WoW Plague
September 19, 2005 10:23 AM   Subscribe

Plague in World of Warcraft.
posted by srboisvert (59 comments total)

 
But...isn't WoW a game?
posted by jikel_morten at 10:30 AM on September 19, 2005


Everyone in WoW has AIDS!
posted by driveler at 10:32 AM on September 19, 2005


Metafilter: Inside is the god of blood, Hakkar
posted by tpl1212 at 10:37 AM on September 19, 2005


FEMA will save them , no?
posted by R. Mutt at 10:41 AM on September 19, 2005


Hahah, that's crazy, apparently it's not 'supposed' to spread this quickly, and GM are trying to quarantine people. Bizarre.
posted by delmoi at 10:42 AM on September 19, 2005


I bet famine is next. MEALS™, anyone?
posted by sciurus at 10:42 AM on September 19, 2005


FEMA will save them , no?
posted by R. Mutt at 10:41 AM PST on September 19


George Bush doesn't care about mages.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 10:43 AM on September 19, 2005 [1 favorite]


Always remember... when you play World of Warcraft with someone, you are also playing with every other person that person has ever played World of Warcraft with.

So, what I'm saying is... always wear a condom when playing World of Warcraft.
posted by tittergrrl at 10:49 AM on September 19, 2005


Hahaha. This is brilliant. Their only problem is that the disease is more like Smallpox or the Plague and not HIV. But other than that...
posted by sbutler at 10:51 AM on September 19, 2005


A video someone made of spreading the disease around an area in the game

Funny in a very grief-y way. All the bodies.

THE HORROR. THE HORROR!
posted by tittergrrl at 10:56 AM on September 19, 2005


So like, this one time, on this MUD...
posted by fleacircus at 10:59 AM on September 19, 2005


I read about this on Friday, and I think it's awsome! (Sadly there has not been an outbreak on my server, Lightning's Blade) It looks like it was unintended, though, which is disappointing, because this would be a really cool world event, that could lead up quests to strive for a cure. And whichever side found the cure first (Alliance or Horde) would be better off.
posted by emptybowl at 10:59 AM on September 19, 2005


Looks like I picked the right week to start playing Guild Wars.
posted by WolfDaddy at 11:00 AM on September 19, 2005


I don't understand this whole WOW thing. Maybe I need to stay in more.
posted by brautigan at 11:02 AM on September 19, 2005


Heard about this from a friend who plays, sounded awesome. Apparently quite a few people are having fun with it - bringing into the always jam-packed auction house in Ironforge until the floor is covered with the corpses of low level characters.

I've also heard (from a less reliable source) that on one server a few people actually stood guard over the Ironforge exits bouncing it back and forth so that nobody could get in or out of the city without getting hit by it. Hilarious if true.
posted by Ryvar at 11:03 AM on September 19, 2005


The fools need but to steep the lot of players in a bath of limes and the blood of a virgin whale. That be the normal cure for plague and pox on my ships!

In truth, that is right cool. If they didn't do it on purpose, I hope the wobbly-kneed dogs at least roll with it and have the cure in-game, instead of just patching it out.
posted by freebird at 11:03 AM on September 19, 2005


Freebird I hear it got hot-patched very, very quickly, but that's strictly second-hand info.
posted by Ryvar at 11:08 AM on September 19, 2005


Very cool idea, but I also guess the developers didn't expect it to work quite like that. My boring 2 cents says a patch comes tout suite.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:10 AM on September 19, 2005


"If they didn't do it on purpose, I hope the wobbly-kneed dogs at least roll with it and have the cure in-game, instead of just patching it out."

I assume they're patching it out. A similar situation happened during beta: There was a boss that cast a spell called "Living Bomb" on characters, that made them explode after a certain amount of time and hurt the people around them. There was a situation where a character (a Hunter or Warlock) would have Living Bomb cast on their pet, and they would dismiss the pet before it blew. When the pet was called again, usually in a largely populated area, the Living Bomb would explode, and bring much hilarity. They changed the spell so that is was dispelled if you left the zone in which it was cast, though, so players can't do that anymore. I assume they'll do the same thing to the plague spell.
posted by emptybowl at 11:11 AM on September 19, 2005


Sounds like the Devs are having problems wiping it out:

"It appears that the hotfix remedy concocted to combat the recent Azerothian outbreak has not yielded desired results. At this time, our medical staff is continuing to develop an effective cure. We look forward to ensuring the health and vitality of the citizens of Azeroth in the near future." - WoW Forum
posted by emptybowl at 11:18 AM on September 19, 2005


A video someone made of spreading the disease around an area in the game

So the sound of your imminent death is a kind of "splugphfff." How sad.
posted by gwint at 11:25 AM on September 19, 2005


Good Lord... they're stacking nerd bodies 20 high in the public park!

This is genocide, I tell you... GENOCIDE!!!!
posted by BobFrapples at 11:28 AM on September 19, 2005


This askMe thread is particularly...timely.
posted by tpl1212 at 11:37 AM on September 19, 2005


Wow, just WoW.

Sorry.
posted by basicchannel at 11:40 AM on September 19, 2005


Dangit.

And to think I cancelled my account, just as this horrible plague of doom and destruction started to infect Azeroth.

No plague for me! No plague for me! Nyah!
posted by spinifex23 at 11:47 AM on September 19, 2005


Blizzard doesn't care about noobs.
posted by Navek Rednam at 11:48 AM on September 19, 2005


I wondered why the auction house was always full of skeletons, lately.
posted by ook at 11:48 AM on September 19, 2005


Cool. Now if the plague will just wipe out all of the players, all of the servers, and anyone who has anything to do with this monstrous waste of time, talent and energy, we'll all be better off.
posted by spincycle at 11:56 AM on September 19, 2005


Great MP3 link in that AskMe thread.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:03 PM on September 19, 2005


Cool. Now if the plague will just wipe out all of the players, all of the servers, and anyone who has anything to do with this monstrous waste of time, talent and energy, we'll all be better off.

...said the metafilter member, hilariously.
posted by sonofsamiam at 12:04 PM on September 19, 2005


...said the metafilter member, hilariously.

JRun is doing a pretty good job on our end.
posted by sbutler at 12:14 PM on September 19, 2005


emptybowl! Fellow Lightning's Bladian!
I heard it spread in SW for a bit, but I never saw it... dang.
posted by Billegible at 12:23 PM on September 19, 2005


> I bet famine is next. MEALS™, anyone?
Just CHOW™, please. I don't need the added fat and sugar.

posted by Wolfdog at 12:24 PM on September 19, 2005


Obviously I made an error in choosing which MMORPG to become obsessed with.

*wants to watch more people die with a squish*
posted by kosher_jenny at 12:25 PM on September 19, 2005


emptybowl! Fellow Lightning's Bladian!
I heard it spread in SW for a bit, but I never saw it... dang.


Ah, I'm horde, so that's probably why I've never seen it. What's you name, SO I CAN KILL YOU?

Cool. Now if the plague will just wipe out all of the players, all of the servers, and anyone who has anything to do with this monstrous waste of time, talent and energy, we'll all be better off.

I'm not even going to dignify this with a response. (Oh wait, I just did....DAMMIT!!)
posted by emptybowl at 12:32 PM on September 19, 2005


This is strangely amusing, although I have never played an MMORPG.
posted by grouse at 12:35 PM on September 19, 2005


I'm still playing the browser-based zombie survival game, Urban Dead which someone recommended here last month. No plagues there.

A lot of Metafilter readers tried it and the servers were slowed for days but they moved the game to a new server two weeks ago and things are much better.

There are now about 25,000 active players which pales in comparison to the numbers playing World of Warcraft. I'd be curious to find out who's still playing Urban Dead.
posted by notmtwain at 12:41 PM on September 19, 2005


*splort*
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:42 PM on September 19, 2005


Ah, I'm horde, so that's probably why I've never seen it. What's you name, SO I CAN KILL YOU?

Odds are good we've killed each other a few times. See you in AB! :D
posted by Billegible at 12:44 PM on September 19, 2005


bring out your dead ... bring out your dead ...
posted by pyramid termite at 12:55 PM on September 19, 2005


Cool. Now if the plague will just wipe out all of the players, all of the servers, and anyone who has anything to do with this monstrous waste of time, talent and energy, we'll all be better off.

Thanks for blessing the blue with your exaltedness, O' Wondrous Internet Blogger of Coolness (tm). Now shut the hell up.
posted by NationalKato at 12:56 PM on September 19, 2005


I'm still in Urban Dead. It's evolved into something interesting -- there are various human factions and groups, one group of humans has organized and annexed a suburb, and is killing non-members... a Zombie horde from the Something Awful forums called The Many is shambling around destroying safehouses, and a rag tag group of Penny Arcade regulars is trying to defend a mall against them.

Fun stuff, fun stuff.

--30--
posted by verb at 1:07 PM on September 19, 2005


It'll be interesting to see how this pans out.

MMORP's are excellent resources in studying human behavior, as they're really the only truly closed systems.

A good example are the market forces inside of everquest that follow well established economic principles.

Hopefully they create an NPC character class who collect the dead piling up in the street and the all the rich players start isolating themselves inside of remote châteaus.
posted by punch_the_mayor at 1:38 PM on September 19, 2005


This plague is awesome. Hardly counts as a plague, though. It infects your character for 3-4 seconds, deals a good amount of damage, and spreads to basically everyone nearby.

That's what makes putting it in IF fun. Soo many people, infect, then get reinfected. Blood squirting everywhere.

Chaos.
posted by graventy at 1:48 PM on September 19, 2005


Reading threads and posts about WoW makes me understand how jonmc feels when he reads threads and posts about Burning Man.
posted by fandango_matt at 2:01 PM on September 19, 2005


In tha' spirit o' Pirate Day, landlubbers:
Pirate Guild Confronts WoW GM
posted by NationalKato at 2:09 PM on September 19, 2005


I was in Ironforge on Uther on Saturday when this hit for the first time. I think it was the first time -- people were running around like crazy and had no idea what was going on. I wasn't killed immediately, fortunately. I just stood in a corner and watched the chaos. People had a theory that if you went PVP it wouldn't affect you. Then other people had a theory that the whole thing was a Horde plot and as soon as everybody went PVP a bunch of Horde were going to swoop in and kill everyone.

I logged out and logged in a few hours later, figuring it would be over. It was still going on, and the ground was basically covered in dead bodies. It was pretty amusing. The lag is always horrible in Ironforge, so I'm sure a lot of people logged in and found themselves dead before they could move. That would probably have been less amusing.
posted by jlub at 2:13 PM on September 19, 2005


Man, just have to say, with a 5? priest on Dalaran I would have loved to see this come around our server just to experience it. No--really, even though I love the game and this is the first MMORPGOMWGWTFBBQ I've played and it's really wonderfully planned out -- it is starting to get a tad stale now and then. An event like this where my class is in a more rare position to help (Cure Disease, Flash Heals, etc), this would have made a rockin' Saturday night.

Yes, I realize I've just outed myself as hopelessly geeky. So there.

DALARAN HORDE FTW
posted by cavalier at 2:36 PM on September 19, 2005


That would probably have been less amusing.

I don't know about that.
posted by Busithoth at 2:50 PM on September 19, 2005


Just dinged 60 with my undead warrior today on the Garona server. Ironically, my character is currently in an in-game region called "The Plaguelands" that is, at least currently, plague-free. If the Zul'Gurub plague doesn't spread to the Plaguelands, I must admit that I'll be a little disappointed.

Hrrmm.. I wonder if there's anything I can do to increase the contagion vectors.
posted by sfslim at 3:39 PM on September 19, 2005


Geek Plague!!!!

GEEEEEEEKKKKKK PLLLLLAAAAAAGUEEEEE!!

Hey, its better than Geek Plaque.

I'm just bitter and jealous of people with the free time to waste on WoW.
posted by fenriq at 3:43 PM on September 19, 2005


Haven't seen or heard of this on Kargath. Maybe no one has killed Hakkar on our server yet.

My guild wiped repeatedly on the shape changing spider boss in ZG.
posted by turbodog at 4:35 PM on September 19, 2005


I don't know about this WOW or any videogames, really, but I must inform you I fell victim to the great index finger pinball tendonitis epidemic of the late 70's.
posted by surplus at 7:05 PM on September 19, 2005


World of Epidemiologycraft!

SILENCE = NERF
posted by sfslim at 7:05 PM on September 19, 2005


No sign of it on my server in IF or SW, and no guildmates have seen it either.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:38 PM on September 19, 2005


Here is a video my guild made on Blackrock of infecting people in the Orgrimmar Auction House / Bank with the aids.

I'm not in it, I was busy infecting Arathi Basin and Kargath.

MUHAAHAHHAA

http://media.putfile.com/ThePlague94
posted by Lizc at 7:50 PM on September 19, 2005


I have low level characters on both Azjol-Nerub and Windrunnder and haven't run across the plague yet. Then again, I didn't play much this weekend.
posted by deborah at 7:53 PM on September 19, 2005


Still in Urban Dead (was in it before the Mefi FPP), still running solo (no factions for me, though it is entertaining to read the Wiki on all the goings-on in north Malton, so I'm thinking of heading up there just to poke around). I stopped leveling, though. Got all the skills I wanted, and now just wandering about with 1100 XP and nothing to spend it on.
posted by linux at 9:02 AM on September 20, 2005


I'm in Urban Dead as well, there's a pretty large group of Monkeyfilterites playing, we have a board and a chat and a super-nifty-keen editable barricades map. So that's really fun. We've been protecting Giddings Mall in Pitneybank, where a lot of the PA people are holed up, only we're on the down-low as per the wiki (which was basically cribbed from our popular wiki, damnit!) Though we've gone roadtripping now, and are in a variety of other interesting places.

I'm playing some alts too, though I like my main the best, since it's in a group.
posted by livii at 8:45 PM on September 20, 2005


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