As I write this, it's 3:15 a.m. here in Wisconsin. About 30 minutes ago, I was comfortably in bed, drifting off to sleep. Then I heard a familiar sound coming from my iPhone -- someone was sending me instant messages over AIM! You see, I keep AIM logged in on my phone just in case the staff needs me in a hurry, especially on weekends. So I rolled over and groped blindly for my phone. What happened? Did WoW Insider burn down while I wasn't looking? Did we get news of another domain change? Did someone put a hilarious .GIF in our virtual war room?
It was Michael Sacco. "Hey Alex, can you write The Queue for me tomorrow?"
"I'm in bed, Mike. I am literally in bed. Right now. Sleeping."
"Yeah. OK. Can you write it?"
So here I am. Writing The Queue. Because that's what friends do.
What will be the best way to grind worgen/goblin rep?
There are tabards you can wear in instances to accrue reputation with those factions, similar to the level 80 tabards for factions such as the Argent Crusade and the Ebon Blade
Edit: There were no reputation tabards at level 70. Sorry!
How do you turn off the sound that the launcher makes? When I'm half asleep in the morning that thing scares the crap out of me.
Sadly, you push your mute button until Blizzard patches again. The fact that The Volume Is Too Damn High is a bug.
I know you have a WoW Insider meetup every year at BlizzCon, but will you ever do one somewhere else in the world? East coast, maybe? Cataclysm midnight release?
I'll split this question in half so I can answer each part sufficiently. First, we would love to have more meetups. The problem with them is that they're pretty expensive and we don't have money to just throw at meetups all year 'round. We would need to find sponsors to fund them. It's not impossible, but it's tough work. We have talked about it in the past and I actually brought it to the table again in our last editorial meeting, so we might look at it again. We can't make any promises, but it would be awesome.
I would love to have one in the midwest and one on the east coast at least. Chicago and New York? Boston? If Blizzard holds a Worldwide Invitational again at any point, maybe we'll have one overseas. WoW Insider in Paris or Seoul? It could happen.
As for midnight releases, we have no plans for official meetups that night. However, we will probably do what we've done in previous years and the staff members that don't mind people hunting them down in real life will list their midnight pickup location here on the site. If your location happens to match up, track them down and hand out some hugs, yo! I may arm staff members with TCG loot codes that night.
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