<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/12/22/15-minutes-of-fame-retirement-home/">Retirement home</a></b> "We did get some new players in our ranks as a result of the article," reports Sharaya of US Blackwater Raider's Vanguard of Norrath, a guild of "retired" hardcore gamers. "So far, they are fitting in nicely and seem to be of similar mentality. Moving forward, to be frank, we don’t have any plans other than to continue to grow our ranks and enjoy WoW for the game it is. Right now, we are getting our collective butts kicked learning the new ICC runs and getting new members into the swing of things. Still, a number of us I think look forward to Cataclysm. The rumored re-making of an existing continent appeals to the old-school gamer in some of us, as it reminds us the changing worlds we played in long ago with paper and pencil."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/12/15/15-minutes-of-fame-making-childs-play-of-wow/">Making Child's Play of WoW</a></b> "We're pulling everything together this week and working hard on our year-end wrap-up," sums up Kristin Lindsay of Child's Play gamer's charity organization. "2009 was definitely a record-breaking year for us, and it's looking like our final total will be over $1.7 million dollars ... totally amazing. We'd like to thank all of our sponsors, donors and gaming communities who supported us this year and made Child's Play its biggest success to date. When gamers give back, it makes a difference!"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/12/01/15-minutes-of-fame-amazon-grace-how-sweet-these-guilds/">Amazon grace: How sweet these guilds</a></b> "We got 14 new members as a result of the wow.com article," notes Myredd, GM of several all-female guilds (and their fraternal counterpart). "One of those was just a couple of days ago, so I'm not sure the influence is totally over. Some of those new folks then transferred mains from other servers, and they're already making great contributions to the guild. Our core challenge Horde-side is helping those who want to raid. I've started conversation with a raiding guild on our server to see if there's a way we can work together. Several of our members moved their 80s to the same raiding guild, so we're looking at the possibility of having all our 'graduates' move there if they want to raid. In the meantime, the dungeon finder is a god-send to the smaller Alliance guild, since now we can always fill out a group at any level."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/11/24/15-minutes-of-fame-vive-la-resistance/">Vive la Resistance</a> Aleksey, former GM of <Sedition> on the spectacularly faction-imbalanced realm Cho'gall, has finally thrown in the towel. "I haven't been playing on Cho'gall much. I recently transferred my mage off of there and hit a server where raids are PuGged and have been spending time actually raiding. My warrior will most likely leave Cho'gall as well -- so congrats to Blizzard on that, they are at least making money off me for trying to get that server going." Awww.
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/11/18/15-minutes-of-fame-mixlering-it-up-in-world-pvp/">Mixlering it up in World Defense</a></b> "We saw an immediate response in people coming to the server interested in joining the Guildwatch," says world defense organizer Mixler of US Feathermoon. "There was also a backlash from certain factions in the Horde eager to downplay the Guildwatch's effectiveness, with a counter-backlash from our supporters. War is always active on Feathermoon. ;) I do owe the members of /horde an apology, though. In the original article, I had stated that group was mostly defunct. That is not the case, as their dedicated core group has convincingly protested. ... The Guildwatch celebrated its five-year anniversary on Dec. 13. There were over a hundred attendees, current and former 'watchers, as well as a few prospective members. The followup meeting four days later brought in five new guilds as member guilds. ... Guilds are looking for ways to involve themselves with potential members out in the larger community. More info: <a href="http://www.guildwatch.net/">Guildwatch.net</a>."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/10/27/15-minutes-of-fame-quadriplegic-player-attacks-progression-raid/">Quadriplegic player attacks progression content</a></b> "My turning dilemma for the 180-degree spin was solved, thanx to the Warcraft community!" rejoices the energetic Quadilious, who also happens to be quadriplegic. "I just use a focus gem now. For example, in the Yogg fight, I set my target to any player/character behind me, use the gem macro, and instant turn-around. ... I also did a podcast interview with <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/HuntingPartyPodcastOutdps">OutDPS! Hunting Party</a>, which was a blast! ... The ICC content so far has been fun but not as challenging as I had hoped. The new LFG, though, has me doing heroics again, not only for the badges but to test my skills as a high-DPS toon trying to avoid aggro. The new title we're working on is the Tribute to Insanity (which should be soon, now that we've gotten Anub down) ... On a kind of funny note in the real world, I just received my first power chair -- and thanx to my playing WoW, didn't have to go through all the 'Is he coordinated enough for a power chair?' rigamarole. LOL"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/10/20/15-minutes-of-fame-mr-big/">Mr. Big(screen)</a></b> "I have been playing mostly my hunter for the past few months, clearing ToC 10 and 25 and helping our guild take down the new IC bosses," reports big screen fanatic Mackendall (Benevolent Thuggery, US Dragonblight). "Over Xmas, I started playing elemental on my shaman again. The new Dungeon Finder system is awesome and the groups have been surprisingly really good, although I usually ended up as the healer. ... Finally, I got time over the holidays to finish setting up a second gaming PC and hooked it up to a new Vizio 47" 1080p LCD to play some WoW with my 9-year-old daughter. We quested our way up to level 26 on her mage. I wish I had a photo of her standing next to the 47" LCD with her character on the screen, as it would have been a neat comparison (a la 'daughter follows in father's footsteps with big-screen WoW')."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/10/13/15-minutes-of-fame-wow-eh/">WoW, Eh? artist Kelly Aarons</a></b> "I've been hard at work running two different comic series, trying to improve my health as well as my artistic repertoire," notes Kelly "Cadistra" Aarons, who joined the WoW.com staff not long after her feature here on 15 Minutes. "I've got Cadistra at level 77 (about 1/4 to 78!), and while I'm the slowest leveler in the world, I'm having a ton of fun just flying over the different zones and exploring. Still need to grab some titles and head to the Argent Tourney, come to think of it ... Joining the WoW.com team has been such an incredible experience -- a bit of a learning curve (as I am hardly a columnist/newshound), but everyone here has been so supportive and patient, especially concerning my main job of drawing Byron, the Tauren Rogue. I have to admit that Byron got off to a bit of a rocky start, but I've learned a lot about taking criticism and dealing with the community, and I'm truly grateful for it. The story is just getting started, so make sure you stay tuned!"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/10/06/15-minutes-of-fame-lights-camera-death-grip/">Lights, camera, Death Grip</a></b> "Starting with my debut record release in early fall, which led into a nearly three-month long tour across North America, I was pretty much on my feet up until the holidays," reports Canadian pop singer (and as incongruous as it seems, level 80 death knight) Lights. "I took Captain Lights (my comic character, illustrated by Tomm Coker of Marvel) on tour across Canada with me by implementing the short semi-animated episodes into the visuals in my live show, which thankfully made RL feel a little bit less like RL. I have a five-month tour supporting Owl City starting Jan. 20 that will take us across North America and Europe. ... Some neat things have also gone down in WoW. There is currently a fan guild called <LIGHTS> on Korgath now, which I just joined at the rank of 'Queen Lights' with all the benefits of an officer (woot!). We have almost 100 members -- and yes, we're recruiting. ... I have become a bit of an over-achiever with nearly 4k achievement points, and I am two pets away from the 75 mark. I'm in a full T9 gear set and recently off-specced for tanking, after discovering the 11 minute LFG queue is shortened to 0 seconds if you go in as a tank. <LIGHTS> guild has a heroic Tempest Keep raid in the plans, an attempt to drop the Twinblade of the Phoenix for me (the wep tattooed on my arm)."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/09/29/15-minutes-of-fame-habbos-sulka-haro/">Habbo Hotel's Sulka Haro</a></b> "I've played quite little WoW," reports Habbo Hotel designer Sulka Haro, "due to not being commit to the time requirements of the end game -- the problem I mentioned in the interview. Blizzard has done a great deal to make a lot of the content more accessible in the patches, but that doesn't remedy the issue of having to mindlessly grind instances to get tokens to get better gear, only to get to mindlessly grind some more instances to get tokens to get better gear. Having said that, I'm eagerly waiting for Cataclysm. ... At work, one cool project that's been keeping me busy is that Habbo recently became one of the first big 'old school' virtual worlds to be fully integrated to Facebook. It's incredibly cool to have my Facebook friends appear automatically inside the game and not having to remember my password anymore. :) ... At home, my daughter just turned 20 months old and celebrated the event by learning how to stand on my upheld hand with one foot -- pretty amazing for her age. Recently I've spent my evenings learning how to develop for the iPhone, which is great fun. Trying to get to the point where I can release my first app, but that'll take a while."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/09/22/15-minutes-of-fame-games-designer-james-wallis/">Games designer James Wallis</a></b> "My wife and I are expecting our second child in April, and I've just pitched a major project to a major UK broadcaster for -- ah, that would be telling," writes British games designer James Wallis, aka Munchausen, the GM of <unassigned variables> of EU Nordrassil. "It's a game, and potentially a big one. Fingers crossed. In other news, I have started to learn to cook and have discovered that it is harder in the real world than in WoW, and slower. WoW needs more restaurants."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/09/15/15-minutes-of-fame-clint-hackleman-of-myndflame-machinima/">The machini-man</a></b> "We're currently working to launch a new website back at our root domain, Myndflame.com, where we'll be debuting some new machinima shorts," reports machini-man Clint Hackleman of Myndflame fame. "Some of our projects include ROFLBear, a micro-series that involves a bear getting into all kinds of shenanigans; several new WoW-related songs; and assembling a team to create our first original animated series based on Puff & Lilpuff and other Illegal Danish characters. There will be more soon, I promise!"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/09/08/15-minutes-of-fame-pre-raid-trivia-pumps-up-enthusiasm-strats/">Pre-raid trivia pumps up guild morale</a></b> "It's been wonderful to be able to rely on my guildies," reports guild morale officer Relyimah (Klatoo Verata Niktoo of US Kilrogg). "They've been nothing but supportive and loving through it all. 2009 has been the year of 'How much can you take?', between my husband leaving me, then getting myself into school and handling that, plus now my sister having breast cancer. It's amazing to see the people you play a video game with come and be your saving grace. They've really been there for me in more ways than I can count. ... I was working on KVN's own video retrospective when, in answer to my cries for help on our forums, one of our awesome DKs suggested that we should do some instance racing, create our own All-Madden team aptly named The All-Klatoo Team, vote for Best PvP'er, Most Improved, All-Around MVP and Heart of KVN. We're going to be having reindeer racing in Dalaran, which is assuredly going to make people go 'Huh?' LOL So I guess what you can say about me in the retrospective is that I'm still at it being a team player and raiding, and even though my toon's name means 'the unseen,' I make people see the nutritional value in each other."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/09/01/15-minutes-of-fame-alice-in-warcraftland/">Alice in Warcraftland</a></b> Having achieved a golden dingshot, Brit gaming maven Alice Taylor (unassigned variables, EU Nordrassil) is taking a WoW break – for now, anyway. "I've been busy with L4D2 matches and Xmas prep. I know! The holiday is my playtime. I think I may finally be bored with WoW; but I know that can't REALLY be true. Blame it on a combination of dying laptop and mad day job. But yes, I plan to log in soon ... just not yet. ;) (Maybe today, now you've got my interest piqued!)"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/08/25/15-minutes-of-fame-members-only/">Private WoW servers: Members only</a></b> It's not even patch 3.3 time for players on private servers, where updates happen ... some day. "I haven't gotten any new plans for my 'other' world yet," reports private server customer Laughoutloud. "My private server updates slower than retail, so everything is still pretty much the same. So if I come up with something, I will definitely let you know; however, if you don't hear from me by the deadline, please count me out in the retrospective. =("
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/08/18/15-minutes-of-fame-fantasy-author-muses-on-wow-themes/">Catherynne M. Valente: Author muses on WoW themes</a></b> "2009 turned out to be an amazing year for me," says author Catherynne M. Valente, now retired from WoW. "I not only sold 'The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making' in a two-book illustrated series, but finished work on 'Deathless,' my Russian WWII novel, and sold the Prester John trilogy, a medieval fantasy absolutely nothing like any other you've seen. I also had an Arthurian novella, 'Under In The Mere,' come out, illustrated by James A. Owen. Finally, in November, I got married and traveled to Russia on our honeymoon. It's been an amazing year -- I spent most of November and December playing with my Xbox, though, unwinding from a crazy, wonderful year!"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/08/05/15-minutes-of-fame-a-world-of-warcraft-love-story/">A World of Warcraft love story</a></b> "It's been six months since we got married," writes Ghrelsognn of himself and RL WoW bride Aleiriella, "and we are more in love then ever. We haven't really had our honeymoon yet, but we are planning to do something in the next few months. We are still avid WoW players, raiding three to four times a week. It's great to have her here when we play, makes it so much more fun. Aleir is settling in nicely. We have been doing lots of fixing up around the house, and back in July, we got ourselves a little ragdoll kitten. He thinks it is his house now."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/07/28/15-minutes-of-fame-so-you-think-you-can-nuke/">The brothers Kasprzak</a></b> "Both Evan and I had an eventful end of the year," reports big brother Ian Kasprzak, whose WoW-playing brothers Evan and Ryan have both been seen on Fox TV's So You Think You Can Dance. "Evan finished his tour with SYTYCD Season 5, visiting 40 cities total. It was quite an awesome experience, all told. In game, we have both moved guilds and are now part of Flaming Bunnies. We leveled DKs together (GoreTastic and RuneTastic) and are enjoying gearing them via the new Dungeon Finder System. My DK is a DW Frost tank, which has been quite a change of pace from being a healer, and I have definitely learned to appreciate the art of tanking. Evan is gearing as Unholy DPS. We have both been into ICC-25 and look forward to the additional upcoming content. ... Out of game, Evan is preparing for a role in the revival of Over Here in the L.A. area and probably finishing school shortly after that at Illinois Wesleyan University. After that, who knows? He is probably moving to the NYC area with Ryan."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/07/21/15-minutes-of-fame-legendary-appreciation-for-a-job-well-done/">Val'anyr: Legendary appreciation</a></b> "My raid group's moved on to ToC and then Icecrown," updates Elnore (House Stalwart, US Argent Dawn), whose guild awarded her the shards toward Val'anyr, "and I've caught the alt bug, gearing up a boomkin/tree and leveling a hunter. I love the random dungeons. I never finished Val'anyr, but I still plan to go back and get it one of these days."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/07/14/15-minutes-of-fame-learn-to-game-to-game-to-learn/">Learn to game, game to learn</a></b> "Lucas Gillispie in North Carolina and I have both started running the <a href="http://wowinschool.pbworks.com/">WoW in School Club</a>, and our kids have met in game and are deciding on a guild name and charter now," writes WoW-playing educator Peggy Sheehy. "We have been blogging as best as time allows, but the work is really consuming – gratifying, exhilarating, but CONSUMING! Since Cognitive Dissonance guild had the cover story in <a href="http://thejournal.com/articles/2009/11/09/virtual-communities.aspx?sc_lang=en">T.H.E. Journal</a>, our numbers have grown incredibly. Educators are seeking us out, transferring toons over to our server, etc. We have an incredible learning community now within Azeroth!" Agrees project partner Gillispie, "The kids are beginning to adapt to the world of Azeroth and beginning to identify with their characters. Even the principal at the school where I'm doing the project is hooked!"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/06/30/15-minutes-of-fame-the-craft-dinner-gang/">The Craft Dinner gang</a></b> "The Craft Dinner guys were pretty low key during the fall," writes Stumpsky of US Khaz Modan. "We ended our summer get-togethers with a bang, as we all got together at a location that could handle all of us. We ate a lot of pizza, did Heroic dungeon races against two teams of five (which is a blast), and stepped into Ulduar for the first time, successfully downing three of the first bosses. Once September and October hit, most of us cancelled our subscriptions as work and school got busier, and our characters collected dust. When 3.3 hit and the holidays came, some of us reactivated our accounts. We returned mostly because the new five-man dungeons were so compelling, especially as you were able to encounter Arthas. We also took advantage of the new Dungeon Finder, which I feel has completely changed the game. The holidays are wrapping up, however, and after a few shiny new ilvl-232 pieces and watching Arthas get trapped behind rubble caused by a flying ship firing its cannons, we'll most likely put WoW on the shelf for the upcoming stretch. Hopefully, the summer will bring the Craft Dinner guys back together, but we've got work to do in the meantime."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/06/23/15-minutes-of-fame-druid-at-the-decks/">Druid at the decks</a></b> "I had a rough couple of months in the hospital because of a surgery," writes druid DJ Aspeth (Aspeth, US Argent Dawn), "but I'm fine now -- so don't worry. :D As for my plans for this year, there's a lot of those! First, I wanted to be back at work, which I did today. After two months, it feels wonderful! I also have gigs planned in the U.S. -- Miami, Orlando and L.A. in March , which I'm very much looking forward to. I actually met a few people from WoW on my last gig in the U.S. (Lovefest in L.A.), and it was pretty nice to hear from them. And finally, I'm trying my hand with producing my own music. I've done some remixes in the past, but this will be the first time I'll be producing my own tracks. I'm really happy about it, because I think this is what it takes to get to the next level as a trance DJ, so hopefully the public response will be good. =) ... As for WoW, I'm now level 44, which for me is a huge accomplishment! I know a lot of people can probably do that in a day or two, but I've been playing different characters for years now, and this is the highest level I've ever been. :P I'm in no rush to get to 80!"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/06/15/15-minutes-of-fame-the-furry-fandom/">The furry fandom</a></b> "I no longer play WoW at the moment," admits furry fan AishaLove. "I'm waiting for Cataclysm (also, I'm very much poor). Amazingly, I only got contacted (about the WoW.com article) two times in game, and both were actually very positive experiences (I'm shocked as well O.o). ... My wife and I had broken up for almost a year and got back together just this October. That's the main big thing that happened for me (and her); we reunited."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/06/09/15-minutes-of-fame-discover-your-inner-shrinkgeek/">Discover your inner ShrinkGeek</a></b> "Since appearing here, my play time has continued to diminish due to increasing real-life demands and the attrition of friends from Azeroth," notes fit geek and ShrinkGeek.com blogger Rafe Brox (Kiesh of Tatterdemalion, US Lothar; above, lifting mod author extraordinaire CK Knight at Dragon*Con 2009). "Kiesh and the rest of my alts are approaching the clearing at the end of the path. It's been a good run. Five years is longer than I've held any job, so WoW must have been doing something right. *grin* I've tried a handful of other MMOs -- Aion, Champions, even EQII -- courtesy of friends with free trial invite codes, but it seems like they're all missing something. ... On the upside, this means that I have had, and will have, more time to dedicate to the other things in my life -- not the least of which is getting ShrinkGeek primed for the New Year's resolution rush (including an overhaul of the site and a bunch of new features). I really think we're onto something very, very cool. And, just after the first of the year, my day job is having another weight-loss challenge, so Team ShrinkGeek Mk II is lined up and ready for action there, too. Honestly, 2009 was a really rough year, and one of the brighter points for me was being on 15MoF. So, thanks. :-)"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/06/03/15-minutes-of-fame-wow-101-yes-wow-for-college-credit/">WoW for college credit</a></b> "I taught a course this past fall that was specifically geared towards helping instructors learn how to use games to teach," reports college prof Dr. Landon Pirius (aka Nodnal of US Blackwater Raiders). "It was a small class, but the students/teachers in the class will be taking what they learned to their own classes and hopefully impacting more students. Each built a lesson plan that incorporated games with their teaching. This isn't specific to WoW, I know. I will be teaching the same course you wrote about on wow.com this upcoming spring (starts Jan. 11). I am quite excited for the second run-through. I have used feedback from the students last year to make improvements for this year's class."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/05/19/15-minutes-of-fame-pulp-sci-fi-author-shoots-em-up-in-wow/">Sci-fi author shoots 'em up in WoW</a></b> "I may have a big contract coming, but it is still up the air!" reports sci-fi author John Zakour (Zapperz of Time Well Wasted, US Rexxar). "I am loving 3.3. Only had one bad PUG and one really bad PUG. I have all my gear at least the 230 level and getting ready to go to IC with my very patient Time Well Wasted guild. I still can't quite get my DPS over 4.5k, but I'm still pleased with that output for these 52-year-old fingers! I am also working a number of exciting projects for 2010. Plus, I am trying to keep the readership of <a href="http://comics.com/working_daze">Working Daze</a> growing. Oh, and my latest book, 'The Sapphire Sirens,' came out on Dec. 1! That's kind of nice."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/05/12/15-minutes-of-fame-a-standup-job-of-wow/">Playing WoW: The joke's on him</a></b> "Drelana has moved to a new guild and switched from feral tank + cat specs to moonkin and tree," notes comedian Jeff Reitman (Drelana of Azuremyst). " Playing as a caster for the first time in a while has been refreshing and made the game feel fresh. Since being with Blood Templars, we have cleared ToC and the existing ICC content and still been finding lots of fun things to do in the game. ... Outside of the game, comedy has kept me busy with lots of paid work this year -- but the exciting news is coming in 2010. Cross Platform Comedy will be going on the road with gamer-focused comedy shows coming to San Francisco in March and at BlizzCon and PAX. If people want details, they can sign up for e-mail updates or follow me on Twitter/Facebook via my webpage at <a href="http://www.jeffreitman.com/">JeffReitman.com</a>. I will be giving away tickets and discount codes to the shows for people who are following me or on my email list."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/05/05/15-minutes-of-fame-boubouille-proves-an-mmo-champion/">The man behind MMO-Champion</a></b> "I started playing WoW again in preparation for Cataclysm," relates the man behind MMO-Champion.com, the one and only Boubouille. "WotLK taught me that the release of an expansion means that I'll have to go through a lot of classes' changes, and it's much easier to figure out what's new/changed when you've played the class. I guess you can consider me active again and happily leveling. ... Patch 3.3 definitely made my life much easier, because I really HATE having to build a group for an instance, even a simple five-man. Just like everyone, I get angry at the super-annoying people I get in my PUGs every now and then, but I still think it's a good thing and we will all be very happy to have an easy access to instances when we level in Cataclysm. ... I don't like how raiding evolved in Patch 3.2/3.3. Making things easier is nice, but it kinda killed the last reason to be in a guild for most people ... WoW is really starting to feel like a solo game, and I'm not sure it's a very good thing. Of course, it's probably easy to miss the 'old' raiding when you didn't have to raid six or seven days a week for five hours with the occasional crisis every three or six months because one of your shadowpriests/tanks/shamans wants to stop playing. ^^"
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/04/21/15-minutes-of-fame-dislocated-but-not-disconnected/">Dislocated but not disconnected</a></b> "Raiding has become a comfortable hobby that I really enjoy," writes disabled player Lileya (EU Lightbringer). "My husband came over to the dark side and joined my guild, and we now raid together most of the time. The guys and gals in Omnium have been amazingly patient and supportive. Ulduar was a bumpy ride, but things are settling down nicely for me in Icecrown. ... I have started to tank a little. I'm not sure if I'll ever get well-versed enough or have the desire to raid tank, but being able to jump the queue in the new LFG system does have its advantages. ... I do recall saying that I would never own a Talbuk mount. Well, now I do. I've succumbed to the mindless distraction of grinding and farming just a little more. ... I completed the meta-achievement What a Long Strange Trip It's Been and am enjoying my super-swift flight form very much. It was one of the most challenging in-game projects I have attempted, with the frustration of the Children's Week PvP achievements, the endless riding around Azeroth and Outland again and again to light/destroy bonfires, collect coins and other silly things, but it was in the end all worth it. ... I've broadened my gaming horizons thanks to a friend who I met through this article. He has invested quite a bit of his time and effort in helping me both find games that would appeal to me, as well as ways to play the games that appeal to me. It's been an exhilarating, terrifying but also very gratifying discovery that I'm sure will keep me occupied for quite some time to come."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/04/14/15-minutes-of-fame-abotu-shapes-up-a-custom-figure/">Figuring on his hobbies</a></b> "My most recent custom action figure, Mega Man, was made out of an Iron Man figure," writes custom crafter Abotu (US Emerald Dream). "I swapped out his right hand and bulked out his wrist and ankles a bit. The head and Buster arm are from scratch. The paint job was probably the most complicated part. ... Aside from that, the latest development is that I've taken up studying filmmaking, but obviously I still sculpt in my spare time. I've stopped playing WoW, for the time being."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/04/07/15-minutes-of-fame-teza-of-wowraid-com/">Teza of wowraid.com</a></b> "I stopped playing WoW for a bit, at least until Cataclysm; however, I am still checking everything related to game changes, new patches, hot topics and stuff," write wowraid.com's Teza. "Wowraid released a few new services since its launch, such as the forum signature generator for guilds, regional blue trackers and a server alert tracking tool. We plan to release a very special and unique tool for Cataclysm; hopefully, it will be widely used/checked once it's out. :) The guild recruitment will also receive a few upgrades during 2010."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/03/31/15-minutes-of-fame-your-friendly-neighborhood-blacksmith/">Your friendly neighborhood blacksmith</a></b>"I've expanded my crafting list to include multiple Ulduar patterns, all ToC patterns and several ICC patterns and am still very active in Trade," reports blacksmith and tradeaholic Gaiusseptimo (US Moonguard). "I've expanded into aggressively offering my Jewelcrafting skills as well, having dropped Mining months ago. I'm a very active raider and have experienced all the new ICC content. I should have all the ICC patterns by the end of the week, which is exciting."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/03/24/15-minutes-of-fame-pikes-hare-raising-adventures/">Pike's Hare-raising adventures</a></b> "My work schedule decided to (sort of) cooperate for a bit, and it allowed me to join a 'real' raiding guild for the first time in my life," happily reports well-known hunter blogger Pike of Aspect of the Hare. "I saw Ulduar several times and ToC several times and played around with hard modes. I also got my druid to level 80 (I seem to recall that she was level 60 or so when I was interviewed for 15 Minutes of Fame), and she's been healing heroics and raids and all sorts of fun things like that. ... In November, I took a month off from WoW to focus on NaNoWriMo, which I won. Since then, my WoW playing has taken a back seat to finishing and editing my novel. I still play, although I am a bit more "casual" for the moment ... I see no reason to jump into ICC right away when it's going to be around for a while yet. When I do play, it's typically on a baby warlock, who I am having a blast with."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/03/10/15-minutes-of-fame-its-all-in-the-planning/">Evolving with the times</a></b> "The biggest change we have noticed is that many 25-man guilds disappeared on our server since the raiding days of TBC," reports GM Loverose of Legend of the Alliance from EU Eonar. "It's sad to see them go. We are still here though, keeping the faith for people that like the social side of our guild while enjoying the epic 25-man raids. In game, we're rolling along as normal with our “last try” kills, raid picnics, pink tabard weeks (yes, even the men wear the pink tabards with a heart on it), crying with laughter moments on Ventrilo, mammoth parades in Dalaran, guild parties and the relaxed raids that are truly awesome. ... The guildies have plenty happening in real life. Three of our officers are expecting babies in the coming weeks. Two of our members moved overseas and expanded our guild into other continents. Two guildies who play in a band called Mind Factory are very excited about their second album, Ghost, which will be launched very soon. (We've heard the previews; it rocks!) We are looking forward to our real-life guild meetup and celebration of the guild’s third birthday in February 2010."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/03/03/15-minutes-of-fame-player-nabs-an-oscar-and-sarth-3d-too/">Player nabs an Oscar (and Sarth 3D, too)</a></b> "I am currently working on 'Tron Legacy,' will be 'til late this year," reports Oscar-winning visual effects expert Steve Preeg. "I still live in L.A. The Horde fans will hate this, but I faction-transferred and changed names. It is a great new guild, number one on our server. I had passed GM of <incoming> to another person while I was busy on 'Benjamin Button,' and he took the guild in a place I didn't like. I asked for GM to be given back as it was supposed to be, and he refused. I no longer wanted to be in the guild I had helped start four years earlier. It was kind of sad, but now there is a whole new group of people to get to know."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/02/17/15-minutes-of-fame-wow-botter-tells-all/">WoW botter tells all</a></b> "Unfortunately for Blizzard, and fortunately for me and people around me, the boredom of the game kicked in shortly after the removal of Glider," writes former botter Daedren. "This happened for a lot of fellow botters -- as I mentioned in my article, the botting 'game' was actually more fun than the real game, and it's what kept us hooked. With that out of the picture, I was forced to actually play the game a bit -- and that's when it becomes very apparent that the actual gameplay of the game isn't worth the time. The majority of game time is spent preparing for the 'fun stuff,' which, in my opinion, is end game raiding and Arenas. ... Since then, I've tried out other bots, mainly one called Pirox. This allowed me to do the majority of my PvP grinding without a problem. This was many months ago, however, as the actual fun part of the game wore out on me as well. It's also a bit of MMO burnout, something that a lot of veteran players are experiencing lately. I suppose one can only grind to X level or kill Y of X so many times before you get fed up. I'm still a FPSer at heart, so I've been busy in Team Fortress 2, Counterstrike Source and Left 4 Dead 2. On the RPG side, Dragon Age was great. Upcoming MMO's I'm looking forward to? APB, KOTOR and anything non-fantasy done by an indy studio."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/02/04/15-minutes-of-fame-i-play-wow-for-facebook/">I Play WoW for Facebook</a></b> "I sold I Play WoW and finished the hand-off of code and community management to the new owners in early December," reports app developer Nick Gerakines (Korale of US Medivh). "I took a break from WoW for a few months, but I'm getting back into it and I've been raiding with Roll The Dice along with my wife Carolyn/Jeanelly. I really love the new Dungeon Finder tool and the TOC/IC content. Been really getting into it and meeting everyone from the random servers. In the next year or so, I've got some ideas for WoW-related sites and applications that I've been playing around with, and hopefully, I'll be able to finish the proof of concepts and get them out there for public consumption."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/01/27/15-minutes-of-fame-house-party/">House party</a></b> "We played Wrath as a guild up until last August," reports Nobs (Vivid of US Frostwolf). "A few members even got the realm first Grand Crusader achievement. This year was hectic for us. We have a lot of members entering their senior year in college and a few going on to higher education; one was just accepted to law school. Other members that just graduated college have found jobs, and as such, we have had a hard time continuing our WoW raiding schedule. A few of our members transferred their main characters to other guilds on Frostwolf. Most everyone still has a few alts in Vivid, though. We created a Steam group and a Facebook group to keep and touch and keep gaming. We've been playing Modern Warfare 2 together and Left 4 Dead 2. As a whole, our entire guild is looking forward to Catacylsm and Final Fantasy XIV. That being said, we don't really raid anymore as a guild. No messy, drama-filled breakup, though; everyone still hangs out. ... This past New Year's was a little more low-key. One of our members threw a party at his house, and 10 or so guild members showed up. We have a trip planned to Las Vegas in two weeks, where 13 members are scheduled to attend, and we are planning on going to BlizzCon in force this year."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/01/13/15-minutes-of-fame-the-most-untalented-player/">The most untalented player</a></b> "For the last few months, I've been leveling a priest to help my guild out, as there are always plenty of DPS for instances/raids but not enough tanks/healers," writes Lithiumflowr of EU Bronze Dragonflight, who leveled his hunter without training any talent points. "I haven't, however, been doing it talentless. :) I don't get much time to play, so it's taking an awfully long time! It's interesting seeing instances/raids from a healer perspective; all the stories are true."
<b>Read the original post: <a href="http://www.wow.com/2009/01/06/15-minutes-of-fame-anthropologist-digs-into-wow/">Anthropologist digs into raiding culture</a></b> "Shortly after Thanksgiving, I finished the first rough draft of the book, which the students in my Virtual Worlds class read and gave me feedback on," reports University of Hawaii anthropology professor and progression raider Alex Golub, who's been hard at work writing a book about the culture of raiding. "In my spare time, I'm waiting for Blizz to open up another wing of ICC for us to stomp. In 2010, I plan to do one more round of interviews, rewrite and expand the manuscript -- and kick Arthas's ass."