I don’t have a lot of time to write as we are about to head out to try to get back to Blizzcon on time for the start of the opening ceremonies, where all the cool announcements will be made.
The VIP dinner was very interesting. It was much different from other benefits I have attended. The food was buffet style so we were given some period of time to stuff our faces and partake in the open bar. There were five selections of art that were up for silent auction and the musuem and Blizzard people had some brief words about art, the exhibit, the love, etc.
Shortly after that, someone came up to our table and asked us who we wanted to talk to out of like three choices. We chose to talk to a Producer and so Carlos Guerrero spent some time with us. He explained his team was largely responsible for coordinating successful launches and managing all of the different elements (art, software, hardware, etc) involved in that so everything stayed cohesive. Sounds like a bunch of cat herding to me.
After that, I browsed around seeing who else was there. The most fascinating person to talk to was Evelyn Fredericksen who is the lucky person whose job is to basically serve as the continuity checker for Chris Metzen’s creative work on the games. She was also a very animated story teller. When I sat down she was explaining the different levels of orc and their various levels of demonic corruption. From there, she gave us a history of Dalaran and the Kirin-Tor, going all the way back to the Highborn splitting off from the Night Elves to become High Elves. She also talked about the Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh and some of the newer lore from the comics.
I started asking her about the Old Gods and the link to Lovecraft mythos. While she was talking about this and confirming the link, I suddenly realized that, in that mythos, the ancient ones are a relatively low level in the heirarchy in that they only deal with a single planet. I realized that this chaotic influence from the old gods could be responsible for much more on a broader scheme even though they have only been referenced in WoW lore as those 5 beings the Titans imprisoned. I questioned her on this and I got a bit of freeze up and was basically told they were still working on those concepts. I definitely got the sense something was there.
I went and talked to Chris Metzen about it briefly right at the end of the night. He basically confirmed that there were discussions regarding the extent of the Old Gods elsewhere on other ‘prime material’ worlds. I found it interesting that Chris Metzen referred to Azeroth as a prime material world. It took me a while to realize that this was the terminology used to talk about the different planes in Dungeons and Dragons with the plane of the player characters being the Prime Material plane. This leads me to believe that he has a far more detailed concept of how the entire WoW mythos is laid out, beyond just Azeroth, Outlands and the Twisting Nether.