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The Warcraft 3 prerelease material thread

Discussion in 'Warcraft Discussion' started by Hallfiry, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Hallfiry

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    This Thread will only be about warcraft 3 prerelease material and some special things about the release versions, such as screenshots, videos, audio files, photos, boxshots, cd covers, articles from magazines, interviews, and warcraft 3 gimmicks you could get at ects and e3 and limited edition items like collector's edition or tshirts.

    Don't forget to visit Elzabbul's Warcraft Evolution website: Beta Madness!
    And you should also visit Scrolls of Lore

    Feel free to post many comments!

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    ECTS 1999 (September 5.–7. 1999) - 22 Files

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    Rob Pardo 10 years later
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    Near E³ 2000 (May 10? 2000) - 11 Files

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    E³ 2000 (May 11.?-13.? 2000) - 32 Files

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    ECTS 2000 (September 3?.-5?. 2000)- 4 Files

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHukgBH5Y0o
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67bRGu0Gp3Y
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  2. niika

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    the 1999 concept would have been awesome(hopes blizzard does that for war4)
     
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    Wow yeah - the 1999 looks better then the final warcraft 3 lol

    -Wow what happened along the way to take it from what looked to be pretty epic to the mehness that it eventually ended up as (yeah its a really good RTS, but those original concepts look much better, I would have preferred the more minimalist UI that it showed in some of the earlier V's)
     
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    You know what looks really awesome? The pre-release Human Knights and Frost Wyrms...
     
  5. Hallfiry

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    Update!
    Logos and some pictures added.
     
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    I believe they changed the whole look because they wanted to use it for WoW. I heard that somewhere in one of their videos.

    I believe they started working on WoW around the same time they started working on WC3. You notice how the building scale is realistic to the size of the units and how you can see the sky while in game? I think they decided to use these graphics for the base of WoW because it looked more RPG like, so that must be the reason they decided to change the look for WC3.

    Yea, I preferred the older look. It would've made the game better, but in the end it was the better decision for Blizzard because it laid the foundation for WoW which has made them a ton of money.

    I hope with WC4 we can see something like that again only with better graphics.
     
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    UPDATE!
    1 new photo for ects 1999
    21 photos for e3 2000
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    watch the first video in ects 2000.
    this interview will answer the question why they changed the game.
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    The first WoW gameplay trailer is from 2001 i think, so i guess they started the development around e3 2000. or even ects 1999.
     
  8. Aeroblyctos

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    I enjoyed looking the pictures. Good job here, +rep.
     
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    Well they were models at one time - finished or not - so there probably is some way to get them if you pursue it enough (I doubt Blizzard would release them to the mappers unless spammed like crazy with requests - if there ever was a demo perhapes someone took the models from that and uploaded them somewhere)


    Though I wonder why they would downgrade the terrain factor for the first Release (RoC) - some of those first pictures had better terrain (at least as height levels go) then most of what was in the RoC campaign - it seemed as if they purposely chose to turn it down a notch.
     
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    Update again!
    I found better versions of the ECTS 1999 pics and added a scan of the 1999 preview cd
    EDIT: I added a new video from E3 2002
     
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  11. RED BARON

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    Hehe, I always found it a real shame that Blizzard never released all of their beta/alpha stuff for the editor. Just look at all those loverly models.

    Thanks for posting this btw. :thumbs_up:
     
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    wow, 1999 looked MUCH better graphic wise AND gameplay wise
     
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    Gotta love 1999!

    Omg 1999 why didn't they use that for all warcraft versions.

    Not only does the 1999 version somehow look good graphics (how does 1999 have good graphics when there where no hi-tech stuff?) Even the terrain/models/buildings and the face down in the bottom left hand corner looks epic.

    Hopefully they will us the 1999 concept to make warcraft 4 (If there is a War4), all they need to add to 1999 concept is an inventory bar and it'd be awesome.

    The 1999 concept gives the game a real warfare look with the way they have done the buildings and the terrain. In other words it makes it look more realistic.

    Any ideas to why they didn't stick it out with the awesome 1999 concept of warcraft,
    Lag_Reviews :p

    PS: Blizzard use the 1999 concept of Warcraft from now on, please!
     
  14. Dr Super Good

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    A big problem if you notice was early release versions performed like an elephant on the average gaming PC of the date. Thus its downgrading in gaphics was because they exceeded the capabilities of systems at the time. There was no excuse for them to be totally removed however and should have been rereleased as a WC3 bonus disc.

    Infact I am suprized blizzard did not think of that. If they recycled all the old beta models, added in WoW icons that were made for WC3 or from WC3 and throw in a few higher res textures and models for key units as well as some totally new models they would have had a third expansion for WC3. Even in 2006-2008 this would have been a totally viable expansion if it sold for only 10-15£ and the extra content it would have added could have restarted WC3. Trigger wise all that was needed was better unit interfaces and perhapes one or two JASS fixes. Even 800 MB of new content (50% more) would be worth 10-15£ even for an old dieing game and would be a bargine to develop as they need not add anything to the core game engine and just throw in extra content junk.
     
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    Yea - I would pay even to get just the models and the effect stuff from the old ones.. and that I would still do.

    Oh it could have been awesome - not to mention the stuff one could make with those materials.
     
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    Again, watch the interview from ECTS 2000, there Bill Roper explains the changes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHukgBH5Y0o

    If you want to know what computers were like around that time, here are some high end pc parts that you could have around 2000:

    1,4 ghz processor (Ultra high end)
    (100 gb hdd (Ultra high end))
    256 mb ram
    32 mb graphics ram
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    Listen what Bill Roper says at the beginning of the video:
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    What Warcraft 3 needs:
    400 mhz
    128 mb ram
    8mb graphics ram
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    I like the menu they ended up with, though I would have loved that castle as a part of the models available in game.
     
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    A new update, I added the "Hybrid before E3 2002" and fixed some videos that were in wrong categories.
    If you have any ideas for improving this thread, feel free to post them.
     
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    Good idea. Those "Hybrid" screenshots look interesting, especialy the terrain. Any ideas what kind of resource that blue crystal-like thing is?
     
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    It's the Mana Stone resource.
    The gamestar magazine wrote in May 2001:
    Tausche Steine gegen Helden:
    Auf den weitläufigen Kartenwerden Sie immer wieder auf neutrale Kreaturen wie Kobolde stoßen, denen Sie im Kampf begehrte Mana-Steine abluchsen. Nur mit diesen ist es möglich, über das vorgegebene Kontingent hinaus besonders starke Helden zu rekrutieren. Jeder der Haudegen beherrscht maximal vier Zaubersprüche. Neben drei allgemein zugänglichen Formeln wie Heilung oder Feuerball lernen die Recken ab Erfahrungslevel 6 auch mächtigere,
    klassenspezifische Sprüche. Der Bergkönig der Allianz beschwört zum Beispiel aus dem Nichts eine Goldmine herbei. Für die magischen Kiesel erwerben Sie neben neuen Fertigkeiten auch Gegenstände, von denen vier im Rucksack der Helden Platz finden. Das können profane Heiltränke sein, aber auch Intelligenz-steigernde Kronen. Manche der Utensilien funktionieren nur zu bestimmten Tageszeiten. Die Kämpfer dürfen auch Ausrüstung austauschen, wenn sie nahe genug beieinander stehen.

    Exchange Stones for Heroes:
    On the large maps you'll often encounter neutral creatures like Kobolds, from wich you get Mana Stones in combat. That's the only way to recruit heroes beyond the given limit. Each of these guys can handle up to four spells. Besides the three common spells, like healing or a fireball, they learn mightier, class specific spells from level 6 on. For example the Mountain King of the Alliance can summon a goldmine. For the magical stones you can buy not only abilities, but also items, of wich four fit into the inventory of the hero. These can be simple potions, but also intelligence-increasing crowns. Some utilities only work during certain times of day. The fighters can also exchange their equipment if they stand next to each other.


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    Those who read the text above will think "WTF the mountain king could summon a goldmine??". When you open the warcraft 3 beta mpq file and open Units/HumanAbilityStrings.txt with a text editor you will find that ability:

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    Ubertip="Unearths a gold mine from the ground that contains 2000 gold."
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    Researchubertip="Must be level 5 or higher to learn this ability. |nUnearths a gold mine from the ground that contains 2000 gold."
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    Inside the HumanAbilityFunc.txt you can find these lines:

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    Tip=E|cfffed312x|rchange %d Gold for %d Mana Stones
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    Tip=Exchange %d Mana S|cfffed312t|rones for %d Gold
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    Name=Thieves Guild

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    Researchtip="Learn S|cfffed312w|riftness Aura (w), Level %d"
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    Bufftip=Swiftness Aura

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    Name=Steam Tank
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    Ubertip="Heavily armored transport which Riflemen can fire from. |nCan attack buildings. |nRiflemen inside can attack land and air units."

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    Name=Mage Tower
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    Ubertip="Spellcaster production building. Trains Priests and Sorceresses."

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    Tip=|cfffed312R|replenish Mana
    Ubertip="Replenish the mana of friendly units."
    Hotkey=R

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    Ubertip="Heals nearby friendly wounded units."
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    Ubertip="Melee spellcaster. Can cast Barkskin, which is a damage shield. Can also go into Bear Form."

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    Name=Wisp
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    Ubertip="Basic worker unit. Can turn into treants which are the buildings of the Night Elves. Can Detonate to dispel magical buffs in an area. Can learn the Heal ability."

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    Name=Moon Well
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    Ubertip="Basic food source for the Night Elves. Has the Replenish Mana ability."

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    Tip=Activate H|cfffed312e|raling Drums
    Ubertip="Activate the ability to heal nearby friendly units around the Kodo Beast. |nDrains 1 mana and heals 5 hit points per second."
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    Ubertip="Activate Speed Drums to increase movement speed of friendly units around the Kodo Beast. |nDrains 1 mana per second."
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    Unubertip="Deactivate to stop draining mana and return unit speed to normal."
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    Bufftip=Speed Drums Aura

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    Researchtip="Learn |cfffed312R|regeneration Aura, Level %d"
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    Bufftip=Regeneration Aura

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    Tip=|cfffed312C|rall Storm
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    Tip=Activate Earth |cfffed312B|rind
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    Bufftip=Earth Bind

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    Tip=|cfffed312L|rightning Bolt
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    Researchtip="Learn |cfffed312L|rightning Bolt, Level %d"
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    [AOre]
    Tip=Reincarnation
    Ubertip="When killed, the Tauren Chieftain will come back to life if he has enough mana."
    Researchtip=Learn |cfffed312R|reincarnation
    Researchubertip="Must be level 5 or higher to learn this ability. |nWhen killed, the Tauren Chieftain will come back to life if he has enough mana."
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    // headhunter tracking, no tips/hotkeys required, is passive upgrade
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    Name=Troll Witch Doctor
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    Tip=Train Troll |cfffed312W|ritch Doctor
    Ubertip="Supporting spellcaster. Can initially cast Sentry Ward, an invisible detector. Can also learn Stasis Trap and Ancestral Guardian."

    [okod]
    Name=Kodo Beast
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    Ubertip="Lumbering war beast, mounted by an orcish drummer. Has the abilities, Healing Drums, Speed Drums and Devour."

    [opeo]
    Name=Peon
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    Tip=Train |cfffed312P|reon
    Ubertip="Basic worker unit. Can harvest gold and lumber, build structures, repair, and salvage unwanted buildings. |nCannot attack air units."

    // Currently unused
    [Roaa]
    Name=Steel Artillery,Thorium Artillery,Arcanite Artillery
    Tip=Upgrade to Steel |cfffed312A|rrtillery,Upgrade to Thorium |cfffed312A|rrtillery,Upgrade to Arcanite |cfffed312A|rrtillery
    Ubertip="Increases the ranged attack damage of Catapults.","Further increases the ranged attack damage of Catapults.","Further increases the ranged attack damage of Catapults."
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    // Currently unused
    [Roac]
    Name=Stone Architecture,Arcanite Architecture
    Tip=Upgrade to Stone |cfffed312B|ruilding Architecture,Upgrade to Arcanite |cfffed312B|ruilding Architecture
    Hotkey=B,B

    // Currently unused
    [Romi]
    Name=Improved Mining,Advanced Mining
    Tip=|cfffed312I|rmproved Mining,Advanced M|cfffed312i|rning
    Ubertip="HELP HELP I'M BEING REPRESSED!"
    Hotkey=I,I

    // Currently unused
    [Rolh]
    Name=Improved Lumber Harvesting,Advanced Lumber Harvesting
    Tip=Improved |cfffed312L|rumber Harvesting,Advanced |cfffed312L|rumber Harvesting
    Ubertip="HELP HELP I'M BEING REPRESSED!"
    Hotkey=L,L

    // Currently unused
    [Ross]
    Name=Town Watch,Town Patrol
    Tip=|cfffed312T|rown Watch,|cfffed312T|rown Patrol
    Hotkey=T,T

    [Rowt]
    Name=Wyvern Taming
    Tip=Wyvern |cfffed312T|raming
    Ubertip="Enables the ability to purchase Wyvern Riders."
    Hotkey=T

    [Ronv]
    Name=Tracking
    Tip=Research T|cfffed312r|racking
    Ubertip="Increases the sight radius of a Headhunter by 40 at night."
    Hotkey=R

    [Acpe]
    Tip=|cfffed312C|rorpse Explosion
    Ubertip="Causes a target corpse to explode, causing area effect damage."
    Hotkey=C

    [Amto]
    Tip=|cfffed312F|rling Corpse
    Ubertip="Flings a corpse at a target enemy unit. Particularly effective against buildings."
    Hotkey=F

    // Frost Nova
    [AUfn]
    Tip=Frost |cfffed312N|rova
    Ubertip="Blasts units around the Lich with a wave of frost."
    Hotkey=N
    Researchtip="Learn Frost |cfffed312N|rova, Level %d"
    Researchubertip="Blasts units around the Lich with a wave of frost. |nLevel 1: 50 damage, 5 seconds of coldness. |nLevel 2: 75 damage, 10 seconds of coldness. |nLevel 3: 100 damage, 15 seconds of coldness."
    Researchhotkey=N

    [unec]
    Name=Necromancer
    Tip=Train |cfffed312N|recromancer
    Ubertip="Offensive caster. Can initially cast Raise Dead from corpses. Can also learn Unholy Frenzy, and Corpse Explosion."
    Hotkey=N

    [umtw]
    Name=Meat Wagon
    Tip=Train |cfffed312M|reat Wagon
    Ubertip="Corpse storage machine. Researching Fling Corpse allows it to effectively attack buildings. |nCannot attack air units."
    Hotkey=M

    [ugsp]
    Name=Gargoyle Spire
    Tip=Summon Gargoyle |cfffed312S|rpire
    Ubertip="Enables the production of Gargoyles from the Crypt. Also contains the Stone Form upgrade."
    Hotkey=S

    [uslh]
    Name=Slaughterhouse
    Tip=Summon Slaughter|cfffed312h|rouse
    Ubertip="Produces Abominations. Also contains the upgrades, Abomination Explosion and Fling Corpse."
    Hotkey=H

    [uspd]
    Name=Spiderling

    [ugrv]
    Name=Graveyard
    Tip=Summon Gra|cfffed312v|reyard
    Ubertip="The new building that everyone seemed to want."
    Hotkey=V

    // Currently unused
    [Ruab]
    Name=Abomination Merger
    Tip=Research |cfffed312A|rbomination Merger
    Ubertip="Enables Ghouls to merge into Abominations. Select three Ghouls and activate the ability to create an Abomination."
    Hotkey=A

    [Rump]
    Name=Fling Corpse
    Tip=Research |cfffed312F|rling Corpse
    Ubertip="Enables the Meat Wagon to fling corpses. Effective against buildings."
    Hotkey=F

    [Ruax]
    Name=Abomination Explosion
    Tip=Research Abomination |cfffed312E|rxplosion
    Ubertip="Abominations with this upgrade deal damage to all nearby units when the Abomination dies."
    Hotkey=E

    [mdpb]
    Name=Medusa Pebble
    Hotkey=P
    Tip=Purchase Medusa |cfffed312P|rebble
    Ubertip="Turns the targeted enemy non-hero unit into stone when used. A unit turned to stone by the Medusa Pebble is removed from the game permanently."
    Description=Turns target unit to stone.

    [ktrm]
    Name=Kel-Thuzad's Heart
    Description=The heart of Kel-Thuzad.

    [frmr]
    Name=Frostmourne
    Description=PLACEHOLDER

    // upkeep tax brackets
    UpkeepUsage=30,60,10000
    UpkeepGoldTax=0,0.3,0.6
    UpkeepLumberTax=0,0,0
    UpkeepManaStonesTax=0,0,0

    // max wisps that can be added to a single ancient
    MaxWisps=5

    // Currently unused
    [Rhaa]
    Name=Steel Artillery,Thorium Artillery,Arcanite Artillery
    Tip=Upgrade to Steel |cfffed312A|rrtillery,Upgrade to Thorium |cfffed312A|rrtillery,Upgrade to Arcanite |cfffed312A|rrtillery
    Ubertip="Increases the ranged attack damage of Mortar teams.","Further increases the ranged attack damage of Mortar teams.","Further increases the ranged attack damage of Mortar teams."
    Hotkey=A,A,A

    // Currently unused
    [Rhmi]
    Name=Improved Gold Mining,Advanced Gold Mining
    Tip=|cfffed312I|rmproved Gold Mining,Advanced Gold M|cfffed312i|rning
    Hotkey=I,I

    // Currently unused
    [Rhss]
    Name=Town Watch,Town Patrol
    Tip=|cfffed312T|rown Watch,|cfffed312T|rown Patrol
    Hotkey=T,T

    [Rhsr]
    Name=Scattershot Rockets
    Tip=|cfffed312S|rcattershot Rockets
    Ubertip="Provides Mortar Teams with an area of effect anti-personnel attack."
    Hotkey=S
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2010