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A reddit user shared some highlights of his exploration of Vanilla, TBC and WotLK using a variety of tricks.

 

A lot of us who've played Vanilla at some point went and visited Hyal by suiciding through the inactive raid portal, but there were other ways to creatively explore the world around as well. Redditor jarrodnb recently remembered his time in TBC/early WotLK and how he would use the jump bug (where you wouldn't fall off a slope, regardless of how steep it was, if you timed it just right), among other things, to take a look at some of the less often seen vistas and quite a few secrets hidden away behind terrain (remember, at the time you could only fly in Outland, so a lot of these vantage points may seem normal to you, but were very special back then).

There's a whole album of his exploits (both in the "game breaking" and  the "interesting things he did" sense) and you should really give it a look, as it has interesting comments about the zones and how he got there and plays out like one big story. Here are some highlights:

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"I had always wondered where Nightbane was before he flew onto the balcony"

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"Next up, I had heard about the early "outland" hidden away in VC."

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"Looks like an early version of Howling Fjord is tucked away inside UK. I can't believe how many secrets are hidden away inside the instanced versions of dungeons"

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"I eventually worked up the courage to actually explore GM island, so I busted out my old "bridge" file. One of my "mates" said in "type /who gm island" in trade chat, I was spammed with randoms asking how I got there. I quickly logged off in terror."

 

Big thanks to jarrodnb for sharing (part of) his exploration journey and reminding us of our own exploration attempts (even if it was just swimming around the edges of the continents)!

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I lost a lot of my screen shots from vanilla when the first system i played on gave up the ghost. I really miss them. My favorite was the area around hyjal from vanilla. It had yellow saw horses up with construction tape listing the area as under construction. It was not that tremendous of a screen shot though it was a good one. What i really wanted to remember was the first time i put in the effort to climb to a normally inaccessible area. At the start of the climb in winterspring were elite demons and if you pulled one you were dead. Then you had to face into the hill and climb up, there were some tricky jumps as well. No big deal now with abilities like heroic leap and disengage. At the top was probably the highest point i had been in vanilla wow, possible exception colossus in feralas, and to get back down one suicided or brought  a parachute or in my case a pally chute in the form of divine shield.

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15 hours ago, breck said:

What i really wanted to remember was the first time i put in the effort to climb to a normally inaccessible area. 

For me, it wasn't making the climb myself, but the first time I saw someone in an area I thought was impossible to get to. I remember taking a screenshot of someone on top of Stormwind's walls and sending it to people asking if he was hacking. 

It was then that I was introduced to this wonderful world of jumping :p

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My favorite area (well, not an AREA exactly but my favorite spot to mess with people's heads) was Newman's Landing\Unknown\Nowhere.  Never did spot the rumored lvl 1 toon blink ins, but from a technical perspective it was still pretty interesting.  IIRC 'Westfall' took up about 80% of the total map as Location 0.

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23 hours ago, MrEdren said:

My favorite area (well, not an AREA exactly but my favorite spot to mess with people's heads) was Newman's Landing\Unknown\Nowhere.  Never did spot the rumored lvl 1 toon blink ins, but from a technical perspective it was still pretty interesting.  IIRC 'Westfall' took up about 80% of the total map as Location 0.

It's a shame they fixed it to be part of Dun Morogh now :(

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17 hours ago, PatrickHenry said:

...amazing work... 

On the level of 1-100 Panda farming 'amazing,' dare I say.

It really does make you realise that some people play this game completely differently from the way you do!

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1 hour ago, Blainie said:

It's a shame they fixed it to be part of Dun Morogh now :(

Agreed, but there had to be some reason behind it.  Maybe flying over it would have been a Bad Thing.

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51 minutes ago, MrEdren said:

Agreed, but there had to be some reason behind it.  Maybe flying over it would have been a Bad Thing.

Imagine if it just insta-DC'd you every time you went near it, so people then had to find another way to sneak in. THE ADVENTURES!

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Kind of surprised that didn't happen, tbh - you were, however, able to use it as a fast travel to Icecrown for awhile (and vice versa, Icecrown to Westfall).  My understanding was basically that they designated 'Westfall' as the error\failover location to put people if the game couldn't figure out where they were supposed to be.

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On 12/6/2016 at 2:35 PM, MrEdren said:

Kind of surprised that didn't happen, tbh - you were, however, able to use it as a fast travel to Icecrown for awhile (and vice versa, Icecrown to Westfall).  My understanding was basically that they designated 'Westfall' as the error\failover location to put people if the game couldn't figure out where they were supposed to be.

You could have the best invasion wargames if they left stuff like this in - it'd be amazing.

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9 minutes ago, Blainie said:

You could have the best invasion wargames if they left stuff like this in - it'd be amazing.

True.  Sort of like if you took a raiding party into Gorgrond and teleported everyone to Timeless Isle.  The fire-cows would never see it coming.

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34 minutes ago, MrEdren said:

True.  Sort of like if you took a raiding party into Gorgrond and teleported everyone to Timeless Isle.  The fire-cows would never see it coming.

Exactly. They should stage things where you can mass teleport players into areas for invasion-style world PvP.

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2 minutes ago, Blainie said:

Exactly. They should stage things where you can mass teleport players into areas for invasion-style world PvP.

Shameful as it is to admit, I actually didn't even know that teleport existed until about 2 weeks before WOD ended.

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10 hours ago, MrEdren said:

Shameful as it is to admit, I actually didn't even know that teleport existed until about 2 weeks before WOD ended.

THE SHAME. But for real, sometimes it takes a bit of time to revisit old stuff!

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10 hours ago, Blainie said:

THE SHAME. But for real, sometimes it takes a bit of time to revisit old stuff!

Well, it wasn't something I went looking for and there aren't really any quests in that part of the zone.  

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41 minutes ago, MrEdren said:

Well, it wasn't something I went looking for and there aren't really any quests in that part of the zone.  

Yeah, exactly. I imagine you must have either seen something that reminded you of it or you flew over it by mistake

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2 hours ago, Blainie said:

Yeah, exactly. I imagine you must have either seen something that reminded you of it or you flew over it by mistake

Actually, a guildie at the time asked me if I knew about it.  Thought he was putting me on at first - who goes and sits at a campfire, then expects to end up under the ocean off timeless isle?

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On 12/8/2016 at 3:49 PM, MrEdren said:

Actually, a guildie at the time asked me if I knew about it.  Thought he was putting me on at first - who goes and sits at a campfire, then expects to end up under the ocean off timeless isle?

If you're someone that expects to find stuff like this, you might spend too much time looking for bugs :p

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