World of Warcraft’s Gnome races become codified

    
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Practically since the launch year of World of Warcraft, there have been player-run Gnome races (especially the nekked variety), sending pint-sized characters on a madcap dash across hostile zones without any support. By 2009, the race had been turned into an awareness event to fight breast cancer (hence all of the pink hair-dos). Now what was once solely a player production is now about to become an official part of World of Warcraft’s eclectic feature set.

As part of the upcoming Patch 7.2.5’s new micro-holidays (which include a dance party and fashion show), Blizzard is adding what it’s calling The Great Gnomeregan Race to the docket. The race, which looks like it might be coming this fall, sends players on a continent-spanning marathon through 40 gates. Along the way you’ll see several of the game’s more famous Gnomes, and at the end you’ll be crowned the King of the Gnomes.

Get a preview of The Great Gnomeregan Run after the break, but you won’t have to wait to run around with little people, because WoW’s Children’s Week is running right now!

Source: Wowhead, Kotaku
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Melissa McDonald

Hmm. I wonder if there are Hobbit races in LOTRO?
I think it would be basically impossible to do a race/run through Moria. Gaming equivalent of the San Francisco marathon. :D

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Andrew Ross

Haven’t played WoW in… god, I lost track of the years (sometime during Cata, with a small return for some Overwatch or Hearthstone reward), but I like seeing Blizz adding these fluffy aspects to their game.

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Sorenthaz

Children’s Week is the last holiday that I need the meta achievement for in order to get that Violet Proto-Drake.

Oh well.

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agemyth 😩

The great MMO little people races are a tradition that goes much further back than WoW’s gnome races, but this is still a great celebration of that tradition!

I’m in love with the micro holidays. IMO all MMOs/persistent online games need more holidays throughout the year. Especially ones that aren’t tied to real life holidays unless you are TSW or in a similar setting.

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camren_rooke

Agreed!

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Christoph Egger

So it’s something like Hoverboard Races in WildStar? (which are totally awesome xD) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbDQi8u7Zew

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camren_rooke

And in Lane One! Manastu!

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Utakata

You betcha! <3

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Paragon Lost

Expect Schlag to come along and make use of the pod race from the Star Wars movie but with Manastu in the pod racer. heh.

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Utakata

With each pigtail acting as a pod!

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Paragon Lost

LOL! Soo much awesome there. Made me laugh out loud. Thanks for the smile, it’s a great imagine. heh.

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Utakata

Oddly enough, when I was typing that, Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride was going through my pink head. o.O

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Paragon Lost

Such a great, classic song. :)

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Melissa McDonald

Steppenwolf helped invent heavy metal. huge respects.

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Paragon Lost

Fond memories of sitting in the middle of the living room floor as a kid listening to Magic Carpet Ride, Born to Wild etc on my parents stereo quadraphonic system. That and music like Pink Floyd where the sound would move from speaker to speaker, awesome stuff. It left it’s mark on me that’s for sure.