You know, I was perfectly aware that elephants could paint, having worked at the San Diego Zoo before. But I didn't realize they were also happy enough to play the harmonica if given the opportunity.
Q. If I upgrade a BoA archeology item (such as the Umbrella of Chi-Ji) will it become soulbound as the UI warns or does it stay account-bound only?
It will remain account-bound. Feel free to upgrade it and send it to your alts! The Spear of Xuen is a particularly good upgrade, for characters that can use polearms.
Something in today's breakfast topic made me wonder what others do for heroic scenarios. How do you handle getting getting two more players to queue up? I don't want to transfer servers, and with my schedule not really wanting to find a raiding guild. I am considering a transfer to an achievement focused guild, but have not fully committed to this yet. Until then.... What are others doing? Are you lucky enough for a surplus of guildies to run with? Friends galore who are still playing? Plying trade to find more to queue up with you? Forgoing any chance at this new content? Also, tied to the heroic scenarios - do you prefer 2 dps and a healer? All dps on their own? A tank and two dps? Some other mix?
I usually hit up a friend of mine, or my guildmates, or some combination thereof. I haven't had a problem finding two other people to run things with. Keep in mind that I'm in a raid guild, so people are pretty keen on quick ways to gather valor, and heroic scenarios are one of the quickest. I've done them with three dps, and two dps and a healer before -- honestly, I don't have a preference. Both times were speedy enough, and we hit the timers without a problem. Again, this is likely because I'm in pretty decent raid gear at the moment, so take my words with a grain of salt. Others may have different opinions on the subject. Let's see if we get more commentary in the comments section!
What is the likelihood WoW will develop class specific quests instead of generic questing?
Incredibly unlikely. You might see some class-themed quests here and there, but you're not going to see class quests replace the usual quests you come across while leveling. It'd keep people from working together, for one thing, and I don't even want to think about the development time it'd eat up.
Question for the Queue: Where's Arthas dead body resting? Was he put in an unnamed grave or left to rot at Icecrown Spire? And a following one: What happened to the Armor of the Damned? We know the whereabouts of both the Helm of Domination and Frostmourne so... what about the plate that the Lich King wore?
I like to think he was buried somewhere. You kind of have to understand, the Lich King wasn't Arthas. There wasn't a bit of Arthas left in him by the time we killed him -- and who knows exactly when that piece of Arthas finally died. Arthas' body was just a husk that the Lich King was inhabiting. His decent into darkness was a pity, but he was the Prince of Lordaeron and fairly beloved at some point. I doubt he got any kind of fancy tomb anywhere, but it would be nice if someone had the heart to at least put him in some sort of decent grave somewhere. As for the armor, that's currently unknown, but I'm assuming Bolvar is either wearing it, or keeping an eye on it.
Q4TQ: Is there any way to "turn off" Real ID or appear invisible or something while playing the game? Sometimes I just want to log in and play and not talk to people because I'm just not in that zone (or they might want me to hop on a different character, or help them with something, or whatever). I know, I could try just saying, "No, I want to do this other thing," but I'd rather not have to even deal with that, I'd prefer my occasional peace and quiet.
There's no current offline mode for RealID or the Battletag system, but it's something they're working on. In the interview I did with Ghostcrawler, I actually mentioned that feature, because it was supposedly on schedule for one patch or another, and then later dropped. It's still in development, we just haven't seen it yet. So cross your fingers that we'll get it soon!
Q4tQ: Why do WI staffers refer to Sarah Pine as "Sally"? Its most obvious on the WI show and in todays round table. Is Sally a different person? Is Sarah her pen name?
Sarah's name is Sarah, but she likes to be called Sally. Some of us are still getting used to calling her that, is all.
Q4tQ: Do you think Blizzard will ever revisit expansion launch events as scenarios? I missed out on the zombie invasion pre-WotLK and I'd love to see the content ingame again.
It would be really cool if they could do that, but if they dedicate the time to that, that's time that they could have spent creating something brand new and interesting instead. So it's a matter of whether or not bringing that old stuff back would really have any kind of re-playability. If it's not something that's really going to keep people engaged, why spent the man hours on developing it, you know?
Anyone know why Gamon is being surrounded by the Korkron?
Well, Gamon isn't exactly the most swell guy in the world. Interestingly enough, Gamon used to be the subject of a rogue quest, back in the day. He was the assistant of a troll named Tazan, an enemy of the Shattered Hand who regularly traded with pirates near Ratchet. As part of the rogue quest to become a member of the Shattered Hand, you're sent to go aquire Tazan's logbook. Unfortunately, it's locked in a satchel, and the only person who has that key is Gamon. In vanilla, this was just a test of your pickpocketing skills -- could you get the key out of Gamon's pocket without killing him, or not?
But everyone liked killing Gamon. He was a neutral NPC. He doesn't really have much story beyond that, honestly -- he was just the apprentice to some skeezy troll who regularly dealt with pirates and wasn't fondly looked upon by the Shattered Hand, and by extension, the Horde. Gamon's described as being a drunk, so he spent his days quietly drinking in the bar. I like to think, in my mind anyway, that the weight of the world finally got to be too much for poor Gamon, and the continued Kor'kron freakshow in Orgrimmar finally set him off.
In my head I have all kinds of ideas for short stories involving the best little drunkard in Orgrimmar. Maybe someday I'll actually get around to writing them down.
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