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Posted in Words from Behind the Curtain on September 5, 2015 by Garrosh Hellscream

Hello and welcome back!

Hard to believe, but it’s true — it was four years ago (ahem, plus or minus a week or so) that Garrosh graced us with his very first post, and unleashed the Warchief’s Command Board on an unsuspecting blogosphere.

To commemorate the occasion, the blog is moving to a new home on its own domain! So, get ready to set some new bookmarks and update your links, then head on over to the brand shiny new…

So… what are you waiting for? Stop dilly-dallying here and get over there! Now! Go! There are lemon squares!


Summer Sabbatical

Posted in Words from Behind the Curtain with tags , , , on July 15, 2015 by Garrosh Hellscream

Hi, everyone. Averry here hitting the pause button on Garrosh for one of my programming updates.

I’m going to be taking a few weeks off from blogging while I juggle a fairly packed summer schedule.

Originally, I’d convinced myself that I could forge on ahead with the blog through the middle of the summer, but over the last couple of weeks it’s become pretty clear that that wasn’t a very realistic plan. As many of you know — and many more of you can probably infer — I’m a teacher by trade, and I’m in the midst of teaching a fairly intensive summer program. Surprisingly, I’ve discovered that spending 6-7 hours, six days a week, teaching a room full of 13-year-olds, with an hour commute on either side, actually doesn’t leave me bursting with energy for my creative pursuits at the end of the day! Go figure, huh? (Or, as Garrosh the Earth Online teacher might say, “HOLD ON, HOLD ON, WHAT DID THOSE LITTLE SNOTNOSES DO TO MY ENERGY BAR? GODDAMMIT, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT?!”) I could keep pushing through, but that would ultimately turn the blog into more of a chore than the pleasure it normally is, which I’m sure would also cause the quality of posts to suffer. So, rather than make everyone sit around wondering when Averry’s going to get off his ass and post something, then getting a mediocre product when I do, I figure it makes more sense simply to take a few weeks off to tend to real life.

So, here begins a short vacation for the WCB. Garrosh’s next mailbag, originally scheduled for August 3, will be September 7 instead (feel free to flood my mailbox with letters during the break!). I’ll be back with more silliness (and occasional torment) in late August… at which point I may have a surprise or two in the works. SSSHHH, IT’S A SURPRISE. YOU’LL SEE. MAYBE.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting, tweeting, emailing, and otherwise making this fit of tomfoolery into the fun time that it’s been so far. Enjoy the summer, and the Warchief and I will be back soon!


Be seeing you,


Garrosh’s Poetry Challenge returns

Posted in EPIC VERSE, Words from Behind the Curtain with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2015 by Garrosh Hellscream


Hello, all!  Averry interjecting with a quick announcement that…well…I suppose Garrosh could have covered it himself, but he seems to have his hands full right now.  It’s just easier this way.

Anyway!  As those of you who’ve taken a cursory look at your calendar may have noticed, today is the first day of April.  And as a smaller (but soon to increase!) subset of you are aware, April is National Poetry Month.  Now granted, last year I dropped the ball when it came to commemorating the event in the person of one of everyone’s favorite Azerothian poets.  (Yes, yes, mea culpa…or, you know, Garrosh culpa.  He has a lot of culpa to go around, after all.)  This year, though, I’m making sure there will be no such oversights.  Besides, the blog has been sorely lacking in EPIC VERSE of late!

For this year’s poetry challenge, I’m dusting off a variety of EPIC VERSE that I slapped together (thanks to your feedback!) the last time Garrosh commemorated National Poetry Month — EPIC VERSE battles!  As some of you might recall, ages ago when devilsaurs ruled the Earth, Garrosh unleashed an EPIC VERSE live blog upon an unsuspecting world, which ended up devolving into a rhyming battle between the Warchief and Varian Wrynn.  (Because, you see, I actually have no original ideas.)  I ended up revisiting the concept again shortly thereafter, and I’ve been wanting to revisit it since then.  Well, folks, you’ve dodged that bullet long enough!

So, I’ll be posting a new EPIC VERSE battle EVERY FRIDAY in April — plus one bonus battle on Friday, May 1, because DON’T THINK FOR ONE MINUTE YOU’RE GOING TO GET OUT OF THAT WEEK SO EASILY.  The pressure’s not just on me, though, because I’m going to need your help to make this idea work: just like the real Epic Rap Battles, the EPIC VERSE battles will rely on your ideas for matchups!  I have a couple of ideas in the works based on suggestions from way back when, but in order to get through the month, I’ll be counting on all of you to offer up suggestions for matchups in your comments.  Feel free to play fast and loose with your selections — while blog characters are, of course, welcome candidates, don’t be reluctant to offer up other lore figures who haven’t turned up in the blog in any significant way.  Living, dead, retconned beyond recognition… anything goes!

So…start thinking of those ideas, comment away, and as always, thanks for reading and responding and making this whole exercise in lunacy far more fun than it ever should have been.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go find a word that rhymes with orange.

Be seeing you,


Reminder: “Ask Garrosh Anything” LIVE BLOG incoming!

Posted in Words from Behind the Curtain with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2015 by Garrosh Hellscream

Just a reminder, for anyone who might not have seen Wednesday’s post — clear your schedules for this Sunday, February 15, because at 8:30 PM EST, everyone’s favorite Warchief… um, widely beloved Warchief… hmm… uh… one of the individuals to have held the office of Warchief… Yeah, that works.  One of the individuals to have held the office of Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream, will be answering your questions on the fly during a LIVE BLOG event!

The live blog setup post will go up a little while before 8:30, at which point you’re all invited to send your questions in for Garrosh to answer.  You can submit your inquiries a variety of ways: through comments on the live blog post, via Twitter (@GarroshHllscrm), by e-mail (, through Google+ or Facebook (yes, he has one!) or on Garrosh’s page on  Be as inquisitive and inventive as you’d like in your questions, but please follow a few simple ground rules:

  • No spoilers!  Remember, blog!Garrosh is still living in the Patch 5.2 timeframe.  If you want to obliquely refer to later events and throw some clever foreshadowing into your question, by all means go for it!  But please avoid point-blank references to things that Garrosh hasn’t experienced yet.
  • Anonymous questions will not be answered.  You can submit your questions with a roleplay name, your in-game character’s name, your Twitter handle, whatever, but there has to be some source to whom the question can be attributed.  (This is largely to prevent someone from anonymously engaging in…well…unproductive jackassery for its own sake.  Anyone who’s received anonymous questions on is painfully aware of what I’m talking about.)
  • Please hold your questions until the initial live blog post goes up, or until after the actual blogging is under way.  Part of the fun of the exercise will be for me to see what I can come up with on the spot with no chance to prepare.  You, on the other hand, can prepare all you want, so by all means come armed with an assortment of questions and follow-ups!

I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up with, and to having a fun evening collaborating on some zaniness.  While I have your attention, by the way, don’t forget to vote for the next “30 Days of Character Development” profile, or to be thinking of potential letters to send the Warchief for his next mailbag!  Cue the handy-dandy mail submission form:

Contrary to what you surely believe…

Posted in Words from Behind the Curtain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2015 by Garrosh Hellscream


…I live!  Well, I live, as in me, Averry.  Garrosh…kinda lives?  Only he doesn’t?  Except…he still does, here?  Until he doesn’t.  It’s…it’s complicated.  You get the idea.

POINT BEING.  I’m still here!  While I hadn’t intended to go quiet for so long, it was partly by design that the blog went on an unofficial break during the holidays.  My plan was to take a little time off from posting and to use some of that down time to get material prepared for when I was ready to start up again.  My hope was that doing so would benefit everyone involved: for readers, fewer long gaps between posts, since updates would be at least partially prepared in advance; and for me, a bit of relief from the constant self-imposed pressure to keep the production line going as quickly as (or maybe even more quickly that) I can.  As much as I enjoy writing and drawing the blog, it felt at times last year like I was putting down railroad tracks while the train is coming up behind me — as soon as I would finish a post, as soon as it would go up on the site, my thoughts would immediately go to “Okay, hurry up, get the next one done, get the next one done.”  After a while, that can make an otherwise fun experience into something draining.  That’s not good for me, but it’s also not good for all of you, who deserve to get the best quality of work I can manage when you come here.

So, I decided to give myself a sabbatical over the holidays, which ended up carrying on for longer than I’d intended.  I’ve been keeping busy during that time, though, and have managed to get quite a bit in the pipeline to go live.  I don’t want to name specific dates here and now, only because I have a couple more very specific benchmarks that I want to clear before I resume the blog’s storyline, just to make sure I don’t stumble into a new delay.  But NEW STUFF is imminent (and we’re talking about a matter of days, not weeks)!  So, in the interest of stirring you all up and whetting your appetites, you will soon get to look forward to…

  • Mokvar’s saga concludes!  We’ll be seeing the rest of what befell everyone’s favorite shaman-turned-warlock scribe at the hands of Kanrethad and Jubeka, then how the whole expedition to Blackrock Spire ends.demons  (Not without a surprise or two…)
  • Garrosh’s Earth Online guild, <Warchief>, has its first raid night!  Listen in on the happenings in guild chat when the 10-man team marches into the notorious Earth Online raid, Black Friday!
  • Remember years ago during Children’s Week, when you escorted that blood elf orphan salandria1around the world, and eventually learned she was being adopted by Lady Liadrin?  Well, Salandria is a teenager now, and is about to join the ever-expanding supporting cast.  (Shayari needs a peer to hang out with, right?)
  • Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but after dropping the ball during last April’s National Poetry Month, the Warchief has plans for this year.  EPIC VERSE on the way…and, throughout the month of April, no shortage of it!
  • Naturally, interspersed through all of this will be more “30 Days” character profiles — and for our next one, you even get a say in who gets spotlighted.  Take your pick of supporting characters, and make your voices heard:
  • It’s been far too long since the Warchief dipped into his reader mail, so expect a new mailbag soon — in fact, you should make a point of contributing!  E-mail Garrosh at with your thoughts, questions, or general goofiness!  And, to make sure the ever-popular mailbags don’t have any more long gaps, I’m committing to a schedule for them going forward: the first Monday of each month, you can look forward to a “Monday mailbag” post.  But remember, the quality of Garrosh’s responses hinges on the quality of his mail — so get thinking!
  • Speaking of responding to reader inquiries… mark your calendar!  To kick off the “restart” of the blog, Garrosh will be fielding your questions on many and sundry topics, live (sort of) and in person (kind of) this Sunday night (February 15) — in an “ASK GARROSH” LIVE BLOG!  Starting at 8:30 PM EST, the Warchief will respond to questions submitted by you, his LOYAL READERS AND MINIONS, on the spot as they come in.  You can send your inquiries through e-mail, on Twitter (@GarroshHllscrm), via Garrosh’s page at, or through comments on the live blog page itself.  What you shouldn’t do, though, is send them in advance — once the live blog begins, I’ll be (um, I mean, Garrosh will be) responding to questions completely on the fly, sans preparation.  Let’s see what I can come up with on the spot, and/or how badly I fall on my face!

I know 2014 was a rather rough and uneven year for WCB.  I appreciate all of you hanging in there, and the continued support and friendship I’ve received from many of you.  Granted, 2015 is off to something of a belated start, but hopefully I’m in a position to stay on top of things better than I had been.  (Very likely, I’ll continue to build occasional posting breaks into the blog to let me get a jump on things again, but I’ll try to be better about letting you all know when those will be.)  Garrosh’s adventures continue…and, frankly, I can’t say I’m all that disappointed that drawn-out posting is keeping him alive in the blogosphere well past his in-game expiration date.  He’s a character I would never want to live with, but he’s way too fun to live in.

Be seeing you,


Back to Business

Posted in Words from Behind the Curtain with tags , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by Garrosh Hellscream

Averry stepping in for Garrosh.

So…yeah.  That way-too-long July that I warned about last time?  You know, way, way back when I made my last post, back when devilsaurs ruled the earth?  Well, the crazy-busy July started kicking my ass in June, which has led to the current (most recent) lull in blog production.

So…sorry.  I feel bad that I keep having these dead periods in the blog, and I appreciate all of you who’ve hung in there through my disappearances.  I won’t promise that where won’t be any more of them (I know it would be a promise I couldn’t keep, despite best intentions), but I will promise, for what it’s worth, that I’m not going anywhere until I’ve seen the Warchief’s story through to the end.  I have a LOT of story still planned, and there’s exactly ZERO chance of me bailing on the blog before I finish telling it.  Keep hanging in there with me, and I’ll do my best to make it worthwhile.

Now then, with that said, we have a little business to get to.  First and foremost, with my schedule finally becoming a little more human in August, we’ll be’ll be able to pick up our Meta raiding ways soon.  I’m planning to resume our regular monthly Flex raid beginning Saturday, August 9.  As always, catch me on RealID (Averry#1116) around 8:00 PM EDT to join the party.  For anyone new to the raids, we try to hold them each month, on the Saturday that marks the final day of that month’s Darkmoon Faire.

Second of all, a return to a semi-sorta-normal schedule also means that I’m going to be able to resume blogging more regularly.  While I haven’t been posting these past few weeks, by the way, don’t think that I haven’t been working on getting blog material lined up for production.  In fact, here, witness the heap of posts that are currently written and ready to go!  (Yes, I write by hand first, then transcribe and/or draw from there.  At least most of the time.  For whatever reason — don’t ask me why — I write more easily when I’m doing it on paper rather than at the keyboard.)


(Right now, by the way, the main limiting factor in posting all this material is the time involved in preparing comics for much of it.  The writing is something I can do in small bursts whenever I have a spare ten minutes; the drawing requires much longer blocks of interrupted time.  Still, take some comfort in knowing there’s a full pipeline on its way…)

Anyway, the point is, I have a lot of stuff prepared for you, and will have it going into production very shortly — very likely to kick off Meta raid day this Saturday.  For anyone who’d like the tiniest of peeks at what’s on the way, I’ve edited the Major Storylines index page for Mokvar’s ongoing story to include the titles of the next several posts…

Also!  I’m sure many of you already listen to the Lorewalkers Roundtable podcast (and if you don’t, you should!), which streams every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM eastern.  I’ve recently started contributing to the show, in the form of letters from Garrosh as he bounces through time with Kairoz.  I believe the Lorewalkers have been running the feature under the unofficial title of “Letters from a Fallen Warchief,” though I kind of prefer to think of it as “When in the World is Garrosh Hellscream?”  Either way, they’ve been fun to write and even more fun to listen to Lorewalker Sol read in an orc voice.  Definitely hop over for a listen!  I’m writing them very much in the voice of blog!Garrosh, even if they detail events that the blog hasn’t gotten to.  Yet.  (If you don’t think I’m planting little details in these letters that I can pick up in future blog posts…well, it’s nice to meet you.)

And also…yes, I’ve seen it.  If you know what I’m talking about…well, you know.  If you don’t know, I’m not inclined to spoil it for you.  But…yeah, stay tuned.  I’ve got some work to do.

Be seeing you,


Raid Schedule

Posted in Words from Behind the Curtain with tags , , , on June 4, 2014 by Garrosh Hellscream


We briefly interrupt Garrosh’s adventures in Blackrock Spire for a meta-raid programming note!

In light of a few real-life scheduling considerations over the next several weeks, I’ve decided to make a change to our next few monthly friends-of-WCB Siege of Orgrimmar raids.  Those of you who’ve been regulars know the usual deal: SoO Flex the closing Saturday night of each Darkmoon Faire week.  As per our usual schedule, that would mean this Saturday.  This time around, though, I’m going to need to shift things around a little.  So, instead of this coming Saturday, we’ll be gathering for our usual Flex run on Saturday, June 21 at 8:00 PM EDT.  Hopefully this change won’t throw people off too much, and plenty of you will still be able to come join in.

One additional, related scheduling change: I have a pretty busy July in the works, so I’ve decided to cancel the usual July meta raid.  Since June’s meta raid will be taking place in mid/late June rather than the first weekened, it can to serve as our Flex fix for both June and July.  Once August rolls around (August 9, for those of you keeping score at home), we’ll be able to resume our usual schedule.  Hopefully everyone will have enough fun things going on this summer that they won’t miss our blog-raid outings too terribly much!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have– erm, I mean, Gurtash has more drawing to do.  More from Blackrock very soon (and, yes, you’ll be getting some what-the-hell’s-been-going-on-with-Mokvar answers very shortly)…




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