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WRUP: The Ghost of Azeroth Past

Dawn Moore

What are you playing this weekend? Are you raiding or PvPing in WoW? Playing something on the new Wii U? Maybe helping out Benjamin Franklin in Assassin's Creed III? The WoW Insider staff certainly have some plans of their own, but it looks like some of them are also going to find themselves on a Dickensian journey as they are visited by the mysterious Ghost of Azeroth Past. OooOOOOoooo!

The Ghost of Christmas Past from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol showed Ebenezer Scrooge the significant moments from the past which shaped him into who he was in the present. So I guess the Ghost of Azeroth Past will probably show many of us scenes of our first characters being eaten alive by murlocs. I wonder if that gets redundant for him?

So let's say you are visited by the Ghost of Azeroth Past this weekend. What does he show you?

Adam Holisky (@AdamHolisky) LFR for me this weekend, and then leveling my monk.

The Ghost of Azeroth Past shows me the awesome time I had in Defenders of The Pass in classic WoW, especially with the other warrior tanks. Then he takes me to Christmas future, where I look like Matt Rossi. But PLOT TWIST. My beard isn't that long and/or manly.

Alex Ziebart (@AlexZiebart) My World of Warcraft answer to WRUP is pet battles now and evermore. Beyond that, I'm going to be playing some Mass Effect 3 multiplayer and making more progress on my novel. I'm pretty deep into my first draft and feeling good about it.

The Ghost of Azeroth Past shows me how miserable I was as a hardcore raider in Cataclysm and reminds me to never, ever do that again.

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I'd like to relax, but I suspect I'll be spending the weekend working. Either way, I'll be busy! Bonus question: I suspect the Ghost would take me back to the first time I dinged level 60 in vanilla. A paladin friend asked me what I wanted to do to celebrate, and I said I wanted to go to Razorfen Kraul, because as an Alliance player I'd never gone to it or seen what was inside before. He obliged and came along with me, and I as a druid decided to Prowl through the instance ahead of him to see what was at the end. I accidentally aggro'd a single quillboar near the end of the instance, and decided the best way to avoid the quillboar would be to simply jump down off of the bridge and run back to where my friend was at.

This was how I learned two important lessons -- firstly, that mobs in instances do not leash, which was realized when the avalanche of angry screaming piggies piled down on our heads. The second and far more important and painful lesson was learned as I watched my paladin friend scream about pigs, bubble himself and hightail it out of the instance.

Namely, paladins may be soldiers of the holy light, but when faced with a katamari ball of angry quillboar they will come to the conclusion that it is far easier to run away and let you die. After all, they can always resurrect you, right?

Chase Hasbrouck (@alarondruid) Still playing the trifecta: WoW, AC3, and BL2. (A little variety is good). Bonus: 1) Undoubtedly, it'd be the moment from my first raid (Karazhan) where I decided to "see what was around the corner" during a break and failed spectaularly at defending the rest of the AFK players from the incoming ghosts.

Dan Desmond (@Antigen_) I'm hoping to finish my playthrough of XCOM (though I have yet to construct the second story-centric thing, mostly because I lose track of my objectives while I'm watching the world spin 'round), but otherwise I'll be running LFR hoping for a weapon from either Elegon or Sha, and doing Shieldwall dailies of course.

The Ghost of Azeroth Past would show me playing my first character, a night elf druid, highlight just how truly awful I was at it, and then point and laugh. Ghosts aren't very nice.

Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb) I will be continuing to work on Operation: Shieldwall. I should break revered on my main this weekend. I'll also be making sure I cap my valor points, since Wrathion wants me to earn a whole dang lot of them before he gives me my next legendary upgrade. I will also continue the August Celestials reputation grind on my tailoring alt. With any luck, I'll have a bunch of new Royal Satchels by the time it's time to answer the next WRUP email. Finally, I'll be equipping an Assault Rifle on my Turian Sentinel and killing some reapers for the Weekend Challenge on ME3 Multiplayer.

The Ghost of Azeroth Past would probably remind me of a few of my worst noob moments back in the vanilla days. That or he'd take me back to the days before WoW and taunt me with visions of the capital city of Lordaeron in all it's non-scourged glory and Alliance High Elves. He's kind of a jerk.

Dawn Moore (@dawnwow) Just playing WoW this weekend, as one might expect.

The Ghost of Azeroth Past shows me all the good and bad times I had playing with hardcore guilds. It also points out how nice my armor always looked.

Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives) Probably nothing -- I'm working nights and any spare time I get is going to be spent sleeping. I suppose I'll log in to harvest my farm and blow my profession cooldowns, but nothing else.

Joe Perez (@lodurzj) Pet battles, pet battles, pet battles! That's my weekend plan. Cinder Kitten and Stitched Pup hit like trucks! Also more Pokemon Black 2. Can you see a pattern?

As far as the Ghost of Azeroth Past, it would probably take me back to the time I was raiding, and my guild was about to get our first kill. The apartment I was in at the time started filling a little bit with smoke, and I thought my roommate was just burning dinner. We downed the boss finally and when I went to go inform my roommate I realized they weren't home. "AFK apartment on fire" was calmly uttered in Vent and I gathered the pets and ran outside. No Lodurs, pets, or computers were harmed that day.

Matt Rossi (@MattWRossi) It's my birthday tomorrow. I'm going to spend it goofing off. Well, I have a column due but after that I'll spend it goofing off.

The Ghost of Azeroth past comes to my house, I call him sonny and tell the little whippersnapper he can come back when he isn't more than three decades my junior.

Matt Walsh (@Rhidach) Nothing terribly exciting -- just some Operation: Shieldwall, searching for Horde rares for free invites to the Brawler's Guild, and then (outside of Azeroth) some Borderlands 2 and Civilization 5.

The Ghost of Azeroth Past would show me the moment of my race/faction change, and try to get me to renounce the error of my ways.

Michael Gray (@writegray) I will be sleeping. Good Lord, let me sleep.

Olivia Grace (@oliviadgrace) I'm going to be leveling, my eternal alt quest continues. And Borderlands 2! And The Secret World! All the games, all the time.

And the Ghost of Azeroth Past takes me back to review all my noobiest moments. Like when I equipped a new weapon mid-dungeon, having forgotten I hadn't skilled up in that weapon at all, and couldn't hold aggro for toffee. The Ghost of Azeroth Past's kinda mean like that.

Robin Torres (@cosmiclaurel) Pet battles.

Ghost of Azeroth Past: Look at you putting your all into that warlock.
Robin: I never did end up liking the class. Same with the rogue.
Ghost of Azeroth Past: Look how good your NE druid looks on her cat. You can't have that as Horde.
Robin: What are you trying to convince me of here?
Ghost of Azeroth Past: You're not evil. Go back to the light.
Robin: /Turn Undead

The weekend is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy some game time. Are you an achievement junkie? Can't get enough raiding? Rolling a new alt? Considering taking the leap into roleplaying? Whatever your favorite way to play World of Warcraft, let us know in the comments what you're playing this weekend!

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