The Instance had the opportunity to interview Cory Stockton (episode 292), one of the key World of Warcraft “Lead Content Designer” at Blizzard. It adds an element of personality to the names that we read about on forums and blogs.
Overall listening to this helped me along the hype cycle, to look forward to Mists and also raise my expectations on the lore and content being offered in Mists to characters leveling through 85-90. End game options in particular get a good thrashing as a topic throughout the interview. Some notes:
What characters Cory plays…loving the Monk class, and appears he’s a bit of an alt-a-holic. I respect that.
Timed runs, and Scenarios – What were the challenges in getting the balance right? Goal: Competitive PvE and Leaderboards.
A key challenge was explaining what Pandaria is, and why the factions are going there, and for what goals. A quick mention of Garrosh’s motivations and how they think about new lore.
Corey stated that scenarios should have the players understanding the goal up front. The snarky part of my play experience thinks that he’ll want to review the Fall of Theramore then. That said, he has confidence that the other scenarios are interesting and engaging. He mentions a “siege of the Undercity” style scenario with Varian Wrynn as a 3 player mode. Interesting.
Apparently folks do not read quest text! Wow, that makes for a challenge in terms of keeping context for a mission new without over simplification.
Less cinematics in questing, which is probably good given some of the feedback from Uldum.
My guest rant on the Twisted Nether blogcast is available for download, its issue 73 in your iTunes reader thingy. Having not yet listened to it myself, I’m sure there will be the odd “did I say that?“, and a heap of “tell me I don’t sound like that!“.
Here is a bump for an Australian Warcraft podcast – called Aussie WoWCast. They’ve just done a test cast as Episode 0 – at 7 minutes there is no reason not to listen.
Sound quality is cool, recording was fine, and plenty of content for a short Issue Zero. I hope we’ll see some interviews with Australian popular guilds, players, bloggers, etc. Given how much focus North America has in the WoW community, a bit of noise about this hemisphere is nice.
My only criticism would be to slow down while chatting; breathe, relax, and chill more. Always strange to have only one person speaking on a cast – which is why I think conversation is what really makes an effective podcast. The to-and-fro is excellent.
A good interview on Death Knights on The Elitists podcast, #18. Hearing a DK player / blogger Runeforge Gossip talk about the class was good. Death Knights can benefit from some good advocates within the community, so DKs are not miss-classified and perceived in cliches. Its worth a listen.
(edit: updated slightly since feed was grabbed – they asked a few of my questions, and the comments after the fold is my paraphrasing, not the show content…)
The songs that appear at the start of the Outlandish podcasts are excellent. Download the podcast and listen, even if you don’t listen to the rest. Funny songs, sung by guys with mixed vocal skills, about warcraft. Its good.