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About the Bloggers: Lisa Poisso

About the Bloggers introduces you to the people behind WoW Insider. You can find articles on more of our staffers in earlier About the Bloggers profiles.

What do you do for WoW Insider?

These days, I'm rather akin to my rogue (above, slipping along with her stealth pack after spotting some Alliance players out leveling) or recently departed editor-in-chief Dan O'Halloran in that most of what I do happens behind the scenes. I'm the Mama Smurf of WoW Insider, painting the blue dot that means "copyediting complete" on each and every post that runs through the WI queue. This process is entirely separate from the content review done by our lead editors, and it's where I spend most of my WI time these days -- because this gang has a lot to say, trust me ...

Somewhere in there is writing. I've managed to acquire one of the highest word counts of anyone at WoW Insider by dint of long tenure and the rather mind-boggling list of features I've worked on during that time. Currently, I only write two features: 15 Minutes of Fame and Drama Mamas (although Drama Mama Robin gets the official byline on this feature). The list of what I've worked on in the past, however ... That's another story. I created Insider Trader (now Gold Capped) and the now-defunct features Gamers on the Street and [1.Local]. I also wrote Well Fed Buff, which was absorbed into World of WarCrafts, which I also wrote for a good stretch. I've also sat a spell in The Classifieds and WoW Rookie. Oh yeah, and Two Bosses Enter.

Is it soup yet?

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15 Minutes of Fame: (Almost) 15 authors of fame

From Hollywood celebrities to the guy next door, millions of people have made World of Warcraft a part of their lives. How do you play WoW? We're giving each approach its own 15 Minutes of Fame.

15 Minutes of Fame tries to feature as wide a variety of WoW players as possible. It's not only about being famous in the real world, or being a somebody in the WoW community, or playing WoW despite some remarkable circumstance. 15 Minutes covers all those things, yes ... But we also try to talk with players who are representative of the typical player experience -- ambassadors of the Folks Next Door, if you will.

But no matter how we try to balance things, we always seem to end up back at another interview with an author. Writers who game are a particular bunch. They always have a lot to say about the fantasy genre and the game lore and way the world of Azeroth is unfolding; it makes for a pretty interesting interview. So when we realized that we'd pretty much overshot the bottom of our dance card despite the line of authors winding past the punch bowl and out the door ... Well, we decided it was time to give everyone a full helping of nothing but WoW-playing writers. With our common enjoyment of WoW and the fantasy genre, we figure most readers will find something from these authors they'll want to curl up with on the couch.

Welcome, then, to 15 Minutes of Fame's list of (Almost) 15 WoW-Playing Authors of Fame.

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Filed under: Interviews, 15 Minutes of Fame

15 Minutes of Fame: Vampire Empire novelist duo writes, games as one

From Hollywood celebrities to the guy next door, millions of people have made World of Warcraft a part of their lives. How do you play WoW? We're giving each approach its own 15 Minutes of Fame.

Talking about Clay and Susan Griffith means talking about partnerships. Clay and Susan are husband and wife, WoW partners and co-GMs, and authors of The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire Book 1 -- "married in all things, for better or for worse," as they put it. Together, they've worked on comics and prose with such pop culture icons as The Tick, Kolchak the Night Stalker, The Phantom, Allan Quatermain, and Disney characters, too. "Granted, we are casual WoW players due to time constraints, but we both have level 85s," says Susan. "We enjoy questing and the lore of the game, as well as a fair amount of RPing. When time and fair winds permit, we even have a family raid group."

What the Griffiths have learned from collaborating on the page, they say translates directly to playing WoW as a group: trust, respect, and distribution of power and roles. From the Vampire Empire to Azeroth? According to this couple -- absolutely.

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Farewell and thank you, WoW.com

I've told this story a few times before: I actually started out on WoW.com as a comment troll. A few years back, Jennie Lees was the lead blogger here, and she posted something silly about a wallpaper or a plush doll, I don't remember. I was also reading the forums at the time, and Blizzard had just dropped new priest patch notes. "Why are you posting this junk," I commented angrily, "when the priest notes just dropped?" She was nice about it -- she actually emailed me and said that the priest updates post was coming soon. And I felt so bad about it, I never activated the comment. But a little while after that, when WoW Insider posted that they were looking for some new writers, I applied, and said that I was sorry for that comment, but that I was working on becoming a writer and could help out with posting on the site when needed.

When I started writing for WoW Insider (now WoW.com, obviously), I was working retail in Chicago, writing part-time in the evenings. The site itself got only a few thousand hits a month, with one or two weekly features and maybe ten comments per post. Now, over three years later, I'm a fulltime freelance writer, I've been to three BlizzCons, I've written over 1.7 million words in over 3,300 posts here about everything in Azeroth, and the site itself rivals some of the best blogs on the Internet, routinely garnering millions of hits a month. I helped build this site with my own two hands, and while I definitely can't claim all the credit (there was and is a huge team of people who keep this thing running), it's with a fair amount of sorrow that I'm here to tell you today will be my last day on WoW.com.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, WoW Insider Business, Virtual selves, Odds and ends, Blizzard

Chris Metzen to attend NY Comic Con


Our friend Medivaldragon over at Blizzplanet brings word that the mind and man behind Warcraft himself, Chris Metzen, will be live at the New York Comic Con in just under a month. The con takes place in New York over February 6-8, 2009, and Mr. Metzen, the creative director and central creative force behind all of Blizzard's modern universes, will be signing books at both the DC Comics and Pocket Star Books booths (apparently for the promotion of WoW's comic books and novels). As Turpster is often inclined to say (along with many other Blizzard fans), "Chris Metzen is a god," so here's your chance to meet the deity himself.

There'll be some other expanded universe notables there as well, including Jim Lee (who'll no doubt be promoting DC Universe Online as well) and Walter Simonson will be there, and there will likely be some other familiar faces, either signing books or just stopping by. Those of you in New York who are free, consider yourselves lucky and head on over there. And bring a camera -- if you can capture the elusive Metzen on film (random adventurers are always freeing him), send us the pics.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Events, Fan stuff, WoW Social Conventions, Virtual selves, Blizzard, Lore

Four years of World of Warcraft


Yes, as you know from the little Blizzard Bear in your mailbox, yesterday was the fourth anniversary of our favorite game, World of Warcraft. It's been a huge four years -- we've seen Blizzard develop and change massively multiplayer games as we know them, and gaming as a whole in some ways. We've grown our own characters up all the way from level one to 30 and 60 and 70 and beyond, and we've gone through two expansions, eight endgames, countless patches and class changes, endless guild achievements and breakups and many, many "dings" and "grats."

We at WoW Insider would like to congratulate Blizzard on four years of World of Warcraft -- it's been an amazing ride so far, and it's not over yet. After the break, some of our writers have posted their own thoughts and memories on the game's anniversary, and please add your own in the comments below.

It could seem silly to celebrate the anniversary of a videogame, especially one that, if you've been playing since day one, you've spent over $800 and countless hours on. But then again, look at what this game has given back: groups and guilds full of friends (and some spouses), weeknights full of gear upgrades and XP gains, Saturday afternoons spent slaying dragons and Sunday evenings spent picking herbs in the Swamp of Sorrows or admiring the sunsets in Hinterlands. We've played this game for four years, and for most of us, it's been worth every quest. Here's to many, many more.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, WoW Insider Business, Virtual selves, Expansions, The Burning Crusade, Leveling, Wrath of the Lich King

WoW Insider Weekly

Once again, we're breaking down the most popular weekly features of the past seven days. Our writers work hard to get terrific weekly features up for your enjoyment, so if you missed these the first time around, don't make the mistake again.
Guildwatch: Going too far
Guildwatch has drama, downed, and recruiting news from all over the realms all in one place. Did your guild show up this week?
Spiritual Guidance: 30 if statements that priests should adhere to
Matticus himself walks you through the ins and outs of being a Priest (and there's some good advice in here for you other classes, too).
Scattered Shots: Why certain pet families are so popular
Are bears better than boars? Should snakes shank scorpids? Are Ravagers more radical than Raptors? Daniel Whitcomb lays it all out.
Around Azeroth: Grand Theft Azeroth
Around Azeroth asks readers to mix up their WoW with a little GTA.
Arcane Brilliance: Level 70 checklist
You're a mage, and you've just hit level 70. What now?

More after the break!

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Filed under: Priest, Warrior, Analysis / Opinion, Features, Leveling, Guides

Announcement: WoW Insider is now HKO Insider


We've got an exciting new direction to announce here today on WoW Insider. Because patch 2.4 has just released, and information about Wrath of the Lich King, the next expansion, is pretty much nonexistent (we haven't even been told a release date by Blizzard yet), AOL, the company that owns the Weblogs, Inc. network of blogs, of which WoW Insider is a part, has determined that instead of covering World of Warcraft every day, we will now be covering a new, surely more exciting and surely soon to be more popular massively multiplayer online game.

Yes, starting today, WoW Insider is becoming HKO Insider, and instead of WoW, we will be covering the very popular MMO Hello Kitty Online. With no changes at all coming to Azeroth anytime soon, it's time to say goodbye to the Barrens and Stormwind, and "hello" to Hello Kitty, Sanriotown, and the entrancing world of the Flower Kingdom. Playing with Illidan and Kael'thas was fun for a while, but now HKO Insider will bring our daily insight and coverage to the world of Badtz-Maru and Keroppi. Want guides on how to make your garden grow, or the best way to PvP against the My Melody class? They'll be right here on HKO Insider.

All of your favorite WoW Insider features -- Know Your Lore, Moviewatch, Shifting Perspectives, and 15 Minutes of Fame, are all here (and you'll be able to see them posted later today). But instead of covering World of Warcraft, all of our writers, whether they like it or not, will be covering Hello Kitty Online from now on.

Please enjoy the new focus of the site, and thanks for reading as always. While Hello Kitty Online is still in closed beta, we're almost sure it'll come out before Wrath of the Lich King, and we've been asked to point our site towards the real MMO winner of the year in 2008.

Filed under: WoW Insider Business

WoW Insider Weekly

It's Tuesday, which means it's time once again to roundup our weekly content and put it all in one post for you to enjoy on Maintenance Day. This week, we're doing things a little differently -- instead of listing all the weekly features of the past week, we're going to go reality-show style, and show you the top 10 weekly features of the past seven days, according to your reading habits. If you missed these the first time, don't make the same mistake again. Click through and check them out.

Know Your Lore: The story of the Burning Crusade
Elizabeth W lays out everything you need to know about the BC storyline before it ends at the Sunwell.


Hybrid Theory: What's a Hybrid? v2.0
Our Hybrid classes column returns, with Alex at the helm and a new outlook on what "hybrid" means.


More of our best weekly features after the jump.

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Filed under: How-tos, Fan stuff, WoW Insider Business, Features, Guides

WoW Insider Weekly

Time once again to spotlight for you all the great work our weekly columnists have been doing. Every week our writers work hard to churn out terrific weekly columns for you, and here they are all from the past one in one big post.

Arcane Brilliance: Speccing for AOE
Yes, you too can enjoy the thrills of taking down a crowd of enemies all at the same time.

All the World's a Stage: It's not about saving the world
Be heroic? Be villianous? Just be.

WoW Insider Show Episode 13: Review of every patch from 1.2 to 2.3
Last week on the podcast, they took a trip through history.

Officers' Quarters: 2.3 postmortem
The latest megapatch from a guild officer's point of view.

/silly: The dough-based confectionery is a falsehood
This was a great win. I'm jotting a memo here: huge victory. For the benefit of all of us-- except the ones who are deceased.

Build Shop: Druid 43/0/18
Build Shop goes shapeshifter style for the week.

Guildwatch: You can't trick people into gquit anymore
Spoiler: you can.

The Light and How to Swing It: Command vs. Blood
Choose that seal wisely.

Blood Pact: Free mount at 40!
The best reason to roll a lock?

Know Your Lore: Thrall (part one)
He's a Shaman. And he can wear plate. 'Nuff said.

Blood Sport: Shape up or ship out in Season 3
The new Arena season was at the top of our lists this week, and Vims does a great breakdown of what's new and what's news.

Encrypted Text: Enchanting your gear, part 3
Speaking of enchanting, did anyone else see Enchanted yet? That was an amazing movie. Amy Adams won me over with Junebug, but she was terrific in that, too.

Totem Talk: Sentry totem
I just read it, and yes, the column really is about the Sentry Totem. Stop laughing.

WoW, Casually: The best gear for the least play time
That's really what we all want, isn't it?

Insider Trader: Where have all the clouds gone?
Look all around, there's nothing but blue marshes.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Outland awaits you
Seriously, it's been sitting out there for like twenty minutes. How long does it take you to get your makeup on, anyway?

Phat Loot Phriday: Bulwark of Azzinoth
A really, really big shield.

Filed under: How-tos, WoW Insider Business, Features, Raiding, Guides, Talents

WoW Insider Weekly

Saturday again, which means it's time to wrap up all of our weekly columnists' work in one big post for your enjoyment. It's like a Thanksgiving spread of great writing!

Arcane Brilliance: Leveling your baby mage
Amanda gets you rolling from 1-20 with your brand new mage.

Spiritual Guidance: The shadow diaries
Sometimes you feel holy, and sometimes you feel like a nut.

All the World's a Stage: Raiding and RP don't mix, or do they? -- A question of continuity
David shows you how to raid and RP at the same time.

Know Your Lore: Guldan
Matthew tackles what may be "the single most evil character in all the lore."

Officers' Quarters: Zero-pressure raiding
Can you be a raiding guild and still keep it casual? Sure you can-- Scott tells you how.

/silly: Void where prohibited
Aww, he's so cute when he sleeps.

WoW Insider Show: Patch 2.3 and beyond!
With an update direct from Blizzard about something Elizabeth, Turps and Matt talked about on the show.

Build Shop: Rogue 41/20/0
Assassination/Combat build breakdown. In other stabbing news, Assassin's Creed is a pretty good game with a terrible ending.

Guildwatch: Handing out turkey according to DKP
A week's worth of drama and guild news, wrapped up in one post.

Blood Pact: So you've picked a Lock...
I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't get the headline until just now.

The Light and How to Swing It: Surviving 1-20 as a Pally
Our class columns are almost all dealing with the 1-20 game this week, and this one is no exception.

Totem Talk: So you're still working on your Shaman..
Get back to work!

Blood Sport: Building an arena team, part 2
More on how to get a team together for the new season.

Know Your Lore Special: So what are you doing for the holidays?
Elizabeth somehow obtained the holiday plans of Azeroth's most famous citizens, and they are hilarious.

Insider Trader: The day after Thanksgiving -- feasting on leftovers
Lisa runs down all the tasty food and how to find it. The cake at the end of her post? It is, in fact, a lie.

WoW, Casually: Thanksgiving edition
Even if it's after Thanksgiving, Robin's casual tips are still great to read, especially since you're going to be dodging your family for short periods of time again in a month.

The Art of War(craft): Alterac Valley, part II -- a ronin's guide to the ice and snow
Zach's got your back in the new AV.

Phat Loot Phriday: Messenger of Fate
That is a serious dagger.

Filed under: Odds and ends, Features, Raiding, Guides

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