Blizzcon 2011: Metzen Could Write Another World of Warcraft Book, If He Could ‘Sack Up’

Blizzard Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen once wrote a novel based on the World of Warcraft lore he helped design and create, called World of Warcraft: Of Blood and Honor.

Published way back in 2000, the book is part of a huge compendium of World of Warcraft lore and more than a few novels available right now. But despite being responsible for a great deal of the huge amount of story present in the World of Warcraft universe, Of Blood and Honor is the only novel Metzen himself has penned solo.

During the WoW Story and Lore panel at Blizzcon 2011, one fan asked Metzen if he might ever consider penning another WoW novelization. But while Metzen spoke passionately about WoW’s characters, plots, worlds and stories throughout the panel, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be diving into prose again anytime soon.

“You know, it was terrifying writing that, you know what I mean?” Metzen said during the panel. “I think as a writer I feel very goofy about the way I sling words together. Game dialog is one thing, but the prose thing was really hard for me. So I’ve pretty much been chicken all these years.”

Referring to Dave Kosak, lead quest designer and another of the game’s writers who also answering questions on the panel, Metzen said, “We’ll let Davey do it.”

For his part, Kosak just released “Sylvanas Windrunner: Edge of Night,” a WoW-based short story you can read or download right here.

But it doesn’t sound like Metzen himself plans to write anything beyond what makes it into the game anytime soon.

“Maybe one day,” Metzen said. “Maybe one day I’ll sack up and dig it out. I do enjoy writing but it’s terrifying. It’s terrifying. I write at kind of an eighth grade level.”

Although Kosak put in with something of a creepy demonic command the words “Do it. Do it,” it sounds like fans will have to harass Metzen a whole lot more if they hope to get another novel out of him.

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