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11-14-2008 @ 4:10PM
I agree with almost all of the comments here. And the discussion is refreshingly free of QQ'ers complaining about how the event prevented them from joining a BG or selling their stack of herb on the AH.The zombie event was incredible. I absolutely loved it. Not so much for the mechanics of it. There was lots of room for improvements there. I hated that if you were not a paladin or priest you basically had to fight hugging the healer. But despite the many drawbacks, what I loved about the event was the immersion aspect. I just love LOVE how it turned everything upside them. How suddenly you weren't safe anymore. I remember one occasion where I landed in the Allerian Stronghold, only to find that it has been completely taken over by zombies. There was no NPC left, nor any players. The place was a wasteland. By contrast, the rest of the event felt dull and just same old same old There was no immersion factor. Just more static quests and static mobs.In retrospect, if i was running the event, I would have changed the timing to be closer to the expansion. I would have included a few NPC's to explain the situation to players and involve them in finding the cure. Some kind of world-wide quest turn-in. To shut up the whiners, I would have created a couple of safe zones for the party poopers who did not want to participate. Maybe Darnassus. It could be explained away as Elune's influence in her own temple. I'd have found a way to involve the low levels, like maybe a special long-range weapon that could hurt the zombies no matter what level you are, and making zombies players the same, no matter what your level is.After the cure is found, after maybe a few days break, the invasion would have started in earnest. With the Lich King minions pouring in the cities and setting it aflame. It would have been like the zombie invasion without the disease. Just hordes of npc's attacking. Then some kind of culmination with the King rallying his troops and beating back the invaders with the player's aid.It was sort of like this but with the timing all off and not enough player's involvement (apart from the zombie invasion).Timing is essential. It's critical in comedy, it's critical in movies. If you don't get it right your joke flops and so does your movie.This is what happened here.
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