The Queue: Happy (belated) Father’s Day!
Happy Father’s day to all of the dads out there. I hope you had a good day full of fun times, and just the absolute daddest of dad jokes. I spent the day hanging with my family — eating and making merry. Luckily, none of us were turned into piles of ash by evil Warlocks. It was a good day. Also, it was really long apparently, who knew?
Now that it’s over, it’s time for — The Queue.
Q4tQ: Should Flight Points as a Druid just be their Flight Form?
It’d be a neat way to reinforce your Druidness, but if they started doing that why couldn’t the Druid just fly themselves there? Why couldn’t the Druid just stop and get off of the flight path whenever they wanted? It’s better for the Druid to just be riding whatever beast the Flight Master has at their location. That way they can get a rest from flying everywhere themselves.
IT’s also nice as a Druid player to get to see some of the other mounts than just my little pterodactyl form. I love it, no question there. But sometimes it’s nice to see my Zandalari on an Anima Worm or a Hippogryph. Both are mounts that are in my journal, but how often do Druids use non Travel Form? Not often in my case, it’s too damn convenient!
Mechanical Q4TQ: How exactly does “Meteoring” work? I understand the concept means it splits damage between every mob it hits but I constantly see guides mention how bad skills that Meteor are in AOE situations. They make it sound like it actually loses damage when it hits more targets. Is it just a loss in priority damage or overall damage?
It’s just a loss in priority damage usually. When your spell splits between targets but does the same amount, the more targets there are the less each takes. So if there is one really important thing in the pull that needs to be the first thing to die — you’re not really contributing to making that happen. In Mythic Keystone terms, it’s good for Bolstering weeks but bad for Inspiring weeks. It wouldn’t be reflected in the meters, since you’re doing the same damage, but if your group dies because the one guy lived long enough to kill the tank, then the meter won’t matter that much in the end.
There are a few things out there that increase their damage when they hit multiple targets though. Like the tank trinket that drops from Hakkar in De Other Side. Ideally, I’m using it when I’ve got five people around me, then I get the biggest possible shield, and do the most possible total damage.
My brother is trying to make money doing Twitch streams. I think he has delusions of grander there.
I wish your brother all the luck in the world! It’s a tough market to break into and start making real money. Having a gimmick to start with can really go a long way, but everything I’ve seen says that consistency is key. As long as he sticks with it, eventually, he could be huge!
It does kind of feel like that quote from the Monk Class Hall mount though. “The best time to plant a tree is fifty years ago, the second-best time is now.”
Q4tQ: How long could you play WoW if you used all your gold to buy tokens at your region’s current prices? Ignore the token limit.
At the current market price of 190k on the NA servers — I’ve got a year’s worth of gold. I’m actually coming up on the end of my time so I’ve been watching the prices carefully, I keep hoping that there’ll be something that drives it down a bunch. I’d like to have enough gold still stockpiled so that I can get Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 with no issues when they finally come out.
Since the implementation of the tokens, I haven’t paid for a single Blizzard game or any game time with real money. It’s been fantastic.
Question for the pre-show and/or Lorewatch. I know there’s a lot of Warhammer 40k influence on Warcraft and Starcraft, but what are some of the connections? Looks like the Zerg are Tyranids; are Protoss Necron/Aeldari hybrids? Mechagnomes are a pretty straight line from the Cult of the Machines. What parallels interest you folks the most? Has there been a bunch of cross pollination back and forth over the decades?
Also, if I want to get into the Warhammer fiction, is there any place you recommend starting?
You’re pretty spot on with the comparisons. Although Protoss don’t really have any Necron in them — they’re firmly the Eldar. A race of Psionic Aliens who try and leave the fighting to their machines when possible, and inter their fallen soldiers in war machines so that they can continue fighting past death. It’s not 1:1 but it’s definitely the closest match of any of the Warhammer 40k races.
I know that Vulkan on our Discord laid out a bunch of great books to start with for someone interested in dipping their toes in, and you had said that you were going to start with the Path of the Eldar series, which is great! Everything that Vulkan said is pretty on point. Dan Abnett’s Gaunt’s Ghosts series is fantastic, but so is his Eisenhorn trilogy, or his Ravenor trilogy, or his book Titanicus, or or or… Dan Abnett is fantastic is what I’m driving at here. So is Aaron Dembski-Bowden — he writes the bad guys so well, you almost can get behind the idea of worshipping the dark gods that lurk in the Warp.
A million years ago when I started reading WH40k stuff, the first series that I read was the Soul Drinkers books by Ben Counter. Which are about a loyal chapter of Space Marines who stumble a bit on that whole loyal to the Imperium thing — but they’re doing their best! So if after the Path of the Eldar stuff you’re looking for something a bit more Marine-y but not fully fine and upstanding citizens I’d recommend them.
Patrick: “Is a car an instrument?
Today’s Anna Earworm™: Needing/Getting
Normally I don’t embed the actual video here, but in this case, the video is almost the whole point. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to leave Anna lots of questions for tomorrow!
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