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Breakfast Topic: So we were driving through The Barrens ...

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My husband and I have been playing since he bought the game for us on Valentine's Day of 2006, while we were dating. In June, we got engaged and I started planning the wedding. We drove from the Phoenix area through the Hoover Dam and desert to Vegas in April 2007. Our human characters were around level 40 or so when we set out on our adventure, so we hadn't seen too much of Azeroth. It's hard to look around when you're running from ?? beasts just for a flight path, but what we did see stuck with us.

The entire drive to Vegas was filled with arguments and discussions about the landscape we saw as we drove. I thought it looked like Westfall, and he claimed it was more like the Redridge Mountains. Well, maybe some areas, I conceded. We agreed that none of it looked like Elwynn Forrest. I don't think we even mentioned The Barrens, but we had only traveled through The Barrens briefly for his warlock quests. It was a fun drive filled with WoW, even though we were nowhere near a computer.

What places have you been that remind you of the Azerothian landscape? Do you see the World of Warcraft everywhere you look?

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Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Guest Posts

A face in Searing Gorge


Folks are saying this has been around since release, but I've never seen this before, either-- Serevarno found a face in the landscape of Searing Gorge. You can really only see it on the minimap, and while it is pretty messy, it's too clean to have happened by chance. The image almost looks like that "Andre the Giant has a posse" picture, doesn't it?

Bornakk jokes that the Titans left their face there before heading off to another world, but while that's probably not the case (Titans aren't that grubby), it is interesting that he should say the Titans leave their images sitting around-- we've already seen Titan statues appear in the videos for Northrend, and it's been confirmed there's a Titan instance up there. Leaving their images sitting around is definitely something they are wont to do.

But of course it's doubtful this has anything to do with the lore-- at most, it's just a developer hiding an Easter Egg, and at least, it's just a coincidence. Still neat, though.

Filed under: Fan stuff, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Humor, Screenshots

Breakfast Topic: What does Northrend look like in your mind's eye?


A poster to the official forums complained (they're just so good at complaining!) that Northrend is "supposed to be completely covered in snow and ice," but so far there hasn't been enough of either in the screenshots for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Bornakk responded: "While we have no plans for Northrend to appear like an island of paradise, we do want the zones to bring a wide variety of scenery and environments for all players to enjoy. Making a continent one big block of ice didn't seem to fit with this ideology too well."

Several posters came right back at him though, and while no one wanted to go through a whole continent that was just like Winterspring, the general feedback going Blizzard's way was to say: less chill, more freeze. One poster put it well: "
I was hoping that maybe the Devs would actually try and I bet if they wanted they could make a plethora of breathtaking Ice and Snow environments that would be much more interesting than Winterspring."

When I read that, my mind leaped with images of giant ice structures protruding from the earth, refracting sunlight as you looked at them. It was a beautiful image, not at all like Winterspring, and possibly variable enough for one or two zones.... but 10? 10 whole zones of different ice and snow environments? How in the world could one avoid the overwhelming dominance of the color white? Where would all the variety be without some areas that have... less freeze and more chill?

Of course a lot of Blizzard's landscaping work for the expansion is probably already planned out, but as things stand I'd imagine it's not too late for a little bit of player input to influence just how icy Northrend actually is. What's your take? Can you describe some significantly different environments that don't look like Winterspring?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Expansions, Wrath of the Lich King

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