Vanilla WoW & The Burning Crusade
I was wondering, if it was accepted by the Rock Paper Shotgun administration to start an RPS Talk-a-thon about Vanilla WoW & The Burning Crusade being run on privately hosted servers by non-blizzard developers. There are some wonderful projects happening where you can get to relive the Vanilla & TBC experience for free, using developed Mango backbones to run the games as "Blizzlike" as possible. Blizzard do not actively shut down the servers as long as they do not have income as in a subscription fee. By not accepting a subscription fee nor a one time payment, they do not pose a direct threat to Blizzard.
I recently found a project which has been alive for more than a few years. It's scripted very neatly, aims to be as Blizzlike as possible and has constant updates as well as a thriving community with more than 3k concurrent players on their Vanilla Server and 2.5k concurrent players on their TBC Server. I'd like to "give back" to them by adding a club here where people can share their experience/thoughts/interest. I just need to find out if it's allowed by RPS.
Disclaimer: I absolutely do not see the same fantastic game that I did 7 years ago. Vanilla WoW is not at all the best part of WoW, nor is it more challenging. My personal interest in the project is to relive an old game that I used to find incredible, it is also funny to see how little was available compared to what there is now.
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The problem is that the code of WoW remains the property of Blizzard, so to run it you need their permission. Just because they do not seem to be actively hunting down the 'independent' servers does not mean they have Blizzard's blessing.
Now, you may argue that it is not doing Blizzard any harm, and in all likelyhood it isn't, but it is all about a company protecting its 'brand image', and, as far as I can see, there is no difference between this and the cheap knock-offs of 'designer' labels. So, enjoy your harmless nostalgia, but don't be surprised if big, bad Blizz get a bee in their bonnet and decide to bounce the interlopers off their black, shiny boots.
Spare me the moral speech. I contacted Blizzard with regards to Warcraft & Warcraft II. They said they did not currently offer the games and did not predict that to change. I asked if I could download it from non-Blizzard sources since I could not acquire it on other, legal ways, and they said they would not encourage it as it could potentially harm my system. There was not a single mention that they did not advise to do so as that would be an offense.
Originally Posted by Feldspar
Blizzard no longer supports World of Warcraft nor World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Surely, they own the code, surely part of it is in the current game World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, however the users of the privately hosted clients that do not run WoW: Cataclysm, would not play the newest version of the game if the privately hosted servers did not exist. The content is completely different than to what Blizzard offers and as such do not pose a threat of customer leeching by before mentioned private servers.
I am interested in Rock Paper Shotgun's stance on advertising/informing about this as it is two games that is never, ever coming back from the developer.