You know, I was getting bored of that whole musical intro thing, but having it around certainly made these preambles easier to write. What do you write here every day about a daily Q&A column? Guess what, guys! We're A'ing more Qs! Shock! Awe!
So you've broken me. Congratulations. I am now a hollow husk of a man that can do nothing but uphold the status quo. I hope you're proud of yourselves. Here it goes again.
"Any word on if Blizzard is working on a new novel or RPG book?"
No word on any RPG books. I kind of have my doubts that we'll see one during WoW's lifetime, but I have nothing to back that up. It's just a feeling.
Novels? The next big one is going to be a book focused on Malfurion (probably titled Stormrage), likely timed for the next expansion like Arthas was for Wrath of the Lich King. It's being written by Richard Knaak, and if you've been reading this blog for a long time, you probably already know my thoughts on that.
If you're into comics and manga, they're also working on the Thassarian manga. Beyond those, I don't think we've heard of anything else that's on the horizon.
Robert M asked...
"What is the easiest way to contact a WoW.com blogger? Sometimes the post has some interesting information and sometimes it needs to be expounded upon, but when you try and use the contact interface, you only get the general WoW.com and not the option of choosing a writer. Is there a way to pose a Shaman question to Rossi or a Druid question to Robert outside of comments? The Queue has been one of my favorite sections of WoW.com, and it would be awesome if at the end of a class piece, the bloggers could try and answer or direct a player on where to find the answer for a question that is more reader directed."
Some of our writers are more willing to throw their email addresses out there than others, so the best way to contact who you're looking for is to use that contact form. Every single one of us reads those letters, so if you're aiming something at Rossi or Robert, just state clearly that you're directing your message at them.
Of course, we probably won't respond to someone being a troll or a person asking something like, "how u mine 4 titan grip." If you have a good question, though? You'll probably get a response.
"The reason we're told we have to go stop Algalon the Observer is because he's going to send a signal off to the Titans that Azeroth needs to be re-formatted- essentially disintegrated and rebuilt on the atomic level. If this was a power the Titans possessed, why didn't they do that after they first defeated the Old Gods? The only reason I can think of is that such a maneuver wouldn't actually destroy the Old Gods, but then again, if it didn't, what would be the point?"
The Titans don't consider Azeroth a lost cause quite yet. Yeah, it has some baddies under the surface, but they've locked them up and if those things stay locked up, Azeroth will be fine and dandy like wine and candy. That's assuming those things actually do stay locked up, though. Algalon is there to send word home if something to the contrary happens. The Titans' security measures have been compromised, one of the Keepers has been killed. Now it's Algalon's job to say, "Hey, things aren't going as well as we hoped. It's time for a purge."
"About the flying mounts speed increase from 60%, are they planning on doing the same with flying carpets?"
The carpets are flying mounts, so... yes.
"I was doing Argent Tournament dailies the other day and whilst jousting I got an emote that said "Eranikus emerges from the nightmare, tranquility sets over Moonglade". I've seen this emote happen multiple times and all of them have been at random moments. Whats up? Is this Blizz teasing us about the Emerald Dream? A special Druid only random emote? Has the ice stone melted again?!"
This is a realm-wide emote that's a part of a very old quest chain. Many people still run it just for the sake of seeing it, because it's a pretty incredible chain. Back at level 60, it took not only guild effort to complete, but server effort. Blizzard just doesn't make 'em like that anymore. Go check out the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest chain and be awed.