Also, I'm more than happy to add in user suggestions, but this blog only covers items--achievements, quests, NPCs will be in later ones :)
The items Shani's Crysknife, Dib'Muad's Crysknife, and Revered Mother's Crysknife that are rewards from The Big Bone Worm are also a reference to Dune.
This is a really good list!That being said, it's going to be hard to come up with an exhaustive one. I wonder if this should be a community effort. For example, you could ask users to add a comment to an item, quest or NPC that is a cultural reference, and add a special tag, say "!popref" in their post, and have the programmers allow you to search for every comment with that tag. That could be a good way of getting as exhaustive a list as possible.
Hey under music you should add each races dance. They're each a reference to music/artist right? at least a few of them. ex. Goblin Female does Beyonce single Ladies dance.
Hey Perculia, nice job! Big fan here.Some typos that went to live: "The Anarcist's Cookbook", "Hands Christian Andersen", "Tolkein"Thanks for the wonderful article :)
And now those items names makes sense. Maybe one day I could have a name on something. lol
There is also Dorian's Lost Necklace and Dorian's Necklace of Burgeoning Dreams which I would think are references to The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Bronjahms and his drops is a reference to James Brown and his music like the bag he drops.the leather shoes, Moonwalkers reference to Michael JacksonThe fist weapons Pride and Greed 2/7 sins, originally it was a letter of categorizing all sins I think, but I'm pretty sure there's a book, poem or song about the 7 deadly sins.There are two items, an epic ring I think and some grey item about Empress Zoe.
Don't forget Pygmy oil for the Alice in Wonderland part, it makes you a tiny bit smaller but the effect stacks. Until you drink too much. Then you turn into a pygmy.
a Game of Thrones is the name of the TV adaptation of GRRM's book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" and since it's under litterature it should be named accordingly imo.
Well, it breaks my heart that you had Lovecraft in this list but left out the Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron. There's a list of the things it says in the comments - a whole lot of them referencing his work. Example from "The Call of Cthulhu":That is not dead which can eternal lie.And with strange aeons even death may die.-> Even death may die In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.-> In the sunken city, he lays dreaming.... Quite a few of the quotes refer to Cthulhu, I think.Xal'atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl is similar.I'm feeling obsessive today.***I can't wait for the quests and such. Good old Harrison Jones.
I had the Puzzle Box as a Hellraiser reference, but you're right, it could work here too. I'll get around to adding that and the music references too.Dorian Gray did cross my mind, but a lot of recurring BoEs have Blizzard staff/friend references like Angelista or Ritssyn or even Edward the Odd--I think I'll see if I can get clarification there :)
Palladium Ring is an Iron Man reference.
I never knew they had something referencing to Jonathan Coulton! Keep these things going guys! :D
You forgot Adele... rolling in the deep (of Dreads Waste)
I think that in the poems you found many references that aren't there. Like, Mask of Vines and Cloak of the Dryads? Can't they be just named after vines and dryads?
no mention of the human /silly that basically re-tells the story of Lord of the Rings. "oh look, the king is back!"
Unusual Compass could be a reference to the Broken Compass in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Not sure if this was suggested, but you should totally consider a post that covers items that are tributes to people who've made a difference to the WoW community. I can think of many people/theorycrafters - one in particular comes to mind, but I know there are many others - Toskk's Maximized Wristguards
Perculia's Peculiar Signet Oh I remember this! I had this item on my Rogue xD