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The Queue: This dragon escaped from the Internet

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A feature for all of Blizzard’s games! Have a question for the Blizzard Watch staff? Leave it in the comments!

Guys, E3 is pretty legit crazy. I got to meet up with our very own gone but certainly not forgotten Fox Van Allen, wander the halls, take in the scenery, not get eaten by wayward dragons, and play some video games. I think I still prefer BlizzCon though — E3 is a convention, but BlizzCon always feels like the biggest family reunion ever. Oh, and I’d also like to thank Alex for covering for me last week while I was away. Let’s get on to your questions!

The Queue: Lowering the bar to raise the bar

Ugh, Mitch is the worst, always raising the bar on the Queue with his whole “I’m so impressive that I can answer ten Queue questions every day” thing.

Because, really, there are only so many hours in the day, and when I spend 15 minutes going through comments to find one question about Transformers (i.e. what I was doing up until I gave up and started writing this introduction), well… making enough time to question-hunt is tough. FeyMercurial suggests I should lower the bar on questions and “do some some limbo dancing,” but I’m not so sure.

But fine. Let’s give it a try and see how I do. But I’m still not answering questions about Transformers. Or tentacles. (These comments can be a real minefield, I’m telling you.)

The Queue: The Richter scale

Happy Tombsday, everyone!

You know what instantly endears me to a show or movie? An original score that blows me away. Such is the case with The Leftovers, which recently ended its run after three incredible seasons and is, frankly, underrated. It managed to reinvent itself every season while still feeling like the same show. I can see how the show isn’t for everyone, but personally, it’s one that I will forever consider influential on how I write.

What’s your underrated/inspirational show/movie/book? Give it a thought, and maybe read some questions while ya do.

The Queue: Class mounts, bottlenecks, and the old guild

The last question in today’s Queue got me going down memory lane… It was kind of dangerous. I’m now thinking of popping over to the server and saying hello to a few folks.

The Queue: Anniversary

My wife and I got engaged during a Molten Core run. This weekend we’re celebrating our 11th year married with a trip to the mountains in Jasper. We will be spending time in a cabin, going for nature walks, and perhaps I may commune with my Sasquatch kin.

Hopefully y’all will have a good weekend in my absence.

This is the Queue. Let’s chat.

The Queue: Hi, it’s me again

Anne isn’t here, so I am. Sup? Let me dust off this ol’ copy/paste real quick…

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A feature for all of Blizzard’s games! Have a question for the Blizzard Watch staff? Leave it in the comments!

The Queue: Home is where the Jarod is

Seriously, I’m not saying my Night Elf Warrior is in love with Jarod Shadowsong.

I don’t have to because look at the two of them. I don’t think she could be more obvious if she said “Hiiiiii, Jaaaaarod” every time she saw him. Which she probably does.

Anyway, this is the Queue. I had a pretty hectic week launching the new book. Played some D3, spent some time failing to log into WoW today. What’ve y’all been up to?

The Queue: La Vie en rose

Tirisfal isn’t what it used to be, but that doesn’t make it feel any less like “home” to me in the world of Azeroth. It’s where my journey into the game first began — the music, the NPC voice lines, the unexpectedly high-level mobs just beyond the Bulwark… it all brings me back. What do you consider “home” to be in WoW? Or is this just a game and sentimentality dead?

Ponder that while you read some questions!

The Queue: Alts, maintenance, assassins, and more

Hey guys, I finally found the real WoW killer… Magic the Gathering: MMO.


The Queue: Your friends will explode

Back in the day I raided in AQ 40 when it was the hot new raid and we’d just mastered writing. One of the things that was weird and cool about that raid was, C’thun (the Old God who was the big boss of the raid) would randomly whisper things like Your heart will explode or your friends will abandon you to your raid. Now, my wife Julian used to play in the same room as I did, and as a result often C’thun would whisper to her and then to me within a second or so. As a result, the whispers would get mangled together, and we’d often hear Your heart will abandon you or your friends will explode, which to our mind was both every bit as creepy and also a touch more bizarre as threats go.

Your Heart Will Abandon You sounds like a 70’s country song to me.

Anyway, this is the Queue. My new book is out, if you like weird Lovecraftian monsters making friends explode. Even if you don’t.

The Queue: This pear, so delicious

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A feature for all of Blizzard’s games! Have a question for the Blizzard Watch staff? Leave it in the comments!

I have to say, despite the hassle at the end, I really enjoyed the Rogue class mount quests. They made me remember why I like playing a Rogue so much — skulking around in the middle of places I definitely should not be. It took a little longer than expected to carry out the last leg of the mission, but it was totally worth it.

…I don’t think I’m going to show my face in Stormwind again for a while, though.

The Queue: Wrath of the Lich Queen

It’s so nice to have a space all to myself, where I can kick back and relax, totally unbothered by my arch-nemesis Mitch. Ah, yes, truly, Wednesday is a good day. Peaceful and—

The Queue: The lovable quip-meister

Hello, everyone! Just your friendly neighborhood Mitch dropping by to say the Tuesday Queue belongs to me now! Mwahahahaha!

…Okay, but really, it’s pretty dang cool to have my own Queue day. It’s something I’ve daydreamed about for a long time, and it’s an honor to be able to say that daydream is now a reality. Better yet, I’ll be on the podcast regularly starting today (Note: It’s now an hour earlier), which makes Tuesdays All-You-Can-Mitch Day. Or something. I don’t know, I’m tired.

Anyhow, follow your dreams, kids! Unless you only have bad dreams or you dream about being financially irresponsible. Then don’t. And with that all said, let’s do some Qing and Aing.

The Queue: Artifact skins, fire mages, and chili

So… sup?

Remember me, dear Queue? We used to have such fun together. Taking those long walks on the beach in the falling sun and rising moon, sharing laughs over the hilarious misadventures of Anduin and whomever he’s teamed up with this expansion, all the while chatting food and more.

You’ll be happy (sad?) to know I’m back. So let’s begin.

The Queue: King of the North

Welcome to the first Queue I write since we reorganized the site. As you can see, I have gained a new title, and with it, all the attendant powers and responsibilities therein. I intend my rule to be just, fair, and utterly without mercy.

Your questions. Let me feast upon their souls.

I assume I can do that now.

The Queue: Illustrious portents

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A feature for all of Blizzard’s games! Have a question for the Blizzard Watch staff? Leave it in the comments!

Greetings and salutations, gentle readers. I have returned only to note that change is on the wind. In the vast expanse beyond your being, a time has coalesced and taken form: 9pm Central. This bright and shining future is nigh — in approximately nine hours. Until then, let us not dwell upon events that have yet to be, and instead return to reflect upon your questions, and their corresponding answers. I now return you to this, your regularly scheduled Queue.

…Does anyone else have a sudden headache?