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The Queue: Saccx East

Michael Sacco

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

Fatigue? Odd, cold-like symptoms? Aching feet? Smell resembling sweaty feet wrapped in onions wafting through the air in the tabletop gaming area? It's con season, folks. Welcome to Boston.

Ninjivitis asked:

So, the titans couldn't remove the old gods without destroying Azeroth, but why didn't they just kill them? Players have killed two so far and it doesn't seem to have had any affect on the word.

We haven't killed any Old Gods, at least not in any meaningful way. We "killed" physical manifestations of C'thun and Yogg-Saron, but it's not as if we've eliminated them completely. We've just pushed them back to whatever dark place they live in until they gather their strength enough to manifest again, like C'thun did (in record time) after we defeated him in Ahn'Qiraj.

Umbralwrath asked:

Is it acceptable to advertise Mysterious Fortune Cards in Trade chat? Despite them being an item Blizz has put in the game, I've heard rumors of players being warned or banned for advertising them on the grounds of it being unacceptable to advertise "gambling" or "in-game casinos".

I myself make a decent profit on these, usually selling the most after posting an ad, however I make sure to state that they are worth anywhere from a few silver to 5k instead of "OMG WIN 5K!". Some of the people on the forums have said the ads should include no mention of a chance to get 5k whatsoever, as this could be construed as advertising gambling. Is the issue with advertising these simply a matter of people using misleading wording, or should they not be advertised at all other then maybe linking the item and stating the price?

I've not yet heard legitimate reports of people being warned or banned for advertising Mysterious Fortune Cards, and I honestly don't expect anyone to be in that situation unless they're using deliberately misleading wording. You're advertising an item for sale and giving a description of a possible outcome of the sale. Nothing wrong with that.

If you want to be absolutely safe, follow commenter Drakkenfyre's advice:

Selling them is fine, advertising them is fine, but just to be on the safe side don't advertise them like "Gamble on a chance to make alot of money!", just say something like "WTS Fortune Cookie. Possible results are Xg-Xg."

Jacofalltoons asked:

With Cataclysm we got a our level cap raised to 85, so with that said if you in fact had Cata you get to level to 85. My question is do you think its possible to get to 85 without even setting foot in the Cata area's. I mean there is more than enough Wrath content to get you to 85 if you had Cata to raise your cap level in the first place. What do ya think?

I think it's possible, sure, but it would take an extremely long time. When you hit 80, experience gains from mobs and quests under level 80 are slashed by a full 90%. Given how many millions of experience points it takes to hit 85, you'd have to kill a whole hell of a lot of mobs. Let's do the math.

It takes 22,180,300 XP to get from 80 to 85. Assuming no rested experience, you would normally gain 980 XP for killing a level 80 mob at level 79. At 80, these mobs would give you a whopping 98 XP. If you did it with just mobs -- and you'd need to after a certain point because no quests would be available to you -- you would need to kill 226,330 level 80 mobs. It's difficult to rough out how long it would take in actual hours, due to AOEing and that kind of thing, but the scientific approximation is "a long-ass time."

It's so insane they'd have to give you a title for it. (Note to Blizzard: Do not do this under any circumstances.)

Erania asked:

When are you guys going to re-do your Patch 4.1.0 art button on the right hand side of the screen since Ragnaros kinda isn't in it anymore...?

Good lookin' out. We'll look into it.

rypg33 asked:

Being OFD (originally from Dorchester), I was mildly excited to see a Dorchester shout out and mention of dbar in the post. Is there a large contingent of WoW Insider East in the Boston area?

Fox lives in Boston and I live in Berkshire County, which isn't Boston at all -- but in relative distance compared to other states, it's pretty darn close. Mat McCurley lives in NYC, which isn't a huge trek from Boston. If other WoW Insider staffers live on this coast, I'm either forgetting or unaware.

Speaking of Boston, if you're at PAX East, join us at Lucky's Lounge at 9 p.m. tonight for a little mini-meetup for WoW Insider readers.

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