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Shaenon: Beth Bever wrote to show us the amazing character she created on World of Warcraft. The full story, according to Beth:

When the worgen (basically, werewolf) race finally came out, my werewolf-obsessed best friend insisted we make worgen to play together (despite the fact that worgen are Alliance and we are die-hard Horde players). Even though we don't play on a roleplaying server, I still like having an idea of who my character is in order to get really into playing them. I decided I wanted a character loosely based on a webcomics character. I also wanted my worgen to be female and an engineer, so naturally I went with Florence Ambrose.

Unfortunately, while the male worgen look pretty awesome, the females look like deranged chihuahuas. Their eyes don't even face the same direction, and they have a permanent snarl that I'm pretty sure is impossible for a canine face to perform without some kind of muscle spasm or perhaps a bit of rigor mortis. After a couple hours I couldn't stand looking at her any more and, the character not being equipped with a paper bag, I needed to switch to a male.

I had a hard time thinking of a male wolfy character I would enjoy playing until the thought finally occurred to me, "Hey, wasn't Tip a werewolf for a while?"

And thus was born Tipwilkin, restoration druid and wearer-of-dresses extraordinaire. Sadly the game has no short skirts, fairly limited character customization, and the male humans are... rugged... to put it nicely (the less said about the harelip the better). However, Tipwilkin spends most of his time in fuzzy mode, and I have spent altogether too much time and money buying him pretty things to wear and coordinating his gear (and I have loved it). Maybe one of these days I''ll make an undead hunter named Unity, with a pet wolf named Sweetheart...

As you can see from these stills, Warcraft Were-Tip is one stylish druid. He also has a kitten named Sweetheart, apparently. Thanks so much, Beth!

Channing: This is the best use of MMORPGs in all history, all the way back to ancient Egypt. Druid is about spot-on for Tip, actually, so, good choice on that as well. And just look at those fabulous clothes!

I have to ask, though -- I've never played WoW, so this is a very noob question -- isn't it weird to have a PC race who can turn into a wolf playing a class that can turn into another kind of wolf? It'd feel like, yeah, I want to turn into a wolf today, but which of my many ways to turn into a wolf do I want to use? Isn't that weird?

Lastly, I think you underestimate the appeal of deranged Chihuahuas.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I have this terrible urge to make my next D&D character an awakened bear Druid/Barbarian/Bear Warrior who contracted lycanthropy from a werebear. So a bear who turns into a bear who can wildshape into a bear who gets so angry that he turns into a bear. My animal companion, of course, would be a bear. And I've now typed "bear" so many times that it doesn't look like a word to me anymore.

Euel Ball (euel) says:

Talk about a grizzly character!  How could you bear to think of that?  (I'm sorry, I'll go now...)

Alex KB (kbkarma) says:

Fur shame, sir. You stole my pun.

Ronnie Simonds (ronrab) says:

Make sure your DM allows you to use druid weapons while shapeshifted - you do of course have the right to bear arms.

Rodford Smith (stickmaker) says:


Now why'd you have to go and bruin it?

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Beth: I just adore Freefall, which I discovered through Shaenon, so a Florence Ambrose character would have been great.  However, I'm not sure you could top your awesome Tipwilkin, or his equally awesome wardrobe.  Now that would be a great, scary Halloween costume!

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Wolf-Tip does look pretty awesome in those dresses.

Also @jcampbel Yo dawg, I heard you like bears.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

For the record, WoW druids don't actually turn into wolves.  Big cats (two kinds), bears, owlbears, ents, and some kind of manatee... but no wolves.

Paul Lenoue (palenoue) says:

Because Ed hasn't posted a song yet, I will.


Werewolves!  (sung to the tune 'Tequila")




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Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

John Campbell:

Don't forget to employ Summon Nature's Ally VI at every opportunity. You simply cannot afford to sacrifice that additional 1d4+1 of bear. (Yes, It's a mass noun at this stage.)

Brian Fallstrom (alfador) says:

Yes, it would be odd to have a werewolf turn into another kind of wolf--which is why worgen can't be shamans. The druid can turn into a feline form, a bear form (both of the previous being very wolfish for worgen, sporting horns on tauren, long ears on night elves, and mohawks on trolls), a sea lion form, a cheetah form, and two kinds of bird form (which are bats instead for trolls). Balance druids can in addition assume an owlbear-ish form, and Restoration druids can turn into a tree.


Shaman, on the other hand, have Ghost Wolf form, a transparent blue wolf. There's also an obscure item in the raid instance Karazhan that can turn any character temporarily worgen... I haven't yet seen how it affects characters that already are.

Beth Bever (dementron) says:

Squeee! My screenshots are up!

Fortunately Hugsteimnao is a warrior, so I've been levelling Tip as a healer as an excuse to wear robes all the time. Unfortunately, sometimes I end up passing on upgrades because they clash with his outfit...

Li B (li) says:


The eternal challenge in any MMORPG.  Balancing your character's ability to stay alive with his ability not to look like a clown.

Haley: the Boots of Speed were totally powerful, but they were, like, lime green.

Vaarsuvius: Indeed. A most grave conundrum you faced

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