If you've ever wondered about some of the more unusually-named items in World of Warcraft
, they might just be named after one of Blizzard's many employees -- or even after someone in the Warcraft
community. Wowhead just released an incredibly comprehensive Blizzard and Community References in WoW
guide that covers what is a far larger group of references than I'd originally thought. There are even some items on the list that I didn't even know existed, like Brazie's Black Book of Secrets
, sold only to Alliance raiders in Icecrown Citadel for a heart-stopping 22,000 gold, and a reference to former Encounter Designer Alexander Brazie.
It's interesting just how many of the items and NPCs we interact with on a daily basis are actually references to real-life people and events. While some are fairly obvious -- who doesn't know that Ghostcrawler
the spirit beast is named after Greg Street -- others are far more obscure. I must have picked it up a thousand times, but I never realized that Robble's Wobbly Staff
was actually named after someone out here in the real world.
The post, covering only Blizzard employee and community member references, is part of an absorbing pop-culture item reference series. In addition to the Blizzard employee post, the other entries so far in the series include pop culture references in achievements
, as well as references inspired by video games, movies and TV
, and a lengthy but fascinating post detailing comics, books, music and poetry
references. Be sure to check out the entire series, it's well worth the read -- and you may just discover that item you're wearing or that quest you just completed has far more meaning than you'd originally thought.