What's the Franchise you've chosen?
Warcraft! It's a series of games created by Blizzard Entertainment that began with Warcraft 1-3, which were all RTS (Real Time Strategy) games between 1994 and 2003. This was followed by the World Of Warcraft, which was, and still is, the biggest MMO game. Other games in the franchise include the sadly cancelled Lord Of The Clans (more on that later) and Hearthstone (a collectable card game). Other parts include a toyline, a series of books and comics, and a upcoming movie
How did you get into it?
A cousin of mine played the original, which I then manage to find for round 35 in a local video games shop. Oddly enough, the very DAY i completed it, I discovered Warcraft 2 had been released, and from that point there was no going back. I bought expansions and unofficial map packs (early internet days guys, downloading maps wasn't about just yet)
I do have to admit however, as much as I've played WOW in spurts over the years, I really wish we could get new RTS game set in that universe.
What's your favourite media / toy / item from it?
Two items spring to mind. The first being the juggernaut of a game known as Warcraft 3, with its truly revolutionary story telling and cut-scenes, not to mention the characters that became more than just means to a game story. Thrall, Garosh Hellscream, Prince Arthas, Murdin and many many others moved into the greats of fantasy characters.
The other is Lord Of The Clans, by Christie Golden, which is the book based on the afore-mentioned cancelled game that tells the tale of Thrall, and horrors he endured to reunite the Clans of the Orcs. To this day, it's a book i read around once a year.
Orc's ain't the bad guys here... but a race betrayed.
This is the thing that blew me away about Warcraft. The Orcs are people, an alien people certainly, but people nonetheless. Th tragic backstory that makes up the Orcish history is way beyond lot of what other fantasy media has been capable of. Time an space means I won't go into the Burning Legion here, but there is a lot of lore and backstory that deserves to be experienced
What's the wierdest part?
There's far too much to answer in that case...
However, i think the weirdest part is Chris Metzen. That man (designer and man in charge of the Warcraft franchise) has too much imagination and talent to be classed as a human.
Oh yeah... and the Dragon Aspects. Thats pretty out there.....
Adam "Gruffy" Nicol is the High Lord Protector of the Old Oilhouse, and has screamed at things not working right with it since the day it was born. His knowledge and love of 90's tat and pop culture borders on the worryingly psychotic....
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