Episode #74 – Ex-WoW Dev, Bo Bell, On Exterior Level Design, Blizzard & Classic

In the second part of the trilogy of talks with former World Of Warcraft developers, Josh sits down with exterior level designer Bo Bell, for a lengthy chat on the making of vanilla WoW.

Highlights Below:

  • In Depth Interview – 2:35
  • Bo’s Resume – 3:20
  • Working At Blizzard – 7:50
  • Working in QA – 9:50
  • Speaking Publicly About Games – 16:05
  • What Bo Works On Now – 19:35
  • Artistic Freedom Working On Exterior Designs – 24:30
  • Balancing Metzen’s Vision With Personal Tastes – 31:30
  • Fighting For Keeping Duskwood Dark – 37:10
  • Love For The Planned Emerald Dream – 41:45
  • Real World Inspirations In WoW Exteriors – 47:50
  • WoW Planned To Be Everquest? – 53:40
  • Smoke Break Ideas/Cutting Wee From WoW – 1:05:25
  • How Close Were We To Flying Mounts In Vanilla? – 1:09:45
  • Lord Of The Rings Inspirations – 1:13:20
  • Runemasters In Vanilla WoW – 1:22:50
  • Other Scrapped Classes – 1:27:25
  • Favourite/Challenging Zones That Bo Worked On – 1:31:00
  • Seeing Cataclysm Change Bo’s Work – 1:37:50
  • Blizzard’s Level Design Approach Now vs. Then – 1:42:45
  • Origins Of The Forsaken – 1:48:20
  • Moonglade Plans/Timbermaw – 1:55:50
  • Zone Regrets – 1:59:35
  • Guesses At Playable Zones In The Demo – 2:02:15
  • Invisible Walls – 2:07:00
  • Classic’s Longevity – 2:10:55
  • Classic As A ‘Do Over’ – 2:15:50
  • Classic Release Date Guess – 2:18:20
  • Classic ‘Forum Leaks’ – 2:23:40
  • Demo vs. Alpha vs. Beta – 2:43:00
  • Shout Outs – 2:49:50

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