Shared Topic Extravaganza: September!

Hi, and welcome back! We’ve had a bit of a scramble finding a replacement for Ophelie and a few weeks of shared topics have piled up since her semi-retirement. Today I’d like to showcase all the great topics we missed, and hopefully we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled Sunday/Monday posting beginning tomorrow.

I’d also like to take a moment and welcome all the new moderators over at Blog Azeroth: Jamin, Edenvale, Akabeko, Dragonray and Amerence.

Our first topic was suggested by Stringtheory, and asks what’s better: solo or group questing?

While there are some quests that specifically call for grouping, most don’t… but do you group anyway? How many of you pick up a friend or guildie to quest with and how many grind the lonely roads alone?

Sharing their thoughts are:

Martha from Perish Twice

Amerence from Amerence Love WoW

Saga from Spellbound

Jod from Jod’s Blog

Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual

Kallixta from Kallixta’s Notes

Bless from Horde Review

Oathblade from Info about WoW from the Altoholic

Dragonray from Azerothian Life


Our next topic comes from Essence, who asks us to look at the craftier side of Warcraft!

Inspired by Kalixta’s WoW Recipe IRL topic and the “World of Warcrafts” column over at WoW Insider, I started wondering, how many people are into making WoW-like things in real life? Not just food, though food could count too. But how many people create pottery inspired by WoW? Or wigs, or costumes inspired by WoW? Or even knit or sew things relating to WoW? Or are you a fan artist with pen and paper or pastels or clay? How about Machinmas? Comics? Stories?

Is there WoW inspiration in your life? Do you wear it proudly? Do you make it? Are you interested in it? This could go lots of ways–share what you make, or link to creations you’re fond of!

The crafters included:

Essence from Gamer Girl Confessions

Rhoelyn from Beneath Two Skies

Saga from Spellbound 

Kamalia from Kamalia Et Alia 

Martha from Perish Twice 

Kallixta from Kallixta’s Notes 

Next, Saga asked us to share our personal WoW soundtrack.

The WoW in-game music is awesome, but there are times (at least for me) when I’m listening to my own music instead. Are there any specific songs that you connect with WoW? Whether it’s tied to your own characters in some way or simply because it reminds you of WoW. Please share!

Singing along were:

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Amerence from Amerence Love WoW 

Saga from Spellbound 

Faye from The Dancing Tree 

Ancient from The Tome of the Ancient 

Saz from World of Saz 

Gladiola from The Ready Check

Oathblade asked us to dive into the Lore and determine the winners and losers in the ever-shifting story of different races:

Blizzard often tries to work unusual race/class combinations into the game for various reasons. Who do you think are the winners and losers in their efforts? Why? Does it matter if there is more representation of it (Quests, NPCs, etc) or the importance/quality?

Tackling the lore were:

Oathblade from Info about WoW from the Altoholic

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Ringo Flinthammer from Flinthammer Hall

For our last hit of the month, Oathblade gave us another topic, this time the worst quest ever:

We all have the ones we hate to do. The quests that make us froth in rage to see their name in our quest log. So what quest do you hate above all others? If you can break down why its so horrible and rework it so it works.

Participating this week (we hope we got them all!) were:

Tzufit from Tree Heals Go Woosh

Corath from Corath’s Blog

Saz from World of Saz

Ringo Flinthammer from Flinthammer Hall

And that wraps up the September shared topics! This week’s shared topic is The Best Grind, and upcoming topics include Tanking with Threat Envy, Guild Traditions, and Diversity in the Talent Tree: Less or More?

To see more shared topics, to participate, or even to suggest your own, visit Blog Azeroth’s Shared Topic forum where all topics, new and old can be found!

Episode 145 – The Saund and The Fury

Non-Squishy-Heals-header This week we welcome Saund from Non-Squishy Heals. We have some great conversations, talk about replacing your guild leader in 4.3 and even a little raid finder goodness.

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Netherhood Welcome Wagon – The Cynic Dialogue

Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Feya of The Cynic Dialogue.

Feya has been playing WoW since Molten Core was all the rage. The thought of working together towards a common goal with a group of people has always fascinated him, and raiding is what keeps him engaged in WoW. Feya brings an extensive background in healing, having healed everything since first stepping foot into Molten Core. His guild history includes raiding with some very progression focused guilds, but right now he finds that progression on a more relaxed 9-10 hour schedule fulfills his current gaming needs. He is currently an officer in Shining Force, a guild that focuses on progression on a lighter raid schedule.

Feya has always played a paladin, with some mild flirtations with Resto Druids. However, he continues to come back to the challenges that Holy Paladins bring. He enjoys working through the challenges of the niche “tank healing” that paladins have seen, and appreciates the satisfaction found in knowing that many times you are almost singularly acting to keep a tank’s life in balance.

The Cynic Dialogue focuses mostly on Paladin healing and being part of the leadership structure for a progression focused guild (you might even see some theory crafting being thrown around!). You will find some ideas on how to assess healers as an officer, or some thoughts on the great mastery and crit debates. There is the start to a great series on the best secondary stats for paladins as well as some interesting thoughts on possible Holy Radiance Changes. You will also find some great thoughts on current hard mode encounters.

Feya is off to a great start!  I can’t wait to read more as he plows through T13 challenges.  Welcome to the blogosphere, Feya!


Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an email to, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible

Attention All Bloggers: Blizzcon Liveblogging Team Recruitment

Greetings everyone!

UPDATE Thank you very much to our two volunteers for the Blizzcon LiveBlogging team! So far we have help covering the event on Friday but I will still need help with the event on Saturday. We will be using coveritlive, tonight Fimlys and I should have it all set up and ready to go. Please please please contact me if you are able to help out on Saturday as I can promise I will not be able to cover all of the relevant information in all the panels alone. Since I’ll be parked in front of my office computer I plan on being in Skype as well, so folks can call in to give some opinions or reviews of their own, and anyone liveblogging can chat back and forth to get some cross-pollination of the panels. Please let me know quickly if you are able to join us!

This year I am once again unable to go to Blizzcon, but I will be enjoying the coverage from home with the DirecTV streaming package just as I did last year.

I volunteered to do some liveblogging of the event here on TNB and I told Fimlys and Hydra I’d like to put together a small team so we can make sure to get coverage of each event. So this is the call to arms.

Will you be watching the Blizzcon coverage from home this year? Would you like to liveblog one or more of the events while doing so, and have the opportunity to share your views and opinions on what is taking place as it happens? Here is your chance!

Send an email to and put in the subject line “Blizzcon Liveblogging Team” and I will compile a list of all those wanting to liveblog the event and we’ll get together in either a collaborative doc or in chat of some type and go over the event schedule and who would like to blog what.

I know for me personally, the events taking place early in the event on Friday will be difficult as I am working that day, so having some assignments for those events would be a huge help.

Thanks everyone, and I look forward to being able to participate in the event with everyone, even if I am on the opposite end of the country!



TNB Live Saturday 10/1 – Saund

We are pleased to welcome Saund from Non-Squishy Heals. If you have any questions please make sure to send them in prior to showtime to or bring them to the chatroom!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st at 8pm PT (11pm ET). Not sure what time that is for you? Use this handy-dandy time converter!
  • Where do I go? To participate on the live show, you will need to go to the TNB Live Show page to connect with the stream. See, totally easy. If you are having issues then go to the Ustream page. Don’t forget to register/login to UStream so you can chat with us!
  • Some general ground rules:
    1. Be nice. If you say very inappropriate things be aware you will be kicked from the room. We are doing this to have a great time, come with a beer, come during a raid, come how you wish, just don’t come to cause trouble.
    2. You may ask questions to the participants during the show, but we reserve the right to use them if and when we can. We will be monitoring the chat room and if we can we will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but we will have to weave them in. Even if it isn’t asked, we all appreciate your questions!

Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!

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