Jeffrey Kaplan

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Lead Game Designer (World Design)

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Jeffrey Kaplan (alias Tigole) is a Lead Game Designer at Blizzard Entertainment, formerly responsible for world design of World of Warcraft (and subsequent expansions), including "quests, outdoor zones, dungeons, raids etc."[1] He is currently the lead designer for Overwatch.

He was a part of Team 4.

History

Jeff was hired by Blizzard because of his status as Tigole, guild leader for Legacy of Steel on The Nameless server of EverQuest. The guild had many world-first raid kills, and is attributed to helping shape EverQuest and the MMO genre in general towards extreme emphasis on endgame content. The guild was formerly run by Rob Pardo, a long-time Blizzard employee and developer on Diablo II and Warcraft III. He was invited to Irvine to the Blizzard campus, but wasn't aware of what Blizzard was at the time. Pardo advised him to check the Blizzard jobs page the next day, where he found an offer for lead quest designer. The job required a degree in creative writing, which Kaplan possessed.[2] He began working on World of Warcraft in 2002[3] as one of the original two Quest Designers, the other being Pat Nagle.[4]

On February 12, 2009, Jeff announced that he was leaving WoW to work on Titan.[5] He is currently the game director of Overwatch.[6]

In an "Ask Me Anything"-style thread in the Overwatch subreddit on March 13, 2017, Jeff revealed that he left WoW because he had been "feeling very fatigued after 6.5 years of working on WoW", while Titan presented a new challenge.[7]

In-game references

Trivia

  • As a player, his favorite genres are FPS and MMO.[8]
  • According to Mark Kern, Kaplan was known online during his time as an EverQuest guild leader for being fairly aggressive, demanding of his teammates, and almost mean at times, in sharp contrast to his nice, soft-spoken real-life personality. When he began working at Blizzard, Kaplan kept apologizing during conversations, to the point where the other developers created a "sorry jar" where they would put a small amount of money whenever Kaplan said "sorry" (they would subsequently use the money to go and buy beer).[9]
  • The first thing Kaplan added to World of Warcraft was some of the earliest quests in Westfall.[4]
  • The Legacy of Steel - Fine Weaponry shop in Stratholme is named after his former EverQuest guild.

References

  1. ^ Dev Chat 2005 (2005-12-19). Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  2. ^ 2018-05-16, Jeff Kaplan of Blizzard Entertainment. AIAS, retrieved on 2018-06-21
  3. ^ BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript (2014-11-24). Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  4. ^ a b World of Warcraft 2019-08-21. WoW® Classic with Creators. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-08-21.
  5. ^ Till We Meet Again (2009-02-12). Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved on 2012-11-14.
  6. ^ Blizzard to Reveal What's New for Hearthstone at PAX East (2015-02-12). Retrieved on 2015-03-03.
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Jeff Kaplan 2017-03-13. AMA Request: Jeff Kaplan. Reddit. Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved on 2017-03-13.
  8. ^ 2017-09-22, OVERWATCH: FROM CANCELLED PROJECT TO GAME OF THE YEAR - IGN EXPERT MODE EP. 3. IGN, retrieved on 2017-09-23
  9. ^ wowcrendor 2018-10-17. Fishing with Crendor Ep 44: Mark Kern (Team Lead for Vanilla WoW). YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-03-16.

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