World Of Warcraft Easter Eggs

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There are many places in wow that people come across by accident or a guildmate told them that there is a cool reference or a place somewhere in the world. I have gathered five of my favorite places that I came across by accident while roaming the wilds or walking around the cities.

 

Goblin treasure

We all know that goblins are a greedy money hungry bunch of green things. But just how greedy is not known, well, there is a place in Stranglethorne, that was uncovered when the Cataclysm hit. You have all seen the huge statue outside of Booty Bay, the Goblin one, you can´t really miss it. Next time you area round there with your trusty mount, flying one that is, go to the statue and look inside. There is something shiny in there.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Splinter

In the peaceful city of Dalaran, there is a place where men and women like to go duke it out, where the guards don´t bother them and they can duel in peace. The sewers, home of the PVP players, well, at least it was a while back. But none the less, it’s also a home of many other creatures, mainly rats, cause yaknow, sewers, but there is a one particular rat that is accompanied by 4 tiny turtles. This is of course a reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their master Splinter.

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Loch Ness Monster

In the Deep Run Tram that goes from Stormwind to Ironforge. There is a nice little easter egg waiting in the waters, when you pass it. It´s not always there, so the best way to find it is, to leg it down the pipeline and look for it. In the deep waters you can see an NPC called Nessie, a nice reference to the Loch Ness Monster and as we all know, all dwarves are of Scottish heritage so a nice tribute to Scotland as well.

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Friday The 13th

You have seen the movies or at least one of them, a guy named Jason with an old school hockey mask and a big huge knife, stalks his victims around Crystal Lake and kills them with many gruesome ways. The series started in 1980 so it´s classic American horror. And in true Blizzard fashion, they have made a reference to the series and its main character Jason. In Crystal Lake, behind the Lions Bride Inn, you can find an NPC called Jason. Sadly, he has no hockey mask, or huge knife, but none the less, it’s a great tribute to this legendary franchise.

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Sega Mega-CD

All the praise of this find goes to Meoni, he found this gem of a fish swimming around in the sewers of Dalaran. A shark named Segacedi This reference is from a long while ago. From my childhood, the early 1990´s. Sega Mega -CD and the game Sewer Shark. The Sega Mega – CD was an add-on for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis and the first of its kind ever to use CD technology for gaming. Games were bigger and “better” I say it like that because of Night Trap, look it up, it was something else.

amazing eighties game reference for the mega cd

 

I will be making more of these types of articles. About the little things in WoW, some of them are well known, some you might discover for the first time. Because in this massive world, there is always something to discover.

World Of Warcraft Ingame Memorials

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There are many examples of homages and tributes to real life friends or family of the developers and other staff members of Blizzard. Almost all are a  memory of a loved one who left the world suddenly, but now live forever in the world that they were in some way part of.

Crusader Bridenbrad

Lone warrior in the cold and windy Icecrown. He has been infected with the plague and knows he will die. The player’s task, is to do anything in his/her power to save the brave and noble crusader. But even with all the effort, we are unable to save him. This takes place in the Lich King expansion and is an homage to the brother of Robert Bridenbecker, Vice President of Online Technologies, Bradford C. Bridenbecker. He died from cancer in 2007 and the quest chain was created as a tribute to him.

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Ahab Wheathoof

Almost every Tauren has met with this old farmer, he is standing next to the wooden bridge, looking for his dog Kyle who is running around the Bloodhoof Village. The quest and the character are the creations of Blizzard and young Ezra Chatterton, who visited Blizzard with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ezra also helped to design the Merciless Gladiator´s Crossbow Of The Phoenix and was the first person ever, to receive the Ashes Of Al´ar. After his 20 month long bout against brain cancer, Ezra passed away in 2008, and starting from 2009, during the Lunar Festival, Blizzard renamed one of the NPC´s from Elder Proudhorn to Elder Ezra Wheathoof in memory of Ezra.

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Shrine Of The Fallen Warrior

If you are of the Horde, you have seen it, even if you’re a member of the Alliance, you have seen it, has been there for a long time, it was there when I started the game. The dead body of an Orc on the mountain, initials MK engraved in the stone he is laying on, next to him, a spirit healer named Koiter. This is a memorial to a young Blizzard illustrator Michael Koiter, who died suddenly aged 19 in 2004, while World Of Warcraft was still in development.

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Elloric The Hunter

In Pandaria, in the Seat Of Knowledge, stands a lone night elf, just reading a map, his name is Elloric and he is a tribute to Michael, a hunter from the guild La Familia De Stonewall who died from an asthma attack on New Years Day 2013 aged 29. His partner, friends and guildmates held an ingame memorial service a few days after his passing and the service was recorded and uploaded to YouTube. The map reading is not a random thing, it´s a part of Michael´s time in World Of Warcarft, as he was often lost and constantly reading the map for guidance.

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Owen´s Wishing Well

In the Jade Forest, in the middle of the thickest shrubbery, you can find a well, a wishing well, and if you drop a coin in, you will be granted a Made A Wish buff. The well and all things around it, were created by Blizzard for 16 year old Brian Wicks, a fan of the game, who had started playing at the age 8. He visited Blizzard via Make A Wish foundation. He was suffering from a bone cancer and in 2012 he passed away, but before he passed, his parents were able to show him the Well, in Mist Of Pandaria beta. His name will always be remembered in a game that kept him close to his family, gave him something else to think during his brave fight against cancer, in a game that he played for the half of life.

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Creepiest Places in World Of Warcraft!

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We all have had that feeling, it’s a huge world, people everywhere, NPC´s, other players, Mobs both good and bad, but the feeling in these places is just shudder. Look over your shoulder creepy. And I’m not talking scary places, just places you don’t want to be in more than you have to or has some event that will creep the hell out of you.

Karazhan and Karazhan crypts

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This place is just horrifying. The first time you walk in, there are ghosts everywhere, song and dance, everything looks happy and joyful, well, it ain’t, it´s a creepfest from the start to the end. Everything is dead, yet still go about like normal and the deeper you go in Kara the creepier it gets, until you find the jewel: Karazhan Crypts and the lovely underwater grave of the Upside Down Sinners. Lovely place and a fitting end to the Karazhan exploration.

Duskwood

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Not any place in particular here. To me, the whole zone is just creepy and depressing, it has no light, no sun, no nothing, just darkness and long distances where one’s mind can wander and see things in the night. One of the places in WoW, where you just want to go and quest and get out of there as fast as humanly possible. And to top it off, there is one house, where there are voices and a ghostly figure called The Unseen. It´s a good place to quest, but the creepiness and the gloom of it all has made me change zones many times.

Deathknight starting area

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You might be thinking: Wot? But let me explain. Everything in this place is about death and dying. This place and Duskwood have the same effect on me. I just want to get away as fast as possible. You kill innocent townsfolk, for the fun of it. There is the one quest that epitomizes the whole ordeal. You have to go and kill your friend, it doesn’t matter what race you choose, there is an old friend to kill for everyone, but this also brings home what the whole area is all about and how Lich King is a douche and how the things you do are so very wrong.

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Creepy kids

And not only on RP servers. The only reason this gets mentioned here, is the CC, World Of Warcraft version of Children Of The Corn. The creepy kids, who move in a pentagram formation. And when you follow them into the house you hear the creepy sounds and voices. It would be less creepy with adults or ghouls, but when it´s kids involved, it ups the creep factor to 10. Just follow them around ans see it for yourself.

Barbershop in Stormwind

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This one is not that creepy, but it´s more of an Easter Egg if you will.  Have you heard the tale of  Sweeney Todd. Blizzard has, because, when you go to the barbershop in Stormwind, nothing seems out of place, sure the heads on the table are Goblin, but thats understandable. But when you go upstairs and check the right side of the table, you can clearly see that the former owners were retired, and I’m not that sure they had any say about it.

World of Warcraft Starting new (1-10)

Durotar

As this is a new start for World Of Warcraft section of Stratics, I thought it would be suitable to make an article by starting a new character. This is by no means my first character, I have played since Wrath Of The Lich King, yes, I know, Wrathbaby and all that. I have no heirlooms, not even a bow, I’m trying to make the few hours leveling as authentic as possible. So I went to my home realm of Draenor EU, made a new hunter, an Orc hunter, called him Straticshot, cause I’m clever like that, and clicked Enter World.
So there I was, fresh noob from the The School Of Orc Hunters, ready to take on the World Of Warcraft, or at least Durotar for now, with my trusty boar. Will rename him later, until then, he is simply known as Boar. I haven’t started a new character in ages, so I was a bit excited to do this. The Orc starting area is still the same, first quest is to kill my pet’s relatives. Sad, but there is xp to be earned, no time for moral dilemmas. I returned the quest and just as I dinged level 2, I was invited to a guild, level 11 guild and that means I get a few of the perks, lovely perks, 10% xp bonus perks. That is a lot of xp in the long run. I informed my new guild who I am and what I do and that this character is only there for a few hours. It was met with complete silence, which I took as a nod of the head on the other side of the screen. I did all the starting area quests, got lost in the cave like a newbie, didn’t loot the Medallion and had to run back, you know, all the things that a new player might do… or even experienced player who is rusty at leveling.

After 24 minutes played time, I was level 5 and ready to take on the aforementioned Durotar. I went to Senjin Village and picked up the quests there. Met a few players along the way, asked how is their day and got no answers back, for an MMO players, they weren’t that social I must say. Anyway, I was again on my way, this time I was hunting Crawler Mucus, yes, because it is still there and it still takes 10 minutes to get them all. When I was coming back I saw a message in General chat about a level 90 Alliance DK, if you don’t know, Draenor EU is 99.9% Horde, well maybe not that much, but you get the idea. I had to see the 8th wonder of the world and went to take a look. As I got there, he was already dead and about 14 level 90 Horde players were also there, along with 10 level 5-10 newbies. I asked where they sell the tickets, but only got laughter.

As I was continuing my quests after multiple distractions, I finally had a chat with Raider whatshisname and his Dog and they kindly gave me a ride to Razor Hill. Now, I have not been there in a while and when I got there I was amazed by the amount of NPC´s that had landed there. Makes the place feel more alive and gives you a feeling that something is up. Even if you are lowbie! Again I went on my way to glory and fame and as I was killing LT. Palliter in the castle, I had my first answer from a player, two people actually accepted my group invite so we can all get the kill. Small victory in social gameplay.

The rest of the leveling in Razor Hill was rather uneventful, didn’t see many other players and it all started to feel like a grind, just going from quest to quest. But once I hit level 9 and headed towards Orgrimmar, my spirits picked up, mainly because of the Orc and his Cat who walks the road between Orgrimmar and Razor Hill. For the younger players, their names are just names, but for an older gamer like myself who was a kid in the 80´s and a teen in the 90´s Tednug and Scratcfever will always give a laugh.

When I got to the gates of Orgrimmar, I was only one level away from the magical level 10. So I returned the quest I got from Razor Hill and picked up new ones. Anyone who quested in Durotar before Cataclysm will remember the annoying little Goblin and his Orb. I will always do this quest with joy, I will get the orb from his cold, dead hands; well, in this case I will get his cold dead hand that is holding the orb. Grim, yes, but after the many many times the little goblin killed me, I don’t mind at all.

I returned all the quests and got my first green items, items with stats on them, the gloves with +1 intellect won’t do much for me, but it’s green! And I hit the magical level 10!! So I also got to pick my spec and as a non heirloomed hunter, I will put my boar to work and pick Beast Mastery, mind you, even if I had looms I would pick Beast Mastery, the proper way of leveling.

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