Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ask Gauss

It is Sunday the day of the week where we try and forget what tomorrow will bring. It is also the day though that I get to answer the questions you have sent me throughout the week. We call it Ask Gauss here in Gauss land. To be a part of it is very simple just click on the link at the top right of the page or send an email to So time to see what is being asked this week.

So what is the best thing you have noticed about 4.3?

Well to me it isn't an instance or a raid or a piece of gear. In the Well of Eternity instance there is an Easter Egg that Blizzard put in that can only be described as epic. After you kill the first boss and Illidan leaves you, and you have a player with the Warglaives equipped he says the following "Curious Weapons you wield...such power. You seem prepared." Really how awesome is that. That may be the greatest Easter egg Blizzard has ever given us.

Being a Lore guy your thoughts on using the current Deathwing model for WoE?

I am kind of disappointed that they did go this way. I almost think that an overly large black dragon would be better than this model. I am sure most people who play the game don't even care about it, and this would be why Blizzard in their own words didn't think it was worth the additional resources. He really isn't the main focus of the instance so I understand why they wouldn't think it was worth it. Not that I am not disappointed in the decision, but I do understand their reasoning. For those who haven't seen it here is the blue response to the issue.

I know that this might be a bit tough to swallow for some, but the use of the current Deathwing model in that scene was a matter of efficiency. A ton of work went into 4.3, and we squeezed in as much as we could, but it didn't make sense to dedicate the huge resources it takes to create a custom model for that one cameo, and we were concerned that using a generic black dragon model wouldn't have the same immediate value of recognition.Modifying the Illidan model made more sense because you actually spend some time running around with him in the dungeon.On that note, I should point out that creating custom models actually consumes substantial resources, so they're precious to us. Tyrande didn’t have her own model for seven years, Sylvanas didn’t have her own model for several years, etc. We'd love to have custom models for every character, for every scene at every point in the timeline, but the resources simply don't exist to make that happen. In the meantime, we hope that players can use a little bit of imagination and still enjoy the dungeons anyway, even if a given model isn't always a perfect reflection of the character.

I grouped with a druid named Tom Brady yesterday...

This really isn't a question, but trust me a feel sorry for you.

There you have it questions answered for the week. As always if your question doesn't get answered on here I will answer it and sometimes that takes longer than expected. For those waiting next week's Reader Post is going to be about the best Easter Eggs Blizzard has given to us throughout the years. As always you have until Thursday night to get those submissions in.

1 comment:

  1. that response to the Deathwing can't be popular..