Read the original post: Warcraft and Philosophy 2010 was a year of new horizons for Warcraft and Philosophy co-author John Nordlinger. "I've been swamped with film school and delayed responsibilities, so no gaming for the last year," he reports. "The Cataclysm looks great, though."
Read the original post: Pulvering the World of Warcraft "I took some time off from WoW," writes MMA fighter Jens Pulver, "but once Cataclysm came out, I had to give it a go. I have some friends in the MMA world who play it and they just kept telling me stories, so I had to see for myself. In game, I have been just trying to level at the moment. I will be 85 by the time people get to read this. LOL I am loving the new zones. I think they did a great job on this expansion, and it's always good to see new content. Out of the game, I have been training again, just trying to see if I can give it one more go. I am not trying to be the world champion again or anything, but I would like to make all who have coached me proud and go out on a better note than what I have been displaying as of late. Myself and the other fighters of the Suckerpunch group have been hanging out and blogging at alienwarearena.com/mma."
Read the original post: Wasting no time gaming David French is still playing WoW amidst the rather stunning mix of his many other commitments: "Now, more than two weeks since launch, I've geared up with heroics, have an epic or two, and we've downed the first boss in the Bastion of Twilight. Oh, and my wife is shaking her head at my renewed zeal for the game. Of course, I never really lost it, as the 10-man and 25-man Kingslayer titles attest. In my non-gaming life, things are still phenomenally busy. This year, our Center for Academic Freedom had two cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, I kept writing for National Review, and I started a weekly column on a faith and culture website. My wife and I also finished a book (due out in 2011) about my deployment to Iraq, from the perspective of a family struggling through a deployment. In my military life, I spent most of march in South Korea on military exercises, and in my political life, my wife and I helped a potential presidential candidate win an important early test of strength. And in crucial personal news, we enjoyed the marvelous blessing of adopting a child from Ethiopia. Naomi is three years old and adjusting well to life with her new family. My goals for next year are simple: Work less, enjoy more time with my family, and become a Defender of a Shattered World."
Read the original post: The solo artist "I changed to a worgen after I hit 85, and I'm now in a world 100 guild as main tank," writes Raegwyn, well-known DK instance soloer. "Cataclysm changed my soloing attempts a lot. It will never be possible again to solo raid bosses of the same content like Sartharion with an 80 because Blizzard gave every boss an enrage timer that makes this impossible since 3.1. But I will soon release videos of soloing Cataclysm 5-man heroic bosses. I'm also working on soloing Illidan because I want the warglaives that DKs now can get too. But there are still some mechanics that seem to make him not killable alone. I really have no idea what I should do after Illidan and Cataclysm 5-mans because there is nothing that doesn't have an unmanageable enrage. Some ICC bosses maybe should work, but I already soloed them with level 80 till enrage, so it would be just a DPS race to solo them. At the moment, I focus on raiding to get some server firsts and gear up before my next soloing attempts, and maybe I will try out some PvP for fun, but I will never give up my solo raiding cause that is what makes myself want to play that game."
Read the original post: Master of addons Jim Whitehead, creator of the wildly popular addon Clique, continues to maintain the mod for the Cataclysm era.
Read the original post: The Frag Dolls' Valkyrie "Yes, I am still playing World of Warcraft ... a little too much with the release of Cataclysm, of course!" writes Amy Brady, a gaming rep with the Frag Dolls. "In game, my guild, <PMS Clan>, recently started on 10-man raids and will be making a move into a 25 after we start clearing some of the instances. Currently, in two nights we have downed three bosses to include Magmaw, Omnitron, and Halfus Wyrmbreaker. We are all very excited to explore all the new content, raids and lore! Out of game, I am still working at Ubisoft in the marketing and promotions department. It is the slow period for traveling to events since most of our new game launches are out for a while, so other then normal work stuff, it is easy mode at the moment."
Read the original post: Getting strict about 10-man content 10-man strict raiding advocate Ghengie reports: "Back when I had my interview with 15 Minutes of Fame, we were in the progress of a server transfer. Like we had hoped, Sindragosa died the first night after the transfer without any lag. All hard modes went down in the following weeks, and after a long summer break, we finally downed heroic Lich King. The major issues we had during Wrath are fixed in Cataclysm. The interview gave us a great platform to draw attention to the problems with 10-man raiding. The topic on the official forum was a great way to share thoughts with other high-ranked strict guilds. How much our crusade for 10-man strict raiding actually influenced Blizzard we will never know, but we like to think we helped the process. With Blizzard announcing a heavier focus on guild play with guild perks and rated battlegrounds, we opened up recruitment and formed a second team that will start raiding in January. We’re also in the process of forming a rated battleground team. We started our progress this week with four kills on the first night. Because we raid on a two-day schedule, we can’t expect world-first, perhaps even realm-first kills, but who needs those when we are having fun killing challenging encounters, like we always did?"
Read the original post: Making the RP-LARP connection "Oh yes, indeed, we're still playing WoW, having had our fifth birthday back in September," writes the ever-enthusiastic WoW RPer and real-life LARPer Skulleater. "From then on, we've been having a big roleplaying campaign which was inspired in no small part by the events at LARP which many members attended during the summer period. With Cataclysm out now, we've ended our campaign with a cliffhanger while we get to levelling to 85, or in some cases, begin levelling our worgen in preparation for when the campaign begins anew in January! Outside the game, our regular LARP events continue, with people from within the guild continuing to try it out, but also with more and more LARPers joining us online in the guild, bringing their experiences to events and helping drive the guild's plotline ever forward into the new year. With 2011 nearly upon us, we're looking forward to a new year of RP, raiding and LARPing ahead!"
Read the original post: The Syndicate's 14 years of gaming "2010 has been a very busy year for The Syndicate," writes Dragons of mega-guild <The Syndicate>. "We are still active in WoW with several hundred of our nearly 1100 members playing it on a regular basis. We finished out the Wrath content and have been very active since Cataclysm launched. In the first week, we had over 100 members reach level 85. We intend to remain active in WoW for some time to come. In addition to that, we had our 9th annual SyndCon event in San Diego. Around 200 members attended along with Alienware, SOE, 38 Studios, Petroglyph, Trion, Bigfoot Networks, Microsoft, Dell and many others. It was a huge success with several closed door sessions with developers shaping the future of MMORPG gaming. Our annual charity raffle with prizes donated from various hardware manufacturers and game developers raised $8,000 for charity. We have done a number of private tests, on-site testing and consulting work for major FPS, RPG and MMORPG developers. We were the first guild to trademark our name and the mark just reached its fifth anniversary and as a community, we are closing in our 15th anniversary. We were awarded the Guinness World Record for the oldest continuously operating guild. Although 2010 was action-packed, 2011 is already shaping up to be an even more exciting year."
Read the original post: 76-year-old player relies on strategy "Your note got me to thinking that I might have another go at WoW," writes 76-year-old retiree Loyal Leitgen. "I quit because it was clear to everyone and finally to me that by the time I hit level 50, I was clearly over my head. But what the hell! I spoke first to my son, Steve (level 80) and then to my grandson Matthew (age 12, level 82). The grandson went on and on in great detail of the new and substantial improvements that had been made to the game. I told him that I was thinking of playing again and tried to borrow some game money and a few weapons. He said he was broke and if I needed money I should get it from his old man. This age group (ages 12 to 15) take defeat badly and are not willing to share in success, which reminded me of some of the most fun times I had in WoW. Sooner or later -- or I should say sooner rather than later -- the senior is going to be playing with 12-year old crowd. ... The fun part in WoW is that your character can have any personality that you want. I would suggest to any senior to put their ego into retirement and as soon as you find out where the on-off switch is on the computer, sign up for WoW. Not only will it provide challenging entertainment, it'll buy laughs for many years."
Read the original post: "Beating WoW" in sight for world-class achiever Why wouldn't we hear from a player renowned for ticking through every achievement in every category in the game? Obviously, he's off working on more achievements! We suspect super-achiever Caspi will check his email and surface after gobbling down Cataclysm's fresh array of delicious achievements.
Read the original post: Questing through what Cataclysm changed forever We haven't heard anything recently from Mistigris, the player who organized a guild to go back and re-level through all the old-world content that Cataclysm changed forever, and the group's website doesn't look like it's been active. We did receive a message from him back in July: "Just wanted to give you a head's up on our vanilla WoW farewell tour over on Thorium Brotherhood-A. <There and Back Again> has finally hit level cap -- after starting with over 100 members who joined us (in most part due to your article!), we ended up with around 35 who stuck through to the very end. Lots of adventures along the way! Footraces through Stranglethorn, marches through Dalaran, cooking contests, random dungeon madness, tons of visits to the NPC that turns off exp... ;) We did ZG and Karazhan at very close to level cap and there is a robust kernel of folks who are gearing up for 80th heroics and raiding."
Read the original post: Actress and GM Michele Morrow "Since my 15 Minutes of Fame interview with you guys, the WoW community started a Facebook Fan Page for me to be Lady Sylvanas in the Warcraft movie," writes Hollywood actress and raiding guild GM Michele Morrow. "We're nearing 1,000 'likes,' which was the end-of-year goal -- so thank you to everyone for the overwhelming support. I attended the WoW Insider Reader Meetup at the Anabella Hotel, where I did a live stream interview with the ever-awesome Mike Sacco and lore goddess Anne Stickney. While I was there, I met the LFG Production team, who ended up including me in their upcoming documentary about U.S. Horde guild <Blood Legion> and their Race To World First. In between a few Jack and Cokes, I also met my hunter guru, Scattered Shots author and Warcraft Hunter's Union leader, Frostheim! Being a dues-paying hunter myself, I was stoked to meet this gun-loving number cruncher in person and ended up joining the WHU Hunting Party Podcast for episode 57 (complete with Sylvanas voiceover reverb madness). The WHU community was so supportive of my quest to be WoW's most famous hunter, Sylvanas, I quickly leveled a dwarf hunter to 20 and joined over 300 of them in game on the Icecrown server for their level 1-50 raid on Thunder Bluff. My little Horde heart broke when we downed Cairne, but I gotta admit, it was freaking epic. Even more epic, if that's even possible, I was approached by Blizzard lore department employee Tommy Newcomer, who not only hooked me up with a BlizzCon ticket but also introduced me to the man himself, Chris Metzen. Apparently, Metzen knew who I was -- a Chinese blog that 'cast' the WoW movie and had placed me for Sylvanas had been circling Blizzard offices. He stepped back, looked me up and down, put his finger up in the air and started drawing imaginary elf ears on me. 'I can see it...' he said. So guys -- IT'S WORKING! Thank you all so much for your support in 2010. I start archery lessons in 2011, if anyone wants to throw an apple on their head and help me with target practice, Hemet Nesingwary-style. I have been loving Cataclysm so far, really enjoying the questing and lore, but I'm very behind due to my new project The Foam Weapon League. We'll be touring the country in 2011 for a TV show, so if we hit your city, you have to come out and say hi, maybe even create your own warrior!"
Read the original post: WoW buoys autistic youngster "I must admit I was rather nervous about how people would respond," wrote mom Tsiva about this article on how she uses WoW as a tool for her young son with Aspergers, "but the overwhelming majority of the comments I've read have been very kind and supportive. I've gotten a lot of feedback through the RWM blog site from other parents as well as autistic teens and adults. I've kind of felt like a lone straggler dealing with Thomas's Aspergers for so long, and it's a special feeling to connect with other people who know exactly what I'm going through. Thanks so much for making this possible!"
Read the original post: Jace Hall Show producer Todd Roy One glance at Todd Roy's Facebook page will tell you how he feels about the new expansion. "(I'm) leveling in Cataclysm," writes the Jace Hall Show producer, "and I must say I have no idea what's going on. Orgrimmar is now scary and confusing to me. Portals in Dalaran are missing, so I keep getting stuck there cause I forget to reset my stone. I have no idea how any of my new spells work. I don't know how reforging works. I don't know what Gilneas Battleground is about. If there was a 'suck' rep, I would have maxed that out by now. I don't really know the best build now for a shadow priest anymore. Goblins scare me. Thousand Needles is flooded, it seems. Someone shot a rainbow in my face and laughed at me. And I seem to die all the time. So pretty much my game experiences has not really changed that much. ... I think that last time we talked, we were just getting ready to start a new season (season 4) of The Jace Hall Show, and I am happy to say we are in the midst of that. So far this new season, we clowned around with Stan Lee, Audrina Patridge, Cung Le, Cliffy B and crashed Jessica Chobot's show! In addition to that, we have checked out games like Rage, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and DC Universe, to name a few. New episodes get premiered on IGN.com every Friday; then the following week, the show is syndicated to Xbox LIVE, TheWB, Hulu, MetaCafe, Crackle and Machinima, which has helped grow awareness among a lot of new people."
Read the original post: Olympic swimmer Megan Jendrick "I haven't played WoW for the last couple of months; have yet to purchase Cataclysm," admits Olympic medalist Megan Jendrick. "I've been pretty busy with training, clinics, working with my sponsor TYR and building my husband and my company, ACQUA, that my time for gaming is minimal. I do try and keep up with fan sites still from time to time, and I think the expansion looks really fun -- honestly, better than I expected. I won't say that I'll never come back, because almost everyone I've known who has said that has always come back!"
Read the original post: Deployed soldier games from Iraq We didn't hear a year-end update from Fallenwolf -- but there's no telling where the U.S. Army soldier may be deployed by now. When we visited with him in May, he was playing from Iraq, coping with latencies and sand and schedules that would hamstring many a hardcore WoW loyalist.
Read the original post: The Guild's Michele Boyd The Guild's Michele Boyd is another busy person we didn't manage to catch up with during the holidays -- but you can read more about the exploits of The Guild right here on WoW Insider.
Read the original post: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Nog gets his BG on It's a nerdgasm for us sci-fi fans: Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is crazy for World of Warcraft -- and he loves to talk about it just as much! Writes Aron, "Happy holidays! And yes, I'm still playing WoW. I have been alternating my leveling between my toons, starting with my lock Vasuna, then alternating to Keldar my mage and Kartheras my DK. After that, I will be leveling my priest, Nursratchet and then my rogue, Wilywilly. LOL ... a lot to do. After all that, I think I will work on my goblin, Popeyye! Whew, so much to do ... But this time around, I have been trying to enjoy the leveling experience and follow the storyline a bit more. I was quite disappointed when I found out that I couldn't play the new BGs until I reach 85, but oh well, it gives me a stronger desire to level. I have enjoyed the new expansion, but I hate the BG and instance queues, although the BG queue is less. Overall, I love the new expansion and think Blizzard did a wonderful job with it. I also took my boys out on launch day at 12:00 a.m. to GameStop. It was a fun experience to share with them -- especially since it was on a school night! Haha ..."
Read the original post: Classic raiders keep a different pace Still playing the game locked at level 60? Yes, indeed. We didn't hear a holiday update from retro raider Brewce of <Screams of the Past>, but his armory profile shows him still humming along -- and still level 60.
Read the original post: Film pros shoot raiding lifestyle documentary "Since the article was published, the Looking for Group Productions team has released the first trailer to the upcoming documentary Race to World First," writes co-producer John Keating. "Currently, we are filming the last portion of the film. This includes the trials and tribulations of attempting to place highly in the World of Warcraft progression and is a series of interviews with as many of the top-ranked guild gms and officers as possible. The Race to World First is an in-depth look into the MMO community through the eyes of some of its best players. We believe the viewers will walk away with an understanding of what makes the content so compelling and perhaps make strides in dispelling some of the stereotypes that have become associated with the community.The release date will be in the first half of 2011."
Read the original post: When the guild family is literally all family It's hard to catch up with a busy family during the holidays -- but we can't imagine that Artio and her entire extended family of WoW players are doing anything else but continuing to keep in touch and enjoy one another's company in Azeroth.
Read the original post: KC Royals pitcher Kyle Davies We get many, many requests from readers to profile sports stars who play WoW. KC Royals pitcher Kyle Davies is one major leaguer who logs in regularly on the road from all over the country.
Read the original post: Couple levels up together in raids and real life This is Azeroth through the years, indeed, as seen through the eyes of an older WoW-playing couple: "We have since split our toons into two guilds. One is our family and close friends guild called <Heroes of Eternity>, affectionately known as HoEs. :) The other is a small, casual raiding guild called <Joses Used Pinatas Inc>. A fun bunch of folks we have been raiding with the last few months, and all of us are working towards getting our raiding toons ready. We are all having a blast in Cataclysm, with each of us enjoying different aspects. One of Barb's (my hubby's new main, which replaced Poli) daughters loved the Vashj'ir area so much she reached level 83 before she moved on. Personally, my favorite area has to be Uldam. I am fascinated by the way they have fit in all the movie clips and made my toon an integral part of it. Barb and I have been leveling two of our toons together in each guild, so we have seen quite a bit of the new zones. Dungeons have tested my healing to the max, and so many folks try to run dungeons the old Wrath way. It doesn't work, and one day some of them will learn to click the d*mn Lightwell. Real life has offered challenges as well. This week, Barb lost his brother and I found out that a new grandbaby will be arriving in July next year. Life goes on, both the bad and the good, and in between, we roam WoW. I must say I haven't had this much fun in a long, long time. We refuse to rush the journey; it's way too delightful."
Read the original post: Setting an Incredibles standard for guild community "Both myself and Onyxheart (my wife) are enjoying our retirement (from forums officer and guild master, respectively) and delving deep into the Cataclysm in our new roles as guild elders," reports Theraven of the incredibly community-minded guild <The Incredibles>. "We were there on Boulderfist as Cataclysm went live and witnessed the laggy craziness that was opening night/morning; on the plus side, it allowed me to get 525 skinning within hours. I took the week off from work for Cataclysm (as did several of our guild members), and we leveled to 85 pretty quickly. I was one of the first to get my leatherworking to 525 and started to make the PvP gear in time for the opening of the season (I farmed leather for 8 hours to get the patterns and mats one night). Our guild got server firsts in a couple of professions -- archaeology and blacksmithing, props to Cujowolf and Taandra, respectively -- and Cujo was very close to getting the world first in archaeology; he is still kicking himself for taking that nap! This expansion overall is great, even with the initial healing woes; I've always loved the druid healing kit, but the new dynamic (triage, watch your mana) takes some getting used to. It's made me consider dedicating myself to boomkin, but we'll see; I've been a healer since classic WoW. In other news, Onyxheart and I are starting to brainstorm and prep for IncrediCon 2011. I have the figure for the next Increddy and will start to work on sculpting that action figure soon, unless Blizzard decides to take me up on my suggestion for Warcraft/ Transformer crossovers (I think a moonkin or ghost wolf transformer would be awesome)."
Read the original post: Reality TV producer "Hey there, Insiders," writes reality TV producer Jordan Peterson. "It has been a crazy half year for me since we last spoke. Because of new work ventures, I had to take a break from the game and haven't played in about four months. No Cata for me for the time being. But this is a direct result of a fantastic career shift. If you recall from my previous article, I was hoping to leave television producing and end up as a show writer/director for major theme parks. In July, I was approached by Universal Studios Hollywood to write their Halloween show, Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure. It was this reason I had to step away from the game, as I was doing rewrites and rehearsals until 6 a.m. multiple times a week. The whole process was phenomenal, and it is an amazing feeling to be able to say that I make my living as a professional comedy writer now. As for the show, think of it like SNL meets Broadway, meets rock concert ... hosted by Bill and Ted. Our goal is to capture 2010 in a 40-minute production. Thankfully, it was their highest-rated ever, so I hope it will lead to more work in the future. If you'd like to check it out the show, part 1 of 3 is here (rated PG-13; you can find the other parts from the same channel)."
Read the original post: Herding roleplayers with a feather "What a handful of months it's been!" reports Arialynn, GM of the RP guild <Templars of the Rose>. "The guild itself continues to expand, to the point that recruitment is only open a handful of weeks before our maximum amount of new members is met. It's hard to attribute one defining event or factor for the success, other than the game has been fun. Roleplay tends to suffer prior to an expansion much in the same vein as raiding, but the new elemental invasion events created opportunity to defend capital cities with a sword as well as witty, in-character quip. The high-tension, political atmosphere of Cataclysm likewise oils the wheels of creativity ... What can I say? Warcraft is fun, peacecraft is incredibly boring. The events mentioned over the summer -- Mug & Sandvich and Harbor Market -- continue weekly; the Mug celebrated its one-year anniversary Aug. 29, and the market notes its six-month anniversary Dec. 26. The Templars are enjoying the return of tough heroics and preparing for a bit of dragon slaying with Cata's opening raid dungeons. All in all, a good year, and I couldn't ask for more. Christmas presents? Aye, I think so. As for myself personally, my enjoyment is reflected in my work. <Templars of the Rose> and its people are an integral part of my game and has been for three years. A new expansion without the Templars and their usual candor would be as soulless as a troll in trade chat."
Read the original post: Psychologist and games researcher John Hopson "I'm still playing, leveling my army of alts to 85 one at a time, starting with my feral druid," writes psychologist and games researcher John Hopson. "Unfortunately, the new heroics require a little too much commitment for my baby-casual schedule. Cataclysm heroics require the sort of coordination and focus as raiding, which means that the reasons why I don't raid these days suddenly apply to heroics as well. Oh well, I'm loving tanking on my new tauren paladin alt. :)"
Read the original post: Author Cory Doctorow on gold farming What's novelist, journalist, activist and gamer Cory Doctorow been up to since we spoke with him? "Well, I just finished a novel, Pirate Cinema, which Tor Teens (US/Canada) and HarperVoyager (UK/Aus/NZ/SA) will publish in May 2012; it's a story about film-remixers in a near-future Britain who use piracy and media activism to rescue democracy from entertainment industry censorship and surveillance. The other big news is that I've just launched WITH A LITTLE HELP, my DIY short story collection, which is available at price-points from free to $10,000 in various editions, and has an audiobook with readings by Neil Gaiman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Spider Robinson, Mur Lafferty, Wil Wheaton, Leo Laporte and many others. Having nailed down these two large projects, I'm now preparing for a radical stepdown in productivity; I'm scheduled for major hip surgery in January and I'll be in recovery for about six months after."
Read the original post: Even geeks get chic with Geek Chic cosmetics Geek Chic cosmetics co-creator Deborah Margarella reports: "I've been loving Cataclysm; the leveling process is much more fun than it was in Wrath. I hit 85 about 4 days after the expansion hit. Right now, I'm about one point away from being able to do heroics, and I'm working on my Darkmoon set (as I'm an inscriptionist). I haven't really touched archaeology yet, but that's on my list. I hit 525 in both my main professions, but I'm still working on my cooking and fishing. I already got Loremaster of Cataclysm (and I managed to get the Loremaster title before the patch hit), but I'm also working on other achievements. I think the most challenging aspect of the game is dealing with players who still try to play like we're in the last expansion. As far as when I'm AFK, we're working on expanding our business. Our lippie line launched a couple months ago with a few lipsticks and lip glosses, and we came out with a few WoW-centric lip glosses: Health Potion, Mana Potion, and Gold Farmer. We've also launched some new eyeshadow sets, and we've almost perfected pressed shadows and lip balms. So, expect to see those on the site. The website has been rehauled, and I think it looks a lot better."
Read the original post: Anthropologist Bonnie Nardi on WoW culture Since we interviewed Bonnie Nardi, a University of California-Irvine expert in the social implications of digital technologies, she's been researching parents playing WoW with their kids with Aspergers. We helped her connect with the young player previously mentioned in this retrospective, and we'll be sure to share what Bonnie's research uncovers when she's completed her investigations.
Read the original post: Raiding on 8 hours a week Is <Skunkworks> still raiding on 8 hours a week? Not former GM Chupa: "I'm actually not playing at the moment. Law school hasn't left much room for gaming, and accordingly, I'm still on sabbatical. I expect to pick up the expansion and enjoy some casual boss killing over the summer. In the meantime, I am spending my free time with my wife and kids and making great progress in Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds. The guild is doing great. A big group attended BlizzCon together, and they wrapped up Wrath with a few relaxing months of farming mounts and soon-to-be-useless gear. They're currently 11/12 (10-man) and 6/12 (25-man) in T11 content with plans to really kick things in gear after the holidays. Kill videos and news posts are at skunkworksguild.com."
Read the original post: Behind the scenes at WoW Insider What's it like when World of Warcraft is part of your workday? Read our behind-the-scenes with half a dozen staffers at WoW Insider, part 1 and part 2.
Read the original post: When WoW meets real-world religion When WoW meets real-world religion, people take notice -- this article ended up being linked and discussed all over the internet. Writes Rev. Fisk: "I'm absolutely still playing and loving every moment of Cataclysm, though I'm by far the biggest loser in my guild, plugging through level 84 while they debate epic gems in guild chat. I am looking forward to getting to cap, gearing up, and hitting the new raids with the team sometime after the first of the year. I'm very curious what it will be like to cast Chain Heal while moving and wondering where on earth I'm going to find room to hotkey it. Out of game, The Ministry is finding significant internet success (at least, within my denomination) through a bi-weekly YouTube videocast called Worldview Everlasting. Teaching Scripture and answering the mailbag, complete with a chaotic collage of images and video clips, the show can be found at worldvieweverlasting.com. Off the court, me and my wife are gleefully expecting our fourth child and trying to make room in our hectic schedule for maintaining the thing that causes 'that.' I'd buy her a WoW account to RP romance her, but the silly thing likes to go to bed at 9 p.m., not to mention she'd probably roll a night elf anyway. *shakes his troll fist at the sky.*"
Read the original post: Cutting up with WoW Insider reader Brian Cutaia Hey, isn't that ...? It is: prolific WoW Insider commenter Brian Cutaia. Where's ((cutaia)) been since his interview? Right here.
Read the original post: Epic in-game collections -- a rare and beautiful thing "I'm still playing," writes pet, mount and armor set collector Drrum. "By the time you read this, I will have my warrior to level 85. I've been busy with the holidays, so lately I don't get to spend as much time playing WoW as I'd like. But I am really enjoying Cataclysm. I can't wait to work out some kinks in the new rated battlegrounds and instances. Cataclysm has opened up so many wondrous new areas not only for exploration and adventure, but beautiful backdrops for my screenshots! When I do find time to play, I focus on chasing the latest pets and mounts, of course. I have already found a couple pets and a mount with archeology. So far, my zoo has grown by a dozen or so since the expansion, and I'm looking forward to having a bit of time to set up new screenshots with them. Being featured in 15 Minutes of Fame was really exciting. I got lots of emails and in-game tells from other collectors, and I've made a few new friends on my server as a result. Here's a shout-out to all my fellow collectors on Stormrage! See you in the Terrorweb Tunnel!"
Read the original post: Premade players QueueQ for battlegrounds wins Business in PvP premades is booming, writes Revash of QueueQ Premades: "Quite ironically, we're doing exactly what we were doing: farming AV. With the CTA bonus honor being broken, we're no longer farming the CTA, we just do AV's constantly, just like the good ol' days. :)"
Read the original post: Georgia Tech's George P. Burdell hits Azeroth Regional pride is as quirky and strong as ever for the player behind Georgia Tech legend/WoW character Burdell: "So until recently, I was just farming content with friends, trying to make sure as many people as possible got their mount/title/vanity items before the expansion hit. I spent about 21 hours leveling and then went to work on heroics as soon as possible. The expansion has been fun so far, we have not really starting raiding with any kind of schedule yet because the holidays are right around the corner, although we have managed to halfass our way through six bosses (Magmaw tank died at 40% and we still killed him, epic). This is a very interesting time to play because some people rushed to 85, other did not; some people ran into heroics as fast as possible, while others are taking it slow and trying to enjoy all the content. This means you see more players out in the world right now than you do in the major cities, which is kind of a nice touch. Right now, though, my focus is on getting all my Christmas presents squared away. This is one busy time of year for me, especially since I have been tasked with cooking an entree for dinner, which I think will be Brazilian lasagna. It's pretty good, ilevel 377 food, recipe drops from Sinestra."
Read the original post: Road warrior dad keeps up with son via WoW Dads who use WoW to keep in touch with their sons while on the road for business? Very cool -- like Golis, who writes: "Still playing? Absolutely. I had a bunch of vacation days saved up and was able to slowly take Golis (dwarf warrior) and Golane (draenei shadow priest) to 85. Golane is starting heroics this week, but Golis is focusing on the new Loremaster and archeology achievements. Being able to ride around as Assistant Professor Golis on his bone raptor is quite a kick. Only complaint? The nerf to guild experience gains made by individual questing. Being in an ultra-small family guild (only four active accounts) means that <Crusadoken> (Shadow Council [A]) won't see level 5 until 2012. So basically, it will take the end of the world to get us there, but the four of us are doing our best. But apart from that? The new quest lines are amazing. Best sequence ever? The Joust sequence in Hyjal (if you never played Joust as a kid, sorry, it just won't mean that much to you)."
Read the original post: PvE twinks turn lowbie instances devilishly difficult What does an entirely retuned and retooled game world mean for a group that focuses on tackling instance content at the very lowest level possible? Writes Gilgalad: "Yes, I'm still playing! I smashed all the new content with Gilgalad (my paladin main), and I'm currently leveling a warrior up to 85 and having a blast with the new content. <What in Tardation> is sort of on hold at the moment, as everyone is pretty busy doing the latest and greatest but we all plan to pick it back up at some point in the future. There have been so many changes since Cataclysm dropped. Every old world instance seems to have changed at least a little bit. New bosses, new level requirements, new gear, new quests. We all got together and decided it would be best if we started from scratch at level 10. We just couldn't see ourselves skipping any of the dungeons we already had done since they have been redesigned. We don't have any runs scheduled yet, but we should get it going pretty soon. I don't have any new screenshots of the guild, but here's a couple of me in Cata!"
Read the original post: Laura Shigihara, the voice of WoW's singing sunflower pet The voice of WoW's new singing sunflower pet is all over Cataclysm. Writes the singer: "This past month has been super busy! The week Cata came out, we were visiting PopCap in Seattle, so we weren't able to play on release day (though there were several PopCap employees who took the day off specifically for that purpose, haha). Once we got back, a bunch of us started new characters and have been slowly leveling them and enjoying the new material. I love the non-combat Spiny Lizards walking around Durotar, the sea turtles in Thousand Needles, and the new water. The troll quests are also fantastic (especially the one where you become friends with Veni). And it's kind of surreal to be in Orgrimmar when someone takes out their singing sunflower pet. :) As for out of the game, after almost two years, I was finally given permission to release an official Plants vs. Zombies soundtrack, and I'm really happy that I was able to replace the old portrait art in Melolune. Work has been hard, but rewarding ... and I'm really looking forward to seeing friends and family over the break!"
Read the original post: Film follows fantasy of fighting Onyxia AFK the movie is out, but its creator is still in the thick of the project: "Still playing -- no, I’m really tempted to buy Cataclysm, but there are a few /afk related things I want to get done before that. Otherwise I just won’t get them done by the time I want to. :) Shortly after my interview, /afk was released and really steamed through the community. We’re about to hit 500,000 views worldwide, and feedback has been phenomenal. We had screenings at a GameStop, at Firestarter Filmfest and in an auditorium in front of psychology students. It’s been a blast so far, and there is quite some stuff in the pipeline for the WoW community. We just opened a little store with some /afk merchandise. We’re also about to finish the music video for Sorry Ways, which is the theme song for /afk (available on iTunes/Amazon). We’re also working on a 'making of /afk' and a secret project we will announce soon. So expect to see some big updates on afk-movie.com!"
Read the original post: Players bring touchscreen WoW to the iPad The "WoW on an iPad" guys are still turning out the cool ideas: "With Cataclysm out, we’re definitely still playing, and playing a lot. Between our many hours working on our app and playing games, we barely ever leave our computers. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’ve gone a few days in a row without leaving my house. ;) In terms of what we’re up to, just like everyone else, we’ve leveled up to 85 and then started both goblin and a worgen alts for fun. I’ve also started playing my very first character again, a hunter, which I haven’t played since vanilla. We want to learn as much as possible about playing WoW on touch devices, so between the two of us our goal is to go from level 60 to level 85 using nothing but an iPad or an iPhone. Right now, we’re only 61, but wish us luck. ;) Hunters don’t need much fast clicking to level up, so he seemed like a perfect candidate. It’s been fun going from 60 to 61 already. Full Tier1 with a Zin’rokh and an Ashjre’thul … don’t see that gear around too often anymore!"
Read the original post: Cataclysm soundtrack composer David Arkenstone Now that all our readers are playing through Cataclysm to the strains of David Arkenstone's compositions to the game's soundtrack, he's moved on to other projects: "2010 was a busy year, with four new CD releases as well as the re-release of three of my most popular albums ... The band and I played 10 WoW tunes at the Cataclysm launch in Fountain Valley, California, where thousands of fans attended. And -- a relatively unknown tidbit -- I did something really unique recently: I composed a piece especially for a float in the Rose Parade this year. The float is called A Stroll Down Memory Lane, and I wrote Those Good Old Days for it. It’s the first time a composer has ever written original music for a float. 2011 promises to be an equally busy year ... I'm recording a couple of new albums, will be making some special appearances, and am planning a multi-city Winter Solstice tour next December."
Read the original post: Player campaign inspires goblin NPC Have you tried a goblin yet? Get the backstory on one of the NPCs found in the greedy green guys' starting area.
Read the original post: Researcher Nick Yee digs into the numbers, people behind WoW Read our interview with WoW social researcher Nick Yee, and then take our exclusive quiz (prepared by Yee himself) to find out how much you know about your fellow WoW players.