Katricia Q&A: Outland & Quel’Thalas

Q&A 03/10/04 | 3/11/2004 12:07:44 AM EST

Will we be able to visit the old deep sea oil rigs and foundries that existed in WarCraft II?

  • Even though it’s been well over 20 years since the time of WarCraft II, a vast array of historical sites can still be discovered. After so many years of war many of these places have become ruins. Some of the landmarks you might sight are ancient guard towers, abandoned oil refineries, ogre mounds etc.

    Can players visit the Outland?

  • Players can visit the Outland once it becomes available. The Outland will become available through players summoning the Dark Portal. This will be a server-wide, world altering event. Once the portal is opened .. it will remain opened for good, allowing all players’ access to the Outland.

    Can we go to Quel’Thalas?

  • Quel’Thalas will not initially be available however there are lands in place that border Quel’Thalas.

    What famous places can we expect to see?

  • Some of the famous places that you can expect to see are Blackrock Spire where Lord Lothar was defeated, Mount Hyjal where the Burning Legion invaded the world and the Ruins of Lordaeron’s capital city where Prince Arthas murdered his father.

    Do High Elves still exist or are they all Blood Elves now?

  • There are definitely still High Elves left in the world, although not many. Most of these are scattered along the borders of Quel’Thalas.

    It’s important to know that the transformation from High Elf to Blood Elf is not physica in nature but is instead an ideological change. While the majority High Elves made the cross over to become Blood Elves, there is a small handful of High Elves that hold true to their original identities.

    Including jewelry, will all equipped items be visible on our characters?

  • Most equipped items will be visible. At this time however, jewelry can not be seen without viewing a player’s paper doll.

    Will the ammunition for ranged weapons have to be replaced?

  • Yes, the ammunition used for ranged weapons will be consumed as you use it. Ammo is inexpensive and sold in stacks of 100.

    Will there be throwing weapons in the game and will these weapons be lost after they are thrown?

  • Both throwing daggers and axes are currently available. Like ammunition, throwing weapons are consumed as they are used. Likewise, they are inexpensive and purchased in stacks of 100.

    Will there be more than one type of ammo for each ranged weapon?

  • Yes. Ranged damage is calculated by both the damage done with the weapon and damage done with the ammunition. Our plan is to have a variety of ammo types available for each weapon. For example, Engineers have the ability to craft various qualities of bullets and many vendors sell ammo of varying grades as well.


    Do you need Alchemy and Herbalism to create poisons as a Rogue?

  • The Rogue’s poison ability is learned directly from their trainers. Like a tradeskill, poisoning does use recipes to create its deadly poisons; however, it is not a tradeskill and is instead a rogue only ability.

    Alchemy will have no bearing on poisoning. A rogue might wish to explore Herbalism as some, but not all, of their recipes will require herbs. It’s also important to note that poison recipes will require a variety of ingredients which are bought from vendors, found on creature corpses and cultivated via the Herbalism skill.

    What is the difference between the Warlock spell “Find Herbs” and the “Herbalism” skill?

  • Warlocks do not have a spell called “Find Herbs.” “Find Herbs” is a skill that comes as part of your apprenticeship in the field of Herbalism—it’s used to … well … help you find herbs.

    I understand that Voidwalker pets lose life over time and Infernal pets are only brief summons. How long do they last? How often do they need to be resummoned?

  • Neither the Voidwalker nor the Infernal lose health over time. Both will remain with the Warlock until killed, unsummoned or the Warlock dies/logs out of the game.

    Is the Imp still a useful pet to the Warlock at higher levels?

  • The Imp will continue to be a strong pet through all of the Warlock’s life due to its keen buffing abilities. This is especially true in group play as the Imp will automatically buff all members of the party and continue to refresh these buffs when needed.

    Can we get an update/more information on racial benefits and abilities?

  • The racial trait system is currently being reworked. No updates at this time.

    Will I be able to drop stuff on the ground so that someone else can pick it up?

  • Items can not be dropped on the ground for others to pick up. Items can be destroyed, traded or placed in bags and banks.

    Are they still planning on eventually adding player housing?

  • Housing is still planned for after ship and is in early design which basically means that it’s currently a concept, a concept that continues to change and be modified. When we have a better idea on the scope of the project, we can better determine when housing will be released.

    Will your mount appearances be customizable or will they all look alike?

  • There will be many varieties of mounts to choose from. Shopping around isn’t a bad idea if you are trying to find one that looks a certain way.

    Do instanced dungeons automatically respawn after they are cleared out or does a new instance need to be entered to fight them again?

  • This really depends on the dungeon. As an example, Wailing Caverns in the Barrens does not automatically respawn while Shadowfang Keep in Silverpine Forest is set to continually respawn as it is cleared.

    ~Kat >^..^<

  • Katricia visits Wow.Warcry IRC Chat

    [16:16] hi kat
    [16:16] Hi Kat smile
    [16:16] is it really?
    [16:16] Yap yap smile

    [16:20] will leveling be a direct affect from combat or will there be other ways to level up?
    [16:20] so in just hitting a tree with a sword?
    [16:20] questing
    [16:20] x[nin]Tons of quests in WoW smile

    [16:20] Kat, Marry me! we can have a WoW marriage, your undead priest and my undead rogue raspberry its foolproof, we will be good together
    [16:20] GhouL .. sorry but my hubby is an Undead Rogue .. already married wink

    [16:21] Okay .. I have a question …  As you all know .. each race has a mount (some unannounced yet) .. and that Warlocks also get a special “Nightmare” … does anyone know what other class gets a special mount and what it’s called? smile  (Lots of wrong answers given here).  Get your pens ready to write this down … because it’s new information smile  The Paladin will have a high level quest to get his Charger .. which will be his/her mount smile  Yes, a special War Horse .. Paladin only smile  I haven’t seen one, so that’s the best description I can give at this point in time smile

    [16:25] but it seems unfair to horde player cause they dont have a special-class-mount
    [16:25] for shaman
    [16:26] Eggo, good point … while I don’t know if this will be offset with a Horde Class specific mount, I do know that they are intending to balance out the factions, I’ll be sure to bring it to someone’s attention just in case it’s been missed smile

    [16:26] Will the Warlock/Paladin special class mount be obtained the same way as racial mounts???
    [16:27] Kredit, Warlock/Paladin mounts will be quested for … normal mounts will be bought and skilled for

    [16:27] Kat, Can I ask why we can’t jump off a Air Taxi? and what will happen if you LD while on one?
    [16:28] Zion, jumping off would kill you .. as for LD, I don’t honestly have an answer although I suspect when you log back in you’ll still be in the air flying smile

    [16:29] Hmm..Well compared to DAoC I remember you would fall of the horse in the place you LD…So i was just thinking
    [16:30] Zion, I doubt they will do that in WoW as some of the places you will fly over will be way over your level .. or even over the ocean ect.

    [16:29] Kat, sup:) After you get level 60, will there be a whole bunch of super-duper hard equipment to gain that can still make your character much stronger? Lots of 60 requirment armor/swords that take super hard quests?
    [16:31] MJ, that’s the plan and much more although we are still working on high level content. The game has been created from the ground up .. meaning that they started working on lvl 1 stuff and progressed in that way … so lvl 60 content is still being developed.

    [16:31] Katricia, do you know about the boat rides/flight times, how long they will actually take since its real-time?
    [16:32] Zeeg, the amount of time depends on the trip. I’ve taken flights that have lasted seconds and then some that have lasted a minute or two .. it all depends on your origin and destination smile

    [16:32]

    Can the warlock summon mount to his friend?
    [16:33] Pan, no … the mount will be soul linked with his master and wouldn’t lower itself to allow another on it’s back.  I was picking flowers all around Ironforge earlier today with her lil’ Gnome Warlock.  As an FYI: We’re just now in the process of working with our Battlefield PvP .. and are experimenting with Seige types of weapons smile

    [16:43] the quests in the PVP areas will have better rewards I remember reading.. that still true?
    [16:43] : Xora, much about the PvP system is uncertain as it’s still in development .. smile

    [16:44] Kat, recently posted on a fansite…WoW will use the RPS(rock/paper/scissor) model for PvP, can you confirm?
    [16:45] : Kredit it’s very hard for me to talk too much about PvP due to the fact that anything I would say would have a high likelyhood of changing .. as I said earlier, it’s still in development

    [16:46] Kat, as of now, how many hours of solid leveling does it take to get to level 20?
    [16:46] : I’m not sure MJ .. I don’t get very much time to play smile

    [16:50] @kat is gold useful ? or will the moneysystem collaps like as in many mmorpgs
    [16:51] looks into the future .. yes, money will be useful

    [16:51] from what blizz has said, money will be very important and useful
    [16:52] any ‘secret/unlocked’ tradeskills that wont be mentioned at release?
    [16:52] : There’s a new skinning tradeskill used for .. skinning animals for their hides (imagine that!)

    [16:53] will there be guns for any race?
    [16:53] I believe guns for any race .. but only for specific classes

    [16:54] 04Kat can you comment on Mage pets?
    [16:54] : No

    [16:55] Only kat may use colored text or emotes. raspberry
    [16:55] dances around at her power to be the only one with pretty text colors

    [17:03] as far as i know, i asked before about aura weapons, and they are apparently in… you can have a flaming sword, and it does extra damage, some unique weapons automatically get this as a trait, but some can be e

    nchanted
    [17:03] Exactly Ghoul

    [17:06] 12does anyone know what the troll moun
    t will be?
    [17:07]

    The gnomes are already so cute .. seeing them on sheep would be great smile  I’ve got to run folks .. sorry I couldn’t stay longer .. thanks Raal and all the good folks at blizzard guilds for inviting me .. have a great weekend y’all smile

    World of Warcraft Fan Site Chat Transcript

    Blizzplanet assisted to the Fan Sites Program Chat with Blizzard Public Relations Department to talk about World of Warcraft. The Blizzard employees attending to the chat were

    Donna Anthony (Katricia), World of Warcraft Community Manager.
    World of Warcraft Development Team: Mark Kern, Rob Pardo, Shane Dabiri, and Jeffrey Kaplan

    Public Relations: Lisa Bucek (Public Relations Director), Gil Shif (Public Relations Assistant Manager), George Wang (Public Relations Fan Sites Coordinator)

    Web Team: Geoff Fraizer, Blaine Whittle, and Mike Hein.

    Special Guest: Mike Morhaime, President.

    Blizzplanet was represented by MEDIEVALDRAGON, Dark Nemesis, Stephen and Yitten. We arrived 2 hours before the chat to find many Fan Sites waiting there for hours as in preparing for a big event. I chatted with OneMadOgre from WorldofWar.net, found MikiTitan from Wowlands, WowCentral, WOW-Ra, Demolishman, WarcraftGaming.com, Ogresnet.com, Wow.Stratics, Wow.Warcry, JudgeHype and many others. Something we could notice was that the channel limit was still 40 chatters. As you may guess, many fan sites were in transit hitting that button many times trying to get into the channel in Battle.net US East.

    Some time later, everyone were in silence as Lisa Bucek entered the channel. The Channel limit was increased once Robert the SysOp set up the limit. Suddenly a wave of Fan Site Program members came in like an avalanche. From 40 members, the room increased to 150 members. And introduction of the Public Relations staff initiated. That said, the Questions and Answers were led by Lisa Bucek and Katricia, with some intervention by George Wang and Gil Shif—who were behind reading some of the submitted questions in the background and shared few answers.

    The World of Warcraft chat revealed many questions that covered the following topics:

  • Quests
  • Tradeskills
  • PvE Combat
  • Warcraft Lore
  • The World
  • Dungeons
  • Instancing
  • Cities
  • User Interface
  • Transportation (player mounts, gryphon taxis, boats/zeppelins)

    FAN SITE CHAT TRANSCRIPT:

    [LisaB.PR] Hey everyone, good to see you – we’ll start the chat now – fire away

    [Katricia] Hiyas all … Good to see you all here this afternoon smile

    Q: If a group of people enter an instaced dungeon, how does a new player join that group or enter their dungeon?

    Katricia: Basically the group can invite that player into their party and when the player enters the instance they will automatically be in the same instance as that party.

    Q: What sort of information the map going to display?

    Katricia: The minimap will show various points of interest such as towns and major cities. You will also be able to see members of your group and if they are out of range, you’ll get directional arrows so you can easily find them. For the world map, you can see the entire world at once, half the world, or zoom into paticular zones which will show areas that you’ve already discovered. You’ll also be able to place a rally point on the map which group members will see.  This will be used for navagational purposes.

    Q: Will I be able to place flags down on the minimap to mark locations if I wish to return to that place later?

    Katricia: You can ping the minimap to make group members aware of a particular area. You will be able to make notes on the world map including key locations later.

    Q: How does pathing work? In other MMORPGs problems have resulted from players being able to affect NPCs without retaliation and viceversa.  What are the solutions to these problems in WoW? Summoning, warping , line of sight, etc...

    Katricia: We have special creature AI so they can’t be exploited. Creatures know when they are being exploited and go into “evade” mode and return to their spawn point.

    Q: Will players be able to customize their interface?

    Katricia: Yes, you can drag and resize chat windows and later on we hope to enable dragging for other windows in the game as well.  For those more technical types you can completely customize and change the interface using XML and Lua scripting.  We expect users to create custom interfaces for PvP, trade skilling, guild skins, specific classes etc.

    Q: How many trade skills can a player master on an individual character?

    Katricia: A player will have to pick and chose as they will not have the skill points to take everything. Skills can be “untrained” though, so there’s no worry about picking the wrong one and being stuck with it.

    Q: How will the trading interface work?

    Katricia: You must be side-by-side. The interface is designed to be as secure as possible. A similar interface is used to provide a secure system for enchanting and unlocking boxes etc. This is cool because in other games you actually have to hand over your items to the enchanter, who may not be honest. In WoW, the enchanter never has physical possesion of your item.

    Q: Can you give any comparisons, or lack of, between the drop system in WoW and D2?

    Katricia: Like D2, WoW supports a form of random item generation. Unique items can be created by the system such as “Sword of Life-stealing” or “Breast-Plate of Stamina”. We take the basic item like the sword, and the system randomly combines it with a modifier such as life-stealing.

    Q: We’ve seen from an older screenshot that the Dark Portal has been rebuilt (after being destroyed in War2 expansion pack). Can you give us any background on why it’s back or what role it’ll play in the game?

    Katricia: The foundation of the Dark Portal was never destroyed even though the connection between the worlds was severed; and while it is no longer open, there is a legend of a ritual contained within Medivh’s spellbook which might one day allow powerful Warlocks to open a portal.

    Q: What happens when a player fails to complete a quest? Will there be and option to try the quest again?

    Katricia: Yes, players can always go back to the quest giver and try again.

    Q: Can you tell us more details about group spells and/or rituals?

    Katricia: The warlock has the ritual of summoning. With three people in a group, the warlock will cast a portal that two others must touch which will summon a distant party member to that location.

    Q: Will it be possible to journey into Outland (or not if in the initial release planner later)?

    Katricia: Ahhh … We’ve got to keep some secrets smile

    Q: Will there be any class-related quests that take you to enemy towns and/or cities? (For example, can a rogue get to sneak in, steal stuff, and sneak out for a quest)?

    Katricia: Yes, there are some quests in the game that take you into enemy towns.

    Q: Will the quests progress the Warcraft storyline, and can we expect to see the storyline drastically affect the Warcraft game world as time progresses?

    Katricia: We have a story planned over the next few years which affects the world in dramatic ways.

    Q: For people who have friends that want to play together from the start, but play different races, is it going to be easy and/or quick to start playing with your friends as soon as possible?

    Katricia: For some races its easier than for others. For example the Humans and Dwarves have easy transit between their two cities while the Night Elves are in a distant land.

    Q: Will there be a variety of fish to catch while fishing? Will there be any special items, treasure chests, or SOS bottles that are able to be fished up?

    Katricia: Yes, we are even planning in having seasonal fish—and they can tie into quests and other tradeskills. You can also fish up things like lock boxes, unique armors, and other things.

    Q: How will players use mounts? Will they be available through a summonalbe skill, or merchant (ie. stables). How long will they last and are there different levels for mounts?

    Katricia: Mounts become availlable to each race at a high level. We also have other specialty mounts … Warlocks for example can summon a Nightmare. Mounts can be called when needed by the owner.

    Q: Will Hunters who train in bows and rifles always be better than say a Warrior who has trainned to the same level of same weapon?

    Katricia: They will very likely be very similar in skills, however; the Hunters will have additional abilities with those weapons that are unique to their class. This will ultimately make them more powerful with ranged weapons.

    Q: Will there be “named” or “unique” monsters in the World or Warcraft? If so, will they appear randomly or will they only spawn under certain circumstances?

    Katricia: Yes there are many unique monsters in Wow. Some will appear randomly, while others will only spawn when certain conditions have been met.

    Q: Will items be crafted in Wow be more useful to other players than the crafted items are in other RPGs?

    Katricia: Throughout your career as a crafter, there will always be items which you can create that will be the best items a player can use at that level. For example, at level 40 the best bracer might come from a blacksmith; while at level 45, the best brace might come from a quest. There are also a number of consumable items that can be created such as armor patches and sharpening stones. Tradeskillers can sell th

    ese consumable items to players who will use them to improve their existing armor and items.

    Q: Will players be able to recreate the same item over and over as long as they get the r
    ight materials?

    Katricia: Yes smile

    Q: Will there be a follow option to have your character automatically follow your group leaders?

    Katricia: Currently you can follow anyone not just the group leader.

    [GilS.PR] Hey everyone, that was the last question. However, we have a special announcement for you, so hold on a sec’, and I’ll turn it back over to Katricia.

    [Katricia] Just wanted to thank you all for coming today and wanted to let yas know that all of the sites in the Fansite Program have automatically been entered into our beta program …

    [Katricia] this includes international fan sites.

    [Katricia] Also, we will be handing out additional beta accounts to fan sites to use for contests … (more on this at a later time).

    [Katricia] Thanks again for joining us .. yas all have a great night smile

    [GilS.PR] Thanks everybody. Katricia has left the building wink See you next time.


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