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@urquan Eh, sorry, I'm too tired right now to cite stuff, mainly because I've been painting Warhammer figures all night.  While my love for Warhammer Orcs (and Orks) drew me into Warcraft and I've since been playing Orcs mainly in the games (main is an Orc Shaman for that reason), they're too different to say much.  Orcs being green are really the only similarity that could be said to have borrowed enough from Warhammer to be iffy, and that doesn't much matter these days since a lot of fantasy games have green Orcs (and a number of manufacturers make Orc models that look like Games Workshop's).

But hey, GW found a way around so much of Warhammer's stuff being modified generic fantasy by - SPOILER ALERT - destroying the entire Warhammer world in the recent End Times series, setting up for a new world (or worlds) in summer when they release the game's 9th edition, likely with heavily modified races.  Given that some manufacturers were able to make models that worked as perfect stand-ins (at good quality, too) for a lot less money, they probably want to move as far from "generic" fantasy as possible, so they can copyright more stuff.

1 week ago on Blizzard files lawsuit against Lilith Games for copyright infringement

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Heck, feel lucky that *any* chairs function.  While SWTOR is graphically more advanced than WoW, there's still no way to utilize furniture in the game.  I've been helping a friend set up a guild stronghold, and he placed some "lounges" to look nice in larger rooms, but you can't actually functionally sit in the couches.  You have to use the sit button on your character, which leaves you doing this weird pose on top of the couch.  Same for any chairs you come across.  For all of the really nice looking settings in that game and gorgeous graphics, it's annoying that you can't actually sit in any of the chairs or couches or benches around the galaxy.

Meanwhile, I can hop into the inn in the Trade District of Stormwind and just plop down in a chair, easy as can be.

1 week ago on The Queue: What will the Fox say?

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@Cyrael Well, Gazaa just linked to Wowhead, which is blocked here at work, so I couldn't see that.

I forgot how it was achieved, but I know I have it and use it with my Paladin.  I've done Exalted on both argent reps, and I've also got Exalted for all the Horde main reps and became a champion of all the factions, so it was hard to nail down which it was.  The latter is definitely a lot harden than just getting Exalted with both Argent reps.

1 week, 1 day ago on The Queue: Elftown

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@Cyrael "Crusader" is the one you get for having both Argent Dawn and Argent Crusade at Exalted, right?

1 week, 1 day ago on The Queue: Elftown

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@Pepe Stormstout @TimothyEnder Farahlon and the Ogres' "continent" were also supposed to be added in over time.  As it is, we'll be lucky to get Tanaan, which seems odd given that most of the endgame content right now is extreme repetition of the same tasks.  Makes me wonder what they ran into that nerfed their content plans so hard.

1 week, 1 day ago on How to get to Draenor – and skip Tanaan Jungle entirely

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I miss reforging, all the extra enchanting, and gem sockets.  The latter two also suck for people with those professions.  I'm annoyed with the inability to alter my gear at all.  I have a bunch of pieces piling up that I need to figure out which combo of stats is best (or most palatable).  I have some gear that was an ilvl boost of 10 or more that I put on because it's technically "better," but I'm not a fan of the stats.

Hey, if you want to make the game simpler, Blizzard, fine, that's okay, whatever, make gearing simpler.  But NOT at the same time you simplify so much other stuff that, aside from doing garrison chores all day, the game becomes so lacking in character that it's become Diablo on Azeroth (or, I guess, Draenor right now).  If I wanted to play loot grinds through dungeons (raids in WoW's case), I'd play Diablo (or Torchlight).  But no, I'd like to do other stuff, and I'd like to edit my gear when I want to.

1 week, 4 days ago on Breakfast Topic: I miss reforging

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@valencemagi @Xianxi @Chrth Let's be honest, it's always going to be the one you don't want to jump in bed with later.

1 week, 5 days ago on The Queue: Stabbing everything

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@Vynastin Playing other stuff.  I haven't even been in the latest wing of BRF LFR.  Just didn't feel like it last week.  I leveled alts, but then I felt like I had to do their garrison stuff, which just compounded things.  I might go back to my main, try to queue for LFR, and go hunt down music rolls or get more pet battle achievements or the SELFIE achievements.  It's just that waiting an hour or more in a queue for something I'll be bored running just because I need it for the stones that I need 900 of to do the next legendary quest chain (because they want to make sure we run those raids until our eyes bleed) is not very fun.  Especially if I run out of stuff to do 30 minutes in.  And I can't just let my character sit still while I watch Netflix on my other monitor, because the game will boot me, and then I'll have to start the process all over again.

It's not helping that between MoP's dailies-dailies-dailies and WoD being "don't just sign in daily, sign in multiple times a day!." it seems my guild burned out so bad it went from dozens of people on at any time and having enough folks for an alt/secondary raid team, to having no raiding at all, no events, and it's amazing to see five people online.  Playing with people is what drives me to actually do stuff in the game.

1 week, 6 days ago on The Queue: On time travel and alternate universes

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@Saik The transmog guy in the Storehouse kept pissing me off with his constantly moving, which would reset my work in trying to find the right set nearly every time.  It wasn't fun.

2 weeks ago on Breakfast Topic: Your little gaming annoyances

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@Meestercat @valencemagi @flarestorm99 Well, I'm a web developer who *has* cats, so... close enough?

3 weeks ago on The Queue: Getting along

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Eh... I got some, but I keep spending it.  Grabbed all the heirlooms I was missing, that took a chunk.  Bought some stuff for the Firelands legendary (which I think I need help to do the next step of, since it's a bit of a PITA).  Helped pay for other characters' garrisons and stuff, which I now am not too happy with because I barely touch their maxed-out Level 3 garrisons.  I'm the richest I've ever been, and yet I've not gone above maybe 32-33K.  If I pool all my characters together, I'd have about 60K (leaving money on others to pay for basic adventuring expenses).  I haven't even bought bags or enchantments, but heck, I have an army of alts, and eventually I'll hit 700 on my Tailor/Enchanter and be able to just make the stuff myself.

It helps to prioritize gold missions, and have a Salvage Yard.  Though I think my alt with the gem building is doing even better.

Still can't afford any of the pieces of the garrison AH that drop in Ashran.  I went in Ashran a couple nights ago hoping to score a piece or two, but it was an uncoordinated mess of a small number of Horde running into an Alliance army and getting mauled repeatedly.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Breakfast Topic: I bleed gold

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@wirelessruss Ah... that's why the icon for it wasn't showing up on my character that I have it on the action bar.  Strangely, the bar slot where I'd put it did "glow" when I used the random mount button, which meant there was a mount there.

Meh.  Better not have lost my horse!

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@DamionPseudonym @Captain MTA Wow.  I actually forgot about the camera and Twitter stuff already.  And I even wanted the camera to take stupid pictures, but totally forgot about it in my frustration with all the stuff that I actually remembered.

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@tomjduval How do you get the insta-level-25 thing?

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@Captain MTA Heirloom thing was nice... my alts are no long half-nekkid from me swapping 'looms between the ones I'm playing.  Some of the UI changes were pretty handy, too.

The random daily visitor is annoying, because I might miss the one I need on the one day in seven weeks that they decide to show up, but I'll still have to log in daily to see if they've hopefully showed up.

Jukebox sounds cool, but I have to wait for people to stop farming all the mobs so I have a chance.

Raiding with Leashes gives me a reason to go redo some raid content I've cleared dozens of times, and it's not going to be as aggravating as LFR, unless the drop rates are abysmal.

Fish change didn't really do much for me, I still have odd numbers of fish lying around.

More daily grind quests aren't going to be much help for now, but maybe some day when I have some time and want to do some Netflix binging, I can use them to get some extra Apexis crystals while grinding rep.

Also, I saw a vendor with six contracts for followers... at 5K each.  I get a free one from the inn every week, I've already got a bunch deactivated, I think I'll pass, especially since I blew a few thousand on wrapping up my heirloom collection.

Can't really think of anything else right now.

It's some nice changes, but nothing that will really hold my interest long-term.  Which wouldn't be a problem, except I have to log in daily anyway because WoW is using a F2P model with a sub for some reason...

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@Razwick @Shuanna Between the horrible drop rate and the chess match in Karazhan still kicking my butt until I quit in there, I'm not doing so well on them, either.

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@Razwick @Tyrrell How do you get them outside of Ashran?  I've been annoyed that I have four of the five components, but I can't ever seem to get into Ashran, and the parts are always ridiculously expensive when I check the AH, assuming there's even any listed.

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@Shuanna @Chrth Fishing tourney ring and Brawler's Guild fist weapon are the only two you can't get from guild and basic heirloom vendors.

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@Puntable Yeah, that works, too.  Didn't know they already had an update.  I should probably take time to do that tonight.

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@SergentZimm I'm still not sure what I was looking at in the fight.  I gave up trying to avoid stuff.  It was just pure chaos.  If I'd been able to focus on anything, I probably would have had a problem, but I was just focusing on doing my attack rotation and trying to just watch the spot of ground I was standing on.  It's madness.

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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So, here's my thing with the new profession recipes...

The implementation is pure stupid.

Look, I'm already sick of F2P-game gimmicks with the daily login stuff and all.  Now you want me to log in daily and hope and pray for the CHANCE of the right person showing up to give me what I'm looking for?  Which, ironically, is a way to get around having to log in daily to create Catalysts, plus a way to make Savage Blood.  So far, two days, and no luck on any of the four characters I have a Tier 3 Garrison with.  I have multiple quests to kill Brackenspore, and either quests to go kill a boss in a dungeon or a boss in some zone for a handful of gold and/or garrison resources that I have no use for.  So I have to keep logging in every day, just for a chance.  Yeah, I can do the shout out on chat to ask if anyone's out there that has the right one, but it just feels odd that I have to go to someone else's garrison to update my own professions.

Bloody awful design.

Haven't really done much else with 6.1.  I have nearly all of the heirlooms, except for the Brawl'gar first weapon and the fishing ring.  I went to go find stuff to kill for the jukebox, and can't find any of the necessary mobs alive because they're already all being farmed by other players.  Not sure what else there was I could be doing right now?  But hey, the QOL improvements were nice in some places.  I like being able to "create all" with the Work Orders, and that they have their own icon, for example.

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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You can use upgrades even with Master Plan installed, you just have to do it manually.  Click on the upgrade piece, then click on the character you want to use it on.  Not as easy, yeah, but it works.  I burned through a lot of pieces and have a lot of people at 673 (was wanting to get as many close to 675 as possible).

1 month ago on The Queue: There is no intro

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@Fizzl Kromog definitely isn't hitting like a leaf.  Most of the raid is dead as I type this... myself included (mainly because I got confused on some of the steps above, because even in LFR this fight has a lot going on).  I'm just waiting for the rest to die.  Amazingly they got him down to 40%.


And, of course, no one knows what to do in the fight.



EDIT:  We tried again.  Died so fast I had time to edit my post.  AND they posted basic strats...

1 month ago on Bosses in 5 seconds: Blackrock Foundry LFR – The Black Forge

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@Molis @EWOKinLA I think part of the problem is they followed the burnout-inducing "YOU MUST LOG IN EVERY DAY" nature of MoP with... more "YOU MUST LOG IN EVERY DAY" content and systems.  It's not just daily quests that annoy people.  It's daily quests, daily dungeon, daily professions, now daily (more like hourly) missions, daily work orders, etc.  You can't take a break for a day or two or you fall behind with absolutely no way to catch up.

They're fixing a couple of those things in 6.1, sort of, but they need to stop introducing that as the default setting.

1 month ago on The Queue: Another Monday morning

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@FlameFlash @Witty Repartee Couple new dungeons would be nice.  Even a short questline.  Something that isn't repeating the same stuff we've been doing on a daily basis because WoW's designers for some reason thought it was a good idea to copy that gimmick of making people log in every day or fall behind.  F2P games do that in order to try to get more money out of people.  Blizzard's already getting my money every month, why do I have to log in every day?  It's become a soul-crushing experience, more so when I thought I should try leveling alts and playing them.

1 month ago on The Queue: Another Monday morning

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@Danglewood Taking a picture of Mr. Tear with one of the things that cost him his life?  That's cold...

1 month ago on The Queue: Another Monday morning

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@Tanaman IIRC (and I'm pretty sure I do, since I loved the games and recently picked up a couple with online sales), HoMaM is actually a turn-based series, which uses tiles for the fight sequences.  It's closer to Panzer General than Starcraft in terms of gameplay.

But StarCraft is pretty fun, yeah.

1 month ago on The Queue: Another Monday morning

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@Caec My biggest issue with heroic dungeons vs LFR is that for heroic dungeons, you not only have to have decent ilvl, you also have to go through Silver Proving Grounds for your role, and the dungeons are also harder, for a set of 630 rewards.  Meanwhile, LFR might take 615 ilvl, but you can get that through questing and garrisons even (or even normal dungeons), and it takes less effort than heroic dungeons, but rewards a set of 640 gear.  So why bother doing dungeons for gear?  LFR gives better gear for less work.  It makes no sense at all.

1 month ago on The Queue: Another Monday morning

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@Nocjin Artistic license.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Queue: Oops

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@Mythriak Don't forget Cho'gall!

And now we've done Cho'gall and Gruul twice each.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Queue: Oops

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Diablo I probably haven't played enough for it to count, since I really only have one character in D3, never played D1, barely played D2 (it seemed too flat for me in gameplay, which is also my problem with D3).

In Warcraft, I played Orcs, because I have a fascination with Orcs thanks to Games Workshop, and these Orcs were green like the ones in Warhammer.  Did that in all the Warcraft games.

Sadly, I still haven't really played much Starcraft, which is odd, because it's a type of game I love.  Other stuff just keeps popping up.

With World of Warcraft, my main is my first character, an Orc Shaman (see above for reasons).  For a short time I played another main, but then transferred my Shaman (Barashukor, named after a character in an awesome book by Mary Gentle called Grunts, about Orcs who find military gear and think they're Marines) to the guild and he's been my main again since.  It was especially an easy decision to stick with him after a lot of stuff went account-wide, so all my work with Garondu (Tauren Paladin) counted for Barashkukor as well.  (Garondu was my second character made.  He's still my "second main" on the Horde side.)

1 month, 1 week ago on Breakfast Topic: Your first character

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@SoldierHawk @smartazjb0y That's the only reason I need the crystals, but I can't stand grinding mobs for tiny bits of rep.  I did that for Shaohao, took multiple multi-hour sessions, I burned through a lot of my Netflix queue, and it was NOT interesting gameplay.  It was a way to artificially keep me logged in.

Kind of like all these daily cooldowns...

1 month, 1 week ago on Apexis Crystal changes coming in patch 6.1

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@DavidBaldock @JoshDJX I'm dumping them on the Seals *and* I'm buying bags of gold.  I bought a bunch of mats to help level alts' professions (including Cooking) as well.  I have my followers on a mission right now that will give me 910 resources.  So... yeah.  Give me something more useful for doing dungeons and I might actually do them, but resources aren't something I'm lacking.  Or even gold, with the missions.  Heck, I feel incredibly rich right now (until I go to the AH and can't buy anything I actually need).

1 month, 1 week ago on Apexis Crystal changes coming in patch 6.1

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@PatFrank @Fraug If we go another expansion where it's raids, raids, raids, and anyone not a raider or who doesn't have a raid team because people are bored with lack of non-raid content just quit are told "go do LFR," I think I'll lead the charge in seeing if WoW's subs can be dragged below 5 million so they get the hint that the game needs content other than raids.  Raids can bloody well wait for them to give us some non-raid content.  There's already seventeen raid bosses.  If you think it's not fun to keep repeating the same content with no reward for doing so, you've just discovered how it feels to be a non-raider.

1 month, 1 week ago on Iron Docks quest hub postponed until patch 6.2

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@Laeleiweyn @Nocjin @Wowmusicable Yeah, I had WI and now have BW on my phone's browser's front page, the "front" of my home browser's bookmarks bar, and in easy access at work even, and I check the site(s) constantly, and I don't recall hearing about it.  Those other zones that we'll never see because we're going to get a daily hub in the same area we cleared out, those I heard about.  But if we're going to a once-a-year expansion, we *might* get Tanaan, not a sniff of the other zones that were mentioned at Blizzcon.  Even with a two year cycle, I'm not sure I should hold out hope.

1 month, 1 week ago on Iron Docks quest hub postponed until patch 6.2

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@_thedude_ You might not be able to imagine it... but it's definitely possible.

Normal PVP, for me, is getting me face stomped because I'm not super geared for that yet.  Ashran is more interesting, but the queue times are obnoxious, literally over an hour every night.  I have multiple characters with professions at 700, but with the cap on crafted gear that's moot.  I've hit the point where not only are dungeons and the first tier of LFR below every piece of gear I have, they offer nothing else.  I don't pet battle.  I've got almost every treasure, aside from some of the ones that are higher up because I have some trouble with them (not sure why).  I have a ridiculous number of achievements already down.  My guild had a bunch of people come back at the start of WoD and they're all so bored by the repetition that they stopped playing, so we can't field a raid team and that means I'm not able to raid.  All that's left for me is the repetition of the daily garrison quest, which you can do only so many times before you start hating the world and everything in it.

I say all of this as someone who defends WoW all the time, has a WoW calendar, WoW figures, games, every collector set (had to hunt down some old ones), tons of novels and comics, pins, shirts, all kinds of stuff, I am pretty much a WoW fanboy... but I have had every bit of enthusiasm sucked out of me with doing the same monotonous grinding over and over and seeing dungeons being even less rewarding than they were in MoP really didn't help, because I love dungeons, but I still look at those 15-30 minutes and wonder if I could do something in my time that might feel like I've accomplished something.

You're a raider.  You can feel like you're accomplishing something still.  Me, all I've got is killing the exact same mobs day after day, seeing nothing change in the area.

1 month, 1 week ago on Iron Docks quest hub postponed until patch 6.2

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@Pepe Stormstout I would play The Dude, and then apply a taunt card to him, just to fire off that Deathrattle.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Queue: We are all alts

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Do missions, maybe do crates and other stuff if I feel like it, daily profession cooldown, repeat for relevant characters, log off.  Play YouTube videos or Netflix to keep from going into zombie-like state.

I've already cut gathering from the mines and herbs out of all but one of my characters' daily routines, and even he doesn't always do it.

I could cut my alts completely out of the equation.  Why bother with them?  Keeping their crafting going is moot, since crafted items have no point, and my Inscription guy has stacks of 7/8 cards for nearly every type of trinket.  But those trinkets are part of the 3-piece limit.  Selling them won't get much now.

But then I'm left with a main who still would spend probably 15 minutes in the garrison.  Then maybe back to the garrison grind quests each day, but still need Netflix or something to not get bored.  Dungeons are moot, I have better gear and definitely don't need resources.  LFR is a once-a-week thing and I'm now on BRF and will only do it as many times as I'll be doing it because, discounting getting them from other sources, you'll need approximately 100 boss kills for the legendary grind items at this stage (I'm not kidding, it's 9 per kill so far, and you need 900).  I'd do Ashran, which I thoroughly enjoyed the ONE time I've gotten in there, but waiting over an hour each night for a queue for the one thing that might interest me (assuming I even get in) is not worth it.  I have all of the other pieces for my auction-bot, but can't get into Ashran for those pieces, and they cost obscene amounts on the AH when they show up.

And with my whole guild being pretty much in the same boat, having come back, gotten bored fast, and disappeared, I have no one to do stuff with and no raids to look forward to, so don't even need the gear I've got.

So... that's it for me.  Log in, do very basic garrison stuff, log out and go do something else.  If I could do garrisons from my tablet, I wouldn't even be logging into the game right now.  I'd love to fill the rep bars, but doing a repetitive murder fest recently for Shaohao was enough, I don't want to do ten more.  And the fact that I have to keep going to the same places, killing the same mobs over and over, makes it feel like I'm making no progress against the Iron Horde.  Dungeons were made moot when LFR was introduced as easier to get into and finish with better loot, I can get heroic dungeon quality loot from my garrison or better in LFR and crafting.  Ashran is the last thing left that might be interesting... and I can't get in.

I know this seems like a long rant and all, but man, I'm just tired already, nothing in sight to change the situation, and when there's interesting stuff I could be doing, why sit at a computer and do repetition so boring I have to have Netflix on, for little to no reward?  MoP killed my soul, it got resurrected for WoD, and then WoD doused kerosene on it and lit it on fire to make sure it stayed dead.  I'm sick of feeling like I HAVE to log in daily to not get behind, and that gameplay style got old two years ago, and shouldn't even exist in a sub-based game.  The daily routine should NOT be "Log in and do your daily chores."  It should be "Log in and go do what you find fun and feel like you're getting something tangible out of it."

1 month, 1 week ago on Breakfast Topic: Your daily WoW routine

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@Skarn Yeah, there's actually a wall, so you have to go for Oregorger first.  Cleared trash all to Gruul, but couldn't get in, so had to circle back.

1 month, 1 week ago on Bosses in 5 seconds: Blackrock Foundry LFR – The Slagworks

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@Galdwynn @MartinLongpre It's the Blizzard Watch Watch.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Queue: Taking the fish out for a walk

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@Chrth I went over to the "keep murdering stuff for fun and profit."  Got to 70 finally, think I'm at level 14 with paragon levels, but now it's starting to stall a bit.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Queue: Taking the fish out for a walk

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@Amaxe @jealouspirate Vanilla.  Where there were 11 or 12 patches, and they came out a lot quicker.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on WoW 6.1 PTR patch notes updated with class changes

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@MadProfessor Definitely!  I have a bunch of odd stacks of fish I'd rather turn into meat.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on WoW 6.1 PTR patch notes updated with class changes

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@jabrone77 I don't recall where there might be an outdoor fire in the Alliance garrison (I keep thinking there is one, somewhere), but on Horde side there's a campfire near the pet menagerie that can be used for cooking.  Granted, you have to leave the town hall and go away from all your more useful buildings to get to it...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on WoW 6.1 PTR patch notes updated with class changes

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@Razwick Yeah, I was actually referring to the diamond joke.  Of all of them, that's the one I laughed at most.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Queue: Not talking about dinosaurs, I’m not, I’m really really not, stop looking at me like that

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@valencemagi @Galdwynn If I'm recalling correctly, when Jaina went to cradle Kinndy in her arm, the little gnome turned into purple dust and slipped through her grasp.  So... yeah.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Queue: Not talking about dinosaurs, I’m not, I’m really really not, stop looking at me like that

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@Pepe Stormstout NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I will have that song stuck in my head for at least the next hour now!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Queue: Not talking about dinosaurs, I’m not, I’m really really not, stop looking at me like that

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Oh... bollocks.  This is probably going to go poorly for me.  I already have issues with some stuff in the game messing with my brain (likely result of a concussion or two).  I hope it's not too bad in LFR, or that the LFR fight is at least so easy I don't have to pay full attention.  If/when my guild gets back to raiding, I don't want to imagine being relied on to do anything precision-related with all that going on.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Hans’gar and Franzok fight reported to cause motion sickness

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