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The Queue: Secret meetings


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

You might have heard that Fox Van Allen and I will be co-hosting the WoW Insider reader meetup at BlizzCon this year. More information will be available soon on the party, and Fox and I are hard at work on awesome stuff to entertain you. We even had secret meetings earlier during the week, when Fox crashed the WoW Insider Show and we got ice cream together.

This is what happens at secret planning meetings.

I Dont Always Guy asked:

Do you think that the "Mists of Pandaria" by what Chilton said is actually being over hyped or do you think hes just saying that so when whatever it is, is released we will still be surprised?

The answer that Tom Chilton gave over the trademarked name Mists of Pandaria was a non-answer to the fullest extent. His exact quote said that "if you look at traditionally how we've handled [Pandaren]," which just says that in the past, Pandaren were not thought of as a race to be included in WoW. Then he goes on to say, "most of the time when we do anything panda-related it's going to be a comic book or a figurine or something like that." This doesn't tell us anything. Chilton had an opportunity to say that it was over-hyped because it wasn't true, but he didn't. He just said that, in the past, Pandaren were used in one fashion, not that they ever wouldn't be used in a different way.

And we've all seen how Blizzard feels about its "traditional" uses of game mechanics and lore, especially with the upcoming implementation of transmogrification, which is a feature Blizzard said for six years would never, ever exist.

Sidvicious asked:

In the new Darkmoon faire coming in the next patch will we be getting a new rep to grind? I'm asking this because I'll like to continue working on the Insane title.

I am betting that it will be the old Darkmoon Faire reputation. We have no official word on that yet, however.

Stephanie asked:

Something I wonder every now and again:

If I faction change, what happens to my Ambassador status? Do the corresponding city factions inherit my 999/ as though I'd been working for them all along or do they know there is something not quite right about this one and make me prove myself to them?

Every reputation has a corresponding reputation for the other faction. The only faction you totally lose is either the Sunreavers or Silver Covenant, and your entire Argent Tournament from Icecrown resets. I don't really know the technical limitation on that whole thing, but it totally sucks, given how ridiculously tedious unlocking the tournament is and how long it takes.

Slax asked:

Have you heard of any rumored musical guests for blizzcon? My wife almost killed me when she found out Dave Grohl was drumming for Tenacious D. I am pretty sure she would leave me in a heart beat for him.....

I've been wondering this myself. We should be getting more BlizzCon announcements in the weeks coming, so I think we'll get confirmation on who is going to be performing at the convention around mid-September.

Emandiputs asked:

Am I the only one who misses the look and feel of the Wrath-era Orgrimmar? I mean, obviously it's better now that you can fly, but the new one just doesn't feel as comfortable. And I miss jumping in circles on the roof of the bank on my mount.

For me, the new Orgrimmar looks and feels like a thriving trade city and home of the Horde. The old Orgrimmar got close but not close enough. I don't think that Wrath-era Orgrimmar was "busy" enough, if that makes sense. The new Orgrimmar is all about hustle and bustle, with loads of people and types coming through the capital and doing their business. It feels like a real, thriving metropolis of Orcs rather than a city in a gorge.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider 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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