The Lost Vikings

 

 

I’m just a few days late, but I really wanted to participate and make a post about this;

 

My favourite pop culture reference or easter egg in the game. (Topic 34 over at Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenges.)

 

It was easy to decide, which one I would mention. There was no doubt actually.

If I was better in English (I know, I do fine for my little blog, but you know) I would make a much longer post, analyzing, talking about how it all began for Blizzard, their games throughout the years, how things have changed and how you as a company has to move forward, make tough decisions, and how I admire it.

But this will have to do. πŸ™‚

 


 

The reference that is my favorite is The Lost Vikings.

 

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If some of you are unaware of this game; The Lost Vikings was one of the first games ever made by Blizzard, back in 1993.

But not only that; it was one of the first games, I ever played. On my dads computer. I wish he was still around, so I could tell him, that I’m still playing Blizzard games today πŸ™‚

You had to control 3 characters, all with different abilities, that would support each other to make it through each level in the game.

Back then, I had no idea, that I would still be playing a Blizzard game in 2018.

I had no idea who Blizzard was!

But here I am.

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When I first came across the reference to The Lost Vikings in World of Warcraft, I was in my level 40s back in Vanilla. I think, it was one of my first times seeing a thing like this, a reference to something else inside the game, and it just brought back these sweet, wonderful memories of playing it.

I was not even aware of the fact, that Blizzard made the game, before I saw the Vikings inside WoW!

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You can find them inside the Dungeon Uldaman, located in Badlands.

It really made me chuckle back then, and stop up to notice the details in the game, before I went on to spend countless of hours inside Uldaman. (Granted, most were probably spent as a whisp, trying to find the entrance again…)

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Did you know, that one of the Lost Vikings, Olaf, sometimes visits your Inn in the Garrison, offering a quest called Time-Lost Vikings? I had no idea! I just discovered that, while making this post.

That is so cool. I am building my Inn tonight πŸ™‚ (The Lost Vikings are also involved in a few quests in Badlands!)

Inside Uldaman is a chest. It’s contents was originally part of the making of a scepter to unlock the first boss back in Vanilla (if I recall correctly).

But today, since the boss automatically is there, the chest now contains this:

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A few thoughts and fine facts πŸ™‚

 

World of Warcraft was the game, where I met my husband too. We got married soon-six years ago, and have a son together, almost five years old. I was in my early 20s, when I started playing in Vanilla.

While researching for this post, I watched several videos, that I highly recommend, if you are interested in the story behindΒ  Blizzard Entertainment.

It must feel beyond fantastic, to have been part of the first handprints (right expression?) of such a big gaming company. To watch it grow, to what it has become today.

When I watched one of the videos, I even came across another game. Battle Chess! I had no idea Blizzard made that either. I played that, too!

 

 

 


 

I know, that some might consider my blog a little too cheerful and a little too “Blizzard fan girl” like, but it’s just how I feel. I do not agree with everything they do, but I have nothing but admiration for how they have built what they have, from scratch.

 


 

A few shots – Behind the Scenes Exclusive!

 

A new tradition all the Orcas here at Alunaria’s Avenue support… πŸ˜‰

 

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That was all for today πŸ™‚

I really enjoyed this Blog Challenge;Β  many of you listed references, I never noticed or knew before.

 

In case you didn’t participate: Do you have a reference in WoW, that is your favourite?

I wish you all a lovely day! πŸ™‚

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15 thoughts on “The Lost Vikings

  1. Out in the Badlands, over near the western end of the scar (whatever that is), there’s an Alli quest hub, and for a few quests you get to have these three fellows as your companions. They each have specific skills, of course, all which you control. Most players way overpower them by the time they get to this hub, but it’s fun to let the leetle fellers do their thing anyway.

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  2. Oh Alunaria, what a wonderful beautiful post. Amazing how you met your husband on Azeroth πŸ˜€

    My origin story with Blizzard entertainment began when I was doing a summer course in London and all the guys would go visit video game stores. I was an Age of Empires veteran by then (I will always be, having played each and every single expansion since the start) and a Belgian colleague told me β€œCome with me” and he picked up Warcraft 3 and the expansion The Frozen Throne, placed them in my hand and say β€œBuy these. They are all the rage back in my country, you are going to love it if you liked AoEmpires”.
    I spent that night reading the manual from cover to cover, fascinated by this world of orcs and elves and adventure. I played those games for years :’)

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    1. Thank you for your considerate comment πŸ™‚ I think so too, obviously, heh!

      Aw yes, I remember you talking about that. I wish I had played the games before WoW – those cinematics you shown from them was great to watch. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love these posts when your passion for Blizzard’s content really shows. This post was so positive it reminded me of your new year’s poem, which continues to be inspiring. It can be difficult to find good people in the vast, wild world of the internet. I’m very happy to have found your blog!
    I didn’t even know that was a Lost Vikings reference until I read your post. It was a while ago when I first ran Uldaman, and I didn’t know as much about Blizzard then. I’ve heard about the game since and noticed other references around, but I totally missed this one!
    I love the fact that your blog is so cheerful and “Blizzard fan girl”! It’s a lot of fun to read.
    I like the Red Snappah reference in Azuremist Isles, just outside the Draenei starting area. Oxhorn uses the same reference in one of his shorts, and it always makes me smile thinking of it. I was a big fan of Oxhorn’s shorts back when he was actively making them.

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    1. What a sweet, encouraging comment, Zeshio, thank you so much. I guess Twitter ain’t all bad, bringing us together like that πŸ™‚

      Wow, really? Glad I could expand your horison then! I’m glad; I don’t think I could turn off the “Blizzard fan girl” approach, even if I tried. So it means a lot, that it’s appreciated. Oh, what, I have not seen that Red Snappah reference at all! Azuremist Isle is one of my favorite go-to places to relax. There’s just something about the atmosphere in those areas. Thank you again πŸ™‚

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  4. Nice post, you can download The Lost Vikings from Blizzard website,but i’m sorry i don’t remember where! but i’m sure it’s there with other classic games from Blizzard, alas they don’t have Battle Chess, i didn’t know they made that one πŸ™‚

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  5. Loved the post Allunaria. I’m almost ashamed to admit after all these years and the many many characters I have run through it I never put the lost vikings together with Uldaman. Once I read your post though I had an definate ‘doh’ moment. XD

    As to my favorite I would have to say the Joust based mini game in the Firelands Hatchery, Mount Hyjal. It was instantly recognizable, enjoyable and nostalgic all at the same time! ❀

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    1. Aw, thanks Wildeheart! Especially since I know you’ll look twice the next time you are in Uldaman, right? πŸ™‚

      Oh, I was not even sure which reference that Joust based minigame was based on. Thank you for sharing that! πŸ™‚

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