What's the best 5-man instance in the game? What's the best raid?
What's your main?
Though I've had both horde and alliance mains in the past -- my original main was a gnome warlock, but I've also played both a priest and a paladin to end-game on the horde side -- these days I'm playing a gnome monk. I just love being so small and yet still able to bring down huge creatures with my tiny fists of fury.
What's been your favorite expansion?
It's a tie between Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King -- but it's not so much the content as it is the people I played with when those expansions were out. During both expansions I played with a close-knit group of friends and had a blast.
Scholomance and Karazhan. Huh, is anyone else noticing a theme?
What's your favorite thing to do in Azeroth?
It varies a lot. I've typically played healers in WoW
which meant instances and raids were usually my thing. But my monk, though she has a healing spec, usually doesn't heal... though I'd like to get back into it at some point. (Maybe during Warlords
Lately I've been doing a lot of achievement work and I'm grinding my way towards Loremaster slowly, as my attention span allows. (Which is to say very
What's the #1 thing Blizzard has done well?
Blizzard is great at making potato chip games -- i.e. you can't eat just one. Whether I'm playing WoW
, or Hearthstone
, I always get stuck thinking "just one more quest/drop/match" and wind up playing hours more than I mean to. It's not something unique to Blizzard games, but nearly every Blizzard game is like that.
What's the #1 thing Blizzard could do better?
Diversity and inclusion. The biggest thing that makes me want to drop Blizzard games and not come back is their slipshod handling of female characters. We repeatedly see female characters pushed out of the spotlight, mistreated, straight-up insulted, or just used for eye candy. The tone of Blizzard's games -- especially Warlords of Draenor
, which has been explicitly described as a "boy's trip" -- is that women aren't heroes and that our role is to stay home to cook, clean, and mind the kids. Women get enough of that kind of sexist, misogynistic messaging in real life -- we don't need to see in our games, too.
But I know Blizzard can do better and I hope that Warlords
goes beyond the sexist stereotype that is its marketing material.
When I'm not playing WoW, I'm ...
Working is most common -- I juggle a bunch of freelance writing jobs so there's always something to do! Other than that, I'm your typical geek: I read books and comics; devour scifi television and movies; and play a bunch of video games. (I spend entirely too much time playing Avengers Alliance
, which is a Facebook game and therefore evil, but I can't seem to stop playing.) I am also a huge Disney nerd and visit Disneyland as often as I can manage (yes, I am an adult, really).
I'm owned by a couple of basset hounds, who mostly serve to distract me from everything I ought to be doing. But they're adorable, so they usually get away with it.
Other than WoW, what's your favorite video game?
. Even with its much-derided ending, I've put more hours into that series than any other.
Where can we find you outside of WoW Insider?
You can find me writing most frequently on The Escapist
, where I'm the Senior Editor for their Movies and TV channel. On Twitter, I'm @faience
, and I mostly post a lot of ridiculous dog photos.