Tankspot Interview!

Just a quick post to direct you to this page: http://www.tankspot.com/article.php?id=322036&title=J_Allen_Brack_&_Alex_Afrasiabi_Interview

We got a chance to interview J. Allen Brack and Alex Afrasiabi, you should check it out!

November 22nd, 2009 by Lore | 1,236 Comments »

I am sleepy.

So, being a professional nerd is tough work. It’s about 9 AM right now. I woke up at around 5:30 PM yesterday. I haven’t slept yet, and I’m probably going to be up for another hour or two.

Yeah, my sleep schedule is a little… weird at the moment.

Having tons of fun though. I just finished rendering the second Weekly Marmot episode (look for that Monday night btw!). Still a little sloppy overall and not completely where I want it to be, but I’ll get better at these as I go along. Videocasting is completely different from podcasting. I’m still learning :)

In other news, we’re plugging away through content. Working on Heroic Anub now and we’ve made some fairly decent progress so far working out our strategy. I’m fairly confident in our ability to get him down at the very least before 3.3 hits.

Speaking of 3.3, I’m honestly kind of glad they went the Icecrown Radiance route. It’s sloppy and inelegant but as long as the bandaid fix remains a temporary one, I don’t have a problem with it. They make bandaids for a reason. The developers seem to understand fairly well how they got themselves into this situation if nothing else, so I’m confident that they’ll put some real thought into avoiding it in Cataclysm.

And oh, do I want to play Cataclysm.

October 30th, 2009 by Lore | 3,843 Comments »

Ciderhelm beat me to it.

So I was hoping to get this post out before the actual video went up, but Cider decided to post it early.

Without further ado: The Weekly Marmot.

October 26th, 2009 by Lore | 2,231 Comments »

Super important announcement!

I’m a jerk.

(and no, this isn’t the thing I mentioned earlier)

October 12th, 2009 by Lore | 3,536 Comments »



Hopefully going to have a fairly big announcement in the next week or so!

October 7th, 2009 by Lore | 2,333 Comments »

Blizzcon Wrap-up

So, entire Blizzcon was awesome.

I was a little disappointed at first when the announcement was for Cataclysm (mostly because I really, really wanted certain individuals to be wrong), but after they started showing it off… well, it’s hard to hear Chris Metzen talk about anything and not get excited. Revamping the old world is exactly what WoW needs to not only make leveling interesting again but also to go back and fix all the little mistakes they made in the early life of the game (and have learned from since).

J. Allen Brock actually said something I found very insightful in that regard during the fansite press conference after Blizzcon. Someone asked him “Where do you see World of Warcraft in 5 years?” His answer was (paraphrasing): “I couldn’t even guess, because we’ll be so much smarter in 5 years.” I found that attitude of “I’m still learning every day” and, by proxy, “what I did a while ago isn’t as good as what I can do now” very refreshing from someone who is arguably one of the most powerful and successful figures in the video gaming industry.

Speaking of powerful figures, as you’ve hopefully seen by now, I got a chance to interview both Chris Metzen and Greg Street (AKA Ghostcrawler) at the convention. If you’re unfamiliar with the names, well, first of all: shame on you. Secondly: These two people are responsible for everything that is good in the world. Specifically, Chris Metzen is the VP of Creative Development for all Blizzard titles (that means he makes up all the silly stories), and Greg Street is the Lead Systems Designer for World of Warcraft (that means he makes up all the silly numbers).

Chris Metzen gives off a total rockstar vibe on the stage, but he deserves it; he’s one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. Not in the Fonz sort of “I’m cool because I’m better than you” sort of attitude, but in the friendly “Hey, how’s it going? What can I do for you?” way. Instant best friends with everyone he talked to. Hell, my character name is a tongue-in-cheek stab at him, and he still took some time to answer my giggly schoolgirl questions. In fact, he approached me when he saw I was standing there with a mic and camera waiting for him to finish talking to the couple other guys that had jumped him after he got off stage.

Ghostcrawler had a very similar attitude as well. I managed to bump into him at least once every day, and his actions and mannerisms showed me just how well he understands game design and why he spends so much time on the forums. There is nothing Dr. Street would rather do than listen to you talk about World of Warcraft. At first impression he seems shy or hesitant when he’s with a group of players, but look closely and you’ll see that he’s paying very close attention to everything everyone else is saying. He won’t interrupt conversations or arguments with “Well this is how it should be.” He watches and listens to both sides. Absolutely fascinating.

He’s a completely approachable guy as well. When I first met him at the fansite summit the day before the convention, I was sitting across the table from one of the lead programmers (I missed his name and feel terrible for it) who, incidentally, plays a Prot Paladin. He noticed my nametag and said “Oh, Tankspot. I read your site. I play a Prot Paladin.” I said “What a coincidence, I’m Lore.” Ghostcrawler heard me from 3 spaces down and said “You’re Lore from Tankspot?” and extended his hand. I tried my best not to let my glee overtake me.

Really though, I had an amazing time and I’m heartbroken that it ended so quickly. Looking forward to next year!

August 31st, 2009 by Lore | 8,291 Comments »


No, I haven’t forgotten about this thing again. I’ve literally sat down every day since my last post to try and put something together and just haven’t been able to finish it. Hopefully tomorrow maybe?

August 26th, 2009 by Lore | 3,550 Comments »

Blizzcon, Day 0

Some fun stuff happened today.

Started the day by hanging out in the Marriott lobby with a bunch of people from other fansites. All told, I think I talked with people from WoWHead, Allakhazam, Wow-achievements, WoW Radio, Azeroth.fr, The Escapist and probably one or two I’m forgetting because I’m really bad with names. After a little while, Bashiok ushered us into a bus and we headed for Blizzard HQ.

The place is impressive. A little smaller than I expected but it’s spread out across multiple buildings (and there’s a really awesome statue of what I think is probably Doomhammer in the main courtyard). First we went into the theater area and watched Bashiok play Diablo 3 for a bit (I can’t talk about this much). Afterward, we split up by franchise and Nethaera guided us around the World of Warcraft development area (nope, can’t talk about this either). Then, lunch with some of the developers, which thankfully I can talk about because Dr. Ghostcrawler himself was there (along with Monte Krol, the Lead Tools Programmer, and one of the two Lead Gameplay Programmers whose name I missed… but it was either Sam Lantinga or Patrick Magruder).

Conversation topics of note:

1. Ghostcrawler hates Heroic Strike

2. The Lead Gameplay Programmer that was in attendance plays a Prot Paladin

3. If Ghostcrawler could replace Arthas with a crustacean, it would be a lobster.

Anyway, it was pretty fun to just sit down and chat WoW with them. The conversation ranged all over the place and was very casual — no grilling the developers for front page interview material, just hanging out and eating lunch. Lots of fun.

Afterward, we went and watched something I’m not allowed to talk about at all (it wasn’t WoW-related so don’t worry yourselves too hard) and were presented with some awesome artwork framed and signed by Wei Wang himself. Then, back on the bus and back to the hotels. I may end up meeting up with some of the fansite guys later on.

Then I went and got my press badge. No line for press people, just walked up and got it, along with my goody bag and Grunty code. The big things this year are the Raynor n00b figure, the Grunty code, and a special edition Authenticator (which is just like the normal ones but with Blizzcon art on it).

I’m really excited for tomorrow!

August 21st, 2009 by Lore | 2,536 Comments »

Off to Blizzcon!

Well, tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM I head to the airport to head to Blizzcon. I’m excited, are you excited?

Look for plenty of updates both here and at TankSpot over the weekend.

August 19th, 2009 by Lore | 3,447 Comments »


Oh god, so much work to do, so little time to update blog. I’m so bad at this.

Item #1: Evensfell. Some of you may recognize the name, most probably won’t. I don’t know what all I can really say about it but it’s a web-based RPG and it’s in development. This is part of what eats my time.

Item #2: Heroes of Newerth is a lot of fun.

Item #3: Aion is also a lot of fun. I’d expect more posts from me regarding it in the near future.

Anyway, more work to do. Sorry for short post!

August 7th, 2009 by Lore | 1,456 Comments »