MusedMoose: I stood in fire. / Everyone stood in fire. / It's an achievement. TristanLeonard: No one remembers / Yor'sahj's name in my guild. / We call him "Skittles." JeffLaBowski: Thank you, Olivia. / Now I'm counting all my words. / I ran out of beer. metaphyzxx: I'm glad to be done / With this stupid expansion. / Bring on the pandas. Docteurmi: Less QQ, more haiku.
Our staffers and columnists went into overdrive preparing for patch 5.0.4 and the eventual release of Mists, so opinion/editorial work took a backseat to class preparation. However, we did find time for haikus, Tides of War, the MoP cinematic, and a little shopping.
Also, NASA finished Dragon Soul landed an SUV-sized rover on Mars.
Mega Bloks: Goblin Zeppelin Ambush hands-on We were generally quite pleased with this outing from Mega Bloks, although our review was delayed for a good two weeks while Alex tore Wisconsin apart looking for his camera and, failing to find it, bought a new one.
How World of Warcraft could save your business This one isn't ours -- it's a video of the researcher and writer John Seely Brown's explanation for why hiring a WoW guild leader is a safer bet than a generic MBA. If you can run a guild, shepherd a pack of quarreling guildies through a heroic raid, and construct a fair and equitable means of loot distribution, you've probably got the people-management skills needed to run a business. Then again, those of us who read Officers' Quarters already know this. And on that note --
Healers need something like the raid dummies DPSers have a means of practicing and perfecting their rotations. Healers are pretty much restricted to on-the-job training, as it were. Wouldn't it be useful if they had more opportunity to practice without the pressure of having to keep a group or raid alive?
Arts and Entertainment
WoW Moviewatch: If Women Ruled WoW 2 An all-star voice cast contributes to a machinima that's primarily about making an unsettling point. The best satire bites, and this one has teeth.
Travels through Azeroth and Outland returns One of the most popular fan works ever created, Travels through Azeroth and Outland is now following its narrator through Cataclysm and (we hope) Mists of Pandaria content. Seriously, folks, read this if you haven't. It will change how you experience the game, and all for the better.
Encrypted Text: Rogue celebrities and the lack thereof How do we calculate the impact of even a single high-profile player to a class? If the purpose of a famous player is to show the uninitiated what can be done with a class, as Chase observes, then the rogue cup runneth dry.
Blood Pact: Guide to grimoires and demons There'd been a small uptick in warlock population numbers by August, and Megan decided it was time to run a 101 guide to pets and their uses for anyone new to the class.
Odds and Ends
Noble houses and nobility in roleplay This edition of All the World's a Stage fascinated me. There's a case to be made for roleplaying a member of the dwindling noble classes in WoW, but the class carries a lot of historical baggage.
The Drama Mamas guide to teen video gaming and World of Warcraft The Mamas have written a lot over the years about how to incorporate gaming into family life responsibly, and after getting a letter from a teen player who doesn't feel he/she's being treated fairly, make a number of suggestions on how to introduce a more realistic perspective on WoW to the folks.
Know Your Lore: A requiem for Staghelm Fandral Staghelm was one of the more unpopular figures in the lore, and his story didn't attract much attention when he wound up becoming a boss in the Firelands. However, he represents the loss of serious storytelling potential.
Theramore: A short history Alliance players will want to read this to know what they're losing. Horde players will want to read this to know what they're blowing up.
WoW Archivist: Vanilla WoW's most hidden quest line We'd really like to see more "hidden" quests like this return to the game. As Scott observes, one undeniable aspect of the game's advancement is that WoW seems to reward exploration much less than it used to.
The long game of the naaru, part one and part two It took him a while to get around to it, but Rossi sends a volley back to Anne over the "naaru are actually evil" theory.
2012's drawing to a close, and we're wrapping up the most interesting articles we've published all year, one day at a time. Join us every day for the next twelve days with this year's best of WoW Insider!