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Title: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 04, 2017, 09:54:23 PM
There's no details on exactly what this will be, or when it will happen, but I'm totally up for renewing my WoW subscription if Blizzard is going to do this!  I'm very excited about a legitimate Vanilla server.  (Especially if it's pre 1.9 when I can get a super-fast Frostwolf, or at least early enough that I can get Broken Tooth with that 1.0 attack speed!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcZyiYOzsSw
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Silverbranch on November 05, 2017, 04:53:26 AM
Hmm, that sounds interesting. I wonder if it will be full price. Looking forward to learning more at any rate!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 05, 2017, 06:33:40 AM
There have been various and sundry ways to play Classic WoW through unaffiliated private/emulated servers like Nostralius and Elysium, but all of those means have been somewhat unstable.  Run by volunteers and somewhat questionable with regard to their legal status, they have not been a reliable long-term method of playing.  You put in a year or two of character development and log in one day to find that the servers are gone.

I really enjoyed the challenges posed by Classic WoW, and the much more significant and defined differences between the character classes.  If Blizzard does this right - Giving us the classic experience with WoW's current, modern game engine...  This would really be something I'd enjoy.  They need to be careful though, and keep the clearly defined differences in place.  It would be easy to blur the lines between Classic and what WoW has become, and I think that would be a mistake.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Reveler on November 16, 2017, 11:38:52 AM
My WoW account is still active, though seldom used. But this interests me greatly! 

I will definitely be keeping an eye on the news. 8)
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 16, 2017, 04:15:06 PM
Me, too.  If I hear or see anything, I'll post it here.  The best I've seen so far is this interview:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-11-04-wow-classic-blizzard-answers-some-of-the-big-questions

It doesn't reveal a lot more info, but it does delve a bit into Bilzzard's overall attitude, and it sounds good.  They are definitely in it for the long haul.  From what it says, they plan to start and maintain the Vanilla servers for as long as World of Warcraft is around.  I think that's awesome.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Reveler on November 16, 2017, 07:54:05 PM
I was both heartened, and a tad disappointed by that article.

For no good reason at all, I had imagined it as being playable by next summer. But if it's as involved as they're making it sound, may be a bit longer.

But I do really like everything else they're saying. And... I'll wait for it to be done right!  ;D
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: barbosa on November 23, 2017, 03:19:52 AM
It's really interesting, will wait for it
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 23, 2017, 10:17:12 AM
I continue to be really excited about the idea of a classic server.  I really miss the challenge and sense of accomplishment I got from classic WoW.  Especially as I tend to prefer hunters, all the work you put into your pet made them really special.

In current WoW, hunter pets are automatically your level when you get them, you can have a ton of them, you can switch them at will, your weapon has infinite ammo, you don't have to manage your dead zone (the area between melee and bow/gun range where you can't attack at all) and... well, overall, it's just too easy now.  All classes can change specs at will to do whatever they want, there's just no specialization to make a particular character unique, you know what I mean?  It's not that the game is now bad - Lots of people still really enjoy it.  It's just... Not what I personally want to play.

I do wish that Blizzard had at an idea what the timeline was.  Maybe they could release monthly progress reports or something to keep us excited for launch.  That'd be cool.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on January 15, 2018, 06:55:10 AM
Here's the best article on this subject that I've been able to find. Not much "new" information, still no release date and so forth, but useful information nonetheless:

http://www.pcgamer.com/why-world-of-warcraft-classic-is-deceptively-tough-to-make/
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: abner on February 04, 2018, 06:48:41 AM
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Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on April 18, 2018, 05:21:10 PM
Once it is announced we will need to post the server so my boyfriend and I can play with the guild
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on April 19, 2018, 08:12:26 AM
I hunt around for news every few weeks but so far Blizzard has been very silent on the subject.  But I'll definitely mention it here once it happens.  I'm looking forward to "getting the old team back together", or at least as many are still interested.  :-)
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on May 26, 2018, 04:51:30 PM
I'm so excited for this! My fondest gaming memories are from classic WoW, playing with my fellow PIF'ers.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on May 27, 2018, 09:18:45 AM
Mine, too!

I dare to dream that when they release Classic WoW that we'll be able to at least get some of the old group back together and have ourselves some fun again.  Maybe I'm just overly nostalgic, but I really feel that it would be a blast.

Anyone heard any news on a release date or any progress towards it?  I check around every week or so, but so far I haven't found anything...
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on May 28, 2018, 04:52:29 AM
People are saying it won't happen until the latest expansion is released, if not afterwards. Hoping for sooner rather than later!

Obviously, we are getting the old band back together. My question is: what faction and what mains are people planning on playing? Faction doesn't really matter for me as much, but I am planning on doing a healer, most likely a holy/discipline priest. I loved my holy pally back in the day, but I want more versatility the second time around.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on May 28, 2018, 01:15:55 PM
Well, "back in the day" we were mostly Alliance.  Maybe we should go Horde this time?

Certainly more nostalgia value if we go Alliance but a change of pace would be nice, too.

What do you think? 
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on May 29, 2018, 02:09:41 PM
I think I'd like to do alliance again, just for the nostalgia. Maybe when the release date comes out, we should do a vote?
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on May 29, 2018, 06:18:47 PM
If they go by the official rules of classic WoW, you'll only get one or the other on any particular server, right?  But, odds are they'll have more than one, so maybe we could do both?

Of course, that would dilute our already severely limited numbers.  I can't imagine that we'd get more than ten or so of our old gang together, at least to start with.  I mean, we're definitely not going to be raiding Molten Core any time soon, heh.  Heck, even in the "good old days" we only fielded 20 or 25 people tops when we were running the MC2 Alliance. (remember that?)

Heck, maybe we'll start recruiting again, for the first time in... Well, seems like forever!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on May 30, 2018, 04:17:45 AM
I think we should choose one side to consolidate the people we have. 10 people coming back would be great, but definitely not enough to raid with. Hopefully some more people come out of the woodwork as more information comes out. I would be interested to see exactly what specific version of vanilla WoW they utilize and what, if any, modifications they do to it. I hope they implement newer methods of group finding, because that was the most tedious part of the game back then, in my opinion. MC would be pretty fun to do again, but I would not want to do a PUG of any of the old 40 person raids. I remember it was hard enough to do MC with the guild partnership, let alone 30 additional random people. Upper Blackrock Spire would be a good goal for now as we test the robustness of our membership.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on May 30, 2018, 03:41:20 PM
I agree, I'd prefer to do just one side versus both sides, just for the solidarity of the experience.

As far as version, it is widely accepted that the last version of WoW prior to the release of Burning Crusade was the "best".  (This is debatable of course, my opinion is the last version before they normalized pursuit (running) speeds of all Hunter pets was the best, I forgot which version that was)

I am guessing / assuming that they will not really be running a true Vanilla but approximating it with modern tech and a modern engine, and trying to get it as close as possible.  I hope, though, that they use the same LUA version so that older mods will still work, because it just won't be a realistic experience without being able to break out the old mod set!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on May 31, 2018, 09:13:49 AM
That modset was killer! The last update before TBC was the most balanced overall, but part of the charm of Vanilla WoW to me was the quirkiness of each class. I wasnít a big fan of Naxxramas either, although ZulíFarak was a lot of fun!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on May 31, 2018, 06:47:58 PM
The thing I loved about old WoW was that quirkiness you're talking about.

The classes now, even though they look different and have different names for their skills, any class can just about fill any role.  It's just a bit too homogenized, and the hard decisions you used to have to make that gave your character, well "character, are gone.  Shucks, you can spec just by toggling back and forth, etc.

Of course making all the pets more or less generic with very little differences really took the wind out of my sails.  I worked so hard to get the pets with the specific attributes I wanted, and when all their pursuit speeds and attack speeds were normalized and their skills became just a skill tree versus the cool way you used to have to go out and learn the skills and then teach them to your pet...  That was awesome.  Plus now there's no need to be dedicated to your pet because if you get a new pet it automatically levels up to your level.  Lame!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on June 01, 2018, 06:41:42 AM
The quirk factor was a boon to Vanilla WoW. I just started up my account again to try the newest expansion. Iíve inly been soloing with my Pally so far, but everything seems super easy. The spec and talents I choose donít really matter, just as long as I choose something. Maybe I havenít found the spec I like or maybe I should try a different class.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on June 01, 2018, 11:13:19 AM
*shrug*  I don't know what to tell you.  I figure if I'm going to do anything in retail WoW I'd probably just want to start from level 1 and work my way up.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on June 06, 2018, 04:05:37 AM
Probably the best way to go. They offer a free level boost with purchase of the latest expansion, so I figured I would give it a shot.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on June 06, 2018, 07:52:00 PM
Maybe.  The whole idea of a level boost throwing me up to some insane level and then having me wander around confused about what skills I need and where everything is doesn't sound particularly appealing to me, though.  I'd probably just do the grind.  (Especially since people tell me it's really fast to level up these days)
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on June 20, 2018, 03:53:15 AM
I will probably be leveling an alliance priest and I may be able to talk my boyfriend into joining the guild if we have one set up.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on June 27, 2018, 04:11:47 AM
My top main picks would be:

Priest
Warrior
Druid

I am still in the east coast and have to be at work by 7:30, so no night long weekday raids for me. Iíll be around to do weekend raids and weekday dungeons/leveling/pharming.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on June 27, 2018, 03:37:13 PM
I'll be a (shocking, I know) dwarven hunter.  Maybe I'll branch out, but... not immediately!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Luke on June 29, 2018, 04:06:10 AM
So shocking! Seems like we at least have 5 people interested. Really wish Blizzard would announce a release date already!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on June 29, 2018, 07:42:42 AM
We've at least got enough to do some 5 person instances!  :-)
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Spandral on August 10, 2018, 05:44:55 PM
Hey it's been a few years.  I hope all are well! 

Return to our roots huh?  I heard the call of the AncientOne and had to see what was happening.  Kai, Shanni, Squeakie, hope to hear from you soon.

Saw that Mushen was has not been on for a while,  tell him hello for me.

All the best,

Spandral
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on August 10, 2018, 06:08:52 PM
Span!  Wow, it has been a long time!  It's great to see you.  I actually just saw Mushen today, I'll tell him you said hi.  Shanni pokes her head in here sometimes, and so does A1, although Squeakie doesn't look at the forums these days.  (He hardly did even back in the day!)  Do you think you might want to poke around some Classic WoW with your old PIF buddies?
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on August 10, 2018, 06:12:53 PM
Speaking of Squeakie, although he doesn't visit the forums, you can often run into him on our Discord server.  Chat doesn't get used much but voice chat does.  It's replaced our now-retired Ventrilo server.  Easy to join up, just hit the "Join Server" button over on the left.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on August 14, 2018, 05:00:27 PM
Just as a heads up, my boyfriend and I would like to raid once we are high enough so if the guild isn't big enough or into raiding we may join another guild so that we could get in a regular group =(
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on August 14, 2018, 06:45:36 PM
That's OK.

Even in the "old days" we formed the "MC2 Alliance" so that we could raid.  Remember that?  We might do the same thing this time around if we're not big enough.  I personally would enjoy beating the snot out of Ragnaros and company again.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on August 15, 2018, 03:35:58 PM
I joined when Lich King was released so not sure if the raids were still going on
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on August 15, 2018, 05:25:17 PM
MC2 was defunct by that point, we only used it for the 40 man raids because we could field that many raid-capable people ourselves.  Once the smaller raids came out we did it ourselves.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on August 16, 2018, 06:05:29 PM
I have never done a 40 man so I am excited to see how they work
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on August 17, 2018, 04:53:36 PM
Well, they way they work is, if the boss loses focus on the main tank for more than two seconds, the raid wipes.  *chuckle*
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on August 22, 2018, 03:48:36 AM
Sounds fun count me in!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on October 14, 2018, 10:51:30 AM
Well, it's been almost a year since this announcement was made, and I still haven't heard anything regarding a release timeline yet.  It's a bit unlike Blizzard to tease something and wait a year before saying anything, but I think Blizzcon is coming up so maybe they'll announce something then?
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on October 21, 2018, 10:57:00 AM
Hopefully, but I also saw speculation on a google story that it might be released in 2021
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on November 03, 2018, 11:59:01 AM
My boyfriend has the virtual ticket to Bliz-Con and he said summer of 2019. So I can't wait to play with all those that play again!
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 07, 2018, 03:09:11 PM
So, we heard Summer of 2019.  Anyone else hear that, too?
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on November 11, 2018, 06:49:22 AM
Lol if you read my previous comment I said that I heard at blizz-con virtual summer 2019
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 11, 2018, 01:27:30 PM
I think you and I are the only ones reading this thread.  :-)
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on November 13, 2018, 04:29:45 PM
Seems like it, so will it just be you, my boyfriend and I playing?
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 13, 2018, 07:20:08 PM
I hope not.  We couldn't even do a 5 person dungeon at this point!  I hope that we just don't have people checking the forums too often.  We had a decent number of people when we were playing Nostralius before they got shut down.  Forums in general are kind of archaic I guess.  Most of the newer generation of gamers just converse on Discord or through social media.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on November 15, 2018, 05:29:31 PM
I probably should repurchase a microphone and join discord
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 18, 2018, 06:34:54 AM
Discord has been really good to us.  Besides my no longer having to shell out money every month for Ventrilo, it's got a lot of other really cool features that eclipse Ventrilo's comparatively limited feature set.  Voice chat, multimedia-rich text chat, fully featured phone app, etc - All quite impressive.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Redbeard on November 23, 2018, 04:31:37 PM
Though I haven't played since Bliz dumped those #@*!# panda's on us, this sounds like something I'd be interested in.

RB
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Redbeard on November 25, 2018, 05:58:51 AM
Here's an interesting read.

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/22646759/restoring-history-creating-wow-classic-panel-recap

RB
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on November 25, 2018, 10:51:15 AM
That was an extremely nice write up.  Thanks a lot, I appreciate you posting it.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Shanni on December 03, 2018, 05:40:09 PM
I would probably play. Maybe. Possibly.
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Larknight on December 09, 2018, 12:38:46 PM
Shanni that doesn't sound all that positive
Title: Re: Blizzard to re-release Classic WoW Server!
Post by: Kailef on December 09, 2018, 01:36:27 PM
It doesn't does it?