Hello again! It's me, here to answer all your direly important burning questions. I have hijacked this column from Adam today, so let's get started, shall we?
Question: What's your favorite talent?
You see that video up there? That.
Question: What did Sacco do to Anne; that she no longer comes on the podcast?
Sacco hasn't done anything to me at all. Except neglect my existence. I'll be over here crying in the corner. :(
Seriously though, usually if someone asks for a particular writer to be on the WoW Insider Show, the hosts will do their best to get that writer on the podcast. So in other words, if you'd like to hear me, or anyone else from the esteemed WoW Insider staff for that matter, drop the hosts an email and let them know about it!
I recently went through Hyjal on my new warrior, and when I hit the quest Aesinna's Miracle (the one where the mountain turns all green and stuff) there was a little cutscene where Aesinna talked to my warrior. I don't remember this part being in it when I leveled my other characters through Hyjal. Did they add this cutscene in a recent patch or am I just going crazy?
You are absolutely sane, Flarebear. The cutscene has been there since beta, however the last step of the quest involved turning the quest in to Hamuul Runetotem. He was over waiting for players at Aesinna's shrine, but the quest helper pointed players back to Malorne's shrine instead. The issue's been fixed now, but a large chunk of players missed out on that very cool -- and pretty important -- cutscene when Cataclysm released.
Question: Is the Ice Lord Ahune going to be updated with cata equivalent gear or at least with one of the PVE currency?
More than likely. We've seen hints of updated loot datamined from here and there, and it's not really likely that Blizzard would leave in an old boss with old gear -- nobody would bother with the holiday content. ... now if the Ice Lord would be kind enough to drop a pet for me this year, I'd be happy.
Question for the Queue: What's happened to the Blue Child? I remember the days seeing it and the White Lady up in the sky in Azeroth, but apart from some official artwork and things like Ulduar, the Blue Child is totally forgotten.
Any information on what's happened to it insomuch as its disappearance in WoW? Did Blizzard remove it on purpose or was it a graphical glitch as is commonly believed? And if it is a glitch, why don't they fix it?
According to a fanciful GM, the Blue Child was "sent away by the Earthmother to learn about the universe" just before The Burning Crusade. I wouldn't take that as written lore, however. If I remember correctly, the Blue Child disappeared when they added weather effects to vanilla zones in patch 1.10.0 -- I could be wrong, however. Regardless, I think the Blue Child was removed due to graphic errors of one kind or another.
Alternatively, the Exodar took it out during their abrupt collision with Azeroth.
I've vaguely heard rumors of Algalon's return. Do these rumors hold any merit?
Depends on where you heard the rumors. The last issue of the World of Warcraft comics series was a "special issue" that featured an introduction of sorts to a "new" series -- one that would follow various characters of the Horde and Alliance. Not major lore figures, but everyday citizens like the characters you and I play. Algalon made an appearance in this issue, observing these everyday characters and trying to muddle out just what makes the mortals of Azeroth tick.
Given his last words after his defeat in Ulduar, it's kind of implied we might see him again -- but there's been nothing confirmed. As with any rumor, unless it's out of the mouth of a developer, consider it nothing more than speculation.
Q fo' da Q: In regards to speaking about certain versions of WoW, how did the original WoW game come to be knows as "Vanilla"?
World of Warcraft by itself is the plain, original version of the game. WoW on its own is vanilla, like vanilla ice cream, and each additional expansion offers a new and exciting flavor. I don't know about you, but I was a fan of The Burning Crusade flavor. Tasted kinda like a rainbow sorbet.
Oh let's answer one more, just because I'm feeling chatty!
Question for the Q: To combat my distaste for repetitive dailies and bad pugs, i have recently rolled an Undead Warrior to visit the "new" quest experiences of Post-Cataclysm Azeroth. While avenging the Tauren slain in the Barrens, I was tasked with heading into the embers of Camp Taurajo and dispatching the miserable looters. To my surprise, I discovered something that i had to ask you about:
Why the HECK is there still a working mailbox in the middle of Camp Taurajo?
I enjoy getting my Auction House profits in a timely fashion as much as anyone, but... really? Talk about breaking the flow...
Because neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a massive firebombing from encroaching Alliance will stay the postmasters of Azeroth from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Plus those mailboxes? They're built tough. Horde tough.
And I'm outta here!
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