Hey there. I’ve been listening to you as part of All Things Azeroth and I wanted you to know that your segment is the best part of the show
Way back in vanilla WOW, I used to explore many different secret places and sometimes wished that MMORPGs catered more to the exploration aspect of there worlds. In fact, that is one of the things that has brought me back to WOW over the years is the “sense of place” and “sense of the world” which I think they do very well. I like the fact that Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms are so big… It saddens me that most modern MMOs are so heavily instanced in there over-world landscapes. I wonder if Cataclysm will reunify the Eastern Kingdoms by bringing the Blood Elf lands back onto the main continent (without a loading screen separating them).
Anyways, I’m sure you are already familiar with these places but here are a few suggestions for future episodes:
The pirate islands southeast of Tanaris.
The Elven ruins on the north coast of Tirisfal/WPL.
The Dwarven farm on the far east coast of Arathi Highlands.
Thanks for the comments. I hope to have podcasts about each one of your great suggestions. I do agree that one of the great parts of WoW is that the vast amount of territory that makes up the zones allows for the designers space to create special locations like these. However, I do believe that the complete redesign on both original continents will see the elimination of most of these locations. In addition, even if some still exist, knowing that a flying mount will permit every corner of the world to be uncovered very easily may cause much of the magic to be lost from each out-of-the-way location.
I appreciate the kind words and look forward to hearing more comments & suggestions.