D3. (So. Much. Clicking.) So tell us, readers, what's your favorite Blizzard title?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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?

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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.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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

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