It was pretty much out of the blue and totally unexpected but after an impromptu brainstorming session for a new WoD achievement, Jonathan LeCraft (Sr. Game Designer at Blizzard) sent me the following DM about my very own Cymre NPC.
My eyes grew wide as I stared at the text.
As a veteran player, my love for the game has never waned so to have a virtual representation of my beloved character after nine years is a dream come true. You only have to look at the list of Blizzard and Community References currently in-game to know a lot of people have made an impact and it appeared I had too. I couldn’t believe it, I would actually be making an appearance as an NPC like El of El’s Anglin’ and Beanni of WarcraftPets fame. Funnily enough, it was a subject I had written about previously but my ideas have changed somewhat since then.
During the last beta, I was lucky enough to get an early invite so I was itching to see what MoP had to offer. This included a lot of zone exploration and the genesis of my Wild Pet series. Funnily enough, it was a while before I tried any pet battling since I never played Pokemon so this little side game was kind of lost on me. However, I was soon hooked after a couple of battles.
My first encounter became the foundation of my beginner’s guide – Getting Started in Pet Battles. You can read about my early experiences with pet battles and my hysterical first match with my moonkin against a critter. Oh if only I did videos back then. Maybe Cool still remembers me almost sliding off my chair as I almost died from cuteness overload. At the same time, I was interested in testing the archaeology changes which eventually led to all the novelty items I’ve encountered and subsequent archaeology section of the blog.
When it came to my NPC, I asked if Cymre could wear her trademark outfit but I wasn’t sure if any customisation would be possible (like some of the NPCs I’ve seen) with edited pieces. Her current look was created in WMV and Photoshop so they don’t necessarily exist like this in-game.
The pants were cropped to look like shorts since I really liked the conventional look of the upper half but the bottom portion was just plain ugly. Unfortunately, there weren’t any boots I wanted to use so after looking through every possible option in WMV (which is no small feat), these sneakers worked out perfectly. It turns out they are a recoloured version of the mage CM set but I couldn’t help but notice how well they matched the shorts. The sunglasses would ideally look like Gunnars but sadly they don’t look as cool in-game.
After the first preliminary screenshot (which looked similar to what you see above), I couldn’t help but tweak her a little. I had a quick look in MogIt to see if I could come up with a decent alternative – that way I could stick with in-game items while still keeping the same look. About an hour later, I ended up getting something pretty similar.
This morning I woke up to find a lot of congratulatory tweets as my NPC (just one of several) had made it into the alpha so I’d like to thank everyone who has shared my excitement and especially Blizzard who continues to feed my imagination in this spectacular virtual world.
P.S I look forward to posting my own Cymre Brightblade strat as well as reading your own but one question remains: in a battle with myself, who will be victorious? There can be only one! :D
Edit: here’s the video when I first saw her in-game.
Wow! That’s awesome! Congrats!!!!
Oh my goodness! Congratulations!!! That is awesome! Your dream came true!
Very very awesome! Congrats!
OMG! This is so cool!
Oh, wow, Cymre! What an honor! Congrats!
I’d better start working on leveling up more pets so that I can attempt to take you on :P
Wow, that’s awesome! Grats! :D
OMG!! This is awkward, this means we’re going to have to try to beat your pets up. Thinking about it it’s going to be even more strange for you. I can’t wait to see what you’re wearing. Congratulations!
I actually just saw this in the DB on WoWhead, HAD to come here and say congrats Cym! OMG what an honor, you totally deserve it! :D
Congratulations, that’s amazing and well deserved :)
Heard about this from Euphyley and had to share my excitement and happiness for you right away. Congrats!
Hey Cym, that is awesome and a big thumbs up from Blizzard for you. Grats.
That is so cool I am so thrilled for you!
Congrats again, Cymre Jones! :D Love all your posts about pets and pet battles. Well deserved! Keep up the great work :)
WoW Congrats Cymre! You deserved it!
Congratulations!!!! How exciting!!!
Huge congratulations to you on a very, very well deserved accolade. I can’t think of anyone more deserving, and I love your NPC so much.
I’ve been out of things for ages now due to ill health and study. A couple of nights ago I finally logged back in to WoW and played for a while, (the boost to pet XP was too much to resist). There I am, knocking off some long overdue pet achievements when I see a name I recognise. Can it be? I hop on Google to find I have, indeed, missed out on all the fun of your big moment. I really am so happy for you.
Your NPC proved to be hugely challenging, though I was able to take victory by a whisker. I still can’t defeat her with an Elekk Plushie on my team though. Must keep trying. At least I have someone fun to go and hang out with in Gorgrond now ^.^
P.S. Sorry this is so belated, but I had to let you know how happy I was for you.
Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. :D
I’m sorry to hear you’ve been ill but glad to read you’re back and able to have some fun in-game.
Some people have been tweeting me their pics when they come to visit me so they’ve been fun to see.
If you’re after an Elekk win, you can try my strat on youtube or my Elekk page. I’m not sure if you have a Blossoming Ancient but it’s the team I’ve been using for about 6 months now.