dngreene: Man, when Blizzard wants to get players out into the world, they get players out into the world ... or else. atanae: Meanwhile, four stalwart players who have no lives are killing boars ... shrikesnest: Yes, WoW got hacked, and that sucks. I wish it didn't happen. But I can at least take some consolation in the fact that this is the funniest comment thread on WoW Insider in a long time. PhilDGiles: Does anybody think "SPARE US GOD" might fall into that same list of infamous WoW quotes as "LEEEEEROY JENKINS" now?
In this month, everybody died. Then they rezzed and kept playing. October 2012 was pretty lockstep with the pattern we've already seen in major patch or expansion releases, which is that staffers largely abandon whatever editorials they were working on in favor of, uh, playing the game.
As you might expect, lots of great news this month, and an unbroken string of comments and pokes at the wonderful random stuff that kept popping out of Pandaria.
Patch 5.1: Grand Commendations boost alt reputation By this point in October, players were heartily sick of doing endless dailies for reputation, and the idea of doing it all over again on another set of toons made people quail. Suffice it to say that this was welcome news.
Opinions and Editorials
People live in Pandaria: Or, or house in the middle of the sea "There are more buildings in Jade Forest than in several old-world zones on our own planet combined, and most importantly, they make sense. There are orchards and wharfs and farms where the pandaren work and play. We know that because we can see them do it! ... People live in Pandaria. And I want to help keep it that way." An excellent editorial by Sacco on Blizzard's stratospheric talent for creating such an immersive environment. For what it's worth, I'm in 100% agreement that it's the little moments that make it, and not the big stuff.
Reputation in review: The Tillers The Tillers are probably among the first people you'll get exalted with in Pandaria, not least because farming is a lot of fun and there's a really compelling story with Farmer Yoon to pursue.
WoW Moviewatch: Family As others have written, it's difficult to summarize this and do a good job. An excellent machinima; please watch it. Ben.seeberger in the comments has an interesting lore point concerning an odd quirk related to Forsaken and night elf lifespans.
Scattered Shots: Don't anger the tank or she will make you cry "When you're running Dungeon Finder you do not want to piss off the tank: she has all the power. You annoy her enough and she'll initiate a vote kick. No one else wants to be on the tank's bad side so they'll vote to boot your sorry ass. But not until the tank calls you names until you cry like a sissy little elf." It wouldn't be a year at WoW Insider without Frostheim's insulting the non-dwarf population.
Heroic dungeon bosses in 5 seconds Sometimes we don't need a dissertation-length explanation of what a boss does and why. Sometimes we just need a quick macro for party chat so someone else doesn't kill us.
Odds and Ends
Know Your Lore, TFH Edition: The dark secrets of the mogu The mogu obviously aren't the nicest people on the planet, but remember -- we've only got one side of the story. A really thought-provoking article on the gaps in WoW's historical record, and another creepy reminder that the Titans may not be a fundamentally benign presence in the universe.
The Data Guy: Meet the Dev behind The Undermine Journal, Realm Pop, and more The Undermine Journal is essentially the Wall Street Journal of WoW (and it was intended to be), and its creator Erorus, a web application developer on his day job, has 5 projects going at once. Why? Because when he doesn't find an easy way to get information, or it's presented poorly, he programs an easier way to get it himself. He, too, thinks that the ability to post buy orders to the AH would be a great step forward.
Know Your Lore: 5 frequently asked Mists lore questions I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, but there's something awfully compelling about the Klaxxi. Perhaps it's just the knowledge of how quickly our relationship with them will change once they think we're not needed anymore. Pandaria's great oppressed In which Rossi writes a half-funny, half Fridge Horror post concerning the virmen and the specter of their oppression at the hands of the larger vegetable-eating races. Responds Suzanne1 in the comments: "Dang, I didn't know there was a virmen pet. Time to go get one!" I never remembered to ask him about it, but it's possible that Rossi had Griffter's Violence Against Virmin in mind.
2012's drawing to a close, and we're wrapping up the most interesting articles we've published all year, one day at a time. Join us every day for the next twelve days with this year's best of WoW Insider!