I got the honor of being asked by Beckett MOG to visit Blizzard’s Headquarters in Irvine California for an all day presentation and hands-on for World of Warcraft’s latest upcoming expansion Cataclysm a few weeks ago (I couldn’t tell you at the time due to an NDA). I begged my boss to take the day off from work, drove up to Irvine, and spent 2-hours in a private Q&A with 20 other guys and gals from the press and seven of WoW’s most influential minds. After that was over, we spent an hour eating lunch with the PR guys in the Blizzard cafeteria, and then got a 5-hour hands-on session with the latest build. During that time, we toured the facility and each spent 20 minutes with a different person for a one-on-one interview. Unfortunately there was a moderator, so we couldn’t just ask anything… hehe.

I wrote a 2800 word article, which will be featured in the next issue of Beckett Massive Online Gamer covering all the changes you’ve no doubt already been reading about on MMO Champion and other sites, which also includes a 600-word writeup on the new Worgan starter area. Be sure to pickup a copy at your local newsstand when it comes out!

I also wrote a short writeup of the Goblin starter area, which has been available for some time in the Alpha test, for IGN’s WoW Vault, which was published last week.

Read on for an Interview that I did with Lead System’s Designer, Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street, that can only be found here on my personal site! The first part of the Interview that focuses specifically on Ghostcrawler had to be omitted since it will be published in the next issue of Beckett’s MOG (he called forum trolls assholes!!), but the rest that focuses exclusively on the Cataclysm expansion has been published below.

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