Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.
I found Bashiok. He's a very handsome tree person, but he didn't drop anything -- I'll have to re-visit him later.
Lore Q4TQ (stolen from reddit): In WC3, what port did Arthas take to Northrend? There don't appear to be docks anywhere in Lordaeron so did he go all the way to Menethil? Or is it one of those things that just got overlooked and lost in translation?
It was never really defined, but I assume that Lordaeron had ports at one point in time, before the Scourge went and wiped everything out. Silverpine does have a northern coast, after all.
Q: With both Farahlon and Talaan both now being cut from release and reserved for future patches, how will level 100's pass their time? The dungeons will be around, of course, and one can raid or do the PvP zone if one cares to. One can dink around in the garrison, but once the followers are sent off on missions there is not a whole lot else to actually do there. Most people will hit 100 within their first week in-game, maaaaybe up to two weeks for those who go very, very slowly or who play in only short bursts. With both end-game zones now delayed, are people going to start complaining of boredom after a month or two?
Farahlon was never intended to be released with launch -- it was always stated that it would come out as later patch content. Tanaan's the same way, to a degree -- it's a level 100 zone. We do visit it, briefly, in the opening experience. And then we get the heck out of there because the place is crawling with the worst of what the Iron Horde has to bring, and we pretty much smashed the heck out of a hive of wasps in our first appearance in the zone. They are mad. They are really, really mad. It's in our best interests to get out of there, establish a base, build up our resources and get together an army, because there is no way our merry little band is going to take on the entirety of the Iron Horde on its own.
Also, keep in mind that patch 5.1, the first content patch of Pandaria, released a little over a month after Mists of Pandaria's launch. We aren't going to be waiting forever. It's just patch content. There is plenty of stuff to do at level 100 that will keep us occupied until that content is released. I'm going to talk about that in a little more detail in tomorrow's Know Your Lore. You'll be pleasantly surprised -- I certainly was.
Q4tQ: Do you think there's any possibility that the Outland we experienced in Burning Crusade was the shattered Draenor of a different timeway, and that the Draenor we're going to now is the actual Draenor from our own timeway?
Absolutely not. There are more than enough familiar faces on this version of Draenor to prove that wrong, not to mention the draenei of the Alliance specifically remember what happened to them, and what happened to their world. Outland was their world, they watched it shatter.
The latest beta build has given us a costume to show the true and terrible form of a minipet. But what WoW boss / character would you like a minipet version of?
I would like a Twilight whelpling, since we never got one of those to my recollection -- a mini-Halion.
Long Question for the Queue: As always, with new information revealed a lot of people have negative feelings about things. Not saying that they are wrong, but the vocal majority is usually negative. There are many times that I want to tell off some people who are being irrational; yet at times Blizz has in fact listened to them and changed things. So my question is: In your opinion, what's the least amount a group of players has to complain to get their point across? Or is there a happier way to get Blizz to change their minds on things?
The thing is, it's not about complaining. It's about being constructive with your criticism. Imagine you've made some sort of amazing new invention, something you're very proud of. You hand it to 25 people and say "Hey, try this out." 24 of those people come back and simply say that the thing sucks. You ask them for clarification, they tell you you're an idiot for creating this thing because it obviously sucks and if you can't see why it sucks, you have no idea what you're doing and you shouldn't have bothered to begin with.
The 25th person says "Hey, I'm mad. There's a problem with this thing -- you said it was supposed to deliver cupcakes, I keep getting shipments of pickles. You didn't say the cupcakes were optional, so where are they? I want the cupcakes!" Which person are you going to react better to? Which person are you apt to listen to? Which person is going to make you reconsider what you created -- the person that flat-out insults you, or the person that points out the issue and offers a solution?
My point is, you can complain all you want -- by all means, everyone is entitled to their own opinions about things. But if all you do is complain without offering some kind of justification or reason for your dissatisfaction that can be understood and addressed by those in charge, you shouldn't be surprised if nothing comes of your complaints.
QftQ: Grilled cheese or tuna melt?
Grilled cheese with turkey. And tomato. Man, now I'm all hungry ...
Anne, how much do you hate writing the Queue the day after Rossi stirs s---- up? And have you ever asked to write the Queue before him once in a while so you could get revenge?
I don't mind at all, as long as there's plenty of questions to choose from! Sometimes when people get really worked up, all they talk about is how worked up they are, instead of asking questions. I don't mind this, of course -- heck, we like it when people converse with each other, as long as it's done without trolling -- but it does mean there are very few questions to answer at the end of the day. Those days are ... slightly more difficult, but Twitter usually gives me plenty of questions to work with in those cases.
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