In yesterday's edition of The Queue, my partner in crime Adam Holisky did some speculation about Battlestar Galactica that was taken as a huge, massive spoiler. As far as I know, it wasn't actually a spoiler. I'm here to fix that. I'm here to give you a real, true spoiler. Are you ready for it?
They shoot Old Yeller.
hold up asked...
Is the Realm First Ulduar Achievement based on completing Ulduar on Easy Mode or is it based on clearing the entire place including the optional Algalon "the Raid Destroyer"?
Valnoth, WoW's Lead World Designer, posted in a thread that asked this very question. He says that the realm first achievements/titles will come from beating Yogg-Saron on Hard Mode and beating Algalon the Raid Destroyer. Both the 10 and 25 man versions of the raid have these achievements, they are not linked to eachother.
Has there been any news on the new dances they promised us?
I think I've answered this question about seventeen thousand times since we've started The Queue and I think it gets asked on every single edition of the column, without fail. The answer is still no, and it will be probably be no tomorrow and the day after that. We haven't heard anything except that they are still working on it. When we know more, you will know about it. Trust me.
Dual-spec question that I haven't seen asked yet, and if it was, sorry: When I buy my second talent tree, are the Glyphs empty, or pre-loaded with what I already have? Will my Shadow Priest have to buy another Glyph of Levitate?
Yes, your second set of Glyphs starts out empty. You'll need a second Glyph of Levitate, or any other glyphs that you want to use in both specs.
How many people do you think got the Purity Ring reference?
Beats me, I know I didn't get it!
Does having one or two non combat pets out during a raid really affect a person's FPS? Is it generally that much of a nuisance? I get not allowing every single person to have one out, but when it's just a couple?
Depending on the pet, it actually can have a pretty big impact, mostly on those that are pushing the limits of their computer with Wrath of the Lich King already. The biggest culprit I've noticed is the Ghostly Skull, with its big blue cloud particle effect. That cloud can absolutely tank your FPS if it's directly in front of your camera. Before I purchased my new video card, I had to scroll my camera all the way out when I was around one of those so it wouldn't cross directly in front of me. If I got a super close up look of that thing, I would drop to a total of one or two FPS total. That's pretty harsh.
That's sort of an extreme case, but still. If you have people in your raid who're squeezing every last drop out of their system, having vanity pets out can have a noticeable effect. A bunch of people in your raid pulling out flashy pets can be the difference between 10 FPS in a raid and 2 FPS in a raid. If you have a great system and you don't find yourself often dipping below 40 or 50 FPS (or more), you won't even notice a difference when everyone has sparkly pets out. Those few people with the old equipment? They'll notice.