Countdown To Classic calls in the big guns as the show welcomes a very special guest, and an MMORPG heavy hitter in Scott Hartsman.
Scott shares stories about competing against WoW as the technical director for Everquest and Everquest 2, as well as trying to trying to break away from the pack during his time as CEO of Trion Worlds with Rift. He also gives some great thoughts on WoW Classic and the potential future of the MMORPG genre as a whole.
The great chat keeps coming as the episode also hits on the big news we got recently about Blizzard’s stance on progressive itemization in Classic with Nano (Nostalrius Core) & the listeners, as well as going through the design history and thought process behind making Priests in vanilla WoW with former class designer, Kevin Jordan.
Continue reading “Episode #102 – EQ & Rift’s Scott Hartsman Talks EQ vs. WoW + The Future of MMORPG’s, Progressive Itemization News Discussed, & Kevin Jordan On Priests”
Big news this past week as we were told by big blue that internal alpha testing had begun over at Irvine! Josh breaks down this news and what it means for us moving forward with the listeners.
Then we hear from former vanilla WoW class designer Kevin Jordan on Warlocks for another amazing segment of Ask Kevin.
After that, the show features an in depth interview with Martin Falch, creator of the immensely popular machinima series from back in the day, ‘Tales of the Past’ to discuss the ins and outs of making those movies.
Finally, we hear all about the pros and cons of knowing vanilla quests inside and out.
Continue reading “Episode #101 – Alpha Announced, Kevin Jordan On Warlocks, Tales of the Past Creator Speaks & Quest Knowledge”
Countdown To Classic turns in its 100th episode, and hits that century mark in style by bringing you a bunch of great calls with the listeners of the show.
First, Josh undertakes the most ambitious call in history as he gets 10 people on the line to discuss the emotional journey of the past three years, from the shutdown of Nostalrius to the announcement of WoW: Classic to where we are today.
After that, former vanilla WoW class designer Kevin Jordan is back again to discuss the design philosophies behind Paladins.
Next, Josh has a bit of fun and enlists the help of some North American and Oceanic players to woo him to their servers as he finally chooses which region he will play Classic on.
And bringing it home, Josh sits down with members of the super hardcore guild, ‘Onslaught’, to discuss the ins and outs of pushing vanilla WoW to the next level and their plans for Classic, which includes a surprise YouTube star’s appearance!
Continue reading “Episode #100 – The Journey From Nostalrius To Classic, Kevin Jordan On Paladins, Josh Chooses A Region, & Hardcore Guild ‘Onslaught’”
Countdown is back with two, count ’em, two very special guests this week as the show keeps going with another packed episode full of WoW Classic goodness.
First up, Josh is humbled to be joined by Luke Lafreniere of Linus Tech Tips fame, to discuss his love of vanilla WoW and his time with Nostalrius.
After that, we hear yet again from vanilla WoW class designer Kevin Jordan all about the history and decisions behind designing Hunters.
Then we hear from the listeners, as a crew calls in about the huge PvP schedule news we got during the week, and then Nineteen27 from Death & Taxes returns to break down PvP tips for Hunters against all the other classes.
Continue reading “Episode #99 – Luke Lafreniere Talks Nost, Kevin Jordan Talks Hunters, PvP News & Hunter PvP”
The show brings back vanilla WoW Class Designer Kevin Jordan once again to cover off on Shaman, Josh gets on the wowey sauce and discusses beta possibilities with the listeners.
We also hear from the show’s resident PvP expert OhGee about Blizzard’s decision to implement spell batching in WoW: Classic, and then Josh talks to a real contender in the world first 60 race.
Continue reading “Episode #98 – Kevin Jordan On Shaman, Beta Guesstimations, Spell Batching News, Speed Leveling Contender + Memory Lane Etc.”
Countdown To Classic has it all for you today.
Join in on a very special episode as Mute from World of Roguecraft re-emerges on the scene to talk to Josh all about those famous videos and whether or not he’ll be playing WoW: Classic.
Josh then speaks with vanilla WoW Class Designer Kevin Jordan about the history and design choices behind Druids, in this week’s installment of the show’s ongoing ‘Ask Kevin’ series.
The show then turns to the news from last week, discussing the huge loot trading backflip from Blizzard, as well as the news regarding RP-PvP servers.
Finally, the show closes with a huge call about everything Alterac Valley, with an alternative view to last week’s take on the news about 1.12 AV, as well as breaking down notes, strategies, and fun memories from some AV veterans, including the show’s resident PvP expert Ohgee.
Continue reading “Episode #97 – Mute Speaks, Kevin Jordan on Druids, Loot Trading, RP-PVP, & AV”
Another week, another blue post. Who would have thought it would be raining WoW Classic news?!?
Josh kicks off a jam packed episode by speaking to the listeners about the news regarding Blizzard’s decision to run with the 1.12 version of Alterac Valley.
Then, in part two of the show’s ‘Ask Kevin’ series, we hear from vanilla class designer Kevin Jordan about the design choices behind Mages in vanilla WoW.
Finally, we finish up with a fun, potentially divisive call about the ‘unwritten rules’ of vanilla World of Warcraft.
Continue reading “Episode #96 – PvP News, WoW Class Designer Talks Mages, & The Unwritten Rules Of Vanilla WoW”