Five months ago, the World of Warcraft community watched, spellbound, as a certain precocious gnome enthralled us with her scrawled tale of a crab, the floating skull who loved him, and the nerf bat-wielding child they weaned on the tears of irate forum posters.
The Doodlegnome, Paululum, has been busy since that 251-page official forum thread finally came to an end -- she's continued to draw at a prolific rate, even starting up her own webcomic and crafting some amazing BlizzCon badges -- but she hadn't created a new epic forum thread since she took the Zarcrawler idea and ran with it as far as her little legs could carry her.
Until this week, that is.
On Wednesday, fresh from an invigorating weekend at BlizzCon, Paululum took to the official WoW forums once more to offer up scribbled answers to any and all questions about the upcoming expansion, Warlords of Draenor. Thirty-one pages, more than 600 posts and over 50 drawings later (and still counting!), we've got ourselves a Warlords encyclopedia the likes of which the world will likely never see again. In fact, so valued are Doodlegnome's posts that Community Manager Bashiok swooped in to make sure that each link within her posts in the thread could be clicked, even though WoW forum settings don't normally allow for non-blues to have clickable links.
Here, for your education and neatly categorized viewing pleasure, are each of Paululum's "Ask Me Anything" responses about the expansion. (We'll keep this post updated as/if new doodles are added.)
New Character Models & Race Changes
- Will moonkin finally get an upgraded model?
- What does the new female tauren model look like?
- Will there finally be male blood elves?
- Will worgen be able to fly without a mount, like in my dreams?
- Will they finally allow gnomes to mount worgen who are in Running Wild form?
- What happens when you cross a gnome with a tauren?
- What would demon-corrupted undead look like?
- Best dwarf beard you can draw ... go!
- On a scale of 1 to "daym gurl," how sexy will female Forsaken be?
- Will the Forsaken finally find the beards they lost?
- Will I ever get to wear my Monocle with my Top Hat, and have my hair show?
- Is it true that this time we'll slay Onyxia while trolls are riding her?
- Father and son hug for Garrosh and Grom?
- Will Thrall have another baby?
- What will the gnomes be doing while everyone else is on Draenor?
- What's the first thing Jaina does when Garrosh takes off and all this stuff goes down?
- How many times will we rescue Corki?
- Will the undead be able to bolster their ranks?
- What will draenei crash in this expansion? What will they crash into?
- What do you think Garrosh will do to convince the Iron Horde to take him in?
- Will Nathanos Blightcaller and Sylvanas finally get to fall in love and get married?
- What happens when you open the puzzle box of Yogg-Saron?
- I wonder what Garrosh's reaction would be to see my face in Draenor after slapping him out in SoO?
Gameplay and New Features
- What'll the first dungeon boss be?
- In the new garrison, will there be a disco room? If so, what's in it?
- Since Draenor is home of the draenei, and draenei came to Azeroth by way of flying goat ship, in Warlords of Draenor, will we get to fly in space?
- What is the next legendary weapon/items?
- Will I finally get my Cookie Shop?
- Why did you add the "instant 90" feature? It renders all the content leading up to MoP entirely worthless.
- No matter what they do, people will complain.
- Will PvE gear dominate in world PvP?
- Are we getting barber shops and transmogrification people in all the major cities?
- What's your best (and hopefully eventually implemented) incubus model for warlock pets?
- Will gnomes get a new class?
- What food will mages conjure at level 100?
- Can hunters finally tame hydras?
- Will undead be able to be paladins?
- What new devices will we (clearly superior to gnomish) goblin engineers get?
- What new devices will we (clearly superior to goblin) gnomish engineers get?
- Boxers or briefs?
- Where's Red Shirt Guy when you need him?
- Your posts are being edited by soemone who's not your name; how?
- How do you have such a ridiculous turnover time on these doodles?
- With the announcement of the World of Warcraft movie, who'll be playing Lothar and Durotan?
- Will Zarcrawler be in the expansion? And will she have learned to wield the nerf bat more responsibly?
- What is this sticky, blue substance on my shoe and where did it come from? I know you know something.
- What do you think about gnomes no longer being punted ... only to be found tied up with a apple in your mouth, in a Forsaken's garrison?
- My armor is very spiky. Will you hug me? :(
- Ok, for real, does anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like in the next expansion?
- Will this expansion make me look fat?
- What if Kargath, Blackhand, Kilrogg, Ner'zhul, Gul'dan, Grommash, and Durotan participated in a chili cook-off. Who would win?
- People like you shouldn't be allowed on the Internet.