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The Queue: Morning, sunshine

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.

My original introduction to today's Queue was written like so: "Today, we definitely do not talk about comics books." Immediately after writing that, I looked down at my first question of the day and realized I was a giant liar.

ScottLeyes asked:

Is anyone from WoW Insider covering (going to) Comic-Con?

Sadly, no. We would love to send someone out there one of these years, but one Blizzard panel isn't enough to justify the expense for us.

RyanWilliamVoll asked:

Sometimes I wish the host for the Queue wouldn't make an introduction that isn't WoW related. We end up with a comment section full of videos, or comments about stuff not related to WoW.

I come here to learn more about the game and universe of Warcraft, by either having a question of my own, or more so from other people's questions (one's that are interesting, but would never have thought on my own). And from the comments/answers of fellow readers.

But I dislike having to skim through each comment, or pass hundreds of videos, just to find 1 comment that actually is WoW related. A week ago was theme/introduction songs to tv shows, and today is comic books.

I understand you want to put some personality into your introduction, but can we try not to lead people off-topic. It's a World of Warcraft website, and I come here just for learning more about the game I love.

We understand that, but maybe I can explain why we go off-topic in the intro so much: there's really no way to make the introduction about WoW every single day. It isn't necessarily about injecting personality -- it's about opening the conversation. We don't cover just one topic, we hit multiple topics. There's no good way to ease into that when it's a daily article. We want to get to the Q&A but if there's no intro, it doesn't look right. We can try to guide the topic into World of Warcraft things, but it's impossible to do that every day. We run out of things to say. There's just no way to do it without turning The Queue into one of our standard news posts or editorials, and that detracts from both The Queue and that other content.

I often do try to make my intro as unobtrusive as possible -- saying something as simple as "let's skip straight to the Q&A" -- but that's often interpreted as laziness, that my heart wasn't in it that day, that I was too tired to put in effort, and so forth. Throwing something random into the intro not only keeps things interesting, but it gives us an icebreaker.

gouges2009 asked:

Do daily quest rotations change every server reset (3am PT) or must you complete them (or some) to achive a change in quests?

They reset at 3 a.m. Pacific.

Phoenix asked:

Will WoW Insider be having a meetup again at BlizzCon this year?

That's the plan. I can't share details quite yet, but we will as soon as we're able. BlizzCon attendees might want to start thinking about freeing up their Thursday night.

David Kelly commented:

While I can't wait for the new character models, the one thing I see as a problem with it is that once we get new character models, they'll still be walking around in an absolutely terrible looking world for the most part.

Yay! New models! Wait.... Why does my character look out of place all of a sudden? Oh! Cause it looks 1000 times better than its environment...

I don't think that's how it needs to play out. The worgen, goblins, and pandaren look leagues better than the original character models. Not only are they smoother, cleaner models, but they're capable of far more fine animation than, for example, the original human males. Despite that, they don't look out of place in the game. It doesn't look strange to see a worgen running around Pandaria. It looks more strange to see the humans there, because they look so much worse.

It isn't the environments failing to keep up with the character models, it's the character models failing to keep up with the environments.

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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