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Post by Prefoxfoxfox on Tue 26 May 2015, 4:14 pm

Last year, we made a popular guide to in-game tributes to community members and Blizzard staff. With the launch of the new expansion Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard added many new references so we’ve updated our list for 2014!

This guide looks at Blizzard staff and WoW players who have their names referenced in WoW in some form--items, NPCs, quests, locations. 

Did you know the NPCs placating the angry townsfolk inОчищение Стратхольма are named after the Customer Service team? Perhaps you've tamed Призрачный Краб in Vash'jir, answered Blizzard Historian Старший историк Эвелина's questions on the Timeless Isle, bought battle pets from Бреанни, or found  Необычный перстень-печатки Перкулии in Pandaria :)

We're happy to include additional references, but we've deliberately left out some items and details based on privacy concerns and requests.

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Wowhead Staff

Many Wowhead staff members received items in Warlords of Draenor:

Previously, several staff members received tributes:

Blizzard Employees

When reading this section, it's good to note that designers name items after each other for fun--they don't usually name items after themselves.

Alex Ackerman

Alex Ackerman is a PR writer for Blizzard. Her NPC, Алекси Хакеркам, shows up in the Alliance Garrison and sells useful crafting recipes.

Alex "Furor" Afrasiabi

Alex "Furor" Afrasiabi, now the Creative Designer for WoW, has a number of items stretching back to vanilla WoW:

Alexander "Xelnath" Brazie

Former Encounter Designer Alexander Brazie had an eclectic series of items named after him:

Ben Brode


To learn more about the life of a Blizzard Historian, check out WoW Insider's interview with Sean Copeland.

Brian "Desvin" Holinka

PvP Designer Brian Holinka is an Alliance Pandaria PvP vendor (Воитель Голин) and the Horde Pandaria PvP vendor, Ру Десвин, is named after his forum nickname

On the eastern beach in Ashran, Брайан Холинка can be found with Крис Калейки. Both wearing Season 16 Elite gear—the warrior and monk sets.

Chris Kaleiki

Game designer Chris Kaleiki has an awesome twink weapon,  Потерянный тренировочный посох Калейки, and Wrath NPC (Штейгер Калейки) named after him. Check out more of his thoughts on game design on his MMO game design blog.

On the eastern beach in Ashran, Крис Калейки can be found with Брайан Холинка. Both wearing Season 16 Elite gear—the warrior and monk sets.

Chris Kowalski

Chris Kowalski is a senior sound designer.

Chris Metzen


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Cory Stockton


Customer Service in Culling of Stratholme

In Очищение Стратхольма, several townsfolk are named after Blizzard Customer Service. Ironically, much of their dialogue is tied to placating angry citizens about the grain shipment.

Dave "Fargo" Kosak

Before working at Blizzard, Lead Narrative Designer Dave Kosak worked at Gamesply and wrote the Flintlocke comic series, featuring Fargo and Flintlocke, a confused Warrior who wants to be a Hunter and rides a dead ram mount and has annoyed Ironforge in spite of being a dwarf.

Many followers that can be recruited from the Inn are references to Flintlocke:

Dorothy Tu

Dorothy is an internal communications coordinator at Blizzard. Her NPC, Дороти "Двойка", is the Alliance Garrison Fur Trader.

Eric Dodds

The mystery of Edward the Odd’s identity was solved on Twitter—it was revealed that Lead Designer for Hearthstone Eric Dodds was the reference for all the purposely mismatching Edward the Odd items:  Рука Эдварда Странного Воля Эдварда Странного Перстень Эдварда Странного Наплечье Эдварда Странного Ботфорты Эдварда Странного.

Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street



Interns

According to a comment on Аргонис Солнечное Сердце's page, several Garrison followers are named after Blizzard interns. We'd love to know more information, if you can direct us to other interns with followers, leave a comment!

Jeffrey "Tigole" Kaplan

Former Game Director Jeffrey Kaplan (moved to Titan, now Overwatch) has some humorous test items:  Всезахламитель Тиголя and  [Tigole's Boomstick (TEST)]. He also has the  Гарпун Тигуля from old Zul'Gurub. He's paired up with Foror in the Children's Week delicacy  Клубничное мороженое Тигуля и Форора and the AV item  Картина Форора и Тигуля с подписями мастеров.
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Jeremy Feasel

Джереми Фитиль is the Master Pet Trainer at the Darkmoon Faire. Defeating his team, which is no small feat, has a small chance to reward you with  Око Новолуния. In real life, Jeremy Feasel is a Senior Game Designer who recently worked on Garrisons and the Timeless Isle. Кристоф фон Физель is named after his brother, who is engaged in eternal sibling rivalry between his fireworks hat and boastful dialogue.

Joe Rumsey

Lead Software Engineer Joe Rumsey has a series of strong beverages named after him:  Ром Ромси Ром Ромси "Черный ярлык" Светлое пиво капитана Ромси Черный ром Ромси Белый ром Ромси, and  Рецепт: светлое пиво капитана Ромси.

Jonathan LeCraft

 Удочка Умейки: Sr. Game Designer Jonathan LeCraft is referenced in this unused legendary fishing pole which matches  Старый Хитрюга

He also shows up in Shrine of Seven Stars: Джонатан Ле Карф (a tribute to his original hardcore Diablo III character, whose dialogue is the death message) and as Ремеслий Мозголом before he racial changed to gnome.

His latest appearance is as Ремеслий Мозголом, the Ashran quartermaster who can drop every romance novel, including  Скабрезный любовный роман: "Необузданные страсти".

Kevin Jordan

Former Game Designer Kevin Jordan, now at Cryptozoic, worked on Diablo and WoW. There's a series of items named after him like  Кушак Джордана and the popular  Старинный посох Джордана.

Kieu Le

Киу is named after Licensing Coordinator Kieutipie and the follower has her signature pink hair!

Lake Dumont

Lake Dumont is home to a group of NPCs from the same Blizzard team, according to BlizzCon 2010. They are stranded on an island with a crumbling tower--some NPCs are dancing, while others are on the lookout or asleep.

The NPCs include the following: Брандан ВандерпулБрайан ХорнКейси ФултонДжейк ПеттонДжуда МелерДжонни СурпЛарисса БусселЛукас МериноМэри Энн СкуересМатиас ВолькертРайан СлайСом Вандерпул.

Monte Krol

The BoE  Клинок Крола has grown up each expansion:  Колун Крола Лабрисса Крола Ятаган Крола, and finally an elite Крол Клинок. Possible reference to Lead Tools Engineer Monte Krol.

New Hearthglen

The Horde questline in Dragonblight taking players to New Hearthglen references many Blizzard employees.

The Night Watch

This series of guards in Duskwood is named after Blizzard employees, such as Дозорный Додс for Lead Hearthstone Designer Eric Dodds, Дозорный Келлер for Lead Level Designer Aaron Keller, and Дозорный Петрас for Art Director Bill Petras.

Olivia Grace

Olivia currently works on Warcraft and eSports for Blizzard, but you may know her from her time at Wowhead assisting with news and co-hosting Wowhead Weekly. Previously she was WoW Insider's PvP and add-on columnist, as well as host Legendary at Gamebreaker TV.

Pat Nagle

Pat Nagle is a Senior Game Designer who is the namesake of everyone's favorite fisherman:

Quality Assurance Ship

The NPCs on The Assurance, a ship docked in Stormwind Harbor due to bugs, are tributes to the Wrath of the Lich King QA team.

Капитан Пол Резчик was the lead QA Analyst and has funny observations on the ship related to QA:

  • "We were all set to sail into Northrend, but we've noticed a severe number of pests aboard our ship."

  • "Before we can set sail to Northrend, we've got to eliminate our pest problem aboard the Assurance."

  • "The Assurance has somehow become inundated with bugs and we are unable to set sail to Northrend."


Other members of the team are present:

Russel Brower

Рассел Брауер: In the creative quest  Автор слов и музыки..., players help Рассел Брауер write a song and pick the lyrics. Russel Brower is the Director of Audio/Video and his music can be heard in WoW, Diablo, and StarCraft.

Samwise Didler

Сэм ВайзSamwise Didler is the Art Director at Blizzard and was responsible for the Pandaren concept art.

Scott "Daelo" Mercer

Scott "Daelo" Mercer was the former Lead Encounter Designer for WoW. Around the time he switched departments,  Последние слова Даэло was added. Several NPCs also are named after him, such as Старейшина Даэло in Jade Forest.

Terran Gregory

Терран "Судья" Грегори: Terran Justice Gregory works on the cinematic team, and notable projects include the South Park episode "Make Love Not Warcraft" and the Demon Hunter cinematic. Relatives include Джуди ГрегориДевид Грегори, and Божественная Мария.

Tom "Kalgan" Chilton


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Ashran

Many high-level PvPers received tribute NPCs in Ashran—they are captains who aid you when your team is behind, or can be summoned with  Свисток капитана

Their models include neat tributes to their favored classes--for example, Алана Ветряная Шкура is an armored moonkin, andЭлиотт ван Рук is wearing PvP mage gear.

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Horde:

Кимилин: Named after a dedicated PvPer who passed away from cancer earlier this year. Learn more about her involvement in PvP here. Her dialogue has the touching tribute “My body has fallen, but my spirit rises. I will always be with you.”
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Elitist Jerks

The Elitist Jerks forum community, based on Horde Mal’Ganis, is very close-knit. Many long-time forum posters received items named after them in Warlords of Draenor:
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Several notable items are  Передвижной отряд громил, named after the infamous guild Goon Squad, and  Настойчивость Тории and  Незрячий глаз Тории, which were named after Toria, the GM of Goon Squad, who overcame a tumor in his eye.
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