Daily Archives: August 10, 2009

Fun Under Stormwind

My daughter was shouting, “Dad!  Come look!”

Something had happened in World of Warcraft yesterday morning that she really wanted me to see.

I came over to see what she was so excited about.

She had fallen through Stormwind.  She took some screen shots for me.

A new view of Stormwind

A new view of Stormwind

But she hadn’t just fallen.

Looking up to see down

Looking up to see down

She had been working on something.

Open architecture

Open architecture

She had been trying to climb up the walls of Stormwind ala Super Mario to try to get up on the roofs of the city.

She is truly my daughter.  I remember doing the same thing in EverQuest.  And I remember being especially proud when I made it up and could see over the edge of the city.  The sky, it turned out, was just an inverted bowl, open down below the horizon where people normally wouldn’t be able to see. (Unlike in EverQuest II, where the sky appears to be a complete sphere.)  But there I was, seeing things from a new perspective.

So it was a shared moment, a thrill that we both understood.

And even better, falling through was repeatable.  She walked back out from under Stormwind, which you can do by just heading to the harbor, then went back to the same spot and showed me how she had jumped from a box to a torch, then from the torch to a ledge.  And, walking along the ledge, she fell through.

I went back to my computer to try it.

I failed.

It turns out that you need to be a night elf to do this.  I had been trying to jump up to the torch with Vikund, who is human, and humans just cannot seem to make that jump.  This may be the first tangible difference between races I have seen in WoW.

After switching to one of my night elf druids (I have two) I was able to make the leap up to the torch and then the ledge quite easily, thus confirming my daughter’s assertion that you need to be a night elf to do this.

The Jump

The Jump

Once I ran up the ledge I fell through to the green fields below Stormwind.

Amazing how much sunlight gets through the city

Amazing how much sunlight gets through the city

Also amazing is how much better WoW screen shots look when taken from out iMac.  Does QuickTime compress that much better by default?

So I was able to share this moment of accomplishment with my daughter, and appreciate it through the eyes of someone who has experience the same joy of getting into some place they weren’t supposed to be.