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1-24-2012 @ 6:50PM
I miss the Scout Report so much. The creator just stopped and left it at a midpoint.Crystalsong Forest didn't host TOC because of the way the game engine works. The game loads and unloads models based on distance. But this distance is only measured in horizontal distance and not vertical distance, as the game wasn't built for flying in mind originally. Going on as best as I can remember it, they explained that by having TOC below Dalaran, the client for every single person in both areas would load up the models for everything, including player models, and keep them in memory, decreasing the performance for everyone. You would have two entire zones full of people being loaded and dragging down everyone in those two zones.More random facts.The game originally shipped with (I think) around 200 quests. This was intended to be the entire game content at least until the first expansion, as the developers didn't think anyone could blow thru that in any short time. After seeing early players clearing those quests quickly, they scrambled to add more. In Wrath of the Lich King, the game was sitting at over 8000 quests.Last time it was announced, the known bug list for the game sat at over 66,000 bugs. This includes everything from simple typos in text, to game-breaking bugs which are still being worked on.The old Goblin NPC's used the male Dwarf skeleton.Female Humans in the alpha and possibly the beta had a different dance. They had the dance old male Goblins did.The game, despite contrary belief, does NOT run on the WarCraft 3 engine. I believe this misconception is based on the fact that an early interview said they tried using the WarCraft 3 engine, but it couldn't do what they wanted, so they started from scratch.Outland, the Emerald Dream, player/guild housing? All planned in vanilla. The files for the Emerald Dream still exist in the game. Old Outland still exists, and two examples of guild housing models exist in the game (the house on GM Island, and Ravenholdt Manor.)For a short time in the Wrath of the Lich King beta, Sylvanas had a Blood Elf model with red eyes. This looked even doofier than the modified Night Elf model she used before.The rarest Legendary in the game had a single drop, and only one player owns it. It's the Talisman of Binding Shard, apparantly an early version of Thunderfury's Bindings. It was accidentally left on Ragnaros's loot table, and dropped for a guild. Blizzard let the player keep it, and removed it from the loot table. It has the unique effect of giving the player a Lightning Shield visual effect.The rarest mount is the Fluorescent Green Mechano-Strider. One exists. It's a non-obtainable mount, which a GM accidentally gave a player when restoring their character instead of their normal mount. They let him keep it.GM Island existed for the purpose of giving GM's a safe place to enter the world to answer tickets. As time went on, they shifted to using an IM-like client which does not require the GM to be in-game to use. GM's can, at a click of a button, enter your account and any character which they choose. They do not know your login info, the system automatically logs them in.Employment at Blizzard comes with several game-related perks. The headquarters has a large game library full of different types of games, including ones by competing companies. These games range from NES to modern pc games. Anyone can check these games out. They also, unless it's been changed, receive three WoW accounts free. One includes all of the Collector's Editions, while the other two are normal accounts meant for friends or family. They also receive a lifetime subscription free for themselves.Their headquarters also feature a full gym, basketball court, babysitting facilities, and available theraputic massages (again, if nothing has changed.)The old rules for forum CM's using a customized name and portrait were as follows. At least three names submitted for approval, and multiple avatars you would choose from submitted for approval (no lore-centric characters are allowed for US staff.) Yes, that means you can't be a forum CM with the name "Pwnsyouall" sporting a Thrall avatar.Many forum CM's and GM's have in-game representations. Drysc/Bashiok is in the Exodar. Cat Lady Donna outside SW was named for a former CM who had a fondness for cats. Other employees also exist in-game as NPC's. Ghostcrawler himself was the last to be added to the game, as a rarespawn crab.
1-24-2012 @ 7:41PM
I actually had a GM log into my main while I was on a second account to fix a bug with my raid reset this morning. He chatted with my guild while he was there. It was so cool seeing my toon chat with the Blizzard tag.
1-25-2012 @ 1:38AM
They can actually login to your account while you are on it. They can't login to a character you are on, but the one-character-logged-in-at-a-time thing doesn't apply to them. Leading to humorous stories of guild members having their main and an alt logged in talking in guild chat at one time.
1-25-2012 @ 4:09PM
It's especially fun when the alt you're on is on the opposite faction. It's a weird feeling then the GM ganks you with your own toon.
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