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The Queue: Rolling the bones

Alex Ziebart

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

I'm in the mood to answer some WoW Insider behind-the-scenes questions this week ... so I will. If you're curious about the inner workings of WoW Insider, feel free to ask your questions today -- what it's like to work here, the state of your favorite feature, whatever you'd like to ask. I can't answer everything, but I'll certainly try to answer what I can.

You're still welcome to ask normal questions, of course! I'll just be seeking out a few behind-the-scenes questions to answer, too.

Kar On E asked:

What do you suppose the common folk of Azeroth do for fun and entertainment? It doesn't seem like there's much for them to do outside of the Blue Recluse...

Likely, many of the same things people on Earth did in the middle ages. No, there was no television and no video games, but there's plenty to do. Dice is one of the oldest games in existence, so you'd see quite a bit of gambling. It wasn't always played with the six-sided die we see today -- it was often played with knucklebones from animals. Various forms of dice actually exist in-game as pieces of loot:

Azerothians would have board games, too -- not Monopoly or Chutes and Ladders, no, but games like chess and draughts (checkers in America) have been around for most of written history in one form or another. Chess, especially -- we actually play it in Karazhan! Backgammon is a solid 5,000 years old here on Earth, too, so Azerothians may certainly have a form of that.

Then there are sports. Football/soccer, golf, hockey, bowling, and cricket all existed in some form. In a European village in the middle ages, when there was no work to do, kids could get together and play a game of pickup soccer. Except their ball would be an inflated pig's bladder. Or a pig's stomach. Or a Norseman's decapitated head.

Don't underestimate how much fun these guys could have at a place like the Blue Recluse, either. There would be more to do than get drunk and barf in the gutters afterwards. The local inn, tavern or pub would be a bustling community hub. You'd go not only for food and drinks, but music, stories, and other small-scale performances as well.

Pretty normal stuff, really! Oh, and you can watch a game of Footbomb, where goblins kill each other with circular saws whilst riding giant robots. If you can't watch it in person, you could always listen to the play-by-play on your buzzbox.

Azerothians cheat.

antieuclid asked:

In raid finder, gear occasionally stays on the boss until the person who won it loots it manually. Why is this?

If you win a loot roll, you need to be in the same zone as the item to receive it. If you dropped group or ported out of the zone too quickly, the game can't give you the item -- you need to go back and get it. Alternatively, the player's inventory may have been full. The game only tries to give you the item once. If you had no room for the item, you need to make space and manually loot your spoils of war.

Cole asked:

After the Arthas was killed in WOTLK what happened to Tirion? He was the major lore character leading us to the death of Arthas. I know cataclysm did not deal with the Light at all and much more about the aspects but it was kind of weird how Tirion just fell off the map. He was such a powerful character lore-wise, considering the power the Ashbringer wields, you'd think he could help out when a giant fire breathing dragon of death tries to destroy all of Azeroth.

He's in the Western Plaguelands, repeatedly failing to foil a saboteur in his midst that your character discovers and executes in like 10 minutes.

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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