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Cataclysm Post Mortem -- Quest Design with Dave Kosak
2012/02/28 at 12:34 PM
To kick-off our World of Warcraft: Cataclysm post mortem series, we sat down with World of Warcraft Lead Quest Designer Dave “Fargo” Kosak to discuss his thoughts on questing in Cataclysm.
Q: What were your main goals going into Cataclysm?
Certainly from a quest design standpoint our primary goal with Cataclysm was to remake the old world, specifically the 1-60 questing experience. World of Warcraft was released in 2004, and we've learned so much in the years since about what constitutes good MMO gameplay. We wanted to make sure that the game was relevant to new players coming in, and walking up and down the length of the Barrens on foot over and over just didn’t do it for us anymore.
Remaking the entire old world -- 46 zones! -- was ambitious. Actually, it was ludicrous. It was like re-releasing a whole game in the course of an expansion cycle. Then we added a couple new races and their starting zones on top of that. I’m not sure how we convinced ourselves we could make it happen, but somehow we pulled it together.
Q: Are you happy with how the old world re-vamp turned out?
I am. Leveling up a new character to 60 nowadays is a gr
Best in Show: A Guide to All Shirts
2012/02/25 at 10:01 AM
Shirts can't be transmogged, but a well-chosen one can change the look of everyday gear. They're not restricted by class or armor limitations, so nothing is out of reach for avid collectors. They're great for both bank alts, players looking to cover up skin, or show off a rare find.
Plus, Ashelia has always wanted a shirt guide, and since this week marked a year for her at Wowhead, I thought it was a good time to write such a guide!
I've organized all the shirts by color, as well as providing descriptions, acquisition methods, and crafting materials. The descriptions are more elaborate than in the past--besides a written blurb, there's toggled user-submitted screenshots for every shirt.
Here's a a set of quick links to currently-obtainable items by source:
4.3.2 Hotfixes (2/24) and Italian Version of World of Warcraft Coming Soon
2012/02/24 at 10:06 AM
We have exciting news for our many Italian players: you will soon be able to play WoW in your native language!
Existing players will be able to download a free language pack to experience the game in Italian when it launches later this year.
Gamers in Europe will also be able to purchase fully localized versions of World of Warcraft (which now includes its first expansion, The Burning Crusade) and its three following expansions, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and the upcoming Mists of Pandaria.
The games will be available for purchase at retail and digitally through your Battle.net account.
Of course, the official World of Warcraft website and forums will be offered in Italian, and we’ll also be opening up Italian realms!
Stay tuned for more information on a release date in the coming months.
<li>A completed character race change should no longer clear your active quests.</li>
<li>Multiple hunters attacking t
News Round Up: Dragon Soul Nerfs Continue and so do MoP Talent Explanations
2012/02/22 at 2:29 PM
Dragon Soul is receiving what will be the second of its zone wide nerfs, decreasing the damage dealt and health of its enemies by 10% from 5%.
There has been some retaliation from players, but it's always good to remember that the last thing Blizzard wants is another situation like the original Naxxaramas--it is their company goal now to have the majority of its playerbase experience the encounters and this is their method of doing it. Besides, it's not like it's a surprise now, is it?
In other news, we have our recent giveaway winners to announce. We have a bunch because I went on a giveaway spree last week. I'm sorry, I won't do it again!
However, our friends at WoWInterface are holding a
raffle this week
--check it out if you like
Papa Hummel's Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuit
Mount Giveaway Winners
Heart of the Aspects
Mount and 4 AMPM Cups
Heart of the Aspects
Wowhead's Mists of Pandaria Guide
2012/02/19 at 12:37 PM
With the recent massive
talent calculator updates
, we thought it would be a fitting time to highlight our
Mists of Pandaria Guide
. We created it
right after BlizzCon
, including everything from BlizzCon transcripts to blue posts organized by topic for easier reference.
Most importantly, we've been updating it regularly since November with subsequent Blizzard coverage and talent calculator updates. In the past few weeks alone, there's been a ton of new information released that we've added to our comprehensive guide. Even if you've browsed our guide when it was first released, there's bound to be something new for every topic now!
--Official FAQ from BlizzCon.
--General features and additions!
Like Video Games? Take a Survey and Win Amazon Gift Cards!
2012/02/16 at 2:16 PM
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!
We're doing some market research at Wowhead and we decided to make it another giveaway for those of you who want to provide some help!
Just answer this
about your gaming preferences and we'll pick eight people to win Amazon gift cards.
Two people will win $100 USD Amazon gift card
Two people will win a $50 USD Amazon gift card
Four people will win a $25 USD Amazon gift card
Make sure you act fast--we'll be closing it along with our
this Friday at noon PDT!
Click here to take the survey!
Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator Updates (2/15)
2012/02/15 at 3:36 PM
Blizzard updated the
Mists of Pandaria talent calculator
today! These are
updates. Perculia and I went through and transcribed every talent change we found for all of the classes from the old version to this version the minute these hit while Aryu updated our talent calculator on Wowhead. We also provided summaries of the major changes and highlighted the important class abilities.
Things to keep in mind:
A lot of these "removed" talents are becoming glyphs or spells unlocked by specialization
These are by no means the final product or even close to them, so don't roast Ghostcrawler and his team too much
Let us know if you spot any mistakes, we transcribed these the past four hours rapidly and expect there will be a couple typos.
Death Knights get a new execute-like ability,
, as well as some tweaks to specialization abilities--
now resurrects players with 60% health. In addition, several former talents were changed to class/specialization abilities: Blood DKs get
Win 10 Heart of the Aspects Mounts and 20 AMPM WoW Cups!
2012/02/14 at 4:29 PM
Blizzard just put up their
Heart of the Aspects
mount in the Blizzard store, just in time for Valentine's Day. The mount is available for
$25 in North America
20€ in Europe
Naturally this means we have some to giveaway. However, just giving away a mount would be
so we also have five sets of
Blizzard collectible cups
that were being sold at AMPM stores in only five states to add to the giveaway!
Five people who reply to this post will receive a mount and a set of the legendary boss cups
An additional five people will receive just a mount
To enter to win, just comment on this post.
You have until this Friday at 12:01PM PDT to enter, so be quick!
We're doing a marketing research poll and if you answer it, you will have another chance to win one of these mounts.
Both giveaways are now closed--we'll have the winners shortly.
News Round Up: World of Warcraft Monopoly, Contest Winners, MvP Posters, and more!
2012/02/13 at 4:54 PM
As promised, we have the winners from
last week's Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning giveaway
! We also have the news accrued from the past several days, including my personal favorite: StarCraft 2 RISK and World of Warcraft Monopoly. Those are my two favorite board games, so having them paired up with two of my favorite digital games seems a bit surreal.
In other news, we are still looking for
a PHP developer and a sales manager
. We are doing interviews all week, so make sure to get your information in if you want a chance to work here at Wowhead!
February 10th, 2012
February 10th, 2012
Beyond Loremaster: Quest Achievements
2012/02/11 at 10:31 AM
too daunting, but still like questing? There's still a ton of quest-related achievements out there. This guide covers all the achievements tied to specific dailies or questing zones. Some give cool rewards like pets, while others require you to do special challenging things while completing otherwise mundane dailies.
I've also highlighted several outstanding user guides and comments about achievements--I couldn't have explained those achievements better myself. We're always looking for more guide contributions, so if you have a favorite achievement you want to talk about--share it
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Complete the Neptulon quests in Vashj'ir up to and including
Defending the Rift
This questline essentially expects you to complete most of Vash'jir--you must do so in order to unlock the Neptulon quest chain. Wharris provides an overview of the z
Now Hiring: PHP Developer and Sales Manager
2012/02/10 at 11:25 PM
It's that time again, we're hiring!
This time we're looking to pick up a new
to work on Wowhead--in addition, we're also looking for a
to add to our growing sales team! To find out more about both positions, continue reading this post or
visit our jobs page
The ideal PHP developer candidate will have strong coding skills, know common web development libraries, and have a solid background in PHP framework. They will also have to tackle day to day management of Wowhead as well as help me plan future enhancements and features. Last but not least, they also need to have a passion for gaming--Wowhead will be a big part of this job, so loving World of Warcraft is a huge plus.
This is a
position with the option to either work from home or in our offices in Palo Alto, California. It includes benefits such as health insurance if you live in the United States, while it is a contract position for others. If you think you're the right one for the job, check out the requirements on our jobs page, and then send a copy of your resume as well as salary expectations and cover letter to
WoW Loses 100k More Subscribers, Subscriber Decline Finally Slows
2012/02/09 at 3:31 PM
The Activision Blizzard quarterly call was today and it seems like the subscription drops have slowed down for the time being. World of Warcraft is only down 100,000 subscribers this past quarter unlike the past three quarters where World of Warcraft lost
, and finally
800k subscribers last November
. Of course, this isn't surprising, given 4.3 dropped during this time along with the yearly subscription promotion where players got a free copy of Diablo III in exchange for committing to a year of World of Warcraft game time.
Keep in mind, however, this is still a disappointing result. Many people were anticipating a momentary increase in subscribers, but it was still a minor decline despite a large patch and a new localized version for Brazil.
Other points of note:
There are approximately 50 million monthly active users across Battle.
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