Apr 21st 2011 11:52PM And also thanks to everyone who posted such nice comments. You completely made my day :)
Apr 21st 2011 11:47PM It's funny you brought this up... I almost mentioned Crusader Bridenbrad myself in the interview, but I didn't want to risk ruining the surprise element in that scene for anyone who decided to read the actual story. I'm choosing my words very carefully right now in case anyone reads the comments before clicking through to the text.
I knew I was treading on the edges of canon with that part, and I was worried that "Fresh" would be disqualified because of it. I finally decided I'd rather be disqualified than give it up.
The thing is -- and maybe this is why the development team let it slide -- no one *is* brought back to true life.
"He raises one hand; the mottled gray-green skin is charred and black on his palms and fingertips."
I made sure to include that bit about the 'mottled gray-green skin' and him still having all his injuries to make it explicit that the Forsaken is still Undead... he's just had something very weird happen to him.
I wanted it left up to the reader to decide if this was a temporary effect, the first step in an ongoing process, or what.
Mar 16th 2011 7:03AM As I understand it, while Blizzard owns the rights to our stories, it's okay for us to post them online if we want. I already posted "Fresh" on the Hammer of Grammar page, and Metzen has yet to show up to beat me to death with a limited edition Aggra bobblehead.
Anyway, add me to the pile with Goradan; if you guys want the full version, you're welcome to it.
Dec 1st 2007 6:05PM Damn, it removed the flurry of ascii hearts that followed my original comment...
Nov 15th 2007 5:06AM I have different naming conventions for different races.
Dwarves: Gaelic names.
Gnomes: Science/Math terms.
Tauren: Native American words.
Trolls: Voodoo gods.
Humans and Undead get plain ol' names... I usually search on Babycenter for name meaning that fit their class. I use an Elven name generator on both flavors of Elves.
For last names, if I can't think of anything awesome, I usually pick some random NPC of the right race that has nothing to do with any plot and adopt them.
Nov 10th 2007 10:42PM @Apoxic...
Actually, the reaction to Gutrot has been overwhelmingly positive. I created a European trial account just so that I could go to his dinging-70 party... and there were so many naked trolls in Sen'jin Village to celebrate that we crashed the server repeatedly. Guilds were formed... and filled... just to offer him praise, and we followed him wherever on the server that he led.
Nov 2nd 2007 7:40PM Actually, neither the original nor the updated "Alamo" addons were written by Alamo himself.
The original one was written by the infamous Gweryc Halfhand for his druid Valanduil back before 2.0 came out. He claims it was to qualify as an add-on developer so he could get in the BC beta, but given how fond he was back then of bellowing "OK SUM DURIDS IS BARE!!" every few seconds, I think it actually saved him some crucial keystrokes.
Here's the link to the original addon:
It eventually became popular enough that another developer, Tornik, updated it for 2.0.
Oct 17th 2007 11:49AM WoW for the Wii would be a weight-loss phenomenon.
It'd definitely put a fourth wall up; the physical fitness of players themselves would start to matter as much or more than virtual gear. You'd need raiders with the real-world stamina to stay in motion for hours.
Grinding all night would hurt -- literally. Might even open up the possibility of repetitive stress injuries. And imagine the news reports of gold farmers dropping from exhaustion...