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The QueueJun 21, 2022 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: This Woman’s Work

I’m really glad Kate Bush is seeing a bit of the resurgence she deserves, but if we stop at Running Up That Hill I’m gonna be real annoyed.

This is The Queue, where you ask us questions and we’re probably in the attic in a bean bag chair listening to some records. We’ll be down in a few. Be cool. Don’t tell mom.


Q4TQ: Best soulshape for a darkfallen blood elf paladin? It won’t matter too much because Night Fae paladin is bad but doing it for completion’s sake

I’d say probably either a Shadowstalker or a Tiger. Blood Elves have a kind of catlike mystique about them, and the ferocity of the Darkfallen just adds to that. The Dragonhawk is also a great option for a Blood Elf, and would probably fit a bit better with the Paladin side of the equation.

Though, if you don’t really want to be all that extra, I feel like the default Vulpin is probably kinda Darkfallen-ish enough to work too.


Q4tQ: would you like to have last names for your WoW characters? Asking because I’ve been playing FFXIV and I’m surprised how much it adds to how a character feels for them to have a last name.

Though if the WoW devs did this, I’d like to have something like the Legacy system in SW:TOR so I could have multiple characters with the same last name, because I have a bunch of night elves and they’re all family.

I would like this for a number of reasons. While I do I tend to be the type of person to develop my characters, I don’t really RP with them. And while yes, adding last names would let RP people finally add a last name, allowing them an even deeper backstory and perhaps familial ties to other players or NPCs, that’s not the core reason I’d want this.

It’s kind of a weird (though very understandable) convention of overall media to not repeat names, especially in settings with dynastic monarchies.  I understand that you don’t want your characters having to constantly clarify whether they mean Hans Holbein the Younger or the Elder, but we got all the way up to Henry the Eighth and dozens of Lords Byron. There were three Thomases and three Roberts among the 13 co-conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot alone. You’re telling me nobody else in the whole of Westeros decided to name their baby Robert or Ned or Jon? Please. Plus, I feel like nearly everyone who’s gone through elementary school has had a class or two where a couple kids have been called by their first name and last initial.

So, let me name my Blood Elf Jennifer Sunstrider, and let some Gnome name themselves Jennifer Oilgear, and a Goblin could call themselves Jennifer Coinsplosion. It would avoid confusion while also letting all those poor Demon Hunters who named themselves Ëlŀâdiñ live their lives and find pugs in Discord… though of course, they’d probably just opt to be Illidan Størmrage, making the whole thing moot.


QftQ: When does enough patch/expac items become too many? 9.2 added sooooo many random bits you need to gather and then one of the slowest methods of gaining the necessary parts [motes] to make the most of them. When is it just too much?

One. That’s when there’s too many. One. This may be influenced by the fact that I’m a perpetual gaming hoarder, in part because I just cannot be bothered to do the whole bag space juggling thing. I’ll chuck just as much as I feel like I can to go do the stuff I actually want to do and call it good, while toting around, like, pug hats and random greens I intended to send to an alt, etc. I then let it build up until I really, truly have to deal with it, and then it’s an all-encompassing chore, as I sort through various alt mailboxes and whatnot.

Yes, this extends to some extent to my real life — even Mitch is floored by the number of tabs I have open in Chrome.

Toward the end of the expansion there’s always a sense of, well, I could go back to .1 content and it’s still sort of current, so I can’t chuck these geegaws just yet, and then just as we go into the next expansion there’s a sense that, well, if I really wanted to get around to it I would’ve by now, and also this will likely be trivial to grind as I outlevel it later, so meh. And even then there are a few items which don’t quite fit into my personal keep/delete effort matrix — I know I still have parts of the kite thing from Legion, for example. It’s so freeing to vendor to outright destroy all those little things as we move on, but I feel like, if this was just a rep thing, or a currency tab-related purchase, it would remove the feeling of being weighted down by all those silly things in the first place. I know that there are certain, very specific items which are intended to be very, very rare, and thus wouldn’t be able to fit either of those frameworks well, but frankly, unless they’re related to pets, I usually can’t be bothered.

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