Sorry, You Can't Spell Out Messages With Skeletons In WoW Classic

In vanilla World of Warcraft, as in life, skeletons were built to last. If you died somewhere and your flesh decayed to bone, your blanched, skinless husk would stick around for so long that you could die again and produce another right next to it. If you’ve spent more than several seconds around those of the game-liking persuasion, you will not be shocked to learn that a lot of people did exactly that. WoW Classic, however, won’t allow it.

This might strike you as a betrayal of everything WoW Classic stands for. It is, after all, supposed to be a resurrection of the pre-expansion “vanilla” WoW experience. But Blizzard is modernising that experience in subtle ways, and this is one of them. In a recent Reddit AMA, one fan noted that long-lasting skeletons used to serve a purpose, with big ol’ bone piles organically indicating dangerous areas. Senior test lead Josh “Aggrend” Greenfield agreed, but said that the feature was ultimately too abusable.

“While we understand that this was a flavorful part of Original WoW and the earlier expansions, individual players leaving multiple player corpses and skeletons throughout the game world can lead to behaviour such as spelling out advertisements, hate speech, and other negative messages,” Greenfield wrote. “As such, this will not be a part of WoW Classic.”

It’s a shame, but at the same time, I do remember seeing a lot of advertisements for illicit gold farming services spelled out in skeletons back in the day, so it’s probably for the best. For now, then, I suppose we’ll have to settle for leaving our own real bones in piles that vaguely spell out messages for passersby. It is, I’ll admit, a little old-fashioned, but isn’t that why we’re excited about games like WoW Classic in the first place?


    For now, then, I suppose we’ll have to settle for leaving our own real bones in piles that vaguely spell out messages for passersby.Isn't the Internet nothing but a mausoleum for housing the bones of our thoughts and opinions from times past?

      So you're saying rather than using bones to spell out messages, we're currently using messages to spell out bones? Deep, man.

      Fits with the old days of thread necromancy on gaming forums. +1 Confirm theory.

    Classic is a variation of the last classic patches 1.12 surprising number of changes were just to stop gold farmers and spammers, as well as griefing. (No blood curse or world boss training.)

    I feel like the main reason for this change was to stop the ads for gold farming service sites, they would basically hack a bunch of characters into the website address or name and teleport them to a huge height, and they would all fall and die, leaving the bone-ad there.

    It was hilarious to watch when it happened though.

      Yeah I can't remember ever seeing anything other than gold selling messages spelled out in corpses/skeletons. Possibly a dick or two as well...

    I remember once being outside the Ironforge AH when a bunch of naked level 1 humans fell out of the sky and landed on the ground to make an ad for a gold selling company.

    I remember this happening outside the Org auction house back in the day. Suddenly a horde of Orc or Troll females would come running in, somehow die in just the right place, and then it'd spell out some gold farming website.

    I get their reasons for removing it but it never bothered me. It was one of those janky things that made early Wow fun.

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