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BlizzCon 2011: Exclusive Interview with Dave Kosak, WoW Lead Quest Designer
2011/10/23 at 3:38 PM
Saturday afternoon, I was fortunate enough to get a one-on-one interview with Dave Kosak, WoW Lead Quest Designer, before his Lore and Story Q&A. Ashelia and I brainstormed some questions together before I sat down with Dave. During the interview, I made sure to ask him about some of our favorite--and least favorite--questing experiences, as well as how they were handling phasing and truly epic questlines in Mists of Pandaria. I hope you enjoy reading the summarizes of his responses--he shared details unreleased at BlizzCon such as a potential new MoP faction, the Lorewalkers!
We were also able to attend a group Q+A with J. Allen Brack and Jay Wilson about World of Warcraft and Diablo III. We've got the all the answers under the break--some of the information was already covered in other panels, so be sure to check our full coverage for details.
Exclusive Interview with Dave Kosak
Q: It's always been a struggle to make players feel like they truly impact the world. How are you showcasing this in MoP? Do the zones progress and change depending on questlines? What about phasing?
A:One thing we always struggle with--is we have this tool, phasing, but a large problem is that it separates players easily. Phasing, as I
BlizzCon 2011: Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator, Today's Panels, and More
2011/10/22 at 2:57 PM
Today was another huge day, so we have combined this post into a day two guide--nothing was quite big enough to stand out on its own.
However, we have some pretty big news here at Wowhead. All weekend, we had a huge focus on Mists of Pandaria, and our team manned up and worked overtime on a special project.
Even though the new talents are going to be changed and retooled, we have built an initial version of
a Mists of Pandaria talent calculator
! This was just a
team effort, pretty much everyone worked very hard on it. Thanks everyone for putting in overtime during BlizzCon weekend just to get a visual representation of the contents.
Visit the Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator
Oh, and Noxy was also awesome and drew a comic about her feelings about Mists of Pandaria. She thinks you might find it similar to other games on the market...
Mists of Pandaria Talents & Talent Calculator
As we said above,
we made a Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator
! Check it out and le
BlizzCon 2011: Contest Winners and BlizzCon Photographs
2011/10/22 at 12:27 AM
We had an awesome first day at BlizzCon 2011. From covering the action as it unfolded to watching the costume contest later, it was all a blast. ZAM's network director Mike took some great photos for us that basically show some of the festivities. We've also got some Blizzard blue posts, including the much awaited contest winners! Miyari was going to liveblog that, but unfortunately she ran into some technical issues.
Remember, if you want to read up about Mists of Pandaria,
look no further than over here
--we have more information for tomorrow, but that's the miniguide we wrote up as well as all the panels covered for the day!
BlizzCon 2011: Mists of Pandaria and What We Know
2011/10/21 at 1:52 PM
Update: we had a huge day of panels on Saturday as well. We also have a
Mists of Pandaria talent calculator
Cheat Sheet for Mists of Pandaria
Rather than force you to sift through liveblogs and official previews, Perculia and Ashelia have broken down exactly what is coming with Mists of Pandaria. Find out what's happening, what you'll be doing, and more with this first peak cheat sheet we've included right here at the top of the post.
And, of course, Perculia got some immediate hands-on time with the starting zone. Word on the street is that she rolled around a lot and had a blast--but maybe you should read her actual preview below!
Pandarens and Pandaria
Leveling in Pandaria
Pandaria has been shrouded in a mist. The alliance and horde wash up on the shores of Pandaria during a naval battle. They immediately want it for their own for the war--so they are going to destroy the pandaren to get its resources!
I was able to test out most of the starting zone in the press room--here's my thoughts!
BlizzCon 2011: Opening Ceremony
2011/10/21 at 12:05 PM
We have our team at BlizzCon down in Anaheim and some of us are watching the stream at home. We're bringing you the latest and liveblogging the opening ceremony plus the World of Warcraft panels. Since this is the first BlizzCon without leaks, this should be a pretty huge opening--it's confirmed there will be a new expansion for World of Warcraft, but it also looks like there will be tons of new other announcements.
Make sure to join in the discussion here in this post as if you're watching along on the stream.
Free Diablo III to WoW players via new 'Annual Pass'.
Mists of Pandaria confirmed. Level 90 cap. New class is monk. New race is pandaren.
Click here for more information on the new expansion
Last Chance to Nab a Free BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket! Comment to Win!
2011/10/20 at 3:00 PM
a two BlizzCon 2011 livestream codes so we're passing them on to you in the spirit of community. Of course, since the convention is starting in less than 24 hours, this little giveaway is going to be a blitzkrieg, so you only have a couple hours to enter.
Comment in this post by
6AM PDT to be entered to win one of two BlizzCon virtual tickets
Similar to other spur of the moment giveaways, we'll be picking the winner randomly. As for what your virtual ticket will include, should you win:
Access to all of BlizzCon 2011's panels in high quality
Your very own
Murky's Little Soulstone
A StarCraft 2 in-game item (unannounced)
In other words, while it's not quite a swag bag, it
an awesome in-game pet and your chance for in-depth coverage without having to leave your home (or load Wowhead News)! Good luck to all who enter!
. The two winners are Ambellina and Worldfamous. Thanks all!
BlizzCon 2011: Wowhead and WoW Insider Party
2011/10/18 at 3:59 PM
BlizzCon 2011 starts this Friday, but it
starts tonight. The BlizzCon 2011 Wowhead and WoW Insider party, livecasted by
, begins at 5 p.m. Pacific at
the Anabella Hotel patio
BlizzCon 2011: Wowhead and WoW Insider Party
2011/09/13 at 3:00 PM
BlizzCon 2011 is going to be even
memorable this year--if you like to /dance, that is!
We're teaming up with our friends at
to host the ultimate party Thursday night at the Anabella hotel. Along with Wowhead and WoW Insider crews, you can expect other ZAM Network familiar faces such as
members to show up as well.
And hey, if you can't make it, don't worry! We're not leaving you out in the cold. You'll be able to watch the entire party from your computer--
is stopping by to broadcast the whole shindig. Mike Sacco and Anne Stickney will be your epic hosts, along with the crew from Gamebreaker including Josh Allen (Lore), Gary Gannon, and Mike B (Fony). Meanwhile, Mat McCurley and Fox Van Allen will be serving as the MCs for the night while passing out awesome swag.
We have a long list of VIP guests, special giveaways, and a lot more we can't wait to tell you about. Those details will follow in the next few weeks. Come join us and kick off BlizzCon with your friends at Wowhead and WoW Insider. Don't forget to bring your D
News Round Up: Diablo III Community Site, Model Updates, and More
2011/08/29 at 2:31 PM
There were some blue posts last week and today that mostly dealt with the onslaught of questions about transmogrification, the Darkmoon Faire, and model updates. Yes, model updates--with everything else being revamped, including the long sought after armor customization, a lot of people have been pretty curious about the prospect of new models coming someday.
Highlights from today's news round up:
Replica items may mean that items from DMF may just be art skins, rather than the original gear--so it may be impossible to tell replicas from the real thing.
Death Knights will get their stater gear back, probably set up in Archerus, so non-DKs can't steal their unique armor!
Diablo III community site was launched!
Murkablo was confirmed as BlizzCon's pet reward, but everyone already knew that from when he was datamined--right?
Some character model discussion by two wonderful Community Managers.
our LoL sweepstakes
is over and the winners are in. Thanks everyone for being such great sports and supporting our friends from Razer and Riot. If you didn't win this time, remember we always have fun giveaways a
News Round Up: Tyrande Whisperwind, Tier 11 Acquisition, and More
2011/08/12 at 7:20 PM
It was an unusually slow Friday today, but it looks like Blizzard has posted the latest story to their lore section--this one is on Tyrande, one of the more overlooked leaders in World of Warcraft's lore scene.
In some exciting Wowhead news, we have a sweepstakes coming up next week that will give our users a chance at some fabulous gaming gear. We'll talk more about that once it's live, but I figured I'd give everyone a little heads up!
On Epics for Casual Raiders
We've offered players who don't raid a reasonable way to gear up, and achieve high levels of power. The JP/VP system makes a lot of sense to us, and gives everyone a pretty good personal progression track in addition to loot drops, and we feel pretty good about the system as it stands. That doesn't necessarily mean that we think that full sets are a necessary part of that picture, though.
We still want to preserve some of the most prestigious PvE loot for players who face down raid content (even if it's a tier behind), and we feel that completing a tier set means that a raid needs to fit in there somewhere. That design makes sense to us, and we want to preserv
Virtual BlizzCon Tickets Now on Sale
2011/08/02 at 8:24 PM
It seems that virtual BlizzCon tickets were put up today so I think I'd do a quick post to tip everyone off. A virtual ticket is the perfect way to watch BlizzCon unfold for cheap--and it also includes the in-game pet, which is Murkablo (
Murky's Little Soulstone
) this year.
They are $39.99 (
) and €29.99 (
) in their respective regions.
Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon 2011 from the comfort of your own home? Then be sure to check out
the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket
The BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase around the world for $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Virtual Ticket coverage will be available as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States, granting viewers a front-row seat to all of the action on the show floor including exclusive interviews, demos, and more!
DIRECTV customers who order the Pay-per-View even
News Roundup: Upcoming Daily Quests, 4.2 Currency Clarifications, BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets
2011/06/07 at 6:51 PM
Just a few new Blizzard posts today, including an interesting discussion in which a player relates the idea of completing new daily quests to " to throw my pc in a river." How do you guys feel about the upcoming daily quest hubs? Excited for the new storyline, rewards and content? Or are you burned out over the idea of Isle of Quel'Danas 2.0? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
In addition, we have some clarification on how Justice, Valor and Honor points will be handled when 4.2 hits, with promise of an upcoming blog post covering the conversions and such in more detail - looking forward to it! Also, don't forget, tomorrow is your last chance to purchase tickets for the
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner
, available at $500 USD and includes admission to BlizzCon!
Patch 4.2 - Are You Excited For It?
In case you missed it, we posted an
extensive guide to the first stage of Hyjal daily quests
coming in patch 4.2. With these new quest hubs, the upcoming
Firelands raid content
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