The Strider is an independent web-based news publication for World of Warcraft players on the Shadow Council server. We strive to serve the community with professional reporting, in-depth coverage and original content.
Editor-in-Chief Lacey Waymire has been a journalist since 2002. Her articles have appeared in the Colfax Record, the Auburn Journal, Prosper Magazine and the Sierra College Outlook.
Movie Reviewer/Graphic Desinger E.D. Lindquist is a multimedia consultant for a newspaper association. She has produced video for a major daily newspaper and helped to create standards for online production throughout California.
Gold Record Auction House analyst Jason Coleman has reported for gaming sites such as Stratix and Casters Realm. Continuing each week he monitors raw trade goods on the auction house, employing their price values as an indicator of market health.
What is World of Warcraft?
World of Warcraft (WoW) is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). This means each player has one or more virtual characters that exist in a virtual world. Each character can interact with other characters. They can quest for experience, which makes their characters stronger. They can buy and trade virtual items for virtual gold, fight virtual monsters, fight each other, and role-play.
There are more than 9 million WoW players worldwide. It would take an impossibly enormous effort to let all those people play together in one world, so characters are separated by different servers. Each server leads to different copies of the same virtual world. Effectively, servers limit a world’s population to a community of players in the thousands.
What is Shadow Council?
Shadow Council is one server, or community of players. It is a role-playing server, which means characters in it are expected to speak and behave as their character would—much like impromptu acting. Often players will write up fiction based on their own character. These characters can have a life and community of their own.
Shadow Council operates on Mountain Time, but players from any time zone can enter the server.