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The QueueNov 12, 2021 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: I need to make a machine gun for my D&D game

Yeah, we’re going to be doing the last session for my Riatan campaign next week, so I’m working on things like the stats for the machine gun that Mischief our Rogue picked up. Just as an aside, yes, it’s the Revenant from Mass Effect 2, and yes, it really does 4d20 damage per attack.

Anyway, it’s Friday, I’m covering the Queue, let’s get our Queue on shall we?


Q4tQ: How do you feel about the look of the new Warrior tier set?

We look like Stewards.

Does anybody dislike Stewards? No, no one does. We’re Swolebros now. I’m okay with this.


Q4TLiz: 9.2, what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m not Liz, but I am looking forward to the return of Tier Sets, of getting to mess around with an ancient glyph language, and for the final raid of the expansion where I get to punch Anduin in the goolies for being a remote control race car for evil.


Q4tQ: What outcome would make the greatest number of players happy in a finial showdown between Anduin and Sylvanas, redemption, revenge, both, neither, something else?

Whatever it is, I don’t want it to be one of Blizzard’s trademark plot twists that never leaves you feeling any sense of closure.

Absolutely the last thing they should be doing is some kind of player satisfaction calculus to make the maximum amount of players happy. It’s that kind of focus group storytelling that destroys creativity and waters down plotlines. Frankly, endings like the one at Siege of Orgrimmar that didn’t really resolve anything feel like that kind of storytelling to me.

Blizzard has an end in mind and I hope, for better or worse, that they go with their vision, not that they try and make us happy.


I feel strangely bereft with the Legion-BfA-Shadowlands arc coming to an end, and anxious about where we go from here.

My feelings about this arc are complicated. Yours are completely valid, and I don’t in any way want to have you thinking I’m dismissive of them. But I’m pretty much glad to see the backend of this storyline, because it really smashed my enjoyment of the game in the gut. I rolled a Night Elf for the Legion pre-expansion invasions and enjoyed seeing Night Elf related story beats.

But then the Nightborne went Horde after I spent the entire expansion helping them, followed by the Horde burning down my home base and destroying most of the starting zones for Night Elves in the bargain, the Alliance refusing to help us retake Darkshore so we had to go in with just the Worgen helping us, and everyone constantly saying Tyrande is crazy for wanting some kind of retribution or consequences.

I play these games for story and to hang out with friends. The story since Battle for Azeroth has been, in my opinion, well told but not one I’ve enjoyed. Shadowlands has been better than Battle for Azeroth, but I’m really exhausted with Sylvanas at the forefront — honestly I wish Tyrande had just killed her before we got to the Sanctum and that she was gone.

I am super excited for a post-Shadowlands Azeroth and am eagerly looking forward to it. I am not dismissing your feelings at all, I get why you would feel that way. But for me, it’s time for something else.


What if they rush out the xpac as a giant patch rather than a traditional release? Even if 9.2 is the last content patch of Shadowlands I don’t see how a new xpac comes out in 2022.

I really don’t see that happening. I mean, inherently, every expansion has been essentially a giant patch for me, I haven’t bought a physical copy of World of Warcraft in years now. I think Cataclysm might have been the last time I did. But in general I expect they’ll want to have a hype train for the next expansion, especially since other MMO’s are having big launches.

Okay, that’s the Queue for this week, now I’m going to get back to designing an absolutely terrifying weapon of destruction for our bubbly Rogue to carry into battle.

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