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The Queue: The Duke swings the Nutcracker


Welcome back to The Queue,'s daily Q&A column where the team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky be your host today.

In the spirit of the holidays, I'm going to throw a little Duke Ellington at ya' as today's listening music. In my prolonged stint as a music major in college (saxophone FTW), I always wanted to play his Nutcracker Suite, but never got the chance. But nonetheless, it's one of my favorite pieces of music -- holiday or otherwise.

Enjoy it as we delve into The Queue today, starting off with a question a lot of folks have been asking.

Many asked...

"What's happening to the podcast?"

The podcast will be continuing! We'll have a couple new hosts. While nothing is set in stone, it looks like Matt Rossi and Mike Sacco will be doing at least the next one, if not a few more in the foreseeable future. Although no promises -- it's important to remember that plans can and do change.

If everyone can make their schedules work, we'll have a podcast this Saturday, December 26th. But, it's the day after Christmas, so we might skip a week. Stay tuned on the site for more information.

Nick asked...

"Any word on the Creative headsets?"

None. We'll get in touch with our people and let you know what we find out. It could be a week or so though until we hear anything, the holidays and all.

Nizar asked...

"I'm trying to free up some hard drive space on my computer, and I noticed that my WoW folder is taking up 20 gigs. What can I safely delete from there?"

Schreenshots and old patch files. Don't delete your add-on folder or your WTF folder unless you really want to reconfigure all your add-ons, which you probably don't. If you have recorded any movies (on a Mac) then those can go as well. Although 20gigs for a WoW folder is large, it's not excessive in today's standards. Mine is around 30gigs, but I've got a lot of junk in there.

I should note clearly by patch files I mean things like "WoW-", not the actual .mpq files or anything like that. Just the applications that patch the game up.

Mr. Grinch asked.

"Dear Editor, Grandfather Winter is a fraudulent myth rooted in unconscious fantasies and emerging as a deceitful lie. Signed, All of us. P.S. The reindeer are phony, too."

Guess what you're getting for Christmas? It rhymes with bowl.

Artitian asked...

"Any word on whether or not Blizzard has any changes coming up for the 'not-so-random' random LFG? If I get heroic Oculus or Halls of Stone again because people keep dropping group, I may just gouge my eyeballs out with a bleach-soaked spork. What do you think would be a solution to the problem?"

Because it's random, sometimes you can get the same dungeon several times in a row. Blizzard currently weights the randomness somewhat so that you're less likely to get dungeons you've already ran, but that modification only goes so far. They probably could put some rules in place so you don't end up running the same dungeon two times in a row, but even then those rules might have to be broken if that situation demands it.

What they will not do is give any less weight to your least favorite dungeon. You have an equal chance of getting Heroic AN and you do of getting Heroic OCC. Only the higher geared dungeons, like Halls of Reflection, have restrictions placed on them -- and those are only gear restrictions that you can pretty easily meet on any alt.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column! Leave your questions in the comments and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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