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[Wiki] Recovering vanilla content: where do I find it?


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Greetings community,

since the question came up on IRC where to find old content, I have written a list of sites, where I usually check for data. I'll provide the links below:

Worldofwarcraft.com


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http://web.archive.org/web/20060424182833/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/: the old official site. Quite a lot to grab there.[/li]
[li]http://web.archive.org/web/20060424183138/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/#gettingstarted: the old getting stated guide.[/li]
[li]http://web.archive.org/web/20060424183102/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/beginners/: the old beginners guide[/li]

Articles


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http://wowpedia.org/: pretty much all the old content is there, you can use their page archives which date back to 2005.[/li]
[li]http://www.wowpedia.org/Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Gossip: Pretty interesting, this shows you where you can find gossip for creatures. I often use that to recover npc dialogues which I could not find in my WDB archives.[/li]
[li]http://wow-pro.com/dungeon_and_raid_guides: this site pretty much covers what you had to do in vanilla WoW to get through content. The guides often describe how content actually worked. Very nice for checking dungeon scripts.[/li]
[li]http://uk.pc.gamespy.com/guides/wowat60/: this one covers the most famous quest lines in vanilla WoW. Not much but interesting.[/li]

Tools


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https://bitbucket.org/sidsukana/qsw/: QSW allows you to browse the spells of vanilla WoW. Versions for TBC and WotLK are available, too.[/li]
[li]https://github.com/mangos-zero/php-dbc: this one allows you to parse DBCs to readable JSON, which allows you to actually see the foundation for game content in front of your eyes. Also I uploaded an archive there under downloads with parsed dumps of the DBCs. DBC fields are properly named, most names have been extracted from the game client executable.[/li]
[li]http://web.archive.org/web/20060829213616/www.wowguru.com/: and of course the old wowguru.com site. If you need any specific information like quest text history, I can provide that for most quests, also changes between patches for items, creatures, etc.[/li]
[li]http://web.archive.org/web/20061102064244/http://www.goblinworkshop.com/: the Goblin Workshop had quite a few interesting data to grab, too.[/li]
[li]wowvault.ign.com/View.php?view=UIMods.List&category_show_all=1&persist_search=1e5cf773ba3c6eec0f275acafdfc9302&sort_field=DateSubmitted&sort_dir=asc: old vanilla addons. You can extract game text from some, too. Many quest helpers etc. did have to look for specific in-game texts :)[/li]

In common, it all boils down to cross-referencing the information from all these sites. On top of that, search google for articles and videos using the time range 2004-2006.

I hope this helps :)

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Would anyone be interested in several thousand screenshots from classic?

Yes, of course.

A bit more seeders would be good though. There's just four people online, and one seeding.

Yeah, I'm using my own awful home connection right now. One of my fellow Silverpines has a seedbox and should be at 100% soon though.

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Another source of information is:

http://www.joanasworld.com/azeroth.php

Those are the famous Joana Leveling Videos where he hits server first Lvl. 60.

I've found numerous gossip texts in those videos that are missing in mangos-zero. The problem is that I haven't found the correct text IDs for these and as far as I'm aware those can only be obtained from the WDB files?

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