The World of Warcraft Diary

Created by John Staats

If you missed Kickstarter's most-funded nonfiction book in history, you can order it here! The WoW Diary was written by the game's first level designer and covers the story behind making Vanilla WoW. With over 130 behind-the-scenes images and 336 full-color pages, it is the must-have book about game development.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

4th, Achievements Scored
over 2 years ago – Sat, Sep 08, 2018 at 10:03:04 PM

The WoW Diary has reached a higher rank an the annals of Kickstarter history. We are #4 on the list of all-time most-funded non-fiction books. (Have you ever seen so many hyphens!?) Woot!

I was busy today making spot illustrations for next week's Wowhead article, that is ostensibly being published Monday (spoiler alert, I'm not going to make it!). It covers all my dungeons, so it's a long, long article. I'll continue working on art tomorrow. 

More art was processed for the overdue achievement updates. 100/300 points were earned from:

I got up at 6:30, so it's been a long day. Unfortunately, you can hear the fatigue in the video, but keen editing has removed most of my lassitude (I didn't use a thesaurus, I swear!) in today's live chat: 

over 2 years ago – Fri, Sep 07, 2018 at 10:54:22 PM

As we inch closer to the coveted status of Kickstarter's fourth most-funded non-fiction book of all time, I am happy to announce I bit the bullet and got the premier package for data management that will handle all the post-campaign reward processing. It's called Backerkit and it's the best chance a one-man show (like me) has in delivering the smoothest customer experience. I'm still learning its features, but the example they provided looks pretty slick. I'll go so far as to say, I was impressed. Other KS creators who are helping me's the most expensive--but it's the best. 

I still haven't made images for next week's Wowhead article. This is the big article, the liner notes to all my instanced dungeons, so I don't want to miss the chance of adding little spot illustrations, here and there...but I am swamped.  

In case you missed it, Danger Dolan, of the mighty YouTube Empire Planet Dolan interviewed me a while back. He contacted me after my last, disastrous crowd-funding campaign in April, and I sent him a copy of the entire book. He read it all the way through, and his interview went into a lot of depth. His Twitter DM to me still makes me proud: 

Hey man, book arrived a week ago and I just finished reading it - WOAH! This was even better than I was expecting, frankly I'm overwhelmed by the wealth of info in this book, incredible work! I would absolutely love to have a chat with you sometime, I have numerous questions and I really can't lavish my praise enough!

The following is today's live update video from my new Discord server in case you couldn't make it. I will be on the same server tomorrow at 6 PM EDT, if you have thoughts or questions about WoW or the campaign, swing by for a chat. 

Live Chat Tomorrow at 6 EST
over 2 years ago – Thu, Sep 06, 2018 at 10:19:22 PM

Before my interview on The Starting Zone podcast, I'll host a little get-together on my new Discord server Friday at 6 PM EST. I'll answer questions, take suggestions and get feedback. I've got questions for you guys too! It's good to start this now, while the campaign enters a quiet period (before the crazy finish). I hope to see you there. Hopefully this can be a regular thing. 

Next Wednesday at 4 PM EST I'm doing is another AMA about Vanilla WoW at reddit/classicwow. The moderators on reddit were impressed by the spike of activity from the first one, so this should be fun. If you miss it, I'll still answer posts until the thread dies its natural death, days later. A couple ex-teammates might show up (if they can, it's during the workday, after all, things happen). Relax, it's not Chris Mezten, they're worker bees, like me. 

Here's something fun. I'm looking into warehousing prices in Ohio. I never thought I'd be doing that. In the future, I'll be renting a truck and lugging books to Amazon fulfillment center in Twinsburg, Ohio.

I don't think we scored any achievements today, I haven't had time to look. 

First Achievement Points Almost Scored
over 2 years ago – Thu, Sep 06, 2018 at 07:39:08 AM

Achievements inched forward yesterday, the last two of which are going to be the first to score (a recent interview with Danger Dolan will push YouTube views over the top). The haikus and Venns weren't scoring as fast as I was hoping they would, I thought more people would have fun with them. A while back, I goofed around with a Venn. It was an interesting thought-exercise. Mine doesn't have anything to do with WoW but...

I impulsively ordered one last proofreading round before the book gets printed. I found another set of eyes to check out the project, and she'll be done in a few weeks. 

After 1 1/2 hours on the phone today, I'm closer to getting a data management packet to handle post-campaign sales, reward surveys, and, well, data. 

Speaking of typos, ignore the typos in this update. I updated the progress bars at 3 AM the morning. I got up at 7ish, so I'm a bit groggy today. I was on the phone for hours talking to friendly advisers to this project, and we're going to try a few things.

I can't say I'm working tirelessly. I'm wiped. 


Achievement System
over 2 years ago – Wed, Sep 05, 2018 at 09:10:34 AM

I've added an achievement system for an Easter egg-ridden bookmark I hope to include inside the hardcover edition of The WoW Diary. The achievements are for a variety of things like sharing the project with your friends, or silly things like writing haikus or making Venn diagrams. I'll add achievements as the campaign progresses. Their explanations are on the main Kickstarter page, but here is what I made so far:  

As you can see, I was busy all weekend tracking these numbers. I'll update the achievement progress bars every day. 

We're approaching the milestone of becoming the 4th most funded non-fiction book in Kickstarter history! Please help me in spreading the word!

Thank you so much!

- John Staats