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#1 - 2020/08/20 05:00:02 PM

Engineer’s Workshop: Recreating the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort

Join us for a behind-the-scenes deep dive on recreating one of World of Warcraft’s most iconic events, the Ahn’Qiraj war effort.

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#11 - 2020/08/20 06:08:02 PM

This was outlined in the article, in the section subtitled “BANG A GONG!”.

Pagle was patient zero for the issue described there. Pagle was the first to experience an unexpected server restart during the War, and of course Murphy’s Law for time of day also kicked in, with the issue becoming apparent for our engineers in the middle of the night.

My personal WoW Classic characters are on Pagle, and in true dadserver fashion, I’m already referring to it as the 40-hour war. I’ll soon be telling the story about how we had the 50-hour war uphill both ways, in the snow. In Silithus.


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#18 - 2020/08/20 07:33:07 PM

After 15 years playing Horde, I switched to Alliance with the release of Classic. It was a difficult transition for my wife and me. While she’s very supportive of me and my efforts to combat faction biases, it came with a lot of difficulties. The culture is very different, and we’re doing our best to adapt.

The most challenging thing has been the Alliance’s negative reaction to the practice of eating the corpses of your fallen enemies to restore your strength before your next battle. I mean, obviously, I don’t really want to eat my previous Horde allies, but surely we can all agree that Murlocs are a tasty treat!


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#25 - 2020/08/20 10:01:39 PM

Glad to hear it! :slight_smile:

I also had a great time.

I’m somewhat fortunate that my own realm was late to open our gates, so that I actually had a chance to participate. (I was working during the initial gate openings in each region, as you might expect).

My own realm was crowded enough to trigger the teleport code, and I got bit by a bug that caused the teleports to port out random players instead of the last people to enter, so even though I was online and at the gong hours ahead of time, I was ported out just before the gong was actually rung.

We found the source of that bug, and it will be fixed soon, but we can’t go back in time and prevent it, of course. Still, my guild made the best of it, and somebody who was still in Silithus streamed the gate opening to the rest of us so we could watch while we got ready to farm the crystals at other locations in Kalimdor. We had a pretty good time with the mind-control mechanic allowing us to attack people trying to steal our spawn. Of course, we also occasionally killed each other by mistake. :slight_smile:

We were able to return to Silithus after about an hour once the population calmed down, and overall I had a really good time participating in this once-in-a-realm’s-lifetime event. I hope you all did too.