In general, I've found the most likely guilds to attend BlizzCon in large numbers have been together for a long time, have a dedicated core, and are made up of responsible adults (and young adults) with a means to save for the expense of BlizzCon or who have disposable income.
So the best way to find a guild like that is to just join a well-established guild and roll the dice. No way to know, really. (Asking might be a little odd -- "Hi, I'm apping ... Do you guys go to BlizzCon? I want to meet you all IRL," could rank high on the stalk-o-meter.)
I've heard some folks like to install the WoW client on a large USB flash drive for portability. But I have to wonder if it would also mean faster load times or performance than running off a standard internal hard drive. Any thoughts or tips?
The load times are slower, and thus the performance does suffer when running off a USB drive. I did it once, and I wouldn't recommend it at all. If anything, do the opposite and put WoW on a solid state drive -- it just screams.
With the new tier of gear coming, should I be holding on to all my points so I can purchase as soon as the patch drops or are they going to be reset?
Remember that valor points will become justice points. You can save up justice points to purchase the current valor gear, but there's no way to stockpile valor points.
I've noticed recently that at the end of each random dungeon, my low level healer gets a nice fat chunk of xp. Is this part of the Call to Arms thing, something else stealthily released in 4.1, or something I just didn't notice until after 4.1 dropped?
Non-max-level random dungeons always have award XP for running them, no matter what role you play -- nothing to do with Call to Arms.
Do you guys still hire columnists? If so, who would I contact if I were interested?
We may be hiring some specific columnists in the next few days. Keep your eyes out, but no promises. All the Breakfast Topics are done through our Seed program, and you'll want to watch for a post announcing our callout for those. They come every few months.
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